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Monday, September 11
 

1:00pm

Blockchain Learning Track
Blockchain Learning Track sponsored by Microsoft

Brief Description: Blockchain offers the opportunity to revolutionize business processes and dramatically increase economic empowerment for everyone. Established business organizations and Start-Ups are focusing more development resources on Blockchain initiatives.  In this Learning Track, we will attempt to provide a "get started" overview of the following:

1-What is Blockchain and why is it potentially so revolutionary?
2-What are companies like Microsoft providing to enable Blockchain Solution development?
3-How can Analytics help focus your Blockchain Initiatives to deliver value?
4-Blockchain Start-Up Inspiration Presentation and Learning Track Wrap-up

Agenda:
  • 1:00 - 1:30: Sprint Blockchain Opportunity and Why You Should Care Overview - presented by Lyle Paczkowski, Senior Technology Strategist at Sprint's Advanced Technology Development Division
  • 1:30 - 2:30: Microsoft Blockchain Strategy & Blockchain as a Service Overview - presented by PJ Johnson, Principal Architect at Microsoft, and Michael Binggeli, Senior Software Engineer at Sogeti
  • 2:30 - 3:00: How Analytics Can Help Focus Your Blockchain Initiatives - presented by Fred Hefer, CEO of Pomerol Partners
  • 3:00-3:30: Blockchain Start-Up Inspiration Presentation & Learning Track Wrap-Up - presented by Nicolas Fierro, CEO of Mimir Blockchain Solutions

Please use entrance on North side of building.

Moderators
avatar for Mike McRoberts

Mike McRoberts

Founder, MCS, LLC
Mike McRoberts is a KC Angel Investor and Sprint Accelerator Mentor focused on Ag Tech, Business SaaS and Blockchain Business Solutions. Mike believes in helping entrepreneurs and businesses transform and enhance their solutions to deliver more value via the elegant application of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Binggeli

Michael Binggeli

Senior Software Engineer and Consultant, Sogeti
Michael Binggeli is a Sr. Software Engineer & Consultant with Sogeti, an enterprise global consulting company. He is a Intrapreneur, Innovator and Disruptor and has been writing code for a little over 20 years.
avatar for Nicolas Fierro

Nicolas Fierro

CEO, Mimir Blockchain Solutions
Nicolas Fierro is a programmer, technologist, and operations developer who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. Nicolas' knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with... Read More →
avatar for Fred Hefer

Fred Hefer

Co-Founder, Pomerol Partners
Fred is the US and global CEO of Pomerol Partners. This 2013 spin-out from Deutsche Bank (London) is a leading analytics services provider and developer of Blockchain solutions.  During his tenure at DB, he served the Equities Prime Services division in various finance roles... Read More →
avatar for PJ Johnson

PJ Johnson

Principal Architect, Microsoft
PJ Johnson is a Principal Architect focusing on business and technology strategy.  His areas of concentration include M&A and exit strategies, new value realization, strategic IT management and IT rationalization across many domains such as emerging technologies, security, cloud... Read More →
avatar for Lyle Paczkowski

Lyle Paczkowski

Senior Technology Strategist, Sprint Advanced Technology Development (Core Technology Office)
Lyle Paczkowski is a Senior Technology Strategist for Sprint’s Advanced Technology Development division.  Mr. Paczkowski is credited for the directing the development of several advanced enterprise wireless voice and media applications and products, including converged and integrated... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Sprint Accelerator 210 W 19 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:30pm

Blockchain Solution Development Panel Discussion presented by BalancePoint
Panel Discussion followed by Q&A with Balance Point, Chain, and Ripe to discuss specific Blockchain Solutions in the Finance, Food and General Business Space 

Moderators
avatar for Justin Zambo

Justin Zambo

VP, Strategic Development, BalancePoint
Justin is a 20+ year sales professional with experience in both small organizations and large publicly traded companies.  He has a reputation for successfully building dynamic teams, embracing emerging service offerings and taking new approaches to expand markets.  At one point... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Justin Herzig

Justin Herzig

Emerging Tech Research Manager, Accenture
Justin has spent the past 5 years helping enterprises understand and adopt blockchain technologies. From being the lead blockchain strategist at Capital One to specializing in Research and Strategies around blockchain and other emerging technologies at Accenture, Justin is a thought... Read More →
avatar for Dina Mainville

Dina Mainville

Commercial Director, Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, Info-Tech Research Group
As a Commercial Director in Info-Tech’s Strategic Partnerships and Innovation division, Dina empowers CIOs to effectively deliver business value by providing guidance, analysis and frameworks needed to optimize project and operational processes.   Dina is passionate about global... Read More →
avatar for Raja Ramachandran

Raja Ramachandran

Founder, Ripe.io
Raja has launched, with a brilliant team, www.ripe.io, leveraging connected technologies such as IoT, cloud, algorithms, machine learning and blockchains to help solve large, global problems around food. Raja recently was part of the early founding team at R3CEV and managed the product... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Co-Founder, Chain.com
Chief Technology officer that provides the technical chops to Chain.com, the startup helping Wall Street utilize blockchain technology.  Smith, who, as the CTO of Chain, is essentially Wall Street’s plumber, changing the pipes on how asset transactions flow — stocks, bonds, you... Read More →



Monday September 11, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sprint Accelerator 210 W 19 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Second Annual Innovation Partnership Program Demo Day w/ Mayor Sly James
Come hear from five Kansas City startups who, through the City’s Innovation Partnership Program, are working with the City of Kansas City, MO to launch their ventures and make Kansas City a better place to live, work and play.

