SpinDance architects, builds and manages the software that powers today’s connected smart products. Our end-to-end approach to IoT combines best-of-breed technologies with custom software, resulting in faster time-to-market, lower cost of ownership, more secure products, and happier customers.
The sponsor of the Networking Reception will have the opportunity to expose their brand in an environment where all the movers and shakers of the local IoT industry will come together for good food, beverage, music, and networking! The reception will be filled with over 100 top industry contacts. Be a power player in the IoT industry scene!
• 3-Minute Reception Opening Introduction
• 5 – Networking Reception Tickets for your firm.
• Digital & Print logo exposure on all event marketing materials
• 8’ Marketing table for attendees to visit you
• Option: Add your own unique brand awareness techniques
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Kathleen Norton-Schock has 30-plus years in global & national P&L management and marketing leadership, from Fortune 1000 to entrepreneurial ventures. Her current focus, through her marketing consultancy (All Things Marketing LLC) is working with women leaders in large corporations, who need marketing supplementation; and directly with young companies, who have the need for marketing services. She is particularly interested in strengthening organizational diversity and fostering innovation.
She has been marketing director for CA Technologies; president of Telecorp Products Inc; and global product line director of a $150 million-plus integrated worldwide product line at Unisys (the first woman to serve at that level at Unisys)
She has delivered fully-integrated marketing campaigns to Infor, Solidworks and agencies (Arzika, and Onset Marketing LLC). In the non-profit arena, she was Director of Membership Marketing for BetterInvesting.org; and is the co-founder of ardentCause L3C, Michigan’s first L3C, delivering non-profit software.
Start-ups are in Kathleen’s DNA. She co-founded Contractors Central, which she expanded in 27 months, then sold. Earlier, she was on the start-up teams for both Exxon Office Systems and Dictaphone, the computer subsidiary of Pitney Bowes. She began her career at breakthrough technology think tank Quantum Science Corp. in New York City.
In her community life, Ms. Norton-Schock served as vice president, marketing, for the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, and is still active in MCWT. She is also the co-founder of Diva Tech Talk, producing podcasts to inspire more female participation in technology; and is a frequent guest on both the M2 TechCast and the Internet Advisor Show on WJR Radio.
Nancy Benovich Gilby
High-Tech Entrepreneur and Executive
Co-Founder Phinance.co, Technical Consultant, Invest Michigan
Nancy brings over 25+ years of startup experience to the role of co-founder of Phinance.co Prior, Nancy was the first Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan, School of Information. She designed the program to inspire and support all students to pursue at least one passion-led, self-directed innovation project during their academic tenure (PLSDIP “please-dip”). Besides entrepreneurial classes and treks, Nancy created the UX Design and Software Prototyping Clinics, staffed by students, to support community innovators. Nancy also served as co-director of the newly launched Lenovo HealthDesignBy.us Innovation Co+Lab.
Nancy previously founded and/or led products for 10 successful startups with 8 exits using a unique, integrated approach to company and market development, including raising 12 rounds of venture funding. Nancy led Asurion Mobile Applications as VP of Engineering, serving 100+ million users of her team’s mobile data cloud services. By the time she left, she lead the team that supported Asurion mobile apps on every US carrier, every phone.
Nancy’s product development methodology has generated three case studies at the Harvard Business School. Her leadership in product strategy and development contributed to Firefly, the first online web community site, a spin out of the MIT Media Laboratory, purchased by Microsoft; Wildfire, first voice-based personal, mobile, voice-based assistant, purchased by Orange; Component Software, as co-founder, was folded into Sun to become what is Java today; and On Technology, developers of the first group scheduling application, Meeting Maker as well as a successful public company, later purchased by Symantec. Nancy holds an M.S.E. and a B.S.E. Magna Cum Laude in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
David is Managing Partner of mirari (www.mirari.us) a 3D Interactive content studio. Since 2000, he has assisted intelligent Agencies, Brands and Enterprise clients apply 3D, emerging and digital transformation technologies, products and services.He is also the Co-President of VRARA Detroit, (www.thevrara.com) the global VR AR Association resource.
As a primary underwriter of medical malpractice insurance for 30 years I have always been involved in evaluating emerging healthcare technology and its impact on patient care and the associated risk factors. Along the way healthcare technology interests overtook my underwriting focus and led me to develop a healthcare technology consulting practice. I’ve immersed myself and been exposed to world class technology and its integration. I love helping providers and hospitals practice medicine in the safest and most progressive way possible. I owe a great deal to organizations like MTAM, MSHRM, ASHRM, HIMSS, and AAHCM for the priceless education I’ve received through the years as a member, speaker, and contributor.
