The Technology and Innovation Conference is a one-of-a-kind experience designed to shine a spotlight on the latest technology in STEM, and the ways in which SHPE members are impacting these fields. It’s a new world for technology providers, whether a start-up or established. Markets are changing and business models are constantly evolving. If you want to evolve as well, join us for Tech Talks, a Hackathon, the Extreme Engineering Challenge, the Design Competition, Tech Theatre, and Tech Breakfasts to educate our members about cutting-edge technology strategies and innovative ideas.

With the theme of Going Digital: The Automation Frontier & the Cloud Revolution, you are guaranteed to walk away with state-of-the-art strategies for solving unique issues, effectively communicating complex ideas to a broad audience, and navigating the relationship between innovation, business, and policy.

Experts in the field share new ideas, network, and spark dynamic discussions that invite SHPE members to be a part of the international conversation about technology and innovation. There will be opportunities for speakers to address some of the most important challenges facing our communities and workplaces. This conference will also include the following events:

Tech Talks

Tech Talk sessions encompass the newest innovations in STEM technologies and what it means for the future for students and professionals alike. With this year’s focus of The Automation Frontier & the Cloud Revolution, these sessions will explore emerging trends in AI and cloud services and identify opportunities for professional development.

SHPE Hackathon

Engaging events like the SHPE Hackathon require students to draw on their ingenuity, technical aptitude, and marketing skills to develop a prototype or engineer improvements to an existing product. Working in teams, students identify a need for innovation, conceptualize an idea, and incubate a solution. Emphasis will be put on the feasibility, marketability, and impact of these solutions. Participants will have the opportunity to work in a lab and experience firsthand how innovations in design can be applied. Students will also hear from STEM professionals who are working to tackle emerging global challenges. Participants receive a professional mentor and/or coach from their team’s sponsor where they gain a unique one-on-one experience working with the corporate sponsors that is unlike any other event at the National Convention.

Extreme Engineering Challenge

The Extreme Engineering Challenge is a nonstop 24-hour competition that simulates an accelerated engineering working scenario, to help students build the skills necessary for meeting the profession’s most grueling demands. Participants receive a professional mentor and/or coach from their team’s sponsor. Participants gain a unique one-on-one experience working with the corporate sponsors that is unlike any other event at the National Convention. Many sponsors view this event as a real-world, 24-hour interview process with up-and coming engineering talent.

Nissan Design Competition

Undergraduate students are challenged to draw upon their ingenuity, technical aptitude and marketing skills to design a prototype or engineer improvements to an existing product. The competition challenges student members to develop and refine an idea related to automotive safety. Students are selected to participate in the competition over the four-day conference period. Competitors take part in a presentation skills workshop, one-on-one resume critique sessions, and mock interviews with leaders from engineering industry giants. Prizes are awarded to the winning teams, and students in the first-place team receive summer internship offers to work for Nissan.

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