Both Sides: Post-Election Convo on The State of Texas, Startups & Our Union

Both Sides: Post-Election Convo on The State of Texas, Startups & Our Union

Join us for this Post-Election Core Conversation with diverse startup and community leaders on The State of Texas, Startups, and Our Union!

Join us for this Post-Election #CoreConversation with diverse startup and community leaders on The State of Texas, Startups, and Our Union!

In the spirit of bridging communities and building understanding, we are excited to announce our newest #THIS2020 event: “Both Sides: Post-Election Core Conversation on The State of Texas, Startups, and Our Union.”

After the initial conversation among our panelists, we’ll invite questions for discussion on the 2020 election, outcomes and the political landscape that lies ahead.

Topics covered include:

  • What have the #Election2020 results revealed about American voters and civic engagement?
  • What has this election cycle revealed about democracy?
  • How have diverse groups shaped this year’s election?
  • What trends are impacting local, state and national election outcomes?
  • What impact will the results have on Texas? Its startups? Our communities?
  • What does our shared future look like?

Moderator and Panelists:

Climathon 2020: Final Stretch Work Night!

Climathon 2020: Final Stretch Work Night!

You’re invited to a final work session to refine your solutions for Climathon 2020 before the submission deadline on DevPost!

Over 100 participants have already registered to participate in Climathon Houston 2020! Maybe you already attended the info session or the kick-off event… or maybe you just found out about this opportunity!

Everyone is welcomed to continue working on your #ClimateAction solutions.

We’re coordinating one more opportunity for you to work on your solutions before the Nov 18th submission deadline. Zoom Breakout Rooms will be set up for each team so you can collaborate one last time!

Featured Challenges

Transportation

This Challenge will be led by the team at EVolve Houston. EVolve Houston has set short- and long-term targets to increase the awareness, affordability, and availability of electrified transportation in the Greater Houston area. The Electric Vehicle Roadmap, developed in collaboration with over 40 stakeholders, sets forth the goal for 30% of new car sales to be EV by the year 2030.

Energy Transition

#1 – Make Houston the leader in carbon capture technology and energy innovation.

#2 – Restore, protect, and enhance Houston’s natural ability to capture and store carbon.

Building Optimization

#1 – Reduce building energy use and maximize savings.

#2 – Expand investment in energy efficiency.

Materials Management

#1 – Reduce waste and transform the circular economy.

#2 – Optimize waste operations and create power from waste.

Realizing Houston’s Climate Action Plan

On Earth Day this year, the City of Houston published its first Climate Action Plan. The plan is the culmination of thousands of volunteer time from industry professionals, policy stakeholders, and community advocates. Together the working groups have laid out a concise plan to address the climate challenges that Houston faces along with maintaining a leadership role in the energy transition.

This year’s Climathon will look to realize some of the goals of the plan through design sprints led by local subject matter experts in the areas of Transportation, Energy Innovation, Building Optimization, and Materials Management.

Join us in addressing these issues with real-world solutions to these pressing problems we face together!

If you’re ready to submit your idea or prototype, please do so on DevPost: https://climathon2020.devpost.com/

Thank you to our sponsors:

Sponsor this year’s Climathon: https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-climathonhouston2020sponsorship

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Houston’s Climate Action Ecosystem

Houston’s Climate Action Ecosystem

Learn about Houston’s climate and environmental impact ecosystem and how you can get involved!

Learn about Houston’s climate and environmental impact ecosystem and how you can get involved, from Rachel Powers, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC).

CEC’s MISSION: To foster dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston / Gulf Coast region.

Our vision is an environmental community recognized as a vital part of the fabric of our society. We connect concerned citizens and community leaders with well over 100 diverse environmental organizations. We share, support, and enhance their efforts and environmental advocacy. We do this through our programs, which include events that enhance understanding, and publications that give a balanced perspective on environmental issues.

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Building an Intentional, Inclusive and International Ecosystem

Building an Intentional, Inclusive and International Ecosystem

Meet the organizations that are working towards an intentional, inclusive and international entrepreneurial ecosystem for Houston!

Did you know that although Hispanic business owners represent the fastest growing share of entrepreneurs in the United States, they represent only 3% of those who have scaled?

Hispanics make up nearly 44% of the population in Harris County, making them the largest ethnic group, and make up about 38% of small business owners are in the Greater Houston area, a figure that doubled within the last five years. These enterprises cover a wide range of industries including professional services and hotel and restaurant ownership, but when it comes to resources and funding to Latino entrepreneurs, relative to other demographic groups, the Small Business Administration shows this ethnic group have the lowest loan funding for their enterprises.

Researchers agree there is a great need for resources and access to support for Hispanic entrepreneurs. Join us for this diverse and international panel to learn from several organizations who are working to do just that, with a variety of entrepreneurial, training and upskilling programs that bridge cultural and opportunity gaps.

Guest Speakers and Supporting Organizations

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

#THIS2020 Pre-Game AMA with InnovationMap Editor Natalie Harms

#THIS2020 Pre-Game AMA with InnovationMap Editor Natalie Harms

Want to know why Houston’s so hot? Join this AMA with InnovationMap Editor Natalie Harms moderated by Impact Hub Houston CEO Grace Rodriguez

Join InnovationMap Editor Natalie Harms and Impact Hub Houston CEO/Executive Director Grace Rodriguez for a conversation that will set the scene for The Houston Innovation+Impact Summit 2020.

