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Friday, September 28
 

5:30pm

Austin Startup Week Pre-Event - MD5 Hack - A Hack of the Drones 2018
Sponsors
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Army Futures Command

United States Army Futures Command (AFC) is the newest Army command created to modernize the Army via non-traditional partnerships and next-generation technology development. Located in the heart of Austin, TX, AFC will achieve success alongside the brightest minds and most advanced... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 5:30pm - Sunday September 30, 2018 3:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

6:30pm

Austin Startup Week Pre-Event - Startup Weekend Austin | Veterans, presented by Grow With Google
CHECK OUT THE SCHEDULE AND LEARN MORE HERE

Your idea in 54 hours

Techstars Startup Weekend and Grow with Google have joined forces to offer this special event FREE of charge to the first people who register.

Although anyone can sign up, the event will be geared towards active duty service members, veterans, their family members and civilians in the defense space.

Hurry to secure your spot; this event will sell out quickly!

Techstars & Google recognize that veterans make exceptional founders and employees. Their resourcefulness and ability to execute is unparalleled. Many veterans have gone through Techstars accelerators and successfully exited. In fact, Patriot Bootcamp was born because their founders are both Techstars alumni and veterans. Techstars now has 2 accelerators focused on defense, one in Boston & one in Adelaid. This Startup Weekend exists because Google & Techstars believe in the military community and want to create access to the startup ecosystem.

What is Grow with Google Startup Weekend Austin for Veterans? It is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community; a melting pot of the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and implementers.  It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems.

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Techstars Startup Weekend Austin and Google have joined forces to bring this special event to life as part of Austin Startup Week.

Friday September 28, 2018 6:30pm - Sunday September 30, 2018 9:00pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Sunday, September 30
 

1:00pm

Austin Startup Week Pre-Event - Youth Entrepreneurship Day (See Event Description for More Details!)
PLEASE RSVP YOUR FAMILY HERE

Join us for an afternoon of community fun, inspiration and kid-kindled motivation at Capital Factory on Sunday, September 30th!

The Youth Entrepreneurship Track will bring kids, students, parents, and organizations together for a day of learning and fun.

Adults will have an opportunity to learn about youth entrepreneurship education opportunities in Austin while the kids are engaged in entrepreneurial learning activities!

Events and activities will include:

  • A Youth Entrepreneur Faire
  • VentureLab-Product and Pitch Game
  • Pitch-A-Kid Pitch Activity

Bring the family and join us for an afternoon of learning and fun!  

Schedule of Events: (1pm-3pm)

1:00 - 2:15 - Youth Entrepreneur Faire
Meet the organizations in the Austin Youth Entrepreneurship Education ecosystem and experience what they have to offer at their interactive booths. The faire will feature information for parents and activities for the kids! Attending organizations include:
  • $tartup Kids Club
  • Activateen
  • EcoRise
  • Junior Achievement
  • Kwaddle
  • Moolah U
  • Pitch-a-Kid
  • VentureLab
  • WhizBiz

2:15 - 2:45 - VentureLab Product & Pitch Game
Unleash your creativity and have fun generating ideas for a product or service based on only three words! Participants of all ages will quickly create a company and prepare a 60-second elevator pitch. Kids will compete against parents!

2:45 - 3:00 - Pitch-A-Kid Pitch Activity
Kids and parents will pitch their product ideas from the VentureLab Pitch Game to a panel of judges made up of participating organizations and will be scored with Pitch-A-Kid rubric.

Track Leads & Advisory Board
avatar for Cristal Glangchai

Cristal Glangchai

Founder/CEO, VentureLab.org
avatar for Mike Millard

Mike Millard

Managing Director, MassChallenge


Sunday September 30, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Monday, October 1
 

8:00am

Austin Startup Week Basecamp and Badge Pickup
Come by our Information Station anytime from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday to grab your official Austin Startup Week badge. Our team will be there to answer any questions you may have and help you get to where you want to go. Stop by and say hi!

We'll also have badges at Capital One on Monday, the Austin Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, The Refinery Wednesday and Thursday, Galvanize and WeWork on Thursday, and other events throughout the week.

Sponsors
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Bumble Bizz

Brand Manager, Bumble
Bumble Bizz is all about helping you build out your professional network on your own terms. Developing Bizz connections is more important than ever before, because one connection can change the course of your entire career. You never know where you’ll find your next business partner... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

Free Coworking at MELD - All Day
Limited Capacity full

MELD Coworking is a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers sharing a professional workspace in a comfortable setting. Nestled in the heart of Central Austin, North of Campus, we're located along the vibrant Guadalupe Drag within walking distance to everything! By emphasizing the connection of top professionals through events and pooled resources, and by featuring premium amenities includingergonomic sit-to-stand desks, we're built for the modern, young entrepreneur to thrive.

Monday October 1, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
MELD Coworking 502 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705

9:00am

Fundraising Track | Demystify Your Deal: Term Sheets 101
Learn to demystify the term sheet by understanding key terms, best practices and strategies for closing your funding round.

Speakers
avatar for Rosa McCormick

Rosa McCormick

Managing Partner, Wild Basin Investments LLC


Monday October 1, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

9:00am

Women in Tech Summit
Capital Factory, in partnership with Women@Austin and DivInc, welcomes you to our second annual Women in Tech Summit, kicking off Austin Startup Week on October 1, 2018.

Capital Factory is committed to increasing diversity in the tech community and making our coworking space an inclusive and welcoming environment. The Women in Tech Summit is a day full of programming to help inspire, engage and elevate female entrepreneurs and tech professionals through insightful panels, interactive workshops, our $100,000 Pitch Challenge Competition and a fireside chat with Bumble COO, Sarah Jones Simmer who is also leading the newly launched Bumble Fund to invest in women founders.

The Summit will also include Investor Office Hours for female founders. Apply here to meet with venture capitalists and angel investors about your startup during the Women in Tech Summit!

WHO IS THE EVENT FOR?

Women leaders in tech, female founders, and the men and women who support and invest in them.

DRESS CODE
Casual, business casual, business professional - whatever you feel most comfortable in!

AGENDA
9:00 AM: Registration + Breakfast
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM: Opening Remarks 
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Session 1: Leading the Team: Being the Boss
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Session 2.1: Advocating For Yourself
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Session 2.2: How to Raise Seed Capital 
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Session 3.1: Google Workshop
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Session 3.2: Women in Deep Tech
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: $100,000 Investment Challenge Pitches (Facilitators include: Preston James, CEO of DivInc, Rashmi Kilam, Managing Director of Bouin Capital, Kim Folsom, Co-Founder of Founders First Capital Partners, and Cat Dizon, Partner & COO of Active Capital)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Sarah Jones Simmer Fireside Chat
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM: $100,000 Winner Announced
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Closing Remarks
5:00 PM: Austin Startup Week Happy Hour

Speakers
avatar for Christy Abizaid

Christy Abizaid

Director for Supply Chain Sustainability, Dell Technologies
Prior to joining Dell, Christy Abizaid focused the balance of her career on counterterrorism issues for the U.S. Government, first serving as an intelligence analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency and later as a policymaker at the National Security Council and the Department... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Andrade,

Lisa Andrade,

Former Chief Marketing Officer, St. Jude Medical/Abbott, Founder & CEO, M33
Lisa Andrade has a proven track record as a successful senior executive and C-level officer at Fortune 500 companies with extensive experience in building global businesses, leading turnarounds and driving operational efficiency and profitability at small, mid-size and mature companies... Read More →
avatar for Sara T Brand

