Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE)

Flying Car, Summerfest link up to sell Milwaukee

Flying Car + SummerfestFrom The Milwaukee Business Journal
Published May 19, 2014

In the movie “The Blues Brothers,” a car flies off a bridge in Chicago in a scene actually filmed on Milwaukee’s then-unfinished I-794 bridge.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett referenced that “flying car” scene standing near the same bridge Monday at Summerfest’s Briggs & Stratton stage, announcing a partnership between the massive music festival and Flying Car, the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s three-day technology and innovation series.

“There is nothing that sells Milwaukee like Summerfest,” Barrett said.

The partnership also sells Flying Car, said Don Smiley, president and CEO of Summerfest organizer Milwaukee World Festival Inc. He said both Summerfest and Flying Car seek the same core, young demographic. Flying Car can essentially leverage Summerfest’s established brand to draw attendees, and both can benefit from the cross-promotion, Smiley said.

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Flying Car 2014 to Feature Keynote Steve Wozniak

2nd annual Flying Car event to take place June 25-27 with speakers and hands-on labs

MILWAUKEE, April 28, 2014 – Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE), an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, announces Flying Car 2014, a platform for celebrating innovation and technology talent taking place June 25-27.

Flying Car 2014 features presentations from leaders who are shaping the future and hands-on labs where guests dig into new fields. The event’s keynote, sponsored by WHEDA, will be Steve Wozniak, a Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years. Wozniak helped shape the computing industry, co-founding Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs in 1976 with his Apple I personal computer. Wozniak has received many awards and honors, including the National Medal of Technology and induction into the Inventors Hall of Fame. Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures through the years, and currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for  “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity.”

“We look forward to again showcasing Milwaukee as an emerging hub of technology and innovation,” said ManpowerGroup president and MiKE Council co-chair Jonas Prising. “Who today better embodies innovation than Steve Wozniak?”

Flying Car 2014 has adopted the theme “People-Powered Innovation” – because it all starts with people. New ideas don’t start with technology and money. They start with the imagination and determination of people.

“When we rebranded Innovation Week as ‘Flying Car’ in 2013, the event truly started to take off,” said Briggs & Stratton chairman, president and CEO and MiKE Council Co-Chair Todd Teske. “At Flying Car 2014, speakers and labs will teach guests that anyone, no matter their title, can infuse innovation into their everyday work and lives.”

In addition to Wozniak, speakers include Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig, musician Robert DeLong, Living City Block founder and producer of the Emmy Award-winning series “The West Wing” Llew Wells, innovator and former Google brand strategist Heidi Hackemer, The Ability Center founder Damian Buchman, environmentalist racecar driver Leilani Munter and AOL digital prophet David Shing.

Guests will also participate in hands-on labs led by locally- and nationally-renowned innovators and companies, and will have opportunities to network and reconnect with each other and speakers.

“Through continuing to partner with widely-recognized companies and institutions, we push forward and showcase Milwaukee’s innovation on the national stage,” said Greater Milwaukee Committee president Julia Taylor.

Flying Car is sponsored by WHEDA, Briggs & Stratton, MillerCoors, We Energies Foundation, ManpowerGroup, Johnson Controls, Inc. and GE Healthcare. For more information, please visit

Young Professionals get pitched at Reverse Job Fair

From The Milwaukee Business Journal
Published April 19, 2014

About 250 participants lined up for the 180: A Reverse Job Fair held April 17 at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Hosted by the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee initiative and The
Good Jobs startup, the event turned the traditional job fair on its head, bringing big companies to employees, not the other way around.

Harley-Davidson Inc., GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls Inc., We Energies and Experis took the stage, pitching potential employees on why their companies are the best places to work. Briggs & Stratton CEO and MiKE co-chair Todd Teske hosted.

For more on the Reverse Job Fair and photos from the event, please click here.

Reverse Job Fair: Selling Young Professionals On Opportunities Available in Milwaukee

From WUWM Radio
Aired April 15, 2014

Young professionals are gathering in Milwaukee this week for the second annual YP Week.

Events range from today’s morning yoga session at Discovery World to a job fair on Thursday. But it’s not your typical job fair.

When it comes to job fairs people searching for work usually tighten up their resumes and cover letters, put on their best business wear and walk around a convention center hoping to land a gig.

But on Thursday, that traditional job fair concept will get turned on its head.

“People have options, and good people have a lot of options,” Michael Ganiere, manager of Talent Acquisition for Johnson Controls, says.

Johnson Controls is one of five local companies that will try to sell themselves to talented young professionals, even ones who aren’t actively looking to change jobs.

For the full article and to listen to the on-air piece, please click here.

Flying Car rises to new heights in second year

Flying Car LogoFrom The Business Journal
June 14, 2013

In just the second year of Milwaukee’s innovation conference, Flying Car rose higher than organizers expected.

The 10-day event, known as Milwaukee Innovation Week last year, brings together inventors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and the interested public to a series of workshops, networking events and startup pitches meant to inspire the launch of “world-changing ideas into the marketplace.”

Greater Milwaukee Committee initiative Innovation in Milwaukee, or MiKE, organizes the conference, which was given a retro-1950s vibe and renamed Flying Car this year to symbolize “that shiny, elusive tomorrow that’s always just out of reach.”

Officials wanted to attract 2,000 people this year, double the inaugural event. About 3,500 people participated in Flying Car’s 20 events, which showcased more than 60 startups, said MiKE project manager Laurel Osman.

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