INNOV8 peaks with Keynote and Awards Luncheon

by Wynce Nolley

Best-selling author Steven Johnson speaks at the INNOV8 Keynote and Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 29.

As INNOV8 Lafayette enters its home stretch, the festival of innovation prepares for its signature event, the INNOV8 Keynote and Awards Luncheon. The awards luncheon honors those at INNOV8 who were faced with a particular challenge, came up with a solution and made it work. The height of the ceremony features the INNOV8 Keynote speech given this year by best-selling author Steven Berlin Johnson.

As one of the leading voices in the interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation of today, Johnson's writings have affected everything from cutting-edge ideas in urban planning to the battle against 21st-century terrorism.

Johnson's knack for spurring innovation has even inspired a PBS mini-series called How We Got to Now where Johnson will guide viewers through the power and legacy of great ideas, why and how they happened and how those ideas sometimes have unintended effects.

The INNOV8 Keynote and Awards Luncheon with Steven Johnson will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, April 29, at the Cajundome Festival Ballroom, located at 444 Cajundome Blvd. Tickets are $45 or $35 for Friends of INNOV8 and can be purchased by contacting the Lafayette Chamber at 337-408-3653. For more information visit www.Innov8Lafayette.org. Check below for other events taking place throughout the day during INNOV8 Lafayette.

INNOV8 for Tuesday, April 29

Meeting of the Minds: Producing Film in Acadiana Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St. 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Believe Entertainment recently wrapped production on the indy feature "A Sort of Homecoming" in Lafayette! Join a Q&A discussion overviewing their production experience and how it verified assumptions regarding Acadiana's workforce, investment and infrastructure needs in order to consistently participate in the #1 feature film production environment in the country.

The Idea Iceberg with Kody Chamberlain Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St. 3 p.m.

Learn how to crush the competition by uncovering big ideas hidden just below the surface. In this inspiring presentation, designer and comic book creator Kody Chamberlain discusses a variety of oddball techniques for creative thinking including data mining, oscillating notebooks, and pop culture creative advice from Bob Ross, Jaws, Bruce Lee, and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Kody has presented at Macworld, HOW Design Live, CTN Animation Expo, and major universities and AdFed groups around the country.

Southern Dealmakers Summit Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St. 4-6 p.m.

Meet fellow investors and formal Angel Groups from around the state who are interested in leveraging funds and resources, influencing state investment legislation, and increasing quality deal flow across a linked network.

The Vault Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St. 6-8:30 p.m.

One of the premier innovation pitch events in the South, The Vault brings innovators and investors together on stage to make deals and launch dreams. This years pitches will include students, non-profits, startups, and existing companies ready to get to the next level.