April is about all things technological throughout the Bluegrass.
In2Lex, a volunteer group of entrepreneurs and professionals, is promoting events around the area to get people thinking creatively.
The month of events and In2Lex itself grew out of studies conducted by Lexmark International and other companies in the Bluegrass about how to attract and retain talented workers, said In2Lex co-chair Ben Askren.
"We want to promote Lexington as a career and lifestyle destination for professionals who want to work in creative or technical businesses," he said.
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And, he said, In2Lex at its core is there to help other organizations.
"I think only one is a true In2Lex-created event," he said. "What In2Lex is really good at is, we help people like ourselves who want to do things."
Gina Greathouse of Commerce Lexington said one of the goals of the month's events is to attract the people who normally return to Lexington or visit for the races at Keeneland.
"The goal is, come to Keeneland but also see some other things you might not normally think about," she said.
Among the events:
Event times are subject to change, and some times and locations have not been finalized. For up-to-date information, visit http://in2lex.com.
April 3: Mechanalia: Teams of three to five drive robotic rovers and operate robotic arms while being shot at by tennis cannons that can disable the rovers. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., location TBD, $60 per team. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 6: Sixth annual Kentucky Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conference: This event focuses on opportunities for innovation and building scientific talent in and around Lexington. It's open to employees of universities and businesses, government officials and students. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, $35-$165 by March 30, $120-$220 afterward. Info: http://ksef.kstc.com.
April 7-9: Creative Cities Summit: This conference will unite leading thinkers dedicated to changing cities around the world with a focus on issues like retaining talent. Lexington Center, $199. Info: www.creativecitieslexington.com.
April 8: ukTech10: Faculty at the University of Kentucky will demonstrate promising technologies. 4-8 p.m., The Penguin, 517 West Main Street. Info: www.econdev.uky.edu/ukTech10.html.
April 9: Social Media Club: Business people, personal bloggers and numerous others meet and discuss trends in social media. Time and location TBD. Info: email@example.com.
April 9-10: Appalachian Ideas Network: This group looks for innovative ideas that can benefit Appalachian communities. Time TBD, Keeneland and UK Alumni House, price TBD. Info: www.appalachiancenter.org.
April 16: MobileX Lexington: A conference focused on mobile technology. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Awesome Inc, 348 East Main Street, $100. Info: http://mobilexconference.com/lexington.
April 16-17: Idea State U: Student teams from Kentucky's public universities offer up their innovative business plans and compete for $100,000 in cash prizes and awards. Lexington Center. Info: www.IdeaStateU.com.
April 17: Awesome Inc Experience for a Day: Get a taste of the summer's 12-week boot camp that will be attended by 10 mobile technology companies. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Awesome Inc, $100. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 18: No Mercy: This gaming party will feature unreleased games. 8 p.m. to midnight, Bakers 360, free. Info: email@example.com.
April 20: Kentucky Digital Government Summit 2010: State and local government personnel are invited to discuss how they can use information technology as a strategic tool. Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Boulevard, Frankfort, $25 (not open to private-sector registrations). Info: www.govtech.com/events/kentuckydgs2010.
April 21: eHealth Summit: This summit focuses on changes in health information technology and is aimed at people working in health information fields. Lexington Center, no cost to invited physicians, administrators and others. Info: 258-3100.
April 21: CIO Practicum: Attendance at this senior information technology leadership program is by invitation only. It's designed to help chief information officers and other technology leaders learn through and alongside their peers. It includes ongoing sessions to help build networks of leaders. UK's Hilary J. Boone Center. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 21: Five Across: Five local entrepreneurs make five-minute pitches, and a $500 prize goes to the winning pitch. 5-6:30 p.m., Awesome Inc, 348 East Main Street. $10. Info: 421-1690.
April 22: Geek's Night Out: Hang out with other creative minds. 5-7 p.m., Victorian Square, free. Info: email@example.com.
April 22: Solar Powered Earth Day Celebration: See the university's solar-powered car and take a guided tour of a solar house. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., UK College of Engineering, free. Info: 257-6262, Ext. 221.
April 22-24: Ohio Valley American Society of Civil Engineers Student Conference: The public is invited to most events and competitions at this conference, which brings together students from 14 schools. All day, Memorial Coliseum, Jacobson Park and other venues. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 23: TEDx Lexington: Speakers combine with TedTalks videos to spark conversations about "ideas worth spreading." Time TBD, Buster's Billiards & Backroom. Info: email@example.com.
April 24: Buildycrunken: This collaborative event is held overnight and designed to help people talk about what they're doing and how to accomplish it. Time and location TBD. Free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 24: Tinker: This event allows promising inventors to show off their works. Time TBD, Buster's, free. Info: http://collexion.net/events/tinker.
TBD: Pecha Kucha Lexington: Japanese for chit-chat, Pecha Kucha is an event that allows talented presenters to showcase 20 images for 20 seconds each. Time and location TBD. Info: http://pechakucha-lexington.org.