About Innovation Week

Birmingham Innovation Week is an annual celebration of innovation in Birmingham and the inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, supporters and catalysts that drive it. It is an open platform to showcase the numerous organizations and initiatives that support the Birmingham Innovation ecosystem and the rich human capital foundation that drives it.



2016 Innovation Week Events

Friday, August 19, 2016

Innovation Week Birmingham Kick-off Block Party

Birmingham is celebrating innovation and the companies that are helping define our city as a great place to do business with a Block Party, sponsored by Good People Brewing Co. Food trucks, live music and art will be featured. Learn more about all the activities that will be taking place during Innovation Week Birmingham and enjoy the tastes and sounds of Birmingham's best! Its’ a great way to warm up for the Barons home game against the Jackson Generals.

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Venue: In front of Good People Brewing Co., on 14th Street between First Avenue South to Second Avenue South

The Block Party is free to attend. For more information, contact Loren Traylor or Brittney Smith.

Monday, August 22, 2016

UAB Innovators Awards Breakfast and Innovation Showcase

The Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will recognize UAB innovators who were issued patents or whose technologies were licensed or used to launch startups in 2016. A variety of UAB startup companies and innovations will also be exhibited and breakfast provided.
Note: The Administration Building elevators only go to the 13th floor. Once on the 13th floor, you will see a sign directing you to the elevator that will take you to the 14th floor Penthouse (or you can use the stairs to the left of the elevators).

Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Venue: UAB Administration Building Penthouse: 701 20th Street South, 14th floor

Click here for more information and to register.

Innovation Week Birmingham Ribbon Cutting

This is the official kick-off of 2016 Innovation Week Birmingham! Join regional business leaders and elected officials as we cut the ribbon and celebrate innovation in Birmingham and the inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, supporters and catalysts that drive it.

Time: 3 p.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Avenue N., Birmingham, AL 35203

For more information, contact Loren Traylor of the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Red Mountain Makers Open House

Come visit the Red Mountain Maker space! See some of the projects currently underway, explore the ways you can work with an Arduino, and check out group workshops.

Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Red Mountain Makerspace, 5502 1st Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35212

Click here for more information and to register.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Funding Your Business to the Next Level

Venture capitalists, angel investors, bankers and private equity companies constantly communicate about how there’s an abundance of money available for companies. Yet, companies who need funding constantly communicate that they’ve been unable to obtain needed funds for their company.
Funding has never been a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. During this seminar, panelists will:
  • Share how to navigate the options and determine the best fit.
  • Provide insight in investment, loans, equity and all things money, and dig deep into gaps that exists.
  • Take a “deep dive” into the details of how to obtain funding from a variety of sources.
Emily Hart, Marketing Director of MotionMobs, will host a panel that will include moderator Mark Wesson, CEO of BMSS Wesson Wealth Solutions and panelists Wade Myers, Managing Director of Boldmore Growth Partners; Jonathan Geisen, Shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Larry Lilley, CEO and Owner of CTS; and Brad Spencer, CEO of Blondin BioScience.

Time: 9 to 11 a.m.

Venue: Edge of Chaos at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1700 University Blvd., Fourth floor, Lister Hill Library, Birmingham, AL. 35294

Click here to register.

TechTuesday Sponsored by Burr & Forman

TechTuesday is TechBirmingham's monthly speaker series program. Presenters include local tech company CEO’s, CIO’s as well as leaders in the community, technologists and experts in technology. Topics vary each month and audience members always leave learning something new. Speaker: Joshua Jones, Managing Partner of StrategyWise

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Venue: Burr & Forman Auditorium 420 N 20th Street #3400 Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here to register.

Behind the Scenes of Innovative Businesses

It's easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged starting a business. Get inspired by local entrepreneurs who have turned their ideas into successful businesses that are now cornerstones of Birmingham. Each of the leaders on this panel had vision that has ignited their business growth. Come and take a peek “behind the scenes” of their companies, and catch a glimpse at what led them to achieve their goals using creativity and innovation.
Emily Hart, Marketing Director of MotionMobs, will moderate a panel that includes Stephen Preston, CEO of Red Sky Studios; Eric Meyer, Managing Partner and Brewmaster of Cahaba Brewing Co.; and Tricia Wallwork, CEO of Milo’s Tea Co. Inc.

Time: 3 to 5 p.m.

Venue: MAKEbhm, 4000 Third Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35222

Click here to register.

Startup Drinks Pitch Night

Come be a part of Birmingham's growing startup scene. Meet and hangout with local startup founders, employees and enthusiasts.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Venue: Velocity Accelerator at Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Click here to learn more about 1 Million Cups.

Time: 9 a.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Avenue N., Birmingham, AL 35203

To register, contact Kathleen Hamrick.

UAB Online Master's in Sustainable Smart Cities

Learn about this unique 24-month, part-time professional Master's degree program delivered 100 percent online by experienced faculty from the USA and UK.

The Sustainable Smart Cities Master's program from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) and Staffordshire University (UK) is a unique professional postgraduate program that provides an inter-disciplinary grounding in the principles, application and key technologies required to develop sustainable smart cities.

Delivered by experienced faculty at both UAB and Staffordshire University, this genuinely international program will equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to assess, design and implement sustainable smart cities strategies across the globe.

