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.

Block ticket prices are available.

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

Full 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.

Science Fair

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Scottish Rite

Every year, over 1,700 students from 75 countries compete in the annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a highly competitive showcase of the world’s top young scientific minds. Selected from millions of qualifying students, these finalists compete for the coveted top prize that, as one previous winner explains, “will change your life in ways you won’t even comprehend.” “Science Fair” follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they prepare their projects and team for the 2017 ISEF event in Los Angeles. Though all are participating for the love of science, we learn that they have other motivations that drive them to pursue their dreams.The film is presented with support from SARSEF.

Agave Tasting Reception

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Scottish Rite

Exclusive tasting reception that features Agave Spirits. Experts will be on hand to tell the unique stories behind each one.

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

ACTIVATE: A Mountain Bike Ride, hosted by TuGo Bikes.

8:00 am - 10:00 am

TBD

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

10:00 am - 11:00 am

KXCI 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.

EDUCATE: Directing Masterclass with director Catherine Hardewicke Presented by Film Fest Tucson

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Scottish Rite

In this unique and special program, Hardwicke takes you inside preproduction – from creating a workable shot list to constructing lookbooks, shaping locations and building relationships with cast and crew alike – she offers tips and tricks as well as showcasing her personal work materials. TENWEST Festival passport holders are invited to attend one free film at the Scottish Rite. Some limitations apply.

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

ACTIVATE: Family Dance Party

7:00 am - 9:00 am

TBD

Bring your best moves AND your family to this unique family dance party. A giant ball pit, neon lights, and great DJ's will make your morning unforgettable and fun for everyone. Costumes welcomed!

EDUCATE: Discover Local

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tucson Museum of Art

Discover Local connects community members of all ages to localism through unique and exciting micro-workshops focused on art, technology, sustainability, and more! This TENWEST Partner event is brought to you by Local First Arizona, Lead Local, Vib'n, and Mrs. Green's World. In addition to an open to the public pop-up market, TENWEST passport holders are invited to attend discovery workshops. Space is limited. First come first served.

Discover Local offers Tucsonans hands-on ways to experience what it means to live local and take everyday actions to positively impact our community. Each Discovery Track focuses on a distinct aspect of localism in Tucson. Attendees can get involved in the Discover Local Scavenger Hunt to win prizes by visiting different Activity Stations along each Track.

  • Discovery Track 1: Living Green/Viviendo Verde: Sustainability actions at home
  • Discovery Track 2: In Your Backyard/En Mi Jardin: Getting to know your urban ecosystem
  • Discovery Track 3: Art and Technology For All/Arte y Tecnología Para Todos: Artists, makers, and micro-entrepreneurs
  • Discovery Track 4: Viva Juntos: Celebrating the things that bring us together
  • From 2pm -3pm bust out your best moves with local DJ's for Discover Local's, Local Dance Off.

CELEBRATE: Fuse - Local Music Showcase

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

TBD

A TENWEST Passport exclusive, the Fuse music showcase brings together a diverse lineup of artists and entertainers. Line-up announced soon.

Monday, October 15th

EDUCATE: STEM Connect

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The STEM Connect Conference brings together leaders in education (PreK-University), business, nonprofit, government and more to identify areas of cross-sector collaboration. Participants will leave the meeting with concrete connections and tools for creating STEM learning and career opportunities that will benefit southern Arizona for years to come. STEM Connect is brought to you by TENWEST Festival partners UA STEM Learning Center, SARSEF, and the Waters Foundation. Educators can receive continuing education credits for attending. Please note, that once you have purchased your TENWEST Festival pass, there will be an additional registration process for this specific event. The first step for this process will be to indicate your interest in the event on the digital Festival Guide you will receive. Then you will be emailed a brief survey. After submission, you will be emailed directly to let you know if you have been confirmed on the attendee list or if you are on the waitlist.

CELEBRATE: Molecular Happy Hour

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TBD

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.

CELEBRATE: Startup Showcase

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

After IdeaFunding's daytime programming, join us in the evening for exciting evening events. Our keynote speaker is Cristie Street, the Co-founder of Nextrio, one of the fastest growing businesses in the US. We also recognize entrepreneurial greats in our community with a brief awards ceremony. Finally, the Mainstage Pitch awards $25,000 to the most impressive startup of the evening.

