BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Registration is open for the 4th Annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference presented by Alabama Launchpad, a project of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.
The conference stretches two days, September 25th and 26th at the BJCC and WorkPlay.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Saturday’s keynote speaker is Peter Diamandis, CEO and Founder of the X-Prize Foundation and all-around innovation vanguard.
Governor Robert Bentley will also be there to present the Innovation Awards and show support for the Alabama tech community.
Also delivering a Keynote address is Brandon Byrne, VP of Finance for Curse, a gaming-information platform headquartered in Huntsville, AL, that serves more than 30 million unique visitors every month.
One-On-One Mentoring sessions with a growing number of notable Alabama experts will be available for scheduling through the conference app, which I got a brief preview of today.
The conference will also feature Start-Up Village, an open area filled with presentations from startups and interesting technologies, as well as a job fair put on by TechBirmingham and The Birmingham Business Alliance.
Alabama Launchpad is also making a real effort to reach out to local artists this year by adding a statewide poetry competition to the mix. Submitted poems will be voted on by conference attendees. The three finalists of the polling will read their poems on stage at the conference. I’ll tell you about the details of this as soon as they are released.
The physical Innovation Awards are being crafted right now by a group of local Birmingham artists and artists from Black Belt Treasures, a non-profit organization in Camden, AL that promotes arts in the Black Belt region of the state. More on this later.
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Look out for the hashtag: #StartUpAL2014
August 5, 2014