Kick-Off & Icebreaker

What first drew you to the world of invention and innovation? For Phil Weilerstein, VentureWell’s CEO and founder, it was science fairs that got him excited about redesigning electric circuits and tinkering in the creation of various machines (circa 1966). For Victoria Matthew, Senior Program Officer at VentureWell, it was finding unique ways to blow up circuits in physics class (circa 1985); she never did make it as a physicist by the way!

Join us for this lively kick-off session where you and the rest of the community will explore what drew each of you to invention and innovation. We will use these explorations as a jumping off point to launch a competition with prizes for those that use the conference to deepen connections, and a grand prize of a VentureWell Retreat (flight and accommodations included) for attendees that develop a plan to work together to achieve their I&E goals.   

Bring along a fully charged cell phone or tablet with the Whova app preloaded, and a stack of business cards to start working those connections.

VentureWell’s conference kick-offs are legendary. To kick off the OPEN 2017 conference, attendees created prototypes of wearables from repurposed items – and had a blast doing it. Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store:

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