Your guide to Birmingham’s Innovation Week 2017

Innovation Depot sign in Birmingham

2017 Innovation Week in Birmingham

Friday, August 18th-Friday, August 25th

Birmingham Innovation Week 2017 is underway. An annual celebration of innovation in Birmingham, the city will showcase its finest inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, supporters and catalysts that drive it.

There are many fun events going on throughout the week. You won’t want to miss out! Here’s Bham Now’s guide to Innovation Week 2017.

Friday, August 18th
Innovation Depot sign in Birmingham
Photo via Innovation Depot’s Facebook page.

Innovation Week Birmingham 2017 Ribbon Cutting

Time: 12pm

Location: Innovation Depot

What is it? The official Birmingham kick-off for Innovation Week 2017!

Graphic via GirlSpring.

“She Started It” Film Screening

Time: doors open at 6pm, film begins at 7pm

Location: Velocity Accelerator at Innovation Depot

What is it? A free screening of “She Started It,” which is a documentary that follows five Silicon Valley women and their tech start-ups. Following the film will be a panel discussion with some of Birmingham’s most successful women in tech! The event is free, but you have to RSVP here. Space is limited!

Sunday, August 20th
Zyp Bikes in Birmingham, AL
Photo via Rev Birmingham.

ZYPing Around Innovation Bike Tour

Time: Three tours from 2 to 3 p.m.; 3 to 4 p.m.; and 4 to 5 p.m.

Location: Starts at the ZYP bike station in front of the Regions Building, at the corner of 5th Avenue North and 20th Street

Cost: $15 (this includes bike rental)

What is it? A bike tour of the brightest spots in Birmingham. Tours are limited to 10 people, so register quick!

Monday, August 21st
Solar Eclipse
via nasa.gov

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Time: 12:30-2pm

Location: Southern Research’s Southside campus

What is it? This is the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in nearly forty years. Southern Research is hosting a viewing complete with food trucks and free solar viewing glasses! Register here.

Tuesday, August 22nd
Jennifer Skjellum, TechBirmingham
Jennifer Skjellum, President & CEO of TechBirmingham

Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series with Jennifer Skjellum

Time: 5:30-7pm

Location: Avondale Brewing Company

What is it? Previously featured as our Birmingham Innovator, entrepreneur Jennifer Skjellum is taking the stage. CEO & President of TechBirmingham, Jennifer offers great insight for our city. Come out, grab a beer, and meet some folks- it’s free! You can RSVP here.

Wednesday, August 23rd
Keynote speaker, Thomas L. Friedman via EDPA

EDPA 2017 Innovation Awards

Time: 4pm

Location: Alabama Theatre

What is it? EDPA is hosting keynote speaker Thomas L. Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times columnist, and best-selling author. After Friedman’s speech, there’s the Innovation Awards, networking opportunities and an after party. Bham Now wrote all about it here.

Thursday, August 24th
Business @ Sunset
Graphic from Birmingham Business Alliance.

BBA’s Business@Sunset, presented by America’s First Federal Credit Union

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Martin Library at Southern Research

What is it? A reception at sunset where you can connect with business leaders from various industries. Register here!

Bonus: Saturday, August 26th
Photo via Magic City Hacks.

Magic City Hacks

Time: 9am

Location: Forge at the Pizitz

What is it? Women Who Code Birmingham is hosting its first hackathon! Any skill level is welcome. Register here.

Wow, there’s so much going on for Birmingham Innovation Week 2017! For a complete guide, visit the Innovation Week Birmingham website. What events are you looking forward to?