SEAD Gallery Hosts TEEX’s Inaugural Product Development Series Luncheon

On January 22, 2013 the SEAD Gallery hosted the inaugural luncheon of Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Product Development Series. The monthly luncheon aims to give new start up companies the opportunity to meet with businesses, industry contacts and other resource providers. The main mission of the group is to help aid Texas entrepreneurs as they develop their products from idea to the marketplace.

Attendees at this month’s event heard presentations from Caleb Holt, TEEX Product Development Center coordinator, Dean Schneider of the Texas Center for Applied Technology and Jose Quintana, our own Advent GX representative. Quintana spoke briefly about the history of Advent GX and followed with a tour of the Innovation Underground. Quintana also demonstrated a new Advent GX developed innovation aimed at enhancing engagement with visual arts. The ArtsInteractive app currently in beta testing enables visitors to the gallery to hear from the artist about each work by simply pointing the iPad at the artwork.

Thirty people attended the luncheon catered by Village Cafe. To learn more about SEAD Gallery or hosting your event in the gallery, visit

Innovation Underground Featured at Texas Travel Summit

Advent GX Managing Partner Joan Quintana is presenting the Innovation Underground story to Texas tourism professionals this week.  In her presentation titled “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Support of Heritage Preservation” Joan will talk about how Advent GX is combining small business development with heritage preservation and cultural and performing arts to spur economic and tourism development in historic downtown Bryan. The IU is being featured during TTIA’s Innovation Showcase along with SeaWorld’s water conservation programs and USDM’s leadership innovation.

Joan will share the approach and outcomes of the IU’s first year and provide a written case study for those interested in learning more.

Downtown Bryan Joins Growing List of Film Festivals in Texas

Film makers and fans gathered at the Innovation Underground this weekend to celebrate the newest addition to the growing list of film festivals in Texas. The inaugural Downtown Bryan Film Festival was produced by recent A&M Consolidated High School (AMCHS) alumni. The event featured the work of recent high school and university graduates.

Class of 2012 alumni Kent Juliff and Madeline Packard created the Downtown Bryan Film Festival, a new annual summer film event. They hope to showcase short-films by AMCHS audio video production alumni as they continue to advance in their careers. While film festivals in Texas are not uncommon, the students believe focusing on hometown filmmakers and those early in their careers will add to the growing film and arts activity in downtown Bryan.

Mustachio by Stephen Gamache was among the films featured at the festival.

This year the festival showcased 10 short films by alumni who have studied, or plan to study, film production at universities across the country. Founders hope to expand on the program next year and engage even more local film makers.

Downtown Bryan Film Festival is not the first film festival in the area. Red Wasp will celebrate its 10th year this October, making it among the longer standing events on the Governor’s list of more than 50 film festivals in Texas. Festivals and events are powerful tools for community and economic development. Film festivals in particular represent a great opportunity as they serve to bolster the states growing film industry, generating high quality jobs and economic activity associated with film production as well as subsequent tourism opportunities.

To learn more about film making in Texas, visit the Texas Film Commission web site.

The festival was sponsored by Advent GX, Buffalo Wild Wings, Copy Corner and Downtown Bryan Association. To learn more, visit the festival web site.