2015 STEM4US – Energy, Technology & Education Festival, Wednesday, Sept 16th, 2015
Concept: STEM4US! is producing the 2015 Energy, Technology & Education Festival. Launchedin 2014, the event provides a unique opportunity for executives and professional in the energy, technology, and venture capital sectors to network with an expected government, academic, and nonprofit leaders assembled in Washington, DC for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF-ALC). This event is inspired by South by Southwest Interactive Festival, which is held in Austin, TX and considered the world’s largest emerging tech leaders festival.
Likewise, the Energy, Technology & STEM Festival seeks to incubate innovative business and public policy ideas by connecting leaders in energy, technology and education. Guests can expect to enjoy interactive workshops, networking, and receptions. As new additions to this year’s festival, we plan to host an Energy + Tech Showcase & Job Fair, a STEM College Fair and a Hackathon (a competition to develop innovations) to end police brutality. At the festival, we plan to announce the launch of a $1B diversity fund, designed to achieve racial and gender equity in the energy and technology fields over the next 25 years.
Target Audience: 300-500 tech, energy, and other STEM industry executives along with Members of Congress and other senior federal government officials, venture capitalists, academic leaders, professionals at large, parents and students. Over 9000 people participate annually in the CBCF-ALC
Partners: Thorpe Energy Services, Interstate Natural Association of America (INGAA), Spelman College, American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and Minority Media and Technology Council (MMTC)
Confirmed Participants: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI), Congressman Hank Johnson (GA), Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX – Tentative), Scott Thorpe (Thorpe Energy Services), Sherri Harris, Esq. (VP & Deputy General Counsel, Freddie Mac), and Don Santa, INGAA CEO,
History: Launched in 2014, the first event featured a host of speakers, companies, and institutions including Congressman Bobby Scott (VA) + David Owens, Edison Electric Institute + Former Montgomery County Councilmember Cherri Branson + an advisor to the Prince George’s County Executive + representatives from the FCC, Department of Energy, and GMU. A video from last year’s event can be found at: http://stem4us.org/stem4us-historic-cbc-week-tech-stem-fest-a-hit-see-for-yourself/.