E2Tech Forums & Events

E2Tech provides a monthly forum series (Sept-June) that seeks to provide timely information about Maine's clean technology sector. E2Tech also hosts periodic networking events to foster business-to-business opportunities within Maine's clean tech economy. Additionally, preceding each forum, a 45 minute block of time is reserved for networking. We hope you can join us. 

Upcoming events

    • Friday, December 12, 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Abromson Center, USM, 88 Bedford Street, Portland

    This workshop is a fast and fun way to sample the basics on how to Create, Communicate, & Commercialize Meaningfully Unique Ideas, using the Innovation Engineering system. In this format, we will cover the three basic topics in Innovation Engineering:

    • CREATE: You learn the new mindset that creates a 6x increase in the number of high quality ideas versus classic “brainstorming.” It features a special focus on how to maximize learning from customer insights, marketplace benchmarking, technology and future mining, and how to leverage the diverse thinking of a group to create Meaningfully Unique ideas.
    • COMMUNICATE: You will transform how you look at innovation projects. This section provides a simple way for defining ideas so that everyone - from a front line worker to the CEO - can speak the same language.
    • COMMERCIALIZE: You will get basic training in how to reduce innovation risk. Instead of attempting to study away risk, you will learn the new Fail FAST Fail CHEAP approach. It’s a modern and accelerated version of the classic Deming learning cycle of “Plan, Do, Study, Act” applied to innovation.

    Dr. Catherine Renault, a Certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt, will teach this Innovation Engineering Workshop using the Cycles to MasteryTM teaching system. It’s a system of learning developed at the University of Maine that has been found to be 4 times more effective than classic training programs. Quantitatively, the Workshop covers about 20% of the skills that are taught in the full Innovation Engineering Black Belt program.

    The workshops involve a series of short videos that are watched in advance of the in-person Workshop on December 12th. This will entail roughly 1 hour of preparation in total. During the Workshop, we will drive deeper understanding through case study examples.

    Sign up now for a fun, interactive learning experience. Multiple members of a team are welcomed and encouraged.

    Limited to 20 people - sign up now!

    Parking and Directions at the Abromson Center.


    In addition to participating in the December 12 workshop, participants can become certified Innovation Engineering Green Belts by completing the following:

    1. Complete Create, Communicate, and Commercialize homework online 
    2. Participate in a STIMULUS MINING Session
    3. Participate in both a CREATE Session and PROBLEM SOLVING Session
    4. Actively participate in a project coached by a certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt for 6 or more cycles
    5. Write a reflection on lessons learned from the experience.

    Please contact Dr. Renault if you are interested in the full Green Belt program, which is available for an additional cost at crenault@innovationpolicyworks.com.

    • Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St, Portland

    Ocean acidification is changing the chemistry of the ocean and is caused primarily by the buildup of carbon dioxide and reductions in pH and calcium carbonate in its waters. Runoff and river discharges, as well as changes in the climate are contributing to the problem. The Gulf of Maine is particularly susceptible and its bounty of shell-producing resources like lobster, clams, mussels and oysters are at risk. Maine is taking the lead to find solutions and a new state commission is studying ocean acidification and its environmental impact on shellfish and its economic impact on coastal economies. Speakers include representatives from the Friends of Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Maine Ocean Acidification Commission.

    • Senator Chris Johnson & Rep. Mike Devin, Co-Chairs - Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification on Commercially Harvested and Grown Species
    • Joe Payne, Casco Baykeeper - Friends of Casco Bay
    • Dr. Mark Green, Professor - Saint Joseph's College

    The Ocean Acidification Forum runs from 4:30-6:00pm and the E2Tech Winter Networking event will run from 6:00-7:00pm. 

    Limited space for the forum so register now!

    Forum only: members $15; non-members $30
    Forum and networking event: members $25; non-members $40.

    Thank you to our Sponsors

    Fall 2014 Student Sponsors

Past events

Thursday, November 20, 2014 E2Tech Annual Meeting - Extreme Makeover: Environmental Remediation Edition
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Organics & Residuals Separation and Processing in the Solid Waste Stream
Friday, September 12, 2014 Heat of the Moment: Plans from State Officials, Energy Companies, and Maine's Next Governor
Thursday, September 04, 2014 Energy, Cleantech, & the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Summer Networking Event at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Thursday, June 26, 2014 The Solid Waste Hierarchy: Waste-to-Energy & the Brighter Side of Landfills
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Navigating the Northeastern Cleantech Cluster Through Wind, Water & Woods
Thursday, June 05, 2014 Innovation Engineering Workshop
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Energy, Environmental & Economic Policy in an Election Year
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Take a Load Off: Distributed Generation and Microgrids
Monday, March 24, 2014 Cleantech Open Northeast: Maine Info Session & Networking
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Regional Electric Grid & Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, February 27, 2014 Reinventing Maine's Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Industries
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 E2Tech Winter Networking Event
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Maine's Offshore Wind Project Update
Thursday, December 19, 2013 Brunswick Landing- Accelerating an Innovative & Renewable Future
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Modernization of Maine's Mining Rules & Development
Thursday, October 24, 2013 Maine's Petroleum Market-Economics, Technology & Transportation
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Cleantech Open Northeast
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine's Plants to Products Forum
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Maine's Environmental Policy Update
Friday, September 13, 2013 Perfect Pitch-Accelerating Success Workshop
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Maine's New Energy Policy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Sustainable Food Production in Maine: A Four-Course Primer
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 The Maine Drain: Stormwater Management Strategies and Solutions
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Climate Change Adaptation: The Maine Response to Planning, Economic, & Engineering Challenges
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Maine Energy & Environmental Policy: Priorities for the 126th Legislature
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Building & Growing the Clean Tech Sector
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 E2Tech Winter Networking Event
Thursday, January 17, 2013 The Friendly Shark Tank: Financial Resources for Businesses & Entrepreneurs
Thursday, December 13, 2012 In the Loop - Geothermal Energy in Maine's Homes & Businesses
Thursday, November 15, 2012 E2Tech Annual Meeting: Celebrating Member Success Stories
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles: Reducing Maine's Oil Dependence
Thursday, September 20, 2012 10th Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, September 13, 2012 U.S. Senate Candidate Debate
Thursday, June 21, 2012 June 21st Forum - Tidal Energy & Maine’s International Growth Opportunity
Thursday, June 07, 2012 E2Tech Networking Evening
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 21st Century Maine: Warmer, Wetter, Wilder
Thursday, May 17, 2012 May 17th Forum - Sustainable Buildings & Site Development Trends in Maine
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 April 10th Forum - UMAINE: Clean Tech Innovation Partner
Thursday, March 29, 2012 March 29th Networking Evening
Thursday, March 15, 2012 March 15th Forum - 2012 ME Environmental & Energy Policy (Augusta)
Thursday, February 16, 2012 Feb 16th Forum - E2Tech Myth Busters
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Clean Tech Collaborative
Thursday, January 19, 2012 Jan 19th Forum - Financing Maine's Clean Tech Sector
Thursday, December 15, 2011 Dec 15th Forum - Efficiency Maine: A Track Record of Success & the Road Ahead
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Nov 15th - Building Maine's Clean Tech Corridor
Thursday, November 03, 2011 Nov 3rd Event - Explore Brunswick's Future Renewable Energy Center
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Oct 26th Forum - Maine's Evolving Wind Energy Resource
Thursday, October 20, 2011 Oct 20th Forum - Restoring Urban Impaired Streams in Maine
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