Technology Forum of Delaware April Update
 
 
 
 
A Note from the Board

Thank you to the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship for hosting a great event last week. The students delivered impressive pitches, the audience was engaged, the food was fantastic, and the weather was perfect! You can read a recap of the evening below.

The Tech Forum Board is hard at work developing our next great event - the inaugural Top Technology Trends
celebration on May 20th. The Tech Forum community has submitted outstanding nominees, the honorees are being selected, Capital One's lobby is newly renovated, and now all we need is you to join us! See below for more details and the link to registration. This is an event you will not want to miss! 

Best regards,

Rick Sommer
President, Technology Forum of Delaware
 
 
 
News from Tech Forum 
 

 
 


5 pitches from Tech Forum's 'Blue Hentrepreneurship' University City Science Center Seeks Nominations for Women Changing Our World
Inspiring Women in STEM Forum:  Thriving in the Multicultural Workplace
Five teams of University of Delaware undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, pitched their startups to Tech Forum of Delaware community members on Wednesday night at UD’s Venture Development Center.

The Center is home to UD’s Horn Program in Entrepreneurship as well as the entrepreneurial community on campus.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on at the Horn Program is really trying to help our students to develop not just knowledge and skills, but also connections and access to resources,” said Horn Program Director Dan Freeman.

Check out Technical.ly Delaware for descriptions of the pitches and additional information on the 21 teams participating in Hen Hatch.




The Horn Program in Entrepreneurship is pleased to present the University of Delaware Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase on Tuesday, April 28th from 4:00-9:00 PM. The showcase includes a panel discussion on intellectual property, an exhibition of dozens of innovation projects and startup businesses, the Hen Hatch startup funding competition final round and an award & networking reception. 

The full schedule and registration information can be found here.
The University City Science Center is seeking women who have changed the world. The Science Center is accepting nominations for the second class of its Innovators Walk of Fame, which will honor women innovators with a connection to the Greater Philadelphia region.
 
Launched in 2013 to commemorate the Science Center’s 50th anniversary, the Innovators Walk of Fame (IWOF) shines a light on the diverse tradition of discovery and innovation in the Greater Philadelphia region. Past honorees have made groundbreaking contributions to the scientific and entrepreneurial communities that have revolutionized the local, regional and global landscape.

As the Science Center examines Philadelphia’s innovation story through different prisms, the second class of the Innovators Walk of Fame honors and celebrates the female innovators who transformed the world with their ideas, inventions, and creativity. 

Nominees are not limited by industry or type of innovation. Instead, successful nominations will complete this sentence: “If not for this woman’s innovation, the world would be a lesser place because...”. Nominees must have a connection to the Greater Philadelphia region (including southern New Jersey and northern Delaware). 

For a full list of criteria and to submit a nomination for a woman you believe changed our world, visit www.sciencecenter.org/programs/iwof by June 15, 2015.  The inaugural class of the Innovators Walk of Fame will be announced at a celebration on Oct. 15, 2015. 
Getting colleagues to work toward common goals — to listen to each other, to consider all viewpoints, and to show respect — is critical to scientific, medical and business success. Add cultural diversity into the mix and the potential for misunderstanding and missed expectations can hold your team back from achieving its goals.

Given how many science and technology companies draw international talent, it’s helpful to learn how to navigate within a global organization. Indeed, the ability to make the most of cultural diversity can be a competitive advantage for both you and your organization.



In this Inspiring Women in STEM Forum on May 28th from 3:00-6:00 PM, a panel of successful women leaders will share strategies on how to not only survive, but thrive, in a multicultural workplace.

You’ll learn how they’ve dealt effectively with issues such as communication barriers, differing beliefs and values, and stereotypes. You’ll leave better prepared to work with all of the members of your team toward successful outcomes.

There will also be ample opportunity both before and after the formal program for quality networking.

Click here to register.

2015 Top Technology Trends for Delaware

The Technology Forum of Delaware is launching an annual celebration of the leaders in our community that are engaged in advancing the world’s Top Technology Trends. Join in this fun, high energy networking reception and meet local leaders who are changing the world.


Each year, futurists and tech consultants define the global technology trends that are changing the way we live and work. Did you know that the Delaware technology community is playing a surprisingly important role in driving these trends forward? Delaware area firms are inventing new technologies to enable these trends, others are leveraging new technologies to create new products and services, and still others are making these new technologies accessible to the rest of us in the region. You’ve read about emerging trends such as …

· Internet of Things (Wearables and Connected Devices)  
· 3D Printing and Advanced Manufacturing
· Clean Energy and Sustainable Technologies
· Analytics, Big Data and Cloud Computing
· Immersive Content and Game Technology

… now come meet and celebrate innovators who are actively working with these hot new technologies.
 