April Jones Boyle, Founder and Executive Director, Build Institute
April was a founding team member of D:hive, where she was Director of Small Business Initiatives and helped launch the Build program. She is also the co-creator of a number of grass-roots ventures including the award-winning family Hootenanny kids concert series and CD, the critically acclaimed Indonesian pop-up restaurant Komodo Kitchen and the all mom rock band The Mydols- featured on the Cable television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels. She sits on the board of Kiva Detroit international micro lending program, the advisory board for Ponyride, Detroit’s premiere maker and small scale manufacturing space and The Flag Star Bank Pontiacs Big Idea Grant Program advisory council.
She is also co-owner and investor in Gold Cash Gold, the building and restaurant, in Corktown. April is married to Model D Co-founder Brian Boyle and is the mother of three amazing boys – Carter, Gram Henry and Rowen.
About Build Institute:
Build Institute, is an inclusive innovation hub, idea activator and small business accelerator focused on access and equity for all Detroiters. As a network of grassroots programs we assist people in turning in their project or business ideas into a reality by providing the necessary tools, resources education, and support network to get started and thrive. We believe local independently owned small businesses are the backbone of our city by creating jobs, keeping wealth and ownership in our community, redeveloping commercial corridors and neighborhoods, and preserving our culture.
Katie Bigelow is the founder of Mettle Ops. With the vision of Warfighters Serving Warfighters, this defense contracting company focuses on three primary competencies including program management, engineering, and business development. Katie launched her business in 2013 and now holds over $13M in contracts that focus on materials and solutions for soldier survivability. Her nontraditional approach continues to redefine the government defense space.
For Katie’s first entrepreneur effort, she led and owned Sterling Resumes as a freelance technical and professional writer. As an American Patriot, her passion was to help employ the unemployed.
Mrs. Bigelow served her country as a soldier for more than 10 years. As an Army Aviator, she piloted and commanded missions in Korea and Iraq as well as the United States. Katie spent the bulk of her aviation career as a medical evacuation pilot. It was an honor and privilege to carry injured American heroes from the battlefield to safety.
She graduated from Army flight school, Army Aviation Safety School, the Defense Language Institute, holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Ridge Aeronautical University, and an Associate of Arts in Foreign Language.
Katie’s family motto is “Never Give Up”. She and her husband, Mark, raise their own army of seven children in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Kylee Guenther is the CEO of Spectalite, an entrepreneur and self-proclaimed green little hippie since birth. She’s passionate about finding environmentally friendlier solutions to everyday issues involving sustainability.
Spectalite, a women owned Advanced Engineering and Materials manufacturer, has found a way to incorporate bamboo fibers into plastics or starch based resins, to create sustainable, eco-friendly, light weight, strong and durable, cost effective composite plastic material that can be used in packaging and other applications, to reduce or eliminate the use of plastics.
Kylee was a University Fellow at Eastern Michigan University, where she studied Management. She lives in Michigan with her amazing husband and enjoys learning foreign languages, traveling and margaritas.
Lori McColl is the Founder of Whim, a technology consultancy that designs and implements leading edge digital platforms and operating models mobile apps supporting the future of how organizations will engage customers. Before launching Whim, Lori was a Director with one of the largest global professional services firms responsible for implementing enterprise and cloud-based solutions for Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, technology, consumer products and industrial products sectors.
Lori has spoken at the Women’s Convention, Social Media Week & Detroit Start-up Week on topics ranging from the social impact and trends in the fashion industry to creating a social movement by following the passions and taking risks. Whim has been featured in the Crain’s Small Business blog and is part of a local movement to expand Detroit’s fashion, tech and sustainability innovation.
Lori is a 4 time Ironman Finisher, 50K Ultra Marathon finisher and an Ohio University Division 1 Volleyball Player. She has also combined her love of travel and by completing some of the world’s most challenging hikes from Everest Base Camp (Nepal), Routeburn Track (New Zealand), and the Inca Trail (Peru). Lori is an active member at the Detroit Athletic Club as a Board Member of the Fitness Club, Technology Committee member, Special Events Committee and Mentor for Future DAC Leaders.