Sara T Brand

Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
Sara T Brand is Founding General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in consumer health and sustainable products and technologies. An active member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support gender diversity, Sara... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

President and Chief Executive Officer, Huston-Tillotson University
Ranking as the first female president and CEO of the historic Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and only historically black college and university (HBCU), Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette has proven to be a successful educational leader. Before... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Meredith Butterfield

Dr. Meredith Butterfield

Principal Data Scientist, Valkyrie Intelligence
Meredith is currently a Principal Data Scientist at Valkyrie leading their finance and education verticals with a specialty in statistics and psychometrics. Prior to joining Valkyrie, she performed research and data analysis as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs within a digital advisory... Read More →
avatar for Sehr Charania

Sehr Charania

RigUp, VP of Talent
Sehr Charania is the VP of Talent at RigUp, an energy marketplace that has raised over $30M from prominent VCs, including Founders Fund, and has over 100 employees. Prior to RigUp, Sehr was based in the Bay Area and was the Head of People and Impact at ipsy, the world's largest beauty... Read More →
avatar for Julia Cheek

Julia Cheek

CEO & Founder, EverlyWell
avatar for Kirk Coburn

Kirk Coburn

Investment Director, Shell Ventures
Kirk is a member of the team at Shell Ventures, Shell's corporate Venture Capital fund. Shell Ventures invests and partners with entrepreneurs to bring new technologies and business models to market in order to lower costs, make our existing operations more sustainable, and accelerate... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Garaizar

Juliana Garaizar

Board Member, Angel Capital Association
Juliana is a Board Member of the Angel Capital Association, a Senior Advisor of the Portfolia Consumer Fund and Rising Tide Fund, an Investment Committee Member of the Texas Medical Center fund and a Kauffman Fellow. Juliana was the Managing Director Houston Angel Network (most active... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Kent

Cindy Kent

Board Member and Innovator, Health Care Executive
Cindy Kent is an experienced healthcare executive known for her transformational and visionary leadership. Most recently, she was President & General Manager of the 3M Infection Prevention Division—a $1.7B+ global business with operations in over sixty countries worldwide. Before... Read More →
avatar for Erin Keys

Erin Keys

Director, Water & Food Incubator, Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)
Erin is currently managing ATI’s portfolio of startups using deep tech to solve the world’s most challenging water and food problems. Prior to ATI, Erin worked in sales for a variety of power generation as well as energy efficiency and power demand management companies that served... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Jones Simmer

Sarah Jones Simmer

Chief Operating Officer, Bumble
avatar for Patti Soch

Patti Soch

CFO, Datical
Patti is responsible for the areas of finance, investor and banking relations, legal, HR, facilities and accounting. During her career, she has been directly involved in managing high growth operations, venture capital fundraising, enterprise and federal government contract negotiations... Read More →
avatar for Van Truskett

Van Truskett

Director for Technology Innovation Development, University of Texas at Austin - Office of Technology Commercialization
avatar for Claire Vo

Claire Vo

Claire is the VP of Product Management at Optimizely, the world’s leader in digital experience optimization. Previously, she was the CEO and co-founder of Experiment Engine which was acquired by Optimizely in 2017. Prior to launching Experiment Engine, Claire led product development... Read More →
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Leslie Wingo

SandersWingo, President
Leslie Wingo heads up Sanders\Wingo. Her unrelenting attitude and her propensity for success make Wingo an integral principal in the companies growth and success.  Under her leadership, the Sanders\Wingo team—located in Austin and El Paso, TX—emphasizes (1) understanding humans... Read More →
avatar for Zeynep Young

Zeynep Young

Venture Partner, Next Coast Ventures
Zeynep has 20 years of entrepreneurship and consulting experience in the technology sector. She currently serves as a Venture Partner at Next Coast Ventures. Prior to Next Coast Ventures, Zeynep was the founder and CEO of Double Line Partners (DLP), an ed-tech data company she bootstrapped... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room Voltron, 1st floor

9:30am

Blockchain Track | "Explain Like I'm 5" Blockchain & Crypto Basics - Live Podcast Recording
This session will be a live podcast recording featuring Dr. Robin Bloor, Chief Strategy Officer, Permission.io. He will engage in one or more conversations to deliver educational basics regarding blockchain and crypto technology. basing those conversations on a series of blogs already published. These blogs form a series titled "Explain Like I'm 5".  

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robin Bloor

Dr. Robin Bloor

Chief Strategy Officer, Permission.io


Monday October 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's

9:30am

FinTech Track | Simplification Is The New Disruption In FinTech (@ Capital One Café Downtown)
Recently, we've seen astronomical valuations in FinTech, with top startups assessed at north of $1 billion. Most of what these companies do is nothing more than a simplified user interface. Their key value comes from this: simplification of a historically complicated product. Come listen to analysts and founders in the FinTech space talk about how startups can benefit from the idea that simplification is the new disruption in FinTech. 

Moderators
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Trey Robinson

Managing Partner, Theme Communications
Talk to me about marketing—financial, healthcare, tech or FinTech. I specialize in content marketing, strategy and branding.

Speakers
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Andy Ambrose

Co-Founder, Live Oak Technologies
avatar for Will Trout

Will Trout

Senior Analyst, Celent
avatar for Henry Yoshida

Henry Yoshida

CEO, Rocket Dollar
avatar for Erin Young

Erin Young

Founder and User Experience Architect, Slide UX
As founder of Austin-based User Experience consultancy Slide UX, Erin helps product teams and marketers create products that are useful, usable, good-looking, and optimized. Slide's remote, full-time team of user-centered designers and researchers serve clients nationwide, including... Read More →

Sponsors
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Capital One Café

Capital One Café Overview:•        Our Cafés are community hubs that bring people together. They're an inviting space where you can go to bank, get answers to your financial questions, recharge your devices, use our Wi-Fi or simply connect with people.•        Check out this short video linked... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Capital One Café 106 E 6th St #100, Austin, TX 78701

11:00am

Blockchain Track | Blockchain for Artists and the Arts
This session - with Jeremy Drzal of Collections.io as MC - will explore two ways that blockchain has applicability to artists and the arts:

(1) Blockchain can help artists get credit for their work, prevent black market sales and forgeries, and help to make sure collectables are always shipped and handled in a consistently correct manner. Karen Kilroy of Kilroy Blockchain describes how blockchain and cryptoanchors would have helped her to prove the authenticity and ownership of a painting which, as a teen, she gave to David Bowie. Little did she know he would keep it until his death, and that it would turn up in a New York City museum in 2018.

(2) In fact, blockchain can actually be art itself. Sebastián Brocher presents CryptoArte, an art collection with each painting based on 576 consecutive blocks that exist on the Ethereum blockchain. Paintings may be purchased and downloaded, and verified as authentic using an ERC721 token.

