Providence Students at the MIT Enterprise Forum

Last Wednesday, Mr. Alker and three students (Josh, Wade, and Caleb) spent the evening hearing from top professionals in their respective arenas at the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast. The topic for the evening was “The Future of Digital Imaging & Camera Technology”. The program featured Nicholas Weissman (Founder & Director, Vacationland Studios), Russ Mead (VP of Engineering, SEEK THERMAL Infrared Imaging), and Dr. Edward Clift (Co-Author, “Digital Futures and the City of Today).
Left to right: Mr. Alker, Josh, Wade, Caleb, and the students’
sponsor, Ms. Horton

The students enjoyed hearing about the topics: a very practical cinematography presentation by Nicholas Weissman, an introduction to the infrared industry by Russ Mead, and a challenging and thoughtful presentation from Dr. Clift about how imagery is shaping modern forms of communication. After the presentation, students mingled with local leading architects and entrepreneurs.

We want to especially thank Kristi Horton of the Education Committee who invited the students to participate and sponsored their attendance. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the MIT Enterprise Forum and the rich and engaging programs they offer.

MIT Enterprise Forum

Students from our Academy were recently invited to attend the Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum, a monthly event right here in Santa Barbara that presents on a range of topics relating to business, entrepreneurship, and technology. Kristin Horton of the Haven Capital Group reached out and generously offered to cover charges for any of our seniors or juniors, and Gabriel and Jake (pictured) were only too happy to accept.
(photo by Tys vanZeyl)
The Enterprise Forum has recently tackled such topics as cybersecurity, the technology of disaster relief, and thermal vision (it is an interesting fact that infrared technology is actually an industry strength of Santa Barbara). This month’s topic was “Go Big! Go Green!”, looking at how businesses can realistically–and profitably–incorporate sustainable practice into their daily operations. Included among the speakers were representatives from Patagonia and Sonos.
On the whole, our boys enjoyed hearing from local industry leaders, making connections, and of course the open buffet! Students from nearby Anacapa School were also invited, all of this being part of the Forum’s new student outreach initiative. We’re thankful to the Enterprise Forum, and especially to Ms. Horton, and we hope to see more students at these and similar events as opportunities arise.