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EVENT TRACKS
NetworkingInvestor Founders | Women | SportsTech | Diversity & Inclusion
- Rodeo
Saturday February 29th

11:00am - 8:00pm @ Revention Music Center

520 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

HOUSTON OUTLAWS HOMESTAND
  • New York Excelsior vs Florida Mayhem - 2:00PM

  • Toronto Defiant vs Atlanta Reign - 4:00PM

London Spitfire vs Houston Outlaws - 6:00PM

The Houston Outlaws come home to defend Texas from their Overwatch League rivals in a massive esports showdown. For the first time ever, Outlaws and esports fans will get to cheer on their favorite team in a festival like atmosphere.

Sunday March 1st 

​9:00am - 8:00pm @ Revention Music Center

520 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

HOUSTON OUTLAWS HOMESTAND
  • Boston Uprising vs Philadelphia Fusion - 12:00PM

  • Paris Eternal vs Atlanta Reign - 2:00PM

  • London Spitfire vs Florida Mayhem - 4:00PM

Toronto Defiant vs Houston Outlaws - 6:00PM

The Houston Outlaws come home to defend Texas from their Overwatch League rivals in a massive esports showdown. For the first time ever, Outlaws and esports fans will get to cheer on their favorite team in a festival like atmosphere.

MONDAY March 2nd  

​8:15am - 7:00pm @ BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Building, -Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030

Speakers: Emeka Emembolu, Pedram Hassanzadeh,  Tamiko A. Hutchinson, Bradley McCredie, John Mellor-Crummey, Gabriella Rowe, Vincent Saubestre, and Steve Scott.

2020 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference- Day 1

Now in its 13th year, the Rice Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference at Rice University (OG-HPC) is the annual premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges and needs in the oil and gas industry. 

Option 1: Workshop A – Analyzing CPU and GPU Application performance with HPCToolkit (8:45am-10:15am) and Workshop B – WHPC Roundtable: Growing a Diverse Talent Pool in HPC for Oil & Gas (10:30am-Noon)
Option 2: Workshop C – Best Practices in Supercomputing Systems Management (8:45am-Noon)

In addition to the morning workshops, there will be a conference from 12:00-7:00pm, with various speakers discussing important topics and their experience in high performance computing as it relates to Oil & Gas.

​12:00 - 1:00 @ Station Houston 

1301 Fannin Street #2440, Big Room

Houston, TX 77002

Speaker: Brittany Barretto

Intro to Fundraising in Texas & Ask Me Anything

Fundraising for your tech startup? Come hear an overview from experienced entrepreneurs and angel investors at our Intro to Fundraising in Texas & Ask Me Anything!

4:00 - 6:30 @ Karbach Brewery

2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092

Speakers: Blair Garrou, Leslie Goldman, and Samantha Lewis

Houston Tech Rodeo Kickoff Event 

Celebrate the launch of the Houston Tech Rodeo with a presentation from Houston Exponential and a short panel before wrapping up with beers and networking. 

Panel discussion: Houston vs. The World

An experienced panel will discuss what makes Houston's venture capital culture different from other innovation ecosystems — for better or for worse. Plus, the panelists will offer their advice and experience to startups looking to raise money in Houston.

6:00 - 8:00 @ Ion Houston

1301 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002

Houston Super Meetup 

Eight local tech meetups have joined forces for an action-packed evening event bringing together Houston’s tech scene. Meetups of Houston, unite! The inaugural Houston Super meetup is a gathering of the most-connected members of the local tech community. Whether you’re actively involved in a tech meetup or in search of a new community, this is your chance to make new friends and learn more about local tech-focused meetup groups.

TUESDAY-MARCH 3rd

​7:30am - 3:30pm @ BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Building, -Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030

Speakers: Emeka Emembolu, Pedram Hassanzadeh,  Tamiko A. Hutchinson, Bradley McCredie, John Mellor-Crummey, Gabriella Rowe, Vincent Saubestre, and Steve Scott​.

2020 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference- Day 2

Now in its 13th year, the Rice Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference at Rice University (OG-HPC) is the annual premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges and needs in the oil and gas industry.

9:00 - 5:00 @ The Cannon

1334 Brittmoore Rd, Houston, TX 77043

Speakers: Brandon Tyler, Darlene Gagnon, Jeff Dodd, Austin Miller, and Jared Pese

Founders Roundup 

Experience a free day-long workshop with programs ranging from sales, marketing, legal, pitching, and operations.

9:00 - 10:30

​Top 5 Reasons Why You Haven't Hit Your Revenue Target

​10:30 - 12:00 

5 Marketing Mistakes that Kill Tech Startups

​12:00 - 1:00

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

Is Your Startup Investor Ready?