The program offers a broad curriculum covering sustainability theory, sustainable urban development, low carbon and renewable energy systems, green infrastructure, natural resource management, health and liveability, transport and mobility, big data analytics and smart technologies.

Presented by:

Fouad H. Fouad, PhD, Chair and Professor, UAB School of Engineering; and Director of the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center (SSCRC)

Jason T. Kirby, PhD, Professor and Director of the UAB Master's in Sustainable Smart Cities

Time: 10:30 am.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information about the program and RSVP to Maria Norena at UAB.

Iberia Bank Student Venture Competition

Details coming soon!

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Venue: UAB iLab at Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

For more information and to register, contact Kathleen Hamrick.

IT Gender Gap: The Role of Female Programmers in a Male Dominated Industry

The Birmingham Business Alliance's Birmingham Regional Enterprise Council and Women's Business Council will present this luncheon designed to help bridge the gender gap and encourage more females to enter "Innovative Technology" fields. Tanveer Patel, named by Upstart Business Journal as one of the nation's Top 100 Influential Thinkers, will be the keynote speaker, Tanveer brings two decades of successful business ventures partnering health care with information technology.

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Venue: Birmingham Business Alliance Auditorium, 505 20th St. N., Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35203

Contact Loren Traylor of the BBA for more information and to register.

Placing Your Business on Google Maps

If you are a business owner and you want to gain control of the information Google displays about your business in Google Search and Google Maps, this workshop is for you. Birmingham Public Library is partnering with ZEEKEE and Google to help put every business in Birmingham on the map—including yours—for FREE. We will have a Google Trusted Photographer and Trusted Verifier at the meeting to help your business get online and allow you to choose what people see when they “Google” you.

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham Public Library, Central Location Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th Floor, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

For more information and to register, contact Valencia S. Fisher.

Get Your Business Online

Zeekee is partnering with the City of Birmingham Office of Economic Development and the Birmingham Public Library to help businesses learn more about Google My Business. Zeekee will help your business set up its account and get instantly verified at one of these workshops ... all for FREE. Zeekee will teach you how to establish and manage your Google presence and have complete control over your business listings.
There are two event times, so you can attend the one that best fits your schedule. The first session starts at noon and the second session starts at 2:30 p.m.

Time: Noon and 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham Public Library, Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information and to register.

Depot/U Turns One!

Depot/U is turning One! We can't believe it has already been a year since we launched our first class in Fall 2015. Come help us celebrate at Avondale Brewing Co. on August 24th at 5:30pm.

Exciting things will be happening at our party that you don't want to miss. Depot/U's CEO, Matt Landers, will be speaking on the creation and success of Depot/U. Local tech startups will be talking about what it takes to start your own business and how to acquire your first job in development. And last, but not least, Depot/U graduates will be there demoing the applications they built while working on a team during the 10-week program.

But wait, there's more! Throughout the evening we will be giving away prizes, but you'll want to stick around until the end because we'll be giving away a DJI PHANTOM DRONE!!!

It's been an unforgettable year, Birmingham, and we have you to thank for that! So join us for an evening of fun, tech and brews!

And yes, there will be cake!

Please RSVP - so we can make sure we get enough cake ;)

Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Venue: Avondale Brewing Co., 201 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222

Click here to register.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Magic City Coders Showcase

For the second consecutive year, BBVA Compass and sngular joined forces with the UAB iLab to identify talented developers during a two-week challenge, to foster local tech talent, and encourage future innovators and entrepreneurs in order to mold the next generation of leaders that will break new ground in the financial services space. Participants were paired in four teams of three and tasked with developing a prototype fintech app. The teams worked under the guidance of BBVA Compass and sngular, with support from experts in areas like user experience (UX), front-end development and agile project management.
Their products will be showcased during Innovation Week Birmingham 2016.

Time: 3 p.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot Training Room, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information and to register to attend.

Depot Connect

Join us for casual networking with our Innovation Depot Member Companies! This is a weekly event at Innovation Depot that is open to the public during Innovation Week Birmingham 2016.

Time: 4 p.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here to RSVP to attend.

How Collaboration Drives Innovation in Infectious Disease Research

Join Southern Research for a lively panel discussion with leading infectious disease specialists. We will discuss the hot topics in infectious disease research and how an interdisciplinary approach helps tackle the toughest obstacles to finding vaccines and cures. Hear from experts on Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue, Ebola, Flu and more. Audience members will have a Q&A opportunity at the end of the discussion.

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Southern Research, Martin Library, 2000 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205

For more information and to register, email events@southernresearch.org.

Depot/U Open House

Come learn about Birmingham's first developer bootcamp, Depot/U. Depot/U is a full-time program that trains beginner/beginning developers to be developers. No prior experience is required for the course. At our open house we will provide additional insight into the program, allowing potential candidates to speak with instructors, the company’s leadership team, and graduates.

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here to register.

Business@Sunset, presented by Southern Research

Connect with business leaders from diverse industries at this unique Birmingham Business Alliance Business@Sunset reception, presented by Southern Research. Southern Research is a world-class scientific and engineering research organization headquartered in Birmingham.

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Venue: Southern Research, Quinlan Castle Courtyard, 2000 Ninth Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205

Click here to RSVP to attend.