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Aug 17, 2017

Badger Startup Summit

Sponsored by: Baker Tilly
Sponsored by: Capitol Bank
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 fifth 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
Badger Startup Summit

Better By Design Workshop

Dig in with thought leaders and experienced practitioners in UX, user research, accessibility, and more. Round out your experience at the Better by Design conference the following day, on Aug 18.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Union South

  • workshop
Better By Design Workshop

Social Good Summit

The 3rd annual Social Good Summit focus is not on profits, but social change. Madison's innovative community is poised to move the needle on social good acceleration — changing the way business and work will touch our lives. Every week, accelerators launch hundreds of business initiatives into fruitful realities. But these opportunities are scarce for those who want to create meaningful work, public good, community well-being, and sustainable...

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Madison Public Library

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

Aug 18, 2017

Better By Design Community Social

Are you wondering where Madison's UX and design community is? We want to meet you! Join design-minded folks from Madison and beyond for a social hour. Connect with other UXers and designers and enjoy a summer evening on the patio of Union South. Don't be shy - this event is open to and inclusive of all!

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Union South

  • Social
Better By Design Community Social

Better by Design Conference

Get inspired by practitioners using thoughtful design to make things better for projects, people, and our world. Enjoy one full day of expert presenters and inspiring case studies on design thinking, user experience (UX), product design and more! Round out your experience with a workshop (or two!) the day before on Aug 17.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Union South

  • Conference
Better by Design Conference

Widen Chats hosted by Matthew Gonnering

Being technologically savvy is only one facet of a modern marketing technologists’ skill set. The Marketing Tech Talk Meetup strives to provide a practical, educational setting to empower professionals with knowledge and skills to foster continuous career growth. Marketing Tech Talks will feature industry experts and leading practitioners to lead focused discussions covering common problems along with actionable advice, tips, and solutions. This group is not a forum for vendors to...

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Widen

  • Meet up
  • Focused Discussions
Widen Chats hosted by Matthew Gonnering

Aug 19, 2017

Heymiss Progress Presents: Chat + Chomp + Plan

Come through and have brunch with us! We're kicking off the morning featuring a lively discussion featuring SaVance Ford who'll share his experience in coding camps and working for Adorable.io. Over brunch we'll get right into a lively discussion on creating inclusive environments and you'll leave with a plan you can act on right away!

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Adorable

  • Brunch
  • Focused Discussion
  • Social
Heymiss Progress Presents: Chat + Chomp + Plan

Aug 20, 2017

Aug 21, 2017

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

Technology and Regional Planning

A Greater Madison Vision is an exciting region-wide conversation on growth and development. The region is growing and changing rapidly, and we are trying to envision a wide range of potential future changes and plan for a region that works for everyone. Join us for an immersive regional planning experience, where you can play a "Sim Region"-type computer game, design neighborhoods with model blocks (and experience your new neighborhood...

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

DreamBank (American Family Insurance)

Technology and Regional Planning

Aug 22, 2017

Forward Summit: BigDataWisconsin Conference

Back in 2016, the organizers of several Big Data Groups across Wisconsin all had the same thought: It’s high time for an event we can call our own to help nurture and grow the state of Big Data use and expertise right here in Wisconsin. A few vendors joined in to help with the task and the result was the inaugural BigDataWisconsin Conference.  It was such a success that we...

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Memorial Union Terrace

  • Scientist
  • Developer
  • Conference
Forward Summit: BigDataWisconsin Conference

Forward Summit: Data for Impact

SMALL DATA CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACTData has transformed the way we work, interact, engage, and communicate— it’s amazing for its power to change and terrifying for its power to codify existing privileges and prejudices.  We live in times of unparalleled access to data and information, that provides a world of possibilities, and a super-powered dose of responsibilities. #DataForImpactIf you believe that data can be used to ma...

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Memorial Union

  • Focused Discussions
  • Conference
  • Panel
  • DataViz
  • SocialEnt
  • Nonprofit
  • NGO
  • Analytics
  • Tech/Software
Forward Summit: Data for Impact

Forward Summit: Forward Technology Conference

The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference (FTC) is geared toward startup founders, tech geeks, and those wanting to build successful technology companies. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful.  FTC is by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. You’ll get real perspective from tech startup leaders who are actu...

8:30 am – 3:45 pm

Memorial Union

  • Conference
  • Panel
Forward Summit: Forward Technology Conference

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

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

Findorff

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

Aug 24, 2017

Brew, Bites & Bytes

The Wisconsin Tech Council is celebrating everything that is great about summer in Wisconsin – craft beer, live music, great food, the beautiful outdoors – and Wisconsin’s great climate for innovation.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wisconsin Brewing Co.

  • Social
  • Innovation
  • Live music
Brew, Bites & Bytes