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2022 East Bay Innovation Awards

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 | 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On August 4, 2022, more than 400 people gathered at the Fox Theater in downtown Oakland for the 2022 East Bay Innovation Awards. It was a fun-filled evening presented by Kaiser Permanente, and celebrating 10 years of East Bay innovation! Attendees were welcomed back to downtown Oakland by Mayor Libby Schaaf, who turned it over to the evening’s emcee, Scott McGrew of NBC Bay Area. Meet the 2022 Awardees and visit our photo gallery!

Tour for Chemicals, Transportation, Biotech, and Advanced Manufacturing

Exclusive to East Bay EDA Members and Invitees

As part of the Resilient East Bay initiative, East Bay EDA is offering a tour for chemicals, transportation, biotech, and advanced manufacturing businesses at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Whether the goal is to launch a company, improve a product line, or maintain industry competitiveness, Berkeley Lab expertise, research, and user facilities can be part of the solution. This event is by invitation only.

East Bay Innovation Awards Block Party

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the the inaugural East Bay Innovation Block Party at the Bridge Yard in Oakland. It was a ground-breaking event, where the 2022 iAwards ceremony finalists were announced alongside alumni and special guests from the past 10 years. Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente and all sponsors/partners  for a one-of-a-kind celebration with everything the East Bay has to offer. R&B legends Tony! Toni! Toné! lit up the night and got us excited for the 10th annual East Bay Innovation Awards on August 4. Check out the event photo gallery and photo booth gallery!

Speaker Series: Industrial Land Use Trends

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Watch the Recording

As the East Bay economy continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial land use across the East Bay, along the Northern Waterfront, and throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties could be altered significantly as the post-COVID-19 economy takes shape. This webinar aligns with the goals of East Bay EDA’s Resilient East Bay initiative and Contra Costa County’s Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative.

Resilient East Bay Launch Mixer

Exclusive to East Bay EDA Members and Invitees

Thank you for joining East Bay EDA for our first in-person event of 2022, launching Resilient East Bay at Firebrand in Alameda. The Resilient East Bay project will lead and implement a regional, sector-based economic analysis and strategy for the manufacturing, transportation, distribution & logistics, and biomedical/life sciences industries. This event was presented in partnership with the City of Alameda and the Alameda Chamber and Economic Alliance.

Speaker Series: Incubators & Accelerators

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022 | Watch the Recording

The East Bay’s innovative ecosystem encourages a strong talent pipeline that helps businesses to grow and thrive. We are home to world-class institutions and National Laboratories that provide a foundation for ground-breaking R&D and commercialization. Thank you for joining us for Incubators and Accelerators, a speaker series webinar featuring a discussion with the East Bay’s leading support for research, entrepreneurs, as well as the innovative companies breaking ground in our region!

Housing Conversation

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining East Bay EDA, the East Bay Leadership Council, and Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group for a webinar featuring a conversation with Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, a leader on Califonia housing policy. The event featured a great discussion on the recent progress made on housing policy in the state legislature and what obstacles still stand in the way of creating the housing necessary for the East Bay’s economy to thrive. Watch the webinar recording.

Supply Chains: What’s Next?

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining us for Supply Chains: What’s Next?, a panel discussion with manufacturing and business executives on what’s in store for supply chains in 2022 and beyond. If you missed it, you can still watch the recording. We’re thankful for the expert panelists and timely conversation with leadership from ALOM, GSC Logistics, Manex, and RAM Supply Chain. This speaker series event was presented in parnership with CMTC and Manex.

2021 Speaker Series: Safe Return to Work

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining East Bay EDA and the Bay Area Council for Safe Return to Work, our final webinar of 2021 featuring a discussion with Bay Area leaders from transportation, business, and health. If you missed it, you can still watch the recording and explore the Bay Area Council’s Return to Transit Tracking Poll. Special thanks to our webinar panelists and partners: Alameda County Transportation Commission, BART, Bay Area Council, Hacienda, and Sutter Health.

2021 East Bay Innovation Awards

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 | Watch the Recording

The 9th annual East Bay Innovation Awards ceremony was broadcast virtually on October 14. Congratulations to the 2021 awardees and finalists. Thank you to everyone who participated in the livestream. Often referred to as the “Academy Awards of the East Bay,” the East Bay Innovation Awards is the premiere program of its kind that celebrates and honors the extraordinary companies and organizations that contribute to the East Bay’s legacy of innovation.

2021 Fall Membership Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 23, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank for joining us for our 2021 Fall Membership Meeting and the release of East Bay Forward, our regional economic blueprint. We are grateful for the insightful presentation and discussion with our keynote speaker, Dr. Manuel Pastor. If you missed it, you can still watch the video recording and download the slide presentation. Visit our East Bay forward page  to navigate sections of the publication and download the full report.

State of the Economy

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining us for State of the Economy, our special presentation on economic impacts, resiliency, and recovery in a post COVID-19 world. This program was presented in partnership with the Industrial Association of Contra Costa County, with the support of our sponsorship partners Western States Petroleum Association and Phillips 66. Dr. Christopher Thornberg‘s presentation, The Post-COVID Economy, is now available for download.