Wednesday, October 17th

EDUCATE: Sonoran Cloud City

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

TENWEST introduces a new event in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Optics as well as various other industry groups entitled "Sonoran Cloud City." Sonoran Cloud City is focused on highlighting what sustainable and innovative solutions look like within a cloud city based in the desert. The day will focus on topics related to how the Sonoran Desert region will use the cloud, big data, and innovative technologies to impact areas such as transportation, water, energy, and waste.

Industry Leaders Breakfast is a $35 add-on experience: Industry Leaders Breakfast that highlights companies in Arizona’s up-and-coming industries including mining, aerospace, autonomous vehicles, etc. You must purchase a TENWEST festival ticket to attend this event.



Keynote Lunch - Cloud Cities: Transportation & Autonomous Vehicles is a $35 add-on experience: Lunch Featuring University of Arizona Data-Center Initiative and a keynote on Cloud Cities: Transportation & Autonomous Vehicles. You must purchase a TENWEST festival ticket to attend this event.

CELEBRATE: Downtown Social Bike Ride with Living Street Alliance & TuGo Bikes

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

Take a leisurely stroll through downtown while expert guides point to landmarks of interest-- the stories that make up our downtown. The end of the bike ride drops you at the campus of the University of Arizona for the second part of the celebration evening. Free bikes provided by TuGo bikes.

CELEBRATE: U of A Discovery Days

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UA Campus

Open bio and technology labs for all passport holders.

Thursday, October 18th

EDUCATE: The McGuire Center Social Impact Summit

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The McGuire Center Social Impact Summit is back for its 2nd year as part of TENWEST Festival. The Social Impact Summit brings to 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, attendees explore trends, changes and future innovations necessary to drive social innovation – locally, regionally, nationally and globally. In the evening, a social impact competition will allow the public as well as students to compete for awards.

Special Luncheon Featuring YWCA & BRAC Partnership is a $50 add-on experience: Join us for a signature luncheon featuring YWCA & BRAC partnership focused on Transforming Capital: From Microfinance to Impact Investing. You must purchase a TENWEST festival ticket to attend this event.

CELEBRATE: Social Impact Pitch Competition

4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

Networking, pitch competition, prizes, and awards.

CELEBRATE: Museum of Modern Art Free Days

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MOCA : Museum of Contemporary Art

These themed nights feature different performances, music, and art making activities, as well as a cash bar.

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.

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. The Pima Community College SBDC will be holding its widely acclaimed 9th Annual Veterans Conference with the theme of “The Right Stuff”. By sharing the successes of veterans, we hope to inspire others to either start businesses, grow their business, or strengthen them.

CELEBRATE: Women's Hack-a-thon Kick-off

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

U of A Lawn

Enjoy a keynote speaker then DJ's and a beer garden.

CELEBRATE: LatinX Tech Startup Kick-off

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AC Hotel by Marriott

Saturday, October 20th

AFFILIATE EVENT: Women's Hackathon

12:00 am - noon

U of A Library

The University of Arizona Women’s Hackathon is a women-founded, non- competitive, free hackathon designed by and for women and allies. The event is open to campus and community members from high school youth to senior citizens. Since its inaugural year in 2015, the Women’s Hackathon served as the only women’s-led hackathon in the Southwest. In 2017, the Hackathon expanded to invite attendees across all gender identities and expressions to participate, while maintaining its commitment to the mission. The Women’s Hackathon includes intensive design thinking/rapid prototyping training, workshops around topics like coding, 3D modeling, drones, virtual reality, bot building, group hack time, mentoring, and a final project presentation and awards ceremony.

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX Tech Startups

12:00 am - noon

AC Hotel by Marriott

Techstars Startup Weekend is a global movement, a 54-hour weekend event that brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, developers, startup enthusiasts, designers, and more to pitch ideas and form teams to develop a startup over the course one weekend. On the final day (Sunday), participants pitch their startup to a judging panel that determines the winners. (You must apply and be accepted to participate in this event). It is $50 add-on experience.

ACTIVATE: Tactical Urbanism Block Party

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

6th Ave / 7th Street

Help us transform a downtown intersection into and engaging space that is safe and fun for all users. We'll be using paint, planters, community art, and other tools to reallocate space and calm traffic. Then enjoy our new space with a street party, complete with DJs, food trucks, and more! In partnership with the United Days of Caring.

ACTIVATE: Yoga by the Pool

9:30 am - 10:30 am

AC Hotel by Marriott

Free to passport holders, the AC Hotel will provide yoga by rooftop pool.