Monday September 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
WeWork Corrigan Station 1828 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Pure Pitch Rally
For more information: https://ctechsummit.org/

If you have questions, please email: kfenaroli@fenaroliassociates.com


Monday September 11, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Helix Architecture + Design 1629 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

Kickoff Party presented by EDCKC
Come enjoy complimentary food and beer in Boulevard Brewery's Beer Hall, as well as meet other Techweek awesome attendees.



Monday September 11, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Boulevard Beer Hall 2534 Madison Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Tuesday, September 12
 

11:00am

Building Inclusive Tech Communities
The Full Employment Council is building relationships with employers, educational training providers, job seekers, and community stakeholders to expand employment opportunities in the IT Industry through the TechHire Initiative. Individuals from diverse backgrounds can train for careers in Information Technology, one of fastest growing industry sectors in our nation.  

Moderators
avatar for Clyde McQueen

Clyde McQueen

President and CEO, Full Employment Council
Clyde R. McQueen serves as President and CEO of the Full Employment Council (FEC), the Administrative Entity/Fiscal Agent for 2 Workforce Development Boards. Since 1987, under the leadership of Clyde McQueen, FEC has provided progressive and innovative job training and employment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Boyce

Scott Boyce

Workforce Development Professional, University of Central Missouri's Workforce Central
Scott Boyce is a Workforce Development Professional at the University of Central Missouri’s Workforce Central.
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Bruce Ives

Analyst, University of Kansas Health System
As a member of the Release and Environment Analyst team, Bruce helps application analysts update Epic software by organizing the review, build, testing, and depoloyment of updates. Bruce believes solving problems and building repeatable processes helps all levels of the health system... Read More →
avatar for Monica Johnston

Monica Johnston

Director of Workforce Development, Metropolitan Community College
Monica Johnston is the Director of Workforce Development for the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Institute for Workforce Innovation. In this role, Monica directs instructional delivery for all workforce and business development programs including Healthcare, OSHA and Safety... Read More →
avatar for Joe Macklin

Joe Macklin

Grammy-nominated Music Producer
Regarded as one of the music industry’s most innovative music producers, Joseph “Jo Blaq” Macklin has quickly become a light of his own in the music industry. Jo has accomplished a lot in his 10 year music career, having worked with many of the mainstream artists of our time... Read More →
avatar for Robert Manigold

Robert Manigold

COO, Code Koalas
Robert Manigold is COO of Code Koalas a Digital Agency specializing in Enterprise Drupal Solutions.  Raised in Texas with a background in aviation Robert has a passion for Inclusion, specifically digital and disability inclusion.  Robert is proud to be a supporter of Full Employment... Read More →
avatar for Ria Moss

Ria Moss

Talent Acquisition Lead Recruiter, University of Kansas Health System
Ria is a Talent Acquisition Project Lead Recruiter at The University of Kansas Health System. She currently provides direct sourcing and talent acquisition services to The University of Kansas Health System since 2010. She has recruited both clinical and non-clinical positions. She... Read More →
avatar for Neelima Parasker

Neelima Parasker

Founder & CEO, SnapIT Solutions
Neelima Parasker is the Founder and CEO of SnapIT Solutions an Innovative Technology solutions company. Neelima is a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Master of Science in Computer Sciences. Neelima received the prestigious WOC ‘Technology All Star’ National Award in STEM... Read More →


Tuesday September 12, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Missouri Career Centers 1720 Paseo Blvd. Kansas City, MO. 64108

1:00pm

Tech, Talk and Touch Tomorrow with Cerner

Join Cerner at our engineering campus for our Tuesday afternoon event from 1:00pm-5:00pm! Gain knowledge about the industry through tech talks, explore interactive booths, take a tour of their brand new campus, and enjoy happy hour drinks and appetizers. Make sure to check out our 3D printer, learn about our company culture and community impact, and network with our engineers! 

1pm - 2pm:

Welcome Address - How Technology is Changing the Healthcare Industry, presented by Brian Wallace, VP of Architecture and Software Development Systems

2pm - 4pm:

15-minute micro presentations

  • “SQL Performance Issues I never Knew I Would Have” with Angela, Director of Millennium Platform Development
  • “Exploring Enterprise Security” with Brad, Senior Technology Architect
  • “Level-Up your Development Skills” with Sarah, Senior Team Lead in Cerner Development
  • “Emotional Design and the User Experience” with Paul, VP of User Experience
  • “Programming Cheat Codes – The Case for Automation” with Jason, Software Architect
  • “Putting the Dev in DevOps" with Jared, Manager in CernerWorks
  • “I Have the Special Sauce: It’s Empathy” with Brandy, Manager of Development Culture
  • “Edit Text, Faster” with Caleb, Senior Software Engineer

