Investors and innovators both agree – Pittsburgh, PA is poised to become one of the USA’s most powerful hubs for technology entrepreneurship in 2018. That’s why we’re going to be there on April 18th of this year for an IEEE N3XT® Keynote Event in collaboration with the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup – International Finals. Our event is a celebration of the startup scene that includes the final leg of a worldwide pitch competition and keynote speakers hand-selected by IEEE Entrepreneurship.
AlphaLab Gear International Hardware Cup
The AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup is a worldwide touring pitch competition for physical device products by startup companies at the forefront of technological innovation. Throughout the past several months, this event has been held across the globe at events in Japan, South Korea, Israel, and six U.S. regions. On April 18th, in conjunction with IEEE N3XT®, the finalists from each regional competition will face off in one last pitch competition. The first-place winner will go home with $50,000 thanks to the Alphalab Gear Hardware Cup sponsors, and second- and third-place winners will also receive cash prizes.
A Discussion on Culture, Diversity, Inclusion & Successful Scaling within the Startup Environment
This year, our speakers will lead a discussion on the importance of diversity in the startup space. It is now well known through numerous studies that having a diverse workforce can improve your odds of success. However, with the challenges companies encounter during the scaling process and the need for competitive engineers abounds. How can companies in the difficult space of startup and scale tackle these complexities and leap past their growing pains to success. Both of our speakers are women who have learned firsthand how vital this can be in establishing and growing an innovative technology business.
J Kelly Hoey (@jkhoey)
Kelly has been praised as a disruptive force in the startup space, and her work has been mentioned in publications like Forbes, Business Insider and many more. EBW 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. She has appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, contributes to publications such as Fast Company and Inc., and works with inclusive companies including Capital One and Comcast. Her book Build Your Dream Network is available now and contains invaluable advice on how to connect with colleagues who can propel your business and innovation forward.
Judith Williams (@judithmwilliams)
Dr. Williams has been at the forefront of the culture change movement in technology and entertainment. She served as Global Head of Diversity at Dropbox, as well as Global Diversity and Talent Programs Manager at Google, where she led the unconscious bias program and developed programs to mentor and accelerate the careers of technical women. Dr. Williams currently advises the ReFrame Project, which works toward to attaining gender parity in the film, television and media industry. Her work is discussed in several media outlets including USA Today.
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