Chris Allain (Vidox Motion Imagery)
Pete Prados (Inventureworks)
Christopher Allain (Vidox Motion Imagery)
George Graham (Graham Group)
Dr. Gerd Wuestemann (Acadiana Center for the Arts)
Zach Barker (Opportunity Machine)
Corinne Dupuy (MEPOL)
Cian Robinson (UL)
Jessica Allain (Allen & Gooch)
Bruce Conque (Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce)
Cherry Fisher May (IND Media)
Anne Falgout (LEDA)
Andy Dye (Enterprise Data Concepts)
Tre King (iCandy Labs)
Carlee Alm-LaBar (Lafayette Consolidated Government)
Paul Ayo (E’s Kitchen)
Missy and Scott Rogers (Noble Plastics)
Amy Broussard (LUS Fiber)
Rene DeMoura (Begneaud)
INNOV8 Lafayette, is a festival of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, founded and led by volunteers of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. From April 23 to April 30, 2014, INNOV8 showcases thought leaders and content experts through dozens of lectures, workshops and networking events. This all-volunteer project of the Lafayette community rallies the efforts of individuals, businesses, civic groups, non-profits, economic-development agencies, university, and government. Scheduled to coincide with Festival International de Louisiane, INNOV8 capitalizes and builds on the country’s best world music festival and seeks to add a new layer for visitors and participants.
INNOV8 provides an organizational “umbrella” for the events, conferences, think tanks, workshops, screenings, exhibits, and demonstrations held by various organizers. Programming is diverse by design and changes from year to year, as organizers seek to bring together thought leaders and content experts to share their ideas and experiences. In 2014, in addition to innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, program topics range from architecture, healthcare, computer programming, manufacturing, energy, and city planning, to music, culinary arts, fine art, and demonstrations by the steampunk and makers community.
Staged primarily at venues in downtown Lafayette and the nearby University of Louisiana Research Park, events are easy to reach and promise to be filled with participants interested in exploring new ideas and collaborating on opportunities. Funding forums, pitch presentations, and competitions feature talented entrepreneurs and artists and bring them together with representation and start-up capital sourcing.
We encourage Festival visitors to take an extended opportunity to experience the distinct South Louisiana culture and the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Lafayette. And since this is a festival in Acadiana, The Heart of Cajun Culture, you know you’ll eat well, and “pass a good time!”