Tech Sector Speaker Series | STEM: Empowering students to become tech leaders


Join Viasat Inc.’s Omar Alam and SciTech Institute Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Babendure at Galvanize on Thursday, February 13, as they co-moderate a distinguished panel of educators and tech professionals to discuss the importance of STEM education, how it’s driving Arizona’s tech-talent pipeline, what is required to grow a culture of innovation, best practices to empower students to innovate and succeed, as well as the potential obstacles the innovation ecosystem will need to address to help achieve the ideal future.

The expert panelists will also discuss how STEM programs are catalysts for broader community conversations such as rethinking economic development strategies and reassessing K-12 priorities.

Babendure will unveil the secrets to the success of the Arizona SciTech Festival and also share firsthand how the SciTech Institute’s focus on creating a dynamic, transformative network of STEM advocates to create a network of education, business, community and government partners is building Arizona’s workforce of tomorrow.

Special Guest Appearance by SUNI the Robot

That’s right! SUNI the Robot will be joining this panel of experts. So who is SUNI? SUNI is more than a robot, SUNI is an American personality tapping into our culture and the worldwide fabric of artificial intelligence. The Science of SUNI is a modern approach to educational entertainment for all ages. Each presentation is designed to be engaging and motivating with direct comparisons to SUNI using the magical language of coding. Most of all, SUNI makes STEM learning fun, informative and exciting.

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GALVANIZE | 515 E. Grant Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004




Member of Technical Staff, Viasat Inc.


Executive Director, SciTech Institute




Executive Director,
U of A Health Sciences



Chief Engineer,
Local Motors


Software Engineer,
The Boeing Company


Engineering Manager,


Materials Engineer, Footprint

Event Agenda:
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Registration
3:30 – 3:40 p.m. | Presenting sponsor remarks
3:40 – 3:45 p.m. | Panelist introductions
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. | Panel discussion
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. | Q & A
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Reception + Networking | Sponsor showcase
5:30 p.m. | Event ends

Cost to Attend*:
• $25 for AZTC members; $40 for non-members
• Premier, Platinum and Visionary sponsors can attend for free (two tickets)
• Panelists receive four free tickets to attend.
*Registration includes beer/wine/soda/water and light finger foods during cocktail reception

For questions about this event, contact [email protected].




About the Tech Sector Speaker Series
Join the Arizona Technology Council for its new 2020 AZ Tech Sector Speaker Series that brings together tech titans, outstanding CTOs, advocates, innovators and industry champions of existing and emerging sectors who are reshaping Arizona’s tech ecosystem. This expert panel forum advances Arizona’s tech evolution and growing designation as a tech hub. With a diverse range of experience and technology backgrounds, these tech titans are leading the way and making a positive and lasting impact on the local technology industry. Interested in becoming a panelist, moderator or sponsor? VISIT HERE to learn more about this exciting new event series and to see the topics that we’ll be covering in Phoenix.

Interested in being a sponsor, featured panelist or moderator for the AZ Tech Sector Speaker Series? Contact [email protected] to lock in your opportunity to participate.


515 E. Grant Street
Phoenix , Arizona 85004




February 13, 2020




$25 for AZTC members; $40 for non-members