Moderators
avatar for Jeremy Drzal

Jeremy Drzal

Founder, Collections.io

Speakers
avatar for Sebastián Brocher

Sebastián Brocher

Founder, CryptoArte
An Ethereum enthusiast, Sebastián Brocher is a technology executive and entrepreneur with an artistic mind. He created CryptoArte.io, a generative blockchain art collection, non-fungible token, and decentralized application, to help grow the Ethereum community by fostering awareness of the technology in a fun and accessible way.Previous to CryptoArte, Sebastián founded multiple startups (including SiteCondor... Read More →
avatar for Karen Kilroy

Karen Kilroy

Chief Executive Officer, Kilroy Blockchain
Karen Kilroy is a life-long technologist with heart. Living in Austin, Texas, she has invented several products including Kilroy Blockchain PaaSRiley, and Carnak. Karen believes that artificial intelligence doesn't have to be scary and that technology can be proactively designed to be used for good. Karen's background includes many years of working as an open source software engineer, which has prepared her for the new world of cognitive... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's

11:00am

FinTech Track | Bank Accounts are the New Credit Scores (@ Capital Factory, Johnny 5)
Your bank account reveals a lot about who you are. In this talk, we share our findings from analyzing nearly 1 million selflender.com payments and discuss how your bank account metadata can be used as a proxy for your credit score.

Speakers
avatar for James Garvey

James Garvey

Founder & CEO, self lender
James Garvey is the CEO and founder of Self Lender, a venture-backed start up that helps Americans build credit and save money.


Monday October 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

11:00am

Fundraising Track | Landing Your First Investor: Raising from Angels and Angel Networks
Learn about fundraising from angel investors and explore if an angel group is the right fit for your early-stage company.

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey August

Kelsey August

Founder, Lone Star Direct
Kelsey August is the owner of Lone Star Direct, a marketing firm she founded at 24 years old. She has been a serial entrepreneur for the last two decades. She loves to create and grow business ventures.Kelsey has been a Board Member and President of EO, The Entrepreneurs Organization... Read More →
avatar for Claire England

Claire England

Executive Director, Central Texas Angel Network
Claire England is Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), a top U.S. angel investing group almost $100M invested in 170+ companies. She is a graduate of Kauffman Fellows, a prestigious Silicon Valley-based executive education program for venture capital and innovation... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Murdock

Ryan Murdock

Vice President, Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics
Ryan C. Murdock, M.D. is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and is the vice president of Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics. He also is a nascent entrepreneur that started angel investing 2 years ago. As a member of CTAN he has invested in multiple Austin startups. He is a board member... Read More →
avatar for John Paulos

John Paulos

Board Chair, Central Texas Angel Network
John J. Paulos, Ph.D., has been an active angel investor since 2008, having invested in 50+ companies and held numerous Board and advisory roles. He presently serves on six Boards, all early stage companies that have launched products into a broad range of sectors. He also currently... Read More →
avatar for Liang Xia

Liang Xia

Hardware SIG Lead, Central Texas Angel Network
Senior electrical engineer with 10 years of ASIC and GPU design experience. Currently leading a small design team based out of Austin. 3 years with CTAN and currently the hardware SIG lead.


Monday October 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

12:30pm

Blockchain Track | Making an Impact with Blockchain
Bitcoin, ransomware, scams, bubble. These are often words that come to the front of people's minds when they hear "blockchain" or "cryptocurrency". While the blockchain, like any new tool, has the potential to be used for nefarious purposes, this technology has enormous potential to enable positive social change and progress. Join Topl and other Austin startups to learn about how blockchain technology can be used to underpin universal basic income, tamper proof voting, improved healthcare outcomes, financial inclusion, and impact investing.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Georgen

Chris Georgen

Founder & President, Topl
As Founder and CEO of Topl, Chris is working to inspire and mold a unique blockchain protocol built specifically to power economic development in emerging markets. Before starting Topl, he obtained degrees in Mathematics, Chemical Physics, and Philosophy from Rice University. During... Read More →

Speakers
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Wei Escala

CEO, Eggschain
Results-driven P&L leader with extensive marketing, sales and GM experience in B2C and B2B industries. such as Procter & Gamble (B2C), Kraft Foods (B2C and B2B), Evenflo (B2C and B2B), Frito Lay (B2C) and Valvoline (B2B). At Eggschain, Wei is responsible for overall business leadership... Read More →
avatar for Richard Hurley

Richard Hurley

Lillypond
avatar for Paul Snow

Paul Snow

CEO, Factom


Monday October 1, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's

12:30pm

FinTech Track | How Austin Tech is Disrupting Real Estate (@ Capital One Café Downtown)
This panel will highlight a few of Austin's innovative real estate technology start-ups and how they are using data and AI to streamline the $37T US real estate industry. 

Speakers
avatar for Will Mitchell

Will Mitchell

CEO/Co-Founder, Contract Simply
avatar for Marc Smookler

Marc Smookler

ceo/founder, IdealSpot.com
Founded 6 companies–4 of which are current market leaders in their respective spaces: a leading commercial real estate data platform, a leading online retailer, a unified communications provider, and a cutting-edge marketing service platform.His largest success to date is Fonality—a... Read More →
avatar for Holly Tachovsky

Holly Tachovsky

CEO, BuildFax

Sponsors
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Capital One Café

Capital One Café Overview:•        Our Cafés are community hubs that bring people together. They're an inviting space where you can go to bank, get answers to your financial questions, recharge your devices, use our Wi-Fi or simply connect with people.•        Check out this short video linked... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Capital One Café 106 E 6th St #100, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Blockchain Track | Three Public Blockchains Not Called Bitcoin. Or Ethereum.
This session will highlight three existing, live blockchain platforms that might be considered as alternatives to Bitcoin and Ethereum. Presenters will discuss the functionality of the platforms and the kinds of applications being built on them.

Moderators
avatar for Joshua Konkle

Joshua Konkle

Co-Founder and CEO, PouchPoints
Servant LeadershipBlockchain, community, experience, loyalty - doing business good(tm)

Speakers
avatar for Jared Tate

Jared Tate

Founder & Creator, DigiByte Blockchain Network
avatar for Alexandra Tinsman

Alexandra Tinsman

Regional Head, NEM North America


Monday October 1, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's

2:00pm

FinTech Track | FinTech for Good Panel (@ Capital One Café Downtown)
FinTech is disrupting the financial services industry, delivering improved customer experience, faster transactions, and cheaper products to a wider audience. With the application of AI, Big Data, mobile, blockchain, and other technologies; unbanked and underserved customers who previously could not be served profitably can now be valuable new customers in a big emerging market that only in the US represents $173 billion of value.

Come and learn from our distinguished panelists how innovation, technology, and user-centered designs can change the way we serve the financial needs of underserved consumers. Join us in the discussion of how we can expand opportunities and increase our impact towards Digital Financial Inclusion.

Track Leads & Advisory Board
avatar for Tony Aguilar

Tony Aguilar

Founder/CEO, Chipper

Sponsors
avatar for Capital One Café

Capital One Café

Capital One Café Overview:•        Our Cafés are community hubs that bring people together. They're an inviting space where you can go to bank, get answers to your financial questions, recharge your devices, use our Wi-Fi or simply connect with people.•        Check out this short video linked... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capital One Café 106 E 6th St #100, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Fundraising Track | Investing in Texas from the Coasts: A Discussion with Non-Texas VCs Writing Checks in Texas
Every month a new VC makes their first investment in Texas. Come participate in this candid conversation with VCs who flew in to talk about how to identify and engage investors around the world who are keen on making.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Abshire

Chris Abshire

Investor, Toyota AI Ventures
Chris is a VC at Toyota AI Ventures which is a new venture capital subsidiary of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) with a $100M early stage fund. We invest in entrepreneurs from around the world who share their commitment to improving the quality of human life through artificial intelligence... Read More →
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Gordon Daugherty

Chief Strategy Officer & Managing Director, Capital Factory
Gordon Daugherty is Managing Director of Capital Factory's Accelerator as well as being VC and angel investor. Over the past 15 years, Gordon has seen more than 1,500 startup pitches, given personal advice to more than 500 entrepreneurs and been involved with raising over $45M in growth and venture... Read More →
avatar for Esteban Reyes

Esteban Reyes

Founding Partner, Las Olas Venture Capital
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Danielle Steinman

Investor, Warburg Pincus
Based in New York City, Danielle invests with Warburg Pincus which is one of the most established private equity firms in the United States. She has a background at Morgan Stanley and PJT Partners after studying at The Wharton School. 


