TENWEST Festival

Welcoming more than 5,000 Tucsonans to Downtown Tucson, the annual TENWEST Festival takes place October 12–21, 2018. You’re invited to experience 100+ unique events that encourage curiosity and discovery in the arts, social impact, STEM, entrepreneurship, technology, and sustainability.

The ten day festival will kick off each morning with a fun, physical activity to get attendees energized during the Activate event. The main draw for each day, the Educate event, will focus on a central theme for learning and growth. Lastly, wrap up each day with a community jubilee during the evening Celebrate event.

Through this portal you can purchase your TENWEST Festival passport, do a deep dive on all of the experiences the festival offers, and explore additional deals & perks that come with your festival pass. Additionally, you can find out more about the incredible group of partners, affiliates, and sponsors that make this festival possible. 

Purchase a TENWEST Passport

Nowhere else will you find such easy access to high-caliber, cross-sector dialogue, specifically focused on the issues that matter most to our community. Through dedicated community fundraising and generous sponsors, we are able to provide a festival passport valued at over $800 for a low price, with additional discounts for students and military. At this price point, you can attend as much or as little as you can fit into your schedule. Jam-packed weekend events, plus events before and after work, make it easy to participate.

The festival passport gives you entry into all standard ticketed events, and special deals, discounts and experiences at all public events. Some events offer special add-on experience that can be purchased as an add-on. You must purchase a festival ticket in order to attend any add-on experiences. Please note that some events are first come first served where seats are limited.

Purchase

General Festival Passport

$25.00

Student Festival Passport

$10.00

Must provide a valid ID upon check-in. Children ages 12 and under are free.

Military Festival Passport

$10.00

Must provide a valid military ID upon check-in.

All Inclusive General Festival Passport

$130.00

Includes General Festival Passport, VCs Unplugged Luncheon - Add-On, Sonoran Cloud City - Luncheon - Add-On, Social Impact Summit Luncheon - Add-On.

Block ticket prices are available.

Email info@tenwest.com for more information about group rates.

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Friday, October 12th

Film Fest Tucson

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Scottish Rite

Film Fest Tucson is a destination film festival, a place for filmmakers and audiences to meet, discover and experience unique and important stories told on film. The festival is for the community of Southern Arizona, as well as for visitors to the region to experience the unique environment, heritage and culture of Tucson and the surrounding area, while seeing new and important films.

Screening Science Fair

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Scottish Rite

Bring the whole family to this heartwarming and inspiring film that follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they follow their passions to the International Science and Engineering Fair. Presented with support from the Marshall Foundation. Additional assistance by SARSEF. Come at 5:00pm to engage in family-friendly STEM activities provided by the Pima County Library and the Children’s Museum.

Agave Tasting Reception

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Scottish Rite

Before the outdoor screening of Agave: Spirit of a Nation, join us for an exclusive Agave Tasting Reception that features Agave Spirits. Experts will be on hand to tell the unique stories behind each one. In partnership with the Agave Heritage Week and Mexican Consulate.

Agave: Spirit of a Nation

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Scottish Rite

Mexico is home to the highest biodiversity of agave varietals in the world. Tequila and Mezcal spirits derived from the heart of the agave are the fastest trending spirits in the marketplace. This expressive documentary takes viewers beyond the spirit to discover how one plant can carry the weight of a culture and the people trying to protect it. Presented by Agave Heritage Week and Congress Hotel.

Saturday, October 13th

EDUCATE: "How to be a Master Podcaster" hosted by KXCI

10:00 am - 11:00 am

KXCI Congress Street Studio

What does it take to record and produce an original podcast? Find out in KXCI’s beautiful new studio located in the lobby of the historic Hotel Congress. Bridgitte Thum is the education and production coordinator at KXCI, Tucson’s beloved community radio station. As the creator of The Lonely Hearts Club, Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson special category “most idiosyncratic podcast”, Bridgitte has a few things to share about the art of podcasting. Discuss the various stages of production and how to create quality audio and compelling content. This presentation includes tips and advice on how to get hosted, get noticed and stay inspired. The world of podcasting is growing fast. At KXCI, we will show you how you can make your own, and be a part of it all.

EDUCATE: Woman Walks Ahead Presented by Film Fest Tucson

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Scottish Rite

“Woman Walks Ahead” tells the story of Catherine Weldon, a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. Her arrival at Standing Rock is met with open hostility by a U.S. Army officer, who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by government forces, Catherine must stand up and fight for what is most important to her.

“A” Mountain Hill Challenge

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

MSA Annex

n light of Thursday’s news, we are canceling the TuGo “A” Mountain Hill Challenge. Instead we encourage all to join the community-organized memorial ride to honor the life of a biker fatally struck on “A” Mountain. Beginning on Saturday at 5:30 pm, this is a ride for past bikers, this biker, future bikers, and a reminder of how important it is to creating safe, community-minded streets for all to enjoy. Localism and sustainability are at the core of TENWEST’s mission, and we support the continued protection of safe, equitable, and community-centered streets for all.

CELEBRATE: Lords of Dogtown at the Fox Theater

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Fox Theater

A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually becoming legendary.

Bear Down Town

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Downtown Tucson

In partnership with the University of Arizona, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Second Saturdays, and Tucson Meet Yourself, and countless downtown merchants, TENWEST will help welcome incoming freshmen to Tucson with a whimsical scav hunt to help them explore the incredible gems in our downtown neighborhood. Secret stations of festival fun will be hidden around downtown. Each station will be loaded with prizes and giveaways. Find all five to enter a grand prize drawing. The drawing and finale party will take place at City High School Pennington at 8:00pm.

