OKC INNOVATION DISTRICT EVENTS

OKC INNOVATION DISTRICT EVENTS

Student Showcase with Project Boom

August 6, 2021

Join us and event partners OSU USRI and AUVSI for August’s OKC Innovation District Student Showcase with Project Boom. This happy-hour style event will feature a presentation from students from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, and drinks and light snacks will be provided. The session is free to attend, and it will include time for Q&A.

5:30pm – 7:00 pm 

At: OSU Discovery

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

August 10, 2021

August’s Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour is at Kindred Spirits on Tuesday, August 10 from 5:30-6:30p. Join us and feature organization, Restore OKC, to connect with other professionals from our District.

Kindred Spirits
5:30-6:30p

Oklahoma City Innovation District X RestoreOKC Work Day

August 14, 2021

The OKC Innovation District’s first Work Day event with partner organization, Restore OKC, is on Saturday, August 14 from 8:30a-12p! Volunteer and connect with professionals from all over the District for a day of service in NE Oklahoma City. To sign up, visit the link below, select the August 14 date from the drop-down menu on the page, and be sure to put ‘Innovation District’ down under your affiliation. All volunteers will receive a free Innovation District shirt!

8:30pm – 12:00 pm 

2222 NE 27th, 73111

Walk Over Wednesday

August 18, 2021

Stop by Stiles Park on Wednesday, August 18 from 11a-1p for our Walk Over Wednesday food truck event. Join us to connect with other professionals from around the District.

11a – 1p
at: Stiles Park

Get Funded Entrepreneurial Event

August 24, 2021

Learn from experts on the type of funding you need for your start-up. Panelists Tom Wavering from the OU Innovation Hub, Susan Moring from Cortado Ventures, Josh Merrill from Echo Investment Capital and Stacey Brandhorst from i2E will discuss venture capital funding, angel investments and government funding in detail. The discussion will be moderated by OKC Innovation District President & CEO, Katy Boren.

Time: 5:30-6:30p

At: OSU Discovery

2021 Post-Symposium Working Lunch

August 31, 2021

The Oklahoma City Innovation District invites you to attend a follow-up, ‘working lunch’ event from our March 2021 Annual Symposium that focused on autonomous systems.

The working lunch will be a deep dive into a prominent subject that came out of this year’s symposium: the anticipated advancements of battery technologies in UAVs and autonomous system technologies, and it will be held in a group-discussion format, with time allotted for discussion and problem solving in small groups, as well as a large group discussion.

Time: 12-1p

At: OSU Discovery

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

September 14, 2021

September Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour details are coming soon! Join us to connect with other professionals from our district at our monthly networking event.

Time & Place: TBD

Walk Over Wednesday

September 15, 2021

September Walk Over Wednesday details are coming soon!

Time & Place: TBD

Innovation District ‘Tech Talk’

September 28, 2021

More Tech Talk details are coming soon!

Time: 11a-12p
At: OSU Discovery 

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

October 12, 2021

October Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour details are coming soon! Join us to connect with other professionals from our district at our monthly networking event.

Time & Place: TBD

Walk Over Wednesday

October 20, 2021

October Walk Over Wednesday details are coming soon!

Time & Place: TBD

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

November 9, 2021

November Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour details are coming soon! Join us to connect with other professionals from our district at our monthly networking event.

Time & Place: TBD

Oklahoma City Innovation District X RestoreOKC Work Day

November 13, 2021

Join the Oklahoma City Innovation District for a District-wide work day in partnership with RestoreOKC. More details to come!

November 13th

8:30pm – 12:00 pm 

TBD

Walk Over Wednesday

November 17, 2021

November Walk Over Wednesday details are coming soon!

Time & Place: TBD

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

December 14, 2021

December Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour details are coming soon! Join us to connect with other professionals from our district at our monthly networking event.

Time & Place: TBD

View This Year’s Calendar of Events

Event timelines and dates are subject to change due to COVID-19.

PAST INNOVATION DISTRICT EVENTS

Walk Over Wednesday

July 21, 2021

Stop by Stiles Park on Wednesday, July 21 from 11a-1p for our Walk Over Wednesday food truck event. Join us for a summertime favorite – snow cones from Tasty Snow – with this month’s featured organization, the NEOKC Neighborhood Association Coalition, and connect with other professionals from around the District.

Stiles Park
11a – 1p

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

July 13, 2021

July’s Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour is at Iguana Mexican Grill on Tuesday, July 13 from 5:30-6:30p. Join us and featured organization, BlackSpace, to connect with other professionals from our District.

Iguana Mexican Grill
5:30-6:30p 

OKC Tech++ 2.0

June 24, 2021

Join the OKC Tech community for the second edition of OKC Tech++. This tech, startups and entrepreneurs mixer will have drinks, food, speakers and pop-up talks with industry experts.

