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“Bar Napkin” Pitches @ TCNewTech Michigan Tech Virtual Takeover Pitch Competition Tomorrow
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“Bar Napkin” Pitches @ TCNewTech Michigan Tech Virtual Takeover Pitch Competition Tomorrow

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.

TU-Automotive Software Conference More Accessible Through Virtual Event August 18-20
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TU-Automotive Software Conference More Accessible Through Virtual Event August 18-20

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.

Intermitten Change Makers Conference Now Online August 7
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Intermitten Change Makers Conference Now Online August 7

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!

Ann Arbor’s A2Tech360 Tech Week Goes Virtual, Moves to September
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Ann Arbor’s A2Tech360 Tech Week Goes Virtual, Moves to September

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.

Support Midwest Tech News Coverage By Becoming a Patron
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Support Midwest Tech News Coverage By Becoming a Patron

Happy New Year, everyone! We are excited to kick off this new year with expanding interviews and test drives with the coolest new tech coming out of Michigan, but we need your help. Cronicle Press Tech News is supported through sponsorships of various kinds, and now you can become an individual or corporate Patron as well to help fund the work we are doing to cover the historic growth of tech in the Great Lakes area.

“Bar Napkin” Pitches @ TCNewTech Michigan Tech Virtual Takeover Pitch Competition Tomorrow
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“Bar Napkin” Pitches @ TCNewTech Michigan Tech Virtual Takeover Pitch Competition Tomorrow

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.

TU-Automotive Software Conference More Accessible Through Virtual Event August 18-20
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TU-Automotive Software Conference More Accessible Through Virtual Event August 18-20

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.

Intermitten Change Makers Conference Now Online August 7
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Intermitten Change Makers Conference Now Online August 7

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!

Ann Arbor’s A2Tech360 Tech Week Goes Virtual, Moves to September
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Ann Arbor’s A2Tech360 Tech Week Goes Virtual, Moves to September

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.

University of Michigan School of Information Students Available for UX and Data Analysis Projects
Announcements, Recruiting, University of Michigan, User Experience

University of Michigan School of Information Students Available for UX and Data Analysis Projects

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.

Virtual Summer Camps: Now Everyone Can Enjoy Remote Science & Art Camps
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Virtual Summer Camps: Now Everyone Can Enjoy Remote Science & Art Camps

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.

Protect Michigan Creates New Air Filtration PPE for Frontline COVID-19 Workers Facing High Viral Load
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Protect Michigan Creates New Air Filtration PPE for Frontline COVID-19 Workers Facing High Viral Load

Ann Arbor’s maker community has designed a simplified protective face shield with powered filtered flow, a little brother of the high-end hazmat suit style PAPRs (Powered Air Purifying Respirators) you see in contagion movies. The so-called PFFR is not a fully contained helmet or suit, and has been redesigned to be more appropriate for the current pandemic. It costs under $100 instead of $2,000, and will soon be ready for production. The only problem? Many frontline workers are only allowed to use protective gear that fits into previously FDA-approved personal protective equipment (PPE). This concept likely falls between existing PPE categories, because it isn’t a full respirator mask and it isn’t a simple face shield but somewhere in between. The journey to getting FDA emergency use authorization has been a long one, even in times when the agency has sped up its evaluation process drastically to get more PPE onto the front lines.

We Stand With Those Working Toward Justice & Equality
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We Stand With Those Working Toward Justice & Equality

We at Cronicle would like to expect social justice and equality to be the norm. Times like these highlight how far we as a society still have to go, including in the tech industry where minority founders and talent are regularly underfunded or mistreated. Also in Southeast Michigan, which remains one of the most segregated metro areas in the United States. While Cronicle already highlights organizations that promote equal opportunity and fair treatment for under-represented people groups, we want you to know at this juncture in our history as a startup that we stand with all of you working toward equal opportunities for everyone regardless of race or gender expression, for fair treatment in the world at every level, and will do our best to highlight more opportunities for tech to support people in our community and in the world at large whose diverse perspectives and talents enrich the fabric of our collective future.

Global Online Tech Conferences June 2020
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Global Online Tech Conferences June 2020

In the last month, many tech conferences and tech events have pulled the plug on in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even major conferences like Detroit’s NAIAS and Austin’s SXSW have been cancelled for 2020. But while many live events have to wait until next year or beyond, others are going online to open up content to a global audience. Here is a list of tech conferences around the world you can access from anywhere.

Online Tech Events May 2020
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Online Tech Events May 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak shutdown around the globe, a growing number of tech events have moved online for the first time. This month, we will feature some select tech events going on across the world, because they’re accessible to you whether you live in Ann Arbor, Austin, Santa Clara, or London. We hope that some of these events tide you over to the return of in-person tech events or help you find a new niche or tech community to explore.

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