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October 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events

Science doesn’t stop in Maine: MSF partners help us keep the focus on science year-round. See what’s happening near you this month and remember that #scienceiseverywhere.


Grants to Fuel Ingenuity in Maine: MTI offers early stage grants to entrepreneurs and companies who are developing innovative products, processes or services. TechStart Grants of up to $5,000 can be used to conduct market research, develop a business plan, and file for patent protections. Seed Grants of up to $25,000 can be used to develop a prototype, demonstrate proof of concept, and conduct field trials. MTI is holding workshops Portland and Bangor, and a webinar for inventors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, anyone who wants to know about early-stage funding programs and resources available for innovative technology-based ideas!

Portland Workshop October 4, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Bangor Workshop October 5, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Webinar October 11, 2:00 – 3:30pm

MTAF 2.0 Workshops: The Maine Technology Asset Fund 2.0 provides challenge grants for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades for research, development and commercialization. The projects that are selected will be those that lead applicants to hold and gain market share, increase revenues, expand employment or retain jobs. Come learn about this opportunity and about the Lightning Rounds being held this Autumn. All workshops are open to the public, free of charge, but require registration.

Public Workshops/Potential Applicants. This workshop is geared to potential applicants to clarify purpose of the Program and help applicants to assess whether they might choose to apply for the Lightning Rounds.

October 2, 3-4:00pm Farmington October 3, 2-3:00pm Belfast October 3, 10-11:00am Portland October 5, 1-2:00pm Portland October 6, 10:00am – 12:00pm Caribou. Contact Dana Delano, (207)521-1713 or email at October 11, 3-4:00 PM Fairfield

Workshops for Service Providers/Business Counselors and others who work with potential applicants. This workshop is geared towards service providers, business counselors and others who assist clients with business planning, expansion and success.

October 2, 2-3:00pm Farmington October 3, 1-2:00pm Belfast October 5, 12-1:00pm Portland October 11, 2-3:00pm Fairfield


October 2-6Digital Humanities Week: STEM to STEAM at the University of Maine. What relevance do the arts and humanities play in a world whose swift transformation seems increasingly driven by science and technology? That’s the theme of this year’s Digital Humanities Week, a conference at the University of Maine during the first week of October whose events range from formal presentations by extraordinary speakers to ad hoc hackathons run by students. This year, speakers from MIT, Harvard, Dartmouth, UCLA, and the University of Texas–as well as other UMaine campuses and Bowdoin and Colby colleges–will demonstrate or examine art-science collaborations that have produced groundbreaking scientific discoveries, from the use of DNA to store cultural data (the Library of Congress fits in a test tube) to audio microscopes (each microbe has its own signature sound). Other demonstrations include creating “Hypercities” by superimposing layers of historical data on an urban map; using a planetarium dome for data visualization or 3d sound; and building virtual museums to document local economies (“Blueberries, Clams, and Beer”).

University of Maine, Orono