Are you interested in innovation training but don’t have a lot of time? The DOE Tech Talks ‘22 program, run by FedTech and sponsored by DOE-OTT and NNSA, consist of interactive virtual workshops which kick off on June 22. They are designed to be a very light lift for researchers who want to further their innovation skills, offering interactive sessions but no “homework.” Separately, Berkeley Lab is offering Innovation Corps (I-Corps) training, which includes more personalized Lab-led training sessions and the completion of team projects.
Tech Talks is an early-stage professional skills development series taught by leading experts in an online peer environment, consisting of five 90 min weekly virtual sessions focused on innovation, solution development and communication for impact.
Tech Talks will be held every Wednesday from 12.00 – 1.30 pm (ET), from June 22 to July 20. Topics are listed below:
- Tech Talks #1: Creative Confidence – Moving Ideas Forward in an Organization
- Tech Talks #2: Innovation Readiness – Matching Seeds with Needs
- Tech Talks #3: User-Driven Research – Finding Opportunities for Innovation
- Tech Talks #4: Stakeholder Engagement – Mapping your Innovation Ecosystem
- Tech Talks #5: Persuasive Presentations – Storytelling with Data
Tech Talks will be followed by Startup Studio workshops in the summer and fall.
Those eligible for the program include:
- Researchers currently working at DOE labs and NNSA sites & facilities, including early career postdocs and researchers.
- Researchers who have shown interest in I-Corps and I-Corps lite type programs but may struggle with the required time commitment.
How to apply:
- Researchers are encouraged to apply using the Airtable form (link below). https://airtable.com/shrTHe0sbmebOagYS
- If you are unable to access the Airtable link, apply directly by emailing program manager Ish Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following details:
- Subject line: Application – DOE Inventor Training Program (Tech Talks)
- Details: Please include your name, lab, a one-sentence summary of your technology, and attach a relevant patent or publication (or similar document) describing your technology.
If you would like any further information about the Tech Talks program, view this flyer. You may also set up a meeting with the Tech Talk and Startup Studio organizers who can walk you through the finer details, using this Calendly link, or send an email to email@example.com with any questions.