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Our Keynote Speakers

Anne Ahola Ward

Privacy is the New Luxury
9AM at the Lyric Theater
 
Anne Ward
  • CEO of CircleClick Media
  • O'Reilly Author
  • IBM Futurist
  • Named "Top 50 Inspirational Entrepreneurs to Watch" Entrepreneur Magazine 2017
  • Named "Mother of Start-ups", CNN

Toli Lerios

Startup Ecosystems: Beyond Silicon Valley
3PM Saturday at the Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema
Toli Lerios
  • Winner of Stanford's "Walter J. Gorges Award for Excellence in Teaching"
  • Creator of Facebook's dynamic image processing infrastructure for photo  layouts in Timeline
  • Serial Entrepreneur and Advisor
  • Holds 26 U.S. Patents


Speaking on Downtown Day

Friday September 20 at Various Locations in Downtown Lexington

Kris will discuss the mission of Space Tango, it’s history, capabilities, including its Labs in space on the International Space Station, recent launches and missions...particularly in the biomedicine and future strategy.

Kris Kimel is the co-founder and chairman of Space Tango. He is the former president of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, founder of the IdeaFestival and Exomedicine Institute. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky and is originally for. Miami, Florida.

Rules and Play - Come play a sampling of interactive experiences from the annual interactive exhibit Rules and Play. Meet with artists and developers from the RunJumpDev community about the technologies and opportunities for building interactive digital art.

John Meister is the owner and studio director of Super Soul, an award-winning digital arts studio with a diverse portfolio that includes PC, console, and mobile video games. With over twenty years of software development experience, he has contributed to several innovative education projects using virtual and augmented reality. John is also co-founder and president of RunJumpDev, a non-profit organization that supports technical education and the growth of the game industry in Kentucky. John has a passion for teaching, leading teams, and making ideas become a reality.

There was a time when computers seemed magical. When videos games first appeared on the scene, the simple idea that you could influence images on a television by pushing buttons seemed like pure wizardry. Now computers surround us and powerful algorithms shout disembodied directions at us as we drive. It’s easy to become desensitized, yet with these strange powerful tools all around us, never before has it been easier to be a wizard! This talk will explore the relationship of computer science to art, how open source software and commodity hardware are a powerful canvas for artists and enthusiasts, and the unique challenges of interactive art and the application of lessons from the software engineering world.

Chris Wininger is a software engineer, electronic artist and lover of the weird. He is one half of the two person team that birthed the Fong Phone, a collaborator on interactive art exhibitions such as Call and Response and the artist behind Every Picture Tells a Story He currently works at Sonatype where he is passionate about open source and develops tools that enhance the security and quality of enterprise software.

Most of us took a float, couple of hooks, some worms and headed down to the creek. Maybe you were even lucky enough to have a boat to venture out to a pond or lake. Today, those items are still crucial to catching fish but the landscape has changed. Learn about computerized reels, bait specific rods, new line types, side/down imaging and more in this enlightening talk about the massive impact that technology has had on the world of fishing!

Kent holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems from Morehead State University. He worked for six years in Global Business Development and Worldwide Product Solutions at startup Exstream Software before helping transition the firm during their purchase by HP in 2008. Community-minded with an appreciation for how the sharing of ideas can create positive change, Kent produced Kentucky’s first TEDxLEX event and was named as a Top 50 Connector in Central Kentucky, a public nomination process recognizing civic contributors. As a hobby, Kent is the owner of The Cain Pole, a fishing tackle store in Richmond, KY that helps support his 20+ tournament a year fishing addiction.

The Lt Governor is going to help us kick off the conversation about why we need good tech to have an impact on children's lives and in particular in addressing suicide prevention - this year's special theme for the hackathon.

EZ Turn was born and developed by, former NFL player, Chase Minnifield. Chase used the same hard work, dedication, and integrity that propelled him into the pros to build a reputable, 200+ employee, multifaceted labor company. That company has been servicing Student Housing properties from his hometown of Lexington, KY to the east coast for several turn seasons.

Richard Hoagland is an artist, technologist, and entrepreneur. He works with virtual reality & augmented reality, artificial intelligence & machine learning, and gaming. His work has been presented at FILE, Smithsonian, and IndieCade. He is a human and that will be significant information on a conference bio in this century.

Your brand is more than just a logo. It's a voice, an aesthetic, a feeling your audience gets when they see you... and during this workshop we'll help you find yours. Join Jacqueline to voice your brand with hands-on activities. We’ll walk you through questions to ask yourself to define your brand, tips on how to stay on track, and resources to achieve it all. Anyone at any stage is welcome.

Lexington native, Jacqueline Benson, thrives on creative thinking, clean aesthetics and focusing on helping others find their creative nature. She’s watched this town become an artistic hub while building her business, Lexington Design Company, and continually learning new things in the graphic design world.

Creating AR and VR Experiences with Unity - Come get a crash course in using Unity, the most popular toolset for developing AR and VR experiences. This framework allows you to target all major devices in a single development environment. Plus a large community from professional developers to middle schoolers are using Unity so it is easy to find support for your new project.

John Meister is the owner and studio director of Super Soul, an award-winning digital arts studio with a diverse portfolio that includes PC, console, and mobile video games. With over twenty years of software development experience, he has contributed to several innovative education projects using virtual and augmented reality. John is also co-founder and president of RunJumpDev, a non-profit organization that supports technical education and the growth of the game industry in Kentucky. John has a passion for teaching, leading teams, and making ideas become a reality.


