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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.

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Global Online Tech Conferences June 2020
Announcements, Tech Events

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
Announcements, Tech Events

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.

Michigan Company Invents Fast & Effective COVID-19 Antibody Test
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Michigan Company Invents Fast & Effective COVID-19 Antibody Test

A microfluidic device invented at the University of Michigan and developed by U of M startup Optofluidic Bioassay may offer a cheaper, faster, and much more reliable antibody test than those currently being rushed to market to trace the spread of COVID-19. A microfluidic device is described by the company as a “lab on a chip,” meaning that it shrinks multiple lab testing functions onto a single chip just millimeters or centimeters in size. The technology enables faster results for coronavirus antibody testing with smaller sample sizes.

ProQuest Offers COVID-19 & SARS/MERS Virus Research Free To Libraries & Academic Research Customers
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ProQuest Offers COVID-19 & SARS/MERS Virus Research Free To Libraries & Academic Research Customers

Ann Arbor-based academic research database company ProQuest has just announced it is aggregating a database of coronavirus and related virus research available through its library customers and to academic research users for free to assist in research and data analysis of the quickly developing COVID-19 outbreak. “The Coronavirus Research Database saves time and improves outcomes for researchers by aggregating authoritative content from ProQuest with content made available at no cost by members of the International Association of STM Publishers…. Journals, preprints, conference proceedings and dissertations provide comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 and other past coronavirus outbreaks, such as MERS and SARS, for context around the current global pandemic. Full-text content in the database is available either directly from ProQuest or via links to publisher sites.”

Voxel51 Releases COVID-19 Physical Distancing Impact Trend Analysis Tool
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Voxel51 Releases COVID-19 Physical Distancing Impact Trend Analysis Tool

Ann Arbor’s Voxel51, which offers advanced machine learning tools to analyze video, has just released a tool that looks at the social impact of physical distancing from the COVID-19 epidemic. They’re calling it PDI, or Physical Distancing Index. The data can be used in a number of ways to look at the results of social distancing orders and correlated with virus spread trends.

Michigan Announces SBA Paycheck Protection Program
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Michigan Announces SBA Paycheck Protection Program

The Whitmer Administration has announced that businesses across Michigan are now able to apply for $349 billion in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II was joined by former Lt. Governor, and current president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) Brian Calley and Bob Doyle, president and CEO of the Michigan Association of CPAs, in launching a new statewide website, MIpaycheckprotection.com, to provide businesses with key resources to assist with the PPP application and loan process and ensure the greatest amount of federal funding is able to be used by small businesses for economic relief efforts throughout the state.

3D Print COVID-19 PPE Face Shields with a Design from Columbus Advanced Manufacturing Systems
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3D Print COVID-19 PPE Face Shields with a Design from Columbus Advanced Manufacturing Systems

“A lot of people want to help manufacture PPE protective gear but don’t know how to get started,” says Jeff Trevorrow, CEO of Columbus Advanced Manufacturing Systems in Ohio. CAMS is partnering with its customer, fitness equipment manufacturer Rogue Fitness, in rapid production of Personal Protective Equipment that is reusable for front-line responders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “Rogue Fitness’s CEO saw this need coming several weeks ago and ordered 5 extra 3D printers,” Trevorrow tells us, “which is about $360,000 of equipment plus hard tooling to make molds, and they’re giving [the gear] away for free. They organized this, and we jumped in.”

Lansing Region LEAP Emergency Small Business Relief Grant Applications Now Open To Mid-Michigan Businesses
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Lansing Region LEAP Emergency Small Business Relief Grant Applications Now Open To Mid-Michigan Businesses

LANSING, Mich. (Mar. 26, 2020) – Yesterday, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) successfully secured $600,000 from the MEDC’s Small Business Relief Program to issue 60 $10,000 grants to small businesses across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties that are suffering financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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