Tech Parks Arizona creates interactive ground, which generates, attracts and supports technology companies and talent in alignment with the goals of the University of Arizona.

Tech Parks Arizona held the sixth annual Racing the Sun, a high school solar go-kart competition at the Musselman Honda track. Approximately 300 people were in attendance. The competition challenges high school students to design, build, and test solar go-karts using basic engineering and science concepts. This unique program encourages students to pursue technical careers in STEM fields. While actively participating in the program, students build confidence in their skill sets while enjoying the learning process through the fun of the competition.

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Startups Draw Silicon Valley Attention to Tucson

On May 3, four startups founded on inventions based on University of Arizona research made their pitches at an accelerator in one of the nations epicenters for technology and entrepreneurship: Silicon Valley.

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Congressional District 2 Art Competition at the Park

The Tech Park walls are in full display of artwork from high school students from across the Tucson area as part of a national art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute. This display, titled "Art in the Park," is organized annually by Arizonas 2nd Congressional District Congresswoman Martha McSally. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated and some even going as far as Washington DC, where winners are recognized at an annual awards ceremony as well as in their corresponding district.

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Design Day at the UA

Student engineers that worked with JP Green Energy, a business incubator client of Arizona Center for Innovation, presented during the recent Design Day at the University of Arizona. Their goal was to develop an optimized wind turbine prototype to generate electrical power. The team developed the prototype using the Arizona Center for Innovations 3D printer.

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Park-Wide Celebration

Tech Cat Fiesta was celebrated at the UA Tech Park! Tenants enjoyed the wonderful Mariachi from Davis Bilingual Elementary Las Aguilitas. There was also a delicious array of food available. This event was a great opportunity for employees to take a break from the regular workday and mingle outside.

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Innovative Minds

UA student teams participated in a 5-week long training program by Innovative UA which culminated with the entrepreneurial teams demonstrating their business ideas at a demo day. The winners, Spectros, Audivity, InteRo VR, received a cash prize and are eligible to participate in the 2017 Perkins Coie Innovative Minds Challenge. This is an opportunity for additional training and business refinement sponsored by the Arizona Center for Innovations incubator program and cash prizes from Perkins Coie LLP, an international law firm with offices in Phoenix.

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National Tribal Air Association Briefing

The UA Tech Park, in partnership with Tucson Electric Power, hosted the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) for a briefing and tour of the Solar Zone. The NTAA is a national program funded by the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation to advance air quality management policies and programs that are consistent with the needs, interests and unique legal statuses of American Indian Tribes and Alaskan Natives.  

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Fathers of the Year

Six fathers were honored at the 23rd annual Father of the Year Awards Gala. Robert Smith, VP of Planning Design and Operations, University of Arizona, serves on the Tech Parks Planning and Development Advisory Committee and previously served on the Board of Directors. Alan Levin, Owner Port of Tucson, partner with the Tech Park in the Tucson Tech Corridor. Luis Felipe Seldner, CEO & Co-founder The Offshore Group, partner in Global Advantage program. Michael Varney, President & CEO Tucson Metro Chamber. Tech Parks Arizona is a member of the Chamber. Greg White, CFO, VP Raytheon Missle Systems, one of the UA Tech Parks major tenants. Major General Edward Maxwell, President Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Tech Parks Arizona is a member of SALC.  

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Tech Park Interns

The Spring 2017 cohort of interns at Tech Parks Arizona recently completed their program. They gained real-world work experience as part of the 100% engagement initiative at the University of Arizona to build upon their personal and professional skills. Students came from the Colleges of Engineering and Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Eller College of Management.

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Tech Parks Arizona is part of Tech Launch Arizona, an office of integrated teams creating an ecosystem of invention and commercialization throughout Arizona and beyond. TLA generates social and economic impact through bringing the inventions of the University of Arizona from the lab to the marketplace.

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