Events & Programs

Innovate@UCLA is proud to provide a robust calendar of virtual and in-person events and a growing library of related content such as video clips, recorded events, speaker presentation decks and articles – all with our member community’s interests and growth in mind. Each year we consider major trends in technology innovation and leadership, as well as trends affecting the industries of our members, and we plan a calendar of event topics tailored to help you and your team garner insights and ideas that will help you think bigger and stay ahead of the curve. Our Programming includes:

Quarterly Summits

Our Spring, Summer and Fall summits are our longest-running programming series at Innovate@UCLA. These events are typically in-person, but may be offered as hybrid in-person and virtual events. Summits focus on a thematic topic and feature a keynote speaker and several other presentations, such as panels or fireside chats. These are typically several hour-long events in the morning or evening and include breakfast or hors d’oeuvres and networking. All members are welcome.

Young Tech Professionals Bootcamps

The Young Tech Professionals (YTP) program develops the next generation technology workforce by educating undergraduate and graduate students on business and technical skills that are necessary to succeed in the real world. Students engage in a 6-week hands-on bootcamp augmenting their academic curriculum with digital using the Google Design Thinking framework and core, professional skills, such as UI/UX, How to Pitch, and team communication.

CxO Exchanges

Innovate@UCLA invites senior executive level leaders from our member organizations to join us for our CXO Exchange events, which occur 3-4 times a year. These events are traditionally 2-3 hour in-person dinner events but may be offered as virtual or hybrid events with a shorter format as well. Topics are geared toward a senior-executive audience; we aim to create a safe and conversational space for senior leaders to share their thinking, ask questions, and learn from each other.

Partner Events

Innovate@UCLA is building a circle of partners who share our values and derive mutual benefit from partnering on events with our organization. For some partner events, Innovate@UCLA and the partner collaborate to bring an event to life together. For others, partners offer free access to their event for Innovate@UCLA members and an opportunity to promote our organization, and in turn, Innovate@UCLA will promote the event to its members.

Virtual Event Series

Virtual Event Series events are hosted 1-2 times per month throughout the year. These are typically 60-minute sessions via Zoom in the afternoon or evening. Virtual Series events may feature a speaker, panel, fireside chat or other format. Speakers are experts and leaders on the selected topic for each event and may be recruited through our organization’s membership or extended network.

Women in Tech Event Series

All members are welcome to join us for our Women in Tech Event series. Events occur 4-5 times per year with the goal of elevating women leaders in technology to share their stories and experiences and/or sharing topics and insights of critical importance to the growth and career acceleration of women leaders in technology and business.

Executive Leadership Awards

The Executive Leadership Awards (ELA) is Innovate@UCLA’s premier annual event, during which we recognize leaders in SoCal for their technology and innovation accomplishments and contributions to our communities. We feature an executive keynote speaker, celebrate our winners, recap the year of events and accomplishments of our organization, and look ahead to the next year. The event has traditionally been in-person but may be hosted virtually or as a hybrid event.

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