Events & Conferences

Colorado Holding Innovation Week Events Aug 26-30

Colorado has proclaimed Aug 26-30, 2013 as Innovation Week, so named in honor of the COIN Summit and other innovation milestones occurring this week in the state.


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The list of milestone events include:-

The Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) Innovation Report will be released on Aug 26, 2013. This report, prepared in partnership with Colorado State University, identifies opportunities in the state using benchmark metrics for talent, access to capital, and ideas for supporting entrepreneurs.

Aug 27, 2013 is Google for Entrepreneurs Day Colorado, organized in partnership with Google as well as Galvanize. This program is meant to offer inspiration, support and tools for innovative startups in Colorado.

The COIN Summit will be held Aug 28-29, 2013. Innovation leaders from around Colorado and all over the world will convene at this summit to share best practices and provide a stage for innovation and innovators in Colorado.

The winner of the “Glorious Failure: In Search of Success” innovation prize will be announced during the COIN Summit. The winner gets $50,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes for a total awards package valued at approximately $75,000.

The contest was designed to showcase high-growth ventures in seven targeted advanced industries that were willing to share the lessons they learnt from adversity and the obstacles they faced.

Applications were invited from innovators in the fields of advanced manufacturing, IT, bioscience, aerospace, electronics, infrastructure engineering, and energy and natural resources.

The four finalists chosen last month will make presentations during the COIN Summit, with a 3-judge panel providing feedback, and attendees voting on the presentations to determine the winner. The four finalists are Double Helix, LLC; Lenimen; Lightning Hybrids; and Rachio.

Mitra Best, U.S. Innovation Leader at PwC and COIN board member, who is one of the three members of the judging panel for the contest, said innovation challenges offer the opportunity for anyone to voice their idea and be heard.

Best said she loves the concept of “Glorious Failure,” which she said debunks the myth that failures must be hidden. She said it celebrates the unique ability of innovators to learn from their mistakes, identify solutions and face challenges as a pivot towards success.

Also scheduled for Aug 29 is the unveiling of Colorado’s new brand identity that has been cooked up through a collaborative branding initiative.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said the state’s innovation hub is growing new technologies, ideas and jobs. He said that the events scheduled for Innovation Week will showcase Colorado’s abundant networks and resources for supporting entrepreneurs and fostering innovation.

Association of University Research Parks International Conference

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) International Conference is scheduled to be held Sept 24-27, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The theme for this year’s AURP Conference is “Inventing the Future,” and it will be hosted by the University City Science Center, which is commemorating its 50th anniversary.

The event will educate attendees on how to drive economic growth and job creation in their community, and empower attending teams with new ideas, trends and best practices to attract companies, grow university research parks and improve communities.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge will be one of the plenary session speakers. Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has been invited.

Robert D. Atkinson, author of “Innovation Economics” and president of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, will be speaking on “Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage.”

LEED APs Cassie Branum and Jeff Williams of architecture and design firm Perkins+Will will speak about the “Evolution of Research Communities: Planning for the Future.” They will present case studies to examine research community models and highlight factors that contribute to success.

Also on the list of speakers are leaders of research parks from all over the U.S. and the world, including Magnus Lundin, CEO of Swedish Incubators & Science Parks (SISP); Mason Ailstock, vice president for Business Development at North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park; and Denis Gauvreau, commercial manager for Research Park & Industry Collaboration-Economic Development at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

One of the highlights of the agenda for the event is the full-day pre-conference “Research Parks 101” workshop. This workshop, designed for those new to research parks, will enable attendees to learn from university research park experts as they share success stories and the lessons they learnt along the way.

AURP CEO Eileen Walker said that if you are planning or redeveloping a research park, you should consider attending the Research Parks 101 workshop. She said it would be an in-depth experience designed to cover the basics and allow attendees to learn from highly successful research park directors.

Other pre-conference events include a leadership roundtable on innovation financing, and a learning lab on URP2B (university research park to business) that focuses on branding and setting up the sale.

