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Serial entrepreneur will meet with 12 startups on upstate New York tech tour
SciTech Panel at LeMoyne College
Steve Raines - UNY50 Leadership Network
Become a UVC Community Connector
Ryan Miller @ 2015 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards
13th Annual Frank Fernandez Dinner at Le Moyne College
Ecovative Founder at Cornell
Syracuse CoWorks Members
The Thrive Project Team
QuickBooks 2 for Your Business @ East Side Business Center
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm

Quickbooks is the most popular bookkeeping program for small businesses. If you have already learned how to enter basic transactions, learn how to use it more efficiently and effectively.

All in a small class atmosphere with QuickBooks on a laptop in front of you (you may use your own, if you choose). Sorry, no Apple or internet versions. Lots of time for questions and solutions to individual problems.

Presented by SCORE Professionals. Free follow-up individual meetings available with SCORE mentors.


‘Cuse Tank @ Blackston LaunchPad
Oct 18 @ 8:30 am
'Cuse Tank @ Blackston LaunchPad

Apply by October 4, 2019 – https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eg0A479EFyseAwR

Student innovators will compete for $10,000 in non-dilutive funding in a “Shark Tank”-style competition to pitch their business idea to a panel of parent judges who are successful entrepreneurs; winning cash prizes as part of Family Weekend.

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines who are working on developing new products, services or technologies.  Cash awards determined by the judges will help students take ideas to the next stage (i.e., prototype or other business need).  Feedback from successful entrepreneur judges will help strengthen business models for major competitions in spring 2020.

The event is coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars and Syracuse University Libraries in conjunction with the SU Parents Office.

Cloud Study Jam – Machine Learning – Hands-on Labs – Join us! @ Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Hello Capital Region GDG enthusiasts, Join our community of like-minded developers and explore the latest Google Cloud technologies as a team. Get Cloud Study Jam training from Google and get hands-on experience with Machine Learning, a $55+ value, free of charge. Together we’ll complete Machine Learning for Language processing using Google Cloud Platform. After the Study Jam, you’ll receive 30-days free access to the entire Qwiklabs catalog, so you can keep developing your skills at home. Complete all of the labs in the session’s quest, and you’ll earn an additional free 30-days of access to Qwiklabs as well as a badge for your online profile. **Please Note:** As this event is a hands-on session, attendees must bring your own laptop and charger (PC, Mac or Chromebook)! The labs will run on all of the latest versions of popular browsers. For the best experience, make sure your laptop has Firefox or Chrome installed. You will earn Google Badges and Certificates. **Don’t forget your laptop and charger.** Why join Cloud Study Jam – Machine Learning?- Free access to Qwiklabs.com hands-on labs, a Google training tool, a $55+ value- Earn Google Cloud badges for your online profiles, to show your skills and expertise to potential employers.- No need to register with a credit card.- Free Swags.- Networking opportunities for Students, Professionals and Startup Companies.- Exciting Prizes.**NOTE** codes provided are tied to the event date (October 19) and will ONLY be available to those present at the event. Agenda:10:00 – 10:30 AM Welcome! Food, Drinks, and Networking10:30 – 11:00 AM Get free access to Qwiklabs11:00 – 12:00 PM Lab 1: Cloud ML Engine: Qwik Start12:00 – 12:30 PM Lab 2: Google Cloud Speech API: Qwik Start12:30 – 1:10 PM Lab 3: Cloud Natural Language API: Qwik Start1:10 – 2:00 PM Lunch Break & Networking2:00 – 2:40 PM Lab 4: Entity and Sentiment Analysis with the Natural Language API2:40 – 3:10 PM Lab 5: Speech to Text Transcription with the Cloud Speech API3:10 – 3:30 PM Completion Badges & Certificate updates. Celebration and PRIZES announcements. Networking, Meetup wrap-up, closing comments Top 5 reasons to attend a Google Cloud Study Jam – Videohttps://youtu.be/FvWl7Ftz1uM When:Saturday, October 19, 201910:00 AM to 3:30 PM Where:Tech Valley Center of GravitySEFCU Community Room30 3rd St, Troy, NY Come join us at #TVCOGSee you there!

