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Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Badger Startup Summit

8:00 am – 4:00 pm |

Sponsored by: Baker Tilly
Sponsored by: Findorff
Sponsored by: Kollath CPA
Sponsored by: Makin' Hey
Sponsored by: Murphy Desmond
Sponsored by: University Research Park
Sponsored by: WARF
Sponsored by: Propeller Health
Sponsored by: Baird
Sponsored by: State Bank of Cross Plains
Now in its seventh 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 lunch time 1 Millon Cups VenFair.-...

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8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

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

Book Club: Emily Chang's Brotopia

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Hosted by Ellevate

Sponsored by: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Join us at Square Wine Company for a wine tasting, charcuterie, and uplifting conversation with local ladies around the ups and downs of supporting each other as we build careers in tech and other male dominated industries, with prompts inspired by Emily Chang's 2018 Best-seller, Brotopia.So.... What is a NO PRESSURE book club?!We all know that life gets busy and sometimes we don't finish the book...or even the...

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5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Square Wine Company

  • Social
  • women in tech
  • book club
Book Club: Emily Chang's Brotopia

High Tech Happy Hour - 18th Anniversary Celebration

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm |

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 www.hthh.org

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5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Memorial Union Terrace - Tripp Commons

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

Social Good Summit

9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Hosted by Collaboration for Good

Not Just an Event, An Experience! The Social Good Summit is not just your average 'pitch' event, it is an experience! You get a pitch session, a mini-expo, networking, and a hands-on brainstorming/problem-solving session all in a single day with coffee, food, and fun! Come enjoy a fast pace, introduction to several of our Social Good Accelerator projects. In the morning, you'll have multiple opportunities to get up and...

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9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Madison Public Library

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

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Alumni Reunion

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Hosted by YWeb Career Academy

YWeb Career academy has helped people from the community get involved in the field of tech. Join YWeb alumni in a reunion as we reconnect with the community in a mixer and networking event. Networking 7:00pm - 7:30pm Event: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

100state

  • Happy Hour
  • Social
Alumni Reunion

Idea <—> App

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | 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 amuzapp.com #LunchLearnericjim

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12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Graze (Mezzanine)

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

Sat, Aug 24, 2019

Bringing RPGs Back Home: A Wisconsin Game Park

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Hosted by Wonderfillled, Inc

Role-playing games have seen a boon in recent years unprecedented, solidifying them as a cultural force. This new form of game, the RPG, was created here in the Midwest, specifically in Lake Geneva Wisconsin in the 1970s. Join us as we explore our heritage and continue to unveil our secret project in its spirit to bring the edge of role-playing back to Wisconsin. http://wunderfilled.com/ http://giantlands.com/

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

100state Classroom

  • Conference
  • gaming
  • rpg
Bringing RPGs Back Home: A Wisconsin Game Park

Code.forGood()

10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Hosted by Collaboration for Good

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.This year we will help refresh two local nonprofit websites. The Code.forGood(); series brings together...

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10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Horizon Coworking

  • coding day
  • Hackathon
Code.forGood()!

Sun, Aug 25, 2019

Mon, Aug 26, 2019

Bringing Startup Values to the Enterprise

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Hosted by Centare

Startups and enterprises are very different, but there’s a lot bigger companies can learn from their startup counterparts. Stop by for a discussion on how to bring startup values into the enterprise. We’ll begin with a presentation and then open it up for questions, discussion, and networking. Our Speaker: The gulf between startups and enterprises seems vast, but some have bridged the gap. Buzz Buswell has spent the past...

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6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Great Dane Brew Pub-Fitchburg

  • workshop
  • Social
Bringing Startup Values to the Enterprise!

Data for Impact Conference

9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Hosted by Collaboration for Good

SMALL DATA CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT Set your focus on using data to make an impact&mdash; 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&mdash; how to use, collect it, visualize it, tell stories with, and more. Join us, as...

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9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Memorial Union

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

Forward Technology Conference

11:00 am – 8:00 pm |

We have an amazing line up for the 2019 Forward Technology Conference. There will be speakers specializing in Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Marketing, Design, and Technology. 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 you’ll walk away with real concrete learnings and actionables - not high l...

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11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Memorial Union

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

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Benefits of 3D Printing for Startups

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Hosted by GLW Technologies

According to the Times, we are in the midst of a 4th industrial revolution. But, what is 3D printing, what can it really do? We discuss about what is Design for Additive Manufacturing, and fused deposited material, or FDM/3D printing is, and how it can apply to entrepreneurs and start ups.

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

  • presentation
  • discussion
  • 3D printing
Benefits of 3D Printing for Startups!

