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28 AUG

NEXT EVENT VOL 30

Join us on August 28th for “Forward Fest x PechaKucha” as our speakers showcase innovative and creative ideas that elevate Wisconsin Innovation to the next level. PechaKucha is one of the 50+ events during the 10th Annual Forward Festival; bringing together entrepreneurs and creatives in an 8-day celebration of innovation and collaboration.

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Dave McCabe

LRIG - Laboratory Robotics Interest Group in Madison, WI

Biotechnology can be understood as a transition from art to industry. There are amazing questions that will allow us to better understand the mechanisms that enable us to function. There are also real challenges that exist in providing scientists with the right tools, while makeing sure they ask the best questions. Dave McCabe highlights this transition from learning about mechanisms of life to developing tools that enable others to do better science.

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Madison in the Sixties

BY STU LEVITAN
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

20 slides that tell the essential stories of the 1960's in Madison---the escalation of civil rights activism and sntiwar protest from pickets to firebombs; transformation of the ethnic Greenbush neighborhood into the Triangle Urban Renewal Area; the impact of university expansion, and the failed efforts to build Frank Lloyd Wright's auditorium and civic center at Monona Terrace; and som sex, drugs and rock and roll.

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Better Together Mural

BY HENRIQUE NARDI
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

One of Madison's latest murals, designed by Brooklyn-based artists Flavia Zimbardi and Caetano Calomino, the 40' long wall reads "Better Together" in vibrant and beveled geometric letters. It was painted last August behind the Hawthorne Library as part of the new Madison Mural Alley, a project conducted by The Bubbler art hub and sponsored by the Madison Arts Commission.

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Architecture is Hazardous

BY JANINE GLAESER
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

Architects possess a unique skill set that allows them to build community resilience, both in design and in natural disaster recovery. An Architects Withoug Boarders post-earthquake relief trip to Haiti introduced me to a role that architects play in helping communities rebuild after a natural disaster. It has been an honor to work with NGOs on Disaster recovery and rebuilding projects in El Salvador, Nepal, Florida, Colorado, and Dane County, WI.

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Improv Madness - Arbitrary Topic: Second Graders and Their Ideas

BY BRAD KNIGHT
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

This is what you get when you take an improv performer, 20 images unseen by said performer, and an arbitrary topic: "Second Graders and Their Ideas."

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Livin' in Gomerica: tales from the World's Biggest Band

BY ANDY WALLMAN
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

Were the Gomers the world's biggest band? They made some noise in the late 1980s with a few songs appearing on the national Dr. Demento radio show. Over time, they realized they knew over 2,000 cover songs, and a live karaoke band was born. Andy Wallman was first chair tambourine player for The Gomers; he will take you inside of what it was like to be Livin'in Gomerica.

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What Gets Me Up in the Morning

BY MARLISA KOPENSKI CONDON
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

As a morning runner for over 30 years, Marlisa Kopenski Condon has had more than her fair share of interesting experiences when most of us are still blissfully asleep. Her presentation will highlight a few funny and poignant moments from her years on the roads.

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The Guilty Pleasures of Roadside Architecture or A Boy, a Girl and a Hot Dog Stand

BY CATHY O'HARA WEISS
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

Roadside/novelty architecture is to architects, as Twinkies are to a pastry shef: comical, cheap and not worth of comparison to the real thing. So it is with great reluctance and at the risk of ridicule by my fellow architects that I admit...not only do I like it, I am facinated and inspired by it. 

Cathy O'Hara Weiss' PechaKucha will look at what lessons might be learned from this "architecture" and suggest that the dividing line between good design and novelty architecture is less distinct than you might think.

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Lunch Money: A Short, Abridged, Very Brief History of School Meals in America

BY ANDREW RUIS
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

The National School Lunch Program is the longest running and widest reaching children's health initiative in U.S. history. Throught he program more than 30 million children receive federally subsidized meals every school day. Whether we regard children as the beneficiaries of an enlightened pubilc health initiative or the victims of industrialized mass feeding, school meals are a significant part of public discourse on everything from the composition of a proper meal to national security.

 

MADISON, WI Blog

Pinball - The Great Resurgence

Inspired by the French game “Bagatelle,” Harry Williams is credited with introducing the first coin operated pinball machine in 1931.
For the next 60 years pinball machines were commonplace in America until they were supplanted by video games and redemption machines. Today pinball machines are rarely seen and are usually poorly maintained.
In “Pinball - The Great Resurgence” from PKN Madison, WI Vol.12 Sean Spindler speaks about Madison Pinball, a team of local pinball enthusiasts who are bringing pinball machines to the Madison area so everyone can play with and enjoy these marvelous contraptions!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Bob Vanden Burgt

    I believe that companies excel when they apply the best talent and technology to business problems that actually matter. It is extremely challenging to keep clear perspective when we are immersed in the daily activities that keep us "busy". Establishing a clear vision, strategy, and plan where we maintain focus, fail fast, refactor, and execute passionately is much easier said than done. My passion is to connect the right people so that important things happen. I work with organizations to engage their clients, partners, and remote workers by leveraging contemporary technologies and innovative web based software platforms and the appropriate social messaging mediums. By night I am an entertainment & broadcast consultant helping production companies unify their power and data distribution infrastructures to improve reliability while increasing flexibility. (Audio, Video, Automation, Lighting)