BE.INnovative Symposium success
April 17, 2016
At this year’s third annual BE.INnovative Symposium, the theme ‘Innovation for All’ could equally have been dubbed ‘Inspiration for All’. Participants at packed panels went home with practical takeaways and quality connections were made between students, startups, faculty and staff.
The All-Star panel kicked of the four-day event, featuring top Brooklyn entrepreneurs with excellent insider advice. Jesse Middleton, Founder of WeWork Labs, explained that high-level entrepreneurs do indeed want to talk to you – they just want to talk to you about something specific. Don’t ask to simply‘pick their brains.’
Other gems included:
Next up, the Her Innovation panel focused on female entrepreneurs breaking through the glass ceiling. Rhonda Schaller, Director of Career & Professional Development at Pratt, encouraged women to ask for more help more often.
The Civic innovation panel got practical, with panelists sharing dozens of resources for getting involved in civic tech and Noel Hidalgo, co-founder of BetaNYC, talked about top opportunities at 18F, who responded:
While the Inclusive Innovation panel was one of the most inspiring, panelists also had the room rolling with laughter. The light-hearted spirit may have had something to do with the little tiny robot seated on the panel. Great nuggets of advice included:
The night’s networking event at AVABrew was intended to be a relaxing place for students and startups to connect, but several students actually walked out with internships on the spot.
After over 50 students joined the next morning’s open office tours, the Symposium cranked on with a day filled with career-focused panels on getting the job, creating the job and hacking your way to the top. At the hackathon panel, IsPossible founder Tiffany Roessler talked about the importance of mindset fit as culture fit, while all panelists talked about college degrees fitting in to overall experience, but that graduates shouldn’t only rest on the laurels of a degree.
Over 30 participants headed straight to LIU’s Entrepreneurship Center for the weekend Hack Brooklyn Innovative Challenge to compete for the $2,000 prize. After being greeted and inspired by Pat Sapinsley, green tech expert and head of NYU’s Urban Future Lab, the group split off into nine teams and spent the weekend focused on creating solutions for a more sustainable Brooklyn. Six LIU students made up the winning team who created Wi-Move, a sensor that keeps the community connected to WiFi powered by exercise checkpoints.
The BE.INnovative Symposium is an annual event by the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network in partnership with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and supporting higher education institution. Thanks to LIU Brooklyn for your great support this year! Make sure to check out BE.IN’s new website.