EDUCATE: Complete Streets Workshop

noon - 1:00 pm

6th Ave / 7th Street

Find out more about how our city is evolving towards a more pedestrian and bike friendly city in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes workshop with the City of Tucson and Living Street Alliance.

EDUCATE: TedX Tucson

6:00 pm - 9:00 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.

Sunday, October 21st

AFFILIATE EVENT: Women's Hackathon

12:00 am

U of A Library

The University of Arizona Women’s Hackathon is a women-founded, non- competitive, free hackathon designed by and for women and allies. The event is open to campus and community members from high school youth to senior citizens. Since its inaugural year in 2015, the Women’s Hackathon served as the only women’s-led hackathon in the Southwest. In 2017, the Hackathon expanded to invite attendees across all gender identities and expressions to participate, while maintaining its commitment to the mission. The Women’s Hackathon includes intensive design thinking/rapid prototyping training, workshops around topics like coding, 3D modeling, drones, virtual reality, bot building, group hack time, mentoring, and a final project presentation and awards ceremony.

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX Tech Startups

12:00 am

AC Hotel by Marriott

Techstars Startup Weekend is a global movement, a 54-hour weekend event that brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, developers, startup enthusiasts, designers, and more to pitch ideas and form teams to develop a startup over the course one weekend. On the final day (Sunday), participants pitch their startup to a judging panel that determines the winners. (You must apply and be accepted to participate in this event. For all event details, please visit: http://go.startupweekend.org/latinxtecharizonasonora)

CELEBRATE: TENWEST Festival Closing

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

TBD

Presenting Sponsors

University of Arizona

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state's land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $622 million in research investment each year, and ranking 22nd among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.

Activate Events Schedule

Saturday, October 13th

ACTIVATE: A Mountain Bike Ride, hosted by TuGo Bikes.

8:00 am - 10:00 am

TBD

Sunday, October 14th

ACTIVATE: Family Dance Party

7:00 am - 9:00 am

TBD

Bring your best moves AND your family to this unique family dance party. A giant ball pit, neon lights, and great DJ's will make your morning unforgettable and fun for everyone. Costumes welcomed!

Saturday, October 20th

ACTIVATE: Tactical Urbanism Block Party

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

6th Ave / 7th Street

Help us transform a downtown intersection into and engaging space that is safe and fun for all users. We'll be using paint, planters, community art, and other tools to reallocate space and calm traffic. Then enjoy our new space with a street party, complete with DJs, food trucks, and more! In partnership with the United Days of Caring.

ACTIVATE: Yoga by the Pool

9:30 am - 10:30 am

AC Hotel by Marriott

Free to passport holders, the AC Hotel will provide yoga by rooftop pool.

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 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.

EDUCATE: Directing Masterclass with director Catherine Hardewicke Presented by Film Fest Tucson

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Scottish Rite

In this unique and special program, Hardwicke takes you inside preproduction – from creating a workable shot list to constructing lookbooks, shaping locations and building relationships with cast and crew alike – she offers tips and tricks as well as showcasing her personal work materials. TENWEST Festival passport holders are invited to attend one free film at the Scottish Rite. Some limitations apply.

Sunday, October 14th

EDUCATE: Discover Local

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tucson Museum of Art

Discover Local connects community members of all ages to localism through unique and exciting micro-workshops focused on art, technology, sustainability, and more! This TENWEST Partner event is brought to you by Local First Arizona, Lead Local, Vib'n, and Mrs. Green's World. In addition to an open to the public pop-up market, TENWEST passport holders are invited to attend discovery workshops. Space is limited. First come first served.

Discover Local offers Tucsonans hands-on ways to experience what it means to live local and take everyday actions to positively impact our community. Each Discovery Track focuses on a distinct aspect of localism in Tucson. Attendees can get involved in the Discover Local Scavenger Hunt to win prizes by visiting different Activity Stations along each Track.

  • Discovery Track 1: Living Green/Viviendo Verde: Sustainability actions at home
  • Discovery Track 2: In Your Backyard/En Mi Jardin: Getting to know your urban ecosystem
  • Discovery Track 3: Art and Technology For All/Arte y Tecnología Para Todos: Artists, makers, and micro-entrepreneurs
  • Discovery Track 4: Viva Juntos: Celebrating the things that bring us together
  • From 2pm -3pm bust out your best moves with local DJ's for Discover Local's, Local Dance Off.

