Accelerate Alaska
The Original MacGuyvers - Renee Fredericks, CITC

The Original MacGuyvers - Renee Fredericks, CITC

May 14, 2020

At CITC’s fab lab, Renee Fredericks helps Alaskan Native students discover that the sky’s the limit. With some basic instruction and training, students are creating on 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters – to create a wide range of products made from wood, metal and plastic. This type of hands-on learning experience exposes the students to a wide range of design, engineering and architectural concepts in a fun, holistic way that cannot be achieved in the classroom.

When students transform a simple idea into a tangible finished product, they get an overwhelming sense of accomplishment – and they learn that their future is only limited by their imagination.  

See the presentation https://youtu.be/jQ_r_ogYg4o

Learn more at www.accelerateak.com & www.acceleratearctic.com 

Opening Access to Care - Halle Showalter Salas, Premera Blue Cross

Opening Access to Care - Halle Showalter Salas, Premera Blue Cross

May 7, 2020

Do you have ideas on how to make Alaska healthcare costs lower and more efficient? If so, Halle Showalter Salas would love to hear from you.

Halle's role is to identify opportunities that reduce the friction and barriers that plague the healthcare system.

Technology advancements in machine learning, voice recognition, artificial intelligence, data integration and cloud services have accelerated these kinds of disruption in healthcare, and Premera is leaning in to this, experimenting with innovative care delivery

There is a long way to go to make healthcare work better, but Halle Showater Salas ise committed to making this happen. We join her on stage during the Health care track.

See the presentation

Learn more at www.accelerateak.com & www.acceleratearctic.com  

E-commerce from Alaska - Heather Kelly, Heather’s Choice

E-commerce from Alaska - Heather Kelly, Heather’s Choice

April 23, 2020

When you walk into REI, you might suspect that the camping food comes from large, national corporations. You might be surprised to learn that one of the popular food providers is based right here in Alaska. Learn about Heather Kelly's journey and what it means for manufacturing food and e-commerce from Alaska.

To see the presentation, go to

https://youtu.be/PzBUe6KnEPA 

To learn more about Accelerate

www.accelerateak.com & www.acceleratearctic.com

Investing In Alaska - Angela Rodell, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

Investing In Alaska - Angela Rodell, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

April 16, 2020

When most people think of the Alaska Permanent Fund, they think of the dividend that hits their bank account once a year, but it can be so much more than that.

Angela Rodell, the Executive Director of the Permanent Fund Corporation announced a $200 million initiative to invest in Alaska companies.

To see the presentation, go to

https://youtu.be/AWdDcmqxx3s

To learn more about Accelerate

www.accelerateak.com & www.acceleratearctic.com

From Idea To Prototype - Domenic Giunta, IDAYA

From Idea To Prototype - Domenic Giunta, IDAYA

April 9, 2020

20 years from now, are we still going to be getting stuff delivered to us from Amazon?

Domenic Giunta believes that the future is in 3D printing and he is teaching 8th graders in Alaska to make airplanes and iron man suits so that they are prepared for a future that is only limited by your imagination. We join him on stage during the education track.

Check out his slide deck here

See his presentation here

Learn more about www.accelerateak.com or www.acceleratearctic.com

Innovating From A Crisis - Bala Kamallakharan, Iceland Venture Studios

Innovating From A Crisis - Bala Kamallakharan, Iceland Venture Studios

March 31, 2020

In 2008, Iceland's banking collapse was the largest experienced by any country in economic history. It's three largest banks defaulted on 200 billion of foreign debt. And it was only a country with less than 400,000 people.

While most people would call this adversity, Bala Kamallakharan made this into an opportunity to help remake Iceland's economy.

Check out his slide deck here

See his presentation here

Learn more about www.accelerateak.com or www.acceleratearctic.com 

Evolving Winter Tourism - Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks

Evolving Winter Tourism - Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks

February 21, 2020

45% of visitor spending in Fairbanks, AK happens during September to April and that number is rising! This is despite the fact that there are more than TWICE as many visitors to Fairbanks in the summer.  Winter tourists stay longer and do more in the winter.  Developing the aurora and winter tourism seasons has strengthened the local Fairbanks region travel industry providing more year-round jobs and economic impact. As the Fairbanks tourism industry becomes more robust, the quality of life of Fairbanks improves. 

Deb Hickok, Executive Director of Explore Fairbanks, has been been pivotal in growing winter tourism in Fairbanks.  Learn about how she moved the ball forward and what other communities can learn from her. 

Watch the presentation here

Learn more about Accelerate 

www.acceleratearctic.com & www.accelerateak.com 

Growing For Export - Jodie Anderson, UAF Experiment Farm & Extension Center

Growing For Export - Jodie Anderson, UAF Experiment Farm & Extension Center

February 12, 2020

The UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center is one of Alaska's best kept secrets that looks to turn Alaska into an agricultural mecca. They experiment with different crops and strains to find what could take advantage of Alaska's unique growing capabilities. Jodie Anderson believes that Alaska could become the organic capital of the world of this food staple. We join her on the Food Systems stage.

If you'd like to see the presentation, which we strongly recommend, go to https://youtu.be/G8gQl5GFyjQ

Learn more about Accelerate Alaska & Accelerate Arctic, at www.accelerateak.com & www.acceleratearctic.com.

What Does The Rest Of The World Want From Alaska? - Alex Salov, SBDC

What Does The Rest Of The World Want From Alaska? - Alex Salov, SBDC

February 5, 2020

Overseas exports accounted for nearly $5 Billion in 2018, nearly 10% of the Alaska’s Gross State Product (GSP). Exports support nearly 15,000 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs in Alaska. Export jobs are high paying jobs. Export-related jobs typically pay 13-16% more than jobs tied solely to domestic economy.

What are the top exports from Alaska and which countries are purchasing?

Alex Salov has a long history at the World Trade Center - Alaska. We join him on the export stage.

If you'd like to see the presentation, which we strongly recommend, go to 

Learn more about Accelerate Alaska & Accelerate Arctic.

Global Demand For Alaska Peonies? - Chris Beks, Arctic Alaska Peonies

Global Demand For Alaska Peonies? - Chris Beks, Arctic Alaska Peonies

January 29, 2020

Alaska’s long cool growing season and cool soils provide the optimum growing conditions for peonies. Alaska's blooms are larger and more saturated in color. Last year, Alaska shipped out 500,000 stems. Learn why that doesn't even scratch the surface of the global demand for this unexpected export.

Chris Beks is a peony farmer north of Fairbanks. We join him on the export stage.

If you'd like to see the presentation, which we strongly recommend, go to 

Learn more about Accelerate Alaska & Accelerate Arctic.

 

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