10 September

Let’s Talk Detroit: Square Founder Jack Dorsey Hosts Event Focused on Growing Business in Detroit

square-dongleSquare’s payment reader enables individuals and businesses to accept payments, run their business, and connect with their customers with a point of sale that fits in their pocket or on their counter.

With the company’s founder, Jack Dorsey, in Detroit next week for this year’s Techonomy conference, Square is planning an event with the founder on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (following Techonomy Detroit). This will be an exciting opportunity to hear from the Twitter founder firsthand, as well as to learn more about how their payment solution could benefit your business.

Learn more about Square’s Let’s Talk event series here.

8 August

Tech and Innovation Must Play Central Role in Detroit Revival


Even as Detroit hits financial bottom, Techonomy retains its belief that applying tech and innovation can be a major aid toward a historic comeback. As Techonomy Detroit 2013 nears, the conference continues to grow its list of speakers and sponsors, and refine its program. Techonomy earlier announced the inclusion of Square CEO Jack Dorsey, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Jean Case of the Case Foundation, Andrew Yang of Venture for America, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. New speakers include Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics, Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution, Edward Luce of the Financial Times, Susan Lund of the McKinsey Global Institute, Hector Ruiz, Chairman and Founder of ANS, Nilmini Rubin, competitiveness expert for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ford’s K. Venkatesh Prasad, and Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Tae Yoo.

More than 500 national and local leaders from technology, business, government, and academia will converge on the campus of Wayne State University on September 17, 2013 for a one-day public event that focuses on how headlong technology-driven change is changing and challenging the U.S. economy and its cities. Techonomy sees technology and exponential change as both threat and promise, and aims to help leaders identify the promising piece for their organizations and the country. A key theme of this year’s event is how tech can be harnessed to expedite revival. While some of Techonomy’s conferences are invite-only retreats, Techonomy Detroit is open to the public and aims for extensive participation and impact.

The recent news of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing is not a deterrent to Techonomy. In fact, it is often necessary to hit bottom before again rising up. Despite the financial crisis, enthusiasm for revival has never been stronger among Detroit’s business and tech community.

“Detroit is a symbol of the failures of the U.S. economy and if we cannot revive it, then I fear for the country,” said Techonomy founder and noted author David Kirkpatrick. “Detroit is more committed than ever—it has to be—to creative problem-solving. Tech innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking can combine with faith and elbow grease to move towards a brighter day. Meanwhile, the city becomes an even better place for a big conversation on national priorities.”

The conference’s host partner is the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of MEDC, commented, “Our comeback success story—the one we’ve started and are still working on—is a huge reason why Detroit is the perfect location for this event; and we are thrilled Techonomy is coming back. Our mission is to help create more and better jobs by accelerative business investments and development—technology is a major part of that equation. Encouraging change, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, these are all areas Detroit is centering on right now.”

Follow Techonomy on Twitter  and tweet using the hashtag #TechonomyDetroit.

29 July

API Craft Conference Kicks off Today


What does it mean to build an API and create new mediums of communications for the programmable world? Those questions and more will be addressed at this “unconference” meant for technology professionals interested in the API movement. Organizers feel that there are many options out there in terms of API implementation, but little guidance in how to actually accomplish common goals when building an API. The goal is to drive leadership and open discussion in the API development space as we move toward a more connected world. For registration and details, click here.

19 July

TEDxDetroit Announces Cobo Center as Venue Location; Call for Speaker Submissions for 2013 Event



TEDxDetroit today announced that Cobo Center will serve as the official venue for the 2013 conference, to be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. TEDxDetroit will feature local community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, musicians and artists. In addition, the conference has officially opened the call for speaker submissions, and is seeking presenters who can address how to create, grow and share a thriving business culture in Michigan and beyond.

“TEDxDetroit is a celebration of what’s next. We bring dreamers and doers together from across the state to collaborate, share fresh ideas and find inspiration,” said Charlie Wollborg, curator of TEDxDetroit and Chief Troublemaker of Curve Idea Accelerator. “We’re excited to be hosting TEDxDetroit on the Detroit Riverfront this year. The transformation of Cobo is the perfect backdrop for our stories of innovators who are rewriting the rules, reshaping industries, and making it happen in Detroit.”

“The response to the new Grand Ballroom has been incredible and TEDxDetroit will become one of the highlights of a very busy fall calendar at Cobo Center,” said Thom Connors, general manager of Cobo Center. “This is exactly the kind of event we had in mind when the commitment was made to transform Cobo into a venue for the future.”

The TEDxDetroit stage has featured the brightest minds from Detroit’s past, present and future sharing their wit and wisdom, passion and innovative ideas.

Notable speakers in previous years have ranged from, entrepreneurs like Rick Devos, Dawn White and Julie Aigner-Clark; educators, such as Kami Pothukuchi, Jeff DeGraff and Bobby Smith; artists and designers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Anuja Rajendra and Jocelyn Rainey and kid activists and entrepreneurs, magicians, poets and marching bands.

If interested in applying to be a speaker, please visit www.tedxdetroit.com and fill out the speaker submission form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 30. Following the submission process, the TEDxDetroit board of directors will select more than a dozen of the best and brightest minds to share their passion, wisdom and innovations.

About TEDxDetroit

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDetroit, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDetroit event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Follow TEDxDetroit on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxDetroit or on Facebook at facebook.com/TEDxDetroit.