​2:00 - 3:00

Pitch Practice

​3:00 - 5:00 @ The Cannon

1334 Brittmoore Rd, Houston, TX 77043

How do entrepreneurs build their digital or physical production/delivery engine?

If you’ve struggled to reduce the cost and time to produce and deliver your digital or physical solution 😭, this workshop will teach you how to use a proven process that helps you build your production and delivery engine for your startup in as little as 2 months.

​9:00 - 11:00 @ Houston Exponential

410 Pierce Street, Houston, TX 77002

Conventional Financing for your Tech Business

Did you know that conventional bank loans are a great option for many tech entrepreneurs? Venture capitalists are selective, often make only a few deals per year – and even fewer in some industries (such as tech). Business loans are common, non-dilutive, and often have flexibility advantages. Over $1Bn in business loans were guaranteed by the SBA last year in Houston. They might be the best choice for your business! Hear from SBA lenders who are interested in supporting the growing innovation sector in Houston

​4:00 - 6:00 @ The Square with Industrious 

717 Texas Ave, 12th Floor, Houston, TX 77002

Investor Club

The Square with Industrious hosts a networking Happy Hour for investors as a part of the Houston Tech Rodeo!

Join us from 4-6 PM for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to mingle with other investors.

​5:00 - 7:00 @ WeWork Labs Downtown

708 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

HTXSportsTech.com Launch Event

HTX Sports Tech is excited to have you join us during the HTX Tech Rodeo with Houston Exponential at WeWork (The Jones Building) on March 3rd from 5-7pm and meet the co-founders of HTX Sports Tech - Ashley DeWalt, Chris D. Garcia, and Nate Thompson.

​5:30 - 9:00 @ The Ion

1301 Fannin Street #2100

Speakers: Rahel Abraham, Leah Mayo, Isis Ashford, and Averett Barksdale

Diversity's Impact on Innovation: An HTX Tech Rodeo Event with DivInc

DivInc transforms the existing entrepreneur tech ecosystem into a more authentically inclusive environment. Through its efforts, DivInc inspires, empowers and enables underrepresented founders to build successful high growth businesses. It aims to unleash the untapped and hidden innovative talent within our communities and generate an entrepreneur mindset shift for generations to come. They will have a panel discussion of DivInc Houston Startups—Inclusion in Tech: Why does it matter?

6:00 @ NRG Stadium​

NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054

Rodeo Headliner: Midland

WEDNESDAY-MARCH 4th 

​9:30-11:00 @ Shell Auditorium, Rice University

Janice and Robert McNair Hall, Loop Rd, Houston, TX 77005

Speakers: Jason Calacanis, Topper Luciani, Katharine Forth,

Safir Ali, Amy Gross, Ksenia Yudina, Panos Moutafis, Dyan Gibbens

Jason Calacanis Founder Office Hours

Office Hours is a 1:1 session where 7 founders will have the opportunity to share their most difficult challenges and brainstorm how to solve that problem with Jason Calacanis in front of a live audience.

Typically these sessions are reserved for Jason's portfolio companies only, but he has decided to open it up to the public. So if you are a founder with a product in market, feel free to apply HERE and join us live on March 4th!

10:00am-10:10am | Topper Luciani, CEO and Founder of Goodfair
10:10am-10:20am | Katharine Forth, CEO and Founder of Zibrio
10:20am-10:30am |Safir Ali, Co-founder and CEO of Hamper
10:30am-10:40am | Amy Gross, Founder and CEO, VineSleuth Inc
10:40am-10:50am | Ksenia Yudina, Founder and CEO, UNest
10:50am-11:00am | Panos Moutafis, CEO and Co-founder, Zenus
`11:00am- 11:10am | Dyan Gibbens, Founder and CEO, Trumbull Unmanned

​8:15am - 3:45pm @ BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Building, -Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030

Speakers: Emeka Emembolu, Pedram Hassanzadeh,  Tamiko A. Hutchinson, Bradley McCredie, John Mellor-Crummey, Gabriella Rowe, Vincent Saubestre, and Steve Scott​.

2020 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference- Day 3

Now in its 13th year, the Rice Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference at Rice University (OG-HPC) is the annual premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges and needs in the oil and gas industry. 

Option 1: Workshop D – From Zero-to-Devito
Option 2: Workshop E – HPC in the Cloud Tutorial

1:00-3:00 @ Shell Auditorium, Rice University

Janice and Robert McNair Hall, Loop Rd, Houston, TX 77005

Speakers:  Juliana Garaizar, Patrick Wade, Jeff Dodd,

Samantha Lewis, Heath Butler, and Elaine Bolle.

