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Pushbutton 2014 to Celebrate Utah Digital Media

-­‐      An  Evening  of  Recognition  for  Digital  Media  Innovators  -­‐

SALT LAKE CITY, October 14, 2014 – Grow Utah, Salt Lake County and Zions Bank announced today their hosting of the Utah’s premier digital media event, Pushbutton 2014. From games to animation, special effects to technical tool sets, and video to social campaigns, Pushbutton will celebrate and recognize Utah’s digital media innovators.

This year’s event, slated for the evening of November 12 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City, will bring together leaders, students and supporters of all forms and uses of digital media. Now in its fourth year, this event is proving to be a highlight for anyone interested in Utah’s digital   media scene.

The event is organized and hosted by Grow Utah, Salt Lake County and Zions Bank. Event sponsors include Durham Jones and Pinegar, USTAR, Utah Valley University, EDUC, and BoomStartUp.

“We are thrilled to co-­‐host this event,” said A Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank. “Utah’s digital media industry is thriving and growing with significant job opportunities available to our tech savvy work force.”

“Salt Lake County has an exceptional talent pool when it comes to digital media,” said Mayor Ben McAdams. “One of my top economic development priorities is to support this growing industry which holds the promise of good-­‐paying jobs for our graduates and fits perfectly in our thriving metropolitan business model.”

Event organizer, T. Craig Bott of Grow Utah highlighted new features of the 2014 event. “This year Pushbutton will center on an evening of recognition and awards that promises excitement, competition, innovative presentations, food and entertainment.”

Three new cash awards will be presented at Pushbutton. These include awards for the Best Student Work-­‐$3,000; Best Use of Digital Media-­‐ $3,000 and Best Digital Media Innovation-­‐ $10,000. Selected finalists will pitch their innovation on stage with the winner being selected by the crowd via text voting.

Highlights of Pushbutton 2014 will include:

Pocket Fest Film Festival

Selected winners from Utah’s first Pocket Fest film festival will be showcased. Pocket Fest spotlights all original film created on a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, and/or action cam).

Salt Lake Comic Con-­‐ Best Use of Digital Media Award Winner

Salt Lake Comic Con will receive the Best Use of Digital Media Award. Key executives from Salt Lake Comic Con will share their winning social marketing strategy and techniques that have propelled Salt Lake Comic Con to become the “best Comic Con in the world” as declared by Stan Lee, with attendance exceeding 100,000 attendees.

Reception and Showcase

An evening reception of food, networking and innovation displays will be held prior to the awards event.

Pushbutton Digital Media Legacy Award

The Pushbutton Legacy Award will be given to a leader in Utah’s digital media field for their contribution to the growth of the industry.

Best Student Work Award

As a part of Pushbutton 2014, a cash award will be given to the Best Student Work in digital media for the work created by a team of full time students.

Best Digital Media Innovation Award

Pushbutton’s premier award of $10,000 will be given to the winning digital media innovator. Three finalists will pitch their event on stage and be selected by a crowd vote from those in attendance.

On-­‐Stage After Party

An on-­‐stage after party will be hosted for all those in attendance.

Registration and event details can be found at  To accommodate all those interested, sponsors have helped reduce the price to only $10 this year. Summit seating is limited so early registration is recommended.

About Grow Utah Ventures

Grow Utah Ventures, is a privately funded, non-­‐profit organization dedicated to accelerate the creation of innovative, entrepreneur-­‐led, high-­‐growth businesses that will strengthen and expand the future growth of Utah’s economy. The vision of Grow Utah Ventures is to create a robust entrepreneurial eco-­‐ system in Utah that fosters entrepreneurial talent, drives innovation to solve market needs, aligns community resources and support, and ensures funding for products, entrepreneurs and businesses of promise.  Pushbutton is one of many industry related events that Grow Utah hosts throughout the year to foster innovation.


