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Parents as Teachers “Idea-Thon”:  Help Shape the Future of Early Childhood Home Visiting!

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In an effort to engage conference participants in a fun, innovative activity during the Annual International Conference, Parents as Teachers, in partnership with PNC, GlobalHack, and The Education Hub will be offering an ‘Idea-Thon’ pre-conference session from 9am to 3pm on Monday, October 14th.

Conference participants may register for this special innovative opportunity as a Pre-Conference session.  The session will be held in Innovation Hall (4220 Duncan Ave) in the Cortex Innovation District in partnership with Ed Hub STL.

During the ‘Idea-Thon’ participants will be able to pitch ideas for addressing challenges they see in their work. After a down-select process, the most popular concepts will move on and small teams will be formed. These small action teams will then have several hours to brainstorm, ideate, and polish their new idea. Near the end of the activity, each team will have an opportunity to do a report out to their peers for additional feedback. These final ideas will also be shared with the larger group of attendees of the conference to decide how this might be used in the future.  This session has a maximum capacity of 40 participants for this session.

About the Location & Presenters:

Cortex: Founded in 2002, Cortex is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that oversees the development of the Cortex Innovation Community, a 200-acre urban hub of innovation and entrepreneurship located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Cortex is one of the region’s largest innovation campuses, physically designed and actively curated to accelerate high-growth startups and advance established innovative corporates. Cortex is a nationally and internationally recognized innovation hub that supports all technology sectors.  At Cortex, they believe that entrepreneurship is an avenue to personal empowerment, and we strive to create a place where businesses and the people who create, work for and access them are supported. The Cortex Innovation Community sits between St. Louis’ Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods, and is surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers.

GlobalHack drives social impact through technology. They organize events that kick start community-focused software projects and deliver accessible computer science education opportunities for kids.

The Education Hub [Ed Hub STL] is a physical and intellectual space for everyone-regardless of where you fall in the educational landscape to experiment, collaborate, and innovate, by providing a platform for educators to collide through the following programs and events, we build an inclusive, collaborative, and multi-disciplined community of practice to creatively solve our region's most entrenched educational challenges.

**Please note:  Attendees will be shuttled to the Cortex Innovation District at 8:30am on Monday, October 14, and will return to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 3:00pm, in time for the opening of the conference.  Lunch will be provided with this Pre-Conference session.