WWJ Tech Calendar

Houghton To Host Program On Commercialization, SBIR/STTR
Wednesday, April 2: The Ann Arbor business consulting firm BBCetc will host a program, “Discover Michgian’s Commercialization Resources and SBIR-STTR Basics, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 202 of the Great Lakes Research Center, 101 Phoenix Drive, Houghton. This informative session will introduce attendees to funding under the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Reserach and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, including program purposes, eligibility requirements, participating agencies and more. Then learn about Michigan’s wide array of commercialization resources for technology-based companies. Find out what commercialization resources are out there, what each has to offer and how to tap into them. Admission is free but preregistration is required at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sbirsttr-basics-and-michigan-commercialization-resources-tickets-10621760973

Ann Arbor Spark Sets Michigan Energy Forum
Thursday, April 3: Ann Arbor Spark will sponsor the Michigan Energy Forum April 3 on “distributive storage.” Distributed energy storage is a key supportive technology tohelp achieve a high proportion of renewable energy usage at high reliability. Come hear the answers to the following questions and more: Where and when does it make sense in Michigan today? What Michigan policies should be in-place to support this growing market? Should utilities own or manage a customer’s distributive storage? The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Lower Level, Ann Arbor. For more information, visit this link. Register at this link. The Michigan Energy Forum will also be streamed live at http://www.annarborusa.org/live-events/index.html. You can watch the event and ask questions right from your computer if you can’t attend the event. If you were unable to participate in the live webcast, visit http://www.annarborusa.org/events/video-library/ to view this and all recorded events. Final video should be available within 48 hours of the live event. We welcome suggestions on topics and speakers for future events. For more information, email alissa@annarborusa.org.

Ann Arbor Spark To Host Connected Vehicle Hackathon
Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5: Ann Arbor Spark and Nest GSV will conduct a connected vehicle hackathon all-nighter April 4 and 5. The team at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, will join a team in California connected by a 24-hour live feed competing for fabulous prizes and exposure. Ann Arbor Spark will be providing $10,000 of business acceleration services to the top winning challenge track team in Ann Arbor. More at http://www.annarborusa.org/events/spark-events/connected-vehicle-hackathon or email alissa@annarborusa.org.

Wayne State Sets Integrated Automotive Safety Workshop
Monday, April 7: Wayne State University’s interdisciplinary Automotive Safety Group will host its Integrated Automotive Safety Workshop from 8:50 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Wayne State’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 495 Gilmour Mall in Detroit. The workshop is free to all automotive industry professionals; registration is required. The Automotive Safety Group consists of faculty members from Wayne State’s College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, who are working toward the common goal of saving lives. Specifically, researchers are committed to developing ideas that either lead to gross reduction of automotive-related crashes or keep the risk of injury to a minimum if a crash cannot be avoided. The workshop will address growing technologies in sensor development, control algorithms, electronic-mechanical control systems, driver distraction and crash avoidance technologies. It will highlight the integration of new active safety innovations to traditional passive safety systems, as well as set new directions for future safety research. Speakers will include Stephen Ridella, director of Office of Vehicle Crashworthiness Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Walton Fehr, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation; E. Charles (Chuck) Gulash, senior executive engineer, Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.; and Priya Prasad, fellow, Ford Motor Co. (retired) and member of the National Academy of Engineering. Afternoon workshop sessions featuring industry and academic experts include active and passive safety, advanced material for crashworthiness, driver behaviors, and vehicle communication and automated driving. To register, visit http://events.wayne.edu/rsvp/integrated-automotive-safety-workshop/#rsvp. Parking is available in Structure No. 1, across from the Law School, for $6.50. For more information, visit http://engineering.wayne.edu/automotive-safety/conference.php.

ESD To Host Spring Job Fair
Monday, April 7: The Engineering Society of Detroit will hold its spring job fair April 7. More than 20 companies with hundreds of local job openings will be available for individuals with all types of engineering and IT-related skills and background levels. Space is still available for hiring companies to exhibit at the job fair. The event runs from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Participating employers include DTE Energy, Denso International America, Consumers Energy, Link Engineering Company, Valeo, Magna Powertrain, and many others. Jobs open include positions in architecutre, biomedical sciences, programming, transportation, manufacturing, biofuels, energy, and chemical, civil, computer, design, electrical, environmental, aerospace and mechanical engineering. Full-time, part-time and co-op positions will be offered. Detailed information about exhibiting, including cost and logistics can be found at http://www.esd.org. The fair is free to ESD members, $15 to nonmembers if registered by March 28 and $20 thereafter. Registration includes a one-year membership to ESD. (Offer good for new first time members only.) For more information about the job fair or to exhibit, visit http://www.esd.org or call Della Cassia at (248) 353-0735, ext. 112 or dcassia@esd.org.