Exploration booths

  • Cerner’s IP Development Culture Team & 3D Printer
  • Cerner’s Impact on Women in Technology
  • Cerner & The Community – meet our community partners and what we are doing to promote education
  • Recruiting – learn about Cerner’s opportunities and chat with Recruiters
  • Old school video games, photo booth, patio games and more

Campus Tours
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:45pm 
  • 3:30pm


4pm - 5pm:

Happy Hour -  Chat with hiring representatives, engineers, play networking bingo and enjoy Beer, Wine & appetizers

 

Cerner is headquartered in Kansas City, with locations across the globe. We innovate at the intersection of technology, health and care. We are a business to business health care solutions company, driving toward smarter solutions that will set a new trajectory for the way health care is delivered. Cerner offers a wide variety of opportunities to make an impact through solution development, cloud services, and consulting. Our mission remains to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Wallace

Brian Wallace

VP of IP Development, Cerner
Brian is a Vice President in the IP Development Organization for Cerner Corporation.  Brian joined Cerner in 1996 after graduating from Northeast Missouri State University with a degree in Computer Science.  During his career, he has held a number of different roles within the IP... Read More →



Tuesday September 12, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cerner 8779 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138

5:30pm

Official Tuesday Night Happy Hour at VML

Join VML for Techweek’s Official Tuesday Night Happy Hour. Enjoy beer, wine and appetizers and experience VML’s outdoor patio overlooking downtown Kansas City. Also, see some of VML’s award-winning work and check out our newly renovated space.

 

About VML

VML is a contemporary marketing agency that moves brands forward by inspiring a human connection. VML’s clients include Bridgestone, Colgate-Palmolive, Electrolux/Frigidaire, Ford, the Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark, New Balance, PepsiCo, Sprint, and Wendy’s.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, VML joined the world’s largest communications services group, WPP, in 2001. VML has more than 2,700 employees with principal offices in 28 locations across six continents.



Tuesday September 12, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
VML 250 NW Richards Rd # 255, Kansas City, MO 64116

7:00pm

Strategies & Tips on Building Up Your Network Locally & Nationally
Listen to how local entrepreneurs Bryan Shannon of TicketRX and Kiley Summers of SpenDebt used their network to raise their first $100K.  Gain tips and strategies on staying connected to individuals with those on your network list. Learn how to identify a hit list of who you want to meet.  Get filled in on who you should be meeting with in KC and how to be a valuable asset to others.  

Event sponsors include: 
  1. Project United Knowledge

  2. UMKC Bloch Venture Hub

  3. Fly With the Hive

  4. Kansas City National Black MBA’s


Speakers
avatar for Bryan Shannon

Bryan Shannon

Founder, TicketRx


Tuesday September 12, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
UMKC Block Venture Hub 4328 Madison Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111
 
Wednesday, September 13
 

9:00am

Why Communities Should Be Investing in Inclusivity - a panel discussion with Rodney Sampson
Please join us for a panel discussion featuring Rodney Sampson on Why Communities Should Be Investing in Inclusivity.
  • Rodney Sampson, Chairman, The Opportunity Hub
  • Carlanda McKinney, Founder, Aphrodite Bra Company 
  • Wayne Threatt, Managing Principal, WBT Strategy Consulting
  • Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

Moderators
avatar for Kirk Perucca

Kirk Perucca

President & CEO, Project Equality

Speakers
avatar for Dell Gines

Dell Gines

Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Dell Gines is the Senior Community Development Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His primary focus is entrepreneurship led development and entrepreneurship ecosystem building. He has authored three guides and one eBook on the subject.  Dell also is a well traveled... Read More →
avatar for Carlanda McKinney

Carlanda McKinney

Founder, Aphrodite Bra Company
avatar for Rodney Sampson

Rodney Sampson

Veteran tech entrepreneur, angel investor, startup ecosystem builder, published author, philanthropist.
Rodney Sampson is a veteran tech entrepreneur (with two exits), venture investor, selective advisor, four time published author and experienced authority of the evolution of the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem for all. He currently serves as Chairman at Oppo... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Threatt

Wayne Threatt

Managing Principal, WBT Strategy Consulting LLC


Wednesday September 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
WeWork Corrigan Station 1828 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Demand Generation: Aligning Sales and Marketing Efforts
What is Demand Generation? From the technology to aligning sales and marketing, get a high-level understanding of what it takes to build a revenue generating engine and how to make sure it never stops running.

Speakers
avatar for Dan O'Reilly

Dan O'Reilly

During his almost 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations, Dan has worked with companies of all sizes, from 30 – 30,000. He has and extensive knowledge around developing and deploying demand generation engines to create scalable growth. His go to market expertise... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
ECJC 4220 Shawnee Mission Pkwy Suite 350B, Fairway, KS 66205

1:00pm

Future of the Animal Health Corridor and Puppies in Tech
This event will feature a panel of representatives speaking on tech innovation and disruption in the Animal Health Corridor, with representatives from KC Animal Health Corridor, Likarda and FitBark; with animals from Unleashed!


