Champlain College Hosts Innovation Week Events Oct. 14-22

Innovation Week, October 14-22, is a series of events that highlights the vibrant energy of greater Burlington's entrepreneurial, technological and creative ecosystem. Powered by BTV Ignite and its partners, this first-ever weeklong celebration of engaging events has something for everyone who loves what Burlington and Vermont IS - and what it can be!

The week begins with the annual Hack VT, a 24-hour hackathon in which teams compete to build apps that help the state of Vermont, and ends with the 10th Vermont Tech Jam, a two-day job fair and tech expo showcasing some of the area's most exciting employers and their products, along with K-12 student projects displayed in a school mini maker faire.

Each day in between Hack VT and Tech Jam will spotlight innovations in areas like food, beverage and agriculture; energy and efficiency; manufacturing and maker spaces; healthcare and bioscience; software and service tech. Presentations and demos will feature small companies building products using rapid prototyping; larger innovators in food, brewing, coding and software, and advanced manufacturing; and colleges and universities whose research and student-driven projects have a global impact.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.btvignite.com. Check back often as the week's events are evolving rapidly!

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BTV Ignite is a nonprofit that exists to ignite the energy of greater Burlington's technology and innovation ecosystem by binding institutions, government, educators, businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs together. It collaborates with a nationwide network of similar efforts united by the nonprofit US Ignite.

Event Schedule
For updates and details and to register for each free event visit www.btvignite.com
To register for events and get your FREE tickets visit http://innovationweek.sevendaystickets.com/


Friday & Saturday Oct. 14-15 
HackVT - visit www.hackvt.org for full details at Dealer.com


Monday, Oct. 17,
9:30-11:30 am,
 University of Vermont, Davis Center, Livak Ballroom.  UVM Innovates: Stories of Innovation from UVM Entrepreneurs. The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the kick-off event to Innovation Week with a showcase of UVM student, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs. There will be a series of six "lightning talks" of five minutes each and a keynote address by UVM alumni and trustee Briar Alpert, CEO of BioTek. The event will also include a trade show/poster session featuring local innovators, entrepreneurs, designers and makers, and is free and open to the public

Noon -2 pm,  Main Street Landing Film House, Gubernatorial Roundtable on Economy, Innovation, and Technology (TENTATIVE)

6-9 pm, VCET, Panel and discussion: The future of BTV. Beer & Gear - Social time and discussions of innovation and technology in our area against a backdrop of hands on demonstrations with the latest Virtual Reality gear, courtesy of Burlington Telecom!


Tuesday Oct. 18
8 - 10 am, Champlain Room, Center for Communications & Creative Media, Champlain College, 375 Maple St. (at South Willard Street). Eat Play Learn at Champlain College. See, hear and experience the present and future of technology and education, featuring ideas and projects from Champlain College faculty, students, alums and staff, accompanied by a breakfast buffet.

10:30 am-noon, Burlington Electric Department, The Future of Energy: A Net-zero panel discussion. Join us for a discussion of Burlington's energy future - Net-zero: a panel discussion moderated by BED General Manager Neale Lunderville.  Bill Maclay, architect and author of "The New Net Zero";  Jennifer Chiodo, Managing Principal, CX Associates;  Josh Castongauy, Director of Energy Innovation at GMP

12:30-2:30 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, Inspiring Imagination.  Find out what's new and fresh with ECHO's STEAM initiative. Learn how the MATE program is bringing Vermont students, ECHO, and local industry together. Explore the depths of Lake Champlain and see what's new in ROV technology with Greensea Systems from Richmond Vermont. Check out how ECHO is helping to educate and inspire through hands on engineering challenges and exciting new exhibits.

4-9 pm, Champlain College & Fresh Tracks Capital, Champlain College Communications & Creative Media Bldg, Gallery Lounge, Road Pitch - Pitch Off and Party! Watch the Statewide "pitch-off" featuring the 11 Riders Choice Winners from the 2016 Road Pitch, compete for $4,000 cash and a year's worth of mentorship from the riders. Light food and cash bar.
4-5 pm, Beer & Gear - Social time and discussions of innovation and technology in our area against a backdrop of hands-on demonstrations with the latest Virtual Reality gear, courtesy of Burlington Telecom! Cash bar, light refreshments.
7 pm,  Gihon (a performance) with Sean Clute and Leif Hunneman, BCA Center - 135 Church St, Burlington. Presented as part of Of Land and Local: Watershed, exhibiting artist Sean Clute collaborates with Leif Hunneman in a performance that uses live, improvisational coding to create an immersive audiovisual experience. This innovative piece combines field recordings of the Gihon River in rural Vermont, electromagnetic processing that reveals the playback mechanisms of the recordings, and live responsive video. GIHON(a performance) is a compelling example of the kind of work that bridges the tradition of art that responds to and Vermont's landscape and the new place technology has in contemporary art. The performance is about 40 minutes long followed by a question and answer with the artists. Light refreshments will be provided.