Angel 101

This two-hour course is an expansion of the do-it-yourself one-hour presentation, Introduction to Angel Investing, followed by a one-hour panel discussion featuring highly experienced angels in your organization or community. Topics covered are: making your first investment, anticipated returns, executing exits and more. 

5:00-7:00 @ UH Technology Bridge

Innovation Center, Building 4, 5000 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77023

Speakers: Karthika Perumal, Diana Chow, Nancy Slatter, Claudia Neuhauser, Raquel Ybanez Salinas

Women in Science and Beyond 

The UH Technology Bridge will host a panel of women scientists who have successful careers beyond their training in science. The panel will discuss the challenges, lessons learned and strategies to help other women think beyond their careers in the field.

6:00-9:00 @ House of Blues, Bronze Peacock Room

1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002

Speakers: Jason Calacanis, Leslie Goldman, Carolyn Rodz

Jason Calacanis Angel Dinner

Jason will be interviewed by Artemis Fund General Partner & Co-Founder, Leslie Goldman in a fireside chat. The audience will be filled with an exclusive group of accredited investors and community leaders. In addition, Jason will be interviewing Carolyn Rodz, Alice CEO and founder.

5:30 - 7:30 @ ImpactHub Houston, The Cannon Tower

1801 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Speaker: Paloma García Aranda

Houston Social Entrepreneurship Meetup

Heard about social entrepreneurship but don't really know what a social venture looks like? Impact Hub Houston invites you to roll up your sleeves and join us at Houston's only Social Entrepreneurship meetup.

6:00 - 8:00 @ Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden

1920 Houstonm Ave, Houston, TX 77007

African Entrepreneurs Hangout

Stimulating collaboration between entrepreneurs and investors in the African Startup Community with players in the Texas startup ecosystem. Beta Collective is all about stimulating collaboration and connections with entrepreneurs, investors and advisors. The right introduction can help entrepreneurs build their businesses, and make new connection with strategic partners.

6:00 @ NRG Stadium​

NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054

Rodeo Headliner: Willie Nelson

THURSDAY- MARCH 5th

​10:00-2:00 @ HCC West Loop Campus

5601 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77081

"Let's Get Digital" Spring 2020 Digital & Information Technology Career Fair

​8:00-2:30 @ Omni Houston Hotel at Westside

13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079

Speakers: Carolyn Rodz, Cora Coleman

we THRIVE, Womens Entreprenuers' Conference

Join us for a day packed with learning, networking, resources, support, and more.  Carolyn Rodz will be the keynote speaker in the morning and Cora Coleman will be the keynote speaker in the afternoon. Full agenda on registration page!

​9:00-10:00 @ Sesh Coworking

1210 West Clay St, Suite #18, Houston, TX 77019

Reverse Pitch, Accelerators and Funds with the Ask

Tired of pitching TO accelerators for acceptance and funds for investment? Well here's your chance to hear THEIR ask! Houston startup leaders and investors will be giving a 5-minute pitch with 3 minutes of questions on what their organization does and what kind of startups they are seeking. Come ready to NOT be in the hot seat. List of pitching investors on registration page. 

11:00- 2:00 @ Ion Accelerator and Prototyping Lab
1301 Fannin Street, Suite 2100, Houston, TX 77002

Speakers: Allison Thacker, Elizabeth McGee, Kim Roxie

EmpowerHER

The objective of this event is to share and learn from the stories of female leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and technology experts in shaping how we as a collective community of change leaders can leverage technology and innovation to create sustainable solutions to Houston's biggest problems.

​5:30 - 7:30 @ C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton

400 Dallas Street Houston, TX 77002

Cocktails + Connections by MassChallenge Texas Houston

Come for the drinks and great conversation, and leave with a deeper dive into the specific innovation tracks we are hosting this year in Houston, what sets our program ahead of the rest, and how you can get involved as an expert, judge, mentor, or speaker.

Drinks and lite bites served at the newly renovated C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton. Valet parking available.

5:30 - 7:00 @ Bovine & Barley

416 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Nightly Happy Hour with Mixie

6:00 @ NRG Stadium​

NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054

Rodeo Headliner: Becky G

FRIDAY- MARCH 6th

​8:00 - 10:00 @ The Cannon Tower - Amegy Conference Center
1810 Main St, Suite 1300, Houston, TX 77002

baMA Houston Launch Event

The Houston ecosystem is growing fast, and we need more Business Angels who want to support innovation. We are launching business angel Minority association - baMa - to support Angel Investment through minority led startups. If you want to give back, support talent, and minorities, but you are looking for finantial returns as well, baMa is your organization, and Impact Investment may be your passion.