Little Pink House

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Fox Theater

2018 Tribute Event

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Outside the Scottish Rite

Chef Flynn Outdoor Film Screening

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fox Theater

Sky High Film Screening with Jeff Haskell Accompanying the Silent Film with Live Music

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Scottish Rite

Brewmaster Outdoor Film Screening

8:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Outside the Scottish Rite

Sunday, October 14th

EDUCATE: Discover Local

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tucson Museum of Art

Discover Local invites every community to discover how to engage in localism. Hands-on workshops and creative activities focus on sustainability, local food, and more. Located at the Tucson Museum of Art. Partners include Local First Arizona, LeadLocal, Vib’n, and Mrs. Green’s World.

CELEBRATE: TENWEST Fuse

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

La Cocina

Fuse brings together dance, comedy, and music into one incredible night. The evening kicks off with a dance-off between local crews, each representing their favorite charity. The winning crew earns bragging rights and a donation to support their cause. After a comedy set by the Comedy Alliance of Tucson, we have an incredible lineup of local talent—Adam Townsend, Seanloui, and Juju Fontaine.

Monday, October 15th

EDUCATE: STEM Connect

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

A partnership between UA STEM Learning Center, SARSEF, and the Waters Foundation, the STEM Connect conference brings together leaders in education, business, nonprofit, government, and more to identify areas of cross-sector collaboration. You’ll help create STEM learning and career opportunities that will benefit Southern Arizona for years to come.

Morning Events

7:00 am - noon

STEM CONNECT @ Tucson Convention Center

All morning events in North Meeting Room

7:00 AM Breakfast, registration, networking.
7:30AM Plenary Speaker: In a presentation by Sheri Marlin of the Waters Foundation, education, industry and community organizations will come together to learn how to apply the habits and tools of systems thinking for creating successful STEM partnerships.
8:30AM Model Partnerships to Sustain the STEM Ecosystem Panel Be inspired by successful STEM collaborations. Learn how they used systems thinking and strategic planning to build and maintain partnerships with organizations from multiple sectors so you can too.
9:40AM Strategic Planning/Reflection Time in Facilitated Single-Sector Working Groups Facilitators from multiple sectors will guide small groups of participants as they explore the role of systems thinking for their organization and sector.
10:25AM Strategic Planning/Reflection Time in Facilitated Multi-Sector Working Groups: Multi-sector small groups will form to report on their single-sector conversations and discuss future collaboration opportunities through the lens of systems thinking.

Lunchtime Keynote

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

STEM CONNECT @ Tucson Convention Center

University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins. Followed by Q&A session

Best Practices for Integrating STEAM into Library Programs: Round table discussion

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

STEM CONNECT @ Tucson Convention Center

Apache Anthony Sanchez, UA Libraries Jason Dewland, UA Libraries

STEM vs STEAM: How to Create a Successful Model

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

STEM CONNECT @ Tucson Convention Center

Maricopa |There is a national debate regarding what genuine STEAM (adding Arts) programming looks like. Children who study STEM develop a variety of skills that are essential for success including critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Advocates of the arts point to the creative competencies needed for 21st century careers. The panel will discuss how educators fit the arts into STEM programs and do justice for both STEM and STEAM. What would an ideal STEAM program look like?

Open Dialogue and Listening Session: Bridging the Gap between Schools and Industry

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

STEM CONNECT @ Tucson Convention Center

Mohave | In this session, Educators, Industry Professionals, and Community Members will have a facilitated dialogue about their greatest needs and challenges, and we can continue working together to create systemic change. Brooke Meyer, Director of Programs, SARSEF Kathleen Bethel, CEO SARSEF Liz Baker, Deputy Director, SARSEF

Best Practices for Intentional Integration of the Arts Within Traditional Stem Programming

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

STEM CONNECT @ Tucson Convention Center

Maricopa | A panel of Southern Arizona educators and program managers will share examples of programs that illustrate best practices for intentional integration of the arts within traditional STEM programming. Speakers will highlight case studies from the region and lessons learned for building strong collaborative programs. Melodie Lopez, President, Indigenous Strategies Mike Miles, General Manager – Workforce and Community Development, Microsoft Kathy Prather, Superintendent of Pima JTED

STEAM Programming in Libraries

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

STEM CONNECT @ Tucson Convention Center

Apache | Programs that You Can Bring to Your Library: Speakers: Kathleen Schamand, NAU; Kendra Davey, Pima County Public Library

Demystifying Program Evaluation

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

STEM CONNECT @ Tucson Convention Center

Cochise | Do more than guesstimate! The UA STEM Learning Center will discuss how to design an assessment and evaluation plan to meet your program goals while keeping your funders happy. Sara Kobilka, UA STEM Learning Center, Office Specialist, Senior Jennifer Fields, UA RDI, Research Development Associate

CELEBRATE: Molecular Happy Hour

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

MOCA : Museum of Contemporary Art

After a day of STEM discussion-- time to apply those science-minds to gastronomy and mixology! Witness the magic of chemistry as it transforms the ordinary into extraordinary.

Tuesday, October 16th

EDUCATE: IdeaFunding

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

IdeaFunding is your best opportunity to connect with startup leaders, learn key skills to launch your company and take the next steps to raising funds, and launching your company. For almost 20 years, IdeaFunding has brought together the best of the southwestern startup ecosystem to accelerate entrepreneurship. This TENWEST Festival event is brought to you by Startup Tucson. IdeaFunding includes a pitch competition, and a unique VC Unplugged Luncheon. Join us in the evening for even more great content!

VC Unplugged is a $35 add-on experience: VC’s Unplugged is designed for entrepreneurs, service providers, angel investors and VC investors to have an opportunity to meet out-of-state venture capitalists and engage in informal conversations about funding opportunities within our region. You must purchase a TENWEST festival ticket to attend this event.

IdeaFunding - Pitch Competitions

8:00 am - 10:45 am

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

This year, we are welcoming 25 startups from every sate of development — Idea Stage, Prototype Stage, Launch Stage, and Growth Stage. teams will be judged by a panel of industry experts. The 6 best pitching teams move on to the main stage in the evening.