What: Association of University Research Parks (AURP) International Conference

When: Sept 24-27, 2013

Where: Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Agenda Overview – 2013 NADO Annual Training Conference

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Annual Training Conference (ATC) is scheduled to be held August 24-27, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

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More than 650 development professionals will attend the NADO ATC, looking to take advantage of the networking opportunities, share solutions for challenges and learn new approaches.

Participants will attend workshops, learning labs, presentations by leading experts, and a full slate of breakout sessions.

The agenda for Saturday, Aug 24 includes a learning lab on embracing technology as a management tool, and another one on what the Health Care Reform Act means for RDOs.

Another learning lab on Saturday provides a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy primer, exploring the latest thinking in economic development and how it guides development of a CEDS.

A fourth learning lab on how a high-impact CEDS can be developed using publicly available and free data tools will be conducted by NADO Economic Development Director Brian Kelsey and Lia Bolden, data dissemination specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau.

The agenda for Sunday includes a session on how to prepare for an audit, and a workshop on the roles and responsibilities of policy officials serving on regional council boards or their Economic Development District. Another learning lab will highlight tools and suggestions to help policy officials communicate with different audiences, including those challenging the services and programs of the EDD.

There will be a session on how EDDs can incorporate disaster resiliency plans into their CEDS. Another one looks at the increasing trend of economic development as a statewide collaborative effort among regional councils and EDDs. Around 15 states are already engaged in planning or executing plans for a statewide CEDS initiative, many of which are funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The plenary session on Monday, Aug 26 will focus on “Regional Resilience in Action,” followed by four concurrent sessions, including one on engaging staff in changing times and another one on federal-local partnerships for implementing place-based economic development. The other two focus on building resilient communities and regional council accountability.

The post-lunch agenda includes more concurrent sessions on topics such as building partnerships with academia, federal disaster recovery and resilience resources, transit programs to make jobs accessible, building enduring regional partnerships, and broadening economic development to include non-traditional sectors such as arts and culture, artisanal foods and beverages, green products, creative enterprises, etc.

The agenda for Tuesday, August 27 includes a plenary session on folding new strategies into economic development, followed by concurrent sessions on international leadership, rural wealth creation, and cloud-based project management and information exchange.

Other sessions scheduled for Tuesday include presentations by two regions that are redeveloping better and stronger after disasters, a session on regional council strategies for handling boom and bust economies, case studies in downtown redevelopment, and innovative approaches for strengthening small businesses.

What: NADO Annual Training Conference

When: Aug 24-27, 2013

Where: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, California

SSTI Annual Conference on Dynamic Innovation Ecosystems

Westerville, Ohio-based non-profit State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) will hold its 17th annual conference on Sept 16-17, 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

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The conference theme is “Dynamic Innovation Ecosystems: Bringing It All Together.”

The two-day event, hosted by Business Oregon, will focus not just on the individual components essential for a dynamic innovation ecosystem such as innovation capital, commercializing research, manufacturing and higher education, but also on how to bring these components together.

The SSTI Conference annually attracts supporters of public-private innovation interested in creating a climate where science, technology and innovation generate organic economic growth.

The two-day event includes three plenary sessions, three workshops and 16 breakout sessions.

The first plenary session on Sept 16 will focus on the conference theme of “Bringing it Together,” with a panel discussion on local, state and federal efforts to catalyze creation of dynamic innovation ecosystems.

Phillip Singerman, associate director for Innovation and Industry Services at NIST, will be one of the panelists taking part in this session, along with Doug Rothwell, president and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan; and Robert Wiltbank, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University.

Breakout sessions on Sept 16 will cover topics such as regionally focused crowdfunding strategies, transformative technologies that are reshaping manufacturing, and the dynamics of university-industry relationships, among others.

Breakout sessions scheduled for Sept 17 include one on the role of research centers in an innovation ecosystem, along with others on connecting clients to customers, broadening ownership of innovation economies, and survival in today’s investment environment.

One of the optional workshops will cover messaging techniques and advanced marketing of technology based economic development (TBED) to successfully explain the impact of their efforts.

