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Special Events


Dive into Game Worlds with Matt Forbeck

July 25  |  Park & Market

Celebrate 50 years of a live tabletop role-playing with a Shotguns & Sorcery Actual Play Event, Live on Stage led by Matt Forbeck with special guest Marty Forbeck. Witness firsthand the creativity and spontaneity that define Forbeck's storytelling mastery mixed with the magic of next generation XR provided by MAVERiC Studio and Origami Air Co. After, enjoy a community cosplay mixer and get up close and personal with the artists, authors and “magineers” that make it all happen. 



Meet Matt Forbeck: Booksigning & Live Discussion

July 26  |  UC San Diego Bookstore, Design & Innovation Building- The Basement Room 151

Meet the Legends Matt & Marty Forbeck in person and get your books signed and questions answered in person. This is a wondeful opportunity to discuss their works and gain insights into his creative process of interactive fiction! There will also be a live and livestreamed discussion lead by MAVERiC Studios X-Roads host, Sam Olsen. Matt and Marty Forbeck will be joined by other industry experts as they delve into the future of storytelling and interactive fiction. 


Innovation Day 2024

September 24  |  Petco Park

The San Diego Innovation Sector is taking over Petco Park this September. Co-sponsored by UC San Diego, Innovation Day is the perfect opportunity to experience cutting-edge technologies and science that are leading our region into a bright future.



Innovation at the Edge Speaker Series

First Thursday of Every Month  |  Design & Innovation Building, Room 208

Occurring the first Thursday of every month, our Speaker Series is your invite to hear from visionary leaders, pioneering entrepreneurs, and creative minds as they converge to nurture your entrepreneurial spirit.



SDIC-5-22-24.jpgSDIC 7th Annual Innovation Showcase

May 22  | TSRI Scripps Research Auditorium 

Unlock the opportunity to spotlight your startup or research at the 7th Annual Innovation Showcase on May 22, 2024, hosted by the San Diego Innovation Council (SDIC). Held at the prestigious TSRI Scripps Research Auditorium, this event offers a platform for entrepreneurs and researchers from San Diego’s top academic institutions and innovation ecosystem to connect with investors, industry leaders, and potential partners.

Ready to take part in this influential event? Visit the 2024 Innovation Showcase website to register and submit your application. Whether you’re pitching a groundbreaking idea or presenting a poster on emerging technology, the Innovation Showcase is the perfect venue to make your mark.




Founding Biotech: Lessons from the Journey

April 25  |  Design and Innovation Building 

Hear from a panel of San Diego biotech company founders about their journey to company formation and through the trials of running a startup.




SBIR Info & Advising Session

April 24  |  The Basement, DIB

Join us for an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Info and Advising Session to learn everything you wanted to know about SBIR funding. This workshop, offered in partnership between The Brink SBDC and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) at UC San Diego, is designed for researchers, faculty, and entrepreneurs who have started or are thinking of starting an innovative company. No prior knowledge is necessary. Lunch will be provided. 




WOW Festival

April 4-7  |  UC San Diego


La Jolla Playhouse’s celebrated annual WOW Festival is a four-day celebration of immersive, interactive and breathtaking experiences from local, national and international artists. Free for everyone to attend from April 4 – 7, WOW Festival is presented in partnership with UC San Diego and takes over locations all around the campus, including a building performance and an immersive experience at MAVERiC Studio.​




Federal Resources and Funding to De-risk Biomedical Technologies

February 22, 2024  |  JLABS @ San Diego (Conference Center next to lobby)

The All-Federal panel will provide the audience with a guided tour of their respective agency programs. Each panelist will provide a briefing of how their program is positioned to partner with stakeholders, and educate the audience on upcoming funding opportunities.


Innovation Day LogoInnovation Day 2023

September 14  |  Petco Park

The San Diego Innovation Sector is taking over Petco Park on September 14th. Co-sponsored by UC San Diego, Innovation Day 2023 is the perfect opportunity to experience cutting-edge technologies and science that are leading our region into a bright future.