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About Innovation Week

The fourth annual 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.


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2017 Innovation Week Events

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Proclamation from City of Birmingham

Birmingham Mayor William Bell and the Birmingham City Council will recognize Innovation Week 2017 with an official proclamation.

Time: 10 a.m.

Venue: Birmingham City Hall

For more information, contact Loren Traylor at (205) 241-8118.


PIE (Philanthropy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship) Symposium

The PIE Symposium is an interactive half-day symposium that will feature local, regional and national thought leaders and experts who are working at the intersection of philanthropy, innovation and entrepreneurship (PIE). Participants will explore innovative solutions and develop effective strategies for using philanthropy to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the African-American community. This event is hosted by the A.G. Gaston Conference.

Time: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Using Google to Grow Your Business

As a small business owner, do you feel you are getting the most out of your website? Do you understand how people find your business online and how they interact with you once they get there? To help you find answers to these questions, the Birmingham Public Library is partnering with the City of Birmingham's Economic Development Office and Zeekee, a local digital marketing firm, to offer a seminar aimed at helping small businesses make the most of the free tools and resources available on Google.

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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

For more information and registration, contact Andy Mayo with the City of Birmingham.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Innovation Week Birmingham 2017 Ribbon Cutting

This is the official kick-off of 2017 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: Noon

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

For more information, contact Laura Boyles at (205) 241-8116.


Innovation Week Birmingham Block Party presented by Spectrum Enterprise

Join the Birmingham community at the second annual block party celebrating innovation and the ecosystem enabling it to grow. This block party will be located between the McWane Science Center and The Pizitz and will kick off an exciting week of activities throughout the city. There will be music, refreshments, food and fun. More details to come!

Time: Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Courtyard outside McWane Science Center, 200 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

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


"She Started It" Film Screening

GirlSpring and Girls Rock Birmingham are bringing a startup film, “She Started It,” to highlight women in the technology startup world. The event will be hosted by the Velocity Accelerator, Alabama's first startup accelerator program, in their space in the Innovation Depot.

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.

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

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Monday, August 21, 2017

UAB Innovation Celebration and Commercialization Accelerator launch

It’s hats off to the innovators and entrepreneurs! And the start of something big! We’ll party with pastries and parfaits as we present the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s annual innovation awards and officially launch the UAB Commercialization Accelerator.

Time: 8 to 10 a.m.

Venue: Smolian International House on the UAB Campus, 1600 10th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

On August 21, witness a rare historical event with Southern Research! As part of Innovation Week Birmingham, Southern Research’s Southside campus is hosting a free public viewing party for the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in nearly 40 years. Dessert food trucks will be stationed inside the courtyard, free solar viewing glasses will be provided at the entrance, and the NASA live stream will be broadcast in our Martin Library. Come join us for a fun-filled event!

Time: 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Venue: Southern Research, 2000 9th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205

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Webinar: Yes, You Can Start a Nonprofit

If you are interested in starting a nonprofit organization, then you should plan to attend this recorded webinar. Produced by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the hour-long webinar covers such issues as corporate structure, articles of incorporation, by-laws, board management, and tax exempt status.

Time: 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham Public Library Central Branch, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

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Birmingham Public Library Database: Foundation Directory Online

A librarian from the Birmingham Public Library's Business, Science and Technology Department will give a hands-on demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online Professional database. Developed by the Foundation Center, the database provides the most current and comprehensive information available on U.S. grantmakers and their grants that are available for nonprofit organizations.

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham Public Library Central Branch, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

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RAISING CAPITAL FOR THE FIRST TIME: Sourcing funding from angel investors, friends and family, loans and more

Birmingham Venture Club will host this meet and greet to discuss how to achieve success at the start with a goal of obtaining future investment. Good ideas deserve capital, but it takes more than an idea. Raising money for the first time is challenging, but not impossible. Experts will provide you with the tools you need to obtain capital for your startup/early stage company.

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Ghost Train Brewing Co., 2616 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Small Business. Big Opportunity. Bright Future.

This event hosted by the Birmingham Business Journal and BBVA Compass will feature interactive, breakout sessions on the key topics relevant for small businesses. It will offer attendees the opportunity to choose from 10 experts for coaching sessions at the experts' tables. This is meant to be a mingling, non-structured morning that will allow the attendees to network with each other as well as the experts. During this speed coaching program, each attendee will have the opportunity to have five coaching sessions (10 minutes max) with the expert they choose at each expert's table. There will be a short window for each guest to choose a different expert's table and repeat.
Event Topics will include: Marketing; Financing Growth; Talent Acquisition; Health Insurance and Benefits; Economic Outlook; Succession Planning/Transition Plans; Cyber Security; and SBA.