Speaking on University Day

Saturday September 21 at the Gatton Student Center on the UK Campus

Failure isn't just an option, it's a likelihood - more than half of all startups will fail within five years. While the focus of all entrepreneurs should be on creating success, most do not give enough thought to how to fail. What are the signs to look for when your business is heading towards failure? How do you fail in a way that you can still serve your customers and employees and also preserve your reputation? And how do you learn from the experience so that you can succeed in the future?

Christine Lerios is a startup veteran with more than two decades of experience running operations and marketing efforts for small businesses in the technology, finance, healthcare, and non-profit sectors. She currently serves a consultant, mentor, and occasional board member to a diverse portfolio of clients. Christine’s career began in product marketing with Trilogy Software. She further honed her skills as a consultant with VisionEdge Marketing before starting her own consultancy in 2000. She has served a wide range of clients, from launching the first residential eating disorder treatment facility in Alabama, to wrangling developers in Silicon Valley, to coaching founders in Ukraine and Greece.

Often times, the largest amount of the money available to be used to address social issues is used to maintain the status quo, simply because it is given to organizations that are used to their current solutions, and those solutions may work “good enough”. This discussion will center on how “good enough” may mean a great opportunity to think outside the status quo and move the needle for society.

Alan Eargle is currently CEO at Corrisoft, a software company located in Lexington dedicated to reducing jail overcrowding and supporting those post incarceration. At Corrisoft, he oversees management efforts and corporate culture, but mostly just tries to find ways to let talented people be talented. Additionally, Alan serves as a Board Member for a few private companies and non-profit organizations.

Shannon McCarthy is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design of the Art and Design Department at Eastern Kentucky University. When not teaching you can catch her exploring, reading, chilling with her cats (and husband), or binge watching.

Striking the balance between sales/bottomline and product development is crucial to your success. And this panel, directed by Warren, will share their approaches, triumphs and failures so you'll know what your options are.

Warren O. Nash III is currently the Executive Director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship at UK. Prior to that, Mr. Nash was Director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network. Mr. Nash also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commercialization and Innovation, where he helped to lead the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s efforts to recruit and support high-tech and knowledge-based companies. He also served as the Cabinet’s Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Financial Incentives where he was involved in making grants to help new economy companies and other businesses locate and expand operations within the Commonwealth. Mr. Nash is graduate of Kentucky’s Georgetown College, and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and being admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1985.

We no longer struggle with obtaining information. Our problem today is sifting through the information that deserves to be in front of our eyes and entering our ears. This is especially true for entrepreneurs and those that serve them. The Awesome Inc Fellowship, a resource for Kentucky-based startups, is building its reputation by being truly helpful to startup founders. The secret recipe? No nonsense.

Keith McMunn is the Director of the Fellowship Program at Awesome Inc and emcee of the 5 Across Pitch Competition in Lexington, KY. He enjoys roasting coffee in his garage, riding his electric skateboard, playing ice hockey, and hanging out with his wife and son.

The Agile Manifesto for Software Development was created in 2001 as a counter to the increasingly heavy and slow management processes that had become so dominant. There was nothing particularly new in the principles, but rather a extraction of the best things going for delivering good value in a healthy working environment.This talk will explore how Agile evolved, how it gets implemented, when to use it and why, how it can go right, and how it goes wrong. Part explanations, part stories (non-fiction and horror), we can expect to cover a lot of ground.

Bruce Telford experienced the breadth of software development and management techniques, from rigorous government implementations (DOD, SEC, IRS), to small web startups. Certified and Scrum Master and Product Owner, he served and led Agile implementations and executions at Silverchair, Association of American Medical Colleges, and is currently Agile Coach for Humana's Agile Enterprise Journey.

Warren is going to walk you through a few different kinds of business models and what their impact would be on the way your business would work.

Warren O. Nash III is currently the Executive Director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship at UK. Prior to that, Mr. Nash was Director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network. Mr. Nash also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commercialization and Innovation, where he helped to lead the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s efforts to recruit and support high-tech and knowledge-based companies. He also served as the Cabinet’s Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Financial Incentives where he was involved in making grants to help new economy companies and other businesses locate and expand operations within the Commonwealth. Mr. Nash is graduate of Kentucky’s Georgetown College, and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and being admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1985.

It’s not the logo, stupid. Companies large and small miss the big picture when it’s time to brand a business pivot. They view it as an expense and not an investment. But your company’s brand goes deeper than logos and brochures, it’s the most valuable asset you have. Adam Brown has worked with brands across the country, guiding their strategy, design, and business decisions for over a decade. You’ll learn why it’s so damn hard to brand a business pivot correctly and why you should do it anyway, including examples from past clients—some who fumbled and some who created real value.

Adam is the creative director and a partner at Marrow: a brand design and technology agency for people who give a damn. Call him a design zealot, a provocateur, or—if you’re his mother-in-law—a bullshit artist. Adam advocates for brands to embrace empathy as strategy, value audacity over relevance, and commit unequivocally to the remarkable.

It's ok to have fears, just don't let your fears have you.None of us want to lie on our deathbed, look back on our life and say, “wow, I sure felt safe.” What we all want is to look back and say, “wow, that was an adventure.” Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship are all words that come with a crippling amount of unknowns. Those unknowns often paralyze our progress.Let’s talk about how to overcome our fear of the unknown (finding confidence that overcomes failure induced inertia). Let’s talk about how to turn our big ideas into reality (mitigating risk). Let’s talk about how to avoid our fears keeping us from pursuing our dreams (enjoying the journey).

I am passionate about building an entrepreneurial community in Kentucky. I have started and invested in several companies (mostly software companies). Currently serve as CEO of APAX Software & CEO of Awesome Inc. My companies develop software, teach other people to develop software, and provide others with resources to launch and grow companies of their own.