Raising Awareness, Promoting Collaboration and Sparking Conversations


At Innovation Park, we believe that new innovative ideas come from collaborating with others.  Three times a year, we host our TechTopics event, which brings together members of our community to learn about Innovation Park, its residents, and the research being conducted in the Park, as well as the Big Bend Region.  We believe that showcasing and sparking conversations about these subjects can foster new ideas, while also making the community aware of the world-class research, facilities, technology, resources, commercialization and entrepreneurship taking place in the park.

All of our TechTopics events take place at one of our facilities in Innovation Park.  The event begins at 11:30am. Over the past few events, our audience has grown, so we suggest getting there right at 11:30am to get a good seat.

Our TechTopics events are FREE and open to the public. Registration for the event is required to attend and is open one month prior to the event.

Lunch is provided complimentary to all of our attendees.

Upcoming TechTopics

Our next TechTopics will take place on November 7th!

Innovation Park November 2018 TechTopics From Research to Commercialization: Startups that formed out of Research

Join us on Wednesday, November 7th to explore the theme of “From Research to Commercialization”. During this event, we will explore companies which formed, as a result of wanting to commercialize technology discovered at Florida State University. We will learn how they got started, their technology and future outlook.

We will have speakers from KynderMed and Autism Navigator presenting. 

Dr. Amy Wetherby is the founding member of Autism Navigator, a collection of web-based tools and courses developed to bridge the gap between science and community practice to help increase the capacity of healthcare and early intervention providers, educators, and families to improve outcomes of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Dr. Wetherby is also a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Director of the Autism Institute in the Florida State University College of Medicine, and the Laurel Schendel Professor of Communication Disorders in the Florida State University College of Communication and Information.

Dr. James Olcese is the founder of Kyndermed’s technology, a non-invasive sleep mask that inhibits preterm labor. The sleep mask is a blue light emitting device that suppresses melatonin secretion, which causes preterm contractions.  

He is also global authority in circadian rhythms and the neuroendocrine system.  He is a Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University College of Medicine.  He has over 100 peer reviewed research articles.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Lunch will be provided at no cost to all attendees at this event

*Seating is limited 40.  Please be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot!

Click here to register to attend the event

Past TechTopics Themes

We like to center our topics on hot topics that are of interest to our audience and include speakers from Innovation Park.  Previous Topics have included:

  • August 2018– Piecing together the story, MagLab and FSU Dept. of Anthropology
  • March 2018– HPMI, Buckypaper and it’s future applications
  • November 2017– Innovation companies in our community
  • August 2017– Florida oysters and their roles in our local ecosystems
  • March 2017– Artificial intelligence and where the technology is heading in the future
  • November 2016– Commercializing research being conducted in the higher education institutions
  • September 2016– How research at the MagLab is helping to change oil spill cleanup and determining oil footprints
  • March 2016–  The general program of COAPS and the commercialization update of HWind Scientific, the real time tropical cyclone analysis system
  • November 2015– Introductions to the Florida Center for Advanced Aeropropulsion, a tour of the facility and how their work impacts Tallahassee’s Economic Development.