C-TRAC Announces New “Collider” Series of Free Technology Networking Events at the Catalyst Campus

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The Public Is Invited to the Inaugural Collider Event for Snacks, Speakers and Socializing

C-TRAC, the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization, is excited to announce the first in a series of Collider events – a new series of open houses intended as learning opportunities combined with a meet-and-greet for innovators, technologists, venture capitalists and anyone who might be interested to learn more about local innovations and start-up opportunities here in Colorado Springs.

The first Collider will be held on March 7, 2018, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM, at the Railyard on the Catalyst Campus, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs. The focus will be on showcasing CyberWorx, a highly-innovative Air Force program that educates airmen while simultaneously partnering with industry to solve cyber problems facing our nation. Design thinking – a structured framework for understanding and pursuing innovation in ways that encourage outside-the-box thinking – is prominent in the CyberWorx process.

Lt Col Michael Chiaramonte, Director of Operations for CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy, will briefly address the attendees to discuss what CyberWorx does and how this benefits the Air Force and the technology community. Lt Col Chiaramonte will be followed by Patty Bonvallet, Technology Development Manager of Boecore, Inc., a Colorado Springs woman-owned aerospace and defense engineering company specializing in cyber security, software solutions, system engineering, enterprise networks and mission operations. Ms. Bonvallet will discuss her experience at CyberWorx and how it has benefited her personally, as well as Boecore as a corporation. A brief demonstration of the CyberWorx brainchild called the Command Risk Ecosystem, a cutting-edge cybersecurity technology, will also be presented.

After these short presentations, attendees can mingle with the speakers and the CyberWorx team to learn how to get involved in the cutting-edge CyberWorx program as industry mentors and partners. Some government leaders are also expected to attend, with the chance to chat with them. Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served as attendees enjoy a wealth of opportunities to network with movers and shakers in industry and technology here in Colorado Springs.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/c-trac-collider-featuring-af-cyberworx-tickets-43093592094 to let C-TRAC know you plan to attend.

The Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (http://www.c-trac.org) is a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, founded for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. C-TRAC’s wide-ranging efforts include assisting with the commercialization of government-owned intellectual property, as well as creating opportunities for collaboration between industry, academia and government researchers that contribute to Southern Colorado’s growth as a hub for the aerospace, defense and cybersecurity industries.

Catalyst Campus is a collaborative ecosystem where industry, small business, workforce training, entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture capital create community, spark innovation and stimulate business growth. The mission of Catalyst Campus is to be a leading-edge incubator, accelerator and research and development facility offering small to medium-sized businesses a scalable infrastructure platform that promotes technology advancement and guides technology transfer from the government to the commercial market and vice versa.

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