‘Tember Shea, Inforum Michigan, Director inGAGE™
Responsible for leading inGAGE™, Inforum’s strategy to position Michigan as the Midwest hub for high-growth women entrepreneurs. The approach delivers programs to increase the number of women angel investors in Michigan; provides women access to our network of investors and advisors, guides women through the process of commercializing technology and assists emerging second-stage companies in identifying and seizing new market opportunities, enabling them to scale.
Passionate about strengthening and diversifying the entrepreneurial eco-system in Southeast Michigan, ‘Tember utilizes her skills, experience and sphere of influence to transform and connect the community around her.
Collectively, since 2012, 100 women have participated in the first eight inGAGE™ cohorts, those women have incorporated 41 new companies, created 384 new jobs, and have been granted 35 new patents. Furthermore, Inforum has provided support to assist women entrepreneurs raise more than $41.8M in new capital, and over $9.1M in government contracts.
Prior to leading the inGAGE™ program, ‘Tember led Inforum’s statewide membership cultivation and engagement strategy for more than 2,000 members and 80 companies. Facilitated continued learning and strategic connections for members using a variety of methods including social media, affinity groups, large speaker events, leadership development courses and strategic introductions.
Before moving to Michigan in 1996, ‘Tember spent twenty years as a regional operations director for various women’s retail, clothing, swimwear and salon chains. She has lived and worked across the country, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City, before making Michigan and metro Detroit her permanent home.
She currently serves on the Community Board of Bamboo Detroit and the Forbes Nonprofit Council. She interviews women entrepreneurs monthly on the M2 TechCast with hosts Mike Brannan and Matt Roush, and is active within the entrepreneurial eco-system in Michigan.
You can reach ‘Tember at email@example.com, O: 313-567-0248, C: 248-761-0550
Teresa Renaud, President
Outsourced Sales Management Services
Teresa’s been involved with technology companies for almost 25 years. During her 15 years at Cisco, she managed boutique and large national channel partners as well as a global team for one of the automotive OEMs. In addition to being an award winning contributor during her Cisco tenure, she also provided sales leadership value to smaller companies and teams.
She recently started Outsourced Sales Management Services which provides part time sales management support for small business that are struggling to grow an integrated marketing and sales operation. Always looking for ways to give back, Teresa is active with Inforum and is a MTAM Mobile Monday Organizer.
David Palmer is the Senior Director for Strategies & Partnerships at the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) for Southeast Michigan. His work is focused on supporting WIN’s occupational cluster strategy in southeast Michigan for the areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Information Technology and other sectors important to the Detroit labor shed. He supports numerous WIN initiatives including Opportunity Detroit Tech, Apprenti, MAGMA, ExperienceIT Detroit, and MI Bright Future. He also acts as the lead staff for Advance Michigan, which has helped bring over $40 million in federal investments to partner organizations in the region since June, 2014.
David is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Detroit Economic Club. He is currently a member of the SEMCOG Transportation Coordinating Council and serves on the Wayne State University Computer Science Advisory Board.
Yousuf Taufiq has more than a decade of engineering and management experience in the field of ITS and Connected/Automated Vehicles. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and an EMBA from Michigan State University. Taufiq leads the WSP ITS practice for Michigan, providing expertise to road agencies to help improve safety, operations and mobility of the transportation system in Southeast Michigan. Taufiq is the current President/Chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of Michigan and is the Secretary for the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring program in Michigan.
With an incredible passion for augmented and virtual reality, Brad Pitser has been involved in the technology’s production and development for over 20 years. Focused on emerging technologies, he started his career at the EDS Virtual Reality Center with some of the largest manufacturers in the world, including GM, Ford, Toyota and Mitsubishi. While living in San Diego, Mr. Pitser became a key innovator in the development of mobile games for brands such as Lucas Arts, Pixar, Nickelodeon and more. As a veteran of the mobile industry, Mr. Pitser was involved in the initial launch of apps on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. His development experience spans the world, with products developed and sold in North and South America, Japan, Korea, China, Australia and all of Europe.
Since 2012, he has applied his knowledge of VR and immersive technologies, along with mobile, to focus solely on augmented reality, most recently as PTC’s Director of AR Content for Vuforia Studio.
Christine Salvati moved to Grand Rapids to work for Spectrum Health four years ago. She started in information technology, where she was the lead business analyst on various innovative products to benefit Spectrum Health’s patients. One of her products she led was MedNow. Since MedNow App’s release in September 2017, she has continued to work for MedNow as their project and communication specialist at Spectrum Health.