Wednesday, Oct. 19

7:30-9 am, University of Vermont Medical Center, McClure Lobby, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington. Healthcare Innovation for Sustainable Impact.  A series of rapid-fire presentations demonstrating the latest in healthcare innovation currently underway at the University of Vermont Medical Center. A light breakfast will be served.

Noon-2 pm, C2 - Competitive Computing, 354 Mountain View Drive, #400 (4th floor) - Colchester. From Startup to Success - Insights Into Growing a Tech Business in Vermont - Lunch & Learn.  Many of today's successful and growing Vermont tech businesses started on the energy and ambition of individuals or partners with ideas, vision and dreams. How did these entrepreneurs develop and grow their business from 1-5 employees at the start to 10 times that number or more today?  Three leaders of three businesses that started small, but have grown to become successful and growing medium-sized Vermont tech businesses will  share their journeys and lessons learned, and perspectives on how their businesses survive and thrive and Vermont as a home for tech. The panelists are Melissa Dever, founder and board chair at C2, Brian Leffler, senior vice president, Instrumart, and Ted Adler, President, Union Street Media. All attendees to this Lunch & Learn will receive a raffle ticket for a free growler fill at Queen City Brewery. The winner will be drawn at the Oct. 19 Beer and Gear event at 5 p.m. at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This is a free Innovation Week Lunch & Learn event sponsored and hosted by C2, a Vermont-based digital solutions company specializing in Digital Commerce, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services. C2 helps organizations achieve competitive advantage through the innovative use of technology.
• Noon - 12:30 p.m.: Sandwich Lunch & Networking
• 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Announcements & Introductions
• 12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Presentation, Discussion, Q & A

5-7 pm,  Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Vermont campus, 261 Mountain View Drive, Colchester. BioBeer Beer & Gear - Join Vermont BioSciences Alliance and Burlington Telecom to experience a hands-on demo of the latest Virtual Reality gear, enjoy social time, and discuss local technology innovations. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.  

5:15-7:45 pm, Karma Birdhouse - 47 Maple Street, Burlington. EMBOLDIA@ A networking event that will feature an invited speaker, a successful entrepreneur or investor, who will share his or her experience in the startup and business world. Also, introducing "Shameless Plugs," an opportunity for attendees to share who they are and what they do.  Cairn Cross, Fresh Tracks Capital will be the host. The speaker is Michael Cohen, tech entrepreneur, investor, Principal - Catch Interact. Recent investments include Fatherly, Poln, Tribute.co, and Triple Lift.


Thursday, Oct.  20 

7:30-9:30 am, SymQuest, IT Panel - Leveraging technology throughout the business lifecycle, technology is rapidly evolving. Depending on your business lifecycle stage you may be facing new hurdles as you scale. The featured panelists will answer questions relating to the role of technology in various size businesses from startup to enterprise level organizations. 

Noon-2 pm, Contois Auditorium - City Hall, BTV Ignite Community Forum.  Join community leaders, stakeholders, and anyone interested in the future of Burlington tech and innovation ecosystem and economy to talk about the progress over the last year and all of the exciting things to come!

5-9 pm, Dealer.com - 1 Howard St., Burlington. Innovation & Technology lecture /presentation (detail to follow), social and networking event. Light fare and cash bar. Mixer with Quebec-based tech firms.  Plus Beer & Gear - Social time and discussions of innovation and technology in our area against a backdrop of hands-on demonstrations with the latest Virtual Reality gear, courtesy of Burlington Telecom!


Friday & Saturday Oct. 21-22,  

The Seven Days Tech Jam - visit www.techjamvt.com. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction.  Friday, October 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vermont's fastest-growing and most innovative companies gather under one roof at this rockin' career and tech expo. Learn about exciting new Vermont-made apps, see drone and robotics demonstrations, find out about

The Seven Days Tech Jam - visit www.techjamvt.com. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction.  Friday, October 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vermont's fastest-growing and most innovative companies gather under one roof at this rockin' career and tech expo. Learn about exciting new Vermont-made apps, see drone and robotics demonstrations, find out about local maker and co-working spaces, and meet dozens of companies that can offer you a real J-O-B. Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE Admission!  Presented By NorthCountry Federal Credit Union

The Seven Days Tech Jam - visit www.techjamvt.com. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction.  Friday, October 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vermont's fastest-growing and most innovative companies gather under one roof at this rockin' career and tech expo. Learn about exciting new Vermont-made apps, see drone and robotics demonstrations, find out about local maker and co-working spaces, and meet dozens of companies that can offer you a real J-O-B. Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE Admission!  Presented By NorthCountry Federal Credit Union


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition. For the third year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "America's Best Colleges," and an "A+ School for B Students" and is ranked in the top 100 Regional Universities of the North. Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2018 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2018 College of Distinction. For more information, visit  www.champlain.edu.