Hack Night

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Hosted by Madhackers

Sponsored by: Paradigm
// make some stuff Hack nights are a great opportunity to work on a project that you've been putting off or just to get some help with a project you've been banging your head against! We encourage hackers to pair up as well as making mentors and whiteboards available to help you power through challenges.Hack = Working to find clever solutionsHack != Pretending to be Neo and Hacking the Matrix while wearing...

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6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Paradigm

  • workshop
  • hack night
  • side projects
Hack Night

Hacker's Havoc Happy Hour

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Hosted by Information Technology Professionals

Sponsored by: Information Technology Professionals (ITP)
The dark web is a scary and dangerous place. What information is safe to share online? Which large retailer is experiencing a credit card breach now? Is your private information being stolen or sold with malicious intent? Some of the greatest threats to your environments are not viruses or ransomware - but rather the individuals within your organization, sharing sensitive information. The business impact of a cyberattack is real: 71% of...

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5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Palette at Hotel Indigo

  • Happy Hour
  • cybersecurity
Hacker's Havoc Happy Hour

Innovation Roadmap

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Hosted by Widen

Widen has undergone many transitions over its 71 year history; from plate engraving, to pre-printing press work, and now to marketing software. Innovation is core to our survival as a company, and it's crucial to our future as well. We will share how we've shaped our current path toward developing a purposeful and planned innovation intent and roadmap as well as lessons learned along the way.

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4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Brix Coworking

  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • software
Innovation Roadmap

Investable AI Startups: A Conversation with Chicago VCs

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Hosted by 5 LAKES & University Research Park

Join Armando Pauker, Managing Director and Co-founder at Tensility Venture Partners and Allison Weil, Senior Associate at Hyde Park Venture Partners, for a discussion moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kathleen Gallagher about the AI landscape in the Great Lakes region from an investor's perspective. This brown bag lunch will be informal with lots of room for audience involvement. Hear from the following speakers: Armando Pauker Armando is a co-founder and Ma...

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12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

StartingBlock Cafe

  • brown bag lunch
Investable AI Startups: A Conversation with Chicago VCs!

neXXpo

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Hosted by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by: Perkins Coie
Sponsored by: LocknCharge
Sponsored by: Serendipity Labs
Sponsored by: Acumium
Sponsored by: American Transmission Co.
Sponsored by: Infosec
Sponsored by: Old National Bank
Discover what’s next in business at neXXpo 2019, a celebration of innovation in Greater Madison. Join hundreds of attendees in checking out creative, cutting-edge businesses at our “innovation hubs” and casting your vote for the fourth annual Most Innovative Company (MIC) Award. The finalists will be announced at neXXpo, with the MIC being awarded to the champion later this year at our nex7 Stage event. In addition to voting in this e...

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4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Overture Center

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

Predicting and hiding personal information from face images using deep learning

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Hosted by Big Data Madison

Sponsored by: American Family Insurance
Sponsored by: Cloudera
Dr. Sebastian Raschka, Assistant Professor of Statistics at UW-Madison and author of the book Python Machine Learning, will speak on the following topic.Abstract: In the modern digital age, researchers have developed a vast array of genuinely fascinating techniques that can enhance our everyday life. However, as more and more data is collected and extracted, the protection and respect for users' privacy have become a big concern. In the first...

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6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Madison Central Public Library

  • Data Science
  • Tech
  • Deep Learning
  • Big Data
Predicting and hiding personal information from face images using deep learning!

Pressure Chamber

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Hosted by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Sponsored by: State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Sponsored by: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Sponsored by: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Sponsored by: American Family Ventures
Sponsored by: Baird Capital
Sponsored by: 4490 Ventures
Sponsored by: HealthX Ventures
Sponsored by: Lindsay Stone & Briggs
Sponsored by: Rock River Capital Partners
Pressure Chamber returns for its sixth year as emerging companies again compete for the coveted “golden suitcase,” as well as a spot on the Chamber’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation to San Francisco this fall for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms. Past Pressure Chamber winners have credited the initiative for helping their company close successful funding rounds. Participating companies have included EatStreet, Propeller Health, Redox, Datica, Fetch Rewards, Health...

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2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Overture Center

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

Social Media for All of Us: Making Content Accessible and Inclusive

10:30 am – 11:30 am | Hosted by Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

Have you ever wondered how your content is accessed by people who are blind or visually impaired? As web accessibility and creating inclusive communities becomes more prevalent, it’s vital to evaluate what you’re doing each day on social media to ensure everyone can participate. People often do not know where to start in making posts accessible. In this session, we’ll give you the tools you need to take t...

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10:30 am – 11:30 am

Madison Public Library – Central

  • workshop
Social Media for All of Us:  Making Content Accessible and Inclusive

What I Wish I Knew Before Fundraising

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Hosted by 100state

Often, we have the wonderful opportunity to hear from investors about the dos and don'ts of fundraising. But what about the startup leaders that actually have to go through the fundraising process? Join a panel of local entrepreneurs who have successfully closed rounds as they discuss their best practices, lessons learned in the process, and storries from the trenches. WHERE: 100state, 316 W. Washington Ave. Suite 675WHEN: 8/27 6:00-7:30p Networking from 6...

