Innovation festival to launch new program

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An innovation and technology festival will introduce a new series as part of its programs for 2022.

The new Thought Series from Confluence will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20, at the Secchia Center at the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine, at 15 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids.

Sessions will focus on innovative technologies, services and inclusion strategies to boost community impact and revolutionize systems of care.

The Thought Series conversations and panels will feature diverse leaders in medical technology, digital health, health equity and talent diversity. Speakers include top leaders from MSU, Spectrum Health and Van Andel Institute.

Confluence Managing Partner Brian Cohen said the goal of the event is to focus attention on West Michigan and how it’s moving the world forward in different areas of tech innovation.

“There’s amazing work going on here, but it often happens in towers and behind closed doors,” Cohen said. “Confluence is a platform to bring that work down to the street level, put it in front of the public and get everyone excited about the important work happening right here in our own backyard.”

Confluence debuted as an experiential festival in 2021, merging art, music, science and technology to support innovation within the region. Confluence also offers various programming throughout the spring and fall.

All Thought Series sessions are free and open to the public. Seating begins at 5:15 p.m. each day, and a livestream broadcast of each event also will be available.

Registration is at confluencefest.com.

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