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13 APR

NEXT EVENT VOL 22

Virtual reality, genetic mapping, self-driving cars... Science, technology, engineering and math are disrupting and re-shaping almost everything around us at warp speed.

Join us as we hear from Madison's top STEM professionals, researchers and educators as they share amazing stories of discovery and passion. You can leave that dusty old textbook at the door - STEM today is all about the experience.

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Featured Presentation

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Dave McCabe

LRIG - Laboratory Robotics Interest Group in Madison, WI

Biotechnology can be understood as a transition from art to industry. There are amazing questions that will allow us to better understand the mechanisms that enable us to function. There are also real challenges that exist in providing scientists with the right tools, while makeing sure they ask the best questions. Dave McCabe highlights this transition from learning about mechanisms of life to developing tools that enable others to do better science.

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What do we actually know about Google's algorithm

BY EAGAN HEATH
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

The higher you rank on Google, the more traffic that comes to your website. That means it's worth money to be at the top, which requires Search Engine optimization (SEO). But how many SEO rules of thumb are proven? Eagan Heath will share interesting case studies to provide some insight on this matter in What do we actually know about Google's algorithm.

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Artificial Intelligence isn't on its way

BY JULES BROVONT
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

 In Artificial Intelligence isn't on its way, Jules Brovont will clear away some common misconceptions about what artificial intelligence is, what it isn't, and what its capabilities are. Are you already using AI without realizing it? Where is AI taking us as a society, and how is it already changing our lives? Jules will scratch the surface of these fundamental questions, and catch a glimpse of how this technology is already beginning to shake the foundation of our civilization.

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What all truth seekers have in common

BY MICHAEL NEELSEN
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

There is a lot of depate about facts and truth today, but did you know that truth seekers of all stripes (scientific & artistic) share the same process in their pursuit? Inspired by Arthur Koestler's book "The Act of Creation," Michael Neelsen will share how all scientific discovery & artistic creativity boils down to a process of combining two or more variables to create something new.

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Can you change your brain? And would you want to?

BY TINA HALLIS
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

Recent scientific findings debunk the myth that our brains stop changing once we reach adulthood. This revelation then begs the question, if our brains continue to change throughout our life, can WE direct those changes? If we can, is it possible to tailor our brains in a way that zctually improves our quality of life? Tina Hallis explores these questions, along with related scientific results to consider how all of us can take advantage of our brain "power."

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Healthy Lakes. Healthy Community

BY JAMES TYE
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

People rely on our lakes for recreation; businesses rely on them for recruitment. the Clean Lakes Alliance knows the more people realize our lakes are the center of our community, the more they will fight for their health. James Tye shares what's being done and what we need to do to ensure lake health in the Yahara Watershed

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Coworking: Fact vs Fiction

BY TIFFANIE MARK
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

When most people hear the term "coworking" their minds jump straight to tech startups and Ping-Pong tables. But, there is more to coworking than meets the eye. In this presentation, Tiffanie Mark digs into the heart of the shared space movement, providing a deeper look into one of the world's fastest growing industry.

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You can't sell...How you can sell ketchup to someone wearing white gloves, using your watch

BY MATTHEW PLETZER
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

"For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction."

In You can't sell...How you can sell ketchup to someone wearing white gloves, using your watch at PechaKucha Night Madison Vol. 21, Maththew Pletzer disproves the idea that not everyone is meant to be a salesperson. While many still believe this myth, Matthew thinks that many just don't feel comfortable with conventional sales methods. In this presentation, He shares his extensive knowledge of the psychology behind why people buy the way they do and how you can influence people by using your watch. 

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From Lunchables to Changed Lives - Learning How to Market United Way in the Face of Misperceptions

BY JOCELYN HARMON
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jocelyn Harmon will share her journey from Corporate Brand Management to mangaging the nonprofit brand of United Way. She hopes to clear up any misconceptions one may have about this wonderful local institution located in Dane County. 

 

 

MADISON, WI Blog

Pinball - The Great Resurgence

Inspired by the French game “Bagatelle,” Harry Williams is credited with introducing the first coin operated pinball machine in 1931.
For the next 60 years pinball machines were commonplace in America until they were supplanted by video games and redemption machines. Today pinball machines are rarely seen and are usually poorly maintained.
In “Pinball - The Great Resurgence” from PKN Madison, WI Vol.12 Sean Spindler speaks about Madison Pinball, a team of local pinball enthusiasts who are bringing pinball machines to the Madison area so everyone can play with and enjoy these marvelous contraptions!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Bob Vanden Burgt

    I believe that companies excel when they apply the best talent and technology to business problems that actually matter. It is extremely challenging to keep clear perspective when we are immersed in the daily activities that keep us "busy". Establishing a clear vision, strategy, and plan where we maintain focus, fail fast, refactor, and execute passionately is much easier said than done. My passion is to connect the right people so that important things happen. I work with organizations to engage their clients, partners, and remote workers by leveraging contemporary technologies and innovative web based software platforms and the appropriate social messaging mediums. By night I am an entertainment & broadcast consultant helping production companies unify their power and data distribution infrastructures to improve reliability while increasing flexibility. (Audio, Video, Automation, Lighting)