Monday October 1, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

3:30pm

Blockchain Track | Blockchain for Business Enterprises - AMA Panel
Blockchain is much more than a platform for cryptocurrencies. It is already being used to underpin business applications in verticals as diverse as healthcare, supply chain, fintech, legal, accounting, real estate and energy. This panel of Austin blockchain and business experts will highlight some current applications and answer audience questions as to the applicability of the technology to others - perhaps one that's your business focus.

Speakers
avatar for James Beecham

James Beecham

CTO, ALTR
avatar for Karyl Fowler

Karyl Fowler

CEO, Transmute
Hybrid applications (on prem + cloud + blockchain). Identity access management (IAM).
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Pete Harris

Austin Blockchain Collective
Pete is the Executive Director of the Austin Blockchain Collective, an organization that advocates for and showcases blockchain and crypto innovation happening in Austin, TX. Pete has 40+ years of IT experience, often working with leading edge technologies. He is a recognized expert... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Thomas

Brandon Thomas

Grayline Group
avatar for Jay Williams

Jay Williams

Co-Founder and CTO, Capstan Platform


Monday October 1, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's

3:30pm

FinTech Track | Founder Stories: Built for Success - If You're Off by Inches on the Ground, You'll be Thousands of Miles Off in Outer Space (@ Capital One Café Downtown)
Rocket Dollar will share a public retrospective on the exact things they did from the beginning of Rocket Dollar through today to start the company, raise seed money from angels, launch a product, and the preparations to raise a Series A. 

The RocketDollar team will share an overview of how early stage (FinTech) companies can be built for success. We'll share best practices in how to build the foundation for success in your startup: corporate structure, cap table, first round of funding, how to talk to your lawyers, how to hire a diverse team both skills and diversity of backgrounds).  I'd encourage everyone attending to read and take this quiz from Austin's very own Gordon Daugherty, Managing Director at Capital Factory. Accumulated by the book Debt will Eventually Come Due

Speakers
avatar for Chris Palmisano

Chris Palmisano

CRO/COO, Rocket Dollar
avatar for Henry Yoshida

Henry Yoshida

CEO, Rocket Dollar

Sponsors
avatar for Capital One Café

Capital One Café

Capital One Café Overview:•        Our Cafés are community hubs that bring people together. They're an inviting space where you can go to bank, get answers to your financial questions, recharge your devices, use our Wi-Fi or simply connect with people.•        Check out this short video linked... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital One Café 106 E 6th St #100, Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm

Fundraising Track | Accelerator to Acquistion: Fireside Chat with Joshua Baer, Chuck Gordon and Mario Fergali
Hear what it takes to start a company out of college, raise $50M in venture capital then be acquired by a private equity firm in one of Ausin's biggest success stories of 2018. (talk to start at 3:30PM)

Speakers
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Mario Feghali

Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer, SpareFoot
Mario Feghali co-founded SpareFoot, the largest marketplace for storage, with Chuck Gordon while studying Psychobiology at UCLA. The company joined the Capital Factory business incubator in 2009 and has since merged with industry-leading software companies SiteLink and storeEDGE... Read More →
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Chuck Gordon

SpareFoot, CEO, Co-Founder
Chuck Gordon co-founded SpareFoot, the largest marketplace for storage, while studying Art at UCLA. In 2009, SpareFoot moved to Austin to join the Capital Factory business incubator. At 24, Gordon and co-founder Mario Feghali were named among Forbes 30 Under 30. The company continues... Read More →

Track Leads & Advisory Board
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Joshua Baer

Founder & CEO, Capital Factory
Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He’s the founder of Capital Factory, a coworking community and mentorship-based accelerator designed to help startups find their first investors, customers and employees. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

5:00pm

Embracing the Unconventional
Just because it hasn’t been done before, it does not mean you can’t do it. Growing up the daughter of a sugar mill manager in one of the poorest states in Brazil, people have doubted the feasibility of Larissa’s goals throughout her life. When at the age of nine, she wanted to be the first person in her state to go to Harvard, people said it was a very far fetched dream.  But she did it. When she turned down a fast-track position at a Fortune 500 company after graduation, people were even more flummoxed. Achieving success means taking risks to do something you’re passionate about. It can be easy to get caught up in a name (Google, Amazon, or Burger King) or in a general rule.  But the most exciting opportunities are more often than not on the least conventional paths . In this talk, Larissa will discuss the importance of carving your own path and taking calculated risks.

Speakers
LM

Larissa Maranhao Rocha

Experience Manager, Brex

Sponsors
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Brex

For startups, Brex delivers corporate cards quickly, easily, and with far higher limits than anyone else. Unlike traditional corporate cards, only Brex offers startups cards instantly and with no personal guarantee. Founded in 2017 by the founders of Brazilian payments processor Pagar.me... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

5:00pm

Blockchain Track | Blockchain Happy Hour
At the end of the day we will get together for an informal networking happy hour as a venue close to Capital Factory. It will be a great opportunity to reflect on what you have learned during the day and to discuss it with colleagues and new connections. Come to an earlier session to find out the details.

Monday October 1, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
TBA

5:00pm

Austin Startup Week Kickoff Party with Capital Factory and Startup Games
Join Capital Factory, Startup Games and friends along with our sponsors Army Futures Command, Chargbee and Tarmac TX to kick off Austin Startup Week. Come be immersed in the Austin community and start your week off right!

Sponsors
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Army Futures Command

United States Army Futures Command (AFC) is the newest Army command created to modernize the Army via non-traditional partnerships and next-generation technology development. Located in the heart of Austin, TX, AFC will achieve success alongside the brightest minds and most advanced... Read More →
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Brex

For startups, Brex delivers corporate cards quickly, easily, and with far higher limits than anyone else. Unlike traditional corporate cards, only Brex offers startups cards instantly and with no personal guarantee. Founded in 2017 by the founders of Brazilian payments processor Pagar.me... Read More →
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Chargbee

Chargebee is a subscription management and recurring billing product used by thousands of customers across 53 countries. New business owners and entrepreneurs can leverage Chargebee’s plug and play solution to create a frictionless subscription experience, without writing a single... Read More →
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Tarmac TX

Tarmac TX equips social entrepreneurs with the necessary skill set and connections and helps them access funding to reach their intended impact. Going through Tarmac TX, social entrepreneurs refine their product, test their solution in the marketplace, cultivate relationships with... Read More →
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TriNet

Full-service HR, ideal for growing technology companies. Raising money from investors requires you to show you can run a business, and with decades of experience (and roots in Silicon Valley), TriNet provides HR expertise to help you grow your company and stay compliant. By working... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

6:00pm

Defense Innovation Track | Austin Startup Week Opening Night Keynote with General John M. Murray
Join General John M. Murray, first Commander of Army Future Command, to kick-off Austin Startup Week at 6:00 PM CT on Monday, October 1st at  Capital Factory and learn how the US Army will be partnering with startups in Austin and around the nation to #forgethefuture.

