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TechTalk enews: September 2020

Arizona State University is ranked No. 1 in innovation for the sixth year by US News and World Report, Maricopa Community Colleges announces its collaboration with Intel Corporation and the Arizona Commerce Authority to create Arizona’s first artificial intelligence certificate and degree program, KEO Marketing CEO recognized as a Top Dynamic CEO of 2020, generates impact for the healthcare community during COVID-19, APS sets course for 100% clean-energy future for Arizona,  telehealth provider MeMD launches virtual primary-care solution for businesses, Carvana stock soars on Q3 expectations, Pima Community College is awarded $2.5M to support Center of Excellence in Applied Technology, Phoenix Business Journal appoints new managing editor, and more. Read the complete update >>


Reserve your tickets for the 2020 Celebration of Innovation!

Join us to celebrate some of Arizona’s most innovative companies, tech titans, academic leaders and inventive startups at this prestigious awards event and tech showcase.

EARLY-BIRD PRICES END OCT. 2! Members $50 | Non-members $75
After October 2:  Members $75 | Non-members $100




Vote for the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by Friday, October 16!

This year, it is especially important that our community recognizes and celebrates technology leaders who continue our state’s trajectory of leading in innovation. These distinguished leaders are a true force in Arizona’s science and tech community and have shown a lifetime of dedication and commitment to improving innovation in Arizona. Cast your vote today!




Register for the 2020 Tech + Business Expo

This is an expo like no other! A complete event campus, where attendees can chat with technology leaders at their virtual booths and discover new innovative products from Arizona-based tech companies. We’ll also honor Southern Arizona industry leaders during our annual award ceremony.

Registration deadline is October 5!





Arizona Technology Council honors pro-tech legislators

Recipients to be honored for their support of technology and STEM education initiatives at the virtual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation event on November 4, 2020

The Outstanding Technology Senator of the Year, Outstanding Technology Representative of the Year and the Tech 10 Legislators were announced today by the Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. The winning legislators will receive their honors at the 2020 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI), which will take place during a live virtual event on Wednesday, November 4 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Read more >>

Arizona Clean Energy and Economic Recovery Roundtable

Arizona is already proving to be a leader in technology and innovation, including developing and adopting clean and renewable energy solutions for our advanced economy. As we look ahead to Arizona’s post-COVID economic recovery, we believe that the clean energy sector has the potential to play a significant role.

With that in mind, the Arizona Technology Council and The Western Way joined forces earlier this month to convene a roundtable discussion with businesses leaders in order to generate ideas and recommendations for how to best incorporate the innovation and clean energy sectors into our state’s economic recovery plan. Attendees included Nikola Corporation, PayPal, On-Semiconductor, and more. If you are interested in learning more or becoming involved in the roundtable, please contact [email protected]. Together, we can ensure that Arizona is positioned for a strong economic recovery and lead in driving clean energy technology.

Creating smart cities of the future

Futurists, scientists, business leaders and government officials at all levels envision smart cities where citizens and visitors thrive in tandem with technology. Fine-tuned and seamlessly operated, these modern urban environments hum with advanced multi-modal transit systems, and self-sustaining energy grids powered by renewable energy.

While incremental progress has been made in varying degrees across the country, cities and communities continue to face complex challenges, including lack of charging infrastructure for greater adoption of electric vehicles, infrastructure upkeep, population growth and sustainability issues. The 2020 Smart City and IoT Conference provided the perfect opportunity for sharing current advances in the development and implementation of smart cities and IoT in Arizona, across the United States and beyond. Read more >>

Renewable Energy News: September 2020 Round-up

The Arizona Corporation Commission election will help shape rate structures for state’s utility customers, Microsoft will replenish more water than it consumes by 2030, Gilbert, Ariz.-based Footprint is named to Fortune’s 2020 Change the World List, Google pledges to be carbon free, Northern Arizona University is awarded $1.5 million grant for climate-change research, Zero Mass Water is now SOURCE Global PBC, Tesla outlines ambition to halve cost of batteries, Lucid‘s CEO thinks the Air will be a success, and more. Read the full report >>


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