Another workshop will focus on expanding export sales of technology and manufacturing companies. The third workshop, presented by Tom Sheridan, president of The Sheridan Group, will talk about a federal agenda for dynamic innovation ecosystems.

The keynote will be given by Dan Wieden, co-founder of advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, famous as the ad agency which turned Nike from a regional sneaker company into one of the world’s biggest footwear producers.

The SSTI Excellence in TBED Awards for excellence in six categories at the state, local and regional level will be announced during the conference. Conference attendees will subsequently have an opportunity for on-on-one interaction with the award winners in an informal setting.

What: SSTI Annual Conference

When: Sept 15-17, 2013

Where: Portland, Oregon

NADO Webinar – Using STATS America for Economic Development Planning

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation will host a free webinar on using STATS America for economic development planning.

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STATS America is a project undertaken by the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC), located at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

The tools available on the STATS America web portal make use of hundreds of commercial, private, state and federal data sets plugged into analytical tools that can be used by economic development planners.

The portal offers data-centric profiles of all 50 states that include hundreds of demographic and economic indicators, and you can drill it down further to look at individual profiles of 3,141 counties.

The Linked Ranks feature enables users to pick one variable for a given state and find out which states are similar (or not) to the chosen state for that variable. The same feature is available at the county level too. Users can also do side-by-side comparisons of counties and metropolitan areas.

The NADO Research Foundation’s Brian Kelsey will be conducting the webinar.

He will  talk about the various tools available under STATS America, and how to use them to facilitate different aspects of economic development planning. For example, the tools can be used to measure distress at neighborhood, county and regional levels.

This STATS America webinar is part of a 2013 series on data tools that have been developed with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The webinars are being co-hosted by the NADO Research Foundation and EDA. NADO is participating in this series through its Know Your Region program, which is funded by the EDA.

Previous webinars in this series include one on the U.S. Cluster Map and Registry, and another one on the Triple Bottom Line tool.

Aside from webinars on data tools, EDA and NADO have also co-hosted a webinar providing information about funding opportunities available under the recently launched Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program.

You can see recorded videos of all these webinars at More webinars about EDA-supported data tools will be scheduled later this year, including one on the Regional Innovation Accelerator Network (RIAN) and another one on National Excess Manufacturing Capacity Catalog.

What: STATS America Webinar

When: July 25, 2013

Where: Register Online

Sustainable Enterprises of the Future Conference

The Sustainable Enterprises of the Future 2013 Conference is scheduled to be held Sept 26-27, 2013 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.


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The theme for this year’s conference is “Creating Social Profit.” This is the fifth annual Sustainable Enterprises of the Future conference.

The event brings together practitioners and academic experts exploring the role that sustainable enterprises play in the creation and destruction of social profit.

It is organized by Robert Morris University located in Moon Township, in partnership with three prominent educational institutions from Warsaw, Poland.

Among organizations involved in the coordination of the capabilities and resources of society, the ones whose performance is better than average will provide more gains for society. If the resources of below-average performers are allocated to the better performers, the same resources can create a bigger impact. The conference considers this as applied separately to both for-profits and non-profits.

Social profit is the difference between social revenue and social costs. Social revenue includes the socio-environmental benefits obtained from the project. For instance, if a company converts its vehicle fleet to natural gas or hybrid electric vehicles, the social revenue would be the reduction in energy consumption and the carbon emissions.

The conference will also look at Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) investments. Education, R&D and policy related investments in this field constitute significant amounts of social capability and resources, and the returns to society can be measured in terms of gains (or losses) in quality of life, human and natural resource consumption, and changes in defect and yield rates.

Research presentations and discussion panels will focus on sustainability issues in fields including economics, industrial engineering, communication, accounting and finance, management and marketing.

Last year, the conference included panels such as “Utilization of Sustainability” and research presentations such as “How Existing Zoning Laws are Challenged By Sustainable Enterprise.” The latter presentation focused on location challenges for sustainable enterprises such as bee-keepers, who face opposition from residents worried about bee stings.