What's My Idea Worth

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Coconino | This 45 minute course will present information and common misinformation about the business value of a new idea – and – what people with ideas need to do to create value and worth. Doug Hockstad Rakhi Gibbons Randy Gustafson Molly Larocci

Have the Mouse Pay For Building Your Mousetrap

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Gila |Focus on creative ways to define and build your product prototype in order to validate its market value Shane Reiser

Are you ready for Angel/seed money?

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Graham | What you need to be able to demonstrate in order to successfully secure that first round of outside funding. Stephanie Sims Joann MacMaster Mike Sember

What I Wish I Had Known When I Raised Money

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Greenlee | Shiva Planjery, Co-founder and CEO, Codelucida, Inc

How To Get Started on a Shoestring

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Coconino | Local resources, bootstrapping, side jobs, factors increasing likelihood of getting $, leveraging community resources for those of you getting started on a "shoestring" or working on your passion "after hours." Lots of free resources! Brian Ong Rosally Sapla

Safe Business

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Gila | Learn the importance and strategic significance of utilizing business tools as a means to protect the start-up, partners, products etc. Learn how to use MOU’s, operating agreements, patents, intellectual property, etc. Start-ups can fail from exterior market forces, but often they implode from within as the "road map" was not clearly defined and the expectations were never explained. People can lie, things written on paper typically don’t lie. Raj Gangadean

Leaving the Launch Pad

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Graham | What it really takes to be successful when you build your business. Anita Bell Francine Hardaway Gina Catalano

It's all about the Cash Corey Smith

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Greenlee | Moderator: Steve Bernat, Founder and CEO, RallyUp.com; Mary Darling

It Takes A Village To Build a Company

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Presenting information and common misinformation about starting a business entirely by themselves. Every new business person / entrepreneur is a member of a system interdependent relationships and the community they operate within. You cannot do this on your own (at a minimum you need customers). Those who are inclusive and help others find help for themselves. Emil Trembla, Signt Tommy Rompel, Signt Jon Bickerton, BeachFleischman Tony Ford, StartUp Tucson

Bringing Your Idea into the Sandbox

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Gila | How to utilize makerspace, incubators, and other facilities’ resources and capabilities to build your prototype. Ana Greif

There is no "I" in Team

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Graham | Building your dream team. What kind and types of people, what skills and abilities, do you need to assemble to build your business at this phase. Zach Yentzer Eric Smith

Why share the Pie?

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Grenlee | Jim Cantrell, CEO and Co-Founder, Vector; Curtis Gunn, Chairman, Desert Angels

The Market Knows Best

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Coconino |Learn the importance of market validation through customer feedback – focus groups, surveys, product trials etc. Join us as we explore the significance of market feedback in determining the feasibility of an idea/product. Eliminate the pitfall of creating the world’s greatest solution to a problem that only exists in the mind of the founder/inventor. Amanda Holbert

Oops! Woulda, coulda, shoulda...

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Gila | Move fast! Speed is one of your main advantages over large companies" – Sam Altman. In this course, you will learn all about lean experimentation and why it is important to success. We will start with basics of experimentation and how to implement it into your company and follow up with tips and tactics on how to interpret the results and what to do with that. Dave Cornelius

Time To Tell The World!

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Graham | "Growth and momentum is what a startup lives on and you always have to focus on maintaining these" – Sam Altman In this talk, we will talk about building a culture of growth in your startup. This includes the impact that your product will play, an understanding of the differences in growth strategies and tips and tactics to effectively grow your user or customer base. Rosally Sapla

Cash Flow Growing

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Greenlee | Innovation, Growth, Customer: Elvis has left the building! Hugh Garvey, Founder, EOITech

Startup Showcase

5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Grand Ballroom | IdeaFunding day programming is followed by an exciting evening lineup. A happy hour mixer with prizes and game, is followed by Keynote Speaker Cristie Street. On the mainstage, startup companies will battle it out for pitch competition grand prize of $25,000. The evening will also recognize community leaders of innovation through the Thomas R Brown and Larry Hecker and Sherry Hoskinson Community Builder Award.

Wednesday, October 17th

Registration Opens

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Join us for coffee as we kick-off registration for the Sonoran Cloud City Conference!

EDUCATE: Sonoran Cloud City

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The UA College of Optical Sciences in partnership with numerous University of Arizona and Southern Arizona partners is proud to present a new conference during Tucson’s TENWEST Festival. With the significant growth of the world population now living in urban areas, organizations across sectors need to tackle the challenges this brings. The Sonoran Desert region is facing similar questions of how the promise of the cloud, big data, and innovative technologies can impact areas such as transportation, water, energy, and waste. How can leaders collaborate on new innovations to significantly impact the life of citizens in the region? What do sustainable solutions look like within a cloud city based in the desert? Morning keynote by Jay Liebowitz. He will be talking about his photonics experience and time at Princeton Lightwave – a LIDAR company that was acquired by ArgoAI/Ford. In addition to sharing about his entrepreneurial journey, he will talk about the impact that connected vehicles will have on the cloud and the needs of city infrastructure, energy, etc.

Connected Vehicles & the Impact on the Cloud & Smart City Development

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

North Meeting Rooms | Jay Liebowitz is the morning keynote, and he will be talking about his photonics experience and time at Princeton Lightwave – a LIDAR company that was acquired by ArgoAI/Ford. In addition to sharing about his entrepreneurial journey, he will talk about the impact that connected vehicles will have on the cloud and the needs of city infrastructure, energy, etc.

Sonoran Cloud City - Morning Keynote

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Tucson Convention Center

Jay Liebowitz is the morning keynote, and he will be talking about his photonics experience and time at Princeton Lightwave – a LIDAR company that was acquired by ArgoAI/Ford. In addition to sharing about his entrepreneurial journey, he will talk about the impact that connected vehicles will have on the cloud and the needs of city infrastructure, energy, etc.

