2019 Schedule

Robinson & Cole Roofdeck Party


Thursday | September 19 | 5pm–9pm | Robinson & Cole Roofdeck | RSVP

Please join us for networking and refreshments on Robinson+Cole’s balcony during Stamford Innovation Week. Enjoy cocktail accommodations and intriguing conversations while soaking in panoramic views of Stamford’s Mill River Park.

Blockchain Day


Friday | September 20 | 9am–5pm | Beta Rocks | $50

From crypto enthusiasts to enterprise blockchain leaders, this full-day conference helps you take your blockchain skills (and network) to the next level. Whether you’re just getting started or building your global domination strategy for your next blockchain venture this event is sure to provide tremendous value.

Digital Media CT Summit


Friday | September 20 | 9am–5pm | UConn Stamford | RSVP

This one-day event targets high school and college students, as well as educators, interested in film, television, and digital media.

The 2019 summit will feature speakers from Connecticut’s leading digital content producers, as well as a student talent showcase and specialized breakout sessions for high school and college students.

DMCT is a statewide education initiative to support a talent pipeline that recognizes Connecticut’s expertise in digital media. Every year we hold a summit that targets high school and college students, as well as educators and industry professionals, who want to learn more about the emerging practices and opportunities in film, television, and digital media.

Hackathon: NatWest Markets & Girls Who Code


Friday | September 20 | 9am–5pm | RPM Raceway | RSVP

NatWest Markets and Girls Who Code are teaming up to help build, support, and grow the pipeline of future female engineers in the United States.

SiW Opening Festival


Friday | September 20 | 4pm–10pm | Stamford Town Center Annex | RSVP

We’re planning an epic urban art festival amidst a twisting industrial landscape. This event will feature live painters, live music, performers, video projection art, food trucks and much more. Stay tuned for a bunch of announcements all summer.

Startup Weekend Kickoff


Friday | September 20 | 5pm–10pm | The Ferguson Library | RSVP

People looking to explore a business concept can create a prototype of their idea and receive professional feedback at Startup Weekend Stamford.

Participants will have the chance to pitch a business idea as well as listen to others, vote on the most interesting plans, then form teams. The free event is sponsored by Techstars, an entrepreneur mentorship organization. Participants will identify their target consumer and create a prototype of their product. Everyone will receive personalized feedback as well as time with mentors.

How to Start Food & Beverage Businesses


Saturday | September 21 | 9am–12pm | Half Full Brewery | RSVP

A series of panels will explore what it takes to start and grow food and beverage companies today. Panelists will focus on 4 key areas; How to Start a Food Truck Business, How to Start a Distribution Based Food & Beverage Business, How to Start a Restaurant, and How to Start a Direct-to-Consumer CPG Business.

STEAM Showcase and Workshops


Saturday | September 21 | 10am–2pm | The Ferguson Library | RSVP

Learn how we can teach today’s youth to become tomorrow’s innovators.
See how through a highly engaging project-based learning platform, we will discuss how integrating art, design thinking and hands on modeling with STEM learning will inspire youth to become thinkers, makers and innovators.
Kids will engage in activities in Coding, Robotics, Art, 3-D Modeling and tie it all together with innovation principles as they design and build th city of the future.

OpenPop—People’s Choice Gallery Launch Party


Saturday | September 21 | 5pm–9pm | TBA | RSVP

Chilton Chadwich is proud to present The “People’s Choice’ Gallery, a showcase of art and artists from across the region. The process starts long before the event on 9/21. Artists can submit their work all summer and SiW registrants can vote on the artists and pieces they would like to see in the main event. There, the pieces will be offered for sale and a jury of gallerists and reviews will crown the ‘best in show.’

Startup Weekend Awards Ceremony


Sunday | September 22 | 4pm–6pm | The Ferguson Library | RSVP

Join the entrepreneurs, judges, and participants of Startup Weekend for the closing ceremony. Teams will present and pitch their newly created products and services. After the pitch competition, winners are picked and may compete in other Startup Weekend challenges. Join the entrepreneurs, judges, and participants of Startup Weekend for the closing ceremony. Teams will present and pitch their newly created products and services. After the pitch competition, winners are picked and may compete in other Startup Weekend challenges. The event will close with refreshments and general networking for everyone in attendance.

Python Crash Course


Monday | September 23 | 9am–1pm | The Ferguson Library | RSVP

If you’re looking to take your Python development skills to the next level, this is the event for you. In addition to learning from a world-class Python expert, you’ll get to know your peers in the space for future help and collaboration.

UConn Werth Institute Luncheon Series


Monday | September 23 | 12pm–1pm | UConn Stamford | RSVP

Join industry thought leaders for fascinating discussions and deep insights into emerging technologies. The luncheon series explores the latest trends in Blockchain, Smart Cities, Digital Privacy & Security and much more.

Digital Media EXPO


Monday | September 23 | 4pm–6pm | NBCUniversal | RSVP

Digital Media EXPO is targeted for entrepreneurs, investors, business developers, designers, marketers, and service providers who want to discover new ideas in digital media. Judges will award prizes for the most innovative and novel implementations of digital media in a business setting.

