JeffCo Innovation Faire Sept. 12-13 brings together Biz, Tech, Education & Science

Posted 8/27/14

The JeffCo Innovation Faire, Fri. & Sat., Sept. 12 & 13 at Warren Tech in Jefferson County, is not only the county's first big STEM fair, it brings together the best of Colorado's innovative technology companies, business resources, and education institutions and products. www.ColoradoInnovator.org.

GOLDEN, CO, August 27, 2014— Where can Coloradans see new inventions, innovations, products and services in high tech, renewable energy, water, nanoscience, transportation, robotics and other fields?  Where can they meet an “Innovation Guru” from NASA and talk to the manager of the crew module on the new Orion spacecraft?  Where can they interact with great STEM projects going on at Colorado universities and schools?  Where can they meet the winners of the Innovation S.T.A.R.S. Challenge competitions for students and startups? And where can they enjoy great food, see a “science magic” show, and network with business owners about job opportunities?  All at the 2014 JeffCo Innovation Faire of course!

            A two-day not-for-profit event on Friday and Saturday, September 12 & 13, held on the campus of Warren Tech, the career and technical high school for Jefferson County Public Schools, the JeffCo Innovation Faire (www.ColoradoInnovator.org) provides the public with the opportunity to see Colorado’s newest innovations and products, and become more familiar with existing businesses, services, and educational opportunities.

            The event, which also fills the need for a countywide science fair, is being sponsored by the Gates Corporation, Xcel Energy, and IX Power Clean Water. Additional sponsors include First Bank, the West Chamber, McRel International, Warren Tech, Car2Go, Technology Ventures Corporation, Saber Astronautics, and the City of Lakewood.

            The Faire, which offers free admission for the public, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Friday is expected to attract more business people, although families can avoid the bigger crowd by coming on that day.  On Friday, the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation will host a Faire “kick-off” lunch featuring NASA innovation leader Lisa Lundquist from Johnson Space Center in Houston. Ms. Lundquist will speak on “Breaking through barriers to innovation at NASA and in your own business.”  Her talk will be followed by recognition of the Innovation S.T.A.R.S. winners in the college and professional startup categories. And of course, the many exhibits featuring hands-on interactive activities and demonstrations will be open all day.

            Saturday is expected to attract a wider range of attendees including families with children. In addition to the exhibits, events will include a presentation by Charles Lundquist, NASA’s Crew & Service Module Manager for the Orion spacecraft and a presentation from Saber Astronautics.  There will also be two different “magic and science” shows for kids of all ages, a speaker on STEM education from the JeffCo Public School system, and more speakers and entertainers yet to be confirmed.  Some of the area’s finest bar-b-que and international foods will also be available.

            More information, including descriptions of some of the 75 exhibitors can be found at www.ColoradoInnovator.org. A few exhibit spots are still available. Information about exhibiting and sponsoring can be obtained by calling the Faire office at 303-993-7473.

            The JeffCo Innovation Faire was founded and is managed by the IX Power Foundation, Inc. The foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Golden that promotes and supports innovations to improve living conditions for people worldwide.