Cloud Infrastructure Track - Affordable and Secure Computing Through Faster Networks

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Graham | Daniel Kilper, Administrative Director at the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), Research Professor of Optical Sciences & Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Affordable and ubiquitous computing has long been a goal in personal and enterprise systems and more recently in the Internet of Things (IoT). Thin clients are widely used, but compromise performance. The cloud can bring back performance in some areas, but still lags far behind a true personal computing experience. The network has always been a bottleneck. 5G wireless together with new affordable optical networks promises unprecedented speeds and ultra-low latency. Combined with edge cloud computing, we examine the potential for these new networks to unleash affordable and secure cloud-based computing in the COSMOS smart city testbed under development in Harlem, New York.

Sustainability Track - Data Driven Community Solutions to Improve Sustainability

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Greenlee | The Tucson 2030 District uses building performance data to inform and motivate building owners, local professionals and community organizations to collaborate together to reduce energy use, to use water holistically in the Sonoran Desert environment and to improve transportation modes of travel to reduce CO2 emissions. How this building performance data is collected, analyzed and communicated will be described by 2030 District members. Building owners who have made significant improvements in their buildings will join the panel to describe the social, environmental and economic benefits that have come from their actions and how those are being used to motivate others to follow similar paths. Panel features: • Peter Dobrovolny, Founder of the Tucson Emerging 2030 District • Mike Peel, Southern Arizona Director, Local First Arizona • Also featuring property owners & business representatives from the 2030 District

TBA - Smart City Track 1

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Smart City Track | Gila | TBA

Cloud Infrastructure Track - Building Integrated Cooling Strategies with Circular Economy Material Systems

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Cloud Infrastructure Track | Graham | Aletheia Ida, Architect and Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of Arizona The building construction industry contributes the largest percentage of the world's overall material waste. 50% of this waste is due to end of life demolition, which incurs a high rate of turn-over in industries such as datacenters when technologies are rapidly replaced every two years. Furthermore, the cooling load requirements in datacenters comprise high energy demand that can be mediated with building-integrated cooling strategies. There is a critical need to address the life-cycle of materials in datacenters for recycling and re-use into new material systems for the building-integrated cooling technologies. Holistically, this research introduces new building technology concepts for realizing a more sustainable circular economy in datacenter design and construction.

Sustainability Track - Funding Community Sustainability

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Greenlee | Local nonprofits are leading new efforts to leverage grants and alternative lending to support community initiatives for sustainable building, operations, and programs. Hear how current participants and partners have achieved success in creating and implementing sustainability plans, and learn about some of the challenges facing local businesses and community organizations from achieving more significant metrics. Panel features: •Peter Dobrovolny, Founder of the Tucson Emerging 2030 District •Kerri Caine, Chief Strategy Officer, Community Investment Corporation •CJ Agbannawag, SCALE UP Program Manager at Local First Arizona •Anna Spitz, Director, Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice

TBA - Smart City Track 2

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Smart City Track | Gila | TBA

Lunch | The Challenge of Scaling the Cloud

11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Grand Ballroom | Christian Belady is the general manager of Cloud Infrastructure Strategy & Architecture (CISA). He is responsible for driving the strategy of datacenter development worldwide, including site selection, advanced development & research, energy, and sustainability. Recently, Christian is also responsible for developing all of the physical network infrastructure both undersea and terrestrial. The data center and network provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for over 200 Microsoft online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide.
This is an add-on experience. You must have a festival badge and purchase this add-on separately in order to gain entry into this event!

Cloud Infrastructure Track - Building a Circular Water and Energy Ecosystem in Next Generation Water Treatment through Novel, Integrated Technologies

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Cloud Infrastructure Track | Graham | Kerri Hickenbottom, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Water and energy are closely intertwined and increasing in demand due to population growth and economic expansion. To alleviate global water stress, water resource management requires a paradigm shift from waste to reuse. Likewise, development of advanced technologies that maximize energy production and minimize emissions, reduce water consumption, and lessen reliance on non-renewable energy resources is essential in promoting a clean energy economy. This presentation will discuss research on novel, membrane-based systems coupled with renewable energy resources for low-energy water treatment that could be impactful in transforming how water and other natural resources are managed.

Sustainability Track - Sustainability & Social Justice

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Greenlee | As communities strive for environmental sustainability and economic development, how can initiatives minimize the disproportionate impact on marginalized, low-income residents of Southern Arizona? How can sustainability initiatives protect human welfare and ensure social justice? Join this panel to learn more about how current projects that are working to promote social equity through sustainability partnerships.

TBA - Smart City Track 3

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Smart City Track | Gila | TBA

Cloud Infrastructure Track - Advanced Solar Energy Systems

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Cloud Infrastructure Track | Graham | Robert Norwood, Professor of Optical Sciences

TBA - Sustainability Track 4

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Sustainability Track | Greenlee | TBA

TBA - Smart City Track 4

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Smart City Track | Gila | TBA

Back to the Future: How IBM’s Arizona Workforce Helped Drive Data Storage & Cloud Innovation

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

Grand Ballroom | During our closing panel, representatives from IBM will be discussing how IBM’s Arizona workforce has developed key data storage and cloud innovations that drive the cloud today. Panelists will also share their predictions for how future cloud technologies are going to impact Arizona and sustainable, smart city development. Speakers include Rick Lochner, Executive Consultant of Storage Systems and Calline Sanchez, Vice President, IBM WW LBS, IBM Tucson Site Leader & IBM New Mexico State Leader.

Sonoran Cloud City IBM Anniversary Party: Back to the Future

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

At the end of the day, IBM will host a panel to discuss their 70th anniversary in Arizona and how local Tucson employees helped drive critical data storage innovations and cloud technologies. The panel will also discuss the future of IBM & the cloud. Following the panel, IBM employees and Sonoran Cloud City participants will be able to meet during a closing networking event.

Big Blue: Celebrating 70 Years of IBM in Arizona

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sonoran Cloud City @ Tucson Convention Center

This year marks IBM’s 40th year in Tucson and 70th year doing business in Arizona. Join IBM employees for hors d’ouevres, drinks, and entertainment, as we recognize IBM for being an integral part of Southern Arizona’s history and continued growth. Proceeds from the celebration will support SARSEF’s science fair initiatives (Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation).

