Disrupting Fatalism, /ˈkrōnēˌizəm/ & Apathy
There, we went ahead and said it out loud. The cat's out of the bag--the people attracted to Create WV events are the very folks who want things to change, without ruining what they love. It's truly about figuring out how to live, work and play in this beautiful state, without grinding a heel on the heads of others or leaving the place a mess for future generations. It's just bad business to use people or resources up to the breaking point. It's not sustainable, in any sense...and shareholders and investors are demanding a plan for sustainability before they offer one dime. Anyway, here is a list of the sessions and their coordinators.
2015 CreateWV Conference Sessions Take Aim at Key Chronic Issues, Emerging Opportunities
Provocative sessions focus on innovation economy growth and job creation, broadband, tourism; transformation in entrepreneurship, education, technology, quality of place and diversity.
Fayetteville, W.Va. Aug. 27, 2015 -- The 2015 Create WV Conference, the state’s premier public conference promoting Innovation Economy development and emerging opportunities, is set to convene around 400 people September 24 - 26. More than 20 training sessions and workshops are designed to equip diverse community leaders, advocates, business owners, educators, technologists, entrepreneurs, students and emerging professionals with best practices, information and resources.
“You look at West Virginia and you question, ‘What do we need to move up from 50th?’ In my estimation, the most important thing we are lacking is an entrepreneurial mindset,” says Woody Thrasher, CEO of Thrasher Engineering, a civil engineering, design and management firm. “Entrepreneurs create economic activity at the most fundamental level. We want to encourage that as much as we can,” says Thrasher. He believes sponsoring Create WV Conference’s Entrepreneurship track is a great way seed the innovation economy in West Virginia.
Thrasher Engineering joins more than 30 sponsoring organizations in aligning their business vision and mission with innovation economy thought leaders, working together to foster innovation in entrepreneurship, education, technology, quality of place and diversity .
Generation West Virginia, EdVenture Group, AgileAg, CREATE Fayetteville, and Fairness WV collaborated this year to design more than 20 sessions within the Create WV’s ‘pillars.’ Workshops address both chronic issues and emerging opportunities that are fundamental to innovation economy growth, according to Sarah Halstead, Create WV co-founder and president of the board.
“The world of work is rapidly changing in West Virginia,” says Halstead. “Clearly, we must reinvent ourselves and our places to be relevant, attractors and creators of new opportunities. This is our chance to do some serious status-quo busting. We’ve got far more going for us than many realize, so we invite everyone to Fayetteville this September, to take a hard look at what’s needed to attract and support job creators, startups, and innovators in education, placemaking, and technology. We focus on what matters to regular people, then deliver the most powerful resources and information we can find to help us help ourselves.
“This conference offers us all a chance to experience first-hand how a region that works together to leverage its natural and human assets can attract new economy job creators and industry leaders,” she continued.
“Early Bird” conference registration closes September 4. Special conference rates are available for students, AmeriCorps members, and full-time artists.
For more information about conference pricing, workshops and registration, visit www.createwv.org.
Create West Virginia, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the development of creative communities, companies, and centers of learning that thrive in the global innovation economy through training, project development and management, and recruitment of creatives to build opportunity across the Mountain State.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
9 AM-12 PM Check-in & Registration, Grab & Go Lunch
12 PM-12:45 PM Opening Remarks | Innovation 101
1:00-2:30 PM BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Education: Augmented Reality in the Classroom
"Augmented Reality in the Classroom" introduces an emerging technology that has the power to influence the education environment as a whole. This session includes a basic introduction to the concepts of augmented and virtual reality, it's impact on the education environment, and its potential in the classroom. Focused on student engagement and non-traditional learning, this session highlights the implementation and influence of a new technology to create a learning environment conducive to student success and school standards.
Entrepreneurship: Startup: Stop Talking and Start It!
From idea to execution, kickstart your new business idea with thoughts from successful entrepreneurs. Listen as a diverse panel of business owners provide tips, tricks and tools to get your business off the ground and running immediately. Hear about new business startups and from established owners about their path to success. Stop talking! Start doing!
