By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

Think there’s a real thirst for what’s going to happen when “Innov865 Week” launches Monday in Knoxville?

The “Knoxville Maker City Summit” on Monday is officially sold out, according to the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. Tuesday’s “Big Data, Big Impact” session has about reached room capacity of 50, and Tuesday evening’s “Beer and Biotech Meet-up” hosted by Life Science Tennessee already has about two dozen registrants, but others are encouraged to register and attend.

The largest venue is the Bijou Theater, site of “Start-up Day,” and there is still plenty of room in the iconic building. Don’t wait too much longer, however, to register for the public events in the smaller venues. You can access all of them from this link.

(Note: This article appeared previously on, a web-based service that was launched to spotlight and celebrate “all things” related to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in East Tennessee.)