University of Arizona

Tier 1: Festival Presenting Sponsors

Company Bio

“We are excited to announce to the community that the University of Arizona has made a long term commitment to support the TENWEST Festival. Not only do we wholeheartedly believe in the vision and mission of this community-driven impact effort, but we also see the incredible economic, social, and cultural impact that this festival can have for Tucson. The festival creates the perfect platform for visionary individuals and organizations, working on solving our region’s biggest problems, to come together and learn, connect, and be inspired by one another. We value that the festival places an equal emphasis on big ideas in the arts, sciences and social impact because these are the pillars that sets Tucson apart.”

Who's Protecting Our Data Systems?
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

The IoT security challenge – Internet devices are becoming more and more prevalent in everything we do. They are part of shaping our future at home and at work. This talk will discuss some of the challenges we face, the…

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The Future of Tech in Tucson
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Learn how the Arizona Technology Council, Tucson Metro Chamber, Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Small Business Development Center can help you understand and leverage 4IR technology in your business.

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Old Pueblo to New Space
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Join us as we talk with a Meteorite Man about why Tucson is a leader in the commercial space revolution, and how the study of meteorites helped humans escape the confines of planet Earth.

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Arizona: A Hotbed for Astronomy
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Astronomers have flocked to Arizona for over 100 years. Learn why, and what’s next.

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Defending the Planet from Falling Rocks
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

The search for falling rocks that could destroy a city… or worse. Amy Mainzer, a new addition to the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, will discuss the search for potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that might…

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Learning to Moonwalk in Northern Arizona
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Every Apollo moonwalker practiced geology in northern Arizona. Come see why, and how!

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From Idea to Launch: An Astronomer's Journey
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Erika Hamden will talk about just what goes into building a telescope and getting it off the ground. It takes years of technology development, years of design, fabrication, testing, months in the field working and waiting for good weather. But…

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In the Room with David Hume Kennerly Featuring Jon Meacham Presented by Bank of America
Date: Oct 11, 19
Time: 19:00 pm - 21:15 pm
Location: Centennial Hall, Centennial Hall

Join us for this major evening event at Centennial Hall to celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly’s groundbreaking new relationship with the University. This event brings together two Pulitzer Prize winners; Kennerly and his good friend and former colleague…

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TV Comedy Pilot Table Read
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 19:30 pm - 21:00 pm
Location: Leo Rich Theater, Tucson Convention Center

Join us for a live read-through of a script written by University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television students who participated in a Sitcom Boot Camp led by Hollywood Producer/Writer/Director Brian Levant (Happy Days, Mork & Mindy). This…

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Moving Panels: Comics to Screen
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 16:30 pm
Location: UA Center for Creative Photography Room, UA Center for Creative Photography

A panel of industry insiders will discuss the high profile and profitable relationship between comic books and the screen. Comic book and graphic novel adaptations have been a staple in film and television for 75 years, both artistically and financially…

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4th Industrial Revolution Keynote Luncheon: Workforce Development
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 12:00 pm - 13:45 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

As the 4th Industrial Revolution impacts the workplace, it also impacts every one of us. Not only do employers need to focus on keeping up with advances in technology in their operations, they must also ensue their workforce is keeping…

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How Does Industry Respond to the Demands of 4IR?
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

The increased speed of doing business, accelerated changes in technology, and constant disruption of established markets, are challenging organizations to change their business models. This panel will discuss how innovation is a critical response to these pressures and will share…

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Robotics and Construction Automation
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

A number of fascinating new construction robotics startups are entering our industry as venture capital flows to AECO and robotics hardware costs drop sharply. This talk will begin by questioning several key concepts in robotics (e.g. automation vs. augmentation, the…

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Podcast, Cli-Fi, and Science Storytelling for Climate Action in the Built Environment
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

Given the urgency of the climate crisis and need for climate mitigation and adaptation in the built environment, we must consider multiple ways of communicating climate change to engage everyone. Discover how to give narrative shape to the climate crisis…

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Sustainability and the Social License to Operate
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Mines are working to make the industry a sustainable one that can continue to provide the raw materials that build the future. How will we deliver raw materials as efficiently and sustainably as possible?

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21st Century User Experience – Human Design Meets High Tech to Deliver Personalized Service at Scale
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Today’s students demand user experiences that adapt to their unique needs and reflect their preferences and universities want to help students succeed, and build trust and life-long affinity. The University of Arizona’s Trellis program is delivering a Salesforce enabled relationship…

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From Farm to Table: AI, Sensors, and Big Data Help Produce More and Better Food
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Digital Agriculture uses new and advanced technologies to enable farmers and businesses to improve food production and distribution. Researchers at The University of Arizona utilize cutting-edge technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, Sensors and Social Media to devise tools that…

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Humanity in the Age of the Genome Revolution
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Mainstream medical practices focus predominantly on identifying and treating sick people, frequently using a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Researchers at The University of Arizona on the other hand use new and advanced technologies to devise tools that foster wellness, tailored to individuals….

