Dates to Save: Thinkers, Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Some dates to save …

The New England Council’s Congressional Roundtable Series will feature talks by lawmakers and others in D.C. and New England, including U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) at the Providence Biltmore Hotel on Monday, June 12 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thomas College will host an entrepreneur speaker and networking event on Tuesday, June 13 at the Thomas College Auditorium in Waterville, Maine, featuring Chris Voynik, founder of “Wag Rags,” who is in the running for a $100,000 prize on the hit TV show Greenlight Maine, a premiere business pitch competition.

The 2017 Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education will convene academics, policy planners and practitioners to discuss best practices in integrating entrepreneurship throughout their college and university communities from Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 14 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Keynote speakers will include: Jerry Engel of the University of California Berkeley, Laurie Leshin of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Bob Metcalfe of the University of Texas.

The 24th Annual NMC Summer Conference will feature the Global EdTech Forum for Higher Ed, Museums, Libraries, and Schools from Tuesday, June 13 through Thursday, June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Cambridge, Mass. Speakers will include: Richard Culatta, former CIO for the State of Rhode Island and former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Audrey Watters, a journalist specializing in education technology.

Mass Innovation Nights 99 will showcase products from African & African-American Founders of Tech Businesses sponsored by Greater Grove Hall Main Streets on Wednesday, June 14 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Thelma D. Burns Building (formerly the ABCD building) in Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood. Mass Innovation Nights provides a monthly event to help local innovators “increase the buzz around new products and companies.”

SkillWorks and the Boston Foundation will sponsor a forum on Regional Strategy and Action Steps to Create a More Diverse and Work Ready Talent Pipeline for the IT/Tech Sector on Monday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at District Hall in Boston’s Seaport district. Speakers will include: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, James J. Whalen, SVP/chief information officer at Boston Properties and chair of TechHire Boston; Jody Rose, executive director of New England Ventura Capital Association; and Philip Jordan, executive director of the Economic Advancement Research Institute.

William Regli, acting director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office will explain how to engage with the agency during a talk at the University of New Hampshire’s Kingsbury Hall on Monday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LearnLaunch will sponsor Robot Rules: New Applications for the Edtech Classroom on Tuesday, June 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Speakers will include: Tufts University professors Chris Rogers and Ethan Danahy; Mitch Rosenberg, CEO of KinderLab Robotics; Shay Pokress, visiting scholar of Wyss Institute at Harvard University; and Ken Yanhs, director of marketing, Lego Education.

Norwich University will host author and futurist P.W. Singer for a talk titled, NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats on Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory in Northfield, Vt.


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