Calendar of Events
Campus Wide Events
TunaFEST: Back Tuna Future
June 29, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
Open to all Rice Affiliates, the Texas Medical Center and Houston Innovation Community

TunaFEST is one of the best science and tech summer festivals at Rice - with free food, fun and science exhibitions! This year's theme is “Back TunaFuture,” and we’re showcasing the best and brightest future science and tech from the brilliant minds at Rice University.

This event is FREE to all our friends at Rice University, the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Innovation community (e.g. tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, business leaders, Makers, and nerds).

This year also marks the retirement of Prof. Wade Adams, the founder of TunaFest.

 

About the Rice TunaFEST:

Wade Adams “retired” as Chief Scientist of the Materials Directorate in the Air Force Research Lab, and in January 2002 became head of Rice’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, working for Rick Smalley. Later that year, Wade and his wife, Mert, returned to Houston from fishing – off of the Carolina Outer Banks – with TOO MUCH TUNA. Quite naturally for Wade and Mert, “too much tuna” became “let’s have a cookout,” and TunaFEST was born. The critical elements were hospitality and fun, and the result was a tradition that the entire Rice community looked forward to every year – on the last Friday before the Fourth of July.

By the time we held the most recent TunaFEST (TunaFinity and Beyond!!!) in 2011 – with upwards of 2,300 people – the traditions of the party had grown to include live music from The Blaggards – featuring Rick Smalley’s eldest son; plus a piñata, special T-shirts, beer from St. Arnold’s, and – of course – tuna, burgers, hot dogs, brownies, door prizes... Mainly, an excuse for Rice workers, students, staff and faculty, and friends from the Rice and Med Center community, to get together and celebrate before scattering for Independence Day.

Plus, seemingly by accident, TunaFEST has always been productive. No accident, really, because when you get that many bright people together, good ideas come out.

When Wade retired from the Smalley Institute, TunaFEST retired…until now! We are bringing TunaFEST back – keeping all of the fun, putting it in a better location (more accessible to the Texas Medical Center) and adding new things: art and technology.

Competition
DisrupTexas - Undergraduate Pitch Competition
Sept. 14, 2018
Application Deadline
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Austin, Texas
Open to all Undergraduate Students

Are You Ready to DisrupTexas?

This competition is all about changing the game, never settling, pushing boundaries and testing out innovative ideas. We’re looking for big ideas and the passionate students behind them.

Who Should Apply?

Undergraduate entrepreneurs from any 4-year university throughout Texas are welcome to apply! The participating team must contain and be represented by at least one full-time or part-time undergraduate student currently enrolled.

Entrepreneurship is for everyone – diverse teams and innovative products across any industry are welcome. Top industries represented in previous years include: social good, oil and gas, entertainment, retail, business operations, education tech and healthcare tech.

Important: ONLY undergraduates will be invited to pitch at the finals.

Pitch at DisrupTexas among the best of the Lone Star State’s college students and catalyze your startup. Visit the Reviewr Application site to get started!

What Can You Win? 

Beyond a full day of feedback from top Austin entrepreneurs and investors, you’ll be eligible for a chance at more than $50K in prizes, including free service offerings and perks from our sponsors.

Cash Prizes:
1st place: $20K
2nd place: $10K 
3rd place: $5K
4th place: $3K
5th place: $2K

Plus amazing in-kind prizes!

$50K + in Prizes

Applications due September 14th
Pitches on October 27th.

Alumni Events (Students Free)
HX CRAWL '18 - The Innovation Ecosystem Tour
Sept. 20, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Liu Idea Lab, Main Room
Open to the community

Join Houston Exponential for a tour of the Innovation Ecosystem. We're showing up at key innovation hubs with an intro to all the great resources available to entrepreneurs in Houston’s thriving ecosystem plus a deeper dive by our host for the day, the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie).