​8:30 - 10:00 @ Ion Accelerator and Prototyping Lab
1301 Fannin St, Floor 24, Houston, TX 77002

Ladies Get Coffee | General Assembly

What better way to start your day than with pastries, coffee, and rad ladies? We've joined forces with General Assembly to host our monthly meetup and provide the fuel — aka caffeine and treats. YUM! Feel free to bring a plus-one—the more the merrier!

​9:15 - 11:00 @ Ion Accelerator and Prototyping Lab
1301 Fannin St, Floor 24, Houston, TX 77002

Speakers: Alley Lyles, Landi Spearman, Anu Puvvada, Arielle Rogg

PREMIER TALKS: WOMEN IN INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY 

Join this panel of accomplished women as they discuss the importance of being a woman in the current workforce and leading among your peers. Be empowered to self-evaluate, inspire those around you, and raise the bar on your professional goals. Discuss the challenges women face in a male-dominated technology workforce and why it is important to take the limits off of your thinking.

11:00 - 1:00 @ WeWork the Jones Building

708 Main St 3rd Floor

Speaker: Snehee Chaplot

Food Sciences and Technology: Panel | Houston

Join WeWork Labs and Flatiron School as we kick off our first #HTXTechRodeo with Snehee Chaplot, Founder & CEO of The Food Shop. Snehee will speak about different successful food innovations and what they are doing right. She will also cover why some food innovations are less successful and the reasons why this is the case.

Bring yourself and a friend; we'll provide the food!

​10:30 - 1:30 @ Hilton Americas

1600 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77010

Speakers: Gretchen Watkins, Leslie Duke, Carol Hess, Gaby Rowe

Rise to the Top

Save the date for the 9th annual Rise to the Top event, celebrating International Women’s Day.

Hosted by the Partnership’s Women’s Business Alliance (WBA), Rise to the Top features a keynote address from Gretchen Watkins, President, Shell Oil Company and Executive Vice President, Global Unconventionals, Shell Oil Company, and candid conversations from a panel of female executives discussing the challenges and triumphs of succeeding as a woman in today’s business environment.

​5:30 - 6:30 @H Town Incubator

12941 North Fwy suite 700, Houston, TX 77060

TechRodeo Elevator Pitch

This is an elevator pitch for startups & entrepreneurs, in its truest form. Here's the deal: You have 20 seconds from floor 1-8 to pitch your business to judges from Capital Factory and Founders Institute. Spots are limited but all are invited.

​4:00 - 11:00 pm @ Houston Exponential

410 Pierce St. Houston, TX 77002

Houston's 1st Blockchain Hack-a-thon- Day 1

The Houston Blockchain Alliance, in collaboration with Houston Exponential and Ion Houston, invites you to participate in Houston's 1st Blockchain Hackathon. The hackathon is part of the week-long Houston Tech Rodeo - a unique opportunity to access all things Houston and Tech.

5:00 - 7:00 @ Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

Houston Tech Rodeo Closing Event 

We're closing out the first Houston Tech Rodeo at Saint Arnold Brewing Company! Join us for networking and Houston brews as we celebrate a week of Houston Tech. Welcoming founders, entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem supporters!

6:00 @ NRG Stadium​

NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054

Rodeo Headliner: Chance the Rapper

SATURDAY- MARCH 7th

​8:00 am - 7:00 pm @ Houston Exponential

410 Pierce St. Houston, TX 77002

Houston's 1st Blockchain Hack-a-thon- Day 2

The Houston Blockchain Alliance, in collaboration with Houston Exponential and Ion Houston, invites you to participate in Houston's 1st Blockchain Hackathon. The hackathon is part of the week-long Houston Tech Rodeo - a unique opportunity to access all things Houston and Tech.

​8:30 AM – 3:00 PM CST @ HCC Southeast College - Angela Morales Building

6815 Rustic Street #Building B, Houston, TX 77087

2020 SHOWCASE for SUPERGirls in STEM, Innovation, Leadership & Entrepreneurship!

Girls from all over will experience hands-on, simulations, critical-thinking, problem-solving labs while meeting & greeting industry leaders & decision-makers in diverse careers. Our Aim: Increase the interest and participation of girls in hands-on activities, high school courses, college degrees, careers in STEM and business ownership!

It's FUN! It's RELEVANT! It's FAST-FORWARD.

Girls: 10-17yrs. old

​5:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ III Forks

1201 Fannin St, #1120, Houston, TX 77002

Tech Talk Summits

TechTalks is the place for leaders in the technology community to relax, network and hear about the latest mission-critical technologies in a social setting. Enjoy your beverage of choice; munch on appetizers; connect with people you've friended, LinkedIn and tweeted; and discuss cutting-edge technology with innovative IT manufacturers and their partners.

3:00 @ NRG Stadium​

NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054

Rodeo Headliner: Maren Morris

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