Linux Workshop
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Linux WorkshopCome and get your questions about Linux answered. We have experts on hand to fix problems and answer questions about Ubuntu and FOSS. Bring your system in so we can help you get the most from your FOSS.

End to End Quality, Learn a System to Solve Unforeseen Quality Issues, BEFORE They Happen @ Desmond Hotel
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
End to End Quality, Learn a System to Solve Unforeseen Quality Issues, BEFORE They Happen @ Desmond Hotel

Does Your Company Have a System for Seeing and Solving Quality Issues?

Whether using A3s, the 5 Whys, DMAIC, Value Stream Mapping, or any other problem-solving tool, having a System for seeing and solving quality issues can ensure the real problem is solved and protect precious resources from being deployed erroneously to solve a non-existent issue.

Learn a System to Solve Unforeseen Quality Issues, BEFORE They Happen

Lead by Brent Wahba, Strategy, Innovation & Transformation executive at Strategy Science, Inc., Brent is a well-known expert in product development, manufacturing operations, supply chain management, and quality control. He brings global managerial and technical expertise across several industries.

Hack Night at Interlock
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Weekly meetup for Interlock Members (and their guests) to come and visit, work on their projects, or share what they’ve been working on. It’s open to visitors but the First Tuesday’s of the month are the best time to visit if this is your first time.

1 Million Cups Albany @ UAlbany
Oct 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
1 Million Cups Albany @ UAlbany

Our next 1 Million Cups meeting will be at the University at Albany, Massry Center for Business, Room BB151, Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 from 8:30 – 9:30 am. Join us for some great presentations from entrepreneurs in the community!

WordPress Training (2 Hour) @ 488 Broadway
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
WordPress Training (2 Hour) @ 488 Broadway

WordPress is the content management system that powers over 75 million websites. Harness this powerful system so you can create and manage websites for yourself, your employer, or your own business.

At this training, you’ll learn the difference between WordPress, GoDaddy Website Builder, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, and other web builders. Get a list of other web builders and content management systems to explore. Check out what else can be done with WordPress like with portfolio sites, business directories, job boards, news sites, and more.

Innovation Collective’s October Fireside Chat @ The Westwood Building
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Innovation Collective's October Fireside Chat @ The Westwood Building
Once a month Innovation Collective hosts an evening of storytelling that you do not want to miss. These evenings will leave you inspired by a local from right here in our community who has an incredible story to tell. We promise they are anything but boring and will leave you inspired to build something yourself.
October’s Fireside Chat will feature, UNY50 Member, Chuck Green from Assured Information Security. Now before you say, “I’m not a techie” let me stop you and tell you that Charle’s story is so awesome that regardless of your background you need to hear it. He started a company that flies a freaking pirate flag outside…How much more do you need to know?
We’ll hear how Charles turned an idea and side project into a multi-million dollar powerhouse in the Cybersecurity industry that now employs over 300 people!
Bring a couple friends and grab a free drink on us while you level up your brain!
This month’s Fireside Chat will be hosted on October 23rd at newly renovated The Westwood Building, Floor 2 (167 Genesee Street, Utica). The Doors open at 6PM and the interview starts at 6:30.
This event is free to anyone of any age, but help us by RSVPing here: CLICK HERE TO RSVP
Want more info? Email chris@i18c.com with any questions.
Koffman Incubator Workshop: Trademarking, Branding & Strategy – What Every Startup Needs To Know @ The Koffman Southern Tier Incubator
Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this Koffman Incubator workshop: Hear from Greg Thomson, an attorney and strategic advisor with over 20 years of experience in digital media, entertainment and technology. Discover and discuss how to properly set up a scalable brand and avoid legal troubles. Learn the intricacies of trademarks and other tools to protect your brand and business.

