Wisconsin Innovation Awards Announces Keynote SpeakerSteve Hannah, journalist and former CEO of The Onion, to provide stories of innovation and success
2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – 5:30pm
Wisconsin Union Theater
We are thrilled to announce Steve Hannah as our keynote speaker for the third annual Wisconsin Innovation Awards.
Steve Hannah has spent his life in several different facets of the media business. He worked for CBS NEWS in New York, The Milwaukee Journal, spent 10 years as a consultant for an investment company, and spent the past 11 years as CEO of The Onion, undoubtedly America’s Finest News Source. Currently, he splits time between Austin Texas and Lake Wisconsin.
After writing a column for 12 years about “extraordinary ordinary” people he has come across, Steve has a unique perspective on how resilience, humor, kindness and humility are good characteristics for anybody to aspire to possess, even–or especially–an “innovative” business person chasing a dream.
Join us August 16, 2016 at the Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison to hear Steve animately share his stories of creativity and adaptivity with an audience of innovative people across all sectors.
CELEBRATING AND INSPIRING INNOVATION
INNOVATION, IT’S WHERE WE LIVE.
Wisconsin is an innovative state. Although discussions of “innovation” are usually directed toward internet startups and biotech companies, creative innovation in Wisconsin involves many industries including manufacturing, the paper industry, sustainable agriculture, life sciences, education, nonprofits, and health care information.
The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) seek to celebrate and inspire innovation. The WIA highlights and honors the development of groundbreaking and innovative ideas. If it is a transformational idea we want to celebrate it. We hope to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together from various business sectors (e.g. tech, food, healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits, education, government), and from throughout the State.
Led by a steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders, the second annual WIA ceremony took place on August 18, 2015 at the Discovery World in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The award ceremony is sponsored by American Family Insurance and Baker Tilly.
: a new idea, device, or method
The 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards will be held on:
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706
The 2016 nomination period is now closed.
Join the innovators, entrepreneurs, nominees and past winners at the precursor events around Wisconsin. We will hold the events in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee. Each event will have a short program laying out the plans for the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards.
Come for a taste of Wisconsin’s best artisan food and drinks.
The event is free, but space is limited, so RSVP for the event near you.
2016 Precursor Events Concluded
Thank you for joining the innovators, entrepreneurs, nominees and past winners at the precursor events in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee.
Stay tuned for more information on how to register for the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards Ceremony on August 16 at the Wisconsin Union Theater!
SUPPORTING WISCONSIN INNOVATION
This event was originated by Matt Younkle & Joe Boucher of Neider & Boucher, with funding and support from American Family Insurance, Baker Tilly, Baird, Exact Sciences, First Business, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Neider & Boucher, WMEP and WEDC.
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Research Director, JAMF Software
Neider & Boucher
President, Katie Boyce Co.
President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Frank Byrne
President Emeritus, St. Mary's Hospital
Professor, UW Whitewater
VP, Division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, WEDC
Vice President Treasury Management, First Business Bank
Sr. Site Director - Neenah Design Center, Plexus Corp.
Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
President, Props Unlimited
Director of Innovation, American Family Insurance
Co-Founder & CEO, CODAworx
Director of Marketing, WMEP
Co-Founder and CEO, Murfie.com
2016 Event Details