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Prototyping the Future 2016: Greener Smarter Cities, Discount Ticket; Conference, Expo, and Job Fair on October 28-29, 2016
UIX Global is pleased to support Meeting of the Minds 2016 in our shared goals of helping to make cities smarter, greener, and more resilient. In conjunction with MOTM 2016, UIX Global will be hosting our Prototyping the Future 2016 Conference, Expo and Job Fair on October 28th and 29th. How can city governments, corporate citizens, and talented entrepreneurs work together to realize their highest aspirations of creating healthy, vibrant, and modern communities driven by the most promising emerging technologies? PTF 2016 will focus on the practical aspects of how municipal scale energy microgrid/smartgrid initiatives will help build momentum toward a future of distributed renewable-sourced power generation, as well as all of the sustainable economic development benefits that will accompany this transformation. In addition, the conference will touch on the related topics of:
- Future / Smart Cities
- Mobility and Transit Oriented Development
- Automation & Workforce Development
- Advanced manufacturing
- VR and AR applications for city planning,urban design, and governance
- Urban Art and Creative Culture
- Shared Purpose; Civic / Community Engagement
MOTM 2016 participants are invited to extend their conference experience and join PTF 2016 on Friday and Saturday at the special discount rate of $75 using the discount registration code MOTM2016 accompanied by your MOTM 2016 conference badge. If possible, please sign up early so that we can have an accurate count for lunch, but please feel free to show up on Friday morning with your badge and we will find a way to accommodate you. As part of the conference you are also invited to participate in our Saturday workshops, where you will have a chance to roll up your sleeves and work with your colleagues on how to implement the groundbreaking ideas that inspired you during the previous days. Are you looking for a job in a topic-related field? Saturday will also feature a curated Job Fair where you can meet local employers and some of the forward-thinking corporate partners who are driving public-private partnerships for civic change. We hope to see you there!
For the PTF 2016 Job Fair, submit your resume: firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Fair Employers can register at: LINK
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