14 Floors – Michigan Tech – April 2018

The 14 Floors spring visit to campus included a welcome social in downtown Houghton on the night of the group’s arrival and began the second day with a Sleep Research Lab tour, the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems report-out and director updates, and finished with a 14 Floors – Bay Area debrief and social with students and entrepreneurial staff and faculty at the ICE House. The following day kicked off with a “1 Million Cups” entrepreneurial presentation with KEDA, small business startups, and the SmartZone. Activities on campus followed with “Office Hours” mentoring sessions with students, the Computing & Information Sciences (CIS) Advisory Group discussion, recommendation and social, and a evening wrap-up with a presentation by the startup Orbion Space Technology followed by a large networking event at the Continental Fire Company. The final day started with mechanical engineering lab tours, student meetings on campus, and a final wrap-up meeting at the Keweenaw Brewing Company.

The detailed schedule follows.

14 Floors Campus Visit

April 9-12, 2018

14 Floors guests:  Dave House, Shankar Mukherjee, Kanwal Rekhi, and John Rockwell                              


7:30 pm NetJet arrives Hancock

8:15 – 10:00 pm

Casual get together at the Ambassador
Check-in at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn, Houghton



9:00 – 10:30 am Breakfast at Magnuson – 7th floor, inside Terrace level
11:00 – 12:00 pm Dave House to meet with Bruce SeelyLocation:  Walker 201C (Bruce’s office)
11:00 – 12:00 pm Kanwal Rekhi, John Rockwell, and Shankar Mukherjee to tour Sleep Research Lab
Location:  SDC 235
Coordinator:  Jason Carter
1:00 – 3:00 pm Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) – Directors updatesLocation:  Rekhi Hall 101

Coordinator: Min Song
Lunch will be served

4:00 – 5:00 pm Bay Area Debrief – students share experiences from CA tripLocation:  ICE House

               21610 Woodland Road, Houghton

5:00 – 6:00 pm Social at ICE HouseHors d’oeuves and refreshments served



8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast at Magnuson – 7th floor, inside Terrace level
9:00 – 10:30 am 1 Million Cups entrepreneurial presentation: this is a weekly meeting where local entrepreneurs present their startup companies and learn how their community can help support their business to flourish. 

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs with their communities.
Location:  Finlandia Finnish American Heritage Center
               437 Quincy Street, Hancock

9:30 – 11:00 am Dave House to meet with Dan Fuhrmann
Location:  EERC 118
11:15 – 12:45 pm Dave House to meet with Min SongLocation:  Rekhi Hall 223
1:00 – 2:00 pm Dave House to meet with President Glenn MrozLocation:  Administration Bldg. 500A (Glenn’s office)
12:30 – 2:30 pm 14 Floors Office HoursLocation:  M&M 718

Coordinator: Jim Baker

3:00 – 5:00 pm Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) Advisory Group: The CIS Working Group will present its draft recommendation, and solicit the feedback of the CIS Advisory Group prior to submitting its final recommendation to Provost Huntoon. Members of 14 Floors, our advisory group of entrepreneurs

and business leaders from Silicon Valley, will be in attendance.  Social event to follow in the lobby.

Location:  GLRC 202

Coordinator:  Dan Fuhrmann

Light refreshments will be served

5:00 – 6:00 pm Kanwal Rekhi & John Rockwell to attend Orbion Space Board Mtg. Location:  Continental Fire Company – upper level

                408 E. Montezuma Ave., Houghton

Coordinator: Brad King

6:00 – 8:00 pm Orbion Space Technology Social Everyone is invited to this networking social to celebrate all the great developments since we began our journey to the stars.
Location:  Continental Fire Company
Hors d’oeuves and refreshments served               




9:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast at Magnuson – 7th floor, inside Terrace level
10:00 – 11:00 am Meet with Adam Weber & Cedric Kennedy
10:30 – 12:00 pm Dave House to meet with Provost Jackie HuntoonLocation:  Administration Bldg. 503A (Jackie’s office)
11:00 – 12:30 pm Open time
1:00 pm Lunch
Location:  Keweenaw Brewing Company
                408 Shelden Avenue, Houghton
2:00 pm Informal Wrap-up

Location:  Keweenaw Brewing Company
                408 Shelden Avenue, Houghton

3:30 pm Depart for the airport
4:15 pm NetJet departs Hancock


If you have questions regarding this itinerary, please contact Adam Johnson directly at adam@mtu.edu or 906-281-6983.