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Thu, Aug 16, 2018

"IoT": Its Application in the Industrial World

Hosted by The Madison IoT Meetup Group

David Vasko, is currently the Director of Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation. He is also a board member of the Milwaukee Institute, the IoT Talent Consortium, the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition and is a member of the Visiting Committee on Advance Technology with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. We will be hearing about his thoughts around “IoT” and it’s application to the Industrial World. Like . . . where it has be...

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

100state

  • Tech
  • Meetup
  • Innovation
  • InternetofThings
"IoT": Its Application in the Industrial World!

B2B Software Meetup: A Discussion of Design and Development Challenges

Hosted by Widen

B2B software is used by a variety of people with different goals. How do you design software for users you don't hear from? Join Mandy Wagner, Leah Ujda, and Bob Samuels from Widen to learn how to get the information you need to design useful, usable software. You'll learn about tools and techniques used at Widen and your fellow attendees during a group discussion. **Happy hour fare will be...

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Widen Enterprises

  • Happy Hour
  • UX
  • product design
  • software
  • user experience
B2B Software Meetup: A Discussion of Design and Development Challenges!

Introduction To Talent Maximizer Workshop Series

Hosted by StartingBlock

Kick off of StartingBlock's fall Talent Maximizer Workshop Series. Six part series covers the most critical talent-related topics, including finding the right talent; full-time v. freelance considerations; and equity / compensation strategies. Plus, information on applying for StartingBlock's 2nd Annual SNAP that matches students interested in interning at a startup and startups who want student interns. We've found a way to make finding the right internship a SNAP!

9:00 am – 10:00 am

StartingBlock Madison

  • talent
  • recruiting
  • team building
Introduction To Talent Maximizer Workshop Series

LIVE WEBCAST: Using Design Thinking To Grow Your Business with Dr. Darin Eich

Hosted by DreamBank

What is design thinking and how can it help you grow professionally? Join expert Dr. Darin Eich and discover this powerful approach to business success. You’ll learn how to develop an innovative mindset, an understanding of your customers and what they need from your business. From there, you’ll be able to create products your customers really want, are willing to pay for, and how to reach them using simp...

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Webinar - Online

  • Design Thinking
  • Webcast
  • In-person
LIVE WEBCAST: Using Design Thinking To Grow Your Business with Dr. Darin Eich

neXXpo

Experience what’s next in business at neXXpo 2018, a celebration of innovation in our region hosted by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Join hundreds of attendees in checking out creative, cutting-edge businesses at our “innovation hubs” and casting your vote for the third annual Most Innovative Company (MIC) Award. The finalists will be announced at neXXpo, with the MIC being awarded to the champion at a special nex7 Stage event...

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Overture Center

  • Social
  • Innovation
  • Showcase
  • Celebration
  • Happy Hour
  • networking
  • start-up
  • business
neXXpo

Pressure Chamber

Pressure Chamber returns for its fifth year as emerging companies again compete for the coveted “golden suitcase,” as well as a spot on the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation to California this fall for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms.  Participating companies will pitch in front of a panel of out-of-state investors, business executives and a live audience, with the winning company chosen based...

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Overture Center

  • Pitch Event
  • Startup
  • Investment
  • Showcase
  • HealthTech
  • Social
Pressure Chamber

Social Good Summit

Hosted by: Social Good Madison

It can be hard to determine when you're making a difference. So, let's make it easy. The Social Good Summit has always focused on social change and how community and entrepreneurship collide to create a wonderful world of hope and most importantly, make a difference. The 5th annual Social Good Summit focus is a showcase of Madison's change-makers. Join us for this showcase event and meet the people and projects...

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Madison Public Library

  • Pitch Event
  • Startup
  • Showcase
  • Founder
  • Mentor
  • Summit
Social Good Summit

Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) Launch Party

Sponsored by: Foley & Lardner LLP
This event is the launch of LÜM's iOS application. Live Undiscovered Music is a music discovery and streaming platform that is built on a social network. LÜM focuses on up and coming artists around the world by providing the ability for users to discover, share, and circulate music to decrease the disparity in exposure between corporate music and new music, and link local areas into the undiscovered music th...

7:30 pm – 12:00 am

Monona Terrace

  • Drinks
  • Live music
  • LÜM
  • App
  • Social
  • networking
Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) Launch Party

Wake Up Fearless

Hosted by: Bunker & THE JILLS OF ALL TRADES

The future of work is radically and rapidly changing. There will soon be more independent contractors and freelancers than employees in the workforce. Are you ready for the new normal? Are you aware of how to access the tools and resources that will set you up for success? Join us for bagels and beer-mosas, and learn from co-hosts, BUNKER & THE JILLS OF ALL TRADES™ on why working ‘On-Demand’ is ‘In-Dem...