Technology: Affordable Broadband Options NOW, and Why Your Community Can’t Connect
A knock-out diverse group of telecom providers, politicians, and hungry start-ups, some of them disruptive technology entrepreneurs. You've heard rumors about why your community doesn't have the broadband connectivity you want or need, but are they true? Stop speculating at home and join an all-star panel of pros who will tell us why things are the way they are, and how they could be. Expect enlightening discussion around best available technologies, the business basics of big and small telecom, the politics of broadband, and learn about get-'er-done solutions that just might work to make WV the most connected state in the nation.
Diversity: More Than Paint By Numbers: Art and Diversity in WV
As West Virginians work toward making their hometowns thrive, many of the most successful find value in the link between culture and the economy. In this conversation, arts leaders discuss the role of the arts in driving diversity and building a foundation for inclusivity in West Virginia
Quality of Place: “West Virginia is One Hot Mess!”: Learning How to Foster Positive Change
National news coverage rarely speaks of anything positive here. How can we accept this (or should we)? What will it take to get West Virginians fired up? Join the discussion about what can be done to foster civic engagement in our communities and overcome negative stereotypes.
3:00-4:30 PM BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Education: Entrepreneurship Education at Any Age
Everyone has a MILLION DOLLAR idea. How many ever go for it? This interactive workshop will open your mind on how to take that first step-figuring out how to figure it out, whether you are a school student, parent or community member. Learn to engage your community in getting an idea off the ground. In addition, much has been said about entrepreneurship and the millennials, but what about Generation Z and earlier? In West Virginia we have the opportunity to light the entrepreneurial spark in our K-12 students. Find out how our schools can lead us to a more entrepreneurial culture!
Entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship: Leading the Change We Want to See
Working as a social entrepreneur can be hugely fulfilling - yet uniquely challenging. Social entrepreneurs need to balance business and social goals to succeed, often working in extremely challenging environments, with limited resources. Hear from our impact-driven panelists about how to lead the change you want to see.
Technology:Thom’s New Economy Main Street Shopping Experience, Featuring Telepresence Robots and Other New Fangled Things
First there was the store sign, then the Website, Amazon, and social media. What could possibly be next in the quest to attract customers to your store? How can rural shops compete? Introducing Smalmart. Learn how Thom's Smalmart initiative could affordably revolutionize shopping for any size store, in any location. See first-hand how telepresence robotics and good old-fashioned customer service can encourage shoppers to shop in or visit your store. Some of the same concepts are applicable to tourism, telemedicine, distance education, manufacturing, and other industry sectors.
Diversity: Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling in the Mountain State: A Conversation on the Gender Gap in Political Ambition
Despite an overwhelmingly female population, women are severely underrepresented in elected office in West Virginia. This panel examines the ramifications of underrepresentation and what can be done in West Virginia to overcome the political gender gap.
Quality of Place: What Environmental Stewardship Can Do For Your Community: Witnessing Economic Growth via West Virginia’s Bountiful Natural Resources
In the New River Gorge, we've been fortunate to have several state and national organizations involved in the preservation of resources. Learn about the steps we've taken and continue to take to preserve the environment and the impact that this investment has had on our tourism economy.
5:00 PM Fayetteville Welcome | Hospitality and Networking with music from the New River Youth Symphony
6:00 PM Dinner and Opening Keynote: Pia Mancini
It all started when Pia Mancini and her colleagues wanted to upgrade democracy in Argentina and beyond. Through their open-source mobile platform they want to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and run candidates who will listen to what they say.
8:00 PM Music Crawl
8:00 PM Showing of After Coal Documentary
What happens when fossil fuels run out? After Coal profiles inspiring individuals who are building a new future in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales.This hour long documentary brings viewers to the front lines of the transition away from fossil fuels. The stories of coalfield residents who must abandon traditional livelihoods will resonate with viewers across the country who face a dramatically changing economy.
DAY 2 FRIDAY, September 25
7:00 AM Get Up and Get Moving! Morning run, yoga, and bike ride
7:30-8:30 AM Light breakfast provided by the Cathedral Cafe
8:30-9:45 AM Keynote Speaker: Bill Habicht
Bill Habicht is a "common good" and social media conspirator. He has been serving as a Pastor at Davis Community Church since 2005. Bill talks about silos and the impact on average citizens. He's got a plan for changing things up.