 


Moderators
avatar for Kimberly Young

Kimberly Young

President, KC Animal Health Corridor
Kimberly is the "go-to" person on life sciences and technology for the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC). Kim has 15 years of experience in economic development in senior recruitment positions at the state and regional level and now leads KCADC's KC Animal Health Corridor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sam Al-Murrani

Dr. Sam Al-Murrani

President & CEO, Prommune Inc.
Dr. Sam Al-Murrani is President and CEO of Prommune Inc., a clinical stage developer of vaccines and immunoactivators. Prommune’s main emphasis is on zoonotic diseases and other diseases that fit within the company’s “one health”- based product development philosophy. Sam... Read More →
avatar for Karthik Ramachandran

Karthik Ramachandran

Vice President & Co-Founder, Likarda, LLC
Dr. Karthik Ramachandran is Vice President & Co-Founder of Likarda, LLC, a biotech research laboratory focused on developing cell-therapies and technologies for companion animals suffering from diabetes and other endocrine diseases.  Karthik Ramachandran, a Colorado native, moved... Read More →
avatar for Davide Rossi

Davide Rossi

Co-Founder & CEO, FitBark
Davide Rossi is a co-founder and CEO of FitBark, a data-driven pet technology company focused on motivating dogs and their owners to get active and stay healthy together. FitBark builds collar sensors and software infrastructure that helps humans in more than 120 countries to take... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Travois 310 W 19 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Cars, Trucks and Roadways: Meet Kansas City's leaders in Mobility Technology
Come hear from leaders in the tech transportation industry talk about what's on the horizon and how Kansas City is playing an integral role in developing the future of transportation. Panel will begin at 3:30pm. After the panel, stick around for light snacks and drinks with the panelists and other attendees.

At 5:00 PM, guests are invited to take a shuttle provided by Overland Chauffered Services over to our next event at the J. Rieger Distillery.

Moderators
avatar for Darcy Howe

Darcy Howe

Managing Director, KCRise Fund, LLC
For more than 30 years, Darcy Howe has been an advisor to multiple generational families on wealth transfer, succession planning, capital markets business exit strategies and asset and debt management. Growing a successful entrepreneurial business within a Fortune 100 company, Darcy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bek Abdullayev

Bek Abdullayev

Founder & CEO, Super Dispatch
Bek Abdullayev is a founder and CEO of Super Dispatch, a logistics platform that streamlines the shipping of specialized freight.
avatar for Glen Dakan

Glen Dakan

Co-Founder / CEO, Prestio: The First One-Stop Car Buying App
Navy Pilot turned tech entrepreneur building 5th company, 4th in automotive called Prestio, the "Amazon of Car Buying" #Tech #Cars #Fintech #Vandy #IUKelley
avatar for Justin Davis

Justin Davis

Founder / CEO, BacklotCars
Justin is the founder & CEO of BacklotCars, an online marketplace for auto dealers. | | Justin grew up around the industry as his family owned GM, Toyota and Mazda dealerships in the Atlanta area. | | After graduating from KU, Justin spent time at Manheim Auctions (Cox Automotive... Read More →
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Tim Sylvester

Founder, Integrated Roadways


Wednesday September 13, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Pure Pursuit Event Space 1619 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Barrels and Brushes – A Happy Hour Experience by Husch Blackwell
A proud sponsor of Techweek, Husch Blackwell will be serving up signature cocktails from Kansas City’s own J. Rieger & Co. as an area artist brings the event to life on canvas. Savor local flavors, participate in extreme photoboothing and mingle with fellow Techweekers all in an atmosphere set to produce great connections.



Wednesday September 13, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
J. Rieger Distillery 2700 Guinotte Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120
 
Thursday, September 14
 

8:00am

Women In Tech Breakfast presented by Cerner
Come network and engage with other women in the local women in tech community. 

Women's Capital Connection and Cerner will be hosting a panel relating to ways to boost female presence in the tech sector. 

Please apply here to receive an invitation. All invitees will be notified by Sept. 11th. 


Moderators
avatar for Kelly Sievers

Kelly Sievers

Managing Director, Women's Capital Connection
Kelly Sievers, Managing Director of the Women’s Capital Connection, spent 18 years in the trenches of retail entrepreneurship.  She has purchased, grown and sold four different retail businesses.  She was owner and CEO of Scandia Down on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Angela Hurt

Angela Hurt

Founder & CEO, Veracity Consulting, Inc
Angela Hurt is founder and chief executive officer of Veracity Consulting, Inc.  Hurt oversees the strategic direction and management of the Kansas City-based tech consulting group. With roughly 140 team members across the United States and Canada, Veracity team is comprised of... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Kellett

Teresa Kellett

Head of Sales, Strategy & Operations, Google Fiber
Teresa is a technology executive with twenty years of success in developing new channels for products and services. She begins with identifying market needs and objectives, then negotiates appropriate deals and manages the go-to-market teams and systems necessary to achieve revenue... Read More →
avatar for Tonya Teague

Tonya Teague

Director, CernerWorks, Cerner
As the director of CernerWorks Client Operations, Tonya Teague is focused on the overall client relationship for a set of remote hosted clients within the West Region. She is the single point accountability for their system stability and has oversight of the technical team that supports... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

