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Innovate Pasadena Celebrates City's Rich History of Creativity and Ingenuity at Third Annual Connect Week October 16-23

/ -- Event Series Gives Startups, Local Innovators and Residents Meaningful Opportunities to Collaborate, Learn and Grow in the Areas of Science, Technology, Design, Entrepreneurship and Astronomy

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 11, 2016) - Innovate Pasadena [], a community organization dedicated to advancing greater Pasadena as a hub of technology and design innovation, presents its third annual Connect Week, a series of independently organized seminars, workshops and social events taking place across the city throughout the week of October 16-23. Attendees will enhance their innovation and tech savviness by learning more about the latest in design trends, checking out local startups, engaging with top industry professionals and more during #Connect16.

Pasadena, a rich center for tech and design, is powered by a range of thriving industries, including aerospace, biotech, engineering and more. Since its inception in 2014, Connect Week has aimed to shine a spotlight on the energy and excitement of tech advancements in Pasadena's talent base by giving the community a chance to collaborate and share knowledge, showcase visionary products and discuss new ideas that will further Pasadena's reputation as an innovative authority.

"Pasadena has played and continues to play an important role in shaping the future of our world when it comes to technology and new discoveries. From talent of the past like Einstein who studied at Caltech, to top companies shaping our future like Jet Propulsion Laboratory, X1 Technologies and more, we take pride in the great roster of talent our city has to offer," said Mike Giardello, president of Innovate Pasadena. "And that's what Connect Week is all about -- helping Pasadena stand out as SoCal's premier tech and innovation hub all while strengthening our local collaborative community."

Connect Week programming is organized into four tracks: design, science, entrepreneurship and technology. This year, Innovate Pasadena will add a fifth track in honor of "Astronomy Week" to celebrate Pasadena's position as a world leader for telescopic celestial discovery and robotic space science.

Part of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's larger InnovateLA celebration, Connect Week 16 will feature over 50 events taking place in and around Pasadena, including:

  • Nanotechnology for Kids -- Wed Oct 19 | 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Attendees can delve into a world of nanotechnology and explore how miniscule science is changing the world around us. Take the kids to play and manipulate strange materials to discover how tiny structures influence big materials! RSVP Here
  • Big Bang Block Party -- Thu Oct 20 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Old Pasadena's Big Bang Theory Way will be transformed into a giant block party with music, games, two bars and even food set to a flaming finish. Innovate Pasadena will provide welcoming remarks alongside other special guests as the City officially christens the alley as "Big Bang Theory Way." Tickets Here
  • Art Night Pasadena -- Fri Oct 21 | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Guests can enjoy a night out filled with art, music and entertainment as Pasadena's most prominent arts and cultural institutions open their doors. Attendees are able to begin the night at any one of the 18 participating cultural institutions, where free shuttles will be waiting to deliver them to the next destination. RSVP Here
  • Pasadena Astronomy Festival -- Sat Oct 22 | 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. | This out-of-this-world event will feature astronomy activities ranging from an inflatable, digital planetarium and special telescopes for both daytime and nighttime viewing, to the chance to chat up astronomers and find out how the Universe was formed and more. This event is open to attendees of all ages. RSVP Here
  • Art Center Car Classic -- Sun Oct 23| 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | More than just another high-profile car show, this popular public event celebrates the very best in automotive design, showcasing ArtCenter College of Design's strong ties to the industry and honoring many noteworthy alumni. RSVP Here

Since 2014, Connect Week has generated over 300 events gathering more than 15,000 guests to celebrate the innovation and ingenuity that is Pasadena. Connect Week offers the invaluable advantage to get inside some of Pasadena's most interesting start-ups and established companies to meet and network with executives and learn about new opportunities.

Individuals interested in attending Connect Week 16 can view the full list of #Connect16 events and more information at

Innovate Pasadena is a community organization committed to advancing greater Pasadena as a center of technology and design innovation by promoting collaboration across business and education to attract companies, entrepreneurs, innovators and capital to the broader community. For more information, visit

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