10-11:30 AM BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Education: The Simulated Workplace: Preparing WV Students for Success
The West Virginia Department of Education is working hard to get WV students ready for their future - whether their goal is college or the workforce. This is happening in very unique ways - one of those is the simulated workplace. It is engaging, exciting, and provides career technical students the opportunity to gain not only high level technical skill sets but the skill sets necessary to be successful - leadership, teaming, critical thinking, positive work ethic, and the value of quality work. Together with WV businesses and industries, we are creating a powerful education environment that will maximize our students' education experiences through authentic real world applications giving them the right skill sets to be successful ... whatever their dreams may be.
Entrepreneurship: From Startup to Grown Up: Growing Your Business
Get out of startup mode and grow your business. Come learn from those who have taken their business to the next level. Get advice and support as you think about moving from startup to grown up.
Technology: Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure: YOU Write the Middle-Mile Playbook
Empower your communities to develop the infrastructure needed to serve as a building block for economic development, improved education and state of the art healthcare. This workshop forum focuses on moving talk from big ideas to action planning and implementation with Middle-Mile partnership as the first component. Learn about creative financing and engagement models and ways for communities to leverage funding sources from Rural Utilities Services, Healthcare Connect, Connected America Fund, Appalachian Regional Technologies grants and E-Rate.
Diversity: Notes from the Gay Mafia: Examining the Landscape for LGBT Civil Rights in WV
Andrew Schneider, the Executive Director of Fairness West Virginia, the statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender advocacy organization, discusses the state of equality in West Virginia as well as the value of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance in the new economy.
Quality of Place: We’re Badass.You Can Be, Too: Fueling the Fire In Your Community
Listen to Fayetteville's "movers-and-shakers" describe A Day in the Life and learn what it's like for them to succeed in a rural community. This session provides attendees with an opportunity to ask local experts, "How do I duplicate your success in my town?"
11:45 AM-12:45 PM Lunch On Your Own: Check out lunch options at participating restaurants! YUM
1:00-2:30 PM BREAKOUT SESSION 4
Education: The Flipped Classroom
"The Flipped Classroom" will explore the flipped classroom model and how it is being implemented into classrooms today. An overview of "flipping" will be shared as well tools and resources for educators who are interested in exploring this exciting concept!
Entrepreneurship: Startup Communities: Making Your Town a Hub for Innovation
Innovative communities are thriving communities. What can we do to support entrepreneurs in all phases of idea and business development? Hear from community experts that have been able to foster a culture of entrepreneurship and take back ideas to make your own community a hub for innovation.
Technology: Speed Pitch Tech Fantasy Meet-Up: Where People with Great Ideas Meet People Who Can Make Them Happen
A "speed pitch" session where people with ideas for solving all kinds of problems talk directly to techies and funders who can make things happen. You don't have to know how to code to have a great idea for a mobile app, gadget, game or hack. Explain what you're thinking (or need) in a speedy pitch and you may just leave this session with a team and a funding plan to make it happen. Business folks, social entrepreneurs, techies of all stripes, funders, and big idea people welcome.
Diversity: Examining a Rigged System: A Hard Look at Juvenile Justice in WV
A panel of experts discuss the impacts of racial disparities on West Virginia youth in the juvenile justice system
Quality of Place: We Don’t Work Here: Tackling the Difficulty in Maintaining Gainful Employment in WV
Let's face it, finding a job in West Virginia isn't always easy. If this is a problem you're facing, it doesn't necessarily mean you have to leave. During this session, understand how our panelists have found a way to make it work by choosing to live here, but work for a company located elsewhere.
3:00-6:00 PM Adventure Activities-- If we’re going to be in the New River Gorge, we’ve got to take a break to have some serious fun! (Sign up for these when you register for the conference.)
Conference goers can choose from:
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Historic Fayetteville Art Walk (including a tour of the Jail and Law Enforcement Museum)
6:30 PM Dinner, Entrepreneur’s Cafe, and Ignite WV
The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority is sponsoring this year’s Pitch Your Idea contest, the Entrepreneur’s Cafe! Four finalists will pitch their ideas to a live audience; enter now for your chance to win a $5,000 cash prize!