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USF at Synapse: A Guide to the People and Presentations at Tampa's Biggest Innovation Celebration February 11-12, 2020 | Amalie Arena

Tuesday, February 11

President Steven Currall to Deliver Keynote

Noon | USF President Steven Currall will be the keynote speaker at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 11, will share his expertise gleaned from decades of researching innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and devising new frameworks of how research universities can work more productively with industry to bring new inventions and ideas to market. President Currall is the lead author of the book, Organized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America's Prosperity. Prior to being selected as USF's seventh leader, President Currall led transformative projects to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and university-business-government collaboration – such as at the University of California, where he led a campus-wide strategic visioning exercise to position the institution as "University of the 21st Century", and at Rice University, where he founded the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which assisted in the launch of more than 160 technology start-up companies.

Visit the USF Booth on the Amalie Arena Ice Level

Tuesday and Wednesday | Meet USF faculty, students and staff whose innovative projects harness the latest technologies to impact learning, culture and health care across the Tampa Bay Region - whether it’s saving crumbling history, helping heart patients managed their health better, or using virtual and augmented reality to guide students in STEM subjects. Visit our booth for a complete schedule of technology demonstrations (or save the schedule images below). If you are a company looking to connect with USF around research and innovation programs or talent development, representatives from USF's Office of Corporate Partnerships will be on hand to help.

Look for the USF booth on the ice level.

Catch Up with USF Faculty in Tuesday's Panel Discussions

USF faculty members Dr. Carla Vandeweerd of the College of Engineering; Dr. Priya Dozier, Dr. Shivendu Shivendu and Dr. Matthew Mullarkey of the Muma College of Business; and Dr. Haru Okuda, Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS).

9 a.m. | Cryptocurrency & Digital Assets: The Future of Programmable Money & Payments featuring Dr. Priya Dozier.

10 a.m. | Everything You Need to Know for a Career in Cybersecurity featuring Dr. Matthew Mullarkey.

10 a.m. | A Corporate Take on Healthcare Innovation featuring Dr. Haru Okuda.

11 a.m. | Aging Gracefully: Innovations Improving Life for Millions of Seniors featuring Dr. Carla Vandeweerd.

2 p.m. | Florida Setting the Bar in Blockchain featuring Dr. Shivendu Shivendu.

Harnessing the Power of Influencer Marketing

Meet Alex Wolf, founder and founder of Bossbabe Inc. and author of the new book, Resonate, and USF faculty member Diana Hechevarria.

4 p.m. | USF Muma College of Business Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Diana Hechevarria has invited millennial entrepreneurship expert Alex Wolf, the founder of BossBabe and one of Fast Company Inc.'s "Top Creative Entrepreneurs in Marketing and Media", to share her insights and expertise.

USF Connect: Meet the Startups

USF Connect Director Shannon Pastizzo hosts a conversation with three resident startups.

4:30 p.m. | USF Connect is home to dozens of startups, some of whom have their roots in USF and Moffitt Cancer Center laboratories. Meet the innovators behind scientific virtual reality visualization company syGlass, revolutionary clean air technology device Molekule, and the innovative cancer imaging and diagnostic technology company Protean Biodiagnostics.

Get an Inside Look at the New USF Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute at Water Street

5:30 p.m. | Sign up for a tour of the new USF Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute at Water Street. The new facility is the centerpiece of Water Streets burgeoning innovation district in downtown Tampa and a jewel in the $3 billion Water Street development. See up close how medical learning and research is transformed in this state-of-the-art facility. Check the Synapse app for sign-up instructions. RSVP for the tour; space is limited: https://camls-us.org/synapse/.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Capitalizing on Innovation: Powering Technology Transfer

Dr. David Conrad, Director, USF Technology Transfer Office, and Conner Prochaska, Chief Commercialization Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy

11 a.m. | Join Dr. David Conrad, who leads USF's technology transfer efforts, in a discussion on how Florida innovators can move ideas from lab to market and to learn more about the role that federal labs play in spurring national innovation. Conner Prochaska currently serves as Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of Energy and Director as Office of Technology Transitions.

The Honorable Paul M. Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. David Conrad, director of USF's Technology Transfer Office.

A Fireside Chat with Department of Energy Under Secretary Paul Dabbar

3 p.m. | The Honorable Paul M. Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, serves as the Department’s principal advisor on fundamental energy research, energy technologies, and science, driving this mission through programs including nuclear and high energy particle physics, basic energy, advanced computing, fusion, and biological and environmental research, and direct management over a majority of the Department’s national labs and their world-leading user facilities. Under Secretary Dabbar also supervises most of DOE’s national laboratories, and their the technology commercialization activities as the national labs are poised to pursue significant innovations in energy.

Wednesday Synapse Panels: USF Experts Talk Marketing, Talent Development

10 a.m. | Upskilling: Preparing Your Workforce for the New Workload features USF Muma College of Business Dean Moez Limayem.

2:30 p.m. | Data and Population Health: Community Round Table featuring Dr. Kevin Olson of the USF Taneja College of Pharmacy and the Morsani College of Medicine.

4 p.m. | Marketing in 2030 conversation includes USF Muma College of Business faculty member Dr. Loran Jarrett.

USF Muma College of Business Dean Moez Limayem and faculty member Dr. Loran Jarrett; Dr. Kevin Olson of the USF Taneja College of Pharmacy and the Morsani College of Medicine.