March 2019 Newsletter –

Human Health and the Oceans, Smart City Projects, and Steve Case’s Visit
Four Events Not to Miss

The last section of our monthly newsletter always highlights an upcoming event. However, we are switching things up this month. There are four events (among many) that we think you will want to know about.

Smart Cities Pilot Projects Announcement – March 25th 10:30am at the Hilton Bayfront
Want to know what are the first two projects we will be doing as part of US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities program? Come join us for the announcement and to meet our national partners. Hint: both projects involve our amazing USF St. Pete – one related to infrastructure and the other related to education.

Oceans and Human Health Workshop – March 27th 8:00am-1:00pm at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building
There is a tie to the health of our oceans and the health of our community. There is a need to better understand environmental toxins, including bacteria and viruses, found naturally in the Gulf and the changes created by discharges and runoff. For example, the recent Red Tide outbreaks have been associated with higher rates of emergency room visits by asthmatics. What are the triggering agents for these attacks, and how might the public be better protected? This workshop is open to the public and intends to hear from state public health officials on health concerns they are seeing, and from academics on the status of ongoing research relating oceans and human health.
To register:

Rise of the Rest – May 1st all day at various locations in St. Pete and Tampa
Promising start-up companies are growing here in Tampa Bay. Steve Case, founder of AOL, and the Rise of the Rest team will be here on May 1st to visit, learn, and invest as part of their 2019 bus tour. For each tour, they visit five cities in five days and invest at least $500,000 in local startups through pitch competitions. To learn more watch the video below.
To get a free ticket for the main event – Steve Case and Jeff Vinik take the Rise of the Rest stage:

State of Science 2019 – September 24th 5:30pm-8:00pm at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building
Last year we held the first “State of Science” event modeled after the City’s “State of the City” and “State of the Economy.” It was an opportunity to hear about the exciting research and innovation based in St. Pete. Eight individuals each had six minutes to share their work. It was fast and fun. These are individuals who were well-known nationally but often overlooked locally. The presentations were followed by a networking reception where participants had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the presenters. Be sure to mark your calendar to hear this year’s amazing presenters (new for 2019)! This event sold out last year. Tickets will be available starting in July.