Schedule

5:00 - 6:00 - Happy Hour & Sponsor Thank You
6:00 - 7:00 - Welcome & Keynote
7:00 - 8:00 - Reception 

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer

Founder & CEO, Capital Factory
Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He’s the founder of Capital Factory, a coworking community and mentorship-based accelerator designed to help startups find their first investors, customers and employees. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in... Read More →
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General John M. Murray

Commanding General, Army Futures Command
General Murray was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the Ohio State University in 1982. Throughout his career, General Murray has served in leadership positions and commanded from Company through Division, with various staff assignments at the... Read More →

Sponsors
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Army Futures Command

United States Army Futures Command (AFC) is the newest Army command created to modernize the Army via non-traditional partnerships and next-generation technology development. Located in the heart of Austin, TX, AFC will achieve success alongside the brightest minds and most advanced... Read More →
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Brex

For startups, Brex delivers corporate cards quickly, easily, and with far higher limits than anyone else. Unlike traditional corporate cards, only Brex offers startups cards instantly and with no personal guarantee. Founded in 2017 by the founders of Brazilian payments processor Pagar.me... Read More →
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Chargbee

Chargebee is a subscription management and recurring billing product used by thousands of customers across 53 countries. New business owners and entrepreneurs can leverage Chargebee’s plug and play solution to create a frictionless subscription experience, without writing a single... Read More →
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Tarmac TX

Tarmac TX equips social entrepreneurs with the necessary skill set and connections and helps them access funding to reach their intended impact. Going through Tarmac TX, social entrepreneurs refine their product, test their solution in the marketplace, cultivate relationships with... Read More →
avatar for TriNet

TriNet

Full-service HR, ideal for growing technology companies. Raising money from investors requires you to show you can run a business, and with decades of experience (and roots in Silicon Valley), TriNet provides HR expertise to help you grow your company and stay compliant. By working... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Tuesday, October 2
 

7:45am

Health Tech Track | Health Tech Showcase
 8 Startups • 8 Pitches

Moderators
avatar for Martin Rodriguez

Martin Rodriguez

Founder and CEO, Alpha Group DNA
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Kim Bridges Rodriguez

President & CEO, Acessa Health

Speakers
avatar for Chris Dauw

Chris Dauw

Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Compassware
avatar for Estelle Garcia

Estelle Garcia

General Manager, LivaFortis
avatar for Jerold McDonald

Jerold McDonald

Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Omaiven Health
avatar for John Porterfield, PhD

John Porterfield, PhD

Co-Founder, BridgeSource Medical
avatar for Janis Powers

Janis Powers

Founder, Longitudinal Health Care
avatar for Allison Schiekel

Allison Schiekel

Founder/Chief Executive Officer, The Brobe
avatar for Ramesh Srinivasan

Ramesh Srinivasan

Vice President, Healthcare Product, BitMED
avatar for David Zakariaie

David Zakariaie

Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Senseye

Track Leads & Advisory Board
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Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Track Lead


Tuesday October 2, 2018 7:45am - 9:15am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room Voltron, 1st floor

8:00am

Defense Innovation Track | Bunker Labs Breakfast
.Veteran mix and mingle. Eat breakfast tacos and talk about veterans in tech and veteran entrepreneurship. We are also inviting all our defense innovation partners.

This event is hosted by Bunker Labs Austin. 

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Byrd

Courtney Byrd

Account Director / Content Strategist, Best Practice Media
Talk digital to me!
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Ian Folau

Co-Founder and CEO, GitLinks
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Johnathan Wojtewicz

Cofounder, Bunker Labs
Entrepreneur | Advisor | US Marine | Harvard Business School Alum | UT Tech Commercialization | Husband & Father | Adventurer | Cofounder BunkerLabs
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Sabrina Wojtewicz

Southwest - Regional Executive Director, Bunker Labs

Sponsors
avatar for Army Futures Command

Army Futures Command

United States Army Futures Command (AFC) is the newest Army command created to modernize the Army via non-traditional partnerships and next-generation technology development. Located in the heart of Austin, TX, AFC will achieve success alongside the brightest minds and most advanced... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's

8:00am

The Importance of Non-Technical Talent at a Startup / How to Make an Impact as a Non-Founder and Non-Coder
If you don’t code and aren’t yet a founder, it can be daunting and difficult to make a splash in the startup scene. The competition is fierce with thousands of people vying for just a few non-technical roles at viable startups. If you do land the job, it can be easy to pigeon-hole yourself into one area, but it’s the scrappiest, passionate person who is  willing to take on anything that gets ahead. In this talk, Larissa can speak to how the role of the non-technical manager has brought her from customer experience to sales to recruiting to business development and back again and how others can find a way to get noticed by and make an impact at their startups. Larissa can also speak to what in her experience makes a good non-technical hire and how to identify them.

Speakers
LM

Larissa Maranhao Rocha

Experience Manager, Brex

Sponsors
avatar for Brex

Brex

For startups, Brex delivers corporate cards quickly, easily, and with far higher limits than anyone else. Unlike traditional corporate cards, only Brex offers startups cards instantly and with no personal guarantee. Founded in 2017 by the founders of Brazilian payments processor Pagar.me... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

Social Impact Track | Act Like a Brand: Using the Power of Your Brand to Create Social Change
Join us as we discuss what it means to be a brand with purpose. This presentation will cover what it takes to build a impact-based brand and share insights into how good branding can help solve cultural and societal problems. We'll explore the power of business to do good during a dialogue between Austin's socially minded entrepreneurs, brand experts, and startups who are building brands that give back.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Foster

Justin Foster

Co-Founder / Strategist, Root + River
I believe that when you make your mission the organizing principle of your life, it transforms many things - how you lead, how you brand, how you allocate resources. To do this requires some contemplation, EQ and courage. But when you do the inner work, you show up in the world an... Read More →
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Tiffany Galligan

Too Good Strategy
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Sharon Miller

skinisskin


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
The Center for Social Innovation 1023 Springdale Rd.

8:00am

Austin Startup Week Basecamp and Badge Pickup
Come by our Information Station anytime from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday to grab your official Austin Startup Week badge. Our team will be there to answer any questions you may have and help you get to where you want to go. Stop by and say hi!

We'll also have badges at Capital One, The Refinery, Galvanize, Austin Chamber of Commerce and other events throughout the week.

Sponsors
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Bumble Bizz

Brand Manager, Bumble
Bumble Bizz is all about helping you build out your professional network on your own terms. Developing Bizz connections is more important than ever before, because one connection can change the course of your entire career. You never know where you’ll find your next business partner... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

Free Coworking at MELD - All Day
MELD Coworking is a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers sharing a professional workspace in a comfortable setting. Nestled in the heart of Central Austin, North of Campus, we're located along the vibrant Guadalupe Drag within walking distance to everything! By emphasizing the connection of top professionals through events and pooled resources, and by featuring premium amenities includingergonomic sit-to-stand desks, we're built for the modern, young entrepreneur to thrive.

Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
MELD Coworking 502 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705

8:00am

Free Coworking at TechSpace - ALL DAY
Get work done during startup week for free in our coworking area from 8:00 - 5:00PM.

Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Techspace 98 San Jacinto, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

9:30am

Defense Innovation Track | Learn More About How the SBIR Program Can Help You
Congress established the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program
in 1982 to fund research and development (R&D) by U.S. owned and operated
businesses of less than 500 employees. SBIR, the nation's largest source of
early-stage technology financing. The three-phase SBIR Program directly
funds up to $1.15 million in early-stage R&D by small companies. Eligible
projects must fulfill an R&D need identified by the DoD and have the
potential to be developed into a product or service for commercial or
defense markets.

Stop by the AFWERX-Austin hub to find out more about upcoming SBIR
announcements and the latest in trends, efficiencies and local opportunities
available through this program.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Frahm

Eric Frahm

Chief Product Officer, AFWERX Austin
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Craig "Yogi" Leavitt

Managing Director, AFWERX Austin
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Jorge Manresa

Chief Financial Officer, AFWERX Austin
avatar for Jennifer Marrs

Jennifer Marrs

Director of Community Outreach, AFWERX Austin
avatar for Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott

Chief Operations Officer, AFWERX Austin


9:30am

Health Tech Track | Branding a Technology, a ‘How To’ Workshop - Part One
Screamer Co., an Austin-based, nationally recognized branding agency, is putting on a workshop focused on helping  companies solve the unique challenges that come with branding a technology. This workshop will identify the opportunities and challenges associated with this type of brand building and provide examples of deliverables for every development stage.

What Attendees Will Learn 1. How to develop the positioning and messaging strategies required to build an effective brand (brand platform) 2. How to use strategies to build an effective and visual language (logo/color/type) and implement marketing content

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION 

To make the experience more impactful than expected, Screamer Co. will share recent technology brand building experience   as ‘real life’ examples of work product for each stage of development. Scott Creamer, Founder and Creative Director at Screamer Co. and Ashely Jones, Director of Account Services at Screamer Co. and Amy Dowell, Associate Partner, EVP  Strategy at HCB Health will each speak to their area of expertise.

How to Brand a Technology
Session 1 – 9:30am to 10:45am 

Building A Brand Strategy • Outline brand development in easy to understand phases with deliverables for each step  - Research  - Plan  - Build  - Implement • Take the audience through a condensed version of the Screamer Co. JumpStart.   Basically discuss the importance of:  - Identifying the problem  - Identifying the insight or opportunity  - Developing a positioning statement (Who, What, How, and Why)  - Creating a personality  - Establishing the value propositions (functional, emotional, self)

Break – 10:45am to 11:00am

How to Brand a Technology
Session 2 – 11:00am to 12:15am 

How to Bring a Strategy to Life • Share creative exercises and approaches for developing a unique visual language for a brand  - Logo  - Color palette  - Fonts  - Imagery • Use your new visual language - Creating content for a brand  - Uniqueness  - Effectiveness  - Standing out vs. fitting in

ABOUT SCREAMER CO. Founded in 2006, Screamer Co. is an Austin-based, nationally recognized branding agency, dedicated to innovation and delivering proven results. With a reputation for developing and launching award-winning brands across diverse industries, Screamer Co. is know for building brands that are equal parts data and human touch. Their strategies and creative campaigns do more than look good, they further client’s specific business objectives while establishing a unique voice that both differentiates and engages audiences.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Creamer

Scott Creamer

Founder/Chief Creative Director, Screamer Co.
Founder and Creative Director at Screamer Co. With more than 30 years experience in the advertising and marketing industry, Scott is known for taking complicated, sometimes controversial, subjects and distilling them down to simple, easy to understand messages.He has built his reputation... Read More →
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Amy Dowell

Associate Partner, EVP Strategy, HCB Health
Associate Partner, EVP Strategy at HCB Health, Amy Dowell leads the med tech business unit of HCB Health, dedicated to enhancing patients’ lives and clinicians’ practices around the world. As a member of the Executive Committee at HCB Health, her central role is focused on helping... Read More →
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Ashley Jones

Director of Account Services, Screamer Co.
With over ten years of experience creating marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, Ashley has a strong background in marketing strategy and brand creation.Ashley has worked in traditional advertising, word-of-mouth marketing, and as the head of marketing... Read More →

Track Leads & Advisory Board
avatar for Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Track Lead



Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room Voltron, 1st floor

9:30am

Smart Cities Track | Digital Transformation and the Future of Cities: Austin's New Model for Sustainable Change
As Chair of the US Conference of Mayors' Technology & Innovation Task Force, Mayor Steve Adler is bringing the work of Austin's new Office of Design & Delivery to the national stage, emphasizing a new model for digital transformation that's been recognized by the New America Foundation, Code for America, and cities across the US. Join leaders from Austin's team to learn about their approach, how they're collaborating with other cities across the US and internationally, and insights from inside government for how Austin's startup community can integrate with Smart Cities efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Guhin

Ben Guhin

Head of Design & Technology Policy, City of Austin, USA
I’m leading a new team that’s developing policy to support the City of Austin’s design and technology transformation. Previously, I started Austin's Design & Technology Fellows program and served as User Experience Lead for the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, leading... Read More →
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Marni Wilhite

Open and Smart Cities Program Manager, City of Austin


Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Austin Chamber of Commerce 535 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:30am

Social Impact Track | How Austin Becomes the Nation's Capital for Diverse, Homegrown Tech Talent
In 2016, over 5,000 computer science jobs went unfilled in the Austin metro area. At the same time, nearly 60,000 Central Texas high school students from minority or low-income backgrounds lacked access to pursuing the very STEM careers that went unfilled in companies located only a few zip codes away. In this session, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of local leaders moving the needle on diversity and inclusion in Austin's startup ecosystem, from high school to our current workforce. Listen to individuals and organizations on the frontlines of training, engaging, and recruiting diverse tech talent in Austin, and hear about their insights and experience on creating opportunities for coding education and technical skills recruitment from minority and low-income groups in the region. Let's start a bigger dialoague about creating diverse, homegrown tech talent in our city, and help Austin rival top technical markets like the Bay Area and New York with respect to the diversity, quality and regional ties of the technical talent pool.

Speakers
avatar for Ruben Cantu

Ruben Cantu

Director of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at Austin
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Preston L. James II

CEO/Co-Founder, DivInc.
DivInc and Inclusive Entrepreneurship within the Tech Startup Ecosystem
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Ada-Renee Johnson

Staffing Manager, Google
Ada-Renee joined Google in 2011 and has been supporting the company’s growth in many different areas. Currently, Ada is a Staffing Manager at Google where she is responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of Google’s hiring. Her team is responsible for... Read More →
avatar for Jan Ryan

Jan Ryan

Director, Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin
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Matt Stephenson

Executive Director, Code2College
Diversity & inclusion strategies; innovative approaches to hiring, developing diverse, technical talent; STEM education; delivering opportunity and access to minority, low-income students


Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
The Center for Social Innovation 1023 Springdale Rd.

9:30am

Developer Track | Breakfast Tech Talks: The Anatomy of a Successful JavaScript Application & Using Elixir to Build a Suite of Platform APIs
9:30 AM - 10:10 AM

The Anatomy of a Successful JavaScript Application


Tim Robertson, Software Architect Front-End, Spredfast

Building a modern, robust, and complicated front-end JS application is a huge challenge. Balancing reliability, new feature velocity, application performance, deployments, error reporting, styling, code reuse/shareability, and a mountain of tooling overwhelms many of us.

