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.


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: 10 a.m.

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.


Monday, August 21, 2017

UAB Innovation Celebration and Business Incubator 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 Business Incubator.

Time: 8 to 10 a.m.

Venue: Smolian International House on the UAB Campus, 1600 10th Avenue South, 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 Avenue South, 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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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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


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 Avenue N., Birmingham, AL 35203

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


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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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 North, 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 Avenue South, 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 352055

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Friday, August 25, 2017

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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