Vermont Innovation Week Coming in October

September 08, 2016

Innovation Week, October 14-22, 2016, is a series of events that highlights the vibrant energy of greater Burlington's entrepreneurial, technological and creative ecosystem. Powered by BTV Ignite and its partners, this first-ever weeklong celebration of engaging events has something for everyone who loves what Burlington and Vermont IS — and what it can be.

The week begins with the annual Hack VT, a 24-hour hackathon in which teams compete to build apps that help the state of Vermont, and ends with the 10th Vermont Tech Jam, a two-day job fair and tech expo showcasing some of the area's most exciting employers and their products, along with K-12 student projects displayed in a school mini maker faire. 

Each day in between Hack VT and Tech Jam will spotlight innovations in areas like food, beverage and agriculture; energy and efficiency; manufacturing and maker spaces; healthcare and bioscience; software and service tech. Presentations and demos will feature small companies building products using rapid prototyping; larger innovators in food, brewing, coding and software, and advanced manufacturing; and colleges and universities whose research and student-driven projects have a global impact. 

BTV Ignite is a nonprofit that exists to ignite the energy of greater Burlington's technology and innovation ecosystem by binding institutions, government, educators, businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs together. It collaborates with a nationwide network of similar efforts united by the nonprofit US Ignite. 

Event Schedule 

OCTOBER 14-15TH - HackVT - visit for details


9:30-11:30 am 
University of Vermont, Davis Center, Livak Ballroom - BurlingtonUVM Innovates: Stories of Innovation from UVM Entrepreneurs 
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the kick-off event to Innovation Week with a showcase of UVM student, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs. There will be a series of six "lightening talks" of five minutes each and a keynote address by UVM alumni and trustee Briar Alpert, CEO of BioTek. The event will also include a trade show/poster session featuring local innovators, entrepreneurs, designers and makers, and is free and open to the public 

12:00-2:00 pm
Main Street Landing Film House
60 Lake St. - Burlington
Gubernatorial Roundtable on Economy, Innovation, and Technology (TENTATIVE)

6:00-9:00 pm 
VCET, 266 Main St. - Burlington
VCET Panel and discussion: The future of BTV

Beer & Gear 
Social time and discussions of innovation and technology in our area against a backdrop of hands on demonstrations with the latest Virtual Reality gear, courtesy of Burlington Telecom! 


8:00-10:00 am
Champlain Room, Center for Communications & Creative Media, 
Champlain College, 375 Maple St. (at South Willard St.) - Burlington
Eat Play Learn at Champlain College See, hear and experience the present and future of technology and education, featuring ideas and projects from Champlain College faculty, students, alums and staff, accompanied by a breakfast buffet. 

10:30 am-12:00 pm
Burlington Electric Department, 585 Pine St. - Burlington
The Future of Energy 
A Net-zero panel discussion Join us for a discussion of Burlington's energy future - Net-zero: a panel discussion moderated by BED General Manager Neale Lunderville. - Bill MaClay, architect and author of "The New Net Zero" - Jennifer Chiodo, Managing Principal, CX Associates - Josh Castongauy, Director of Energy Innovation at GMP

This event is being covered by Channel 17/Town Meeting Television. Watch on TV and online: www.CH17.TV.

12:30-2:30 pm 
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center - Burlington
Inspiring Imagination 
Find out what’s new and fresh with ECHO’s STEAM initiative. Learn how the MATE program is bringing Vermont students, ECHO, and local industry together. Explore the depths of Lake Champlain and see what’s new in ROV technology with Greensea Systems from Richmond Vermont. Check out how ECHO is helping to educate and inspire through hands on engineering challenges and exciting new exhibits. 

4:00-9:00 pm
Champlain College & Fresh Tracks Capital - 
Location TBD
Road Pitch - Pitch Off and Party!
Watch the Statewide "pitch-off" featuring the 11 Riders Choice Winners from the 2016 Road Pitch, compete for $4,000 cash and a year's worth of mentorship from the riders. Light food and cash bar.

Beer & Gear (4-5 pm)
Social time and discussions of innovation and technology in our area against a backdrop of hands on demonstrations with the latest Virtual Reality gear, courtesy of Burlington Telecom! Cash bar, light refreshments. 

