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Birmingham’s inaugural Innovation Week underway

IMG_20140922_103827This morning the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA), TechBirmingham, the Birmingham Venture Club, and Alabama Launchpad were joined by representatives of the city of Birmingham at Innovation Depot as they held a ribbon cutting to mark the start of the city’s first ever Innovation Week. Special events like a screening of the web series StartupLand! and an open house at the Depot are interspersed among regularly scheduled gatherings (think Birmingham Startup Drinks and a Code for Birmingham hack session on Friday) this week. This morning’s ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on startup capital held at the BBA’s offices downtown.

It will culminate with a one-day . A full schedule is posted on the official website for the effort (with AL.com, the event’s media partner) creating a public Google calendar for you to subscribe to as well). Those attending the week’s events are asked to use the hashtag #innovationweekbirmingham when sharing items via social media networks, though we’ve seen a few trying to use #innovationweekbham as well (including us) to leave a few more characters free for commenting.

StartupBus to stop in Birmingham on Sunday

startupbusStartupBus North America turns five this year and they’re making a stop at Innovation Depot on Sunday, March 2nd at 2 p.m. It will be the first time one of the annual rolling incubators of “buspreneurs” makes a stop in Birmingham on its way to the  SXSW Interactive conference.

The South bus will have originated in Nashville, TN and will stop in Chattanooga before its arrival. It will then continue to Memphis, TN; Jackson, MS; Baton Rogue, LA; and Houston, TX; before arriving at its final destination in San Antonio.

Teams on the bus will get off and work on their ideas for an hour or so before they continue on their 3-day, pressure-filled journey to SXSW. According to a status update to TechBirmingham’s fan page on Facebook, locals “are invited to come meet them, maybe listen to their pitch, or be a mentor.”

You going to BarCamp 2?

BarCamp Birmingham 2 - story logoThis weekend there will be a lot of folks at the Innovation Depot downtown participating in Birmingham’s second ever BarCamp (April 12 information). So you may be asking, “What is BarCamp?” It is our own “un”conference. OK, you probably need a little more info.

It’s a conference where the content is provided, chosen and presented by the attendees! It’s a great way to meet members of the local technology community and it’s FREE! You can sign up to attend and learn more about the sessions that are already being proposed by checking out its website. You may also follow their Twitter feed. You may also want to take a look at some of the sessions that are being proposed, including a chance to hear about some ideas for a certain website…

Empowerment Through Collective Philanthropy, Innovation Depot

The first networking event of the year for the Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals, a volunteer auxiliary of the Birmingham Urban League, consisting of males and females, ages 21-40. This event will kick off the 2008 A.G. Gaston Conference.

(FYI – the conference is hosted by the Birmingham Business Resource Center and Advanced Planning Services, LLC and it will be taking place on February 19 & 20 at the BJCC. Click here for more information.)

The event is sponsored by the Birmingham Change Fund and features food, fun great networking opportunities and information about upcoming activities at this year’s conference.

Cost: unknown

Innovation Depot
1500 1st Avenue North (directions)