4th Annual BE.INnovative Symposium

Call for Proposals

Does your work or research revolve around tech, innovation, or entrepreneurship? Are you a scholar, practitioner, or creative individual/company with a compelling story? If so, we invite you to share your skills and experiences with colleagues, students, and tech companies located in Brooklyn.

The 4th annual BE.INnovative Symposium will take place April 6 through 9, 2017. This week-long series of events connects Brooklyn companies and higher education institutions, and includes faculty and industry-led panels, networking opportunities, a hackathon, and much more. The 2016 BE.INnovative Symposium collectively drew more than 50 companies and 1100 participants. To see the 2016 agenda, visit www.beinbrooklyn.org/symposium.

The 2017 theme of the BE.INnovative Symposium, Disruptive Innovation, will highlight the important role that technology plays around the world. Whether developing technologies to help social entrepreneurs raise funds to support projects or using robotics to improve the human condition – the BE.INnovative Symposium seeks to showcase innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in the new economy – no matter the discipline, major, people, organization, or industry.

The theme, Disruptive Innovation, will explore the ways that technology has become a critical part of the economy and is transforming the way in which individuals, organizations, and industries are creating economic opportunities and making an impact around the world.  Some sample ideas include “Women in Tech” (diversity); “Social media and fundraising” (social entrepreneurship); “Robotics, Art, and Design” (engineering and art). We are compiling 60-minute panel sessions across sectors that involve a diverse mix of faculty members from area colleges and practitioners in the field.  

If you would like to be considered for one of the panels, send a description of your work and a short write-up of your potential panel topic along with your name, contact information, and a brief biography. Should you have additional panelists you would like to suggest, please feel free to include their information as well.  The BE. INnovative Symposium working committee will then curate panels to include at least 2 schools and 2 industry experts.   

Please send your materials to Eddie Summers, PhD, with the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) at edward.summers@beinbrooklyn.org by September 30, 2016. For more information, please visit www.beinbrooklyn.org/symposium.