By Elisa Miller-Out

Updates on some recent community events.

After a couple of weeks of exciting events and travel, I finally have a minute to breathe and reflect. I'd love take a moment to share stories from some of the community activities I've been involved with recently.

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

I participated in a panel of amazing women entrepreneurs and engineers at a recent screening of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap at Cinemapolis in Ithaca, NY. Other panelists included: Julie Baker from Ursa Space Systems, Adriane Wolfe from Quinn Energy and Anita Govindjee from IBM. The panel was organized by Ducson Nguyen, Alderperson of Ithaca's Second Ward. The film addresses some of the reasons behind the gender gap in the technology world and looks at some approaches to solving the problem as well. There are other screenings happening in many different locations. You can also host a screening if there isn't one in your area. It's definitely worth viewing it in a place where you can also have a community discussion around the topic, similar to what we did in Ithaca.

Upstate Unleashed!

Upstate Unleashed was a wonderful gathering of the larger entrepreneur and investor community across NY state that took place at the lovely Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY. It included a mini-conference in the morning with keynote speaker Dane Stangler from the Kauffman Foundation and an awards ceremony and luncheon celebration with a keynote from Tim Keenan, Co-Founder of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at LeMoyne. I moderated a panel at the event called Founder's View: Launching your Startup Journey in Upstate NY. The panel featured several high growth startup founders including: Rohini Srihari from Content Savvy, Victoria Van Voorhis from Second Avenue Learning, Natalie Apparicio-Farrell from Healthcare Hub and Devin Daly from SpinCar. I was also honored to be nominated for awards in two categories!

Women in Tech CNY Meetup: Angel Investing 101

I recently founded a Women in Tech CNY Meetup group and our latest event was a fireside talk with Jennifer Tegan from Cayuga Venture Fund. Jen shared some insights about the world of angel investing and venture capital for an engaged group of women leaders. We chose this topic for the group, because we'd love to introduce more women in the region to these investing categories. Investing in startups in our region offers a powerful way to make a difference and shape the future.

Venture Beat Article on Chatbots in Higher Ed

One of my current startups is CourseQ a chatbot for higher education. Since I'm excited about the future possibilities of the bot revolution, I took some time to write a story about the space for Venture Beat. Hope you enjoy it!

YEC Founder's Dinner

Last, but not least, I took time to reconnect with some amazing fellow entrepreneurs at the YEC Founder's Dinner at the magnificent Brooklyn Grange.