9:00am

9:00am

9:15am

Data Intelligence
Breaking down the data science hype and turning it into practical business applications.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Allen

Alex Allen

CMO, Spring Venture Group
Since joining Spring Venture Group, LLC (SVG) in 2012, Alex’s grasp of data science and analytics fundamentals has contributed to the company’s nine-fold growth in employment in five years. Coupled with a background in advertising, his acumen for cross-discipline innovation has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cleve Adams

Cleve Adams

CEO, Site 1001
Cleve Adams has 3 decades of computer/software industry experience in SaaS, Internet, network security, enterprise systems, mobile and wireless and storage. A 5-time entrepreneur, his insight and executive management style has produced an impressive history of growing and managing... Read More →
avatar for Tapan Bhatt

Tapan Bhatt

Founder & CEO, TeraCrunch
Offering a unique blend of leadership, technology experience and business acumen, Tapan has over 17 years of experience in developing technology products and facilitating growth in start-up ventures. He has worked on both the coasts with a number of successful venture capital backed... Read More →
avatar for Angela Hurt

Angela Hurt

Founder & CEO, Veracity Consulting, Inc
Angela Hurt is founder and chief executive officer of Veracity Consulting, Inc.  Hurt oversees the strategic direction and management of the Kansas City-based tech consulting group. With roughly 140 team members across the United States and Canada, Veracity team is comprised of... Read More →
avatar for Blake Miller

Blake Miller

CEO, Homebase.AI
Blake Miller is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in growth marketing and the Internet of Things. He currently serves as the CEO of Homebase.AI and is a partner at Think Big Partners. | | Blake joined Think Big in 2009 as the Director of the Accelerator, managing the accelerator... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:07am

Maximizing the Fundraising Process
Moderators
avatar for John Fein

John Fein

Managing Director, Firebrand Ventures
John Fein is the founder and Managing Director of Firebrand Ventures, a venture fund that invests in early stage startups in the midwest. Prior to Firebrand John served as Managing Director for Techstars, a global startup accelerator and network with over 25 programs around the world... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Costello

Chris Costello

Co-Founder & CEO, blooom
Chris Costello is the CEO and Co-Founder of blooom—one of the nation’s fastest growing robo-advisors aimed at helping millions of underserved retirement savers. Chris has earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation and has been working with individual clients... Read More →
avatar for Erika Klotz

Erika Klotz

Co-Founder & CEO, PopBookings
Erika Klotz is the CEO and Co-Founder of a Kansas City technology startup, PopBookings. PopBookings is a mobile and web based application that automates the hiring process of temporary labor in the event staffing industry. A graduate from Saint Louis University, she began her entrepreneurial... Read More →
avatar for Davyeon Ross

Davyeon Ross

Co-Founder, ShotTracker
An innovative technology leader and widely recognized entrepreneur, Davyeon Ross has almost 20 years of experience in the technology sector. Ross is Co-founder / COO of DDSports Inc. a team sports performance platform fueled by wearable and smart equipment data. DDSports first product... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 10:07am - 10:52am
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

10:59am

Beyond the Exit - Entrepreneurship for a New World presented by Kauffman Foundation
Tom Chi was a founding team member of Google X, the advanced research division that created the Self-Driving Car, Google Glass, Project Loon and more. This talk traces the path from being a tech worker to inventing moonshots, tweaking under the hood of how we create companies and products, to chasing the world's most pressing problems. If you ever wanted a front row seat to what it looks like to use entrepreneurship to it's most ambitious and multi-facted ends, this is the talk to catch.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Chi

Tom Chi

Founder, Prototype Thinking LLC
Tom Chi has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services. He's play's a significant role in established projects with global reach (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 10:59am - 11:29am
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

11:36am

Customer Acquisition for Enterprise
Perspectives on how to acquire customers with B2B business models and understanding effective techniques to develop sales teams and go-to-market strategy.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Ardinger

Brian Ardinger

Co-Founder, Econic & Inside/Outside Innovation podcast
Brian is the co-founder of Econic, an innovation consulting, training and research firm and co-host of the podcast Inside Outside Innovation. He founded the startup accelerator NMotion and served as CMO at Nanonation working with clients like Pepsi, Target, and Nike. Brian built the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bek Abdullayev

Bek Abdullayev

Founder & CEO, Super Dispatch
Bek Abdullayev is a founder and CEO of Super Dispatch, a logistics platform that streamlines the shipping of specialized freight.
avatar for Chris Cheatham

Chris Cheatham

CEO, RiskGenius
Chris Cheatham is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ClaimKit Inc. He has been in this position since January 2012. | | As CEO, Chris leads a team focused on developing the RiskGenius product. Under his leadership, RiskGenius is empowering its customers to review insurance... Read More →
avatar for Paul Jarrett

Paul Jarrett

Co-Founder & CEO, Bulu Box
Paul Jarrett is a subscription box champion and Midwest entrepreneur. Paul launched million dollar brands like Neebo and executed campaigns for Lowe's and Nike. Launched in 2012 by Paul and co-founder Stephanie Jarrett, Bulu Box is one of the first subscription boxes and continues... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 11:36am - 12:21pm
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

12:00pm

Hiring Fest
Open to all job seekers! Bring your resume and talk with hiring representatives from some of Kansas City's top tech companies, including:
  • Cox
  • Cerner
  • Balance Innovations
  • Sprint
  • Allied Global
  • LightEdge
  • Garmin
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Firemon
  • Balance Point
  • RiverPoint
  • My Super Dispatch
  • Valorem
  • Federal Reserve Bank of KC
  • Lathrop & Gage
  • SMG
  • and many more!
To share your resume digitally with all companies who will be in attendance, please upload through this link.

