TechRochester Event Schedule


Underhyped and Overlooked: The Quiet Use of Generative AI | MARCH 14TH, 2024

In the past year, employees in many organizations have empowered themselves with generative AI tools to enhance their work output. Not driven by any overt strategy or directive, these people are quietly figuring out ways to enhance their company’s efficiency, in often unheralded ways. In this session, the third in a series on Generative AI co-hosted by WNY SIM and TechRochester, we invite four panelists from various fields to share their journeys in discovering and employing these tools, illustrating use cases both successful and unsuccessful. The goal of this evening is to help our attendees understand not only the raw value of things like ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot Adobe Firefly, and others, but also the value that comes from being encouraged to play in the generative AI sandbox that has put early adopters ahead of the game in generating the highest quality results.


Join panelists Mike Anile (Director of Sales, G&C Foods, Syracuse, NY), Joe Schaeffer (Director of Marketing, Palmer Foods, Rochester NY), Heather Ivory (Community Engagement, Willow Domestic Violence Center, Rochester NY), and Gregg Nicandri (Orthopedic Surgeon and CMIO at URMC, Rochester NY) in this very special evening that is sure to open our eyes and our minds, creating an evening of vigorous conversation.


2024 Technology Woman of the Year Awards | APRIL 25TH, 2024

2024 celebrates 24 years of TechRochester’s Technology Woman of the Year Event. This is over two decades of incredible achievements from local women in many companies you know or may not know, from startups to major corporations in our community. We continue to amplify women’s achievements in STEM in our community with this year’s 2024 Technology Woman of the Year and Emerging Technology Woman of the Year Awards. These awards are honoring their contributions to the profession, recognizing their support of other women, and being stewards in their community.


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ChargeUp | NextCorps

New Energy New York (NENY) has launched a new accelerator program called ChargeUp. If your startup is working on battery innovation—anywhere across the value chain—this opportunity could help change the trajectory of your business. The hybrid program, which runs from April through September 2024, provides an expert-driven, industry-specific curriculum, along with connections to vast resources within a federally designated Battery Tech Hub to advance your technology development, business, and investor readiness. ChargeUp participants will receive $25,000 to use throughout the program, as well as follow-on investment opportunities, including up to $100,000 for technical development. 

For more information, visit the NENY ChargeUp website or join one of our virtual info sessions:

  • Scale Your Startup at ChargeUp(Jan. 25, 2024, 1–2 p.m. EST) → Register here
  • Tips for Applying to ChargeUp(Feb. 8, 2024, 1 –2 p.m. EST) → Register here

Applications for the first cohort of ChargeUp are due by 11:59PM Feb. 23, 2024. Apply here.

The ChargeUp program is based on the methodology and curriculum of NextCorps Luminate and NextCorps Manufacturing Accelerator, and is being offered through funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Award ITE-2334103.

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