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MKE Discovers Chicago: New Video

As part of the research and exploration of best practices, a group of partners and participants working on creative placemaking in Milwaukee went on a discovery trip to Chicago to explore some of the leading work in the field.

Projects visited included the work of artist Theaster Gates and the development of the 606 Trail, which brings together arts, history, design, trails for bikers, runners, and walkers, event spaces, alternative transportation avenues, and green, open space.

Check out the video below!

Program aims to keep bright minds in Milwaukee

From TMJ4
Published September 29, 2015

It’s a whirlwind cross country trip designed to help college students and boost business in Milwaukee.

Their challenge begins as soon as they take flight.

“Marketing is my undergraduate and I’m also getting three masters degrees at the same time in International Business, Global Sales and Marketing and then Management,” said Colin Murdy, a junior at Concordia University.

You heard that right, three masters degrees and guess what else?

“I am a Janesville native,” he said.

And not only that, Murdy is planning to stay here. In fact, Murdy already started his own company.

“My company is called Murdy Global,” he said.

This is exactly the scenario Innovation in Milwaukee — an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee — is trying to create through their latest program, known as Destination Innovation. It works to keep bright minds in the Milwaukee area after they graduate.

Read the full article and see the video here.


GMC Annual Report Available

The Greater Milwaukee Committee’s 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available online as a PDF document. To view, please click here or visit our annual report page.

New program helps high school students plan career paths

From Fox 6 News
September 18, 2012

SOUTH MILWAUKEE — It is never too early to think about a career.  While many young people may change their minds as they grow and learn, it’s good to know what the opportunities are and what it takes to achieve them. A workshop called “My Life! My Plan!” is designed to pair students with mentors to explore careers.

“I definitely want a job that’s going to set me up for success in my future. I’m looking into pharmacy or maybe a lawyer,” Jessica Agalliu, a sophomore at South Milwaukee High School said.

On Tuesday, September 18th, Agalliu and dozens of other students took part in the workshop. The students were paired with mentors to explore careers and develop a plan – discussing which classes to take, which schools to attend and how to develop the skill sets necessary for that field.

For the full story and video, please click here.

Innovation Week Recap

As a city in the upper midwest, Milwaukee’s mood can be a bit seasonal. Perhaps a bit  introspective and quiet in the harsh of winter, we make up for it in the warm weather months, thoroughly earning our nickname “the City of Festivals.” We love to celebrate our city’s past and present, so MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee) decided to do something a little different — putting Milwaukee’s future in the limelight, MiKE organized the first Milwaukee Innovation Week, June 6th-11th.

The week was a string of events and activities, showing off the region’s talent and robust contributions to the local economy in the areas of design, innovation and technology. This compelling story of has been developing over the past few years, and Milwaukee Innovation Week was a perfect way to share it with a broader audience.

Milwaukee Innovation Week was too jam-packed to capture in its entirety, but below are many of the highlights.

{COMMON Pitch}

Milwaukee Innovation Week’s unmistakable headliner COMMON Pitch was one part
entrepreneurial pitch, two parts party. Calling themselves “a party to fix the world,” COMMON found the perfect Milwaukee stage — the event’s venue, the ballroom at Historic Turner Hall, has been repurposed in recent years as one of Milwaukee’s best spots for in demand concerts and hip events.

COMMON was a celebration of Milwaukee entertainment and cutting edge ideas. A samba drumline, bubble machines, flamenco guitar, and a liberal flow of libations weaved through 4-minute presentations from pioneering startups, from a DIY curriculum for green construction to an international network of video journalists to an app for 12-step rehabilitation. The winners was Flint & Tinder, a group producing American-made premium men’s underwear, and the audience choice was SwipeSense, a group aiming to reduce hospital-acquired infections through an integrated hand hygiene system.

{Battle of the Brands}

Hosted in OPEN MiKE, Battle of the Brands was a one night pitch event showcasing high school and college entrepreneurs to a cross section of professional Milwaukeeans. The high schoolers came from Lead to Succeed, a local program pairing teams of high school students with college mentors to take on service learning projects, while the college students responded to an open call to campuses in the region.
On stage, excitement trumped the jitters, and it was clear these enterprising young people all had a unique and valuable experience. Winning the high school competition, a business named Beastie Barrels found new ways to produce and personalize rain barrels. The college competition was won by Second Chance Soil, a group combatting the issue of recidivism by connecting ex-convicts to employment in a region-wide composting effort.



{Collaborative Workshop Tour Night}
Seven diverse collaborative spaces around Milwaukee opened themselves up to the public for tours. No two co-working or maker space laboratories are alike, and the eclecticism and imagination of Milwaukee’s innovation community were on full display. Participating spaces included Open MiKE, Art Milwaukee’s Collaboratory, the under-construction Hudson Business Lounge, Johnson Controls’ brand new Third Ward Innovation Center, FLUX Design, the labs at Discovery World, and Bucketworks, which was celebrating its 10 year anniversary.


{Kohl’s Idea Challenge}

This daylong event challenged small teams of thinkers, hackers, and innovators to come up with original ideas for an integrated retail experience during Kohl’s holiday shopping season. Fueled by the thrill of competition and the potential for glory, as well as mini cupcakes and pizza, the ideas came fast and furious all day. The winners received $5000 while the two runners received $2500 each.

{Leave Your Mark}

Using mobile devices, GPS technology and local social networks, a group of Milwaukeeans used their phones to check-in to locations across the city of Milwaukee. On a massive web map at Turner Hall Ballroom, a work of digital art was created from the check-in locations, a proud statement from young Milwaukeean’s about the love of their hometown.

{Libation Innovation hosted by MillerCoors}

MillerCoors opened up its historic Stables Building to the public for a reception, involving free drinks, amazing local music and interactive exercises to brainstorm new slogans for MillerCoors’ brands.

{Vijay Govindarajan}
The finale of Innovation Week, this keynote presentation featured Vijay Govindarajan, an expert on strategy and innovation and the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at GE. Mr. Govindarajan was ranked #3 on the Thinkers 50 list of world’s most influential business thinkers.