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Sci-Fi Technology Writing Contest

October 16, 2020 – February 22, 2021

In partnership with Texas A&M Department of English & Texas A&M University Libraries/Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, we are happy to announce the first Science Fiction and Technology Creative Writing Contest.

Flex your science fiction creative writing muscles by exploring new technologies in your ‘verse. Stories must include at least 1 of the 20 real inventions and discoveries from TAMU faculty in each story. Can one of the discoveries save the city? Is one of the inventions your vibranium (or your kryptonite)?

All forms of speculative fiction are welcome! All story submissions will receive 500 MaroonBase points and the selected stories will receive one of the prizes below and the chance to perform your piece at a public reading.

Prizes:
1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $600
3rd Place: $400

  • Eligibility: Open to ALL TAMU undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and post-doctoral researchers.
  • Criteria: Must include at least one of the writing prompts featuring inventions from the Innovation Partners portfolio
  • Page Limit: None
  • Word Count: 3,000 words
  • Format: Submit as a Microsoft Word or PDF document, single spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Include cover page with first name, last name, email address, and title of story. On the first page of the story, include the title again at the top. Name of person submitting the story should not appear anywhere in the body of your story/submission, and should only appear on the cover page.
  • Deadline to apply: Monday, February 22nd, 2021
Writing Prompts Submit Your Story Here

GCA Cybersecurity for Startups Training Series

November 10, 17, and 24, 2020
10:00am-11:00am Central Standard Time

Join us for an interactive online training series to learn how to protect your start-up or small business from cyberattack. This non-technical training comprises three weekly, one-hour sessions focused on cybersecurity basics using the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business. Each attendee will be able to interact with the instructors, ask questions, and leave the sessions with practical, concrete solutions to apply immediately. We encourage you to attend all three sessions.

Presented by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), in collaboration with the Texas A&M University Innovation Partners, Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation, Plug and Play, and Draper Startup House.

November 10, 2020:

  • Overview of Cyber Risks- learn what threats your business faces
  • Know What You Have – why having an inventory of your assets is critical
  • Beyond Simple Passwords – understand why strong passwords are important

November 17, 2020:

  • Prevent Phishing and Malware – overview of viruses and other malware; how to protect against attacks; understand Domain Name System (DNS) security; how to use Quad9 tool for DNS security

November 24, 2020:

  • Backup and Recover- why backups for your data and systems are important
  • Protect Your Email and Reputation – know what DMARC stands for, why it’s important, and what attacks it mitigates
Register Here View More Info

Community Events We Recommend

Meet with the National Cancer Institute

October 13, 2020

Hosted by JLABS
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) continues to develop new funding opportunities that adapt to changes in the way that science is conducted. The Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can be a critical source of non-dilutive financing for early stage companies, and has set aside $179M for fiscal year 2020 for innovative technologies. Presenting at this webinar will be Ming Zhao, PhD, Program Director, National Cancer Institute.

Register Here

Community On-Demand Events We Recommend

Insight on Securing SBIR Funding

Hosted by JLABS
Join our webinar with SBIR experts to learn more about SBIR funding, including eligibility, how to apply, the application road map and more. Our panel experts will share what the different NIH groups are looking for in an application, what their group offers to companies, application do’s and don’ts, and will also be answering your key questions.

Watch Here

How to Navigate Investor Interactions

Hosted by JLABS
Wondering how to best communicate the full potential of your discoveries without spilling the secret sauce? In this webinar, experts of the craft will share practical tips on becoming more effective in communicating your story to investors, increasing your chances of successful fundraising.

Watch Here

Crack The Commercialization Code

Hosted by JLABS
You believe in your science and that it will generate a safe and effective product; unfortunately, that alone might not ensure it reaches patients. From understanding your market and regulatory needs to payor reimbursement and clinical adoption, we aim to provide an aerial view to help define your pathway through the commercialization maze. In this session, we take you through the nuances of the 4 key steps on the path to commercialization: Global markets, Regulatory agencies, Payor reimbursement, Clinician adoption. Join us for practical steps to help maneuver the maze. Like most things for life science entrepreneurs, starting early can help smooth the road.

Watch Here

Community Ongoing Events We Recommend

VC Pitch Sessions

Houston Exponential: Call for Startups! Apply for a VC Pitch Session with Houston Exponential.
In the fundraising phase? Submit an application to the ‘Who’s Raising’ Bulletin, powered by Houston Exponential, which connects Houston startups to VC funding. The Who’s Raising bulletin is for founders (yes, even those in stealth) who are raising and want to leverage HX’s network of investors– people in the market actively doing deals. HX sends curated connections to founders based on investment stage/vertical/ shared data points to investor groups with matching theses.

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