They have put together a fantastic program AND (Bonus)..... if you want to show up early @ 2:00 you can attend an amazing talk on the Economics of AI by Ajay Agrawal, check it out here: http://bit.ly/economicsofAI

2:00 - Economics of AI (RSVP Above)

3:00 - Open Networking

3:30 - HX ‘Mapping the Ecosystem’

3:45 - Get to Know Lilie Labs

4:15 - Networking! (and possibly cocktails...you have to be there to find out)

 

Directions & Parking:

Easiest: Google Maps – “Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship”

Lilie is in the new Cambridge Building, which is behind the Allen Center and across from Lovett College. We suggest you enter Rice University through entrance #3 off of Main Street, onto Cambridge. The building is the first building on your right (highlighted with blue circle below). Take a right at the first stop sign (as soon as you turn into campus), and follow the road around to the parking garage. The garage is paperless, so you will not get a ticket. You will need to insert your credit card upon entry. The Liu Idea Lab is on the first floor in the building attached to the garage. Go through the lobby and we are at the back of the building.

 

Lilie Map

Napier Rice Launch Challege Workshop
Customer Discovery Workshop
Oct. 11, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Liu Idea Lab, Main Room
Open to all Rice students

There is a myth in Silicon Valley that product-market fit comes from inspiration that strikes a magical person who then designs something wonderful, releases it to the public, and it takes off. This isn’t true for the vast majority of products. Finding product-market fit takes time and diligent work. It consists of constant testing, feedback and learning, and it’s crucial for future growth. Most importantly, it requires entrepreneurs to restrain their desire to sell and instead to focus on objective exploration.

Work with Diana to learn how to find your market fit and ask the right questions.

Diana is the founder of Monarq Incubator, powers exceptional women-led startups by provides them with all the resources, mentorship and introductions they need to raise your next round. She spent a decade in tech investment banking working on mergers and acquisitions and institutional commodities sales company led to a desire to improve the lives of women. After building and launching the first women-only iPhone app for new friends and networking, I became compelled to solve the difficulties women founders faced rather than build only one company and solve only one type of problem. I grew my network in Nw York and Houston through high impact events including #SheHacks hackathons, #MonarqMoguls Investor + Founder events and the #MentHERnyc summit bringing together the most promising women-led companies with the most active investors/advisors in the NYC area.

Competition
DisrupTexas - Undergraduate Pitch Competition
Oct. 27, 2018
Pitch Day
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Austin, Texas
Open to all Undergraduate Students

Are You Ready to DisrupTexas?

This competition is all about changing the game, never settling, pushing boundaries and testing out innovative ideas. We’re looking for big ideas and the passionate students behind them.

Who Should Apply?

Undergraduate entrepreneurs from any 4-year university throughout Texas are welcome to apply! The participating team must contain and be represented by at least one full-time or part-time undergraduate student currently enrolled.

Entrepreneurship is for everyone – diverse teams and innovative products across any industry are welcome. Top industries represented in previous years include: social good, oil and gas, entertainment, retail, business operations, education tech and healthcare tech.

Important: ONLY undergraduates will be invited to pitch at the finals.

Pitch at DisrupTexas among the best of the Lone Star State’s college students and catalyze your startup. Visit the Reviewr Application site to get started!

What Can You Win? 

Beyond a full day of feedback from top Austin entrepreneurs and investors, you’ll be eligible for a chance at more than $50K in prizes, including free service offerings and perks from our sponsors.

Cash Prizes:
1st place: $20K
2nd place: $10K 
3rd place: $5K
4th place: $3K
5th place: $2K

Plus amazing in-kind prizes!

$50K + in Prizes

Applications due September 14th
Pitches on October 27th.

Campus Wide Events
President's Lecture Series Ft. John Doerr
Dec. 4, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Stude Concert Hall
Open to all Rice students and alumni

The Rice University President’s Lecture Series presents: Measuring, Finding and Developing Successful Tech Innovations to Change the World 

Featuring John Doerr ’73, engineer and acclaimed venture capitalist

For more than 37 years, John Doerr ’73 has served entrepreneurs with ingenuity and optimism — bringing ideas worth spreading to disruptive leaders and teams. In 2018, Doerr authored the New York Times bestseller “Measure What Matters,” a handbook for setting and achieving audacious goals. Through his book and platform, whatmatters.com, he shares valuable stories and lessons from innovators.

Paid parking is available in the Central Campus Garage and West Lot 2.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please register.

The President’s Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Office of the President and supported by the J. Newton Rayzor Lecture Fund, was created to enrich the intellectual life of the Houston community by bringing to the Rice campus “celebrities of substance,” speakers of both high intellectual distinction and broad public appeal. If you would like to nominate future speakers for this series, please submit your nomination here. To learn more about the President’s Lecture Series and view past events, click here.