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Thu, Aug 22, 2019

High Tech Happy Hour - 18th Anniversary Celebration

Sponsored by: SupraNet Communications
Sponsored by: Yahara Software
Please join us as we help kick of the 10th annual Forward Festival and celebrate the 18th Anniversary of High Tech Happy Hour! Enjoy views of Lake Mendota from the Tripp Commons Deck while networking and enjoying complimentary beer and appetizers. The Anniversary Celebration is brought to you by your hosts, SupraNet Communications and Yahara Software. #HTHH

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Memorial Union Terrace - Tripp Commons

  • Social
  • Happy Hour
  • networking
  • free
High Tech Happy Hour - 18th Anniversary Celebration

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Idea <—> App

Hosted by Ride Spot and amuz apps

Sponsored by: Amuz
Sponsored by: Ride Spot
Eric Lynn and Jim Zellmer plan to discuss brand building, customer experience goals, financing options and surprises on the journey. Lunch will be provided. Eric Lynn is Founder of the blackriver, the software that powers PeopleForBikes’ Ride Spot app. Jim Zellmer co-founded one of the first SAAS businesses and created #LunchLearnericjim

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Graze (Mezzanine)

  • Lunch and Learn
  • graze
  • fun
  • amuz
  • Ride Spot
Idea <—> App

Sat, Aug 24, 2019

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Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Ladies Who Lunch: Forward Fest Edition

Hosted by Ellevate

Sponsored by: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Come enjoy lunch with us and learn more about Madison's tenth annual Forward Festival!Join us for a lunch and learn about the history (and exciting future) of Madison, WI's signature Forward Festival, a celebration of Food, Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology. We will share our experiences on the last day of the festival and recap the events and discussions that impacted us, ensuring the spirit of the week lives beyond...

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Goodman Community Center Brassworks

  • lunch
  • Social
  • women in tech
Ladies Who Lunch: Forward Fest Edition!

Rooftop Social (and Forward Fest Wrap Party)

Hosted by Capital Entrepreneurs

Join Capital Entrepreneurs as we wrap up the 2019 Forward Festival with a rooftop celebration on the Capitol Square. Come mingle with Madison’s up-and-coming innovators at the Capital Entrepreneurs Rooftop Social. Enjoy great networking and Capitol views from Boardman & Clark's beautiful rooftop terrace, as well as a variety of beverages and snacks from local producers. Please note: This is a private event and advance registration is required.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Boardman & Clark

  • Social
  • Celebration
  • meetups
  • Happy Hour
  • networking
Rooftop Social (and Forward Fest Wrap Party)