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The Power of Project Based Learning
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 15:30 pm - 16:15 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

This talk will highlight the need for high quality project based learning in our schools. First I will explain what “Gold Standard PBL is and how it differs from other hands-on, but not necessarily minds-on lessons. Then I will share…

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MakeCode in the Classroom
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming. Learn how you can integrate physical computing using a variety of hardware platforms with programming options ranging…

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Collaborative learning Strategies Using Technology to Engage Students
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 15:30 pm - 16:15 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore active learning strategies to support students with hands on learning techniques using 21st Century technology and will help support collaborative learning concepts applied by Pima Community College faculty to enhance critical thinking,…

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Youth Engagement for a Positive Learning Climate
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 14:30 pm - 15:15 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Many factors contribute to a positive learning climate. One factor that is often overlooked is engaging the participation of all stakeholders including youth in planning, solution generation and problem solving. Creating an environment in which all students feel that their…

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Education Closing Reception: Resources Expo & Pitch Competition
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 16:30 pm - 18:00 pm
Location: Grand Lobby, Tucson Convention Center

Organizations showcase resources they have available for teachers and highlight innovative projects happening across the city. Come prepared with a 1 minute pitch about innovations in your classroom or school to win cash prizes and gift certificates for supplies. The…

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Raytheon Leaders In Education Plenary Panel
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 08:30 am - 09:45 am
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Discover classroom teachers that are at the cutting edge of innovation in a discussion between the winners of Raytheon Leaders In Education Award, leadership from Raytheon, and leadership from Tucson Values Teachers.

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Get your game on with MakeCode Arcade
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 13:30 pm - 14:15 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

You’ve got your students creating interactive real-world projects using MakeCode, now add some classic gaming fun with MakeCode Arcade on an increasing number of handheld game boards. Your students can share games they’ve created with their friends and classmates.

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Digital Health Innovations
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Digital health, the intersection of technology and healthcare systems, is aimed at making healthcare more effective, efficient, and personalized. This panel features local startups working in this space and a discussion of the the role of digital health in increasing…

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Mining Disrupted: The Next 20 Years
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Mining is at the cutting edge of 4IR technology, making mining jobs safer and more efficient. In this session, learn what the future of the mining industry looks like, and hear about the technology that will shape this industry in…

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Productivity, Capability, and Agility: Requirements for the 4IR Mining Workforce
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Digital technologies demand that people acquire new skills. And people are demanding new ways of working. How will these trends affect the mining industry?

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Technology Startups when Mines are Your Customer: It Can Be Done
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

The mining industry is full of opportunities for tech based companies that can solve critical problems such as worker safety, efficient use of natural resources, and maximizing productivity. Doug Hockstad, Director of Tech Launch Arizona will lead this panel in…

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STEM Matters! by S.Y.STEM Coalition
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 14:30 pm - 15:15 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Elementary and middle school students, parents and teachers come to experience innovative learning with industry professionals to foster interest in STEM based careers. S.Y.STEM Coalition connects the classroom to STEM professions engaging students with hands-on activities during this workshop. Teachers…

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Reimagining the Village: A Shared Vision of Education and Community Building for Today and Beyond
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Graham/Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

We have all heard the adage, “It takes a village,” but can we really contextualize the meaning in the rapidly and wildly changing urban world in which most of us live? That term, “village,” encompasses technical variance across cultures, but…

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Pixar In a Box: The Art of Storytelling for Education
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 13:15 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

In a two-hour, hands-on workshop participants generate an original story and pitch materials for a three-minute short film by utilizing lessons from Pixar in a Box—The Art of Storytelling. Through an exploration of the storytelling process learn how this resource…

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Devising for Social Impact: Stories that Soar
Date: Oct 16, 19
Time: 13:30 pm - 14:15 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

We do theatre for many reasons: to entertain, to inform… and sometimes we do theatre to make a difference. In this workshop, educators will have the chance to look behind the curtains and peer into the guiding principles of Literacy…

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IdeaFunding Networking Reception & Awards Ceremony
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 17:00 pm - 19:00 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Join us for a Networking Happy Hour (appetizers sponsored by the Coronet) followed by our Awards Ceremony. Vertical Pitch Room winners will be announced, in addition to the presentation of our Community Awards. Through our Community Award Ceremony we recognize…

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Fourth Industrial Revolution And You: Dr. Jay Richards
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 08:30 am - 09:45 am
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

The coming of the 4th Industrial Revolution has been vaunted as catastrophe for society as we know it, yet at the same time holds untold opportunity to empower communities worldwide. Dr. Jay Richards is an author and expert in the…

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