Thursday September 14, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

1:02pm

Elite Engineering Talent presented by BalancePoint
A discussion on how to build top tier technical teams that can solve complex problems and scale product quickly.

Moderators
avatar for Kirk Hasenzahl

Kirk Hasenzahl

Chief Practice Officer, DevOps Solutions, BalancePoint
Executive with 20 years of experience managing business development at cutting edge technology companies, with experience in tech startup world, venture funding, and mobile technology development. | | Founder and President of RareWire. RareWire built and brought to market a SaaS... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Montgomery

Joshua Montgomery

CEO, Mycroft AI
Joshua is a three-time entrepreneur, Air Force officer and graduate of the University of Kansas. Joshua founded Wicked Broadband - a gigabit fiber ISP in Lawrence, KS, and advocates for shared networks, common carriage and net neutrality. | | Joshua started Mycroft to deploy the... Read More →
avatar for Shahryar Qadri

Shahryar Qadri

CTO, Rx Savings Solutions
Shahryar Qadri is a seasoned health information technology leader. Shahryar spent 11 years at Cerner in a variety of engineering and managerial roles including developing data warehouses, implementing business intelligence strategies, designing systems for real-time eligibility and... Read More →
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Chrys Sullivan

CEO, UseAgility
avatar for Mike Zimmerman

Mike Zimmerman

Founder & CEO, Artisan Technology Group, LLC
Mike Zimmerman is the founder and CEO of Artisan Technology Group LLC, a software firm that helps clients maximize their business profits through the use of custom made software solutions. | | Since founding Artisan in 2011, Mike has worked with myriad clients demonstrating unique... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 1:02pm - 1:47pm
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

1:54pm

FinTech Now: FinTech from Innovation to Investment
We will discuss the forces that are driving FinTech innovation: Does innovation arise out of consumer demand, an unsolved problem or technological feasibility? How do founders connect their innovation mindset to investor expectations (and biases) while still keeping their vision intact?

Moderators
avatar for Josh Rowland

Josh Rowland

CEO & Vice Chairman, Lead Bank
Josh Rowland is the Chief Executive Office and Vice Chairman of Lead Bank, a Missouri-chartered community bank with three locations, including the Kansas City Crossroads. Josh received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, a PhD. in English Literature from Yale University... Read More →

Speakers
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Chris Atkins

CFO & Partner, CapFusion
Chris joined CapFusion in 2017 after leading the Company’s financing round with Main Street Capital Corporation in 2016. He has spent the last twelve years leading debt and equity investments with bank and non-bank financing sources, except for a couple years in the middle where... Read More →
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Jane Barratt

CEO, Goldbean
Jane Barratt is the founder & CEO of GoldBean. She is a long-term investor and champion of financial literacy. GoldBean is an ‘investing for beginners’ digital advisory platform that gets people started with their first portfolio. | | Jane spent more than 20 years driving growth... Read More →
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Chris Costello

Co-Founder & CEO, blooom
Chris Costello is the CEO and Co-Founder of blooom—one of the nation’s fastest growing robo-advisors aimed at helping millions of underserved retirement savers. Chris has earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation and has been working with individual clients... Read More →
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John Fein

Managing Director, Firebrand Ventures
John Fein is the founder and Managing Director of Firebrand Ventures, a venture fund that invests in early stage startups in the midwest. Prior to Firebrand John served as Managing Director for Techstars, a global startup accelerator and network with over 25 programs around the world... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 1:54pm - 2:24pm
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

2:31pm

Building Great Product: Hardware
Moderators
avatar for Lesa Mitchell

Lesa Mitchell

Managing Director, Kansas City, Techstars Central LLC
Lesa Mitchell is a Managing Director of Techstars. Lesa’s career has included roles as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and consultant to Fortune 500 corporations expanding their innovation footprint. Lesa was the VP Innovation at the Kauffman Foundation where she designed, implemented... Read More →

Speakers
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Shantanu Bala

Co-Founder & CEO, Somatic Labs
For six years, Shantanu developed assistive and rehabilitative devices at the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at Arizona State University. As a 2014 Thiel Fellow, Shantanu received a $100,000 grant to independently develop technologies after concluding his formal research... Read More →
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Adam Blake

Co-Founder & CEO, CasaIQ
Adam Blake is an entrepreneur that has started, scaled, and exited multiple venture and private equity backed companies in the real estate and energy space. Adam is currently the CEO of CasaIQ, a smart home company specifically for apartments. | | Prior to CasaIQ, Adam was the founder... Read More →
avatar for Wai Lee

Wai Lee

Chief Product Architect, Garmin International
Wai has led the design and development of consumer products in aviation, marine, outdoor, automotive, and fitness. He now runs A51 - a new product incubation unit responsible for Garmin's entrance into the wellness and smart wearable market.