7:00 pm 
BCA Center, 135 Church St. - Burlington
GIHON (a performance) with Sean Clute and Leif Hunneman 
Presented as part of Of Land and Local: Watershed, exhibiting artist Sean Clute collaborates with Leif Hunneman in a performance that uses live, improvisational coding to create an immersive audiovisual experience. This innovative piece combines field recordings of the Gihon River in rural Vermont, electromagnetic processing that reveals the playback mechanisms of the recordings, and live responsive video. GIHON (a performance) is a compelling example of the kind of work that bridges the tradition of art that responds to and Vermont's landscape and the new place technology has in contemporary art. The performance is about 40 minutes long followed by a question and answer with the artists. Light refreshments will be provided. 



7:30-9:00 am
University of Vermont Medical Center, McClure Lobby, 111 Colchester Ave. - Burlington
Healthcare Innovation for Sustainable Impact
Please join us in for a series of rapid fire presentations demonstrating the latest in healthcare innovation currently underway at the University of Vermont Medical Center. A light breakfast will be served. 

12:00-2:00 pm
C2 - Competitive Computing, 354 Mountain View Drive, #400 (4th floor) - Colchester 
Startup to Success – Insights Into Growing a Tech Business in Vermont - Lunch & Learn
Many of today’s successful and growing Vermont tech businesses started on the energy and ambition of individuals or partners with ideas, vision and dreams. How did these entrepreneurs develop and grow their business from 1-5 employees at the start to ten times that number or more today?

We’ll hear from three leaders of three businesses that started small, but have grown to become successful and growing medium-sized Vermont tech businesses. They’ll share their journeys and lessons learned, and perspectives on how their businesses survive and thrive and Vermont as a home for tech.

The panelists are Melissa Dever, founder and board chair at C2, Brian Leffler, senior vice president, Instrumart, and Ted Adler, President, Union Street Media.

Bonus: All attendees to this Lunch & Learn will receive a raffle ticket for a free growler fill at Queen City Brewery. The winner will be drawn at the Oct. 19 Beer and Gear event at 5 p.m. at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. See the Innovation Week calendar for details.

This is a free Lunch & Learn event sponsored and hosted by C2, a Vermont-based digital solutions company specializing in Digital Commerce, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services. C2 helps organizations achieve competitive advantage through the innovative use of technology.

• Noon - 12:30 pm - Sandwich Lunch & Networking 
• 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 pm - Announcements & Introductions 
• 12:45 p.m. - 2 pm - Presentation, Discussion, Q & A

5:00-7:00 pm
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Vermont campus, 261 Mountain View Dr. - Colchester
BioBeer Beer & Gear
Join Vermont BioSciences Alliance and Burlington Telecom to experience a hands-on demo of the latest Virtual Reality gear, enjoy social time, and discuss local technology innovations. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

Bonus: “Hang out on the Hill.” Need a place to get some work done in between Innovation Week events? Visit our campus between 2 and 5 and we’ll set you up on our guest WiFi.

Extra Bonus: We’ll be drawing raffle prize winners for free growler refills from Queen City Brewery. And here’s a fun fact: Paul Held, one of the founders of Queen City Brewery, graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy!

5:15-7:45 pm
Karma Birdhouse
47 Maple Street - Burlington 

A networking event that will feature an invited speaker, a successful entrepreneur or investor, who will share their experience in the startup and business world. Also, introducing "Shameless Plugs," an opportunity for attendees to share who they are and what they do.

MC: Cairn Cross, Fresh Tracks Capital.
Speaker: Michael Cohen, tech entrepreneur, investor, Principal - Catch Interact. Recent investments include Fatherly, Poln,, and Triple Lift.


7:30-9:30 am
SymQuest, 30 Community Dr., Ste. #5 - So. Burlington
IT Panel - Leveraging Technology Throughout the Business Lifecycle
Technology is rapidly evolving. Depending on your business lifecycle stage you may be facing new hurdles as you scale. Our featured panelists will answer questions relating to the role of technology in various size businesses from startup to enterprise level organizations.

12:00-2:00 pm
Contois Auditorium, City Hall - Burlington

BTV Ignite Community Forum
Join community leaders, stakeholders, and anyone interested in the future of Burlington tech and innovation ecosystem and economy to talk about the the progress over the last year and all of the exciting things to come!

5:00-9:00 pm, 1 Howard Street - Burlington
Innovation & Technology Lecture/Presentation & Networking
Light fare and cash bar. Mixer with Quebec-based tech firms.


Beer & Gear
Social time and discussions of innovation and technology in our area against a backdrop of hands on demonstrations with the latest Virtual Reality gear, courtesy of Burlington Telecom.

OCTOBER 21-22ND - TechJam - visit

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