Register here! https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egnqyyuf38c17a88&oseq=&c=&ch=

Rochester Women’s Network W Awards Celebration @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm
Rochester Women's Network W Awards Celebration @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa

The “W” Award honors a woman each year who has worked tirelessly, and often with little recognition, to mentor, support, and improve the lives of women and girls. The celebration features a silent auction, prizes, networking and dinner. Well-known radio personality Dee Alexander hosts this year’s award ceremony. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (585) 383-8080.

This year’s nominees are: Kim Guerrieri, Board Vice President, GiGi’s Playhouse of Rochester; Randi Lattimore, Mind Body Director, Midtown Athletic Club; Sujatha Ramanujan, PhD, Managing Director, Luminate; Denise Reed Lamoreaux, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Atos; Rene Spallina, Co-founder of Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester.

All proceeds benefit RWN and its ongoing commitment to strengthening women’s skills in leadership, business and life management.

I-Corps ‘Clean Energy’ Short Course Cornell & Binghamton Universities @ Ithaca and Binghamton
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 9 @ 2:00 pm

Are you a researcher or aspiring entrepreneur working on a clean energy tech innovation that you think has strong commercialization potential? Not sure how to move your idea from the lab to the real world?
Join the free, two-week NSF I-Corps ‘Clean Energy’ Short Course and learn how to talk to customers, develop a business model, and find product-market fit!
WHO: Researchers and Aspiring Entrepreneurs
WHAT: I-Corps Clean Energy Short Course – Free 2-week Training
WHEN: Oct. 26th – Nov. 9th, 2019
WHERE: Binghamton University & Cornell University
HOW: Apply Now at: southerntierincubator.com/i-corps/

Nancy Tedeschi and Snapit Screw: A Local Inventor’s Story @ Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nancy Tedeschi and Snapit Screw: A Local Inventor's Story @ Tech Valley Center of Gravity

For our Fall meetup come and meet Nancy Tedeschi, inventor of the Snapit Screw. Nancy will talk about her inventing and entrepreneurial journey.

Free dessert and prizes! Bring a friend and you each get a Snapit Screw!

Please send questions to Sam ahead of time so he can get Nancy prepared.

The Snapit Screw Story:
My mother was doing volunteer work in a 3rd world country and she broke her glasses. She took her earring out of her ear and fixed here glasses. She had this beaded earring hanging from her glasses. People everywhere would stop her and ask her where she got it. After wearing it for about a year she came to me and said “you have to invent charms for eyeglasses.” So I started the process. I invented a washer that was double slotted that would fit over the little screw. One slot was round and the other was a slot. I invented a hook that fit in the slot and we made jewelry to hang on the hook and it fit in the slot. Everyone loved them but getting this washer on the screw and back in the glasses was next to impossible. So one day while doing this I thought why can’t I put a break away tab on the washer so I did this. Once I had the washer made it was easier to now hold the washer while dropping the screw into the washer and putting it back in the glasses. One day while doing this something click and I said well if I can put a break away tab on the washer why can’t I put one on the screw? So that is how snapit was born. I just received a notice of allowance from the patent office on my charms. It is true that necessity is the mother of invention.

Looking For Inventors:
Are you an inventor, patent attorney, product developer, or someone in the field of invention, who would like to present? Do you know anyone who would like to present? We are looking for future presenters. Please message Sam if you have someone in mind.

About the Venue:
Tech Valley Center of Gravity is a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM-education center and creative community located in the heart of downtown Troy, New York. A member-supported 501(c)(3) community resource organization, the Center of Gravity serves members from Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and beyond with space, tools, technology and expertise to explore and exercise their creativity, turn ideas into objects of art and/or utility, and launch new ventures based on their own ingenuity. Within the walls of this 15,000 sf facility — spread over two floors of an award-winning historically renovated former department store — you will find:

3D Printers
Fiber Arts Area
Electronics and Microprocessors
Metal Shop
Co-Working Space/Amenities
Innovation Studio Space
Meeting and Class Rooms
THINQubator (STEAM Education)
Laser Cutter
Glass and Enamel Shop
Model Shop
Welding Shop
Prototyping Center

Hope to see you there!


