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Ready for the day

Ready for the day

Nametags and agendas at the ready for the inaugural Houston 2035 conference.

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Welcome

Welcome

The Texas Medical Center's Bill McKeon welcomes attendees at a VIP reception.

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Building excitement

Building excitement

Attendees gather at Houston 2035's VIP reception at the Texas Medical Center.

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All smiles

All smiles

Lindsay Dennault at TMC chats with Gray Hancock, co-founder of Decisio Healthcare.

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Pausing for a Picture

Pausing for a Picture

Guests enjoy drinks and canapes at the VIP reception kicking off Houston 2035.

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Xconomy Texas

Xconomy Texas

Xconomy Texas Editor poses with Xconomist Gaurav Khandelwal, founder of Chai One and Start Houston.

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Innovation leaders

Innovation leaders

Kristin Weikel at J-Labs and Deborah Mansfield at the Houston Technology Center.

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A meeting place

A meeting place

Two attendees catch up at the VIP reception for Houston 2035.

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Let's get it started

Let's get it started

The Texas Medical Center's Bobby Robbins and Xconomy's Bob Buderi round up attendees to start the conference.

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By the numbers

By the numbers

Stephen Klineberg at the Kinder Institute illustrates Houston's future through its demography.

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One-on-one

One-on-one

Bill McKeon at the Texas Medical Center and BioHouston's Jacqueline Northcut talk about efforts to boost healthcare entrepreneurs.

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Healthcare innovation

Healthcare innovation

Ferran Prat at MD Anderson joined Atul Varadhachary at Fannin Innovation Studio and Charles Tate, founder of CRG.

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Think pink

Think pink

Katie Mehnert, founder of Pink Petro, speaks about ways to support women in the energy industry.

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Breaktime discussion

Breaktime discussion

Attendees grab coffee and chat about what they've heard.

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Houston on the rise

Houston on the rise

The Mercury Fund's Blair Garrou speaks about Houston's other strength: IT.

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Innovation for the other 90%

Innovation for the other 90%

Rice's Rebecca Richards-Kortum speaks of innovations that save babies in rural Africa---and in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, too.

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Fueling Houston

Fueling Houston

Nick Slavin with EES Ventures speaks with Niel Golightly at Shell about creating a Houston-based fellowship to spark homegrown innovation.

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Making a point

Making a point

Simrit Parmar, founder of Platform Houston, says Houston should focus on its strengths: space, medicine, technology, and energy.

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Headlines

Headlines

The final panelists offer their headlines from 2035 and beyond.

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Think small

Think small

UT's John Holcomb talks about how "small data" in healthcare could lead to better outcomes.

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Full house

Full house

More than 300 people registered to attend the inaugural Houston 2035 conference.

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Sidebar

Sidebar

Attendees break off to chat about innovation news in Houston.

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Welcome to Houston 2035

Welcome to Houston 2035

The Texas Medical Center's Bobby Robbins kicks off the inaugural Houston 2035 conference.

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Innovation burst

Innovation burst

Allison Lami Sawyer speaks of her company, Rebellion Photonics.

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Bringing Houston together

Bringing Houston together

Houston 2035 was held at TMCx, the Texas Medical Center's Innovation Insitute

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Talking shop

Talking shop

MIT's Bill Aulet attracts a crowd after his talk on disciplined entrepreneurship.

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Making connections

Making connections

Sue Siegel at GE Ventures and healthymagination meets Houston audience members.

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Living textbooks

Living textbooks

Rich Baraniuk describes his company, OpenStax, which creates online and customized textbooks for students.

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STEM skills

STEM skills

Bonnie Dunbar, a former NASA astronaut who now leads STEM education efforts at the University of Houston, describes mentors who helped her through education and career.

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An engaged audience

An engaged audience

Kerri Smith of OwlSpark, the student accelerator at Rice University, was one of the attendees.

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Educating Houston

Educating Houston

George McLendon, provost at Rice University and founder of edtech companies, describes bringing engineering to life for young students.

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3-D printers in housing

3-D printers in housing

Jorge Barrero at Gensler speaks of 3-D printing technology that could create less expensive housing faster.

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Urban development

Urban development

Laura Spanjian with the city of Houston, Bill Fulton with the Kinder Institute, and Gensler's Rives Taylor speak about boosting Houston as an urban center.

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Platinum sponsors

Platinum sponsors

Gold sponsors

Gold sponsors

Xconomy Texas — 

Healthcare and energy, edtech and urban design. Those were among the topics at hand at the inaugural Houston 2035 conference last Thursday, which brought together leaders from Houston and nationally to speak about how Houston can both leverage its assets and prepare for future challenges as an innovative city of the future in the decades to come.

For a more detailed look at the discussions, please see our story here. For a Storify-ed look at the proceedings, click here.

Once again, we’d like to extend special thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible, including our event host the Texas Medical Center; our platinum sponsors, GE, Gensler, Rice University, Shell, and Texas Medical Center; our gold sponsors, Luna Data Solutions and MD Anderson Cancer Center; our silver sponsor, DPR Construction; and our event supporters, BMC and Microsoft. Thanks as well to photographer Nick de la Torre.