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Mtech News, Opportunities and Events
October 2, 2009

News

  • Blackboard Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Michael Chasen Added to Boot Camp Lineup

Opportunities

  • MIPS Funds for Technology Product R&D: Applications Due October 15!
  • Sponsorship Opportunities for the University of Maryland Technology Startup Boot Camp, University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition
  • Free Legal Services on Intellectual Property and Related Matters for Entrepreneurs and Emerging Tech Companies: Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center Now at UM, Mtech
  • $50K SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition: Applications Due October 30!
  • Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund: Financing Available for Qualifying Green Companies

Upcoming Mtech Events

  • October 13: Free, Open Entrepreneur Office Hours for University of Maryland Students, Faculty and Staff, and Regional Entrepreneurs with Tech-Based Startups or Ideas
  • October 23: University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp

Partner and Other Events

  • October 6: NIST NIH Showcase
  • October 6: How to Protect Your Business From Corporate Fraud
  • October 7: Selling to NIH
  • October 8: Ignite DC
  • October 9: Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Research Review Day
  • October 9: Pitch Dingman Competition
  • October 9: TEDCO Funding Briefing
  • October 9: Teaming, Partnering and Contracting
  • October 13: The Mystery of Government Funding: Navigating the Process
  • October 13: Innovation Smackdown - A Live Debate on Making Innovation Work in the Real World
  • October 14: Capital Formation Forum - Capital Preservation Techniques and Outsourcing
  • October 15: A. James Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Buno Pati
  • October 15: Connected 24/7: How Today's Electronics Influence the Way We Live
  • October 15: GBTC TechNite
  • October 15: MEDA Fall Conference: Technology and Maryland's Future
  • October 15: BioBreakfast Series - The Swine Flu Pandemic: Public Health Policy and Maryland's Role in Vaccine Development
  • October 15: Greater Baltimore Committee Small Business Summit
  • October 21-22: 2009 Vision Conference
  • October 22: IGNITE Baltimore #4
  • October 26-27: Mid-Atlantic Business to Business Green Forum
  • October 27: Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture & Colloquium: Dr. Patrick O'Shea, "Enlightening the Darkness"
  • October 27: MITEF Startup Lab: Innovation in the Wireless Market
  • November 2: Meet the Press: Leading Journalists Speak on What's News, What's Not and Changes in the Media
  • November 4-6: 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference
  • November 5-6: Business Policy Conference
  • November 5: TEDxMidAtlantic
  • November 6: 10th Annual CIO Forum: Web 2.0 and Beyond: Where Will the Internet Take us Next?

Mtech venture programs' valued 2009 sponsors are Fish & Richardson P.C., Nixon Peabody LLP and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).

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News

Blackboard CEO and Co-Founder Added to Boot Camp Lineup
Michael Chasen, co-founder and CEO of Blackboard Inc. (NASD: BBBB), a global leader in educational technology solutions, Washington SmartCEO magazine's first “CEO of the Year,” and Ernst & Young's “Entrepreneur of the Year for Emerging Companies in Washington, D.C.,” has been added to the UM Technology Startup Boot Camp lineup of speakers. View the latest Boot Camp agenda, featuring three specialized tracks for entrepreneurs, here.


Opportunities

MIPS Funds for Technology Product R&D: Applications Due October 15!
Mtech's Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program provides research funding, matched by participating companies, for university-based research projects that help companies develop new products.

Benefits to Maryland companies include:

  • cost-effective research through university collaboration;
  • access to expert university faculty, students, state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories and equipment;
  • efficient transfer of technology from university to companies; and
  • the opportunity to work with students--potential future hires.

Benefits to Maryland faculty include:

  • research leads directly to new product development;
  • potential for published papers and improved university facilities;
  • students gain valuable experience working on commercial technologies; and
  • rapid proposal evaluations.

Read more and learn how to apply!

Sponsorship Opportunities for the University of Maryland Technology Startup Boot Camp, University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition
Support entrepreneurship and gain premium visibility for your company or organization to entrepreneurs and future customers at the university and in the region. Read more about the sponsorship opportunities for Mtech's region-leading entrepreneurship events.