Monday, October 15th

EDUCATE: STEM Connect

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The STEM Connect Conference brings together leaders in education (PreK-University), business, nonprofit, government and more to identify areas of cross-sector collaboration. Participants will leave the meeting with concrete connections and tools for creating STEM learning and career opportunities that will benefit southern Arizona for years to come. STEM Connect is brought to you by TENWEST Festival partners UA STEM Learning Center, SARSEF, and the Waters Foundation. Educators can receive continuing education credits for attending. Please note, that once you have purchased your TENWEST Festival pass, there will be an additional registration process for this specific event. The first step for this process will be to indicate your interest in the event on the digital Festival Guide you will receive. Then you will be emailed a brief survey. After submission, you will be emailed directly to let you know if you have been confirmed on the attendee list or if you are on the waitlist.

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

TENWEST introduces a new event in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Optics as well as various other industry groups entitled "Sonoran Cloud City." Sonoran Cloud City is focused on highlighting what sustainable and innovative solutions look like within a cloud city based in the desert. The day will focus on topics related to how the Sonoran Desert region will use the cloud, big data, and innovative technologies to impact areas such as transportation, water, energy, and waste.

Industry Leaders Breakfast is a $35 add-on experience: Industry Leaders Breakfast that highlights companies in Arizona’s up-and-coming industries including mining, aerospace, autonomous vehicles, etc. You must purchase a TENWEST festival ticket to attend this event.



Keynote Lunch - Cloud Cities: Transportation & Autonomous Vehicles is a $35 add-on experience: Lunch Featuring University of Arizona Data-Center Initiative and a keynote on Cloud Cities: Transportation & Autonomous Vehicles. You must purchase a TENWEST festival ticket to attend this event.

Thursday, October 18th

EDUCATE: The McGuire Center Social Impact Summit

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tucson Convention Center

The McGuire Center Social Impact Summit is back for its 2nd year as part of TENWEST Festival. The Social Impact Summit brings to 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, attendees explore trends, changes and future innovations necessary to drive social innovation – locally, regionally, nationally and globally. In the evening, a social impact competition will allow the public as well as students to compete for awards.

Special Luncheon Featuring YWCA & BRAC Partnership is a $50 add-on experience: Join us for a signature luncheon featuring YWCA & BRAC partnership focused on Transforming Capital: From Microfinance to Impact Investing. You must purchase a TENWEST festival ticket to attend this event.

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.

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. The Pima Community College SBDC will be holding its widely acclaimed 9th Annual Veterans Conference with the theme of “The Right Stuff”. By sharing the successes of veterans, we hope to inspire others to either start businesses, grow their business, or strengthen them.

Saturday, October 20th

AFFILIATE EVENT: Women's Hackathon

12:00 am - noon

U of A Library

The University of Arizona Women’s Hackathon is a women-founded, non- competitive, free hackathon designed by and for women and allies. The event is open to campus and community members from high school youth to senior citizens. Since its inaugural year in 2015, the Women’s Hackathon served as the only women’s-led hackathon in the Southwest. In 2017, the Hackathon expanded to invite attendees across all gender identities and expressions to participate, while maintaining its commitment to the mission. The Women’s Hackathon includes intensive design thinking/rapid prototyping training, workshops around topics like coding, 3D modeling, drones, virtual reality, bot building, group hack time, mentoring, and a final project presentation and awards ceremony.

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX Tech Startups

12:00 am - noon

AC Hotel by Marriott

Techstars Startup Weekend is a global movement, a 54-hour weekend event that brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, developers, startup enthusiasts, designers, and more to pitch ideas and form teams to develop a startup over the course one weekend. On the final day (Sunday), participants pitch their startup to a judging panel that determines the winners. (You must apply and be accepted to participate in this event). It is $50 add-on experience.

EDUCATE: Complete Streets Workshop

noon - 1:00 pm

6th Ave / 7th Street

Find out more about how our city is evolving towards a more pedestrian and bike friendly city in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes workshop with the City of Tucson and Living Street Alliance.

EDUCATE: TedX Tucson

6:00 pm - 9:00 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.

Sunday, October 21st

AFFILIATE EVENT: Women's Hackathon

12:00 am

U of A Library

The University of Arizona Women’s Hackathon is a women-founded, non- competitive, free hackathon designed by and for women and allies. The event is open to campus and community members from high school youth to senior citizens. Since its inaugural year in 2015, the Women’s Hackathon served as the only women’s-led hackathon in the Southwest. In 2017, the Hackathon expanded to invite attendees across all gender identities and expressions to participate, while maintaining its commitment to the mission. The Women’s Hackathon includes intensive design thinking/rapid prototyping training, workshops around topics like coding, 3D modeling, drones, virtual reality, bot building, group hack time, mentoring, and a final project presentation and awards ceremony.