Time: 6-9p

Place: Dunlap Codding | 609 W Sheridan Ave | OKC, OK

OKC Juneteenth Festival

June 19-20, 2021

Celebrate Juneteenth in style with an all-day, family-friendly event featuring live music, interactive murals, dance performances, spoken word, food trucks, vendors and local small businesses. Produced by With Love and local community leaders, join this weekend celebration of Freedom and Placemaking, while highlighting the history of Emancipation in the United States.
More Info

June 19 on NE 23rd Street: 3 – 9p

June 20 at Scissortail Park: Starting at 6p

Walk Over Wednesday

June 16, 2021

Join the Innovation District and this month’s community partner, Restore OKC, at Stiles Park on June 16 for this month’s Walk Over Wednesday with the Hot Dog OKC food truck!

Time: 11a – 1p

Place: Stiles Park Circle

Summer of Soul Film Screening

June 12, 2021

The 21st annual deadCenter Film Festival brings director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s music documentary, Summer of Soul, to Booker T. Washington Park in the Innovation District for a free outdoor screening on Saturday night, June 12.
More Info

Place: Booker T. Washington Park

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

June 8, 2021

June’s Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour will be at Vanessa House starting at 5:30p! Join us and this month’s featured organizations, I-CCEW and The Mine, to connect with other professionals from our district at our monthly networking event.

Time: 5:30-6:30p
Place: Vanessa House

oNE OKC Festival

May 15, 2021

The annual oNE OKC Festival is set for Saturday, May 15th from 12 – 4p at Booker T. Washington Park on NE 4th St. in the Innovation District.

oNE OKC is an annual street festival hosted by Northeast OKC Renaissance Inc. Inspired by the Northeast Renaissance TIF, oNE OKC was created to represent a vision of Northeast Oklahoma City’s future. oNE OKC was designed to engage the local community and attract people from throughout the OKC metro to visit Northeast Oklahoma City.

May 15th

12:00pm – 4:00 pm 

Booker T. Washington Park

Student Showcase with FIRST ROBOTICS

May 13, 2021

Join us for May’s Oklahoma City Innovation District Student Showcase. This series will highlight high school robotics and student projects, while allowing for meaningful interaction between students and professionals. For the month of May, we are holding one virtual session in partnership with Mustang High School Robotics. The session will include one presentation, along with time for Q&A.

May 13th

4:00pm – 5:00 pm 

Virtual

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

May 11, 2021

Join us and this month’s featured organization, Techlahoma, at May’s Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour at Kindred Spirits on NE 23rd St in NEOKC! The event runs from 5:30-6:30p, and you’ll be able to connect with other professionals from our district at this monthly networking event.

Time: 5:30-6:30p
Place: Kindred Spirits

OKC Tech ++ Mixer

April 29, 2021

Join the OKC Tech community for a free mixer for those interested in tech, startups and entrepreneurship, with great speakers, over drinks and food at DC on Film Row. Hosted by the OKC Innovation District, Launch OKC Metro, DC on Film Row and StarSpace46.

Time: 6-9p
Place: DC on Film Row

Walk Over Wednesday

April 21, 2021

Stop by Stiles Park on April 21 from 11a – 1p and join us for this month’s Walk Over Wednesday food truck event with Wicked Hangry. Grab lunch on us, and connect with members from PlaceKeepers, this month’s featured organization.

Time: 11a-1p
Place: Stiles Park

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

April 13, 2021

April’s Cocktail’s & Collaboration Happy Hour is at Parlor OKC on April 13. Join us from 5:30-6:30p on their outdoor rooftop to connect with other professionals from our District and hear from this month’s event partner, StarSpace46. Social distancing and wearing masks will be required.

Time: 5:30-6:30p
Place: Parlor OKC

Student Showcase with the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma

April 2, 2021

Join us for April’s Oklahoma City Innovation District Student Showcase on biomechanics and biomaterials. This series will highlight student research projects and allow for meaningful interaction with the students to gain a better understanding of their research. For the month of April, we are holding one virtual session in partnership with the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma. The session will include two presentations, along with time for Q&A.

Biomechanical and Microstructural Characterizations of Tissue Leaflets for the Four Heart Valves
Presented by Luke Hudson

Luke is a Mechanical Engineering M.S. student in the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma. Upon the completion of his degree in May 2021, Luke will attend the University of Utah for his Ph.D. study where he will continue to pursue biomechanics research in relation to the musculoskeletal systems of the human body.