Free Legal Services on Intellectual Property and Related Matters for Entrepreneurs and Emerging Tech Companies: Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center Now at UM, Mtech
The Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center (MIPLRC), which offers free legal services on intellectual property and related matters to entrepreneurs and emerging technology companies and explores relevant legal, ethical and policy issues in the high technology and intellectual property areas, is now at the university and Mtech.
MIPLRC’s legal services are available at no charge to university faculty and students, as well as to regional entrepreneurs and startup companies. For more information, visit www.miplrc.org.

$50K SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition: Applications Due October 30!
Mtech’s VentureAccelerator Program seeks applicants for the SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition, which supports commercially promising research employing scientific, engineering, and technology solutions to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world in the areas of national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health.
Apply by Oct. 30! More»

Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund: Financing Available for Qualifying Green Companies
If your company or technology could improve air or water quality around the Chesapeake Bay area, consider applying for investment from the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund. Supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and administered by Mtech, the fund will invest $250,000 annually over a three-year period into Maryland-based startup companies with innovative technologies that may help improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay area. Fund recipients are jointly selected by Mtech and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. More»


Upcoming Mtech Events


October 13, 10 a.m.-noon: Free, Open Entrepreneur Office Hours for University of Maryland Students, Faculty and Staff, and Regional Entrepreneurs with Tech-Based Startups or Ideas
Mtech is hosting free office hours to help aspiring and current entrepreneurs with tech-based startups or ideas get advice on how to:

  • build and finance a startup company
  • develop and protect intellectual property
  • navigate the technology transfer process
  • refine your business strategy for rapid growth
  • tap into other entrepreneurial resources

Representatives from the following organizations and groups are typically on hand to speak with you one-on-one regarding any questions you might have about starting a company:

Location: Room 1103, Technology Advancement Program building
Read more and register at: www.eoh.umd.ed
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October 23, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp
OPEN THE DOOR TO OPPORTUNITY
Whether you have an idea, an early stage venture or just want to learn how to start a company, the University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp is full of opportunities for you.

LEARN THE SECRETS OF SUCCESS
Opening the event is keynote speaker and UM alumnus Brian Hinman, co- founder and former CEO of Polycom, Inc. (NASD: PLCM), the world's leading teleconferencing company, co-founder and former President and CEO of 2Wire, provider of broadband service platforms for DSL, and now a venture partner with Silicon Valley-based Oak Investment Partners. At the age of 22, Hinman pioneered video compression technology that has endured as the standard today.

The closing speaker will be Michael Chasen, co-founder and CEO of Blackboard (NASD: BBBB), a global leader in educational technology solutions, Washington SmartCEO magazine's first "CEO of the Year," and Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year for Emerging Companies in Washington, D.C."

LEARN THE NUTS AND BOLTS

  • Market Research Tools and Techniques
  • Perfecting Your Pitch and Presentation
  • Great Ideas: Spurring Creativity and Innovation
  • Keep the Wolves at Bay: Using Your Intellectual Property Against Competition
  • Here to Help! University Resources to Assist You Every Step of the Way

LEARN HOW TO LAUNCH A BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANY

  • FDA Express Lane: Efficiently Navigating the FDA Approval Process
  • Where's the Money? Finding Funding for Biotechnology Ventures
  • Biotechnology Entrepreneurship: Nuances of Launching and Growing a Biotechnology Venture

LEARN HOW TO LAUNCH A HIGH-TECH VENTURE

  • Create the Why to Buy: Marketing for High-Tech Companies and Products
  • Where's the Money? Funding for High-Tech Ventures
  • High-Tech Entrepreneurship: Nuances of Launching and Growing a High-Tech Venture

CONNECT WITH THE NEW VENTURE COMMUNITY

  • Network with hundreds of current and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Meet experts and people who can connect you with the resources you need.
  • Connect with potential investors.

The University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp is an intensive, one-day workshop and networking event about launching new ventures. The Boot Camp is FREE to University of Maryland students, faculty and staff. The cost is $75 for all others.

Location: Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park
More information and to register: www.bootcamp.umd.edu


Partner and Other Events


October 6, 7:15 a.m.-4 p.m.: NIST NIH Showcase
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) Technology Transfer and Commercialization Showcase features National Institute of Standards and Testing (NIST) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) bio-imaging technologies.
Location: NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899
More information: TEDCO event page

October 6, 8:15-9:30 a.m.: How to Protect Your Business From Corporate Fraud
Joel B. Charkatz, CPA, CVA, CFE with accounting and consulting firm KatzAbosch, presents "How to Protect Your Business From Corporate Fraud." Fraud is a serious problem for all organizations both large and small, especially during difficult economic times when employees are finding it more difficult to cope with inflation, rising gas prices and job insecurity.