NBCUniversal Executive Panel


Monday | September 23 | 7pm–8pm | NBCUniversal Stamford Media Center | $25

For executives who deploy digital media in their communications and marketing roles. Held at the Stamford Media Center’s Studio A, this panel will feature marketing leaders from NBCUniversal’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Los Angeles studios and others. Learn how NBCUniversal and other top media organizations use digital media for their marketing campaigns. The panel will cover methods and new technologies that promote their properties. These best practices are especially useful for brand communications directors, public relations heads, and marketing executives. An audience Q&A session will wrap up the event.
Prior to the panel discussion, tours of Studio A, where Maury and other shows are shot, will be available from 4 PM to 6:30 PM. Tour guides can discuss how attendees can now use the NBCUniversal facilities for their own digital productions. The tours will begin in the SMC’s lobby during the free Digital Media Expo.

Coffee and Content: Digital Media Skills Breakfast Educational Sessions


Tuesday | September 24 | 8am–9am | The Ferguson Library | RSVP

Get into an innovative frame of mind before your day begins. Coffee and Content serves up immediately-useful, hands-on tactical digital media sessions. You will learn how to use some of the most popular applications for digital video, social media marketing, and branding. Session topics will be announced soon. Save the dates!

UConn Werth Institute Luncheon Series


Tuesday | September 24 | 12pm–1pm | UConn Stamford | RSVP

Join industry thought leaders for fascinating discussions and deep insights into emerging technologies. The luncheon series explores the latest trends in Blockchain, Smart Cities, Digital Privacy & Security and much more.

OpenPOP Closing Ceremony & Awards


Tuesday | September 24 | 5pm–9pm | Location TBA | RSVP

Chilton Chadwich is proud to present The “People’s Choice’ Gallery, a showcase of art and artists from across the region. The process starts long before the event on 9/21. Artists can submit their work all summer and SiW registrants can vote on the artists and pieces they would like to see in the main event. There, the pieces will be offered for sales and a jury of gallerists and reviews will crown a ‘best in show.’

Coffee and Content: Digital Media Skills Breakfast Educational Sessions


Wednesday | September 25 | 8am–9am | The Ferguson Library | RSVP

Get into an innovative frame of mind before your day begins. Coffee and Content serves up immediately-useful, hands-on tactical digital media sessions. You will learn how to use some of the most popular applications for digital video, social media marketing, and branding. Session topics will be announced soon. Save the dates!

UConn Werth Institute Luncheon Series: Lisa Carson, CEO @ Occo


Wednesday | September 25 | 12pm–1pm | UConn Stamford

Come find out how CEO and co-founder of Occo, Lisa Carson took her own paint points in meal recipe preperation and leveraged her experience in product innovation to build a company dedicated to changing the way we cook at home.

UCONN’s DMD Faculty Showcase


Wednesday | September 25 | 1pm–5pm | UConn Stamford | RSVP

The Digital Media & Design Faculty Showcase is an opportunity to meet DMD faculty, learn about their work, and better understand the projects that exist in the still relatively new undergraduate major at the UConn Stamford campus.

SiW Innovation Lab


Wednesday | September 25 | 5pm–9pm | UConn Stamford | RSVP

The Innovation Lab (iLab) is an indoor/outdoor showcase of the latest ideas, tools, technologies, and experiences defining what it means to ‘innovate’ today. Plan to see (and play with) drones, 3d printers, a crypto-mining rig, and much more.

Coffee and Content: Digital Media Skills Breakfast Educational Sessions


Thursday | September 26 | 8am–9am | The Ferguson Library | RSVP

Get into an innovative frame of mind before your day begins. Coffee and Content serves up immediately-useful, hands-on tactical digital media sessions. You will learn how to use some of the most popular applications for digital video, social media marketing, and branding. Session topics will be announced soon. Save the dates!

iSpark—Demo Day & Shark Tank


Thursday | September 26 | 1pm–7pm | UConn Stamford Welcome Center | Event Page

This unique event takes the format of a traditional pitch competition, flips it on its head, and substantially raises the stakes. Join your venture and tech startup peers for a high-profile competition for connections, prizes, awareness, and potential investment. After an open demo session, startups are hand-picked by the sharks and head to ‘the tank’ where anything can happen.

FastFWD—The Innovation & Technology Conference


Friday | September 27 | 8am–6pm | UCONN | $199

FastFWD brings together leaders to share insights and trends driving innovation and creating disruption today—and what the future might hold. Agnostic to both industry and discipline, the conference takes a broader approach. We look at markets, technologies, geopolitical movements and other ‘macro’ level concepts and events to explore the root cause of change. And what opportunities and challenges we need to prepare for today.

FastFwd After Party @ Half Full’s OktoBEERfest


Friday | September 27 | 6pm–9pm | Mill River Park | $49

Join your fellow innovators at OktoBeerfest!

OktoBEERfest In The Park is an Oktoberfest-style event featuring the area’s best food trucks, a true “garden” themed Pop-Up Beer Garden, and Live Music from a variety of local acts. The festival is held in support of the Mill River Park Collaborative and takes place on The North Lawn & Grand Steps in Mill River Park in downtown Stamford.

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