2019 Schedule

Robinson & Cole Roofdeck Party

Thursday | September 19 | 5:00pm–9:00pm | Robinson & Cole Roofdeck | SOLD OUT

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 | 8:00am–5:00pm | 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 | 9:00am–5:00pm | 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 | 9:00am–5:00pm | 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.

MetaPOP Art & Music Festival | SiW Kickoff

Friday | September 20 | 5:00pm–10:00pm | Stamford Town Center Annex | RSVP

Join us for an epic urban art festival amidst a twisting industrial landscape. After the raw space is transformed into an upbeat, electrifying atmosphere, the real fun begins. A seemingly never-ending succession of live painters, live music, street performers, video projection artists, food trucks, beer tents, and popup cocktail bars will take you deep into the early fall night.

Startup Weekend Kickoff

Friday | September 20 | 5:00pm–10:00pm | 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.

Meet the Makers: Food, Beverages, and Fashion

Saturday | September 21 | 9:00am–12:00pm | Half Full Brewery | RSVP

Meet The Makers:  A Panel of Local Brands Share How They Turned Their Dreams into Reality, hosted by Half Full Brewery, will be a story-telling/Q&A panel consisting of founders of various local “handcrafted” businesses within the Food, Bev & Fashion industry.  The panel will include Dave Holmes of Spiked Seltzer (sold to Anheuser-Busch in 2016) and PLNT Blend, Bill Shufelt of Athletic Brewing, Jamieson Van Loan of Maikana Foods,  Joe Coffie of Verveno, and Conor Horrigan of Half Full Brewery.  These founders will share their backstories as well as many other fist-pumping, jaw-dropping, and anxiety-riddled moments and stories they encountered on their way to building their businesses with their hands.  Samples will be available!

STEAM Showcase and Workshops

Saturday | September 21 | 10:00am–1:00pm | 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 | 6:00pm–9:00pm | 18 Harbor Point Rd, Stamford, CT 06902 | RSVP

Chilton Chadwick 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 | 4:00pm–6:00pm | 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 | 9:00am–2:00pm | The Ferguson Library | RSVP

New to programming but unsure of where to start? Heard a lot about the usefulness of the Python programming language, but don’t know how to put the pieces together? Stop struggling to learn the basics on your own and fast forward your career with this introductory bootcamp.

SiW is partnering with General Assembly to provide a workshop designed for complete novices who have no previous experience with programming and want a gentle but comprehensive introduction to the Python programming language. We’ll start from the very beginning and incrementally build up your knowledge in tiny bites so that by the end of the day you’ll have a natural intuition about what programming is, and how its different pieces fit together.

UConn Werth Institute Luncheon Series: The FEELGOOD Lab, Ryan & Kyle

Monday | September 23 | 12:00pm–1:30pm | UConn Stamford | RSVP

The Feel Good Lab was born in Walnut, California in 2016. Less than two years after its founding, the company relocated headquarters to New Haven, CT. Come and hear from the founders of the brand as they detail their journey and describe the market dynamics that made the relocation strategically effective. This conversation covers resource management, fundraising, networking, sales strategy, and more..

Digital Media EXPO

Monday | September 23 | 4:00pm–6:30pm | 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 | 7:00pm–8:30pm | 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 Marketing Made Simple

Tuesday | September 24 | 8:00am–9:30am | 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: Future-Proof Your Career in the Age of AI- Feat. Tameka Vasquez, AVP Global Marketing Genpact

Tuesday | September 24 | 12:00pm–1:30pm | UConn Stamford | RSVP

This session will explore the disruptive changes sparked by various forms of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence has gained rapid adoption in all areas of business to help companies maximize efficiency and stay competitive. Due to sci-fi, media spins, and disconnects in industry communication, the common refrain seems to be about robots taking jobs. But that’s not entirely the case. What is really happening is a cultural shift in rethinking notions of jobs and careers. The bottom line is: there are plenty of opportunities to advance your thinking and future-proof your own path.

Coffee and Content- Get Found on Google: SEO Basics

Wednesday | September 25 | 8:00am–9:30am | The Ferguson Library | SOLD OUT

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a mandatory marketing tactic if you want your website to be found through search engines like Google. Learn proven, repeatable best practices to help you drive targeted traffic to your website.


Coffee and Content- Graphic Design on a Dime: Canva Tutorial

Wednesday | September 25 | 8:00am–9:30am | The Ferguson Library | SOLD OUT

Fast-track your ability to create amazing designs in this Canva tutorial. With Canva, you can create beautiful designs for work, school and play in minutes—no design skills necessary. Canva is easy to use and has all the tools you need for your creative journey.


UConn Werth Institute Luncheon Series: Women in Technology Panel

Wednesday | September 25 | 12:00pm–1:30pm | UConn Stamford

Many contributions to technology by women are often left out of the history books.  However, we are now seeing a change in the trend. Women are increasingly taking the lead in the technology space from corporate leadership roles to starting software and IT companies. Gender diversity and leadership in tech not only offers a balance to a male-dominated industry but also creates a ripple effect that drives business goals.  Come meet three local, female technologists who are taking on technology in new ways.

UCONN’s DMD Faculty Showcase

Wednesday | September 25 | 1:30pm–2:30pm | 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 | 5:00pm–9:00pm | UConn Stamford | RSVP

Experience and interact with the leading-edge technologies like VR and AR headsets, drones, creative apps and more at SiW’s innovation lab. Our partner companies waveAerospace, Glimpse Group, RPM Raceways, Very Good Ventures, UCONN, the Ferguson Library, and others will make their latest toys and tech available for the evening.

Coffee and Content: Cell Phone Cinema

Thursday | September 26 | 8:00am–9:30am | The Ferguson Library | GET YOUR TICKET

The cell phone has come a long way in recent years with touch screens, facial recognition software and high-resolution cameras counted as just a few of the features once only found in sci-fi movies. Anyone with a modern phone can now instantly record a quick video and post it for the world to see in a matter of minutes, but not everyone can make it look good. That’s where we come in! If you want to learn the basics of getting started as a cellphone cinematographer or get a few editing tips to spice up those Instagram posts, family videos or small business ads, stop by our workshop. Come with your cellphones charged: iPhone users will be using iMovie and Andriod users will be using Filmora Go. If needed, please download the appropriate app ahead of time.

Build a Drone Workshop with Wave Aerospace

Thursday | September 26 | 9:00am–12:00pm | UConn Stamford | Event Page

Join renowned science educator, pilot, and WaveAerospace co-founder Mark Strauss to learn about drones by assembling and flying your own camera drone.

When the course is complete you will take home a working drone and controller. Camera functions require an Android or Iphone. Class size limited to 25.

FastFWD—The Innovation & Technology Conference

Friday | September 27 | 8:00am–6:00pm | 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 | 6:00pm–9:00pm | Mill River Park | $49

Join us at the SiW VIP tent at Half Full Brewery’s OktoBEERfest. Taps will be open, and you can mix and mingle with your fellow innovators from across Stamford Innovation Week. Enjoy your own private bar staff, comfortable seating, beer hall atmosphere, and full event access to 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.