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Techtown Event Roundup

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There are a lot of events coming up soon, so here's a quick roundup of everything in one place for you.

MedHealth Summit Challenge Applications Due
Friday, January 6
Apply Online

The MedHealth Challenge is seeking innovative medical device and digital health solutions to help consumers, caregivers, providers, and supporting institutions know more about their health, driving appropriate utilization and improved health care options; including health data utilization and chronic disease monitoring.

About the Summit: The MedHealth Summit will bring together health care organizations and innovators to catalyze the development of solutions and adoption of technologies that use health IT, digital platforms, and medical devices to solve key health care challenges in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario. It will serve as a platform for collaborative innovation, providing a myriad of opportunities for networking and education. 

The MedHealth Summit will be held on February 14, 2017, at TechTown Detroit. RSVP today!

AquaHacking Ideation Session
Thursday, January 23 | 5 to 7 pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202

What’s AquaHacking? We’re taking the hacking and hackathon models and centering it around water issues—in this case, Lake Erie. Presented by TechTown, Cleveland Water Alliance, Wayne State University and the Gaspé Beaubien Foundation and corporate sponsors IBM and Digital C. This hack-marathon concludes with a two-day Water Innovation Summit in Cleveland in May and a $100,000 cash prize!

For the ideation session, we invite: watershed groups, environmentalists, water enthusiasts, engineers, students, interested citizens and corporate partners to help us generate a priority list of water issues related to Lake Erie that have the potential to be hacked in a way that improves water quality, grows our "Blue Economy" and catalyzes business opportunities in our region. Registration opens 1/17/17. Learn more about AquaHacking here.

Happy Hour Extra: The Not-the-Most Depressing Day of the Year
Friday, January 20 | 4:30 to 6:30 pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202

You know we’ve got popcorn and beer every Friday. But once a month, we’re going to step it up! In January, we commemorate “Blue Monday,”   the most depressing day of the year (yes, it’s a real thing). You’re in the post-holiday doldrums; your credit card statement has arrived and spring is months away. We’ll wait to beat back the blues until Friday and we want you to join us. We’ll have pop-a-shot, a ping pong play-off—we’ve even found the corn hole game. A super funny, feel-good film will be on TV, and some extra-cheery drinks are on tap.

Exploring the Future: Impact and Growth with AR and VR
Date TBD | 5:30 to 7:30 pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202

Check back on Facebook! Join the experts from Vectorform--Automation Alley’s Tech Company of the Year 2016--as they share insights on Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and beyond. They’ll discuss the ins and outs of developing immersive VR applications. They’ll also look at how using the Unity Game Engine at Vectorform brings experiences to life. Throughout it all, they’ll be showcasing some of their newest projects and discussing how VR can transform any industry--from brand recognition and product visualization to cutting edge, high-consequence training. 2017 will be the year VR experiences take center stage. Plenty of time for audience Q & A, too!
Lunch in the Fueling Station
1/9: Ruckus Taco Co. (food truck)
1/17: The Platinum Chef (11am to 2pm | Fueling Station)
1/25: Ruckus Taco Co. (food truck)

Every Friday: Happy Hour in the Fueling Station | 3 to 5pm

Happening in our SWOT City neighborhoods

SWOT City Open Office Hours
Varied dates, 1 to 5pm

Are you a retail entrepreneur with a business idea or storefront in one of TechTown's SWOT City neighborhoods? Would you like to get an expert's opinion on your big idea, or could you use some direction on how to secure funding, line up resources or make connections? Sign up for SWOT City Open Office Hours and get your questions answered.

Appropriate businesses are any independent retail establishments or service providers such as: coffee shops, clothing stores, bookstores, green grocers, galleries, gift shops, lawn care, auto service, day care...

Available in Brightmoor, East Jefferson, Grandmont Rosedale, Osborn, Southwest and University District.

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