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6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

100state

  • Panel
  • Happy Hour
  • fundraising
  • entrepreneur
What I Wish I Knew Before Fundraising!

Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Badger Fund Manager Meet and Greet

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | 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 28th 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...

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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!

GLEAM, Art in a New Light

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm | Hosted by Olbrich Gardens

Sponsored by: Ho Chunk Gaming Madison
Olbrich Gardens’ 5th annual GLEAM exhibit is guaranteed to be BIGGER and brighter! Never before at GLEAM - a large-scale interactive installation on the Great Lawn, unique video mapping and a neon based installation! Creators from around the country including some local Wisconsin based Burning Man artists, transform the Gardens into an illuminated world of wonder.#olbrichgleam #gleamatolbrich #gleamolbrich$15 - general public / $11 Olbrich MembersAdmissions for the exhibit are sold onsite on...

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7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Olbrich Gardens

  • art
  • exhibit
  • light installations
  • video mapping
GLEAM, Art in a New Light!

Impact/SRI Investing with Your Values

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Hosted by Baird

Sponsored by: Robert W Baird
Impact/Socially Responsible 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 in their strategies. Please join Baird Financial Advisors as they welcome John Taft, Baird Vice Chairman and author of “A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism.” John will share how you can invest with your values and make...

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2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Baird Patio - US Bank Building

  • workshop
  • Social
  • networking
  • Innovation
  • SRI
  • Investor
Impact/SRI Investing with Your Values

International Data Protection in the Era of GDPR

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Hosted by London & Partners

Join London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional agency, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the UK Government in a fireside chat about data protection, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and its effects on companies looking to do international business. The conversation will be led by data experts and local data-driven start-ups who will share their experiences. This event will be a great opportunity to engage with th...

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4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Industrious Madison

  • business
  • information
  • fireside chat
  • networking
  • Happy Hour
International Data Protection in the Era of GDPR!

Networking for Good

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Hosted by Madison Tech & Social Impact

Are you looking to share your skills and make a difference in your community, or do you belong to an organization in need of folks with tech abilities? You've come to the right place! Networking for Good aims to bring together folks with tech skills looking to make an impact, and nonprofits and social good organizations who have tech needs they're looking to fill. Let's do amazing things together. EVENT...

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5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Propeller Health

  • networking
  • social impact
  • Nonprofit
  • Community
  • Social
  • Tech
Networking for Good

What’s modern (tech) product management - why you should care

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm | Hosted by ProductTank Madison

Join us for an informal and authentic panel format discussion with seasoned product leaders from local startups including Propeller Health, Ionic, and Mobile Doorman. Discussion topics will include: *How has the role of a product manager in a tech company evolved in the last 5 years? *What sets a great product manager apart from a good product manager? *How do you know when to hire your first product manager and first...

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6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Propeller Health

  • Panel
  • Social
  • project management
What’s modern (tech) product management - why you should care!

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

GLEAM, Art in a New Light

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm | Hosted by Olbrich Gardens

Sponsored by: Ho Chunk Gaming Madison
Olbrich Gardens’ 5th annual GLEAM exhibit is guaranteed to be BIGGER and brighter! Never before at GLEAM - a large-scale interactive installation on the Great Lawn, unique video mapping and a neon based installation! Creators from around the country including some local Wisconsin based Burning Man artists, transform the Gardens into an illuminated world of wonder. #olbrichgleam #gleamatolbrich #gleamolbrich $15 - general public / $11 Olbrich Members Admissions for the exhibit are sold on...

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7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Olbrich Gardens

  • art
  • exhibit
  • light installations
  • video mapping
GLEAM, Art in a New Light!

Lunch 'n' Learn: Prevent or Reverse Health Risks that Come with a Desk Job

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Hosted by Posturally

Sitting or standing at a desk for hours at a stretch comes with health risks. For IT and office workers, this may lead to stress, pain or even a medical condition. For employers, it can get expensive, fast. In this Lunch 'n' Learn, we'll talk about "outer" and “inner” strategies for true well-being at the desk. Topics include: Recommended ergonomic positions and how to achieve them. Disease, pain & injury risk link...

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12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

DreamBank Library

  • HR
  • talent
  • Tech/Software
  • health
  • posture
  • employee health
  • Workstation Ergonomics
Lunch 'n' Learn: Prevent or Reverse Health Risks that Come with a Desk Job

Rooftop Social (and Forward Fest Wrap Party)

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Hosted by Capital Entrepreneurs

Sponsored by: Baird
Sponsored by: Verizon
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.

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5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Boardman & Clark

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