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Smart Devices & Systems Cluster Meeting

Smart Devices & Systems Cluster Q1 Meeting  

March 16

1:00 - 5:00 pm


Team NEO will host its quarterly Smart Devices & Systems cluster meeting on Thursday, March 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Independence Ohio. A hosted networking event will follow the meeting. The Smart Devices & Systems innovation cluster, formerly known as FlexMatters, supports the growth of a supply chain of companies and research institutions in Northeast Ohio that provide advanced capabilities for integrating embedded intelligence into industrial products and systems.

The featured speaker for the meeting will be Lev Gonick, founder and CEO of DigitalC, a civic tech collaboration that partners with the community to design technology-driven programs and services. Lev is a respected expert on digital technology, whose innovative leadership as CIO at CWRU spawned next generation network projects such as Case Connection Zone, US Ignite and Gig U. He was also co-founder and CEO of One Community, the award-winning organization that brought high speed broadband networks to NE Ohio. Lev will speak about Digital C’s mission as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) and steps NE Ohio must take to maximize its impact in the region.

Attendees will also hear Rick Earles of Team NEO review the cluster’s technology roadmap, outlining key applications in smart healthcare and smart manufacturing. Rick will also provide feedback from the NextFlex Technical Council regarding funding opportunities in the upcoming project call by NextFlex. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a capabilities survey, intended to identify participants in cluster project teams and funding proposals.

Russell Donda and Michael Morgenstern of Lorain County Community College will also present information on NEO ReADI, an EDA-Funded i6 cluster development project that will provide proof-of-concept and commercialization services to eligible start-ups in the core digital technologies sector, with the intention to make clients capital-access ready. 




12:30-1:00 Registration

1:00-2:00 Lev Gonick, CEO, Digital C

2:00-3:15 Rick Earles, Senior Director, Team NEO

NextFlex Funding Opportunities

Cluster Technology Roadmapping Process

3:15-3:30 - Break

3:30-4:00 Tim Fahey, Vice-President, Team NEO

Updated cluster membership proposal

Upcoming Events

Future cluster meeting dates & topics

4:00-4:15 Russell Donda and Mike Morgenstern, ReADI

4:15-4:30 Wrap-up

4:30-5:30 Networking reception


Register here.

Earlier Event: March 2
Data Days
Later Event: April 7
CLE Housing Hackathon