CITRIS Foundry | Upcoming Events
CITRIS Foundry is the University of California accelerator for founders building deep technology startups. We bring extensive experience at the leading edge of university-driven innovation and entrepreneurship to guide startups and institutional partners in bridging the gap from lab to market.
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Upcoming Events

March 3, 2021
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar

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    TITLE: "Toward Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems in the Anthropocene"

    SPEAKER: Sam Markolf is an assistant professor within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Merced. His research broadly focuses on applying systems-thinking to sustainability and resilience challenges facing cities and infrastructure systems.

    Free and open to the public, the CITRIS Research Exchange offers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry, and civic leaders. Each seminar takes place on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm via Zoom. Join us!

  • 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Foundry* Office Hours - Sumin Kim

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    Sumin Kim
    is a senior associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California, where he advises startups and venture capital investors. He acts as outside general counsel to his clients and guides them through business and legal challenges, including corporate governance, fundraising, securities law, hiring and firing, and commercial contracting. Sumin led technology adoption and efficiency initiatives as a corporate attorney at Atrium, a law firm and legal technology startup that was funded by over a hundred Silicon Valley investors including Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and General Catalyst, and was a commercial counsel at Logitech, a public company famous for its mice. Sumin earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from Northwestern University. Prior to launching his legal career, he was a semiconductor engineer in the Bay Area. Sumin enjoys playing basketball, discovering new ways to optimize life, and spending time with his wife and kids.

March 5, 2021
  • 12:30 am - 2:00 am Foundry Startup Showcase

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    The CITRIS Foundry Spring Showcase


    Join us as we celebrate our Spring and Summer cohorts from 2020 with our community of innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors, and supporting partners!

    • Expert panel on making the transition from Scientist to Entrepreneur

      • Fay Christodoulou, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Miroculus

      • Naresh Sunkara, Founder, Berkeley Science Fellows Program

      • Carly Anderson, Principle Chemical Engineer & Partner, Prime Movers Lab

    • Pitches from graduating Foundry startups

    • Networking with current Spring & Summer 2020 cohorts and community

    • A chance to meet and mingle with our incoming Spring 2021 cohort

    At CITRIS Foundry our innovators tackle big problems in industries ranging from cleantech to medical devices to consumer products and AI. By leveraging the incredible resources and expertise at UC Berkeley and the Bay Area entrepreneurship community, we help bring innovation to market and society!

March 12, 2021
  • 12:00 am - 12:30 am *Partner Talk* Gary Haywood of Design+Industry


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    Come meet CITRIS Foundry Partner Gary Haywood to learn more about how he and D+I might be able to help you on your hardware projects. Medtech teams are especially encouraged to attend. 

    Design + Industry is an ISO 13485:2016 certified industrial design and product development consultancy, with over 50 industrial designers and mechanical engineers in their Sydney and Melbourne studios. For more than 30 years they've been the leaders in product design and innovation in Australia. They deliver commercial success for their clients by creating class-leading products and user experiences for global markets.

  • 5:00 pm - 2:00 am Women in Tech Symposium: The New Era in Human-Computer Interaction

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    Registration for the Women in Tech Initiative at the University of California’s flagship event is now open:

    About this Event

    Now in its fifth year, this major annual event will showcase issues, sector opportunities, and the career paths of experts in human-computer interaction (HCI).

    Now entering a new era, human-computer interaction is a multidisciplinary field that combines new technology in cyber-physical systems with human-centered design and usability. This year’s symposium will examine leading-edge technologies and challenges to ensuring equitable and inclusive HCI.

    At the Women in Tech Symposium - The New Era in Human-Computer Interaction, join us for:

    • “Defining the New Era in HCI” Fireside Chat with Tsu-Jae King Liu (Berkeley Engineering) and Leila Takayama (UC Santa Cruz)
    • Four HCI panels on health, food, games, and justice, hosted by UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley respectively
    • Deep-dive breakout sessions with Facebook on AR/VR, Sandia Labs on Cybersecurity, and more!
    • “Two Approaches” conversations with experts from Tesla and other tech leaders and researchers
    • “Sustainable Disruption: Ensuring an #InclusiveHCI Future Is Not Enough” Closing Talk with Melody Ivory (Thrivafy)
    • Career Fair connecting participants with leading tech companies seeking HCI, UI, UX talent

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    This year, attendees will hear from experts such as Katia Canepa Vega (UC Davis), Ankita Raturi (Purdue University), Jenna Rodriguez (CERES Imaging), Christina Harrington (DePaul University), Uma Balakrishnan (Tesla), and more!

    Beyond hearing from leading human-computer interaction researchers, the symposium will feature the presentation of the 2021 Women in Tech Initiative Athena Awards, recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology. It will also include networking opportunities among attendees and speakers.

    We welcome participants from startups, nonprofit and government organizations, and established companies as well as university students, staff, faculty, and tech enthusiasts. The symposium is open to everyone, allowing a broad audience the chance to join the conversation about the future of human-computer interaction.

    The Women in Tech Symposium will take place on Friday, March 12, 2021, virtually. Join HCI experts for a full day devoted to world-changing technologies.

    Be part of women in tech and the #NewHCI

    Follow the Women in Tech Initiative on Twitter: @WITatUC

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