The members of Tech Forum have identified some of the most innovative, impactful and forward-looking technologies being developed and deployed right here in our community. We will honor and spotlight innovators in more than 10 trends and introduce over 30 leaders in our community.

The Top Technology Trends for Delaware celebration will take place on Wednesday, May 20th starting at 5:30 PM at the Capital One Building on Delaware Avenue. You’ll see some of the newest tech initiatives from the familiar leaders in the community like Nemours and the University of Delaware, but you will also meet some of the newest firms participating in the most compelling tech trends by creating new products and services.
 
You will never think about the Delaware technology community the same way again!!

Don't miss this fun and exciting event! Register here today!


Opportunities to Support Tech Students

Help Send the Concord InvenTeam to EurekaFest
In October 2014, a team of Concord High School engineering students was awarded a $10,000 InvenTeam grant from Lemelson-MIT to pursue their proposed metal detection invention. They are the first team from Delaware to receive this grant in its 10 year history. 

Their invention is used in hospital textile facilities to scan soiled linens looking for surgical tools left in the linens. These misplaced tools pose a potential threat to employees handling the linens. The device will alert the worker when a potential threat is present and remove the threat. 

The team is seeking help from the community to support their participation in EurekaFest, 4-day event at MIT in June. The Concord team will showcase their invention along with the other 14 grant winners. The cost per student is $375. They have raised $2,000 to-date, but need $5,625 to send the whole team. All of their sponsors will be listed in the InvenTeam Brochure as well as on a poster that will hang at in display booth. 

To meet the Concord InvenTeam, watch videos of their progress, and to donate, visit www.concordinventeam.com.

Donate Your Old Computers to Nativity Prep
Your used computers could help kids in Wilmington learn to write computer code and accelerate their education.

Nativity Prep School is looking for desk-tops and laptop computers to build out the computer lab within their school.  They need up to 20 CPUs, keyboards and monitors or laptops to complete their lab (Nativity Prep has the software).  

Wilmington's Nativity Prep is a school for boys from 5th to 8th grade and promises to teach them academic and life skills that will enable each boy to reach his own potential. In 2014, 100% of the young men from Nativity Prep finished high school and are now attending good colleges. And this year, one of the first students in the school has returned as a teacher.

Whether you have just one used computer or lots of obsolete hardware to help these students, please contact Andrea Rotsch at arotsch@nativitywilmington.org. She will be happy to coordinate your donation. 


Upcoming Events

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase
Presented by the University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, the showcase includes a panel discussion on intellectual property, an exhibition of dozens of innovation projects and startup businesses, the Hen Hatch startup funding competition final round and an award & networking reception.  

Click here for more details and to register!

When:   Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time:    4:00 - 9:00 PM
Where:  University of Delaware Trabant Center, 17 West Main Street, Newark DE 


Ignite Wilmington VII
Ignite Wilmington is a networking night designed to spotlight the innovative and creative nature of Wilmington, part of a world-wide geek event presented in over 100 cities. Presenters share their personal and professional passions, backed by 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, for a total of just five minutes, creating a conduit for fast moving topics and information. Presenters bring interesting, innovative and fun ideas to the audience, igniting and inspiring all attendees!

Click here for more details and to register!

When:   Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time:    5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where:  World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 


WRC's 2015 Annual Meeting:  Placemaking: Why It Matters
The 9th Annual Meeting of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) will update attendees on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington, focusing on WRC's core strategic project, the Wilmington Creative District. Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President for Project Public Spaces, will be the keynote speaker.

Click here for more details and to register!

When:   Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time:     7:30 - 9:30 AM
Where:  World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 


2015 Top Technology Trends for Delaware
Tech Forum is launching an annual celebration of the leaders in our community that are engaged in advancing the world’s Top Technology Trends. Join in this fun, high energy networking reception and meet local leaders who are changing the world.

Click here for more details and to register! 

When:   Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time:    5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where:  Capital One Building, 802 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, DE


Inspiring Women in STEM Forum:  Thriving in the Multicultural Workplace
An informative panel of successful women leaders will share strategies on how to not only survive, but thrive, in a multicultural workplace. There will be ample opportunity both before and after the formal program for quality networking. Forum attendees will also be treated to "high tea" inspired refreshments during the afternoon.

Click here to register!

When:   Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time:    3:00 - 6:00 PM
Where:  John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Christiana Hospital, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE


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