Thursday, October 18th

Registration Opens

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Meeting Room Lobby |Join us for coffee as we kick-off registration for the Social Impact Summit Conference!

Social Impact Summit

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The Social Impact Summit brings together individuals, nonprofits, and corporations to discover ways to maximize social impact and drive innovation strategies. Through a series of workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions on attendees explore trends, changes, and future innovations necessary to drive social innovation.

Driving Collaboration, Innovation & Impact

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Maricopa & Mohave | Multiple nonprofit and social venture leaders from Southern Arizona will present a round of talks on how the community can collaborate and innovate to drive significant economic, social, and cultural impact.

TBA - Healthcare Track 1

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Healthcare Track | Graham | TBA

TBA - Social Funding Track 1

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Social Funding Track | Greenlee | TBA

TBA - Community Development Track 1

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Community Development Track | Gila | TBA

TBA - Social Funding Track 1

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Social Funding Track | Greenlee | TBA

TBA - Professional Development Track 1

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Professional Development Track | Coconino | TBA

Lunch | Developing Tucson’s Creative Capacity

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Grand Ballroom | How does Tucson continue to develop its creative capacity? Join us for lunch as the Southern Arizona Arts & Culture Alliance (SAACA) unveils their plans for a large scale creative development project housed at the Tucson Mall. The new space will be the first of its kind in Arizona, incorporating over 20 creative disciplines under one roof. From collaborative co-working, to culinary and craft arts, design, music and technology, to arts incubator and residency programs, this innovative project will leverage the power of our creative industries, makers and creatives to reinvent how we think about education, collaboration and community development.

TBA - Healthcare Track 2

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Healthcare Track | Graham | TBA

TBA - Social Funding Track 2

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Social Funding Track | Greenlee | TBA

TBA - Community Development Track 2

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Community Development Track | Gila | TBA

TBA - Professional Development Track 2

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Professional Development Track | Coconino | TBA

TBA - Healthcare Track 3

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Healthcare Track | Graham | TBA

TBA - Social Funding Track 3

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Social Funding Track | Greenlee | TBA

TBA - Community Development Track 3

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Community Development Track | Gila | TBA

TBA - Professional Development Track 3

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Professional Development Track | Coconino | TBA

Collective Impact: Call for Leaders

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Maricopa & Mohave | How can you become a collaborative partner to create positive change in our communities? In our closing plenary, join us as multisector leaders highlight collective impact models that are working in Southern Arizona and across the country.

YWCA Reception

5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Tucson Convention Center

Social Impact Networking Reception

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Galleria | Before watching six great social impact finalists compete for $25,000 in prizes, network with leaders from the Southern Arizona community. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at one of the best cause networking events you’ll attend this year. Also, celebrate with the YWCA of Southern Arizona as they make a special announcement about their launch of a new microloan program! This VIP reception is sponsored by Community Investment Corporation and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Tucson.

Social Impact Pitch Competition

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Social Impact Summit @ Tucson Convention Center

Grand Ballroom | The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to present the Social Impact Pitch Competition on Oct. 18, 2018, with $25,000 in awards. The Social Impact Pitch Competition is open to individuals, nonprofits, and social ventures that are starting new programs or services to solve needs in local communities or around the globe.

CELEBRATE: Social Impact Summit Pitch Competition

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to present the Social Impact Pitch Competition with $30,000 in awards from Microsoft and the United Way. The Social Impact Pitch Competition is open to individuals, nonprofits, and social ventures that are starting new programs or services to solve needs in local communities or around the globe.

Friday, October 19th

EDUCATE: YWCA Leadership Conference

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort

This is the 30th Anniversary of the largest and longest-running conference for women in Southern Arizona. The event features two INCREDIBLE keynotes, two EMPOWERING workshop tracks, networking with 400 BOLD LEADERS. Read more about the 14 workshop itinerary here. Passport holders are welcomed to attend the general sessions, however you must purchase and add-on experience for the keynotes and luncheon.

EDUCATE: 9th Annual Veteran Conference

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pima Community College, Center For the Arts

The Pima Community College SBDC continues in its vitally important service to veterans as well as active military that are business owners or desire to be so. Pima Community College SBDC will be holding its widely acclaimed 9th Annual Veterans Conference. The theme this year is "The Right Stuff". By sharing the successes of veterans, we hope to inspire others to either start businesses, grow their business or strengthen them. The whole intent of the Conference is to inform and inspire our veteran attendees. This is free event, in affiliation with TENWEST Festival.

CELEBRATE: Hackathon Kick-off and Keynote Address

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UA Mall Stage (In Front of Bear Down Gym)

Join us on the UA campus main mall for keynote speaker Charisse Richards, music, drinks and refreshments to kick off of our 4th annual women's hackathon! This mixer is a joint event with TENWEST Festival, and co-sponsored by Tucson Young Professionals.

CELEBRATE: LatinX Tech Startup Kick-off

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

AC Hotel by Marriott

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holders, contact program organizers for more information.

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX in Tech: Techstars Startup Weekend

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Railyard

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holders, contact dre@startuptucson.com for more information.

Saturday, October 20th

ACTIVATE: Tactical Urbanism Block Party

6:00 am - 5:00 pm

6th Ave / 7th Street

Join your neighbors and transform a downtown intersection into a community park during Tactical Urbanism. Using paint, planters, community art, and other tools we’ll work together to reclaim space for the neighborhood while also calming traffic. After the park is complete on Saturday, October 20, celebrate with a street party with DJs, food trucks, and more!

AFFILIATE EVENT: Women's Hackathon Welcome and Workshops

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

UA Library and Integrated Learning Center (ILC)

We are proud to offer a diverse set of workshops and childcare for participants during workshop hours. ​​This free event provides an opportunity for participants of all levels of technical expertise to collaboratively develop tech-driven projects over the course of two days. All are encouraged to attend — no computer programming experience required.

