Students from the College of Business and others interested in technology and related fields are invited to participate in the inaugural Joplin Regional Innovation & Technology Summit.

Presented by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nov. 5 event will focus on issues such as cyber security, e-commerce and entrepreneurship in a series of breakout sessions.

As part of the entrepreneurship track, a pitch competition will be offered at the high-school and collegiate level with $1,000 offered for first place and $500 for second. Dr. Dominic Buccieri, assistant professor of international business, and Ken Surbrugg, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship volunteered to help organize the pitch contest.

Due the variety of topics and breakout sessions offered, the event will have wide appeal for business and non-business majors alike.

“The event is a really great opportunity for our students,” said Buccieri. “Cyber security is a growing issue, and this is an opportunity for our CIS and human resources majors to learn more about it. The e-commerce session includes a focus on women in technology.”

Other sessions will cover topics such as digital marketing, start-up space, and digital workforce coding.

A discounted rate of $19 is offered for Missouri Southern students. Click here to register and find out more.