Modeling and Simulation of the Tricuspid Heart Valve
Presented by Devin Laurence

Devin is a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate in the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma. He was recently awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the American Heart Association/Children’s Heart Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Upon the completion of his degree in May 2022, Devin plans to pursue a career in academia where he will seek to expand the understanding biomechanics of healthy and diseased soft tissues.

2:00pm – 3:00 pm 

Virtual

OKC Innovation District Annual Symposium

March 25, 2021

Join us for an in-depth symposium about Autonomous Systems, a cross-industry subject that impacting many of Oklahoma City’s key Industries. The Symposium will consist of numerous presentations, panels and discussions from more than a dozen industry experts, and over the course of the day, attendees will learn how autonomous technology is shaping and redefining the global economy, and how Oklahoma is at the forefront.

A cross-section of academic and industry experts is involved with the Symposium, including aerospace & defense, bioscience, energy, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and weather.

Special thanks to our Keynote Sponsor, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, our Interlude Sponsor, Cox Business and to our Exhibitor Sponsor, the Oklahoma State University Unmanned Systems Research Institute.

Symposium Exhibitors: Delaware Resource Group, Oklahoma City University, i2e, OCAST, OSU USRI, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Heartland.

9:00am – 5:00 pm 

Virtual

Walk Over Wednesday

March 17, 2021

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 and stop by Stiles Park to grab a ‘lucky’ donut from the Donut Man from 9 – 11a. This will be the Innovation District’s first installment of its Walk Over Wednesday series for 2021, with the event recurring on the third Wednesday of each month, March-October.

9 – 11 am 

Stiles Park

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

March 9, 2021

The March Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour is virtual on March. 9. Join us from 5-6p on Zoom to connect with other professionals from our district and hear from this month’s event partner, OK Women in Tech, on unconventional paths into the tech industry. Networking will be encouraged!

5 – 6 pm 

Zoom

Cocktails & Collaboration Innovation District Happy Hour

February 9, 2021

The February Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour is headed virtual on Feb. 9. Join us from 5-6p on Zoom to connect with other professionals from our district. This month’s event will focus highlight the Innovation District’s new Cognitive City, and there will be real-time connections and collaborations facilitated by Dave King and his team from Exaptive – Conversation will shift from talking about our cocktails to talking about our work.

A special thank you to Exaptive for partnering with us on this month’s happy hour!

5:00pm – 6:00 pm 

Zoom

Student Showcase on Unmanned Systems

Register to attend the Oklahoma City Innovation District Student Showcase on Unmanned Systems. This series will highlight student research projects on unmanned, autonomous system technologies and allow for meaningful interaction with the students to gain a better understanding of their research. For the month of December, we are holding one virtual session in partnership with Oklahoma State University’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute. The session will include two presentations, along with time for Q&A. Details about each session, along with registration links, are included below. Registration is free!

Thursday, December 17th, 2-3:30pm

Autonomous Surveying of Water at the Surface
Presented by Muwanika Jdiobe

Muwanika Jdiobe is from Uganda, and he has a double major in mechanicals and aerospace engineering from Oklahoma State University. He recently completed his masters and will be starting his PhD in the Spring of 2021.

Autonomous Aerial Surveying of a Large Body of Water
Presented by Andrew Cole

Andrew Cole is from Edmond, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University in the Spring of 2020 with a double major in mechanicals and aerospace engineering. He is currently pursuing a masters and has been with the Unmanned Systems Research Institute as a student worker for the past two and a half years.

Moderated by Victoria Natalie, MS.
Research Engineer, Unmanned Systems Research Institute
Oklahoma State University

Innovation District Car Cinema Night

Mark your calendars for movies, s’mores and more on Nov. 19, 2020! We’re partnering with our neighbors at the Embassy Suites Downtown to turn their parking lot into the Innovation District’s own car cinema. The Junction Coffee food truck will be serving up some tasty treats and hot cocoa for us, and we’ll be giving out free s’more coupons to anyone who drops off a STEM-themed board game donation for our district’s elementary and middle schools. Attendance is free, masks are required and more details are coming soon!

Student Showcase on Autonomous Systems

Thursday, June 25th, 1-2pm

Evaluation of Arctic Stable Boundary Layer Dynamics During the 2018 ISOBAR Campaign
Presented by Brian Greene

Brian is a Meteorology Ph.D. student working with the Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. His primary project focuses on characterizing turbulence based on measurements of temperature, humidity, and wind speed from remotely piloted aircraft systems. In his talk he will present preliminary results using data from the 2018 ISOBAR field campaign that took place above the sea ice off the Finnish island of Hailuoto that indicate that clouds in the wintertime Arctic boundary layer have strong implications on low-level turbulence when compared with cloud-free conditions, which could have significant outcomes for improving how numerical weather prediction models represent stable boundary layers.