AFFILIATE EVENT: LatinX Tech Startups

12:00 am

AC Hotel by Marriott

Techstars Startup Weekend is a global movement, a 54-hour weekend event that brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, developers, startup enthusiasts, designers, and more to pitch ideas and form teams to develop a startup over the course one weekend. On the final day (Sunday), participants pitch their startup to a judging panel that determines the winners. (You must apply and be accepted to participate in this event. For all event details, please visit: http://go.startupweekend.org/latinxtecharizonasonora)

Celebrate Events Schedule

Friday, October 12th

Agave Tasting Reception

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Scottish Rite

Exclusive tasting reception that features Agave Spirits. Experts will be on hand to tell the unique stories behind each one.

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: Fuse - Local Music Showcase

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

TBD

A TENWEST Passport exclusive, the Fuse music showcase brings together a diverse lineup of artists and entertainers. Line-up announced soon.

Monday, October 15th

CELEBRATE: Molecular Happy Hour

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TBD

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

CELEBRATE: Startup Showcase

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

After IdeaFunding's daytime programming, join us in the evening for exciting evening events. Our keynote speaker is Cristie Street, the Co-founder of Nextrio, one of the fastest growing businesses in the US. We also recognize entrepreneurial greats in our community with a brief awards ceremony. Finally, the Mainstage Pitch awards $25,000 to the most impressive startup of the evening.

Wednesday, October 17th

CELEBRATE: Downtown Social Bike Ride with Living Street Alliance & TuGo Bikes

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

Take a leisurely stroll through downtown while expert guides point to landmarks of interest-- the stories that make up our downtown. The end of the bike ride drops you at the campus of the University of Arizona for the second part of the celebration evening. Free bikes provided by TuGo bikes.

CELEBRATE: U of A Discovery Days

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UA Campus

Open bio and technology labs for all passport holders.

Thursday, October 18th

CELEBRATE: Social Impact Pitch Competition

4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tucson Convention Center

Networking, pitch competition, prizes, and awards.

CELEBRATE: Museum of Modern Art Free Days

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MOCA : Museum of Contemporary Art

These themed nights feature different performances, music, and art making activities, as well as a cash bar.

Friday, October 19th

CELEBRATE: Women's Hack-a-thon Kick-off

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

U of A Lawn

Enjoy a keynote speaker then DJ's and a beer garden.

CELEBRATE: LatinX Tech Startup Kick-off

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AC Hotel by Marriott

Sunday, October 21st

CELEBRATE: TENWEST Festival Closing

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

TBD

Partners

Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses. We support, promote and advocate for a strong local business community and raise public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by strong local economies. Local businesses contribute to a sustainable economy for Arizona and build vibrant communities we're all proud to call home.

LeadLocal

We help you lead from where you are and cultivate everyday genius in yourself and your organization. Our individual leadership programs, workshops, and retreats give you the opportunity to discover what it takes to move from where you are to where you want to be. Our LeadFIT classes, and distributive leadership programs are designed to help you take innovative leadership to scale within your organization.

Vib'n

We inspire daily through original content. It's a feeling. It's an action. It's a social movements. It's a community and above all it's a lifestyle!

Mrs. Green's World

We show up, everyday, to change the world! We are part of a larger tribe, Disruptors for Good, who do the same thing in their families, communities all over the world.

To be the change we wish to see in the world, we created the educational platform, Mrs. Green’s World. Our platform inspires ways of living that are healthy, sustainable and socially just. We discuss real issues by leveraging experts and science to get trustworthy information.

Our message of climate reality reaches all corners of the physical and digital worlds through our podcasts, website, social media, public speaking and events.

We hope you’ll join us on our mission to change our climate reality and make this a socially just world for all!

UA STEM Learning Center

The STEM Learning Center is situated under the office of Research, Discovery, and Innovation at the University of Arizona. We are a university-wide center that supports efforts to recruit and retain a diverse population of learners into a robust STEM pipeline. We offer consultations on broadening participation and broader impacts; project design; education research and evaluation; inclusive practices; and collaborating with partners within the university, across institutions, or with industry. We invite you to contact us and set up a consultation early in your project planning period. If you are looking for resources on inclusive practices in STEM, need current data for project proposals, or just want to network and collaborate with like-minded groups or individuals, we can help.