Christine loves to focus on her health and wellness by participating in work out programs, running and partaking in race events.
Erica Schaffel is the VP of Sales for PIXO VR, an Enterprise VR Training company based in Royal Oak, MI. Erica has held senior sales roles for several early and growth-stage technology companies, with a focus on SaaS applications. She has successfully designed and implemented sales strategies leading to millions of dollars in recurring revenue.
Stephen Couchman (Couch), is President/CEO of LivePicture – an experiential marketing company, as well as STEAMBOX Educational Services, a state-of-the-art employee training and apprenticeship system.
Heading LivePicture, Couch formed alliances with supplier/partners such as NVIDIA, Intel, Samsung and LG. His company has partnered with dozens of companies to bring their stories to life in a trade show or conference setting, including: WEDOO, Automation Alley, RCO Engineering, Summit Environmental Services and 5-Hour Energy. LivePicture enjoys membership in the Southfield Chamber of Commerce, Women in Defense (WID) and VRARA-Detroit Chapter, a global association for members working with Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality, where Couch was recently elected Vice President.
Mahmoud “Moody” Mattan is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of BrandVR, a full-service AR/VR platform for businesses. Prior to BrandVR, Mr. Mattan founded PowisVR, where he built a multi-million dollar virtual reality headset and mobile accessories business. Before that, he led investments in Meta, Sidecar, and Genius (formerly Rap Genius) at Fenox Venture Capital. With a background in venture capital, business development, and marketing, Mr. Mattan specializes in finding profitable strategies for emerging technologies. A former Wayne State University football player, Mr. Mattan recently moved back to Detroit to strengthen the tech community and play a role in the city’s resurgence.
In a past life, Adam Stogdill may have been a pterodactyl. In this life he has spent the last 20+ years coding and solving problems. With that experience and his love of teaching, he has been able to help clients and peers create and amaze in a variety of mediums. When Adam isn’t bringing immersive worlds to life, teaching others, or thinking about dinosaurs and sharks, he can be found spending time with his family and rapping. If you do one thing this entire conference — you should find Adam and give him a high five.
Lindsay Brooke is Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Engineering, the flagship magazine of SAE International. He also produces SAE’s “Eye on Engineering” podcast, aired weekly on Detroit’s WJR 760-AM.
Brooke has written extensively about vehicle technology, development and manufacturing for 35 years. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Car and Driver, Popular Science and other periodicals and he has authored five books covering automotive and motorcycle topics. He is a member of the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year jury.
Kelly Hollingsworth is dually focused in the general business and information technology industries. Her wide-spread knowledge spans from entity formation and mergers and acquisitions to commercial contracting and technology procurement and licensing. Kelly is proficient in cloud-based hosting solutions and data privacy issues, giving her practice a specialty focus. http://www.wnj.com/Professionals/Attorneys/Hollingsworth_Kelly_R
Panelist: Ro Gupta, CEO and Co-founder of CARMERA BIO
Panelist: Carrie Morton, Deputy Director Mcity, University of Michigan BIO
Panelist: Daniel Morris, Canvas, Professor Michigan State University.
Brian litigates disputes and counsels clients in a wide range of commercial and intellectual property matters. He has developed a particular focus in matters of creative expression, commercial identity and privacy, which spans the legal doctrines of copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity rights, advertising, journalism and related fields. http://www.wnj.com/Professionals/Attorneys/Wassom-Brian-D
John C. Muhs
John Muhs focuses his practice on corporate transactional and securities matters. He advises privately-held and publicly-traded companies on matters of business formation, corporate governance, joint ventures, capital raising, and commercial contracting. In mergers and acquisitions, John has experience on the buy- and sell-side of financial and strategic transactions involving middle-market companies. http://www.wnj.com/Professionals/Attorneys/Muhs-John
Paul A. Eisenstein is a publisher, photographer, editor and one of the world’s most widely published automotive journalists whose work appears in a wide range of print, broadcast and electronic outlets, including The Economist, NBC News, NPR, Cigar Aficionado, The Detroit News and many others. He was declared a “Pioneer of the Internet,” by J.D. Power and Associates, among the first to publish an automotive website and today runs TheDetroitBureau.com, an auto news site. He’s a North American Car and Truck of the Year juror, an advisor to the Automotive Hall of Fame, and a board member and past president of the Automotive Press Association.