In this presentation, Charkatz will address examples of the most common forms of corporate fraud, including larceny, skimming, check tampering, fraudulent disbursements, asset misappropriation, credit card fraud, theft of trade secrets and proprietary information, and more business leadership.
Location: KatzAbosch Office, 9690 Deereco Road, Suite 500, Timonium, MD 21093
More information: Greater Baltimore Committee event page

October 7, 8 a.m.-noon: Selling to NIH
The centers and institutes of NIH purchase tens of millions of dollars in goods and services each year. Hear directly from NIH officers about where funding is headed, how it is categorized and what the future prospects are. Hear from program managers and contracting officers about the standards and practices for selling to and maintaining strong commercial ties to NIH.
Location: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
More information: TCM events page

October 8, 6-10 p.m.: Ignite DC
If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say to Washington, D.C.? What if you only had 20 slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds? On Thursday, October 8th at 6 pm, 16 artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers will answer this challenge at Ignite DC.
Location: Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001
More information: Ignite DC Web page

October 9, 8;30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Research Review Day
Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Steve Fetter, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
You are invited to join us for a special research showcase event highlighting the latest Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) technology innovations that will shape our future. This year's theme is: "The Spirit of Innovation: Responding to the Technology Needs of the State, the Nation, and the Global Community." Learn more about our research advancements in key areas impacting the global community: Communications and Networks; Energy and Sustainability; Robotics and Automation; Biomedical Technology; Security; and Advanced Information Systems.
Location: Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, University of Maryland
More information: ECE Research Review Day Web page

October 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Pitch Dingman
Do you have a good idea for a venture but need some help from the experts to transform it into a thriving business? Pitch Dingman is a great program for UMD students who want to explore the opportunity to own and operate their own business. The first three Fridays of the month, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Dingman Center team makes its professional investment staff and Entrepreneurs in Residence available to hear and evaluate new business ideas. Students give a short (3-5 minute) “pitch” or a persuasive overview of their idea and we provide actionable feedback based upon The Dingman Process. On the last Friday of the month, students can compete for $2,500 in start-up funding at the Pitch Dingman Competition. If you’re interested, bring your “A” game and a polished pitch. Not ready to compete? Attend one of the competitions to see how other students do it.
Location: 3570 Van Munching Hall (Smith School of Business)
Sign up: PitchDingman@rhsmith.umd.edu

October 9, 2-3:30 p.m.: TEDCO Funding Briefing
TEDCO Funding briefings provide detailed information about TEDCO’s primary funding programs for seed stage companies, including:

  • Fort Detrick Technology Transfer Initiative (FDTTI)
  • Maryland Technology Transfer Fund (MTTF)
  • TechStart
  • Johnson and Johnson Joint Investment Program
  • University Technology Development Fund (UTDF)
  • Working Capital Loan Fund (WCLF)
  • Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)
  • Rural Business Initiative (RBI)
  • NAVAIR Technology Insertion (NAVTI) Initiative

Attendees will learn about eligibility requirements, proposal submission guidelines, review processes, award conditions, reporting requirements and payback (MTTF, UTDF, and WCLF only). These briefings should be of interest to economic development professionals, angel investors, entrepreneurs, small technology-based businesses, small defense contractors and university faculty inventors. Briefings are free, however registration is required.
Location: TEDCO, 5565 Sterrett Place Suite 214, Columbia, MD 21044
More information: TEDCO event page

October 9, 8:15-10 a.m.: Teaming, Partnering and Contracting
This event will be a win-win for all types of companies. Established companies will have the opportunity to meet smaller companies and learn about some of the innovative technologies they are developing, while smaller companies will have the opportunity to learn about doing business with the prime contractors, the types of companies each of the larger companies are looking for as partners and subcontractors, and future opportunities.
Location: The Center for Innovative Technology, 2214 Rock Hill Road, Herndon, VA
More information: NVTC event page

