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  • Study Hall 209 College Street Burlington, VT, 05401 United States (map)

Our sixth event featured a Jazz style mindsession with local thought leaders on the topic of innovation and collaboration. Shannon Mitchell from GameTheory, Chris Thompson from Generator, David Bradbury from VCET, and Mark Naud from the VT Innovation Commons, each lead a specifically themed round of improvised commentary on the future of collaborative spaces and how they inspired innovation in our city.

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About the Speakers:


Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is the executive director and a founder of Burlington’s Generator.  Prior to that he directed and founded the Champlain College Art Gallery and is a former curator for the BCA Contemporary Art Center in Burlington Vermont — staging over eighty exhibitions. Before becoming an artist and curator Chris spent over twenty years in corporate technology management, including six years as Chief Technology Officer for Gardner’s Supply Corporation, overseeing its $35 million/year e-commerce business, and seven years as Director of Advanced Technology for Jager Di Paola Kemp Design, creators of the Burton and Xbox brands.  Chris is a 2014 graduate of the Champlain College MFA in Emergent Media program.


Mark Naud

Mark’s experience and interests are in community/placemaking, innovations in non-profit organizations and social enterprises, and water resources. Entrepreneurship, land use and environmental law have been his core practice within those spheres. Prior to his present role as Exec. Director of the VT Innovation Commons Project, he led the Community Sailing Center, fundraising and developing its new sailing education center and community waterfront campus on Burlington’s Waterfront. Mark is constantly reminded how lucky he is to part of this community and that he lives on an island in Lake Champlain with his wife Lisa and two teenagers.


Shannon Mitchell

Shannon Mitchell is the COO at GameTheory, a company that tackles the world's biggest challenges with game toolkits and empathetic design. Shannon has served as lead on the team's top projects, working with partners of all kinds, from research and academic teams to Fortune 500 companies. She continues to lead innovative projects daily with the GameTheory team.


David Bradbury

David is President of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) which offers expert business mentoring, venture capital, three coworking and accelerator facilities, and substantive networking to the region’s entrepreneurs and next generation employers. In 2013, VCET was ranked #11 globally and #5 in the US but the UBI Index. Visit and follow @VCET

When not grabbing coffee with aspiring entrepreneurs, reading technology journals or learning to code, David is snowboarding, surfing and mountain biking with his family from their home base in Stowe, Vermont.

Earlier Event: December 6
EntrepreneurshIp Panel
Later Event: March 20