EDUCATE: Complete Streets Workshop

11:00 am - noon

6th Ave / 7th Street

Join the Living Street Alliance and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation for a behind-scenes peek at the innovations and initiatives that will be shaping the landscape of our city in the years to come.

EDUCATE: TedX Tucson

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The final weekend of TENWEST will feature a TEDx Tucson Salon entitled "Food for Thought". TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The goal of TEDxTucson is to be a catalyst for change – bringing thinkers and doers in the Tucson community together to have meaningful conversations that lead to positive change. The Salon will be open to approximately 500 people will feature 5 speakers on the topic of food and our regional future.

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX in Tech: Techstars Startup Weekend

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Railyard

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holders, contact dre@startuptucson.com for more information.

Sunday, October 21st

Puppy Yoga

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

UA Library and Integrated Learning Center (ILC)

Puppy Yoga

10:00 am - noon

Playground

ACTIVATE: Puppy Yoga

11:00 am - noon

Playground

Puppy yoga, also called Doga, is becoming a popular trend worldwide. The benefits to both pooch and person are relaxation, bonding, and fun! While free for passport holders, we will be taking suggested donations to raise money for animals in need. At this special yoga class, you don’t have to be a pet owner to enjoy. The Playground will be whipping up fun, furry-friendly treats like PUP-sicles and canine cookies! Please be thoughtful about whether your pet is a good fit for this environment.

CELEBRATE: Apex at the Annex

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

MSA Annex

Wrapping up TENWEST will be a pyrotechnic extravaganza! This event will feature the Flam Chen performances with music by Santa Panchita and Rarity Rock Radio. Coinciding with the lighting of "A" Mountain, we will celebrate TENWEST with a bang!

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX in Tech: Techstars Startup Weekend

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Railyard

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holders, contact dre@startuptucson.com for more information.

Activate Events Schedule

Saturday, October 13th

“A” Mountain Hill Challenge

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

MSA Annex

n light of Thursday’s news, we are canceling the TuGo “A” Mountain Hill Challenge. Instead we encourage all to join the community-organized memorial ride to honor the life of a biker fatally struck on “A” Mountain. Beginning on Saturday at 5:30 pm, this is a ride for past bikers, this biker, future bikers, and a reminder of how important it is to creating safe, community-minded streets for all to enjoy. Localism and sustainability are at the core of TENWEST’s mission, and we support the continued protection of safe, equitable, and community-centered streets for all.

Saturday, October 20th

ACTIVATE: Tactical Urbanism Block Party

6:00 am - 5:00 pm

6th Ave / 7th Street

Join your neighbors and transform a downtown intersection into a community park during Tactical Urbanism. Using paint, planters, community art, and other tools we’ll work together to reclaim space for the neighborhood while also calming traffic. After the park is complete on Saturday, October 20, celebrate with a street party with DJs, food trucks, and more!

Sunday, October 21st

ACTIVATE: Puppy Yoga

11:00 am - noon

Playground

Puppy yoga, also called Doga, is becoming a popular trend worldwide. The benefits to both pooch and person are relaxation, bonding, and fun! While free for passport holders, we will be taking suggested donations to raise money for animals in need. At this special yoga class, you don’t have to be a pet owner to enjoy. The Playground will be whipping up fun, furry-friendly treats like PUP-sicles and canine cookies! Please be thoughtful about whether your pet is a good fit for this environment.

Educate Events Schedule

Friday, October 12th

Film Fest Tucson

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Scottish Rite

Film Fest Tucson is a destination film festival, a place for filmmakers and audiences to meet, discover and experience unique and important stories told on film. The festival is for the community of Southern Arizona, as well as for visitors to the region to experience the unique environment, heritage and culture of Tucson and the surrounding area, while seeing new and important films.

Saturday, October 13th

EDUCATE: "How to be a Master Podcaster" hosted by KXCI

10:00 am - 11:00 am

KXCI Congress Street Studio

What does it take to record and produce an original podcast? Find out in KXCI’s beautiful new studio located in the lobby of the historic Hotel Congress. Bridgitte Thum is the education and production coordinator at KXCI, Tucson’s beloved community radio station. As the creator of The Lonely Hearts Club, Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson special category “most idiosyncratic podcast”, Bridgitte has a few things to share about the art of podcasting. Discuss the various stages of production and how to create quality audio and compelling content. This presentation includes tips and advice on how to get hosted, get noticed and stay inspired. The world of podcasting is growing fast. At KXCI, we will show you how you can make your own, and be a part of it all.

EDUCATE: Woman Walks Ahead Presented by Film Fest Tucson

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Scottish Rite

“Woman Walks Ahead” tells the story of Catherine Weldon, a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. Her arrival at Standing Rock is met with open hostility by a U.S. Army officer, who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by government forces, Catherine must stand up and fight for what is most important to her.

Sunday, October 14th

EDUCATE: Discover Local

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tucson Museum of Art

Discover Local invites every community to discover how to engage in localism. Hands-on workshops and creative activities focus on sustainability, local food, and more. Located at the Tucson Museum of Art. Partners include Local First Arizona, LeadLocal, Vib’n, and Mrs. Green’s World.

Monday, October 15th

EDUCATE: STEM Connect

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

A partnership between UA STEM Learning Center, SARSEF, and the Waters Foundation, the STEM Connect conference brings together leaders in education, business, nonprofit, government, and more to identify areas of cross-sector collaboration. You’ll help create STEM learning and career opportunities that will benefit Southern Arizona for years to come.

Tuesday, October 16th

EDUCATE: IdeaFunding

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

IdeaFunding is your best opportunity to connect with startup leaders, learn key skills to launch your company and take the next steps to raising funds, and launching your company. For almost 20 years, IdeaFunding has brought together the best of the southwestern startup ecosystem to accelerate entrepreneurship. This TENWEST Festival event is brought to you by Startup Tucson. IdeaFunding includes a pitch competition, and a unique VC Unplugged Luncheon. Join us in the evening for even more great content!

