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Foundry Calendar

Foundry Calendar

March 11, 2021
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm *Partner Talk* SBIR Workshop with Inspiralia

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    Calling all CITRIS Foundry Innovators! Webinar on federal funding opportunities.

    Each year, the SBIR program awards $3.2B in grants and contracts to early-stage startups across all areas of technology to fund their innovative high-risk projects. Backed by 11 Federal Agencies, the SBIR program is the largest source of early-stage R&D funding for Small Businesses in the US.

    This workshop will present an overview of the SBIR funding and available opportunities. You will learn about the eligibility requirements, differences between participating agencies, how the funding is structured, and how to find an appropriate agency & solicitation topic for your innovation and R&D goals.

    Led by Sandra Hryniewicz from Inspiralia, an SBIR expert, this class will prepare you with everything you need to know about how to raise funding without giving away your company's equity. All attendees will have a possibility to ask their questions during the Q&A session and arrange a 1:1 consultation to further discuss the project and assess award potential.

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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March 18, 2021
  • 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Foundry* Office Hours - WilmerHale Legal

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    Ashwin Gokhale helps public and private technology companies navigate through technology transactions and licensing matters. He draws on his prior experience leading a legal team at a high-growth venture-backed company and his business experience working for various other startups in Silicon Valley to provide practical solutions to the legal and business challenges his clients face.

    Molly Holsinger is a corporate senior associate who represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, and venture capital and private equity financings.