Timed to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the University of South Florida Polytechnic will offer a special two-hour Information Technology Colloquium on Nov. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lakeland Technology Building, room LTB1124. The public is invited and admission is free.
Dr. Marshall Goodman, CEO of USF Poly, will discuss USF Polytechnic’s vision and focus on innovation. Eddie Hill, director of new venture development, will provide an overview of USF Polytechnic’s Blue Sky Incubator Program. Goodman will also announce the winners of the Faculty and Staff Entrepreneurship Challenge grants, and each winner will make a brief presentation.
“There may be opportunities mentioned for student research and paid internships, as well as some senior project topic ideas that could even lead to later employment in a cutting-edge, entrepreneurial firm,” says Dr. Dave Armitage, director, Division of Information Technology. “This would be a very good colloquium to attend!”
Each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week connects people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others participated in a range of activities, from online to face-to-face, and from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings.
Sponsored by USF Polytechnic’s IT department, the IT colloquium series, established in 2002, features programs designed to expand the scope of traditional computer science education. They provide faculty and students from a variety of academic disciplines to interact with guest experts and interested members of the public on a range of practical topics. Past events have featured themes such as IT in the transportation industry and virtualization trends.
“We use these colloquia as a chance to expose the academic enterprise to what is often described as ‘the real world,’” says Armitage. “We hope both scholars and practitioners can grow through that interaction. And, of course, it’s a great opportunity for our students.”
For more information contact Ray Hawat at 863-667-7090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.