THIS AMA will explore what’s hot and happening in Houston — as well as touch on the shifts and trends that have emerged over the years since InnovationMap first launched. We invite you to ask Natalie anything about Houston’s innovation ecosystem during … and learn about the can’t-miss events of the week!

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

*** Please NOTE: This AMA will be recorded by Impact Hub Houston and YAWP Records for future use by InnovationMap, potentially as content for their website and/or podcast. Attendees who choose to participate in the AMA consent to such recording and use and release all parties from future claims.

TEDxHouston COUNTDOWN

TEDxHouston COUNTDOWN

TEDxHouston COUNTDOWN Watch Party & Climate Action Series Kick-Off

Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal: To build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.

The TEDxHouston community invites you to a series of watch parties, TED Circles, and project nights to learn from the world’s leading thinkers and doers about what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look like, connect with changemakers and concerned global citizens like you, and start ideating and collaborating on new solutions to help us activate our communities and accelerate Houston’s energy transition for a regenerative future.

The ongoing health and economic crises are reminding us of an important fact: We’re all part of the same fragile system, dependent on nature and one another. As we look to the future, we must work to be better ancestors to the next generations of Houstonians and start building a more sustainable, regenerative, and resilient future for them!

Building Safe, Healthy & Empowered Communities

Building Safe, Healthy & Empowered Communities

The second of four #CrossBorderConvos explores the role of institutions & advocacy in building safe, healthy & empowered communities.

Cross-Border Conversations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a series of virtual dialogues that showcase strategies and stories from the frontlines of SDG action – in Canada and the United States.

On October 13, the series returns for a discussion with Camden, NJ’s police chief on how his city overhauled and rebuilt its police department in 2013. We’ll hear from him and local leaders about the role of institutions and advocacy in building community trust and safety, and invite questions and insights from participants about what safe, healthy, and empowered communities mean to them.

Speakers:

Why this conversation? Systemic racism, violence, and over-policing are longstanding challenges in communities across Canada and the United States, brought into focus most recently by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and many others. The death of Abdirahman Abdi in Ottawa has reverberated throughout the city since 2016, and people are reexamining the relationship between institutions and communities, including the delivery of police and mental health services.

What can you expect? Through lightning talks and breakout discussions, we aim to create a brave space for honest dialogue among participants and panelists about what it takes to build safe, healthy, and empowered communities. While we won’t be able to address the full complexity of these issues in 90 minutes, our hope is to bring together a range of perspectives so that we may learn from what’s worked, what hasn’t, and continue to chart a way forward together.

Tickets

In an effort to make this event as accessible as possible and remove cost as a barrier to participating, we’re offering a tiered pricing system with a limited number of fully-subsidized tickets. Upon checkout, please select the option that best suits your needs – no questions asked.

Accessibility

Impact Hub Ottawa and our partners are committed to hosting accessible events. To that end, here are a few things to note:

  • This event will be held virtually, on Zoom
  • This event will be recorded – you will not be required to use your webcam
  • A recording will be sent to all who register via Eventbrite.
  • Automatic closed captioning in English will be provided

Please identify your accommodation requirements during the registration process and be aware that while we endeavor to address all requirements, it may not be possible to fulfill all requests.

More on the series

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address serious global challenges, which won’t be solved without major changes to the way we live, work, and interact with our environment. Cross-Border Conversations on the SDGs is a virtual event series highlighting strategies and stories from the frontlines of SDG action.

Hosted by Impact Hub Ottawa, the series showcases social justice and sustainability leaders from Canada and the US, sharing their stories on how to work strategically towards the Goals.

The series includes four events:

  • February 25: The SDGs as a Blueprint for Building Liveable Cities (SDG 11)
  • October 13: Building Safe, Healthy & Empowered Communities (SDG 16)
  • November: Decolonizing the Way We Work (SDG 10)
  • December: (Re)Centring Anti-Racism & Indigenous Tradition in Sustainability (SDG 13)

November and December dates to be announced. Sign up here for updates!

Let’s bring cross-border conversations online! #CrossBorderConvos

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Open Project Night: Focusing on Climate Action!

Open Project Night: Focusing on Climate Action!

LET’S HACK SOLUTIONS FROM HOME, TOGETHER!

Impact Hub Houston and Sketch City invite you to connect and collaborate with Houston at our virtual Open Project Night focusing on “Climate Action.

Let’s connect and collaborate (virtually) with passionate people who are working on projects, ventures, and collaborations to improve the resilience and quality of life in Houston. If you have an idea, are working on something, or are looking for ways to collaborate with people who are doing work at the intersection of innovation and impact this event is for you! The event requires both a mixture of presenters and people from the community to support, listen, and collaborate with the presenters.

EVENT SCHEDULE: 5:00-6:00 PM

5:00-5:10pm Group Introductions

5:10-5:25pm Guest Presentations + Q&A

5:25-5:45pm Virtual Breakout Rooms to discuss potential solutions for the topic.

5:45-5:55pm Report Back! Your Open Pitch should be max of 2 mins each and answer the following questions before the community can provide feedback:

  • Brief personal introduction + What is your project/idea?
  • What stage are you currently at? (idea/testing/implementation etc)
  • What are your next series of steps?
  • What are you currently looking for in the way of talent/skills from the community?

5:55pm-6:00pm Closing and Next Steps

About our Guest Speaker:

Dakota Stormer, Co-Founder and CEO, Footprint App, Inc.