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Cucalorus 24 - Advanced Registration

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Cucalorus Connect is a technology conference held November 8-9, 2018 as one of the three main components of the newly re-branded Cucalorus Festival in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

The catalyst for Cucalorus Connect is the digital transformation that has changed the ways we live, work, and play. It has touched every aspect of the global economy and is driven by bold new traded sector companies. Innovative entrepreneurs from around the world join regional startups for connection, sharing, and collaboration through a two-day schedule packed with captivating keynotes, engaging breakouts, and interactive programs like the 10x10 Challenge and Rocket Pitches.

The Cucalorus Connect Conference is focused on exploring economic development with a refreshing approach to place-based event branding that enhances our quality of place, delivers an incredible quality of experience, and attracts today’s most sought after traded-sector employers. Unlike the escapist entertainment and educational practices of the 20th century, Cucalorus hosts interactive events that enhance, explode, and empower our experience of reality.

The film industry is a great example of how traded-sector employment drives economic development, employing highly skilled workers who earn premium wages. As a function of how the economy of film production works, they often have three or more different employers within one year. If you want a prime example of how the emerging “Gig Economy” works, just take a look at the film industry. In fact, Cucalorus is a special byproduct of this intersection between the gig economy and traded-sector employment, one of the many reasons for the organization’s seamless evolution from a grass-roots cultural organization into a foundation focused on economic development.

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Cucalorus Connect 2018

Read more about the 2018 Connect Conference. See our proposed tracks and get a sense of where we’re headed this November.
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Connect in the Press

Cucalorus Connect won a Coastal Entrepreneurship Award in 2017, read about our history!


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Check Out the Speakers at Connect 2017 ::

10x10 Challenge Screening

10 entrepreneurs are paired with 10 filmmakers and challenged to make a four minute promo video in five days. See the results on Sunday afternoon at Cucalorus Connect. Entrepreneurs:: Anahata...

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Blind Elephant in the Room: Women in Film

Film Fatales, Wilmington Female Filmmakers' Collective
Film Fatales and Wilmington Female Filmmakers' Collective invite you to a female filmmaker meet-up at the Cucalorus Festival: The Blind Elephant in the Room Thursday November 9th 2pm Blind Elephant...

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Branded Video Showcase

Original, creative content is essential for successful, international brands. See examples and speak with the creators to make this valuable tool work for your business.

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Cape Fear Women In Tech Show and Tell

Cape Fear Women in Tech is bringing a new challenge to our members for Cucalorus — a grown-up show and tell! Come to see members present their latest passion projects,...

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Collaboration Fuels Design Innovation & Social Change

Aly Khalifa, Andrew Williams
Collaborating with experts across diverse disciplines leads to revolutionary new products, technologies and methodologies— join Aly Khalifa, Designbox and Andrew Williams, Elite Innovations on how to leverage your networks for...

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Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Emily Best, CEO and Founder of Seed&Spark
Crowdfunding to Build Independence clearly lays out the steps toward a successful crowdfunding campaign, as well as the intersection between crowdfunding, audience connection, and career independence. Skills discussed: gathering true...

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Cucalorus Oyster Party

Sandbar Oyster Company
Button up for a cocktail and raw oysters party at the Bellamy Mansion, with fresh oysters courtesy of Sandbar Oyster Company! FREE All-Festival Event!

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A wondrous set of delectable cocktail workshops, experiences, and concoctions sure to satisfy your thirst, curated specially by James Martin of The Sipologist. Cuctails Kickoff Party 11/9/17 11:00 PM @Jengo’s...

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Featured Lunch Keynote: Fred Meyers and Paul Palmieri

Paul Palmieri and Fred Myers
Intuition, Character and Innovation in Teams, Business and the Digital Economy: Fred Meyers:: What makes a great team? Queensboro.com, a custom logo apparel and promotional products company based in Wilmington, NC, has...

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Gangs, Entrepreneurship, and Beer

George Taylor
From George Taylor :: On December 20, 2015, 16-year old Shane Simpson was killed in a drive-by shooting in Wilmington. At the time, I didn’t know anything about gangs, but...

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Giving New Life and Memory to Metal

Pete Peterson, Lisa Ferrara, Bruce Mancinelli
We want to feature Lucid Innovative Technologies, www.lucidinnovativetechnologies.com as the new collaborative 2017 startup created by combining the expertise and capabilities of two local and growing companies, Manufacturing Methods, www.manufacturingmethods.com...

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Hustle in Comfort

Dory Weiss & Mike Bonner
Software teams don’t need to choose between providing a great workplace or pushing hard to build great products; they can do both. At nCino we call that balance "hustling in...

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Inspiration: Five Stories

Scott Moody
Five Stories. Five ordinary people. From a funeral in the middle of rural America, to a coffee shop in the middle of Africa. The people that made a difference in...

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Media in the Age of Digital Disruption

Tom Haberstroh and Will Brinson
The media industry — starting with print and music but now spreading to TV and film — has been upended by new technology over the past 20 years. Our panelists,...

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Microsoft in Healthcare

Kevin Dolan
Needles have been essential instruments in field of health believed to be first introduced into healthcare in 1656 by Dr. Chris Wren... actually injecting alcohol into a dog for intoxicating...

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Recruiting in the Now and Next Economy

Tom Looney- Led panel of experts
Join traded-sector executive recruiting specialists Rob Hawthorne, Tom Ryder, Bo Burch, and Lauren Henderson for their insights into collaborating with hiring businesses to identify the best talent to relocate into...

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Seahawk Innovation – SportGait and ERBITs

Tobin Geatz
SportGait (http://www.sportgait.com) is LifeGait’s first commercial solution. SportGait is a unique safe-to-safe concussion management system (CMOS) where all critical clinical observations and decisions for youth athletes are removed from the...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing

David Morrison
This workshop will walk attendees through the nuts and bolts of grant writing no matter if you are a filmmaker or an entrepreneur. It will shine a light on some...

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The Wilmington Startup Social

The Startup Social is all about seeing old friends, meeting new ones and talking startup with other entrepreneurs, investors and students. A free token at the door gets you a...

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Andrew Williams (Moderator)
Vetrepreneurs are a significantly large segment of entrepreneurs in the United States. At VETRACONx you’ll find lively and provocative talks and front line content from the veteran and military community...

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Cucalorus Connect 2017 is presented by the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and tekMountain and hosted at Union Station Conference Center.


For more information or to get involved, contact:

Connect Founding Partners

Cucalorus Announces Call for Seasonal Staff

Are you interested in marketing, operations, event planning, and learning about the endless details that go into creating a five-day film, performance and technology festival? Do you enjoy working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment? Are you ready to roll up...

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