Mobile Monday Ann Arbor Sets Android Development Event
Monday, April 7: Mobile Monday Ann Arbor will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Ann Arbor Spark, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. The topic is “Intro to Android Development: the Kit Kat Edition.” Melissa Benzie will provide an introductory overview of Android development, with a focus on the new features in the latest version, Kit Kat (4.4). Register to attend at http://meetup.com/MoMoA2.

Ann Arbor Spark Sets OpenCoffee
Tuesday, April 8: Ann Arbor Spark will host its monthly Ann Arbor OpenCoffee from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. This is strictly a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors, and those who work with innovation businesses. Come mingle with fellow community members while enjoying a bagel and coffee. Whether you are looking to meet potential employers, employees, new business partners, or just simply want to expand your networks, this event fosters connections on all levels. More at this link.

East Lansing To Host Proposal Preparation for the National Science Foundation
Tuesday, April 8: The Ann Arbor business consulting firm BBCetc will host a program, “Proposal Presentation for the National Science Foundation,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MSU Innovation Center, 325 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing. The event will present essential information for crafting a competitive proposal to meet the mission, standards and requirements of the NSF SBIR/STTR program. Included will be information and advice on getting registered, how to address each section of the proposal, preparing a credible commercialization plan, and more. The event is $75 for Michigan residents and $150 for those based elsewhere. Michigan residents: $75; All others: $150. Register at http://www.bbcetc.com/event/sbirsttr-proposal-prep-for-nsf/.

Michigan Marketing Minds – Turning Heads Through Visual Persuasion
Tuesday, April 8: Ann Arbor Spark will sponsor its monthly Michigan Marketing Minds program on ‘Gurning Heads Through Visual Persuasion” from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. The fundamentals of effective branding haven’t changed. Visuals play an instrumental role in the way your brand is perceived. With a plethora of images exploding across the web, how do you know if your images stand a chance in attracting, involving or persuading your audience to action. Learn from four master visualization experts on what works and what doesn’t in today’s visual mobile environment. Moderator Janice Mihem will be joined by panelists Roger Rayle of Roger Rayle Virtual Ventures LLC, Dave Hile of Hile Creative and Jeanette Gutierrez of Bidlack Creative Group. More at this link. Also, Michigan Marketing Minds will be streamed live at http://www.annarborusa.org/live-events/index.html. You can watch the event and ask questions right from your computer if you can’t attend the event. If you were unable to participate in the live webcast, visit http://www.annarborusa.org/events/video-library/ to view this and all recorded events. Final video should be available within 48 hours of the live event.

Kalamazoo To Host Tech Commercialization Seminar
Thursday, April 10: The Ann Arbor business consulting firm BBCetc will host a program, “Commercialize Your Technology!,” from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, 4717 Campus Drive in Kalamazoo. Do you have a technology that you think has commercial potential? This class will provide you with a high-level view of alternative avenues for commercialization and how federal funding through the SBIR/STTR programs can be a valuable part of the process. The program is free, but registration is required at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/commercialize-your-technology-tickets-9697993961.

Ann Arbor Spark Sets ‘Starting Your Own Business’
Friday, April 11: Looking to start a business? Join Ann Arbor Spark and our community partners from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn about personality traits that impact entrepreneurialism, creating a marketing plan for your business, legal, accounting, and risk considerations, product development, business plans and financing options. Attendees have an opportunity to get advice from a variety of business experts and organizations that are available to support new ventures. The venue is Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. More at this link.

Mobile Monday Detroit To Meet On Indoor Tracking
Monday, April 14: Mobile Monday Detroit will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Compuware headquarters, One Campus Martius in Detroit. The topic is “Indoor Location Tracking Technologies.” Location services have rapidly evolved over the last four years, expanding from GPS to new technologies that provide the foundation for a myriad of indoor location solutions. Feeding the growing appetite for indoor location services is an ever-expanding list of new start-ups racing to claim a foothold in what is projected to be a $3 billion to $5 billion market by 2018. Navigating existing indoor location technologies and solution providers in search of the best path forward can be challenging in the best case scenario. And with disruptive new technologies on the horizon many existing indoor technologies could quickly be headed for early retirement. Join us as we present an overview of indoor location services, approaches, considerations and discuss a case study for indoor location and navigation services at DeVos Place Place Convention Center and Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. Speakers are Ken Curry and J.J. Schlafley, co-founders of Tangerine Mobile, and Al Juarez, vice president of sales, marketing and business development at GeLo. Register to attend at http://meetup.com/mobile-monday-detroit

MSU Sets Innovation Celebration
Wednesday, April 16: Michigan State University will host the fourth annual MSU Innovation Celebration April 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Huntington Club in Spartan Stadium. The event will see the introduction of MSU’s Innovator of the Year, Innovation of the Year, and the MSU Technology Transfer Achievement Award. The celebration also showcases a diverse range of the many inventions and technologies developed in campus labs: from bomb-detecting lasers to documentary films to surgical models, the technologies on display illustrate how MSU drives innovation and economic development in mid-Michigan and beyond. More at http://www.technologies.msu.edu/celebration.

