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Chancellor Sartarelli talking at the CIE.
PlayerSpace receives the 2017 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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CIE News and Events

Janelle Babington

Easy Conversation and EasyVote: CIE Connects Local Election Software Startup with Industry Veteran

On Monday, October 30, the CIE’s Ocean Conference Room hosted yet another meeting. This one was a little different: Charles Davis of EasyVote Solutions, a Wilmington startup and one-time CIE tenant, met with Conny McCormack—a former top election official for San Diego, Dallas, and L.A. (L.A. is the largest county in the U.S., with over 5 million registered voters.)
2017 Women to Watch

CIE Director Diane Durance wins Wilma Women to Watch Award

On October 13th, our very own Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Diane Durance, won a 2017 Wilma Women to Watch award in the Nonprofits category. With a reported attendance of over 450, the Women to Watch reception took place at the Hilton in downtown Wilmington.
Cucalorus CONNECT

The CIE at Cucalorus CONNECT

Cucalorus Festival, one of the most celebrated film and arts events in Wilmington for two decades, makes its 23rd return Nov. 8-12 in an epic five-day conference. Cucalorus CONNECT arrives for its third year in the Port City!

See this article for a full listing of the CIE's panels and affiliates presenting at the conference.

11/17 - 11/19

UNCW IoT Hackathon

November 17th - November 19th

The second annual UNCW Internet of Things (IoT) Hackathon's theme is to create IoT solutions for two of UNCW’s strategic areas of research: Marine Science and Biotechnology.

UNCW IoT Hackathon 2017 Goals:

- Students learn practical skills in computer science and the Internet of things (IoT).

- Connect the marine science, biotechnology, business, and computer science communities together in order to foster IoT solutions with real potential. 

- Connect potential employers to student talent. 

Students only. Click here for more information. Free. Register here.


Increase Revenue By 3% Just By Simplifying Your IT!

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

At this seminar you will learn about one technology known as virtual machines (VM) and how this solution can transform the way companies use computers without buying new equipment.

What to expect:

  • The speaker will create a mock company and develop an environment that they can begin working from with their laptops in 15 minutes!
  • Participants will experience a tremendous increase in the performance of their device.
  • Advice from one the brightest minds in IT in the city on what the participant's business needs to do to simplify their IT.

Please bring a laptop.

$15 for nonmembers, free for members. Register here.