October 13, 7:30-9:30 a.m.: The Mystery of Government Funding: Navigating the Process
There are many potential sources of funding for emerging biotechnology companies. Join WIB Life Science Executives and Entrepreneurs in a review of the sources of government funding that are available to you. Panelists with experience securing funds from Federal and State agencies will be discussing these various funding sources, which ones may be appropriate for your organization, how to navigate through the process and managing the reporting requirements once funds have been allocated.
Location: 9700 Great Seneca Hwy., Rockville, MD 20850
More information: Women in Bio event page

October 13, 7:30-9:30 a.m.: Innovation Smackdown - A Live Debate on Making Innovation Work in the Real World
Join us for this enlightening interactive seminar featuring Chris Foster, former under secretary for Maryland DBED, and now engaged in business development at Northrop Grumman, and Paul Fearis, President of Sagentia, Inc., U.S. Foster and Fearis' years of business innovation insights and experience bring the topic to life and their dynamic personalities come through in this fast-paced presentation. Attendees will appreciate the event for its genuine value in their individual business roles.
Location: AACC, Arundel Mills Campus, Lecture Hall 7009, Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076
More information: CRTC event page

October 14, 7:30-9:30 a.m.: Capital Formation Forum - Capital Preservation Techniques and Outsourcing
This Capital Formation Forum breakfast features a panel of experts discussing the use of outsourcing as an effective capital preservation technique in today's challenging economy. This breakfast is a must for both technology and biotechnology professionals interested in the do's and don'ts of outsourcing. Our expert panel consists of regional technology and biotechnology leaders who have years of firsthand entrepreneurial experience.
Location: The Universities at Shady Grove - The Camille Kendall Academic Center, 9636 Gudelsky Drive, Building III, Third Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
More information: Tech Council event page

October 15, 5 p.m.: A. James Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Buno Pati
ECE Alumnus Buno Pati (B.S. '86, M.S. '88, Ph.D. '92, electrical engineering) will be inducted into the Clark School's Innovation Hall of Fame for his innovations in phase-shift lithography, which have driven the development of smaller and smaller electronic devices with ever expanding applications. Pati's work has improved the capabilities of everything from computers to cell phones to GPS devices to MP3 players. Pati is a member of the Clark School Board of Visitors and the University of Maryland Board of Trustees. He is also co-founder and CEO of Sezmi, a next-generation TV service that delivers traditional networks, movies and broadband video to viewers. For more information on Pati's work and recent ventures, please refer to the Fall 2009 issue of E@M Magazine. An article about Pati is available online. The induction ceremony will take place at 5 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Charles and Helen White Symposium on Engineering Innovation.
Location: Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, University of Maryland
More information: Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame Web site

October 15: Connected 24/7: How Today's Electronics Influence the Way We Live
This Charles and Helen White Symposium, hosted by the university's A. James Clark School of Engineering, will explore how current electronic technologies are changing the ways we interact, play, and vote. Using examples drawn from industry, government and academia, the speakers will explain and explore cutting edge applications, opportunities for developers and entrepreneurs, and possible future trends.

Speakers include: Phil Wiser, president of Sezmi Corporation and former chief technology officer of Sony Corporation of America; Derek Hansen, assistant professor of information studies and director of the Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information at the University of Maryland; Michael Silberman, co-founder and director of EchoDitto, Inc. and former manager of the Howard Dean campaign’s Meetup operation; and Yagyensh (Buno) Pati, co-founder and chief executive officer of Sezmi Corporation and founder, former president and chief executive officer of Numerical Technologies, Inc.
Location: Kim Engineering Building Lecture Hall, University of Maryland, College Park
More information: Clark School event page

October 15, 5-8:30 p.m.: GBTC TechNite
TechNite is the Greater Baltimore Region's premiere night out to celebrate the business and technology community. With nearly 1,000 attendees, you should expect to run into colleagues you know and to have the opportunity to make new friends. Join us for an evening of networking, with technology and business leaders, great food, drinks and fun. Did we mention we’ll have lots of networking?
Location: Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
More information: TechNite Web page

October 15, 9 a.m.-2p.m.: MEDA Fall Conference: Technology and Maryland's Future
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of UMBC, will provide the keynote address at the MEDA Fall Conference which will address Technology's Impact on Maryland's Future. Other featured speakers will identify new technologies that will have impact on Maryland's future, the programs available to prepare us for that future, how our workforce is being prepared, and the efforts underway to ensure our infrastructure can foster economic prosperity.
Location: UMBC University Center Building, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD, 21250
More information:
MEDA event page