Low-Cost Sensor Integration for Autonomous Exploratory Studies of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Presented by Gustavo Britto Hupsel de Azevedo

Gustavo is a Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. student working with the Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. Gustavo’s main research focus is on integrating sensors and designing sampling systems for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He will present on a low-cost, open-source autonomous sampling system for atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.

Moderated by Phil Chilson, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Meteorology & Atmospheric Radar Research Center
Director, Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (CASS)
The University of Oklahoma

Student Showcase on Autonomous Systems

Register to attend the Oklahoma City Innovation District Student Showcase on Autonomous Systems. This series will highlight student research projects on autonomous system technologies and allow for meaningful interaction with the students to gain a better understanding of their research. For the month of June, we are holding two virtual sessions in partnership with The University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology, Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (CASS). Each session will include two presentations along with time for Q&A. Details about each session, along with registration links, are included below. Registration is free, but is limited for each session, so don’t wait to sign up!

Thursday, June 11th, 1-2pm

Improving Wind Speed Estimates from Weather Sensing, Rotary-Wing UAS 
Presented by Tyler Bell

Tyler is a Research Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and a Meteorology Ph.D. student working with the Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. His work focuses on algorithm development to improve weather observations from UAS and ground-based remote sensors. This talk will focus on work that is being done to improve wind speed measurements from profiling UAS.

The CopterSonde: An innovative UAS for Atmospheric Boundary Layer Observations
Presented by Antonio Segales

Tony is a Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. student working with the Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. His research focuses on the design and development of the CopterSonde, which is a unmanned aircraft system designed with the purpose of sampling thermodynamic and kinematic parameters of the lower Earth’s atmosphere, with a focus on vertical profiles in the planetary boundary layer. In his talk, Tony will discuss how incorporating innovative adaptive sampling techniques and optimizing sensor placement into the design of the CopterSonde resulted in a system comparable to radiosondes but with improved spatiotemporal resolution.

Moderated by Elizabeth Pillar-Little, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, School of Meteorology & Atmospheric Radar Research Center
Assistant Director, Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (CASS)
The University of Oklahoma

SPARK Innovation District Happy Hour

February 18, 2020

The February Spark Innovation District Happy Hour is headed to Parlor OKC on Feb. 18. Join us from 4-6 p.m. to enjoy some drinks and meet other innovative people from our community.

A special thank you to the sponsor of this happy hour, INSURICA!

4:00pm – 6:00 pm 

Parlor OKC

11 NE 6th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

SPARK Innovation District Happy Hour

January 21, 2020

It is a new year and time to spark some new connections. Join us at Embassy Suites from 5-7 p.m. for drinks and networking. The first 50 guests get a free drink, and rumor has it there will also be free Hideaway Pizza. See you there!

 

5:00pm – 7:00 pm 

Embassy Suites

714 N Phillips Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

A Very Happy Hour

November 19, 2019

Happy Hour at Vanessa House Beer Company. Join us from 5-7 p.m. for drinks and networking. The first 50 guests get a free drink, and rumor has it there will also be free Hideaway Pizza… Trivia starts at 7 p.m. See you there!

 

5:00pm – 7:00 pm 

Vanessa House Beer Company

118 NW 8th Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Walk Over Wednesday

November 13, 2019

Save the date for our next Walk Over Wednesday event on November 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We hope you’ll join us for a chance to network and enjoy local treats from Whole Latte Pie!

2:00pm – 4:00 pm 

Stiles Circle Park

Stiles Cir

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Innovation District Annual Breakfast

September 24, 2019

We invite you and members of your organization to the Oklahoma City Innovation District Annual Breakfast.

Come meet our staff, fellow professionals, community members who live in the district, and others who support our mission. Speakers will include Katy Boren, the President & CEO of the Innovation District as well as special guest speaker Dave King, Founder and CEO of Exaptive. During this breakfast will share ideas and inspiration for all of us to move the district, its businesses, and residents forward.

Registration will begin at 7:30am followed by breakfast and programming from 8am-9am.

7:30am – 9:00 am 

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center

741 North Phillips Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Oklahoma City Take Steps Walk
September 21, 2019

Connect with patients, families, healthcare providers, and organizations while fundraising for cures.

By joining Take Steps, you will become part of the IBD community, who not only provide support to each other, but who, together, are actively raising money to support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation fund research into better treatments and ultimately cures for IBD. Join the Take Steps movement to raise funds for IBD and we can celebrate together at your local Take Steps event.

For more event info contact Jackie Peterson at jpeterson@CrohnsColitisFoundation.org or call (646) 430-4841

10:00am Check-in & Festival Start

11:00am Walk Start

North Lincoln Blvd & NE 8th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

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