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Innovate Pasadena Issues Call to Innovators Of All Stripes to ‘Re-Connect’ During Upcoming Connect Week

Published on Sep 21, 2021

Connect Week 2021 is back next month as a hybrid version of the annual event that brings together individuals and organizations to showcase a wide array of technology, design, science, and entrepreneurship concepts in the greater Pasadena region.

Organized by Innovate Pasadena, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to advancing greater Pasadena as a hub of technology and design innovation, Connect Week 2021 will allow participants to reconnect both virtually and in-person for a whole week of talks, workshops, tours and networking mixers. These events have been created to spur engagement and encourage collaboration among and between some of Pasadena’s most innovative businesses, organizations, and individuals, Innovate Pasadena said.

On October 10 to 17, more than a dozen events planned by individual collaborators will highlight how Pasadena has grown to be a science and technology hub, while maintaining its character as an arts and culture leader and offering expanded opportunities for education and entrepreneurship.

As for the individuals and companies participating in Connect Week 2021, Innovate Pasadena said the Alliance for SoCal Innovation will match Series-A startups with venture capital  investors through their SoCal Venture Pipeline program, and the Robert G. Freeman Center for Career and Completion at Pasadena City College will host a panel discussion with some of the College’s talented STEM educators who will share how their students are preparing for the world of work.

Coinciding with Connect Week, ArtCenter College of Design will host its own weeklong series of events focused on creative technology, and AI.LA (Artificial Intelligence Los Angeles) will host a conversation about machine learning, bioelectronics, and personalized medicine.

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) will host an open house for families interested in STEAM education at the event featuring aerospace engineer and wunderkind Janelle Wellons, and executive coach and “deep change” consultant David Shechtman will prep participants for a pandemic reset and help them consider how to evolve their business.

The other participating groups include Btech, which, with e-Credit Union, will provide real-world examples to help individuals and companies protect themselves from cyber attacks. The uber-popular Friday Coffee Meetup will present StartupStarter co-founder Lorel  Scott as he reveals his plans for the future of business education in an effort to democratize entrepreneurship, and Paul Orlando, head of USC’s Incubator, will help participants learn about the ways technological, economic, social, regulatory, and other factors lead to successful startups.

With no shortage of spectacular restaurants in the greater Pasadena area, the  Research Methods and Data Science (RMDS) meetup will help restaurateurs and hospitality experts leverage data analytics to improve performance.

To view a full list of events on Connect Week 2021, visit

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