4 Forward Fest Events That You Won't Want to Miss

Forward Fest 2017

4 Events That You Won't Want To Miss

Second Annual Business Bar Camp

Event Details

  • Date: Monday, August 21
  • Time: 1-4 pm Bar Camp at Kromery, 4-6 pm Networking at Craftsman
  • Location: Kromery Middle School / Craftsman Table & Tap

Learn, discuss, discover and inspire!

BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.  You may have previously attended a BarCamp focused on technology, music, or even gaming.  The Middleton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to collaborate withForward Festival 2017 to bring you the area's second Annual Business Bar Camp.  

Attendees will participate in business focused breakout sessions (30 minutes each) hosted at Kromrey Middle School, a contemporary new venue overlooking the beautiful Pheasant Branch Conservancy.  

Immediately following the event (4pm) the Middleton Chamber & Yahara Software will host a networking happy hour at Craftsman Table & Tap.

Click HERE for more information and to register

Forward Summit: Forward Technology Conference

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, August 22
  • Time: 8:30 a.m - 4:30 pm
  • Location: Memorial Union

The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival

The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference (FTC) is geared toward startup founders, tech geeks, and those wanting to build successful technology companies. Whether you're thinking about launching a startup business or you're an experienced entrepreneur, you'll find this conference relevant and insightful.

FTC is by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. You'll get real perspective from tech startup leaders who are actually in the trenches building successful companies. You'll hear everything from best practices to war stories, and you'll walk away with real concrete learnings and actionables - not high level generalizations about broad topics.

Click HERE for more information and to register

UW-Madison's Day on Campus

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, August 23rd
  • Time: 8:00 a.m - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Union South

Hosted by Office of Corporate Relations

Register now for UW-Madison's premier business engagement event. Take this opportunity to connect with UW-Madison business engagement teams along with companies already deploying UW resources.

We've designed a fast-moving event with interactive sessions, an inside look at some amazing Badger innovations shaping business today, and left time for you to meet with content experts. And did we mention Babcock Ice Cream?

  • Develop next steps for beginning or expanding your relationship with UW-Madison
  • Improve your awareness of the breadth of UW-Madison resources and how they can advance your business
  • Personalize your experience by selecting sessions based on the needs of your organization
  • Establish connections with contacts at UW-Madison and the business community through networking topics.
Click HERE for more information and to register

Pitch Night x PechaKucha 

Event Details

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Doors Open 6:30 p.m.)
Monona Terrace

In just 6 minutes and 40 seconds, speakers from the entrepreneur ecosystem will share their latest ideas, innovations and plans for the future. Join us for “Pitch Night x PechaKucha” and be the first to hear from Madison's developing startup business community.  

Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. To register, please click HERE

Interested in Presenting?

There are still a few presentation slots available.  PechaKucha is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to present your topic to 150 engaged audience members.  If you would like to be one of the elite few and to also have your content posted on the international PK website contact us at for details.

What is PechaKucha?

The concept is simple: Each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece. It's an event that is never the same twice, so leave your expectations at the door.  FREE ticket required for admission. Tickets are available subject to venue capacity and are issued on a first come first serve basis. Please bring paper ticket or have your ticket available on your mobile device. There is a limit of 4 tickets per patron. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the event starting at 6:30pm. Reserved tickets not claimed by 7pm on the evening of the event will be distributed to standby patrons.  Sponsored by Monona Terrace, High Tech Happy Hour. Devised and shared by KleinDytham Architecture. Monona Terrace is proud to serve as the official Madison site for PechaKucha.
Forward Technology Festival is a week long event in Madison. Check out the website, for details along with all the activities that you can sign up for. 

Whether you're already plugged into the Midwest tech scene, or you've been waiting for the right opportunity to sample what the area has to offer, Forward Technology Festival is about bringing the technology and start-up communities together to learn, share, and have some fun.

Save the Date


September High Tech Happy Hour

Sponsor: INOC Lifecycle Solutions
Date: September 28
Location: Wisconsin Brewing Company
Time: 5-7 pm

October High Tech Happy Hour

Sponsor: Miron Construction
Date: October 26
Location: TBA
Time: 5-7 pm

November High Tech Happy Hour

Sponsor: Overture Center for the Arts
Date: November 30
Location: Overture Center
Time: 5-7 pm

High Tech Happy Hour and PechaKucha Madison are brought to you and hosted by SupraNet Communications and Yahara Software.
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