Princeton University’s annual Reunions weekend begins Thursday, May 29, but that doesn’t mean townies are left out of the fun. The university is hosting a plethora of events and panel discussions of interest to the business community that weekend, many taking place on Friday, May 30.
The Princeton Entrepreneurs Network will host a business plan competition at the Friend Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free, but a $25 donation is recommended.
Brian O’Kelley, online advertising pioneer and CEO of the New York tech startup AppNexus, will speak before the startup showcase begins. O’Kelley, who graduated from Princeton in 1999, founded AppNexus after selling his previous venture, Right Media, to Yahoo for $850 million in 2007. Both companies deal with online advertising. AppNexus, an exchange that allows advertisements to be bought and sold on multiple online platforms, now has more than 550 employees.
After O’Kelley speaks, visitors will have a chance to meet entrepreneurs and inventors at the business showcase and vote for their favorite business plan. The winner, as determined by a panel of judges, will be announced at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, the university will host a wide array of faculty-alumni panels, many dealing with topics of interest to the business community. While events under the Reunions tents are usually limited to those with wristbands, the alumni forums listed below are open to visitors with an interest in the subject.
Friday, May 30
Climate Change. The panel includes Paul A. Hanle, CEO of Palmer Square-based nonprofit group Climate Central, among other leaders of groups dedicated to studying and combatting global warming. 9 a.m., McCormick Hall, Room 101.
Princeton Alumni in the Service of All Nations: Panelists include George F. Hritz, a lawyer well-known for international dispute resolution. 9 a.m., McCosh Hall, Room 10.
Building Your Business — Learning What Really Matters. Panelists include Mimi Chen, president and co-founder of Cognitive Code, serial entrepreneur Steven P. Papa, Michael A. Carvin, founder and CEO of SmartAsset, and Joshua Ross Weinstein, founder of YouAreTV. 10:30 a.m., Whig Hall, Senate Chamber.
Technology: Advancement in Education? Panelists include Marc E. Miller, founding member of the SEED School, and Janice Levy Block, chief legal and administrative officer of Kaplan, Inc. 10:30 a.m., McCosh Hall, Room 50.
Big Brother Is Watching: Is Privacy a Thing of the Past or Can It Be Reclaimed? Moderated by Edward Felten, Robert E. Kahn professor of computer science and public affairs. Panelists include Walter S. Poole, a historian for the Department of Defense; 2:30 p.m., McCosh Hall, Room 50.
Cities of the Future: Panelists include John Hatch, a principal at architecture firm Clarke Caton Hintz and partner at HHG Development; and Clifford L. Levy, senior editor at the New York Times. 2:30 p.m., Architecture Building, Betts Auditorium.
Investment Frontiers: Where is the “Smart Money” Going? Panelists include Craig A. Drill of Craig Drill Capital, and Thanassis G. Mazarakis, COO of Southern Star. 2:30 p.m., Friend Center, Room 101.
The Enshrinement of Civil Rights: 50 Years from the Civil Rights Act to the Defense of Marriage Act. Panelists include David H. Hunter, a retired attorney of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. 2:30 p.m., McCosh Hall, Room 28.
Saturday, May 31
Affordable Healthcare: Myth or Reality? Panelists include John G. Clarkson, executive director of American Board of Ophthalmology. 9 a.m., McCosh Hall, Room 50.
The Ever-Evolving Middle East. Panelists include Daniel W. Christman, senior counselor to the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce. 9 a.m., McCormick Hall, Room 101.
Views of Modern Conservatism and Libertarianism: Panelists include John Stossel, host of the Stossel show on FOX News. 9 a.m., Frist Center, Room 302.
Entrepreneurship: Creating Tomorrow Today. Moderated by Ralph Taylor-Smith, partner at the venture capital firms Battelle Ventures and Innovation Valley Partners. Panelists include Tsvetelina (Lina) Churalska, co-founder of Princeton Beverage Company. 10 a.m., McCosh Hall, Room 28.
Books That Changed Your Life. Panelists include playwright Billy Aronson. 10:30 a.m., Frist Campus Center, Room 302.
Political Gridlock — Can We Do Better? Panelists include James A.S. Leach, professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. 10:30 a.m., McCosh Hall, Room 50.
The Business and Management of Professional Sports Teams. Panelists include Peter B. Carry, retired executive editor of Sports Illustrated, Mark Wilf, owner of the Minnesota Vikings, Mark A. Shapiro, owner of the Cleveland Indians, and Jason Garrett, head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. 10:30 a.m., McCosh Hall, Room 10.
To Infinity and Beyond: Innovations in Engineering. Panelists include David A. Pensak, CEO of UbiquiShield and Professor of Anesthesia at Drexel College of Medicine. 10:30 a.m. McCormick Hall, Room 101.
Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Alumni Reception: Meet current and past PAVE members. PAVE is an undergraduate student-led research group dedicated to advancing the field of robotics. 11 a.m., Sherrerd Hall Atrium.