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Jersey technology: See it, live it, accelerate it, at Jersey Innovation Week

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James Barrood of the New Jersey Tech Council.
James Barrood of the New Jersey Tech Council. - ()

New Jersey is one of the world's leading global centers of transformative technology and innovation. But even within our high-tech industries, many don't realize the breadth and vigor of New Jersey's technology communities. And outside our industries, many stakeholders and citizens have only the vaguest sense of New Jersey's many deep wellsprings of innovation.

We thought: Maybe you just have to see it to believe it. So, we’ve made that easy  at the first-ever Jersey Innovation Week, May 15-20.

From Madison to Holmdel, Princeton to Asbury Park, this unprecedented week of events will showcase the extraordinary range of New Jersey technology innovation. From health care to drones, mixed reality to IoT and design, it’s happening here  and it will profit you mightily to know about it.

Here are some highlights of what we’ve got planned (each event requires registration; full calendar and registration links here):

The NJ Tech Council’s HealthTech Conference (May 16, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison) will focus on cutting-edge healthcare innovations to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, and improve patient experience no matter how Washington, D.C. changes the laws.

It’s an extraordinarily timely opportunity to see how providers and healthcare organizations are leveraging transformative technologies such as big data, health information exchanges, pharmacology, and informatics  many of them being pioneered right here in New Jersey. You’ll join practitioners, tech executives, funders/payors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders who are reinventing and re-humanizing healthcare through technology -- and you’ll preview the enormous implications for all of us.

The next morning, CEOs will come together at our CEO Forum - How to Manage your Company’s Growth (May 17, 8 – 10 a.m., Whippany): CEOs from Admera Health and daVIZta will lead an informal, interactive roundtable on taking companies to the next level. They’ll focus on specific resources, skills, alliances, and in-the-trenches experiences for building companies that can sustain rapid and profitable growth.

If you’re in the Camden area that morning, have Breakfast with Titans (8 - 9:30 a.m., Waterfront Lab) -- your chance to connect with Camden’s fast-growing community of innovators and startups. You’ll also hear from Seth Berger (76ers Innovation Lab), who built AND 1 from a local T-shirt screen printer into America’s #2 basketball footwear company.

Later in the afternoon of the 17th, join Tech Council members and others at the Wine + Beer Tech Fest (4 - 7 p.m., Princeton). We’ll serve up complimentary wine, beer, and appetizer pairings  plus an opportunity to meet key regional tech executives, and hear an up-to-minute discussion on pairing great talent with great firms (including updates on the latest immigration changes).

Next, on the Hoboken waterfront (May 18), there’s the full-day outdoor Propelify Festival  a great place to hear from pioneering tech business builders, connect with startups and investors, see the latest VR and drone technologies, and listen to some great music.

Friday morning, join the Council for coffee and great networking at Breakfast Bytes (Fort Monmouth, May 19, 7:30-9:00 a.m.). Come, chat, and hear insights from leading New Jersey entrepreneurs, including Simon Nynes (Chairman, CEO & President, Wayside Technology Group); Michael Abboud (CEO, TetherView); and Jesper Helt (CHRO, Commvault).

And there’s a whole lot more. Just two examples, both in Asbury Park: the Tech Council is partnering with the Jersey Shore Tech Meetup to host a Beachside Chat & Happy Hour with BrandProject’s Jay Bhatti, May 19, 4-7 pm. Then, the next day the boardwalk is hosting the annual TEDx Navesink event, all day May 20, which will focus on identity, emotion, innovation, design, technology, and some of the amazing linkages among them.

Coordinated by the New Jersey Tech Council, Jersey Innovation Week is for entrepreneurs, executives, funders, investors, researchers, policymakers, students  and everyone who’s passionate about technology. It offers extraordinary opportunities for New Jersey’s leading and emerging innovators to connect, and to discover new resources for accelerating and scaling success.

This preview covers just a fraction of the events we’ll be sponsoring and helping to coordinate. We hope you’ll be part of this inaugural Jersey Innovation Week. Join us: you’ll never look at Jersey innovation the same way again.

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