AimWest Sets Spring 5:01
Wednesday, April 16: AimWest, the association for technology professionals in the Grand Rapids area, will hold its Spring 5:01 event April 16, starting with networking at 5:01 p.m., at the Grand Woods Lounge, 77 Grandville Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids. The aimWest 5:01 events are always a great, relaxed time filled with good conversation, networking with old friends, and making new contacts. Take a break, grab a drink and some tasty food, get reconnected, and celebrate with us at this free informal event. RSVP at https://aimwest.wildapricot.org for this event.

Connected Vehicle Symposium Coming To UM
Monday, April 21 – Wednesday, April 23: The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute will host the 2014 Global Symposium on Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure April 21-23 in Ann Arbor. This three-day event will bring together leading industry, academic and government experts to discuss and strategize how connected vehicle technology is transforming the transportation industry. In addition, this year’s Global Symposium will include a workshop focused on energy and environmental implications of automated transportation. This workshop will provide leading analysts in energy an opportunity for in-depth conversations on the research landscape. The energy workshop will begin at 1:30p.m. Wednesday, April 23, concluding early afternoon on Thursday, April 24. The venue is UM’s Horace H. Rackham Building, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. For the latest program information visit this link.  Registration is $500 until April 16 and $600 thereafter. Student registration is $50. Members of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan may register for $375. Speakers may register for $200. The cost of the energy workshop only is $150.

C/D/H Sets Email Hosting In The Cloud Event
Tuesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24: IT consultants C/D/H will host a seminar, “It’s 2014: Does it make sense to still be hosting email?” on April 23 at 1500 Woodward Ave., Detroit, and April 24 at its Grand Rapids office, 15 Ionia Ave. SW. Both events run from 1 to 4 p.m., with a social reception to follow. The price of the event is $20. Are you still hosting email? Are you ready to leave behind maintenance, upgrade and patch costs? Do you want to be fully protected, with built-in anti-virus and anti-spam? Would you like employees to access email, calendars, and contacts from any device or web browser? Attend this session for answers to these questions and more. More at this link.

Troy To Host Proposal Prep For DoD
Tuesday, April 29: The Ann Arbor business consulting firm BBCetc will present a program, “Proposal Preparation for the Department of Defense,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham in Troy. Learn how to write a compelling proposal to meet the mission, standards and requirements of the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer research funding program. Includes information and advice on necessary registrations, how to approach each section of the proposal, preparing a credible commercialization plan, and more. Michigan residents: $75; All others: $150. Register at http://www.bbcetc.com/event/sbirsttr-proposal-prep-for-dod/.

TARDEC, Macomb CC Host Dual Use Tech Briefing
Thursday, May 1: The U.S. Army’s Tank-Automotive Research and Development Command and Macomb Community College’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will host a dual use technology briefing on May 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DC3S, 7205 Sterling Pond Court, Sterling Heights. This half day event will deliver information on how companies developing innovative technology can do business with TARDEC under its dual-use Small Business Innovation Research funding program. The program’s goal is to tap into the small business community’s innovativeness and creativity to help meet government R&D objectives. At the same time, these small companies develop technologies, products and services they can then commercialize through sales in the private sector or back to the government. The event will provide an overview of the Cooperative Research & Development Agreements program, R&D contracting with the U.S. Army, the SBIR program, and more. Register for this free program at http://www.ptassist.com/services/ptac_register.php?id=299BA41089.

LTU Hosts Robofest Michigan Championship
Saturday, May 3: Lawrence Technological University hosts the state Robofest championship, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. More at http://www.robofest.net.

Mobile Monday To Detroit To Meet On Mobile In Field Service
Monday, May 12: Mobile Monday Detroit will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Compuware headquarters, One Campus Martius in Detroit. The topic is “Mobile in Field Service.” The speaker is Carl Lentz, technical architect and mobile lead at DTE Energy. Register to attend at http://meetup.com/mobile-monday-detroit.

MSU Chemistry Research Forum
Wednesday, May 14: The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University will hold its annual ChEMS Research Forum May 14. The forum will be held at the Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University. The 11th Annual ChEMS Research Forum will showcase departmental research advances in the areas of energy, sustainability, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical engineering. The program will feature plenary speakers, posters and oral presentations describing the latest department research. Registration, lunch, and refreshments are complimentary. Register at http://www.chems.msu.edu/forum2014/Registration. More information at http://www.chems.msu.edu/forum2014

LTU Hosts World Robofest Championship
Saturday, May 17: Lawrence Technological University hosts the world Robofest championship, 20111 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. More at http://www.robofest.net.

