EVENTS

Our events provide networking, learning, and advocacy opportunities for our members and the East Bay community. Learn how you can elevate your brand and visibility by becoming an event sponsor. Download our sponsorship sheet to learn more.

2024 East Bay Innovation Awards

Thursday, March 28, 2024 | 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The 11th annual East Bay Innovation Awards returns to downtown Oakland on the evening of Thursday, March 28, 2024. The nomination period for the 2024 ceremony is now closed and we are now accepting applications for judges. Visit this link to apply by Friday, November 3, 2023. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the 2024 awards ceremony. Download our sponsorship sheet to learn more. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for announcements on special guests, entertainment, and more. 

PAST EVENTS

2023 Annual Membership Meeting

 Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Thank you for joining us for Resilient East Bay, our 2023 Annual Membership Meeting , presented by Bank of America. We had an informative discussion on the current state and future of East Bay manufacturing. Special thanks to our panelists and presenters, including key note speaker Danny Wan from the Port of Oakland. We were excited to unveil the new Resilient East Bay website, to serve serve a broad range of stakeholders interested and invested in the East Bay manufacturing ecosystem. Learn more.

East Bay NOW

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thank you for joining us for East Bay Now, an evening celebrating East Bay innovation of today and tomorrow. It was an inspiring evening at Uptown Station in Oakland with networking, East Bay Innovation Awards alumni, and our fabulous host, Gia Vang of NBC Bay Area. As the culmination of our Meet the Innovators series, East Bay Now brought together trailblazing companies and organizations from across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and helped kickoff our 2024 East Bay Innovation Awards! Visit the photo gallery!

Meet the Innovators – Hayward

oThursday, August 17, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thanks to all who joined us for Meet the Innovators in Hayward, the fourth event of our series at Bonneville Labs. It was an informative discussion and  presentation on biotech and biomedical innovation with speakers from ATUM, Eikon Therapeutics, RefleXion, Tenaya Therapeutics, and Berkeley Lab. Many thanks to our Sponsors: the City of Hayward, the Alameda County workforce Development Board, Berkeley Lab, Stanford Health Care, Sutter Health, Southwest Airlines, and Bonneville Labs. See the photos!

Meet the Innovators – Richmond

 Wednesday, July 19, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thank you for joining us at CoBiz Richmond for a program and discussion on innovative community impact in the City of Richmond. We had the honor of hearing from leaders from organizations working with youth, justice-impacted individuals, the unhoused, and other populations from under-resourced communities and their mission to provide access to training, job opportunities, and supportive services. Special thanks to COBiz and our sponsors and partners: Contra Costa County, MCE, RichmondWORKS, and Southwest Airlines. Visit the photo gallery!

State of the East Bay

Friday, July 14, 2023 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Thank you for joining the East Bay Leadership Council, East Bay EDA, and Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group for State of the East Bay. We had an insightful conversation about Economic Development and the challenges and opportunities facing our region. Many thanks to moderator Danny Wan, Executive Director for the Port of Oakland and Contra Costa Supervisor and Board Chair John Gioia, and Alameda County Supervisor and Board President Nate Miley for their insights on the current condition of our region and our future in a post-pandemic world.

Meet the Innovators – San Ramon

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Thank you for joining us for Meet the Innovators – San Ramon, East Bay EDA’s speaker and networking event series highlighting innovative companies and organizations in the East Bay. We had an awesome turn out at Diablo Valley College San Ramon Campus for a presentation on emerging tech coming out of the Tri-Valley and Contra Costa County. Our panel included business leaders and East Bay Innovation Awards alumni with insight to the trends and development in our region. Learn more about the series.

Broadband for All Bay Area Workshop

Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Thank you for joining us in Oakland in June for a Bay Area-wide Digital Equity, and BEAD Planning Workshop. #OaklandUndivided, East Bay EDA, Tech Exchange, City of San Francisco Digital Equity, SF Tech Council, the California Department of Technology (CDT), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) are working to close the digital divide. We are committed to inclusivity by working with partners to ensure the State Digital Equity Plan and BEAD Program meet the needs of all Californians, especially those who have been historically left behind. Learn more.

Meet the Innovators – Emeryville

Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thank you to all who showed up in Emeryville for the kick off of Meet the Innovators, East Bay EDA’s speaker and networking and event series highlighting innovative companies and organizations in the East Bay. We had a excellent presentation at Wareham Development’s EmeryStation Research Campus with a focus on the life science and biomedical industries and STEM education. Speacial thanks to the business leaders, East Bay Innovation Awards alumni, and industry professionals who participated. See the photo gallery.

The Future of Public Transit

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Public transit plays an essential role in the Bay Area economy and plays a crucial role in helping the region thrive in a post-pandemic era. While transit ridership is slowly recovering, the transit industry is at a pivotal moment as federal COVID relief funding diminishes and our society continues to adapt to increased levels of remote work. Thank you for joining us for The Future of Public Transit, a discussion with public transit leaders about the future of transit, the transit fiscal cliff, and efforts to build a more efficient, safe, and sustainable transportation system.

Tesla Fremont Factory Tour

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | By Invitation Only

Thank you for joining East Bay EDA for an exclusive tour of the Tesla Fremont Factory. This invitation-only tour provided  a visit to the Bay Area’s largest manufacturer and one of the largest manufacturing sites in California. It was an inside look at the company hub for Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y production. Since its inception, Tesla has grown to become the state’s largest manufacturing employer and the world’s leading electric vehicle maker. This tour was presented in partnership with the City of Fremont.

Technology & the Future of Work

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | Oakland Museum of California

Thank you to all that joined East Bay EDA and Comcast for Technology & the Future of Work, an exclusive event featuring a conversation about the internet, technology innovation, and the evolving workforce in the Bay Area. Special thanks to our host, NBC Bay Area’s Gia Vang, and expert panelists: Hon. Fiona Ma, CA State Treasurer’s Office; Tamia Brown, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County; Elad Nafshi, Comcast; and Nand Mulchandani, Central Intellegence Agency. Our engaging discussion covered a range of topics, including AI, diversity, and the California economy.

Lawrence Livermore National Lab Tour

Friday, April 14, 2023 | By Invitation Only

Thank you for joining East Bay EDA for an exclusive tour of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The tour included a visit to the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world class facility that made headlines in 2022 for achieving fusion ignition in a laboratory setting, and a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML), which facilitates partnerships between LLNL, industry, and academia to address manufacturing challenges across a range of commercial and government projects.

Education to Workforce Pathways

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Education to Workforce Pathways featured Cal State East Bay President Cathy Sandeen, Hayward Mayor Mark Salinas, Hayward Promise Neighborhoods Executive Director Edgar Chavez, and Cal State East Bay Black Excellence Project Lead Steven Cleveland. It was an important discussion on the work they are doing to strengthen connections between the community and the University, with a particular focus on Black student success. Watch the webinar recording.

Conversation with AG Rob Bonta

Monday, January 30, 2023 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Thank you for joining East Bay EDA for our first event of 2023, a lunchtime conversation featuring Attorney General Rob Bonta at the Terrace Room in downtown Oakland. This exclusive, members-only event provided an intimate setting for leaders and members of East Bay EDA to learn more about the recent work of the Office of Attorney General, who serves as the state’s top lawyer and law enforcement official, protecting and serving the people and interests of California.

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