Schedule

October 11-20

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October 11, 2019

Business: Building Innovative Cities 

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild kicks off day one of TENWEST by highlighting the ideas that Tucson can learn from our nation’s most innovative cities and the cutting-edge best practices that are solving some of our countries most pressing issues. Breakout sessions include Workforce Development; Communication Infrastructure, and Transportation. Speakers include national experts and public figures such as:  

  • Lunch Keynote: Jennifer Vey is a senior fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and director of The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking. Her work primarily focuses on the role of place and placemaking in driving inclusive economic growth and development. Prior to joining Brookings in June, 2001, Jennifer was a Community Planning and Development Specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
  • Mayor’s Symposium Event: Tom Murphy (former Mayor of Pittsburgh), Francis Slay (former Mayor of St. Louis), Mick Cornett (former Mayor of Oklahoma City)

Additional Events include: 

  • Veteran’s Conference
  • Tucson Meet Yourself & Local First Roadshow: TENWEST Edition
  • Congress Hotel Kickoff Concert 
  • In the Room with David Hume Kennerly

October 12, 2019

Culture & Community: Celebrating Southern Arizona (Day 1)

Tucson Meet Yourself serves as the gateway event for TENWEST Impact Festival. TMY is presented by the Southwest Folk Alliance and welcomes 100,000 attendees to celebrate the living traditional arts and expressions of everyday life of the folk and ethnic communities of the multi-national Arizona-Sonora region. Visit the TENWEST tent at TMY to experience micro-workshops, crafts, games, and education in partnership with Local First.

Additional Events include: 

  • Biosphere 2 Escape Room: Use STEM skills to escape from a mini-replica of Southern Arizona’s gem, the famous Biosphere 2
  • Civic Hackathon: Tackle Southern Arizona’s civic challenges through technology and collaborative problem solving 

October 13, 2019

Culture & Community: Celebrating Southern Arizona (Day 2)

Tucson Meet Yourself serves as the gateway event for TENWEST Impact Festival. TMY is presented by the Southwest Folk Alliance and welcomes 100,000 attendees to celebrate the living traditional arts and expressions of everyday life of the folk and ethnic communities of the multi-national Arizona-Sonora region. Visit the TENWEST tent at TMY to experience micro-workshops, crafts, games, and education in partnership with Local First.

Additional Events include: 

  • Biosphere 2 Escape Room: Use STEM skills to escape from a mini-replica of Southern Arizona’s gem, the famous Biosphere 2
  • Civic Hackathon: Tackle Southern Arizona’s civic challenges through technology and collaborative problem solving 

October 14, 2019

Social Impact: Innovation for Impact 

Solving the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time requires entrepreneurial leadership, transformative innovation, cross-sector collaboration for the greater good, and inclusive governance structures and practices. With an eye to the triple bottom-line of equitable and sustainable social, environmental, and financial impacts, Social Impact Summit 2019 convenes diverse thought-leaders and daily practitioners at the intersection of institutional, cross-sector network, community and ecosystem change-management. Among other possibilities for launching community change initiatives, healthcare, food systems, water & environmental sustainability, as well as social sector design and leadership will be explored.

 

October 15, 2019

Arts: Accelerating Creativity with Momentum 2.0

Artists and creatives — when fully supported– have the potential to be powerful engines of economic growth and community vitality. This conference brings together artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative professionals to build their own personal entrepreneurial skills sets, establish connections to break down disciplinary silos, and craft lasting community transformation. Highlights include: 

  • Keynote Speaker: Marc D. Folk is the 2018 recipient of the Ray Hanley Innovation Award, given each year by the Americans for the Arts’ United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF). Folk joins an esteemed group of previous awardees from across the country, all recognized as pioneering individuals, innovators and advocates for urban arts issues. Marc’s talk focuses on building transformational art communities from the ground up on a shoestring budget. 
  • The first annual Southern Arizona Film Expo featuring national vendors, creators, and film festival representatives
  • Professional development Tracks on Fine Arts, Marketing & Design, Film, and Fashion 
  • Music Bootcamp Accelerator 

Additional Events include: 

  • Future Workforce Now:  TENWEST’s first ever youth-event is a half day conference for 100 of Arizona’s best and brightest youth focused on excelling in the next gen workforce — one that is nimble, creative, self-directed, and tech infused. 
  • YWCA’s Woman’s Leadership Conference: Join hundreds of our region’s more inspiring and up and coming female leaders. Special benefits for TENWEST passport holders 
  • Branding Your Brew Happy Hour: Discover the art and science of the packaging art of your favorite local brews 
  • Sounds of Melanin: Virtual Reality + live music experience focusing on the stories of black artists in Southern Arizona

October 16, 2019

Education: Educating iGen 

Education is in systemic flux. Educators of the 21st century are pushing the boundaries to explore new ways to engage, unite, and elevate the next-generation workforce through creativity, science, technology, and social emotional intelligence. Connect with classroom educators, industry leaders and education stakeholders to focus on the pressing issues that impact your classroom. Learn cutting edge tactics and skills, connect with regional resources, and be inspired by national, award-winning programs.  