Kyyba Innovations is a global accelerator and collaboration eco-system that provides innovators and entrepreneurs the environment to enable their ideas to become reality. Mentoring and guidance from world-renowned experts Business Case Development Customer Strategy and Offer development Product Development Organization Development Investor Identification and Funding Intellectual Intellectual Property, legal and company information assistance Market Validation.
Ryan Latourette has been flying UAS since 2013. His work has been featured on Good Morning America and ABC Nightly News, and hangs in the State Capitol Building as well as the Governor’s Executive Offices. Combining his passion for technology, photography, and law, Ryan has been an advocate for drones and expanding their uses while driving for public acceptance and incorporation of the technology in a multitude of industries. He is a member of the Drone Pilots Association, DUGN, USUAV, and NODE. Ryan lives in Grand Ledge, Michigan with his wife, two daughters, and more than a dozen drones.
Tonya M. Matthews, Ph.D.
A thought-leader in museum engagement, free-choice learning, and hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, Dr. Tonya M. Matthews serves as the Michigan Science Center’s president and chief executive officer. Her diverse background includes academic and professional work as a Ph.D. scientist, educator, community volunteer, and award-winning writer and poet.
Matthews is the first permanent leader of the Michigan Science Center and has grown its impact to annually serving 300,000 children and families across 42 counties, while continuing to focus on the schools and communities of Detroit. Powered by her passionate leadership for diversity in STEM, the science center launched The STEMinista Project, an initiative supporting the interest of middle school girls in STEM. Additionally, Matthews has positioned the science center as the hub of critical conversations in STEM. The science center served as host for the statewide Manufacturing Day and regional Construction Expo, as well as, for the release of the nation’s first-ever report card on Technology and Engineering Literacy through the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Previously, Matthews served as the Vice President of Museums for Cincinnati Museum Center, directing the education, research and community engagement footprints of a 3-museum, 3-research center institution. During her tenure, she was instrumental in positioning the museum as a thought leader in STEM and created the museum’s signature programs in early childhood science training and girl-focused STEM engagement. Prior to her work in Cincinnati, Matthews worked as a biomedical engineer for the Food and Drug Administration, as well as project manager for the bioscience wing of the Maryland Science Center. Additionally, she has taught as adjunct and visiting faculty member in universities across the country.
Matthews continues to be a personal and professional advocate for “whole brain” activation through her writing and public speaking. She has performed poetry and storytelling with the Cincinnati Ballet Company, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, composed an original piece for the premier of Symphony in D with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Matthews completed her doctoral work at Johns Hopkins University in biomedical engineering and her baccalaureate studies at Duke University in biomedical and electrical engineering. Her undergraduate degree also includes a certificate in African/African-American Studies.
In 2014, Matthews was appointed by the Secretary of Education to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board to help guide The Nation’s Report Card. She also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education, and serves as a board member of Detroit Cristo Rey High School, TechTown, and Detroit Public Television. She has been honored as a Michigan Chronicle Woman of Achievement, a MichBusiness Distinguished Service Honoree, and as one of Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan. In December 2016, Matthews was recognized with an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University. Matthews is a member National Society of Black Engineers and Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.
Ro Gupta is the CEO and Co-founder of CARMERA, the street-level intelligence platform specializing in high-definition mapping for autonomous vehicles. Before CARMERA, he created data products and helped grow commenting network, Disqus, to 2 billion users. Prior to that, he held business development roles at Disney, and strategic advisory roles for Fortune 500s and NGOs in the US, South America and Africa. Ro studied Civil Engineering and Transportation at Princeton and received an MBA from Northwestern. He was born in India and lives in Brooklyn with his family.
Carrie Morton, Deputy Director Mcity, University of Michigan
Mcity Deputy Director Carrie Morton oversees day-to-day operations of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s public-private partnership devoted to advancing the development of connected and automated vehicles. She is actively involved in supporting strategy development and execution, and fosters collaboration among Mcity’s industry, government and academic partners. Prior to joining Mcity, Morton served a dual role at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. As director of business development, she helped broaden industrial relationships with energy faculty. Morton also served as assistant director for collaboration and industry outreach for the US-China Clean Energy Research Center – CleanVehicle Consortium. Morton joined the university in 2011 after more than a decade in the automotive industry, primarily with the Robert Bosch Corporation. In her last role at Bosch, she was manager of government projects and responsible for leading all publicly funded research projects, with a focus on engine combustion. Morton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in Automotive Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.