SARSEF

SARSEF is a 501(c)(3) . Our mission is creating Arizona’s future critical thinkers and problem solvers thorough science and engineering.

Waters Foundation

The Waters Foundation is an internationally recognized leader in systems thinking capacity building. We are dedicated to providing the tools and methods that help people understand, track, and leverage the connections that affect their personal and professional goals.

UA College of Optical Science

The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences is one of the premier educational and research institutions in optics and photonics worldwide. We focus on educating outstanding students with a broad foundation in all areas of optics and on providing practical experience and highly competitive technical skills. Our research program spans from optical engineering to fundamental optical physics, from photonics to image science, and provides unique opportunities to pursue cutting-edge applications of optics in real systems. Our graduates become professors, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, working in academia, industry, government and business around the globe.

UA McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona is dedicated to building innovative capacity in individuals, organizations, and society through world-class education and research.

TEDx Tucson

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is TEDxTucson, where x = independently organized TED event. 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.

Startup Tucson

Startup Tucson is a nonprofit organization working to grow a strong, vibrant startup ecosystem of companies, entrepreneurs, and talent in Tucson. We help foster connections between mentors and entrepreneurs to cultivate Tucson’s rich business community.

Affiliates
Affiliate events have additional tickets and entry processes, but with special perks and reserved seating for TENWEST Passport holders.

FilmFest Tucson

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. A unique and home-grown Tucson film festival for those passionate about movies.

SBDC Pima Community

We are Arizona’s largest most comprehensive and accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. The Network consists of two teams – the Arizona Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) which provide tools, training and one-on-one business counseling, and the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) which help businesses seeking federal, state and local contracting opportunities.

Startup Unidos

Startup Unidos proactively promotes innovation and furthers entrepreneurship while building collaborations that elevate and stimulate the establishment and growth of micro-businesses and first and second stage start-up companies originating and developing in the Arizona-Sonora Mega Region. The Startup Unidos network of collaborators nurture emerging companies and support them in gaining access to mentors, training, innovation spaces, professional assistance at every stage, capital and other services curated to boost business success and overall vitality.

Women Techmakers

University of Arizona Women's Hackathon: Southwest's only women-founded, non-competitive, free hackathon designed by and for women and allies. Formerly called Women Techmakers Tucson Hackathon. Our 4th annual hackathon will be Oct 19-21, 2018!

Living Streets Alliance

A living streets allows for people of all ages and abilities to be together, get to wherever they need to go, socialize, shop, have fun, and – of course – provides for transportation of many different types. Afterall, streets are the most abundant form of public space that most cities have. Why not make them enjoyable, beautiful places for all to enjoy over the course of their day-to-day lives?!?

United Way

At United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, we transform individual lives and bring long-lasting, systemic change to our community by focusing on the key, underlying issues.

We fight for quality education, financial stability and healthy communities for every person in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Our role as community convener enables us to form strategic partnerships, mobilize the best resources and be the catalyst for needed, positive change.

YWCA

YWCA has been leading the fight for social and economic justice in Southern Arizona since 1917.

Today YWCA membership is open to all people, and it has not been a religious organization for more than fifty years. YWCA’s Frances McClelland Community Center at 525 N. Bonita Avenue was built in 2007 and has become an important venue for community, educational and business groups throughout the community.

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

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

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

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

VCs Unplugged Luncheon

Tucson Convention Center
$35.00

This add-on is a part of the EDUCATE: IdeaFunding event on Tuesday, October 16th, 11 AM - 1 PM. VCs 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.
This is an add-on experience. You must purchase a festival pass in order to gain entry into this event!

Sonoran Cloud City Luncheon

Tucson Convention Center
$35.00

This add-on is a part of the Sonoran Cloud City event on Wednesday, October 17th, 12 PM - 1 PM. This luncheon highlights companies in Arizona’s up-and-coming industries including mining, aerospace, autonomous vehicles, etc.
This is an add-on experience. You must purchase a festival pass in order to gain entry into this event!

Social Impact Summit Luncheon

Tucson Convention Center
$35.00

This add-on is a part of the The McGuire Center Social Impact Summit event on Thursday, October 18. Join us for a signature luncheon featuring YWCA & BRAC partnership focused on Transforming Capital: From Microfinance to Impact Investing.
This is an add-on experience. You must purchase a festival pass in order to gain entry into this event!