Texas Tech University

1  A two-day journey of excellence in industry, investments in innovation. 

The 2018 Spark Conference will be held on April 23rd-24th, 2017 at the Texas Tech University Innovation Hub at Research Park. There are several events going on throughout this conference and individuals are invited to come and be a part of the excitement.

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Spark Conference 2018 Schedule

Innovation Hub at Research Park
3911 4th St. Lubbock, Tx 79415
(806) 742-0024

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

8:30am-9am | Conference Check-In
TTU Innovation Hub Atrium

9am- 12pm | Technology Huddle, Arts in Medicine Poster Showcase 
TTU Innovation Hub Atrium

12pm-1:30pm | Women's Leadership Luncheon
TTU Innovation Hub rooms 103-105 

4pm-5:15pm | Lightning Round Reception
TTU Innovation Hub Atrium

5pm-6pm | Keynote Speaker and Performance 
TTU School of Music, Hemmle Hall

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

8am-9am| Conference Check-In and Breakfast  

TTU Innovation Hub Atrium

9am-12:30pm| iLaunch Competition 
TTU Innovation Hub Rooms 103-105

12:30pm-2pm| Lightning Round Reception and Awards
TTU Innovation Hub Atrium 

6pm- 7:30pm| National Academy of Inventors Dinner
National Ranching Heritage Center 

* The National Academy of Inventors Dinner will require a $25 ticket purchase at the door. All other events are free and open to the public.

A printable version of the schedule is available here.

Event Descriptions

Technology Huddle:
 The technology huddle is hosted by the TTU Office of Research Commercialization and displays intellectual property at Texas Tech University.

iLaunch Competition:
A pre-seed startup competition. The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance has funded $14,000 for the winners of this competition. Startups will compete in a preliminary round by submitting a business plan. Innovation Hub industry experts will choose the top 10 finalists to present to an investor panel during the Spark Conference.  The Innovation Hub mentors will prepare students to be "pitch" ready and to field investor questions.

Arts and Medicine Poster Showcase:
Just as ailments of the body can be cured by medicine, aliments of the soul can be cured by the arts.  While the two may seem like unrelated pathways to achieving better health, they have more in common than what meets the eye. Students and faculty will display posters in the following 3 areas: Arts in the Medical Environment, Arts in Medicine Collaborative Research, and/or Arts in Medicine curriculum development.  During the showcase, the public will have the opportunity to view the posters and ask questions.  Posters will also be judged by a panel of expertise and winners will be awarded cash prizes.   

Women's Leadership Panel and Luncheon: EmPOWERment: Rise to the Top of your Industry! This free luncheon will provide a platform for significant discussion on how women overcome hurdles typically faced by their gender in male-dominated industries.  In coordination with the Women in Wind movement, the Innovation Hub has identified 5 panelists that haven proven to be leaders in the wind, renewable energy, entrepreneurship, and business industries.  This panel discussion is designed to leave participants with practical strategies, insights, and guidance on how to position themselves to take full advantage of the opportunities emerging in these industries.  All attendees will receive a free book written by one of the Hub's very own mentors, Connie Wharton. Spaces are limited so register today!

Lightning Round Reception: The lightning round is a networking event that will showcase startup elevator pitches.  Each startup will have 60 seconds to pitch for audience votes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winner of the People's Choice Award.
 Keynote Speaker and Performance: Noel Zahler, Dean of Texas Tech University's J.T Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts will moderate a fire side chat the 2018 Spark Conference Keynote Speaker Roger Dannenberg from Carnegie Mellon University. Come and hear how Roger intergrates computer technology in music.  Roger will also perform alongside students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  You don't want to miss this innovative performance!

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Keynote Speaker 

Roger Dannenberg

Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Computer Scientist, Co-Creator of Audacity, and Musician

Roger B. Dannenberg is a Senior Research Computer Scientist on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, where he received a Ph.D. in 1982. He is internationally known for his research in the field of computer music. His current work includes research on computer accompaniment of live musicians, interactive media, high-level languages for sound synthesis, and computer support of curriculum design. Dr. Dannenberg sometimes poses as a trumpet player and composer, and he has performed in concert halls ranging from the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to the modern Espace de Projection at IRCAM in Paris. His most recent musical efforts involve real-time computer graphics and computer music systems that interact with live musicians.

Working in the "computer music" field, Roger Dannenberg knows what it means to be interdisciplinary. Along with former student Dominic Mazzoni, Dannenberg created Audacity, a free tool that users are finding helpful at the intersection of computing and music. Audacity can be used any time you're trying to work with audio on a computer, whether turning old LP's into CD's, recording a message for your phone or editing live music you've recorded. Audacity is wildly popular. The open-source audio editor was chosen as one of PC World's 100 Best Products of 2008. Dannenberg and Mazzoni were inspired to create the product while attempting to analyze wave form data. With no adequate tools available, they created their own audio editor, capable of running on researchers' different operating systems.


Looking for a hotel?

We blocked rooms for attendees of the 2018 Spark Conference at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center

The deadline to reserve blocked rooms is April 10th, 2018

Cost: $129.00 per night

To reserve a room, contact Overton Hotel at (806) 776-7000 and use code Spark Conference.

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