At Spredfast, we’ve built some incredible JavaScript applications that are thriving under the stress of real-world demands. As an early adopter of React (6 years ago), we’ve been on the forefront of UI development. This talk will walk you through the key decisions we’ve made for technology, process, and people to continue to ship world-class JS applications.

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

Making space between the rock and the hard place - Using Elixir to build a suite of platform APIs on a legacy system and loving it


David Bernazal, Director of Product at Chiron Health

At Chiron Health, we provide a service for providers to conduct video visits with their patients. We also provide a platform for healthcare companies to easily integrate video visits into their existing applications.

Earlier this year we were tasked with building infrastructure to support our growing platform business while still maintaining backwards compatibility with products built for our direct business. We took this as an opportunity to improve upon past decisions and take advantage of new technologies at the same time. Come learn about why we choose Elixir for our new infrastructure and how we've been able to move quickly while still serving our existing products.

Speakers
avatar for David Bernazal

David Bernazal

Director of Product & Engineering, Chiron Health
Passionate technologist and leader interested JavaScript, Elixir, and building products that people love. On any given weekend, you could find me in my yard trying to master the art of gardening in Austin or running after my twin toddlers.
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Tim Robertson

Software Architect Front-End, Spredfast
I'm a software engineer that's worked on compilers, debuggers, big middleware servers, automation platforms, mobile apps, and for the last 7ish years heavily focused on JavaScript and front end applications. I'm also a woodworker and would love to talk about making sawdust.

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:30am - 10:50am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

11:00am

Developer Track | Inside a High Scale Data Platform Engineering Team
The data platform at Optimizely receives billions of events a day from customer’s digital experiments and campaigns while reliably and rapidly processing, storing and serving results and reports. In this talk, Evan and Mike will cover the how the team works together to build and scale this platform and share some exciting technical details of the production platform.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Borsuk

Mike Borsuk

Engineering Manager, Data Platform, Optimizely
avatar for Evan Weiss

Evan Weiss

Product Manager, Optimizely
Evan is the Product Manager for Analytics at Optimizely. He is passionate about enabling our customers to learn from and take action on their data.

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

11:00am

Health Tech Track | Branding a Technology, a ‘How To’ Workshop - Part Two
Screamer Co., an Austin-based, nationally recognized branding agency, is putting on a workshop focused on helping  companies solve the unique challenges that come with branding a technology. This workshop will identify the opportunities and challenges associated with this type of brand building and provide examples of deliverables for every development stage.

What Attendees Will Learn 1. How to develop the positioning and messaging strategies required to build an effective brand (brand platform) 2. How to use strategies to build an effective and visual language (logo/color/type) and implement marketing content

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION 

To make the experience more impactful than expected, Screamer Co. will share recent technology brand building experience   as ‘real life’ examples of work product for each stage of development. Scott Creamer, Founder and Creative Director at Screamer Co. and Ashely Jones, Director of Account Services at Screamer Co. and Amy Dowell, Associate Partner, EVP  Strategy at HCB Health will each speak to their area of expertise.

How to Brand a Technology
Session 1 – 9:30am to 10:45am 

Building A Brand Strategy • Outline brand development in easy to understand phases with deliverables for each step  - Research  - Plan  - Build  - Implement • Take the audience through a condensed version of the Screamer Co. JumpStart.   Basically discuss the importance of:  - Identifying the problem  - Identifying the insight or opportunity  - Developing a positioning statement (Who, What, How, and Why)  - Creating a personality  - Establishing the value propositions (functional, emotional, self)

Break – 10:45am to 11:00am

How to Brand a Technology
Session 2 – 11:00am to 12:15am 

How to Bring a Strategy to Life • Share creative exercises and approaches for developing a unique visual language for a brand  - Logo  - Color palette  - Fonts  - Imagery • Use your new visual language - Creating content for a brand  - Uniqueness  - Effectiveness  - Standing out vs. fitting in

ABOUT SCREAMER CO. Founded in 2006, Screamer Co. is an Austin-based, nationally recognized branding agency, dedicated to innovation and delivering proven results. With a reputation for developing and launching award-winning brands across diverse industries, Screamer Co. is know for building brands that are equal parts data and human touch. Their strategies and creative campaigns do more than look good, they further client’s specific business objectives while establishing a unique voice that both differentiates and engages audiences.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Creamer

Scott Creamer

Founder/Chief Creative Director, Screamer Co.
Founder and Creative Director at Screamer Co. With more than 30 years experience in the advertising and marketing industry, Scott is known for taking complicated, sometimes controversial, subjects and distilling them down to simple, easy to understand messages.He has built his reputation... Read More →
avatar for Amy Dowell

Amy Dowell

Associate Partner, EVP Strategy, HCB Health
Associate Partner, EVP Strategy at HCB Health, Amy Dowell leads the med tech business unit of HCB Health, dedicated to enhancing patients’ lives and clinicians’ practices around the world. As a member of the Executive Committee at HCB Health, her central role is focused on helping... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones

Director of Account Services, Screamer Co.
With over ten years of experience creating marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, Ashley has a strong background in marketing strategy and brand creation.Ashley has worked in traditional advertising, word-of-mouth marketing, and as the head of marketing... Read More →

Track Leads & Advisory Board
avatar for Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Track Lead



Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room Voltron, 1st floor

11:00am

Smart Cities Track | Smart Cities = Smart Business: How Connecting our Urban Landscape Spurs Innovation, Entrepreneurism and Economic Development
This presentation will show how smart cities, and the companies that operate within their borders, can better drive economic development with the strategic deployment of technology that maximizes the potential for entrepreneurship and innovation.  Technologies such as abundant public Wi-Fi, pervasive connectivity, frictionless communications are among the drivers that foster a creative development environment.  We'll talk about trends, successful implementations and how smart cities can start planning now for the future in ways that attract and encourage the best and brightest new ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Bush

Brad Bush

Managing Director, Internet of Things, Carnegie Technologies


Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Austin Chamber of Commerce 535 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:00am

Social Impact Track | Impact Investing in Austin: How Austin VCs Approach Cause-Based ROI
While most investors and many Founders are familiar with social impact investing as a term, they seldom hear first-hand about the actual impact that their invest can have on the Founders, their businesses and the people and causes who benefit from their investment. We want to use this event to encourage more investors to look beyond tech and explore social impact investing and its long-term benefits.  We also want to encourage other Founders and those with start-up ideas to incorporate a social impact component into their business plans.

Moderators
avatar for Kate Herrmann

Kate Herrmann

Director of Business Development, Conscious Company Magazine

Speakers
avatar for Trevor Boehm

Trevor Boehm

Program Director, Techstars
avatar for Oksana Malysheva

Oksana Malysheva

Managing Partner/CEO, SputnikATX
avatar for Juan Thurman

Juan Thurman

Director, Southwest Angel Network
Juan is a Director of the Southwest Angel Network and focuses on helping:- Recruit new Angels - Source potential social impact startups, with a focus on teams led by underrepresented minorities - Recruit and lead MBA interns who assist the network - Screen applicants for funding... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
The Center for Social Innovation 1023 Springdale Rd.