2021 Speaker Series: The New Normal

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for participating in The New Normal, a speaker series webinar exploring public health during pandemic recovery and the implications for economic development. A huge thanks to our panelists for an engaging discussion and role in the East Bay’s recovery and reopening process, including Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Community Health Center Network, La Familia Counseling Service, LifeLong Medical Care and Contra Costa Health Services.

2021 Spring Membership Meeting

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining us for The Future of Food, our 2021 Spring Membership webinar highlighting East Bay food innovation and a discussion on a resilient and sustainable food ecosystem. Many thanks to our presenters: Chef Martin Yan, CCD Innovation, Impossible Foods, Kite Hill, Prime Roots, and moderator Dr. Glenda Humiston of UCANR. Presentation slides are available for download.

2021 Speaker Series: Port Economics

Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining East Bay EDA and the Port of Oakland for Port Economics, a speaker series event highlighting the impact of the Port on the East Bay and Northern California economy. Many thanks to our great panelists from GSC Logistics, Inc., Southwest Airlines, Aviation and Maritime Port Directors, and moderator Danny Wan, Executive Director, Port of Oakland. 

2021 Speaker Series: Meet the Innovators

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021 | Watch the Recording

The East Bay is one of the world’s most vibrant economies and fastest growing regions. Meet the Innovators is our discussion on what drives innovation in the East Bay and how companies and organizations have remained adaptive and resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this informative webinar featuring an East Bay Innovation Awards alumni panelists from Saildrone, PilotCity, Sigray, and Mizuho OSI.

2021 Speaker Series: Biomedical Manufacturing & Public Health

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for participating in Biomedical Manufacturing & Public Health, a webinar on new product development, workforce development, and industrial safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program was presented in partnership with CMTC – California’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center and funded by the CARES Act Stimulus Package 2020.  Watch and share the recording.

2021 Speaker Series: Urban Reuse & Adaptation

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thanks to all who joined us for Urban Reuse & Adaptation, our webinar exploring strategies and best practices for adaptive reuse of historic buildings and spaces. We would like to thank our panelists from ForgeHolland & KnightsrmErnst Development Partners, and our moderator Jordan Klein with the City of Berkeley. Special thanks to our presenting partner, Urban Land Institute SF. Please watch and share the recording!

2020 Speaker Series: Beyond the Gig Economy

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining us for Beyond the Gig Economy, our webinar exploring alternative models and marketplaces for the flexible workforce. If you missed it, you can still watch and share the video recording. Special thanks to our speaker Wingham Rowan of Beyond Jobs for an informative discussion on irregular work, a demo of the CalFLEXI pilot, and potential for expansion and replication in markets such as the East Bay. 

2020 East Bay Innovation Awards

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 | Watch the Recording

Thanks for joining us for the 8th annual East Bay Innovation Awards, where we announced the awardees across ten different categories and conferred the Legacy Award to the Port of Oakland. We hope the event provided a boost of energy and optimism about the resilience of our region during these challenging times. More details about our 2020 awardees and finalists appears in the online and print editions of the San Francisco Business Times.

2020 Speaker Series: Made in the East Bay

Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thank you for joining us for Made in the East Bay, a 2020 Speaker Series webinar exploring the East Bay manufacturing landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks to our host Dr. Michael Shabaka of Manex and panelists from Mawi DNA Technologies, Unigen Corporation, Ramar Foods, and Bay Area Circuits. This program was presented in partnership with Manex.

2020 Speaker Series: Return to the Green

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thanks to all who joined us for Return to the Green, a webinar exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on the professional and college sports world. We hosted a thought-provoking discussion with our panelists, including Taj Tashombe of the Oakland Athletics, Jennifer Simon-O’Neill of Cal Athletics, and Coach John Beam of Laney College, who was recently featured in Season 5 of Last Chance U on Netflix. Please take a moment to watch the video recording!

2020 Speaker Series: Workplace Reimagined

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thank you for participating in Workplace Reimagined, a webinar exploring the built environment and employee safety during a pandemic and beyond. Craig Rice, AIA, LEED AP, and Carissa Mylin, IIDA of SERA Architects gave a special presentation on the changing landscape of work environments and best practices from the industry. Huge thanks to Megan Lehtonen of OSIsoft for moderating our Q&A session. Download your copy of the presentation.

2020 Speaker Series: Restaurant Relaunch

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thank you for joining us for Restaurant Relaunch, our Speaker Series webinar. Jay Coldren and Alex Barrow from Streetsense delivered an engaging presentation and Q & A session on restaurant and bar reopening during COVID-19. The event provided a platform to learn more about industry best practices and challenges during these times. Visit Streetsense to download a copy of the Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit. An updated version of the toolkit will be availble on June 26.

2020 Spring Membership Meeting

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the online presentation of our annual Spring Membership Meeting and the unveiling of the 2020-2021 East Bay Economic Outlook Report. This year’s event, “The Building Blocks to Recovery” featured a presentation by Dr. Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics. We were also joined by Danny Wan, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland. Download a copy of the presentation slides for a limited time.