UTC engineering and computer science students will explain how their ideas fit into the newest innovation trends at the second annual UTC Technology Symposium.
On April 18, more than 120 projects from students will be showcased at the Chattanooga Public Library in the Innovation District, along with keynote speaker Chris Cochran, chief operating officer of the Innovation Collective, a West Coast group that focuses on the future of work.
“Chattanooga is a city of creators, and this event does a terrific job of showcasing how today’s students are creating innovative solutions to tomorrow’s real world problems,” said Mayor Andy Berke.
“Events like this that connect students with their community help everyone grow.”
Daniel Pack, dean of UTC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and organizer of the Symposium, said that many of the projects are the result of collaboration with local industries in search of real-world solutions to problems.
“For example, the Children's Hospital at Erlanger Kennedy Outpatient Center asked students to devise ways of reducing hospital wait times,” he said.
The Company Lab will award one team a spot at their CO.STARTERS entrepreneurial summer program, where they will be mentored by entrepreneurs who have tested and scaled successful businesses.
Working in cities across the country, keynote speaker Mr. Cochran will shed light on how the Innovation Collective has captured millions of dollars in investments to launch 35 new LLCs and organize inventive and inclusionary educational programming since its launch in 2014.
With the support of leaders of the Public Education Foundation and the Hamilton County school system’s STEM Program, students from 19 high schools in the region also are invited to attend the Tech Symposium to see the college students’ projects.
The Symposium and keynote address takes place at the Chattanooga Public Library from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 18 and everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to register on the event page.
This event is sponsored by Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association of Chattanooga, EPB, Miller Industries, TVA and The Enterprise Center.
“A lot of people will be blown away when they stop by the Chattanooga Public Library on the 18th and take note of what these students are coming up with,” UTC’s Dean Pack said. “The event is a great opportunity for everyone to learn new ways of understanding our emerging technologies."
More information and free registration here