Last month the STEM-community gathered at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts to kick off the planning of the third annual Arizona SciTech Festival. More than 1,000 individuals registered for a day filled with session to help attendees get the most from their festival efforts. The event has doubled in size annually since its inception in 2012.
The Arizona SciTech Festival has a unique and very successful operating structure as a grassroots collaboration of industry, academia, arts, civic, community and K-12. The festival in essence promotes events planned by more than 400 organizations, schools and businesses statewide. Festival staff itself plans the kick-off conference and a handful of networking events; the remaining hundreds of events are community efforts the festival promotes.
The kick-off conference is an opportunity for all of these community partners to come together. They learn how to plan their events, communicate with a statewide audience and evaluate their programs. The conference featured two special keynote speakers, Astronaut Ed Gibson and Geoff Notkin star of TV's “Meteorite Men.”
EventInterface also partners with the festival. “We donate our software to the effort, and we will put on a workshop during the festival highlighting the science behind meetings and events.” said Al Wynant, EventInterface CEO. Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D. Festival Executive Director stated “EventInterface empowers our organization to most effectively serve our collaborators and audiences by utilizing the most current, state-of the art event software. Fitting given we are a festival to celebrate Arizona Science and Technology wonders, exactly the type of organization EventInterface is.”
More information about the festival here.