Womble Bond Dickinson (US) concluded its successful International Innovation Week with a series of Close to Home events on March 23. Rather than being firm-wide international video conference discussions, as previous events during International Innovation Week have been, the Close to Home sessions focus on innovation in the individual offices and communities served by Womble Bond Dickinson.
The schedule of Close to Home discussions included:
- Atlanta—Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Ted Claypoole and Steve Middlebrook demonstrated MovaCash’s new product that allows users to load Bitcoin onto a prepaid debit card.
- Baltimore—Adena Moulton and Rhea Ramakrishnan of the Digital Harbor Foundation gave a presentation on the DHF Tech Center, which delivers innovative, youth-focused technology education programs. In addition, one of the young people taking part in the DHF Tech Center programs spoke about her experiences.
- Boston—New Valence Robotics Corp. co-founder AJ Perez discussed innovations in 3D printing.
- Charleston—Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Morris Ellison spoke on “Transforming Transportation in the Low Country”.
- Greensboro—Joe Rotondi, Executive Director of The Forge, a non-profit maker space, shared how his organization is helping innovators share ideas, equipment, tools, and knowledge.
- Greenville—David Clayton of Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation gave a presentation on recent innovations in advanced manufacturing.
- Raleigh—N.C. State University researchers Raj Bhakta and Hasan Shahariar spoke about their Funxion Wear initiative, which aims to produce smart clothing that provides biofeedback data for the wearer. This session also was broadcast to the Charlotte, Columbia, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. offices.
- Research Triangle Park—Rodolphe Barrangou of N.C. State University and Locus Biosciences talked about CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a cutting-edge genome editing science with applications in medicine and agriculture.
- Winston-Salem—Christy Canary-Garner, Senior Director of Commercial Strategy & Innovation at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, will discuss innovations and technology at Reynolds today and in the past.