Another presentation last year explained how hydroelectric turbine energy was generated from an abandoned mine drainage at the Wingfield Pines project in Allegheny County, PA.

What: Sustainable Enterprises of the Future 2013 Conference

When: Sept 26-27, 2013

Where: Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania

SXSW Eco – Innovative Solutions Beyond Sustainability

The South by Southwest Eco conference on sustainability is scheduled to be held on Oct 7-9, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.


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Now in its third year, SXSW Eco has become a must-attend for public and private sector professionals working on complex challenges facing civil society, the environment and the economy.

Experts and industry leaders from diverse sectors will be hosting panels and sessions on pressing subjects.

The three-day program events is categorized under eight separate themes, including climate change; business; energy; food and agriculture; land and water; policy and activism; design; and behavior, education and health.

Robin Chase, founder of Buzzcar, is the keynote speaker. Another “distinguished speaker” is Daniel Katz, environmental program director at The Overbrook Foundation and the chairman of the Rainforest Alliance Board.

The sessions under climate change include “Sparking Climate Interest & Action in Communities,” “How to Futureproof Cities,” and “Making Carbon Visible in Cities,” among others.

The Food and Agriculture category likewise has an agenda focused on urban and tech innovation, including sessions such as “3D Printing: The Answer to Global Food Scarcity?,” “Food in the City: Designing a Healthy Food Future,” and “The Future of Urban Farming.”

The business category sessions are generally focused on how to push specific industries towards greater sustainability. Amy Larkin of Nature Means Business will be speaking about why and how the government has to incentivize clean technology solutions while penalizing pollution and environmental destruction.

Martha Honey from the Center for Responsible Travel will be one of the speakers talking about an industry standard for sustainable travel in order to move eco-tourism and other sustainable travel trends from marketing gimmicks to meaningful and well-designed programs.

Also included in the business category is a panel on Program-Related Investments (PRIs), hosted by Gray Peckham and Jeremy Kranowitz of Sustainable America. They will address the challenges and opportunities of for making investments in early-stage companies involved in sustainable agriculture and energy.

One of the most interesting sessions at SXSW Eco under the energy theme will be hosted by Kyle Datta of Hawaii’s Ulupono Initiative and Dr. Carey King, University of Texas at Austin.

This session will discuss the sustainability strategy of the Ulupono Initiative, which aims to improve the quality of life in Hawaii through innovative solutions for recycling and reducing waste, and increasing local food and renewable energy production.

What: SXSW Eco

When: Oct 7-9, 2013

Where: Austin Conference Center, Austin, Texas

2013 EDAC Conference – Innovation on the Edge

The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) 2013 National Conference is scheduled to be held Sept 21-24, 2013 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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This year’s conference, under the theme of “Innovation on the Edge,” aims to unearth creative approaches and generate fresh ideas for economic development at the local, regional and national level.

It will obviously reflect ideas focused around innovation – not only related to technology, but also regarding different ways of doing things.

The format for conveying successful initiatives includes not just panels and keynote speeches, but also study tours.

After the opening day welcome events, the conference starts off with the EDAC AGM on Day 2, and then the opening plenary by Zita Cobb, founder and president of Shorefast Foundation, a charitable organization encouraging growth and revitalization in the Fogo Island and Change Islands region.

The cultural development and film industry panels will be followed by six different “Best Practices in Economic Development” presentations.

One of the presentations is from Don Eastwood, director of Development Services, Town of Innisfil, and Ms. Rachel Sullivan, the town’s Economic and Community Development Officer. The subject of their presentation is “Community Building: Where Disruptive = Productive.”

Another presentation titled “What Can Happen Despite Best Laid Plans” will be made by Jerry Sucharyna, the economic development officer for the District of Lillooet, Lillooet, BC.

Day 3 begins with a panel presentation on airports as engines of economic development, followed by a speech on the KPMG Competitive Alternatives Study. The third event for the day is a speech by Dr. David Freshwater, University of Kentucky, who will talk about economic development trends and innovation.

After lunch and the Marketing Canada Awards presentations, attendees will leave Delta St. John’s for study tours.