VC Unplugged is a $35 add-on experience: VC’s Unplugged is designed for entrepreneurs, service providers, angel investors and VC investors to have an opportunity to meet out-of-state venture capitalists and engage in informal conversations about funding opportunities within our region. You must purchase a TENWEST festival ticket to attend this event.

Wednesday, October 17th

EDUCATE: Sonoran Cloud City

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The UA College of Optical Sciences in partnership with numerous University of Arizona and Southern Arizona partners is proud to present a new conference during Tucson’s TENWEST Festival. With the significant growth of the world population now living in urban areas, organizations across sectors need to tackle the challenges this brings. The Sonoran Desert region is facing similar questions of how the promise of the cloud, big data, and innovative technologies can impact areas such as transportation, water, energy, and waste. How can leaders collaborate on new innovations to significantly impact the life of citizens in the region? What do sustainable solutions look like within a cloud city based in the desert? Morning keynote by Jay Liebowitz. He will be talking about his photonics experience and time at Princeton Lightwave – a LIDAR company that was acquired by ArgoAI/Ford. In addition to sharing about his entrepreneurial journey, he will talk about the impact that connected vehicles will have on the cloud and the needs of city infrastructure, energy, etc.

Thursday, October 18th

Social Impact Summit

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The Social Impact Summit brings together individuals, nonprofits, and corporations to discover ways to maximize social impact and drive innovation strategies. Through a series of workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions on attendees explore trends, changes, and future innovations necessary to drive social innovation.

Friday, October 19th

EDUCATE: YWCA Leadership Conference

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort

This is the 30th Anniversary of the largest and longest-running conference for women in Southern Arizona. The event features two INCREDIBLE keynotes, two EMPOWERING workshop tracks, networking with 400 BOLD LEADERS. Read more about the 14 workshop itinerary here. Passport holders are welcomed to attend the general sessions, however you must purchase and add-on experience for the keynotes and luncheon.

EDUCATE: 9th Annual Veteran Conference

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pima Community College, Center For the Arts

The Pima Community College SBDC continues in its vitally important service to veterans as well as active military that are business owners or desire to be so. Pima Community College SBDC will be holding its widely acclaimed 9th Annual Veterans Conference. The theme this year is "The Right Stuff". By sharing the successes of veterans, we hope to inspire others to either start businesses, grow their business or strengthen them. The whole intent of the Conference is to inform and inspire our veteran attendees. This is free event, in affiliation with TENWEST Festival.

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX in Tech: Techstars Startup Weekend

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Railyard

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holders, contact dre@startuptucson.com for more information.

Saturday, October 20th

AFFILIATE EVENT: Women's Hackathon Welcome and Workshops

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

UA Library and Integrated Learning Center (ILC)

We are proud to offer a diverse set of workshops and childcare for participants during workshop hours. ​​This free event provides an opportunity for participants of all levels of technical expertise to collaboratively develop tech-driven projects over the course of two days. All are encouraged to attend — no computer programming experience required.

EDUCATE: Complete Streets Workshop

11:00 am - noon

6th Ave / 7th Street

Join the Living Street Alliance and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation for a behind-scenes peek at the innovations and initiatives that will be shaping the landscape of our city in the years to come.

EDUCATE: TedX Tucson

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The final weekend of TENWEST will feature a TEDx Tucson Salon entitled "Food for Thought". TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The goal of TEDxTucson is to be a catalyst for change – bringing thinkers and doers in the Tucson community together to have meaningful conversations that lead to positive change. The Salon will be open to approximately 500 people will feature 5 speakers on the topic of food and our regional future.

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX in Tech: Techstars Startup Weekend

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Railyard

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holders, contact dre@startuptucson.com for more information.

Sunday, October 21st

Puppy Yoga

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

UA Library and Integrated Learning Center (ILC)

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX in Tech: Techstars Startup Weekend

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Railyard

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holders, contact dre@startuptucson.com for more information.

Celebrate Events Schedule

Friday, October 12th

Agave Tasting Reception

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Scottish Rite

Before the outdoor screening of Agave: Spirit of a Nation, join us for an exclusive Agave Tasting Reception that features Agave Spirits. Experts will be on hand to tell the unique stories behind each one. In partnership with the Agave Heritage Week and Mexican Consulate.

Saturday, October 13th

CELEBRATE: Lords of Dogtown at the Fox Theater

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Fox Theater

A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually becoming legendary.

Sunday, October 14th

CELEBRATE: TENWEST Fuse

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

La Cocina

Fuse brings together dance, comedy, and music into one incredible night. The evening kicks off with a dance-off between local crews, each representing their favorite charity. The winning crew earns bragging rights and a donation to support their cause. After a comedy set by the Comedy Alliance of Tucson, we have an incredible lineup of local talent—Adam Townsend, Seanloui, and Juju Fontaine.

Monday, October 15th

CELEBRATE: Molecular Happy Hour

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

MOCA : Museum of Contemporary Art

After a day of STEM discussion-- time to apply those science-minds to gastronomy and mixology! Witness the magic of chemistry as it transforms the ordinary into extraordinary.

Tuesday, October 16th

Startup Showcase

5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

IdeaFunding @ Tucson Convention Center

Grand Ballroom | IdeaFunding day programming is followed by an exciting evening lineup. A happy hour mixer with prizes and game, is followed by Keynote Speaker Cristie Street. On the mainstage, startup companies will battle it out for pitch competition grand prize of $25,000. The evening will also recognize community leaders of innovation through the Thomas R Brown and Larry Hecker and Sherry Hoskinson Community Builder Award.

Thursday, October 18th

CELEBRATE: Social Impact Summit Pitch Competition

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to present the Social Impact Pitch Competition with $30,000 in awards from Microsoft and the United Way. The Social Impact Pitch Competition is open to individuals, nonprofits, and social ventures that are starting new programs or services to solve needs in local communities or around the globe.

