Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creatives from the Midwest in an 8-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Aug 17, 2017

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Aug 21, 2017

ART+ Mass

ART+ Mass will offer a dialogue on art as a lens and tool for exploring and documenting new discoveries in particle physics. The panel will feature:• Artist Sonja Thomsen, whose immersive lobby installation at MMoCA is meant to transform a viewer's encounters with light, space, time, and movement. Thomsen's interest lies in “creating spaces that highlight the inaccessible. There should always be a place for wonder; it is a direct line...

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


  • Social
  • Focused Discussion
ART+ Mass

Exploring Silvertech: Innovations For Seniors And Caregivers

Sponsored by: Earthling Interactive
The conversation about aging adults and tech needs to shift from focusing on an "untapped opportunity" to thinking about the realities around aging and how technology might revolutionize the way we live-as and care-for seniors. Aging2.0 Madison presents a panel of experts on aging and technology that will examine ways silvertech can improve quality of life, assist aging in place, and support care givers and providers. From wearables to telehealth,...

9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Grand Hall at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community

  • Panel
Exploring Silvertech: Innovations For Seniors And Caregivers

Aug 22, 2017

Forward Summit: Breath For Change - Yoga and Mindfulness Class

Do you want to show up to this event present, collected, ready to learn and excited to collaborate? Take time for yourself! Your well-being matters and positively impacts those around you. During this one-hour yoga and meditation practice hosted by Breathe for Change, you'll be lead through a brief meditation followed by an asana practice. All are welcome! Feel free to come in whatever you are comfortable wearing - yoga...

7:30 am – 8:30 am

1st floor deck overlooking the lake at the Memorial Union

  • Yoga
Forward Summit: Breath For Change - Yoga and Mindfulness Class

Forward Summit: Madison Tech Meetups

While the Forward Technology Conference is an anchor event during Forward Festival, we heard from attendees who wanted additional opportunities to learn about technology beyond entrepreneurship. We reached out to Madison area Meetup groups to partner on creating a full tech track on issues from software to hardware.  Many thanks to our Meetup partners: Internet of Things - Madison, Ionic Madison, Madhackers, Madison Women in Tech, MASD (Madison Area...

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Memorial Union

  • meetups
  • Social
Forward Summit: Madison Tech Meetups

Aug 23, 2017

ProductTank Madison - 2 Founders on Identifying & Vetting Product Opportunities

Hear from two founders and CEOs from the healthcare IT industry to hear their perspective on providing solutions to customers' problems as opposed to selling them products. As part of this discussion they will share their experiences of identifying and vetting new product or company opportunities, and when to listen to customers and when to deviate from what they are asking for. Speakers: Shree Kalluri, Founder, CEO, and Chief Customer...

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Founder
  • Developer
  • Mentor
  • Startup
  • Investor
  • Social
  • Introductory
  • Showcase
  • Show
  • Pitch
 ProductTank Madison - 2 Founders on Identifying & Vetting Product Opportunities

Hacking Healthcare

Sponsored by: Epic
Pack your problem-solving pants for a hackathon-style day of grass-roots collaboration and ideas starting with creative minds from the Forward Fest crowd. This is a collaborative event that goes beyond a strict computer coding competition, though software designers are encouraged to join. It is a chance to multiply your personal insights and tackle healthcare’s trickiest challenges with like-minded innovators, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. 

8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

  • Hackathon
Hacking Healthcare

Healthtech Capitol Presents: Healthtech Hob Nob

Healthcare is a difficult industry to navigate and can be overwhelming for first time healthcare entrepreneurs.  These barriers often discourage entrepreneurs from jumping into healthcare in the first place, but not the team of entrepreneurs we have assembled.  Join us as we learn from a panel of “up-and-coming” healthcare entrepreneurs and healthcare investors as they tell us their story about how they formed their company, challenges they have face...

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


  • Panel
  • Social
  • Technology
Healthtech Capitol Presents: Healthtech Hob Nob

Aug 24, 2017