7:30 am – 9:30 am

Bunker

  • Meetup
  • coffee
  • morning meetup
  • Social
  • networking
Wake Up Fearless

Why Language Is The Best Technology Humans Have Ever Invented - And How You Could Be Capitalizing On It

96% of executives cite ineffective communication as the reason for workplace failures. 33% of employees say that lack of open communication has the most negative impact on morale. No matter your field, you use language everyday to achieve business outcomes: how you use language MATTERS. Learning even just a little bit about how language works can benefit you and your company. Memra Language Services uses cutting-edge linguistic research to 1) analyze the linguistic...

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dreambank inside the Spark Buidling

  • workshop
  • launch
  • Social
  • data
  • research
  • interactive
Why Language Is The Best Technology Humans Have Ever Invented - And How You Could Be Capitalizing On It

Sat, Aug 18, 2018

Code.forGood()

Social Good Madison

Technology acceleration for social good ventures. A coding day for a cause. Code.forGood() brings diverse coders and content makes together for a cause. A mission-based engagement activity for those with programming skills at a variety of levels to help push a social good cause forward in the development of their website or app. The Code.forGood(); series brings together a small, but growing community of technology, content, and other...

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Horizon Coworking

  • coding day
  • Hackathon
Code.forGood()!

Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Mon, Aug 20, 2018

A HealthTech Capitol Relay Conversation

Event Description: Two chairs. One interviewer and one interviewee – each coming from different perspectives in Greater Madison’s healthtech scene. After a few questions, the interviewer exits and the interviewee moves over to the interviewer chair. A new health innovation leader takes the interviewee chair and the conversation continues.  Join HealthTech Capitol, an initiative of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, for an evening of networking – featuring complimentary beverages and li...

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Findorff

  • HealthTech
  • networking
  • start-up
  • business
  • Technology
A HealthTech Capitol Relay Conversation!

CANCELLED: Investment Readiness: Interactive Panel and Workshop on Problem Statement and Value Proposition

Hosted by Kinnektor

*NOTE: This event has been cancelled.Hors d'oeuvres, Coffee, Water, Soda provided by Assure Professional Panel Discussion: Interactive Q&A: Problem Statement and Value Proposition are the subjects of this event. Subject matter experts, moderator and audience are part of opening up these topics. Identifying and articulating the problem, and then the process of identifying the value proposition are both difficult, and important processes. This discussion will begin with pre-selected...

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

StartingBlock Madison

  • Panel
  • workshop
  • deep dive
  • Mentor
  • Social
CANCELLED: Investment Readiness: Interactive Panel and Workshop on Problem Statement and Value Proposition!

Data for Impact Conference

Hosted by: Collaboration for Good

SMALL DATA CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT Set your focus on using data to make an impact— drive decisions, spur change, assess impact, and communicate. Join us as we bring together nonprofits, businesses, government organizations, philanthropic organizations with data scientists, social entrepreneurs, civic hackers, and community members for a day-long exploration of data— how to use, collect it, visualize it, tell stories with, and more. Join us, as...

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Union South

  • Focused Discussions
  • Conference
  • Panel
  • Nonprofit
  • Analytics
  • Tech/Software
  • data
  • Social
Data for Impact Conference

Giving Design a Seat at the Lean Table

Hosted by Design Concepts, Inc

Design Thinking and Lean Startup are two approaches to product and service development that can co-exist with some creativity and flexibility to create a better result. Join us for this inspiring talk, first given at SXSW, by Amy Lee, Senior Design Researcher & Strategist, and Roshelle Ritzenthaler, Design Strategist. A light lunch will be served.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Design Concepts

  • seminar
  • Social
Giving Design a Seat at the Lean Table

Intro to Blockchain Panel

Hosted by 100state

This panel is designed to provide an introduction and discussion about emerging blockchain technology. Panelists will focus on the impact blockchain technology will have on the Madison ecosystem. It is open to anyone from the enthusiast to curious. Panelists include : Will Pangman: Founder, Badger Labs Sidarth Ramesh: Founder, Chainguru Vash Marada: CEO, Bitpayer Roz Stengle: President, Badger Blockchain Note: seating is limited so make sure to reserve your spot!

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

100state

  • Panel
  • networking
  • blockchain
Intro to Blockchain Panel

MADWAUKEE Lunch & Learn with Archna Sahay

Hosted by StartingBlock

ARCHANA SAHAY, Philly superstar, known as the city’s “Best Connector”, will be in Madison talking about Philadelphia’s innovation scene and strategies to build a diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem. Archana served as the Director of Entrepreneur Investment for the City of Philadelphia until Summer 2017 when she joined J. Nowak Strategies.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

StartingBlock Madison

  • fundraising
  • workshop
  • discussion
MADWAUKEE Lunch & Learn with Archna Sahay

Seminar & Social: Impact / SRI - Investing with Your Values

Sponsored by: Robert W Baird
Impact / SRI Investing is one of the fastest growing areas as investors seek to build a more equitable world by including social, environmental and corporate governance issues. Learn how you can invest with your values and make a difference with Mary Strickland and Laura Murray. www.bairdoffices.com/madison_w... @rwbaird #rwbaird

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

US Bank Capitol Square

  • workshop
  • Social
  • networking
  • Innovation
  • SRI
  • Investor
  • ESG
  • Impact
Seminar & Social:  Impact / SRI - Investing with Your Values

Startup Week(night)

Every spring, Madison Startup Weekend descends on University Research Park for 54 straight hours. On August 20th, we’ll be hosting a micro version of this annual event: learn what it takes to get an idea off the ground from serial entrepreneurs in a fun, off-kilter race against the clock, but in 3 hours instead of 3 days! Based on a set of provided materials, attendees will have the chance to invent a pr...