ANYCON @ Pearl. Street Pub. Albany. Ny
Nov 1 – Nov 2 all-day
ANYCON @ Pearl. Street Pub. Albany. Ny

3rd Annual ANYCON Hacker Conference. November 1 and 2 in downtown ALBANY, NY. Capture The Flag, CTF training, hardware havking and lockpick villages, talks and more. http://anycon.info/
Tickets https://anycon2019.eventbrite.com/

Rochester 2600
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rochester 2600 is an information-security / hacker meetup that meets regularly at the hackerspace, Interlock Rochester. It’s a loosely organized group that hangs out, does presentations related to security and technology, and discusses a variety of topics throughout the night. All are welcome. Agenda usually includes: * a monthly information security news that’s relevant * [Usually] at least one presentation on a hacker-ish topic. Visit https://www.rochester2600.com for this month’s meeting details

Marketing Mavens Workshop: 7 Ways To Improve Your Website @ The Tech Garden
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Marketing Mavens Workshop: 7 Ways To Improve Your Website @ The Tech Garden

This interactive lunch and learn style workshop will equip you with the knowledge and resources to optimize your website for business. Topics to be discussed include design, SEO, and user experience.

This workshop will be led by Julie Perkins, Director of Digital Strategy at Advance Media New York.

Julie manages the strategy team at Advance Media New York (AMNY) and works to create successful digital programs for a wide portfolio of clients. She has a strong background in search engine marketing and optimization and has led those initiatives for AMNY, in addition to driving digital strategy and measurement.

While a CNY native, Julie spent seven years in Virginia and New York City, gaining experience at digital companies like AutoTrader.com and Homes.com. Julie returned to Syracuse six years ago and joined AMNY, working in both sales and strategy. She loves analytics and data and is asked to speak at many client events on a variety of digital topics.

Lunch included! Please register.

Stopfakes.gov Roadshow: Protecting Intellectual Property Seminar @ Capital Region Chamber
Nov 5 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

The STOPFAKES.gov Roadshow delivers critically important information about intellectual property to the audience that needs it most – start-ups, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, independent creators, and inventors.

-Learn to identify and protect the various intellectual property assets you have and the mechanisms for obtaining IP protection in overseas markets.

-Engage in one-on-one meetings with experts to discuss an IP issue. Apply for copyright and trademark recordation on-site.

-Understand how to combat counterfeits on international e-commerce sites and learn about government resources available to help US firms with IP issues.

-Network with federal experts from top government agencies including Customs & Border Protection, Department of Commerce/State, FBI, EXIM Bank, SBA, others

-The seminar includes light breakfast and lunch!

Ithaca Web People
Nov 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us at Foundry on the first Tuesday of every month, where we typically feature two web-tech talks each month. We welcome community members of all experience levels and any loosely “web” related interests. Whether you’re a freelance programmer, a student of graphic design, or an HR representative for a technology company — we hope you’ll come join us for pizza, beer, and casual conversation! Here are some links to our slack channel and our Trello if you need ’em: Slack: https://join.slack.com/t/ithacawebpeople/shared_invite/enQtNDM1OTIzNDA2MzkwLWNiYmExM2MyMTk4MTg0ZDQyYTRkYTk4NmE2NWUwNjdhNjIwM2Y3MjNkOGE5YzAwZDI5MDRhNWQyZTkxNjc1NjkTrello: https://trello.com/invite/b/oRS3Qyj0/1f1461479d8a1d1d2ab6b14fd4fb25df/ithaca-web-people-talks

Open Night at the space
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On the first Tuesday of each month we have our Open Night. It starts with a very short (15 min) business meeting and then we open the floor to members. Members give a short presentation bragging about the cool things they have accomplished in the past month or shamefully admit they have failed.
So come out and meet the geeks.

