Ann Arbor SPARK recently announced expanded a2Tech360 programming this
year. a2Tech360 originated last year as an extension of its popular A2
Tech Trek event as a way to deliver broader programming to spotlight the
region’s innovative people and businesses. a2Tech360 is presented by KLA
with support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
An Ann Arbor SPARK initiative, a2Tech360 dedicates itself to promoting
the ecosystem of the Ann Arbor area of innovation. More than a week of
tech-related events, a2Tech360 creates connections between innovators,
researchers, investors, businesses, educational institutions,
non-profits, job seekers and the general public to generate discussion,
ideas and new opportunities.
“a2Tech360’s growth demonstrates that there is a strong desire for
collaboration and cohesion between the organizations and businesses
looking to promote the region as a desirable place to grow a business
and a career,” said Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO.
“It’s a labor of love for these organizations, including Ann Arbor
SPARK, to put our collective best foot forward in an impactful way that
leaves no doubt that the tech-related activity taking place here
year-round is worthy of attention and excitement.”
The 2019 a2Tech360 schedule:
Sunday, June 2
Student Demo Day, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Neutral Zone
In partnership with Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor SPARK presents
Student Demo Day. This interactive exhibit will feature original
products developed by area high school students as well as presentations
by leading business experts.
Monday, June 3
Ann Arbor SPARK East Innovation Center Open House and Live Design
Challenge, 5 to 8 p.m., at the SPARK East Innovation Center
What’s old is new again at the Ann Arbor SPARK East Innovation Center in
Ypsilanti. To show off the updated space, Ann Arbor SPARK is hosting a
Live Design Challenge and Open House. The event is being produced with
support from DO (something).
Intermitten, 5 to 8 p.m., at The Ark
Intermitten explores how diverse communities of innovative entrepreneurs
can connect and use their creativity to make the world a better place.
This event is the conference pre-party and is presented by Intermitten.
Tuesday, June 4
Intermitten, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at The Ark
Intermitten, returning this year to Ann Arbor, is designed to empower
entrepreneurs. This year’s Intermitten speakers boast a range of
backgrounds, including local and renowned experts like Duo Security’s
Dug Song, Backstage Capital’s Monica Wheat, and globally-recognized
policy and public affairs expert Karin Korb and Kaplan Director Dr.
Jeffrey Koetje, who will share how to build companies that are not only
successful but help make their people and their communities successful
as well. In addition to a day of talks by 12 industry leaders,
Intermitten includes an after party at legendary music venue The Blind
Women in IT Leadership Conference, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at FordLabs
The Women in IT Leadership welcomes three inspiring leaders who will
discuss their experiences navigating the tech industry. Following the
speakers, there will be a Q&A discussion and structured networking. This
event is co-presented by Ann Arbor SPARK, DaySmart Software, and
Wednesday, June 5
2029: What the Future Holds, 2 to 5 p.m., at Jeffries Hall,
#1225, University of Michigan Law School
At 2029: What the Future Holds, global thought leaders will discuss
trends and revolutionary products in healthcare, IoT, AR/VR, mobility,
and other driving industries with a foothold in the region. This event
is co-presented by Ann Arbor SPARK and the University of Michigan Office
of Tech Transfer.
Thursday, June 6
Ann Arbor SPARK’s Mobility Summit, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at
The Graduate Hotel and The American Center for Mobility
The Mobility Summit brings together industry, government, academics, and
others to discuss the future of mobility, with a focus on emerging
autonomous mobility and smart city solutions. The day’s event will also
include a tour and reception at the American Center for Mobility. The
Mobility Summit is presented by Ann Arbor SPARK and sponsored by PlanetM.
Tech on the Edge: Electronics and Life Science Tech Expo, 3 to 8
p.m., at MI-HQ
Tech on the Edge spotlights the growing number of science-based
companies that make chemicals, medicines, materials and devices for the
automotive, electronics, environmental and healthcare sectors. The event
will feature a keynote speaker, tours of MI-HQ’s wet labs and offices,
and companies showcasing their work. The after party includes a BBQ and
live music. This event is hosted by MI-HQ.
WXW Summer She-bang, 4 to 6 p.m., at The Circ Bar
Celebrate the start of summer with old friends and new at WXW’s Summer
Shebang. There’s no agenda, no program – just fun, food and drinks. This
event is presented by the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw.
Friday, June 7
Tech Talk 2019, doors open at 9 a.m. and the program runs 10 to
11:30 a.m., at Michigan Theater
Join Ann Arbor SPARK for an inspiring morning and hear from the
brilliant minds behind the region’s innovative companies. From origin
stories to behind-the-scenes accounts of the fascinating technologies
being developed here. Tech Talk features TED-style talks by leading
innovators. This event is presented by Ann Arbor SPARK and sponsored by
Wacker Chemical and PNC Bank.
Live @ Tech Trek, 12 to 7 p.m., Washington Street at Fifth
Street, downtown Ann Arbor
Bank of Ann Arbor will once again provide an amazing soundtrack for the
day as Live @ Tech Trek returns to Mobility Row.
Mobility Row, 12 to 7 p.m., Washington Street between Fifth
Street and Division Street, downtown Ann Arbor
Leading-edge connected and autonomous vehicles will be on display in
this exhibit-style street fair. From self-driving shuttles to
leading-edge connected car technology, attendees will begin to rethink
how they move through the world and how advancements in mobility will
define our futures.
Tech Trek, 3 to 7 p.m., downtown Ann Arbor
Tech Trek is a walking tour of downtown Ann Arbor’s tech businesses.
Through a combination of open house events and interactive
demonstrations, the public has the opportunity to learn about exciting
tech happening right here in Ann Arbor. This event is presented by Ann
Arbor SPARK and sponsored by DaySmart Software.
Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9
HackA2, Saturday 1 p.m. through Sunday 3 p.m., at NETSCOUT
Ready to take on big challenges with innovative solutions, the inaugural
HackA2 will challenge teams of local developers to solve a problem
facing our community. Because there is strength in numbers, Ann Arbor
SPARK is co-presenting the hackathon with NETSCOUT, Nexient, ITHAKA, and
Monday, June 10
FastTrack Awards, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at University of Michigan Golf Club
The annual FastTrack awards recognize public and private companies
headquartered in Washtenaw and Livingston counties that achieved
consistent growth. New to this year’s event the Entrepreneur Boot Camp
Award winners and the A2 Tech Trek People’s Choice Award winners will
also be announced. The FastTrack awards are hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK
and sponsored by Northstar Bank.
Thanks to a partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation
Authority, a2Tech360 event attendees can take The Ride to events for
free. Details will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.
a2Tech360 is sponsored by the Michigan SmartZone/ Local Development
Finance Authority (LDFA), KLA, and the Michigan Economic Development
Corp. and media sponsor Russell Video. For more information about
a2Tech360, please visit www.a2Tech360.com.
About Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by
encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and
retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business
at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK
collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor
partners. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborUSA.org.