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“If we choose, the impact economy can give new meaning to the term Roaring Twenties,” says John Denniston, a former Silicon Valley VC and founder of Shared-X, an agritech startup that works to raise global farmers out of poverty through sustainable technology and community programs. “There is a movement afoot,” Denniston says behind the scenes at Ann Arbor’s annual tech trend prediction conference 2030: What The Future Holds, “to redefine the purpose of business so it’s not just about profit. There’s this fascinating economic phenomenon going on right now where consumers, investors, and workers are all forcing companies to be about more than just profit.” It’s unusual to have all three forces pushing in the same direction at once, Denniston says, and he attributes this to global issues and the trend among younger generations to seek purpose in their work and to expect companies to be a part of global solutions.
It’s finally here: Ann Arbor’s annual tech week, a2tech360, starts today and runs all next week with 16 online tech events highlighting the latest innovations and trends in mobility tech, Midwest investment, software, security startups, and life sciences.
For the last year, Traverse City Michigan startup incubator 20Fathoms has been running a program called tccodes, to mentor professionals moving into software development careers. Tomorrow, Program Manager Keith Kelly says, they’re kicking off phase 2 of the program, tccyber, with an event called CyberSecurity As a Career, to support people entering the growing cybersecurity industry.
We are very happy to announce that Cronicle is now offering communications and content marketing consulting for tech startups and small businesses looking to accelerate their growth. Cronicle was founded by Ann Arbor husband-wife tech-media duo Archie Cowan and Laura K. Cowan, whose deep expertise in software development, technical architecting, publishing, online media, media analysis, and content marketing in technical industries creates a rich and varied background to allow Cronicle to offer consulting to founders who are crossing the chasm between launch and team growth.
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN: A cohort of entrepreneurs from Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Michigan will takeover the TCNewTech’s August 4th Pitch Contest as part of an initiative to strengthen the connection between MTU and the Grand Traverse Region. Three student-led “Bar Napkin Ideas” will be presented along with 3 commercialized, early-stage startups with roots connecting them to MTU and the Husky Innovate program.
We covered TU-Automotive Software Conference in Detroit in 2019, and it was hard to even begin to bring you backstage access to all the great talks and events going on. This year, you can tailor your attendance to your own preferences. TU-Automotive is going virtual from August 18-20. If you’re interested in the future of mobility tech and connectivity or security and software in the automotive industry, this is the one conference where it all comes together.
Last year, we covered Intermitten: The Conference for Change Makers, as part of our Ann Arbor a2tech360 Tech Week coverage, including interviews backstage with Doug Song of Duo Security, multiple fireside chats with thought leaders in the social justice space in tech, and more. This year, we’re excited to see Intermitten is still on, but it’s being held virtually, and independently of a2tech360 on August 7. Registration info below. We hope to “see” you there!
Just released from Ann Arbor SPARK is the announcement that Ann Arbor’s tech week and all associated a2Tech360 programming will be delivered virtually this year, moving from its usual June timeframe to September 18-26. Tickets and formatting are still to be announced, but we have the full schedule now and are happy to share it with you and see how many popular events are continuing. There are also some newer events in the mix, such as Ann Arbor’s Applied AI Conference, and Ypsi’s Hero Comic Con.
The University of Michigan School of Information is seeking organizations to host student projects in the 2020-2021 school year. Organizations from all industries – corporate, non-profit, governmental, health, and research institutions – that seek impact and access to high-caliber students are invited to propose a project.
As summer camps went virtual across the U.S., we had a sneaky little thought. Who is to know if your kid is doing the remote summer camp… or you are? Some activities are fun for all ages. If you’re looking for summer activities at home for your kid, or… yourself, look no further than our own back yard. Ann Arbor in Southeast Michigan is home to dozens of world-class summer camp programs, and now you can access them from anywhere.