Speaker Smith, Senator Campbell announce first ever ‘Legithon’ conference Nov 13

first_img10:00am – 12:00pm ​          Group break-out sessions with coaches  12:00pm – 1:00pm           Lunch (State House Cafeteria) 1:00pm – 6:00pm           Group break-out sessions with coaches 6:00pm – 12:00am           Voluntary work session time (at a Montpelier venue to be determined)​Sunday, NOVEMBER 15​, 20159:00am – 10:00am           Working breakfast (State House Cafeteria) 10:00am – 11:00am ​           Finalize proposals 11:00am – 12:00pm           Proposal presentations (House Chamber) 12:30pm – 1:30pm          Wrap-up and Awards Specific event details are available at vtlegithon.org(link is external). 7:00pm – 8:00pm           Welcome Remarks​ (House Chamber)                    Shap Smith, Speaker of the House(link is external)​                    John Campbell, President Pro Tempore(link is external) ​ 8:00pm – 10:00pm           Working Session (House Camber)                    Introduction to the Legislative Process                    Form Groups & Discuss Topics  ​Saturday, ​​​NOVEMBER 14, 20159:00am – 10:00am           Working breakfast (State House Cafeteria)center_img Vermont Business Magazine House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell today announced the first ever “Legithon,” an intensive policy collaboration conference that will bring together Vermont students, academic leaders, business people, legal professionals and lawmakers to develop technology and economic development proposals. Drawing on models from events like Hackathons and the Start Up Weekend, the Legithon will bring together a diverse group to participate in an exciting weekend of work and learning. The goal is to educate the public on legislative processes by developing model proposals for economic development policy and legislative action.Shap Smith and John Campbell at a Vermont Chamber event in February 2014. VBM file photo.“Vermonters are smart, resourceful people who want to work together to shape the state’s future,” said House Speaker Shap Smith. “The Legithon is an exciting opportunity to unite Vermont’s brightest minds for a common purpose. I am excited to co-host these meetings, and to share ideas as we work to grow jobs and create a strong future for Vermont.”“The Legithon is a great, new way to bring creative minds together and collaborate under one roof. The business community continues to become more technology oriented and I believe this event is a wonderful opportunity to connect young Vermonters with some of our great technology companies here in Vermont,” said President Pro Tem John Campbell.The weekend long Legithon will be held at the Vermont State House starting Friday, November 13. Attendees will form workgroups to collaborate through the duration of the weekend, culminating with the creation and presentation of proposals on Sunday, November 15. The Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and Vermont Law School will facilitate the Legithon in conjunction with legislators and stakeholders.“We are thrilled to take part in this first-of-its-kind event,” noted Representative Bill Botzow and Senator Kevin Mullin, the chairs of their respective chambers’ economic development committees. “The Legithon has the potential to significantly inform the committee process we undertake each year. We are excited for this opportunity to brainstorm new, innovative policies for Vermont.”Following the event, the organizers will publicize the participants’ proposals through the event’s web-presence and other channels. The sponsors plan to develop a “how to” manual that can act as a design tool for further iterations of Legithon events.SCHEDULE ​OF EVENTS​​Unless otherwise ​specified, all events will be at the Vermont State Capitol Building.​ ​SCHEDULEFriday, NOVEMBER 13, 2015​6:00pm – 7:00pm            Registration and Welcome Supper (State House Cafeteria)last_img read more

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