October 15, 7:30-10:30 a.m.: BioBreakfast Series - The Swine Flu Pandemic: Public Health Policy and Maryland's Role in Vaccine Development
Each day brings more headlines and news reports of the burgeoning U.S. outbreaks of swine flu – the most serious influenza pandemic since the Spanish flu circled the globe in 1918. As government authorities at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened to develop the nation’s response to the pandemic, critical work being performed at Maryland’s preeminent academic institutions and within its bioscience industry has resulted in significant contributions to the creation of both public health policy and the development of a vaccine against the H1N1 virus. Join us to hear leaders and experts describe their work and answer your questions.
Location: UMB BioPark Life Sciences Conference Center, First Floor, 801 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
More information: Tech Council event page

October 15, 8-11:30 a.m.: Greater Baltimore Committee Small Business Summit
The full agenda for this event is online here.
Location: Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, 101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
More information: GBC event page

October 21-22: 2009 Vision Conference
Keynote Speaker: William J. Lynn, III, Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Join the TechAmerica Foundation as it presents the most authoritative, well-referenced federal market forecast in the industry at the 45th annual Vision Conference. The Vision Forecast offers a detailed analysis of government agencies' spending plans in order to help the high-tech industry understand current and emerging government requirements for technology, services and equipment. This year's program offers the first comprehensive look at how the new Administration's plans will shape the marketplace. Day one of the Vision Conference is dedicated to providing a ten-year outlook for U.S. defense spending, with day two dedicated to forecasting the next five years of federal civilian information technology spending.
Location: Waterford Conference Center, Springfield, VA
More information:
TechAmerica Web page

October 22, 6-10 p.m.: Ignite Baltimore
If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say to Baltimore? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? On October 22 at 6 pm, 16 artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers will answer this challenge at Ignite Baltimore #4. The event will be held at The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are free, but space is limited. Audience members who have reserved a ticket will be admitted exclusively until 6:45 pm, at which point the event opens to the general public. Ignites #1-#3 sold out, so RSVPs are recommended. There will also be plenty of time to network with other professionals and make new connections, and free pizza will be offered.
Location: The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201
More information: event page

October 26-27: Mid-Atlantic Business to Business Green Forum
Now more than ever, businesses have been forced to rethink the way they do business, learn how to align their business on an environmentally sustainable path, and institute these changes. The Mid-Atlantic B2B Green Business Forum will help your business by making connections with other organizations and learn the environmental information you need to align your business with current and future green policies.
Location: The Engineers Club, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21201
More information: event Web page

October 27, 4 p.m.: Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture & Colloquium: Dr. Patrick O'Shea, "Enlightening the Darkness"
The speaker for this event is Patrick G. O’Shea, Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. The Department is the largest in the School of Engineering, and has been ranked by US News & World Report as having the leading graduate programs in both electrical and computer engineering among public universities in the Mid-Atlantic and North East. Prior to becoming Chair of ECE, he was Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) at the University of Maryland. While Director of IREAP, he played a major role in establishing the Maryland Nano Center. Previously he was a Project Leader at the University of California Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and holds a B.S. degree from the National University of Ireland, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Professor O’Shea’s technical expertise lies in the field of applied electromagnetics, nonlinear dynamics and charged particle beam technology, and applications.
Location: John S. Toll Physics Building, #1412, University of Maryland, College Park
More information: Clark School event page

October 27: MITEF Startup Lab: Innovation in the Wireless Market
With the advent of the iPhone and explosion of other mobile media devices, entrepreneurs have been rapidly developing new applications and services for the ever-changing mobile community. At this exciting MITEF Startup Lab, learn from two emerging DC-area companies, TapMetrics and Keen Guides, which have developed solutions for this rapidly-expanding market. As always, be ready to ask questions as you and the speakers will learn as much from this interchange as from the prepared remarks!