Friday, October 19th

CELEBRATE: Hackathon Kick-off and Keynote Address

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UA Mall Stage (In Front of Bear Down Gym)

Join us on the UA campus main mall for keynote speaker Charisse Richards, music, drinks and refreshments to kick off of our 4th annual women's hackathon! This mixer is a joint event with TENWEST Festival, and co-sponsored by Tucson Young Professionals.

CELEBRATE: LatinX Tech Startup Kick-off

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

AC Hotel by Marriott

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holders, contact program organizers for more information.

Sunday, October 21st

CELEBRATE: Apex at the Annex

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

MSA Annex

Wrapping up TENWEST will be a pyrotechnic extravaganza! This event will feature the Flam Chen performances with music by Santa Panchita and Rarity Rock Radio. Coinciding with the lighting of "A" Mountain, we will celebrate TENWEST with a bang!

Deals & Perks Exclusive to TENWEST Passholders

Buffalo Exchange

In 1974 Kerstin and Spencer Block opened the first Buffalo Exchange in Tucson, Arizona. Kerstin, hailing from Sweden, thought the word “Buffalo” sounded very American, and since they were introducing the idea of a fashionable clothing “Exchange,” the name was born.

In the forty years since, that 450 square foot store near the University of Arizona has blossomed into 49 stores in 20 states. Buffalo Exchange continues to be run by Kerstin and her daughter Rebecca, and is still headquartered in Tucson.

After the passing of Spencer Block, Kerstin and Rebecca published a book of his writings, The Way of the Buffalo (available via Amazon, Kindle, NOOK, and in our stores). It shares the funny, poignant, and always down-to-earth insights of a truly alternative entrepreneur whose values keep Buffalo Exchange the vibrant and ever-changing company it is today.

What's Included

  • $5 off a Purchase of $25 or More when you show your TENWEST passport

Connect Coworking

Connect Coworking is the original coworking space in Tucson, AZ! Over 95 companies operate out of Connect and choose to call it their office. Non-profits, fortune 500’s, entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers all choose the way they want to office in the heart of downtown Tucson. Whether you want to lounge on our swinging bed with a glass of wine (oh yeah, did we mention? We have beer and wine on tap 24/7), or host a professional meeting in one of our four meeting rooms, Connect is here to help you office the way you want. Come check us out for a free week! And when you do, be sure to book a massage with our in-house masseur, Brenda. She’s here every Thursday ;)

What's Included

  • Free one-month hopper membership with your TENWEST Passport

DUSK Music Festival

The Dusk Music Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at Rillito Park in Tucson, Arizona. It was founded by Steve Stratigouleas, John Rallis, Page Repp, and Pete Turner in 2016.

What's Included

  • 20% off of Dusk Music Festival Tickets

HighWire Lounge

HighWire is Tucson’s home of Molecular Mixology in the heart of downtown! Make sure to check out happy hour daily until 7 pm with some of the most creative cocktails in the country and a delicious bistro menu provided by Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market. Events every night of the week along with Sunday Football and Brunch!!!

What's Included

  • 20% off tab for guests with your TENWEST Passport

LET'S SWEAT

Join us at the corner of 6th & 6th for your best work-out. Your best SWEAT. Your best you. LET'S SWEAT is Downtown Tucson's newest fitness gym.

The group classes feature about 30 minutes of cycling PLUS 30 minutes of strength training that changes every day. You get a spin PLUS a strength class all in one hour!

LET'S SWEAT.

We are proud to be 100% local, 100% Tucson, which means we really know how to SWEAT. We live downtown, work downtown, eat downtown and play downtown and now we SWEAT downtown.

What's Included

  • 20% Discount on a Class of Your Choice

Pueblo Vida Brewing Company

Located in Downtown Tucson, Pueblo Vida Brewing Company creates an authentic beer drinking experience by brewing unique and world-inspired beer styles that are locally crafted with the highest quality ingredients. Our brewery and taproom space was built in 1918 and we immediately envisioned its grand potential. We worked hard to bring back its original luster and create a place where you can feel at home.

Our passion is brewing. We strive for quality, uniqueness, and repeatability. Stop in and enjoy a pint at the bar or grab some beer to-go! We offer crowlers, growlers & 4-packs to take with you, Cheers!

What's Included

  • 10% off your tab with your TENWEST Passport

The Dirt Shop

Come take a piece of the desert home with you at DIRT. We have potted cacti available for adoption, many are rescued from places being developed and ready for a relaxing retirement. Other objects of energy include incense, tarot, crystals, and more.

Located at the new MSA Annex. Take the Sun Link westbound until you see the repurposed shipping containers.

DIG DEEP & LOVE YOUR DIRT

What's Included

  • Free One Card Tarot Reading and 10% off to Passport Holders

Tucson Improv Movement

We perform live improv comedy shows on a weekly basis and teach improv comedy classes on historic 4th!
Come laugh with us and Join the Movement!

What's Included

  • Buy one ticket to any of our shows during TENWEST Festival, and get the second one free with your TENWEST Passport

TuGo Bikes

Tugo is made possible through a partnership with the City of Tucson who secured federal grant funding for the bikes and stations. The City of Tucson selected Shift Transit to operate the system and PBSC Urban Solutions as the equipment provider. And Tugo would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Tugo is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days.

What's Included

  • $12 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Rides
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Add-On Experiences - Festival Ticket Required

YWCA Full Access Pass - Add-On

YWCA @ Starr Pass
$35.00

All passport holders are welcomed to attend regular YWCA Women's Leadership Conference sessions and workshops, however, for a small add-on, twenty TENWEST Passport holders can also attend the Keynote Luncheon.

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General Festival Passport

$25.00

Military Festival Passport

$10.00

Must provide a valid military ID upon check-in.

Student Festival Passport

$10.00

Must provide a valid ID upon check-in. Children ages 12 and under are free.