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“Lightning Pitch Showdown” Added to Women & Technology Conference Agenda

Do you lead an exciting new program that has the potential to create change in West Virginia?  Are you WomenInTechnology_Icon_NEWpassionate about the work?  Want to share this news at the 2016 Women & Technology Conference and vie for bragging rights and a prize?  This year’s event will feature a new, high-energy Lightning Pitch Showdown as part of the luncheon on Friday, Oct. 7.

A limited number of spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis to registered conference participants.   Presenters will have three minutes to share details about their program and its goals, how it is funded and how it will be sustained.  The winner will be determined by our conference attendees. For details on how to apply to make a lightning pitch, click here.

The 2016 Women & Technology Conference will be held October 6-7 at Canaan Valley Resort & Teaming Canaan PhotoConference Center in Davis, WV.  Highlights of this year’s conference are listed below—don’t miss out, register today!

Early bird registration rates are in effect through September 16.  Registration includes two lunches, one reception & dinner, and one breakfast. (Early-bird rates: $140-Individual; $110-Academic; $85-Student.)

2016 highlights will include:

  • Keynote Remarks by CEO & President Arria Hines, Allegheny Science & TechnologyCanaan picture smaller image
  • General Session on Cybersecurity
  • Keynote Remarks by Dr. Jan Cuny, Program Director for Computing Education, the National Science Foundation
  • Stargazing with Dr. Kathryn Williamson, WVU Astronomy Professor
  • Keynote Remarks by Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, Office Director, Defense Sciences Office Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Breakout Sessions on Non-Traditional Careers, Pathways to Tech, Social Media, Education and STEM, Entrepreneurship, and Research.
  • Networking and more!

To see the complete agenda and biographies of the speakers and presenters, click here.

For more information, or to register for the conference, click here.

The Women & Technology Conference is hosted by TechConnect West Virginia and presented with support from our generous sponsors. Thank you to the following for making this year’s event possible:

Allegheny Science & Technology

BrickStreet Insurance

Division of Science and Research at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission


Marshall University

NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

West Virginia Executive Magazine

West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust

West Virginia University