Thursday September 14, 2017 2:31pm - 3:16pm
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

3:23pm

Building Big Businesses in St. Louis
Moderators
avatar for Brian Feldman

Brian Feldman

Company Relations Manager, LaunchCode
Company Relations Manager in St. Louis who is helping to close the tech talent gap throughout the country as well as increase economic upward mobility through apprenticeships. Brian manages relationships with more than 100 company partners and works to place non-traditional entry-level... Read More →

Speakers
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Carlos Hirsch

Executive VP Operations, S4
Innovative and accomplished leader with international experience managing teams in the US and South America at Fortune 500, privately owned enterprises and startups. | | Carlos graduated from ESALQ – University of Sao Paulo in 1999 and started working for Monsanto in 2000. He and... Read More →
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John Leach

Co-Founder & CTO, Splice Machine
John Leach leads Splice Machine’s research and development and is focused on the success of machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. Leach is a thought leader in multiple open source Big Data communities and frequent conference speaker. Prior to Splice Machine... Read More →
avatar for David Messina

David Messina

COO, Cofactor Genomics
Dr. David Messina has spent the last 20 years working in computational biology and genetics. He worked on the Human Genome Project at Washington University in Saint Louis, mapped disease genes at the University of Chicago, and co-developed the first comprehensive atlas of human transcription... Read More →
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Dheeraj Patri

Co-Founder & CTO, Label Insight
Dheeraj Patri joined the Label Insight team in February 2008 and helped found the US entity. He was integral in moving operations from Australia to the U.S. With a strong technical and project management background, Dheeraj has led teams within Fortune 500 companies as well as his... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 3:23pm - 4:08pm
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

4:15pm

Growth Financing: Operators
Perspectives on raising venture capital to accelerate growth of tech companies and the strategy behind raising the round.

Moderators
avatar for Darcy Howe

Darcy Howe

Managing Director, KCRise Fund, LLC
For more than 30 years, Darcy Howe has been an advisor to multiple generational families on wealth transfer, succession planning, capital markets business exit strategies and asset and debt management. Growing a successful entrepreneurial business within a Fortune 100 company, Darcy... Read More →

Speakers
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Matthew Condon

CEO, Bardavon Health Innovations, LLC
Matthew Condon JD/MBA is Founder and CEO of Bardavon Health Innovations (a Kansas City based healthcare data/analytics company) and ARC Physical Therapy+ (one of the fastest growing physical therapy companies in the country). His organizations have been repeatedly recognized for excellence... Read More →
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Scott Ford

CEO, Pepper
In his role as CEO, Scott Ford is responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing the organization's vision, mission, and overall strategic direction. He, along with other members of the executive team, is directly involved in formulating and implementing the strategic plan... Read More →
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John Thomson

Founder & CEO, PayIt
John Thomson is the founder and CEO of PayIt, a cloud-based digital government and payment platform solution provider for state and local government. PayIt delivers citizens a personalized experience for simplifying transactions and automating citizen engagement. (payitgov.com... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Plexpod Westport Commons 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

5:00pm

 
Friday, September 15
 

8:00am

LaunchKC Competition

LaunchKC, a grants competition for tech startup firms, will feature another $500,000 grant pool that will be awarded in September at Techweek Kansas City on Friday, September 15th – join us at the Gallery at 8:30AM for our keynote speaker, Kathryn Minshew, CEO and Founder of the Muse, sitting opposite Leslie Collins from the Kansas City Business Journal, followed by the 20 finalists and their 5 minute pitches to see who will be the next LaunchKC Class of 2017 - 2018!

The finalists will be announced and awarded that evening at the Awards banquet.

Entrepreneurs will be seeking eight $50,000 grants and one $100,000 grand prize grant.

About Kathryn Minshew's talk:
The Future of Work: Turning Transactions into Human Connections
The world of work has long been seen as uncertain, impersonal, and even chaotic. But things are rapidly changing, and today’s job seekers are playing by a whole new set of rules. That means businesses have to adapt if they want to compete for qualified talent and secure their company’s future. In this fireside chat, Kathryn Minshew, CEO and Founder of The Muse, will share her thoughts on the modern workplace (where it stands and where it’s going), why creating human connections is the key to success, and share insights from her journey scaling The Muse from nothing to over 50 million users per year, including lessons learned in scaling product, team, and culture.



Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Minshew

Kathryn Minshew

Founder & CEO, The Muse
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder ofTheMuse.com, a career platform used by over 50 million millennials to navigate their careers, and by hundreds of companies looking to attract, hire and retain great talent. She’s also the author of "The New Rules of Work," a Wall Street Journal national bestseller, and an Operating Partner at... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 8:00am - 1:00pm
The Gallery at KC Power & Light 61 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

8:30am

Headliner: Kathryn Minshew, CEO of the Muse presented by Kauffman Foundation
About Kathryn Minshew's talk:
The Future of Work: Turning Transactions into Human Connections
The world of work has long been seen as uncertain, impersonal, and even chaotic. But things are rapidly changing, and today’s job seekers are playing by a whole new set of rules. That means businesses have to adapt if they want to compete for qualified talent and secure their company’s future. In this fireside chat, Kathryn Minshew, CEO and Founder of The Muse, will share her thoughts on the modern workplace (where it stands and where it’s going), why creating human connections is the key to success, and share insights from her journey scaling The Muse from nothing to over 50 million users per year, including lessons learned in scaling product, team, and culture.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Minshew

Kathryn Minshew

Founder & CEO, The Muse
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder ofTheMuse.com, a career platform used by over 50 million millennials to navigate their careers, and by hundreds of companies looking to attract, hire and retain great talent. She’s also the author of "The New Rules of Work," a Wall Street Journal national bestseller, and an Operating Partner at... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
The Gallery at KC Power & Light 61 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

12:30pm

Tech Entrepreneurs: Built to Win

12:30PM - 1:30PM: Open Networking
1:30PM - 2:30PM: Welcome by UMKC’s Chancellor, Leo E. Morton, followed by opening remarks and panel discussion 

From startup to acquisition, join us for an interactive discussion on developing a business into a highly sought-after property. We discuss product and company development and how to know when you have a winning product.  Panelists share their expertise on honing your story, generating capital, developing teams, and managing challenges.  With a look to the future, we address how to maintain your edge during advancing technology.  Plus, we discuss “untapped” where the next opportunities are in business.    

Sponsored by Blue Symphony, LLC. Presented by KCSoul.com and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.-Delta Rho Chapter.


Moderators
avatar for Sherry Lumpkins

Sherry Lumpkins

Principal, Blue Symphony LLC
Sherry Lumpkins is Principal at Blue Symphony LLC, a web development and business solutions company based in Kansas City, Missouri. She has over 20 years of experience in technology including systems development, custom database design, project management and mobile applications... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Crain

Jason Crain

Entrepreneur in Residence & Technical Product Manager, Amazon
Jason Crain works at Amazon.com as Entrepreneur in Residence, Technical Product Manager. He leads data acquisition for their computer vision organization, focusing primarily on hardware recognition. Previously, he was the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Partpic, Inc. Maintaining... Read More →
avatar for Leo E. Morton

Leo E. Morton

Chancellor, UMKC
avatar for Eze Redwood

Eze Redwood

Founder & CEO, Rise Fast
avatar for Davyeon Ross

Davyeon Ross

Co-Founder, ShotTracker
An innovative technology leader and widely recognized entrepreneur, Davyeon Ross has almost 20 years of experience in the technology sector. Ross is Co-founder / COO of DDSports Inc. a team sports performance platform fueled by wearable and smart equipment data. DDSports first product... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
UMKC Student Union Theater 5100 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64110

4:00pm

Creating the Ultimate Super Schools: Connecting Industry to K-12 Learning Environments
Today, we are a connected society, connecting to information, communities, ideas and individuals from around the world.  Education is struggling to keep up with the pace of change in this new revolution. What are the demands of the technical industry and how are those skills being reinforced in the K-12 learning environments?  Join us to learn how to leverage your connections, information, and ideas to make true change in your K-12 school communities.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Boody

Katie Boody

Co-Founder & CEO, The Lean Lab
A native of Kansas City and the daughter of two community organizers, Katie Boody has worked in public education in KCMO since 2008. Seemingly always involved in the "startup" phase of organizations, Katie was a charter corps member of Teach For America Kansas City, a founding member... Read More →
avatar for Laura Gilchrist

Laura Gilchrist

Instructional Coach, Turner School District, KCedu
Laura Gilchrist is a Champion of Collaborative School Leadership & Connected Ed/City Ecosystems to elevate youth. Laura is the Instructional Coach at Turner High School in Kansas City. She spent 20 beautiful years as a middle school science & social studies teacher doing PBL, multi-media... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steve Lumetta

Dr. Steve Lumetta

CEO, Gordon Parks Elementary
Dr. Steve Lumetta is the Chief Executive Officer, starting in July 2017. He brings fifteen years of experience in education as an administrator and teacher in the Liberty School District. He earned his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Education at University of Kansas, a Masters... Read More →
avatar for Clarence Tan

Clarence Tan

Founder/CEO, EdCoda
Clarence Tan is an entrepreneur and has been developing games and e-learning platforms in the edtech space for the past 6 years. While still studying for his undergraduate degree in Business & Finance at UMKC, he started a gaming startup with a couple friends where they developed... Read More →
avatar for Dr. John Vandewalle

Dr. John Vandewalle

CEO, Lumen Touch
John began his career as a high school teacher and research scientist. He worked as a physician in the teaching hospitals in Johannesburg, South Africa where after he ventured into the pharmaceutical industry as Medical Director. He then worked in various global positions with Marion... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
WeWork Corrigan Station 1828 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

LaunchKC Awards

The LaunchKC finalists will be announced and awarded at the Launch KC Awards Banquet.

Entrepreneurs will be seeking eight $50,000 grants and one $100,000 grand prize grant.