aras corporation’s ACE 2016

Aras Corporation’s ACE 2016 celebrated “Innovation Without Limitation,” March 14-17 at Detroit’s Renaissance Center. The four-day conference featured industry experts, product innovators and technology leaders. Nearly 500 global product development leaders attended the annual Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) community event to learn about enterprise technology platforms that help manage growing product complexity, rapidly increasing product cycle times and the demands that come with connected components and products. 

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Automation Alley’s Tech Industry Outlook

Automation Alley’s Technology Industry Outlook, held Feb. 22 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, attracted more than 300 Southeast Michigan tech industry professionals for a presentation of the technology business association’s annual Technology Industry Report. Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers gave opening remarks while COO and Director of Entrepreneurship Tom Kelly provided an overview of the report.

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Detroit Center for Design and Technology

Photos courtesy Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) hosted a ribbon-cutting and opening reception for its Detroit Center for Design and Technology (DCDT). The event took place Oct. 30 at the Woodward Willis Building in Detroit’s Midtown district. Nearly 100 LTU students are currently taking classes at the center. The DCDT will increase the university’s impact on the city by bringing its Detroit-based programs together at one site and will provide an urban setting for university courses in urban design, architecture, graphic design and industrial design. The event featured networking opportunities among the 200 attendees as well as a host of speakers, including Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones; Harvey Hollins III, director of the Governor’s Office of Urban Initiatives; Amy Deines, interim dean of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design; Douglas Ebert, chairman of LTU’s Board of Trustees; LTU President Virinder Moudgil; LTU Provost Maria Vaz; and Mark Brucki, LTU executive director of economic development and government relations.


6th Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Photos courtesy of Accelerate Michigan

The 6th Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition was held Nov. 6 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit. The event was attended by investors, entrepreneurs, funders and experts in the innovation sector from around the world. The $500,000 grand prize went to food innovation company Banza. The second place prize of $100,000 was awarded to Genomenon, a life sciences company focused on personalized medicine with simplified genome interpretation software. Accelerate Michigan also hosted a business venture idea contest for student-led teams from throughout the state of Michigan. Students were judged on content, structure, delivery and creativity and were eligible to win $15,000 in prizes to help launch their ventures. This year, CARt was awarded first place for creating a platform to provide reliable transportation for low-income, underserved individuals to get to and from supermarkets for fresh, healthy food options.


TechTwilight 2015

TechTwilight 2015 was held at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum on May 15. The event featured entrepreneurs from around the region showcasing their innovations and inspiring young minds to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Attendees enjoyed an evening of activities, demonstrations and hands-on invention presented by companies and schools throughout Southeast Michigan.

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the big m manufacturing convergence

Photos by Jeff Kowalsky

THE BIG M Manufacturing Convergence was held June 2-4 at Detroit’s Cobo Center, bringing with it the option to participate in a hands-on car assembly workshop. The exercise introduced participants to Scrum, a manufacturing method designed to add energy, focus, clarity and transparency to project planning and implementation. This was just one of the interactive programs that allowed attendees to get practical experience with the latest technologies. The event, hosted by SME, also included a lineup of sessions focused on emerging manufacturing technologies such as advanced materials, rapid/additive manufacturing, automated manufacturing, R&D and tooling.

automation alley’s tech industry outlook

Automation Alley’s Technology Industry Outlook, held Feb. 12 at the Colony Club in Detroit, attracted hundreds of Southeast Michigan’s tech industry professionals for a presentation of the technology business association’s annual Technology Industry Report. According to this year’s report, the tech economy of Southeast Michigan remains competitive with other leading tech hubs across the nation, with job creation expected to trend upward in the coming years. 

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altair 30th anniversary

Altair commemorated its 30th Anniversary on Jan. 23 at the Henry Ford Museum, with 1,100 “Altarians” from around the globe gathering to celebrate this leading company in simulation and optimization software. The party included a strolling dinner, live entertainment and a toast given by James Scapa, founder, chairman and CEO of Altair. He was joined on stage by his wife Sally as well as co-founder George Christ and his wife Deborah. Founded in 1985, Altair is headquartered in Troy, MI, with regional operations throughout 22 countries and a staff of more than 2,000 employees.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology celebrated its ninth annual black-tie Signature Gala on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Dearborn Inn. Ford Motor Company hosted the event, with proceeds benefiting the MCWT Foundation and its mission to inspire and grow the number of women in technology. The evening drew 500 attendees and included a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment. The evening offered opportunities to network with professionals dedicated to the success of Michigan’s IT industry. MCWT’s vision is to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The organization’s strategy is to reach young girls in an effort to strengthen their interest in tech careers.