PR Contacts: Justin Bott Grow Utah (801) 593-­‐2269

USTAR Confluence – University Research Meets Commercialization

Beginning November 3, USTAR will hold its inaugural two-day review of research teams, with special talks on commercialization initiatives and services, and a keynote speaker that will bridge the academic and commercialization perspectives.

The USTAR Confluence will kick off Monday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building: A USTAR Innovation Center at the University of Utah. The Confluence will continue on November 4 with lunch provided both days. On November 3rd, an opening night networking reception will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and will serve as the venue for graduate and post-doctoral poster presentations from students related to the two research universities during the poster session.

In conjunction with the reception, tours of the Nanofabrication facility will be provided. Additionally, the USTAR Confluence will include booth space for sponsors, industry partners and USTAR services. The USTAR Confluence seeks to stimulate entrepreneurial/commercial excitement within Utah while providing USTAR researchers the opportunity to share their research and projects. The event will also work to expand the community and provide stakeholders, investors and the public a rare opportunity to engage in the unique work of USTAR.

The keynote address will be given by Stacy Pierce, Principle Engineering Manager for Rockwell Collins.  Stacy has an impressive background in research, development and commercialization of simulators.

Each team is scheduled to present for 30 minutes. The goal of the meeting is to highlight the research being done by the USTAR teams, the direction of research in the coming year, and commercialization potential or successes.

Please register at:

Startups from Utah’s University Technologies

Some of the 2014 numbers are out. Utah’s University Technologies are becoming startup companies or are being licensed out to help existing companies. Don’t be left out! There are technologies available at all of Utah’s Universities.

Bryce Hansen (he has been a CFO/CPA for several SBIR/STTR companies, graduated with a Tech commercialization focused MBA, and worked with the Utah Fund of Funds) will be offering a Technology Commercialization Assistance at a free, monthly consultation.  The first one is on Oct 13, 3-5pm.  He can work with companies during that time period. He has been on the funding side, the accounting side, and recently has been working in the strategic marketing side of technology companies.

You can find Utah University technologies at the following locations, or contact Peter Jay with USTAR Central at 815 West 1250 South Orem, UT 84005, (801) 863-6821:

  • University of Utah Technologies: You can view some of the technologies recently developed at the University of Utah at its Technology Publisheror contact USTAR Central.
  • Utah State University Technologies: Utah State University is rapidly disclosing and acquiring intellectual property as well. You can view technologies recently developed at Utah State University at its Innovation Catalogor contact USTAR Central.
  • Brigham Young University: BYU has a list of available technologies at:
  • Utah Valley University: For UVU Technologies, please visit:

Here are some of the 2014 numbers from the University of Utah.


Grant money is available to help university spinoffs. Over $6 Million in grant money was given out in 2013 and nearly as much already in 2014.


University Technology Can Help Your Company

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) brought about 45 professors to the University of Utah and Utah State University specifically to develop new technologies that can help Utah companies and industries gain a competitive advantage. USTAR Central was formed at UVU to market technologies or otherwise assist the Utah State and UofU Technology Commercialization Offices in bringing any new technologies to Central Utah companies.
If you are interested in receiving updates on new available to license technologies related to your company or industry, please Subscribe to our UTAH TECHNOLOGY EMAIL LIST

You can learn more about USTAR at or contact USTAR Central at:

Peter Jay
USTAR Central
815 West 1250 South
Orem, UT 84005
(801) 863-6821


Visit one of the following links below:

University of Utah Technologies

In 2013, the University of Utah alone had 212 disclosures (disclosures are where a professor/inventor discloses a new technology to its tech commercialization office); there were 89 technology licenses to companies; 17 startup companies were formed; and 88 patents awarded. (UofU Technology and Venture Commercialization 2013 Annual Report, see also the charts below.) You can view some of the technologies recently developed at the University of Utah at its Technology Publisher or contact USTAR Central.


Utah State University Technologies

Utah State University is rapidly disclosing and acquiring intellectual property as well. You can view technologies recently developed at Utah State University at its Innovation Catalog or contact USTAR Central.