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April 16-19, 2015: Social Venture Network 2015 Spring Conference, San Diego, CA 

SVN connects you to a growing community of innovative business leaders and social entrepreneurs to help you improve your business, enhance your leadership, and expand your impact. It aims at supporting and empowering diverse, innovative leaders who leverage business to serve the greater good, building valuable peer-to-peer connections among influential business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors who support a triple bottom line: people, planet and profit, fostering high-impact collaborations that build a just, humane and sustainable world, and supporting whole-person leadership to enable members to succeed and grow, both personally and professionally. 

April 28, 2015: the NTC Boston Technopreneurship Forum, Cambridge, MA 

This Technopreneurship forum with the theme, "Technopreneurship Opportunities & Challenges", is one of the highlights of the Singapore Nanyang Technological University’s Master of Science Technopreneurship & Innovation (MSc TIP) students' immersion visit to United States each year. Entrepreneurship, including Technopreneurship, plays an increasingly critical role in the global economy, especially in coming out with new innovations and in job creation. A common denominator for all entrepreneurs is the challenge of starting a business, be it through inventing something, looking for a new idea within a business, finding the right opportunity, financing the venture etc. Such important issues will be discussed in this forum.

April 28-29, 2015: Internet of Things Summit, San Jose, CA 

The Internet of Things Summit gathers together thought leaders working towards an interconnected world. Hear presentations on the most important topics influencing IoT development, including: Standardization & Partnerships, Business Models to Embrace IoT, Privacy & Security in the Consumer IoT, Interaction Between Devices, Diversity of Devices Available, Collecting & Analyzing Data, Smart Homes, Smart Cities and Industrial Internet of The Things. 

May 7, 2015: Halcyon Incubator Application , Washington D.C.

Halcyon Incubator's next application cycle is open! The program is seeking intrepid social entrepreneurs with transformational ideas to participate in a 14-month fellowship, that includes a four-month residency, complimentary strategic, legal and PR support, mentorship, as well as access to a network of potential funders from all sectors. Applications are due May 7, 2015. 

May 15, 2015: UXPA Boston 14th Annual User Experience Conference, Boston, MA 

The fourteenth UXPA Boston Annual Conference will have four simultaneous tracks + an unconference track, giving you a choice of almost 30 presentations. Topics are relevant to thought-leaders, designers, developers, usability professionals, usability novices, and others. This year the event will have even more sponsors giving attendees the opportunity to network and discover companies that are hiring, meet local design and usability organizations, and try out new technologies and products. 

June 1-4, 2015: Sustainable Brands – SB15 San Diego, San Diego, CA 

Dive deep into the brand innovation trenches at SB '15 San Diego and find detail-rich case studies, practical know-how and specific implementation tips to accelerate your business success. This year’s speakers include: Chip Bergh, President & CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., Len Sauers, Vice President for Global Sustainability of Procter & Gamble, Tim Brooks, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability of Lego, etc. 

June 14-29, 2015: IDDS Zero Waste, Cali, Colombia 

International Development Design Summit Zero Waste is a two-week, bi-lingual (English and Spanish), waste-themed design summit in Cali, which will bring together waste pickers, business leaders, municipal workers, students, and community members (from the host city, as well as participants from other cities from Latin American region and around the globe) that are engaged in the creation of innovative waste management strategies. Together, participants will learn about the co-creative design process as they work in teams with local groups in Cali to develop appropriate waste sector technology and business models that can be employed to build inclusive waste management systems. 

August 3-14, 2015: IDDS D’karBotswana 

International Development Design Summit D’Kar which is themedKURU: a Naro word meaning TO DO or TO CREATEintends to unearth this and leverage the hands-on culture of the desert communities. It aims to connect and train the San people along with a few other selected members from around Botswana and the globe in the basics of the user-based technology design and business development process as they work together in diverse teams to co-create technologies that address particular local development challenges. The 6 specific group challenges will be framed by the community along with a group of students from MIT’s D-Lab during a preliminary scoping trip in January 2015. 


October 8, 2015: Small Business Expo 2015 – Boston, Boston, MA 

Attend the largest and most anticipated business to business networking event for business owners & business professionals. The free badge can give you entrance to the Exhibitor Hall, Workshops & Seminars, Get Dotted, How-To Demos, Speed Networking, Business Card Showcase, Industry MeetUpsPresdo Match, BizBoard, #smallbizselfie Contest, SmallBiz Raffle, eLounge & VIP MainStage Presentation with America's Business Expert, Mr. Bill Walsh.

October 28-29, 2015: Open Innovation Summit, Boston, MA 

Innovation Enterprise is an independent business-to-business multi-channel media brand focused on the information needs of Senior Big Data, Strategy, Advanced Analytics, Innovation, Digital, Finance, Operations, Publishing & Decision Support executives. The summit will cover three topic areas: the convergence of exponential technologies & innovation, analyzing different business models for open innovation, developing a joint commercial and institutional innovation strategy, open innovation program development, and creating an action plan for new products.