Time: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Venue: The Club, 1 Robert S Smith Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209

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Export Innovation: Leveraging Trade Finance to Increase Sales & Mitigate Risk

If financing is not part of your export strategy, you could be missing out on important sales or exposing your company to unnecessary risks. Do not miss this opportunity to hear from leading trade finance experts on ways to increase your export sales and reduce risk. Receive the latest information on export financing programs available with U.S. government backing from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Export–Import Bank. Who should attend? CEOs, CFOs and international sales managers of export-ready or export-capable companies and lenders
You will learn how to:
  • Offer financing at competitive rates to prospective customers
  • Offer the most appropriate method of payment
  • Obtain working capital loans with U.S. government backing to provide capital for inventory, hiring,and performance bonds to support export sales orders
  • Utilize export credit insurance to protect against buyer non-payment, minimize risk and offer credit terms to international buyers
Speakers will include:
  • David Leonard, Regional Export Finance Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration, Atlanta
  • Glenn Sigler, Trade Finance Consultant, Alabama International Trade Center
  • Bill Cummins, Executive Director, Alabama SBDC Network

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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TechTuesday: Alternative Uses for VR

Sidewalk Film Festival will host a panel discussion focusing on innovative applications for virtual reality technology in a variety of different fields.

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

Venue: Burr & Forman, 20 20th St. N., #3400, Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information and registration or contact info@techbirmingham.com


UAB Blazer Innovation Challenge Kick-Off

Join Birmingham's entrepreneurial community as we kick-off the Second Annual Blazer Innovation Challenge, sponsored by IBERIABANK. The Blazer Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for UAB students to flesh out their ideas in a “Shark Tank”-style competition and win prize money to help get their ideas off the ground. We'll kick off this year's challenge with a reception inside our UAB Innovation Lab at Innovation Depot. Come enjoy refreshments, learn about the competition and talk innovation and entrepreneurship with executives from IBERIABANK.

Time: 4 p.m.

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

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Tech Innovation in Hospitality

Birmingham’s DELECT Technologies will host a panel discussion on how innovation and technology are changing the hospitality industry in almost every aspect. Panelists will include: Daniel Briggs, owner of the Daniel George and Serendipity; Luis Delgado, owner of Miami Fusion; Eric Meyer, head brewmaster at Cahaba Brewing Co.; and Serge Amouzou, founder and CEO DELECT Technologies. Loren Traylor, vice president of investor relations at the Birmingham Business Alliance, will facilitate.
After the discussion, stick around to grab a beer, network and enjoy light hors devours provided by Serendipity, the new concept started by Daniel Briggs, chef-owner of the Daniel George in Mountain Brook Village. This event is sponsored by Cahaba Brewing Co. in partnership with the Birmingham Business Alliance and Innovation Depot.

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Venue: Cahaba Brewing, 4500 5th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35222

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Bham Now's BOLD speaker series: Jennifer Skjellum, President and CEO of TechBirmingham

Our next BOLD speaker event will feature Jennifer Skjellum, CEO and President of TechBirmingham. The event is FREE!
Described as an entrepreneur, educator and ecosystem builder, Jennifer Skjellum has had a significant impact on our community. At TechBirmingham, she works to grow and strengthen the technology ecosystem in Birmingham.
Meet us upstairs at Avondale Brewing Co., grab a beer, hear a great talk from Jennifer and meet other professionals in the Birmingham community! Minors are welcome.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Jennifer will be introduced at 6 p.m. Did we mention it's free?

Time: 5:30 p.m.

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

Check out Bham Now’s Facebook page or Meetup page for more information.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Birmingham Education Foundation + EAB Database Hack-A-Thon

For the past two years, volunteers from the Birmingham office of the Education Advisory Board company have been developing a custom database for tracking volunteers, events and student attendance for the Birmingham Education Foundation. Join us for a half-day of coding and programming to build out new features of the database for use during the 2017-2018 school year. All levels of expertise are invited to attend and contribute or benefit from the mentorship of other participants.

Time: 8 a.m. to Noon

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

For more information and registration, contact Victoria Hollis at the Birmingham Education Foundation.


Why social media is like Sour Patch Kids

Sociallyin, a local social media agency, will be talking about why social media for a business or personality is similar to the beloved candy Sour Patch Kids. Join us for an hour of discussion around the ups and downs of social media and direct tactics you can deploy to get to the sweet zone. The company will cover the journey from sour to sweet while building your business or personal brand through social media. FREE SOUR PATCH KIDS!

Time: 1 p.m.

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

For more information and registration, contact Keith Kakadia of Sociallyin.


