Tech Tuesday: Fueling Innovation Through Culture

Jun 22 , 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 MDT

This month’s Tech Tuesday will explore the importance of developing a business culture that fosters innovation and intrapreneurship.  Steven Khoung, Co-Founder and CEO of Curacubby, Inc. and Erik Pavia, Founder and CEO of Pantheon, will discuss how they promote innovation within their company,  and the benefits and positive outcomes that result from a culture innovation.  They will also discuss how innovative is crucial to startups but can be difficult to sustain as a company grows.  Join us for a discussion on building an innovative business cultures,  the challenges to overcome and pitfalls to avoid, what resources and best practices a business leader can leverage, and how to create an innovation culture.

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Tech Tuesday: Innovator Showcase

Jun 29 , 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 MDT

Chia Wollschlager founder and CEO of Chia’s Silver Liningand Joshua Mena, founder and CEO of El Paso Freeze Dried Foods are the featured startup founders at this month’s Innovator Showcase. Both of these founders turned their passion into a business.

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Tech Tuesday: Fueling Innovation Through Community

Jul 20 , 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 MDT


J.J. Childress, serial entrepreneur and Director of Microsoft’s TechSpark Initiative in El Paso, and Erik Pavia, Founder of Pantheon and Entrepreneur in Residence for the MCA Innovation Center, will discuss how showcasing technology helps foster innovation. JJ and Erik, co-founders of the Techquila podcast, will share their journey creating a tech-centered podcast, best practices, and lessons learned along the way. Attendees can expect to learn about the importance of media format, developing the audience for innovation and tech-related media, and how to leverage media authority to foster innovation.

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Tech Tuesday: Fueling Innovation Through Research

Aug 24 , 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 MDT

Dr. Chalil Madathil, Assistant Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering (IMSE) and Luis Ochoa, Manager, 3D Printing and Manufacturing Services, W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will discuss how they have developed relationships between their research centers and companies.  This leads to the larger discussion of the difference between research and innovation, and how research can be promoted to fuel innovation, what works and what doesn’t.

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Tech Tuesday: Fueling Innovation Through Leadership

Sep 21 , 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 MDT

Emma Schwartz President of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation and a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will talk about how leadership can fuel innovation, focusing on values and best practices to leverage and steer strong leadership. She will discuss pitfalls, what to avoid, and lessons learned when taking initiative both inside and outside one’s own organization. We will also consider how to grow as an innovative leader, and what opportunities are available regionally for leaders.

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Tech Tuesday: Fueling Innovation Through Attraction

Oct 19 , 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 MDT

Guest speakers will discuss how attracting talent and companies outside the region has an impact on innovation. Attendees will learn about the limits of the regional innovation ecosystem, the opportunities and challenges when attracting new companies, and best practices to have when working with remote or culturally different partners.

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Tech Tuesday: Fueling Innovation Through Play

Nov 16 , 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 MDT

Alberto Ponce, Research Analyst with the MCA Innovation Center, will discuss the role games have in fostering innovation, what are the challenges and opportunities for using innovation games in business, how structured play activity increase idea generation, and what are the best practices for leveraging innovation games. He will identify through examples how innovation games could be implemented to solve complex problems, help develop partnerships, and work through user and customer identification.

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Tech Tuesday: Innovator Showcase

Dec 14 , 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 MDT

An in-house innovator will discuss their innovation and product development journey and their business philosophy.  

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