Cogswell College of Silicon Valley Announces Featured Entrepreneurship & Venture Speakers at NCIIA's Open 2014

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogswell College entrepreneurship program faculty John Duhring and C.J. Cornell will be featured speakers at Open 2014, sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Open 2014 is an intensive two-day conference for practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education. The conference explores policy, programs, funding and insights into what universities are doing today to engage constituents in using invention and entrepreneurship to benefit society.

On Friday, March 21 at 11:00 am, Duhring, educational technology specialist at Cogswell College, will present research and insights on Hackathons and Meetups, and on how they proliferated as useful methods for kick-starting technology projects.

Cornell, director of venture development and visiting professor of entrepreneurship at Cogswell College, will present at two sessions. His first presentation, "The Metamorphosis of Business Plan Competitions" is Saturday, March 22 at 9:30 am, his second presentation, Saturday March 22 at 2:00 pm, will focus on Crowdfunding as a new way of jumpstarting entrepreneurship education.

The NCIIA Open 2014 conference will held March 21 and 22 at the San Jose Marriott Hotel. For more information visit:

John Duhring has been a founding team member at nine startups, including Supermac Software, WAIS Inc and Bitmenu. He has also applied technology to learning at Prentice-Hall, Apple, Dow Jones and AOL and created the New Media Group for Stanford's Professional Publishing Courses. As Education Technology specialist at Cogswell College in Sunnyvale, California, he is passionate about using technology to extend capacity and increase performance. He received his BS in Marketing from UC Berkeley.

Christopher-John "CJ" Cornell is Director of Venture Development and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Recently CJ Cornell was Professor of Digital Media & Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University and the recipient of the 2010 President's Award for Innovation. As a serial entrepreneur, CJ Cornell was founder or senior management of a dozen successful startup ventures that attracted over $250 million in private funding and exceeded $3 billion in revenues. He holds degrees in engineering, management and a Ph.D. in marketing and strategy, and sits on the board of five tech companies and many public entrepreneurship development agencies.

About Cogswell College of Silicon Valley

Located in Sunnyvale in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell College is an accredited 4-year institution of higher education, now offering advanced degrees and certification programs, with a curriculum that fuses art, engineering and entrepreneurship. Cogswell cultivates creativity and innovation by bringing together students who are passionate about working in digital art, audio, game, and engineering and fostering a collaborative environment that stimulates the free flow of ideas.

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