AFRL Small Business Landscape & Match Making Expo @ Griffiss Institute
Nov 6 @ 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
AFRL Small Business Landscape & Match Making Expo @ Griffiss Institute

This AFRL event will focus on a deep dive into issues small businesses face when doing business with the government througha series of government informational presentations, a lessons learned panel discussion with small business owners, and a match making expo.

7:45am – 8:15am – Registration and Networking
8:15am – 8:40am – Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:40am – 11:55am – Session 1: Small Business Obstacles and Doing Business with the Federal Government
11:55am – 12:45pm – Networking Lunch
12:45pm – 1:45pm – Session 2: Small Business Leadership Panel (Industry and Government View)
1:45pm – 2:00pm – Closing Remarks and Networking
2:00pm – 4:30pm – Session 3: Match Making Expo.

RocGrowth Candids featuring Erica Fee @ 3 City Center
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
RocGrowth Candids featuring Erica Fee @ 3 City Center

RocGrowth Candids is Pleased to Feature Community Innovator:

Erica Fee
Founding Producer / Board President
KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

RocGrowth Candids is a bi-monthly event featuring regional entrepreneurs who share their personal stories and the lessons they’ve learned building successful businesses. We also feature innovative leaders who impact our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Rochester is recognizing the importance of our arts community and its contribution to the region’s economic resurgence.  In only eight years, our fringe festival has grown to become one of the most-attended fringe festivals in the nation and is now a signature September event that delivers delight and sense of community for all Rochesterians.  Its outdoor, free, and visionary programming has earned international acclaim within the fringe community as the “Rochester model.”

On Wednesday, November 6th, we will feature Erica Fee, founding producer and board president.  A University of Rochester graduate who received a masters degree in acting in London, she will share the fascinating journey that has led her to achieve international recognition and the honor of delivering U of R’s commencement address in 2016.

We start and finish with informal kibitzing over drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Native Eatery & Bar. In between, we will conduct an open interview led by Alex Zapesochny, publisher of the Rochester Beacon.
3 City Center, 180 S. Clinton Ave.
(Downtown, across from Washington Square Park)
Plenty of street parking and nearby garages are available.

Our events are always free, but attendance is limited..
You’ll want to register soon since the events “sell out” quickly.

Startup Tech Valley @ Revolution Hall
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This month’s meetup is being hosted by the Troy Innovation Garageand the Bull Moose Club who crafted an excellent lineup of startups working out of the capital region’s coworking spaces.


co-mads– develops curated experiences for the modern-day traveler, within the U.S., that focus on local culture and community service

Simplecast– offers podcast hosting, distribution and analytics

Two Buttons Deep – a digital entertainment company creating quick-form content meant to be consumed and shared on social media

ILUM Health Solutions – a precision medicine company for infectious disease

With updates from:

Peak Neuro Group

Luminate NY Lightning Awards @ The Strong National Museum of Play
Nov 7 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Luminate NY Lightning Awards @ The Strong National Museum of Play

Watch 20 optics, photonics, and imaging startups make their pitch for a spot in Luminate’s next cohort! Each of the 10 startups selected will receive a $100K investment, and a chance to compete for up to $2M at Demo Day in June 2020.

If you joined us under the Big Tent at Light Tomorrow With Today this past summer, you know this is a one-of-a-kind showcase of innovation you can’t see anywhere else.

4:00: Doors Open

4:30-6:30: Startup Pitches & Awards

6:30-8:30: Cocktail Reception

Please arrive early and get seated by 4:30pm. The cocktail reception following the pitches and awards will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and an opportunity to tour The Strong National Museum of Play.