NDIA Michigan Hosts Defense Expo
Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 21: The National Defense Industries Association will host the Michigan Defense Expo May 20-21 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus. Exhibitors are also now eligible to reserve a 60 minute time slot on our “Exhibitor Presentation Stage” held within the Exhibit Hall. This is a new addition to the 2014 MDEX, and it provides exhibitors a large scale platform to showcase your capabilities, technology, services and vehicles. For more information email michiganexpo@ndia-mich.org or visit http://www.ndia-mich.org.

Michigan Cybersecurity Industry Summit Coming To Ypsi
Tuesday, May 20: How safe are you in the Internet of things? You can find out at the Michigan Cybersecurity Industry Summit May 20 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Speakers include Chris Roberts at One World Labs, J. Wolfgang Goerlich of VioPoint Inc. and Greg Conti of the U.S. Army Cyber Research Center and the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The event will also feature updates about cybersecurity activities in Michigan, demonstrations of the Michigan Cyber Range, a daylong Capture the Flag contest held on the Range, and a networking reception with appetizers and beverages. Registration is $75 per person. Register and read more at http://www.merit.edu/mcis2014.

Merit Network Sets Member Conference
Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22: Merit Network Inc., the nation’s oldest academic networking provider, is taking program proposals for its 2014 Merit Member Conference May 21-22 at the Marriott Ann Arbor Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti. Early registration pricing of $179 for Merit Members is available through March 28. Through Feb. 28, you can submit a proposal to become part of the program for this popular annual event. To register for the conference, submit a presentation proposal and learn more, visit http://www.merit.edu/mmc. Featured speakers will include John C. Dvorak, technology author, columnist and broadcaster. Registration for the Merit Member Conference is open only to Merit members, potential members from higher education, K-12, libraries, government, health care and non-profits, and event sponsors. Others may attend the conference only through special arrangement. Please contact learning@merit.edu for more information.

Telematics Update To Return
Wednesday and Thursday, June 4 and 5: Telematics Detroit 2014 will be held June 4 and 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. The 2013 version of the show featured more than 4,000 telematics executives and 120 companies, including 12 automakers. Check out video highlights from the 2013 show at http://telematicsdetroit.com/highlights.

33rd Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Marriott Resort, Ypsilanti. As one of the longest running programs of its kind, the decades-old symposium is expected to bring together more than 450 attendees including top investors from across the country, executives of early stage and emerging growth companies seeking $1 million to $20 million in funding, and related stakeholders. In a new addition, the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest will host its 14th annual statewide business plan competition award’s reception on June 17 prior to the start of the MGCS. The first place winner of the GLEQ’s mid-year emerging company category, announced in January, will receive an invitation to present at the MGCS. For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit http://www.michigangcs.com.

Michigan Energy Fair Moves To Lansing Area
Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29: Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association 2014 Michigan Energy Fair, Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St., Mason. The 2014 Fair will be the 14th statewide energy fair sponsored by GLREA. The Fair is the biggest and longest running energy event in Michigan and provides a unique opportunity to reach out to individuals and businesses interested in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green products and services this is a great opportunity for energy based businesses to exhibit. More at http://www.glrea.org.

Battery Show Returning To Novi
Tuesday, Sept. 16 – Thursday, Sept. 18: The Battery Show, an event for high-tech batteries for transportation and industrial applications, and its companion Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Conference, will be held Sept. 16-18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. For information on how to be a speaker at the conference, rent a booth, or simply attend, visit http://www.thebatteryshow.com or http://www.evtechexpo.com.

Oakland County Bringing Back Inno-Vention Medical Industry Event
Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 22: Mark the dates Oct. 21-22 if you’re into medical technology in Michigan. Oakland County’s Medical Main Street has set its third annual Inno-Vention conference for those dates. Oakland County officials say the event will feature an expansion of the overwhelmingly popular Demonstration Alley, with companies exhibiting the latest medical technology innovations. Also expanding will be one-on-one meetings, where attendees can schedule face-to-face meetings with purchasing agents from major health care providers. The event location is being finalized and will be released soon. Last year’s Inno-Vention attracted more than 600 health professionals, clinicians, investors and suppliers. A global audience of more than 95,000 people was reached through social media in the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada. Returning from last year will be a networking reception on Oct. 21, the popular Commercialization Competition, an Innovator of the Year Award and luncheon, and concurrent industry break-out sessions on Oct. 22. For more information on how to get involved, conference sponsorships and programming, visit MedicalMainStreet.org.

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