Tuesday, November 4, 2014

free IBM “smart camp” on startups next week in SF

If you're into startups (or even if you're not), this would be a smart way to spend your evening on the 13th. Our IBM Academic Alliance liaison asked us to invite you to this free “SmartCamp” event they're holding up in SF to:
  • “hear from the best and brightest startups as they present their business models in six minute pitches and describe how their innovative solutions will make our planet smarter, 
  • gain insights from fascinating speakers on the topics of entrepreneurship, investment and more,
  • listen as successful startups from the Global Entrepreneur program tell their stories, and
  • network with entrepreneurs, academic institutions, industry thought leaders, entrepreneurial organizations, angel investors, venture capitalists, representatives from governmental institutions and others who share a passionate for entrepreneurship.”
Silicon Valley is the startup epicenter of the world and IBM is a heavyweight in the industry. There's no way this won't be an awesome experience for anyone who shows up.

Here's the agenda:

5:00    Registration & Networking with wine
6:00    Welcome
6:15    Finalist Presentations    
7:30    Networking Break with wine & food
8:00    External Keynote Gus Tai from Trinity Ventures; "Emotional Design"
8:40    Announce Winners moving onto SmartCamp Global Finals

Note the frequent appearance of the word “wine”. Even if you're not drinking, the guys with the big $ will be....< wink, wink >

Go here now (to sign up).

Then go here next Thursday:

The Regency Center & Warfield
Sutter Room
1270 Sutter Street, San Francisco

You can take Caltrain to the SF station and take the 47 bus to Sutter & Van Ness or drive up to Millbrae BART, take it to 16th & Mission and ride the 49 bus to Sutter & Van Ness. 

Don't let these opportunities keep passing you by. Get out there and be part of the Silicon Valley innovation scene. It'll be worth it, even if you never work in a startup, cuz you'll be expanding your horizons, experiencing something amazing, something people in the rest of the world could only dream of, and you'll learn.

For questions or more information, please contact Pam Sparks at psparks@us.ibm.com

1 comment:

  1. Tim, thank you so much for posting about our IBM SmartCamp event next week in San Francisco! It is indeed an important opportunity for students to listen and learn as aspiring entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley deliver their pitches to a panel of judges. They are competing for a spot to advance into the worldwide IBM SmartCamp finals and earn the title of 'IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year 2014'. Read about some of the startup finalists from around the world, here: http://ibmsmartcamp.com/ ~ Nanci Knight, IBM Academic Initiative