  • Pixar in a Box Luncheon: The animators at Pixar use the subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists make the magic happen. In this interactive luncheon you will learn hands-on, project based learning curriculum for your classroom while engaging in the fundamentals of storytelling — critical to all educators. 

Additional Events include: 

  • Driving Innovation Forward: You think you know Tucson, but are you aware of the many innovation hubs the city offers? From Arizona’s largest film studio, to the Tech Park wet labs, hop on a tour bus and get a curated tour of innovation with a roving brunch. 
  • Lila Downs: Dia De Los Muertos:  In partnership with UA Presents and Centennial Hall, TENWEST passport holders can receive an exclusive discount to this multi-Grammy winning award winning singer– a fiesta of music, dance, and ritual. Enjoy  free Dia De Los Muertos face paint, costumes, and campus procession to celebrate! 

October 17, 2019

Business: IdeaFunding 

Level up your business or launch a new venture at IdeaFunding, your path to get your startup started up. Connect with entrepreneurs, investors, and the business community for a full day of hands-on micro-workshops, panels, pitch competitions, and community awards.  Whether your business is retail, biotech, software-as-a-service, or in the still-an-idea phase, IdeaFuding provides you with a platform to take it to the next level. 

  • Innovation Ecosystem Commercialization Un-conference: Invite only, high-level discussion on building a commercialization ecosystem in Arizona. 
  • Lunchtime Keynote: Keynote Speaker: Allie Burns, CEO of Village Capital.
  • Mainstage Pitch Competition: The Mainstage Pitch Competition pits five up-and-coming businesses in a fast-paced Shark Tank-style competition for a grand prize of $25,000 presented by UA Venture Capital. Featured judges include investors from Rocky Mountain Venture Capital. 

Additional Events include: 

  • TV Comedy Pilot Table Read: Join University of Arizona Hanson FilmTV Institute and School of Theatre, Film & Television for a live read-through of a script written by students who participated in a Sitcom Boot Camp led by Hollywood Producer/Writer/Director Brian Levant (Happy Days, Mork & Mindy). Watch the story and characters come to life during its World Premiere public reading as local actors cast by Levant read the speaking parts! A reception to meet the writers and actors will follow the table read. Made possible with support from Film Tucson, a division of Visit Tucson

 

October 18, 2019

Technology: 4th Industrial Revolution and You

The revolution that is now underway includes range of new technologies that fuse the physical, digital and biological worlds. AI and automation will impact all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenge the ideas about what it means to be human. Don’t be left behind by the revolution. Instead come and learn about how the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is transforming some of the pillars of Southern Arizona’s economy: Mining, Space, Cloud Computing, Aerospace & Defense, the Built Environment, and Living Systems. 

Additional Events include: 

  • Tres.Dos.Uno Day 1: A free, all-ages pyrotechnic + circus + live music + virtual reality art experience that encourages multi-sensory exploration of the Arizona landscape we call home.  
  • Woman’s Hackthon Day 1: The University of Arizona Libraries is proud to present the 5th Annual Women’s Hackathon, which is a women-founded, non-competitive hackathon is designed by and for women and allies. Participants of all levels of technical expertise collaboratively develop tech-driven projects over the course of two days. The free event is open to campus and community members of all ages, and coding experience is not required.
  • Moving Panels: Comics to Screen: Join University of Arizona Hanson FilmTV Institute and School of Theatre, Film & Television Comic book and graphic novel adaptations have been a staple in film and television for 75 years, both artistically and financially successful. This panel of industry insiders will discuss the high profile and profitable relationship between comic books and the screen. Made possible with support from Film Tucson, a division of Visit Tucson

October 19, 2019

Arts & Culture: Celebrating Southern Arizona

The Arts, Music, and Technology Festival presented by the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a one-day conference, laboratory and performance series exploring the intersection of art, music and technology. This multi-disciplinary festival will present experimental, electronic, and data-driven ideas in a creative laboratory featuring cutting edge performances, music hacking, and demos that connect artists, students, technologists, researchers, thought-leaders and businesses in a vibrant environment. 

Additional Events include: 

  • Tres.Dos.Uno Day 2: 
  • Woman’s Hackthon Day 2

October 20, 2019

Biodiversity: Celebrating Southern Arizona

  • Arizona Insect Festival: The University of Arizona’s Department of Entomology has joined TENWEST Impact Festival for the first time and we’re buzzing with excitement! During this free family-friendly event, engage in interactive exhibits and discover the groundbreaking insect-based research  taking place at the UA and our broader community. 

Additional Events include: 

  • TSOktoberfest: Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet at Dragoon Brewing Co!  Event includes a pint of your choice, Oktoberfest music, a tour of the brewery, and a chat with the Dragoon Master Brewer. 
  • Tres.Dos.Uno Day 3
  • Woman’s Hackthon Day 3