Innovation by Design – an Introduction to Design Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation

In increasingly complex times, innovation and collaboration skills are becoming vital, and both principles are fundamental in Design Thinking. Join us for a high-energy workshop that teaches you how to be a more innovative problem-solver by applying the process of Design Thinking with UAB Collat School of Business faculty trained at the Stanford d.school. Together we'll explore how human-centered design can help develop innovative solutions for the complex challenges we face as businesspeople, educators, community leaders and entrepreneurs. Through this experience we hope you will take away some of the basic principles of Design Thinking and start to adapt them into your personal and professional routines.

Participants will be equipped to:

  • Take a more innovative approach towards problem-solving at work
  • Apply models of design thinking as a repeatable process
  • Approach problems and opportunities with a more open and entrepreneurial mindset

Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Venue: UAB Hill Center - Room 220 Banquet Room, 1400 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294

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EDPA 2017 Innovation Awards

Innovation in Alabama will take center stage during the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s 2017 “imerge” event on Aug. 23 at the Alabama Theatre. Thomas L. Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist and an author of six bestselling books, including The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, is the keynote speaker. Make plans to join us. Friedman will speak at 4 p.m., and a networking reception follows at 5 p.m. The imerge EDPA 2017 Innovation Awards celebration is at 6 p.m. The annual awards highlight companies of all sizes and innovators who strengthen Alabama’s economy, generate jobs and develop new ideas. The “imerge” event will continue into the evening with “Celebrate Imagination,” beginning at 7 p.m., which offers a taste of Alabama, with delicious food, and live music and entertainment “after parties” at the Alabama Theatre and the adjoining Hill Event Center.

Time: 4 to 8 p.m.

Venue: Alabama Theater, 1817 Third Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Patent Basics

Participants will learn about the different types of patents, why you might need one, and how to begin your patent search. Follow along as we go through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's seven step strategy for patent searching.

Time: 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham Public Library Central Branch, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

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Birmingham Public Library Database: ReferenceUSA for Business

Reference USA is an excellent business research tool that contains current information on over 24 million companies, 260 million customers, household lifestyle and purchasing habits, and job listings. The Business module can be used for locating your competition and making contacts and the Lifestyle module is good for locating and contacting your customers.

Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham Public Library Central Branch, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

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Solar Energy Technology: Innovations and Opportunities

The renewable energy sector is making strides in the Southeast, with several Birmingham organizations leading the way in solar power research and technology. Join Birmingham-based energy experts in the utility, R&D and renewable energy industries as they touch on the solar PV industry in Birmingham and statewide: perspectives on deployments across the region and the U.S., technology insights, and other thoughts on cost and regulatory and economic drivers.

Time: 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Venue: Southern Research, 2000 9th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205

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BBA's Business@Sunset, presented by America's First Federal Credit Union

Connect with business leaders from diverse industries at this unique Birmingham Business Alliance Business@Sunset reception, presented by America's First Federal Credit Union and hosted by Southern Research.

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Venue: Martin Library at Southern Research, 2000 Ninth Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205

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Friday, August 25, 2017

I-Corps Lean Start-Up – Testing Assumptions, Iterative Prototyping and Validated Learning

Join UAB’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Collat School of Business for this learning-by-doing workshop that introduces you to the I-Corps methodology that will allow scientists to rethink their research approach and generate new ideas, and help businesspeople and entrepreneurs get a desired solution to customers faster than ever before. We all know that launching a new enterprise - whether it's a tech startup, a university research program or an initiative within a large corporation - has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. The NSF I-Corps lean startup approach is shifting the curve of startup success with over 1,000 university research teams trained and 350 businesses started in the past 5 years. I-Corps is the premier, federally funded program used to assess the market potential of ideas using the lean startup methodology. In this workshop, you will learn how to take a human-centered approach to confirm problem-solution fit by testing assumptions, iterative prototyping and validated learning before spending tons of time on grants that don't get funded, and/or money on prototypes that never make it to market.

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Venue: UAB Hill Center, Room 204, 1400 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35233

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Innovative Media Strategy: How to produce your first professional video

This free Video Production Clinic will walk you through all the steps to plan your first professional video, with ample video examples, and how to use video as part of your overall media strategy as we move from an analog, bricks and mortar world to a new digital universe. You may want to pre-order this workbook with checklists for getting started: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5FW0MN

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Venue: Forge at The Pizitz in downtown Birmingham

For more information and registration, email whitman@camisary.com.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Magic City Hacks

Women Who Code Birmingham is hosting its first hackathon! After a whole week of being inspired by the amazing innovative happenings of Birmingham, we want to see what you can make! Whether you're a coder or not, experienced or not, you are welcome at the Magic City Hacks. All you need is an idea and the willingness to see your idea through to present. You will also have the opportunity to connect and network with companies.

Time: 9 a.m.

Venue: TBA

For more information and registration, visit www.magiccityhacks.com.

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