University of Arizona

Tier 1: Title 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.”

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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Sustainability: Solar Energy
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center
In the Room with David Hume Kennerly, featuring Jon Meacham
Date: Oct 11, 19
Time: 19:00 pm - 21:15 pm
Location: Centennial Hall, Centennial Hall

University of Arizona President, Robert C. Robbins and Center for Creative Photography Director, Anne Breckenridge Barrett invite you to join them at this major evening event to celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly’s ground-breaking new relationship with the UA….

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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

Comic book and graphic novel adaptations have been a staple in film and television for 75 years, both artistically and financially successful. Acclaimed filmmakers such as Ryan Coogler, Patty Jenkins, and Christopher Nolan have adapted comic books for film. The…

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4IR Disruption on the Real Estate Market
Date: Oct 18, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Mojave, Tucson Convention Center

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) doesn’t just impact phones, factories, and fuels. The disruptive changes to the way we work, travel, and access information will have a deep impact on real estate markets as well. Three panelists, leaders from the…

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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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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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Collaboration & Conflict: How to Use Conflict to Make Your Collaborations More Effective.
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

The Tucson community is known for effective collaboration in all realms – business, community-based, neighborhoods, and nonprofits. Are they conflict free? No. However, the most effective collaborations know how to work successfully with conflict to meet their goals. Join us…

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Food as Culture
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Food is an essential part of the identity and culture of Southern Arizona. This panel will explore the intersection of food and culture in the region, in the context of Tucson’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

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Food Justice
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

While the food system often replicates structural and economic injustices across underserved communities, this panel will highlight an emerging project in Tucson between the Center for Regional Food Studies and the Dunbar Project to create a community-based health and wellness…

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Abundant Harvest Cooperative: What is it and how can you get involved?
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Tucsonans have a long history of growing food in their backyards and community gardens. They eat it and share the bounty with their neighbors, but when it comes to selling their extra products there aren’t many options for your average…

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Food Waste Innovations
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that over 1/3 of food produced in the world goes to waste. Food waste produces methane gas, a more potent contributor to climate change than carbon. Get inspired and informed about the latest…

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Technology and Food
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Gila, Tucson Convention Center

As our climate changes, technology will play an even more critical role in the adaptation process for the food system. Learn from this panel about some of the cutting edge technologies emerging in the agricultural sector to address issues ranging…

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Economic Sustainability
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Tucson Cooperative Network

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Navigating the Structures of Native Nations
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Arizona is home to 22 Native nations, many whom are major economic drivers. Panelists will provide an overview of Native nations including their socio-economic challenges, governmental form, authorities, laws, and economic environments. Representatives from two of Tucson’s indigenous communities, the…

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Health Sciences Workforce Development
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Hear directly from Dr. Dan Derksen and Dr. Heather Carter about the legislative work coming out of the Arizona Center for Rural Health to build the work force data repository as well as address the primary care physician shortage. What…

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Integrative Medicine
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

What’s old is new again, the value of integrative medicine and ensuring inclusivity of traditional healers for improving clinical outcomes

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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 innovations and their role in increasing equity in access to health services

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How Visual Thinking Strategies Improves Healthcare Delivery
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a way to use art to improve observation, communication, and comfort with ambiguity. In the last decade, it has increasingly been used to train doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists around the world. I will first…

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Innovation and Acceptance: Addressing the Social, Societal, and Economic Impact of the Autism Tsunami
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Autism diagnosis rates have skyrocketed over the last two decades. The economic, social, and emotional costs of this trend are felt in every community and in workplaces across the country. We’ll explore the depths of the challenges, highlight innovators and…

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A Collective Impact Case Study: Southern Arizona Food Value Chain
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 08:30 am - 09:45 am
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

In 2015, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona began convening a network of partners including farms, school districts, healthcare institutions, food distributors, and advocates to develop a regional food value chain that gets fresh, local produce to people in…

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Social Movements Impact on the City of Tucson
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

Everyday, grassroots organizations organize, educate and empower themselves and their communities to force neighborhood change and sway municipalities to do the things they have failed to previously act on. This panel will look at the impact of social movements, grassroots…

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Meeting the Need for Higher Education & Professional Development in Indian Country
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

The panelists will present a case study on how the Indigenous Governance Program (and a proposed School of Indigenous Governance and Development that is still in the planning phase) at the University of Arizona was created to address a growing…

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Sonora Rising : A Story of Water, Bread, and Life in the Tucson Desert
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Water and wheat — foundations of life for millennia. In the American Southwest’s arid Sonoran Desert, water flows across Arizona from more than 300 miles away to quench the thirsts of over four million people and sustain the food, economy,…

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Lessons From Green Local Businesses
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 15:00 pm - 15:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

At Local First Arizona, we’re passionate about sustainability, whether it be economic or environmental sustainability. Environmental sustainability goes hand in hand with economic sustainability in ensuring that our communities can look forward to prosperous futures for all of their citizens….

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IdeaFunding Keynote & Main Stage Pitch Competition
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 12:00 pm - 13:45 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Join one of the largest single entrepreneurship events in Arizona! It is a gathering of regional investors, entrepreneurs, small business people, and students. A keynote address will be presented by Allie Burns, CEO of Village Capital followed by a “shark-tank”…

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): Tap or slam on the brakes?
Date: Oct 14, 19
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Greenlee, Tucson Convention Center

As a nascent technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has surged across a variety of industries. Powerful companies, including Google, Microsoft and Amazon, as well as a plethora of small startups are undertaking major initiatives utilizing AI. AI has diversified into many…

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Vertical Pitch Room D
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 16:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Location: Coconino, Tucson Convention Center
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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The (co)Founders Dilemma: Making it Work and Keys to Success
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 14:00 pm - 14:45 pm
Location: Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Many entrepreneur’s and founders are encouraged by investors and advisors to seek out at least another co-founder to increase their company’s chances for success and growth. But how and where do you find a co-founder? And once you’ve found someone,…

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Idea to Doors, A New Venture Lab
Date: Oct 17, 19
Time: 08:30 am - 11:45 am
Location: All Meeting Rooms, Tucson Convention Center

Presented by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona, this engagement is an interactive experience for aspiring and current entrepreneurs and small business owners. This “unconference-style” lab includes founder stories, micro-workshops, expert presentations and one-on-one…

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Building Innovative Cities Keynote Luncheon
Date: Oct 11, 19
Time: 12:00 pm - 13:15 pm
Location: Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Founder, Startup, and Communities: Why a Robust Startup Scene Is Everything. Chris Heivly co-founded MapQuest (which sold to AOL for $1.2 billion) and was sole managing director of 77 Capital (a $25 million venture fund). Heivly currently serves as one…

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Fourth Industrial Revolution And You: Fireside Chat with Dr. Jay Richards moderated by Mara Aspinall
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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