Kirk T. Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, oversees MDOT’s over four billion dollar budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees. He also oversees administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects.
Steudle is a national leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies, and was the 2014-2015 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Steudle is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB. As well as a member of numerous NCHRP panels and committees on asset and performance management.
Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering, serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2012.
The unmanned aerial systems evolution is upon us. The ability to leverage this new technology to increase efficiency, safety, and in a cost-effective manner is key to further development and implementation. This workshop will begin with a panel presentation regarding the current technology being leveraged; show case examples of how this technology is being leveraged; and discuss regulatory aspects within the FAA, international aviation authorities as well as Michigan specific regulatory control. The presentation will wrap up with what the future may hold moving forward. The workshop will then be open for question and answer period regarding the drone industry for our panelists with the audience. The workshop will conclude with LIVE demonstrations of SWARM technology, sUAS demonstrations and displays.
9am to 10:30am – Presentation on Drone Industry
10:30am to 11am – Q & A Panel Discussion
11am to Noon – LIVE Demonstrations and Displays
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Join the Michigan Science Center and Digerati Girls for an interactive workshop! Divided into 3 concurrent sessions, students will explore new global Code.org curriculum sponsored by Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and many other partners. During these exciting sessions, students will first learn some basics of computer science by creating video game components in a mini code race. Students will then expand upon their creation by taking one of the characters and creating an augmented reality AR/VR design that performs specified moves. Students who participate will leave with free access to the platform to continue learning & exploration at home on their own. The sessions will conclude with a career panel led by the women of The STEMinista Project, the Michigan Science Center’s women in STEM initiative.
Tech248 network helps connect Oakland County tech professionals with potential research and product development partners, suppliers, customers and talent. The Tech248 network meets monthly to hear industry experts speak on a variety of tech focused topics and to encourage networking and collaboration while providing a solicitation-free environment. If you or your company are in tech-related field and are located in Oakland County, visit www.tech248.com and join today!
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center offers personalized consulting services that enable Michigan manufacturers to operate smarter, compete and prosper. We develop more effective business leaders, drive product and process innovation, assist with navigating through governmental regulations, promote company-wide operational excellence and foster creative strategies for business growth and greater profitability. We work tirelessly on behalf of Michigan manufacturers, finding the right solutions for every situation, every time.
Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV, Surveillance, and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, advanced network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. Visit Site
Bamboo is a shared office space and community of entrepreneurs working in Downtown Detroit. Bamboo officers flexible and exceptional office space, inclusive community, and support to help your business grow. We’re located at 1420 Washington Blvd, suite 301. Visit Site
Menlo Innovations is a custom software design and development company with a radically different approach to workplace culture— one intentionally designed to produce joy. From pairing to post-its every process and tool at Menlo is designed to end human suffering as it relates to technology. Every year thousands of visitors come to Ann Arbor, Michigan to see our team in action and learn how to create a workplace people love. Visit Site
TechTown is Detroit’s entrepreneurship hub, with a full suite of programs for both tech and neighborhood small businesses. TechTown works with businesses at all stages, helping startup, emerging and established companies develop, launch and grow. Visit Site
The Michigan STEM Partnership, a 501c3 non-profit, promotes the impact of STEM careers on economic development across the State of Michigan, and strives to influence the career decisions of students as they prepare for their future. The Mission is to provide statewide connections and communications between employers, educators, students and parents, community and professional organizations, and policy-makers, providing strategic support for the development of resources and programs that provide for the effectiveness and sustainability of STEM education and talent development. Information about the Partnership can be found at www.MISTEMPartnership.com
Warner Norcross + Judd provides proactive legal and business counsel to clients of all sizes and industries, including innovative startups responsible for AR/VR devices and content, to trade associations and established multinationals. We not only anticipate the legal questions raised by new technologies — but help shape the conversations that determine the answers. Our team is composed of lawyers who are futurists and techno-philes in their own rights, actively participating in industry groups and cutting-edge legal actions. Visit www.wnj.com, follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on LinkedIn.
Based in Detroit and serving all of Michigan, MTAM is a non-profit trade association for connected technologies in Michigan, the firms who provide them, and the firms – in all industries – who use them. We facilitate collaboration between varied sectors of the connected tech eco-system and other industries to drive innovation, drive increased use of Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally, help diversify Michigan’s economy thru growth of connected tech-enabled innovation and help create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state. Information about MTAM can be found at www.GoMobileMichigan.org.