A Home for All: Remaking the Gentrified City @ Troy Innovation Garage
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm
A Home for All: Remaking the Gentrified City @ Troy Innovation Garage

GARAGE TALKS is a dynamic new series of keynote lectures and masterclasses that will explore issues of urbanism, community, and climate change.

The season of five events, hosted by the Troy Innovation Garage, will take place from September 2019 – May 2020 and will each feature a nationally-recognized speaker presenting case studies of urban problem solving in action. The Garage Talk series will culminate in a forum around public art in cities and produce a visually-rich publication documenting the yearlong conversation.

At each event, a panel of local leaders and thinkers from around the Greater Capital Region will respond to the visiting speaker’s presentation. The idea is to break down silos of provincial thinking even as we embrace the idiosyncrasies of our region—to draw out connections, lessons, best practices. All keynotes will be open to the public.

A Garage Talk Artist-in-Residence will live-illustrate each event, documenting the arc of the series as well as play a central role in the final event, which will include the creation of a commissioned piece of street art in the alleyways of Troy.

NEXT Innovation Conference @ The Oncenter
Nov 8 @ 8:15 am – 5:00 pm
NEXT Innovation Conference @ The Oncenter

The NEXT Innovation Conference focuses on innovation in technology, manufacturing, and biotech. The event brings together fast-track companies, managers, researchers, medical professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs to meet and learn from each other and from global thought leaders and industry experts. A Technology Showcase features breakthrough science from university and industry research teams and displays from businesses developing cutting-edge products, giving attendees a unique first-hand look at NEXT generation opportunities, tools, and discoveries.



Wireless Meetup
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Wireless Meetup (Formerly the SDR Meetup) will be for people to learn more about Software Defined Radios, RF transmissions, and any kinds of wireless communications you can think of. We have some SDR units available if you’d like to learn or bring in your project to play with.

Grow NY Food & Ag Summit @ Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Nov 12 – Nov 13 all-day
Grow NY Food & Ag Summit @ Rochester Riverside Convention Center

The 2019 Grow NY Food & Ag Summit is a two-day event showcasing food and ag innovations that will change the path of our industry. The event brings together the top startups from around the globe, world class researchers from leading institutions, and resources and partners from across New York State. The event is designed for startups, companies, investors, resource providers, researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers, and students.

Hack Night at Interlock
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Weekly meetup for Interlock Members (and their guests) to come and visit, work on their projects, or share what they’ve been working on. It’s open to visitors but the First Tuesday’s of the month are the best time to visit if this is your first time.

DEMO DAY: Fall 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy @ Griffiss Institute
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm
DEMO DAY: Fall 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy @ Griffiss Institute

Teams from the current AFRL Commercialization Academy cohort will pitch their startup in cyber security, big data, information systems, and UAS, to a panel of judges and compete to win for $300,000 in prize seed funding provided by IDEA NY! The grand prize of $200,000 will go to the overall winner and $100,000 will go to the runner-up!

Here are the six teams that will pitching their startups!

Inferenx Labs
On the Curb
PreVision Corp.
Seven Sundays
United Aircraft Technologies
Read more about the teams here!

This FREE event will include delicious catered food and a cash bar by Copper City Brewing.

The AFRL Commercialization Academy is supported by: National Grid, NYSTEC and M&T Bank.

Demo Day is powered by Empire State Development and IDEA NY Mohawk Valley.

Global Trade and Investment Forum of the Southern Tier @ Binghamton University
Nov 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Global trade is in a state of transformation, driven by rising economic nationalism and disruptive technological innovations. Join us for an engaging discussion about shifting government policies and new opportunities for growth in the changing global landscape.
CIBA’s Global Trade and Investment Forum is an annual venue for business executives, policy makers, technology and academic leaders to connect and explore opportunities for regional economic growth through exports to international markets and the attraction of international investment. In its sixth year, the Forum welcomes innovative thinkers and experts who will identify and outline the challenges and opportunities presented by changing trends in international trade.