By Tim Ryan

In a groundbreaking initiative poised to redefine the technological landscape of Hampton Roads, the Department of Energy, in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories and the esteemed Jefferson Lab, is rolling out the Boost Workshop. This pivotal event is slated to take place on April 25, 2024, at the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, laying the groundwork for a transformative dialogue on innovation, economic development, and community-based solutions.

The Boost Workshop stands as a testament to the power of collective effort, uniting startups, academia, entrepreneurs, and national labs in a quest to address significant community-sourced challenges. The initiative underscores a shared commitment to fostering a vibrant ecosystem of innovation that not only addresses immediate concerns but also paves the way for sustainable growth and prosperity in Newport News and beyond.

Participants can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where brainstorming innovative solutions to regional challenges takes center stage. The workshop is designed to be an inclusive platform, inviting input on past successes and future aspirations from a diverse array of community voices. It’s an opportunity to connect with experts from the Department of Energy National Labs, gaining insights into how cutting-edge solutions can catalyze economic growth and bolster the development of technology-based startups within the region.

Highlighting the event’s significance, Marla Schuchman, Chief Innovation Officer at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, extends a heartfelt invitation to the community’s leaders, entrepreneurs, and all those passionate about driving innovation. “Your participation is crucial,” she notes, “as we embark on this journey to harness the collective genius of our community, creating impactful solutions that resonate with the needs and aspirations of Hampton Roads.”

Registration for the morning workshop is now open, and interested parties are encouraged to secure their spots through the Eventbrite registration page. This initiative, funded by the Technology Commercialization Fund and administered by the Office of Technology Transitions, marks a significant milestone in the region’s ongoing innovation saga.

The Boost Workshop is more than just an event; it’s a catalyst for change, inviting all those committed to the future of Hampton Roads to come together, share their visions, and forge a path toward a brighter, more innovative tomorrow. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of shaping the future of our region—register today and be a part of the conversation that could define the next era of technological advancement and community resilience in Newport News and the broader Hampton Roads area.

Download the event flyer here and register for the event here.