Student Entrepreneurs: Are you smarter than a 10th grader?

January 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sanford Consortium/Roth Auditorium
University of California San Diego
2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Anita Rusch
858-771-MIT1 (858-771-6481)


Join us for an evening devoted to student entrepreneurs and how education is changing to meet the future needs of our local companies.  This two-part program is a must for parents and STEM students.

Hosted by Reo Carr, Executive Editor of the San Diego Business Journal.


Part One:  Reo Carr will interview a group of our student entrepreneurs.   Our panel of students include: a semi-finalist of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology; winners in the areas of engineering and technology of the Science Olympiad; and finalists in the San Diego Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. You’ll hear first-hand what it’s like to compete in these prestigious events and how their teachers and school helped along the way.

Part Two: We shift to a panel of experts to discuss what teachers and local companies are doing to educate our future workforce. Plus, what more should be done to encourage and keep talent in San Diego

Ed Hidalgo, Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™

Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ is the combination of a lab, makerspace, and classroom for 6-8th grade students from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. By combining mini-lectures with team interactions, students are encouraged to innovate, partner and achieve beyond what exists today and elevate the 21st century classroom.

Katie Rast, FabLab San Diego

FabLab is a non-profit community fabrication and laboratory center that empowers individuals to give form to their ideas.  Started by the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms in 2007, Fab Lab now calls Makers Quarter in East Village home.  Fab Lab San Diego is one part of a large network of Labs across the world.  These labs are production workshops and small-scale innovation hubs equipped with digital fabrication machines and technologies for the production of objects, tools and electronics.

Leanne Abraham, Premierehire 

Premierehire is an Executive Search & Staffing company delivering flexible & innovative solutions in just about every important industry, especially technology.  Their purpose and passion is to create mutually rewarding career placements for the individual and the organization; helping each party find the right fit and follow a specialized SmartStart hiring and on-boarding process to maximize individual potential, team synergy, organizational return, and employee retention. Premierehire’s founders have more than 20 years of experience, and are a certified Women Owned and Small Business within the State of California

Amy HernandezResMed

ResMed is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices. As a Lead Talent Acquisition Partner, Amy provides comprehensive full-life cycle recruiting for senior level organizational needs, leveraging innovative talent acquisition techniques and specialized programs to pipeline, attract and retain top notch talent to ResMed. In this exciting role. she also has an intense focus on building and cultivating ResMed’s employment brand and employment value proposition, while creating and maintaining targeted talent pipelines to accommodate for ResMed’s dynamic growth.

Will Haase, High Tech High, San Diego

High Tech High began in 2000 as a single charter high school launched by a coalition of San Diego business leaders and educators. It has evolved into an integrated network of schools spanning grades K-12, housing a comprehensive teacher certification program and a new, innovative Graduate School of Education. Will Haase teaches math at the school.

This program is a MUST for all parents of children with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

5:00: Registration, Appetizers and Networking
6:00: Welcome
6:10: Presentation
7:15: Audience Q & A
7:30: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65      Students with ID: $15
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at midnight, the day prior to the event.  If you register online the day of the event, you will be charged $75, the on-site price.

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