Day 4 is all about innovation, including an innovation panel and another session on incubators.

What: EDAC 2013 National Conference

When: Sept 21-24, 2013

Where: Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Center, St John’s, NL, Canada

Momentum 2013 – Inaugural Conference on Domestic Sourcing

The inaugural Momentum 2013 conference in the U.S. is scheduled to take place from Sept 10-11, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Momentum 2013, organized by Ahilia Inc., is supposed to be a comprehensive industry event on domestic sourcing of IT and BPO services.

The agenda has sessions of interest not only for buyers and providers of outsourcing services, but also for economic development agencies and local and state government officials.

The currently listed conference sponsors include, among others, the Missouri Partnership, North Dakota Department of Commerce, and the economic development agencies of the sister cities of Sherman and Denison, Texas.

One of the sessions at Momentum 2013 will discuss the role of policy in generating jobs through domestic sourcing. Another breakout session is specifically aimed as a primer on sourcing for EDAs and government agencies.

One session will discuss how local agencies and state governments can attract IT and BPO service providers and shared service centers.

These and other sessions, panel discussions and the keynotes are all scheduled for Day One. The second day is set aside for site visits to three domestic souring provider facilities in Augusta, GA.

One of these visits is to the Augusta facility of Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), where attendees will have lunch with Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

One of the speakers in the lineup for Momentum 2103 is RSI CEO Monty P. Hamilton. RSI has 15 hi-tech hubs located in second and third tier cities across the nation, and hopes to increase that to about 30.

A key to the success of the RSI model is finding communities with a high quality of life, but where the cost of living is still low. This allows the company to hire workers at relatively lower wages as compared to big-city workers doing the same job. RSI workers in Augusta get annual wages of around $50,000.

Another criterion is proximity to educational institutions that can provide a steady flow of tech workers. One such community that matches all these requirements is Augusta.Hamilton is one of the speakers at the conference, and will no doubt provide insight on how the site selection process for these sourcing centers works.

Other speakers at Momentum 2013 include Calvin C. Rhodes, CIO for the State of Georgia; Eugene M. Kublanov , Managing Director, Shared Services & Outsourcing Advisory, KPMG LLP; and Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology, who is also a published author and an acknowledged expert on outsourcing.

What: Momentum 2013

When: Sept 10-11, 2013

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

Austin Tech Council CEO Summit to Discuss Economic Impact

The Austin Technology Council (ATC) will be hosting its third annual CEO Summit on May 8, 2013 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

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The CEO Summit is a one-day gathering of technology company CEOs from across Texas.

The first one in 2011 was organized to include 100 CEOs of Austin-based companies, and expanded in 2012 to include business leaders from all over the state.

These are the CEOs of companies responsible for the fastest growing sector in Texas, and they will be sharing their vision and best practices.

After a welcome by ATC President Julie Huls and a “state of the industry” address by ATC Chairman Joel Trammell, the next item on the agenda is a discussion of the results of the Technology Economic Impact Report released today by ATC.

The report suggests that the Austin tech sector has a $21 billion economic impact. Around 80 percent of all technology companies in the city are planning to hire this year. More than 10,000 new tech positions are likely to open up by 2017, and one out of every five new jobs created between 2012-2017 in Texas will be in Austin.

ATC President Julie Huls said that the tech sector had a responsibility towards the community, and not just for creating jobs, but also for investing into building a sustainable growth engine and becoming a national driver of innovation.

The CEO Summit agenda also includes panels that will explore leadership models for the tech sector that allow effective engagement of economic development initiatives. Specifically, there will be discussions on supporting Central Texas educational institutions in creating STEM programs that will train students for joining the technology workforce.

ATC Chairman Trammell said they were energized by the tech industry’s impact on the region, but there must be more focus on ensuring that an adequate talent pool exists to sustain the growth.

The CEOs will also discuss the strategic needs of regional capital investment and alignment with creative and non-technology industries.

What: Austin Technology Council CEO Summit

When: May 8, 2013

Where: ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, Texas

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