Featured Speakers/Companies:
Chris Brown – CoFounder/CEO of TapMetrics, a start up that provides mobile application analytics to developers for the iPhone and other mobile platforms. Chris has designed software for control and analysis of several communication platforms, including secure radio transmissions and voice recognition. He holds a BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Karen Borchert – CEO of Keen Guides, a developer of multi-media content for mobile devices that is accessible to those with disabilities. Keen Guides is using the latest technologies to change the way people tour museums, colleges, and other public places, making these cultural venue more accessible to all people. She has extensive experience in co-founding and directing another successful social change organization. Karen received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.
Location: NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
More information: MITEF Web site

November 2, 8-10:30 a.m.: Meet the Press: Leading Journalists Speak on What's News, What's Not and Changes in the Media
Technology, faster news cycles, limited budgets and a host of other issues have impacted news organizations, both positively and negatively. So how do businesses and organizations doing good work, creating jobs, producing interesting products or services get the attention they want, and think they deserve? TCM has brought together a group of distinguished journalists that cover technology, biotech, telecommunications and general business issues to help explain what they cover, how they do it and educate us on the changing world of journalism.
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852
More information: TCM event page

November 4-6: 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference
The 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bio conference will bring together more than 850 national and international industry leaders, government representatives, executives, researchers, investors, entrepreneurs, and professional services firms, representing 30 states and 10 countries, in a unique forum to promote networking, business expansion, and technical-knowledge sharing. This year, the conference will feature a Healthcare Policy Panel. Experts will arm conference attendees with insider information that will refine their organization’s strategic planning based on recent federal health reform legislation, continuing impacts from the current economic environment, and the opportunity to benefit from federal stimulus funds.
Location: Washington, D.C. Convention Center
More information: Mid-Atlantic Bio Web site

November 5-6: Business Policy Conference
The Business Policy Conference is a great way for you and your employees to learn more about important public policy issues being debated in Maryland that impact your bottom line and our overall economy. Come to the Business Policy Conference to discuss health care reform, renewable energy, workplace regulation and civil liability issues with several hundred business leaders and key elected officials.
Location: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, MD 21613
More informaton: Maryland Chamber of Commerce event page

November 5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: TEDxMidAtlantic
Theme: The Power of Stories. Humans interpret the world through stories. Designers invent stories to help understand how people will use the things they create. Stories are at the heart of entertainment. Journalists compose stories that help us understand our world. And stories are often the key element of ideas that spread: we tell each other “great stories” about people, events, places and ideas. TEDxMidAtlantic #1 will explore how stories shape and infuse our lives with meaning, and how a good story can very often be the differentiator between an idea that spreads and those that do not. Our speakers have been asked to reflect on this theme and consider the stories inherent in their work. Speakers at TEDx MidAtlantic will feature many of the leading thinkers and doers in the MidAtlantic Region.
Location: Falvey Hall, MD Institue College of Art, 1301 Mount Royal Avenue Baltimore Maryland 21217
More information: TEDxMidAtlantic Web page

November 6, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: 10th Annual CIO Forum: Web 2.0 and Beyond: Where Will the Internet Take us Next?
Featuring keynote speaker Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra; also featuring keynote speaker Paul de Sa, Chief Strategist, Federal Communications Commission.

How do technology and strategy executives navigate this new landscape? What does Web 2.0 mean for consumers and society? Join technology leaders from government, the healthcare industry and other sectors of the economy to discuss Web 2.0, its evolution, global impact and future. The new generation of Web 2.0 technologies, including social networking and online communities, is now squarely entrenched in the mainstream. These technologies are rapidly transforming the face of business and commerce, how government and public institutions engage with the citizenry, and how healthcare is managed, accessed, and delivered. From peer-to-peer lending, to online product reviews, to political campaigns orchestrated online, to virtual patient communities that allow consumers to manage their own health and well-being, examples of this transformation can be seen in every sector of the economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocated significant investments for a techno-centric economy of the future, though, despite their promise, they are not without risk. Businesses and policy-makers need to manage these technologies wisely to leverage their value and avoid pitfalls.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004
More information: CIO Forum Web page


Mtech Sponsors
Mtech's venture programs work closely with organizations and persons, ranging from local entrepreneurs and angel investors to service providers and large corporations, who share a passion for starting and building ventures, as well as for training technologists to become founders. Mtech venture programs' valued 2008-2009 sponsors are Fish & Richardson P.C., Nixon Peabody LLP and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
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