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

EatStreet

  • start-up
  • entrepreneur
  • business
  • hands-on
  • fun
Startup Week(night)

Wisconsin Ag Innovation Forum

Hosted by Earthling Interactive

Sponsored by: Earthling Interactive
From university-led research, to scrappy start-ups, to corporate investment, Wisconsin has been at the forefront of the evolution of agriculture. Perhaps overlooked, is how these different centers of innovation are interconnected. Research ideas from the university are spun off into start-ups; start-up acquisition leads to innovation at larger ag tech companies, which in turn support funding of university research. In addition, Wisconsin innovations in ag have had a profound impact...

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Discovery Building - Orchard Room

  • forum
  • Panel
  • speakers
Wisconsin Ag Innovation Forum

Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Forward Technology Conference

We have an amazing line up for the 2018 Forward Technology Conference. There will be tracks specializing in Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Marketing, Design, and Technology. Learn more about each track along with our Keynote speaker, John Zeratsky, here. FTC is by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. You’ll get real perspective from tech startup leaders who are actually in the trenches building successful companies. You’ll hear everything from best practices to war stories, and...

8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Memorial Union

  • Conference
  • Panel
  • Founder
  • Mentor
  • Startup
  • Innovation
Forward Technology Conference

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Badger Fund Manager Meet and Greet

Hosted by Badger Fund of Funds

Venture capital fund managers from new venture capital funds supported by the Badger Fund of Funds will be at the August 22nd Jazz at Five performance on the corner of State and Capitol. The Badger Fund of Funds is sponsoring the event and will provide beer and pizza for attendees at no cost. Come enjoy a beautiful Wisconsin evening and engage in some hot conversation about the future of venture...

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Corner of State Street and the Capitol Square

  • Investor
  • Venture Capital
  • Music
  • networking
  • Social
Badger Fund Manager Meet and Greet!

Badger Startup Summit

Sponsored by: Baker Tilly
Sponsored by: Findorff
Sponsored by: Kollath CPA
Sponsored by: Makin' Hey
Sponsored by: Murphy Desmond
Sponsored by: Morgan Stanley
Sponsored by: University Research Park
Sponsored by: WARF
Now in its sixth year the Badger Startup Summit is a highly interactive event connecting Badger entrepreneurs * everywhere - share ideas, exchange experiences and meet new contacts.- Hear from Wisconsin entrepreneurs during the Disruptive (r)Evolution Showcase talk about how their technologies are shaping new business solutions.- Make connections with all the key players in the Madison startup tech scene during the noon time VenFair.- Participate in...

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

  • Conference
  • Startup
  • Mentor
  • Pitch Event
  • Showcase
  • networking
  • entrepreneur
Badger Startup Summit

BioTech Happy Hour Fundraiser for the Wisconsin Science Museum

Sponsored by:
Join us at the next BioTech Happy Hour for great beer, engaging science people, cool exhibits and fun contests! All for a great cause. Wisconsin has incredible science, technology and biotech stories, and many discoveries that helped change the world happened right here. Madison and the biotechnology industry have grown together, and collaborations between public and private organizations have helped develop a city directly on the edge of innovation. Our...

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wisconsin Brewing Company

  • Happy Hour
  • fundraiser
BioTech Happy Hour Fundraiser for the Wisconsin Science Museum

Launch Night: “Madison Tech & Social Impact” networking group

Sponsored by: 100State
Sponsored by: DANEnet
Sponsored by: Zendesk
Using our powers for good in our own backyard. Madison Tech & Social Impact is a new monthly networking group launching at Forward Fest 2018. It was inspired by a packed-house, one-off event last year, which illustrated there’s a strong demand for a space where tech and nonprofit folks can collaborate, innovate and learn from each other. Snacks and drinks will be provided! Did you know that Dane County is one of...

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

100state

  • networking
  • social impact
  • social justice
  • Nonprofit
  • Community
  • launch
  • launch party
Launch Night: “Madison Tech & Social Impact” networking group

Wisconsin Games Alliance Forward Fest Social

Hosted by Wisconsin Games Alliance

Sponsored by: Good City Brewing
Sponsored by: Domeloz Honey Spirit
The Wisconsin Games Alliance (WGA) hosts quarterly social events to further solidify the Madison and Wisconsin game development community. All are welcome to attend these casual social events to connect and make friends with area game developers and industry professionals.Our 3rd quarter event is part of Madison's annual Forward Fest, a celebration of the area's technology and entrepreneur community. Join us at the brand new StartingBlock Madison for an...

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

StartingBlock Madison

  • Happy Hour
  • Social
Wisconsin Games Alliance Forward Fest Social

Thu, Aug 23, 2018