This year's Tri-Valley Innovation Fair is set to be held by the Quest Science Center at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in September, the nonprofit recently announced.
The event encourages the community to explore science and technology through hands-on experiences and first-hand witnessing new innovations from the Tri-Valley.
"The Tri-Valley Innovation Fair 2021 will showcase the fun and interesting activities, interactive experiments, exciting demonstrations and so much more," said Richard Peterson, event lead and president/CEO of the U.S. Cultural Heritage Marketing Council. "The importance of coming together for community enrichment programs such as the Innovation Fair is more critical than ever before."
Local companies and innovations in the fields of life sciences, advanced manufacturing, cloud computing, agriculture technology, energy, transportation and more will be featured, and skills for many of these fields will be showcased.
In the past, the event was hosted in downtown Livermore at Bankhead Theater. This year, Quest officials said they have taken into consideration the public health situation and have partnered with Alameda County Fairgrounds to provide an open and safer environment for the community to gather in.
"It's important to Quest to be welcoming and accessible to people of all backgrounds with a central and familiar location that has ample flexible indoor and outdoor exhibit space for exhibitors and can also accommodate evolving public health guidelines this year," Quest Science Center CEO Monya Lane said in a statement.
"Planning the event with the Alameda County Fairgrounds was the perfect solution and they've been a wonderful partner every step of the way," she added.
With an expected 2,000 to 2,500 visitors from around the Tri-Valley and Bay Area, Quest and the fairgrounds are keeping a close eye on state and federal health regulations and safety guidelines and plan to adjust the event if necessary.
The Innovation Fair is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 with admission free to visitors but registration required. The event is open to all ages and there will be food trucks available for food and beverages. Interested attendees can access the fairgrounds by Wheels bus system or car with parking at the site.
Attendees can look forward to meeting and talking with professional scientists, engineers, innovators, teachers, business leaders and exploring skills in different STEM fields to continue to develop their own career.
While there are already a number of local companies and laboratories participating in the event this year, Quest Science Center is inviting more sponsors or exhibitors to join them at the fair.
Companies, businesses, organizations, nonprofits and more can reserve a space at the fair by emailing [email protected] in which a registration form will be sent for completion. Applications are approved based on "unique connection to STEAM innovations." Each booth has a registration fee of $500 and may require more costs, such as for additional electrical power.
More information on being a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2021 Tri-Valley Innovation Fair can be found at www.quest-science.org.