12:30pm

Defense Innovation Track | Army Futures Command Mission & Partnering with Startups
Join us for this featured Panel Discussion Learn why AFC chose Austin to set up shop and how you can partner with this unique, technology-forward organization to turn your ideas into reality.

Sponsors
avatar for Army Futures Command

Army Futures Command

United States Army Futures Command (AFC) is the newest Army command created to modernize the Army via non-traditional partnerships and next-generation technology development. Located in the heart of Austin, TX, AFC will achieve success alongside the brightest minds and most advanced... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's

12:30pm

Developer Track | Learn to Code: A Taco Website (@ Galvanize)
Do you love tacos? Then this Learn to Code workshop is for you. This beginner lesson will help you build your first website with the theme of tacos! And yes - there will be tacos to eat as well. Come eat & build with us while learning HTML & CSS. The Workshop|In this Learn to Code workshop, you'll learn the essentials of HTML and CSS, both of which combine to make up the tools of virtually all web design.

What You'll Learn:

  • The foundations of HTML (structure, elements, tags, implementation)
  • CSS (attributes, selectors, the box model, page layout)

How to Prepare:


Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Health Tech Track | Your Health is Your Wealth
This panel will discuss the ways in which a person’s health and wealth are inextricably intertwined. Ill health is not only a ticket to an early grave, it’s expensive. Good health, on the other hand, reduces strain on the bank account and can enhance it through savings on medical expenses, financial rewards (from insurers, employers and others) and new ways of monetizing one’s health data.

Moderators
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Mary Ann Roser

Founder/Chief, Roser Prose

Speakers
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Elizabeth Jacobs, MD

Chief of Primary Care and Value-Based Health, Dell Medical School
Elizabeth A. Jacobs is chief of primary care and value-based health and a professor of medicine and population health at Dell Medical School. She also serves as associate chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine.Prior to joining Dell Medical School, she was a professor... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Menell

Bryan Menell

Chief Executive Officer, Verimos
Bryan Menell leads Verimos which is building the world’s largest repository of wellness data that is owned by all of us. They collect and store the consumer data exhaust from wellness companies that sell nutritional meals and supplements, hardware devices, software, mobile applications... Read More →
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Kathryn Scoblick

Founder, Health Inspires
Kathryn  Scoblick is author, speaker and founder of Health Inspires, LLC,  working as a certified health and wellness coach, helping people master  their well-being. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council and is a  2015 graduate... Read More →

Track Leads & Advisory Board
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Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Track Lead



Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room Voltron, 1st floor

12:30pm

Smart Cities Track | Austin Smart Home Meetup
The Austin Smart Home Meetup is a chance for developers and entrepreneurs working in the smart home technology space to get to know each other and discuss ways to combine resources and grow Austin's visibility in this exciting and quickly expanding market.



Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Austin Chamber of Commerce 535 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Social Impact Track | Get Out To Vote: How to Shake Up Your City Through Civic Engagement
Far too many Central Texans do not know where candidates for elected office stand on issues important to them. The most robust ways to find out - candidate questionnaires from community organizations - are not easy to find unless a voter already knows about a particular community group or does significant research into the causes and candidates they care about. |What if residents had a way to filter community questions by candidate, cause, or ZIP Code? We've created Informed.vote, a place where residents are able to search all questions posed by community groups and get answers direct from the candidates - all in one place. Come learn about the ways you can be a more informed voter. We'll also be transforming The Center for Social Innovation into a voter registration hub! Come turn out to vote this Tuesday. Free lunch provided courtesy of NeWorlDeli.

Speakers
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Sarah Ortiz Shields

Program Manager, Austin Tech Alliance


Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Center for Social Innovation 1023 Springdale Rd.

12:30pm

Developer Track | Lunch Tech Talks: Getting Started With Augmented Reality & DOCKER! CONTAINERS! KUBERNETES! GAAAAH!
12:30 - 1:10 PM - Digital Meets Physical: Getting Started With Augmented Reality

Tricia Katz , Senior Software Engineer, Outdoor Voices

Augmented Reality has the power to enhance digital experiences, or create new ones entirely. In this session we’ll discuss the fundamentals of AR and begin augmenting the world around you. You’ll learn how to seamlessly blend virtual objects into the real world, a world where technology and consumers are ready to interact. The question is - AR you?

1:10 - 1:50 PM - DOCKER! CONTAINERS! KUBERNETES! GAAAAH!

Mando Escamilla, Senior Software Engineer, Spredfast

If you don't know a Docker from a Kubernetes in the ground, don’t panic - I gotchu.  We'll start off easy and go through what is even a docker container and why you should probably care about them.  Next, we'll develop a mental model of a kubernetes cluster and what it does, and finally jump into a demo of how you’d build and deploy a simple JavaScript application inside a kubernetes cluster.

Don’t worry — if we were able to figure this out, you can too.


Speakers
avatar for Mando Escamilla

Mando Escamilla

Senior Software Engineer, Spredfast
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Tricia Katz

Senior Software Engineer, Outdoor Voices
Tricia Katz is a Senior Software Engineer at Outdoor Voices working on web, mobile and emerging applications. As a technologist, she believes in building applications that have a positive impact, make our life simpler, and more enjoyable. In her pursuits to do so, Tricia has experimented... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:50pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

2:00pm

Defense Innovation Track | Learn More About How the SBIR Program Can Help You
Congress established the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program
in 1982 to fund research and development (R&D) by U.S. owned and operated
businesses of less than 500 employees. SBIR, the nation's largest source of
early-stage technology financing. The three-phase SBIR Program directly
funds up to $1.15 million in early-stage R&D by small companies. Eligible
projects must fulfill an R&D need identified by the DoD and have the
potential to be developed into a product or service for commercial or
defense markets.

Stop by the AFWERX-Austin hub to find out more about upcoming SBIR
announcements and the latest in trends, efficiencies and local opportunities
available through this program.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Frahm

Eric Frahm

Chief Product Officer, AFWERX Austin
avatar for Craig

Craig "Yogi" Leavitt

Managing Director, AFWERX Austin
avatar for Jorge Manresa

Jorge Manresa

Chief Financial Officer, AFWERX Austin
avatar for Jennifer Marrs

Jennifer Marrs

Director of Community Outreach, AFWERX Austin
avatar for Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott

Chief Operations Officer, AFWERX Austin


2:00pm

Developer Track | Learn to Code: Taste of PIE-thon (@ Galvanize)
Interested in Data Science? Love PIE? Looking to gain some understanding of Python? Join us at Galvanize for a live demo of how Python can be used in data science with a slice of pie!

Data scientists need to know how to code, and Python is the most useful and versatile programming language for doing data science. This event will be great for anyone looking to see actual examples of python being used in data science enabling you to gain exposure into data science or simply brush up on your Python skills.

What you will learn:
  • The basics of Python
  • How to view and analyze data sets with Python 
  • How Python can be used in Data Science

Prerequisites: 

This Meetup is for beginners and does not require prior programming experience. Participants who are familiar with concepts of data analysis and statistics will be better equipped to apply their skills after the conclusion of this Meetup.

What you need to bring:
  • Fully charged computer (optional, if you'd just like to watch, that's fine too)
  • Download Atom.io prior to class https://atom.io/

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Health Tech Track | Consumer Habits and Choice in Health
Art Markman  is the Anabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. He has written over 150 papers on topics including reasoning, decision making, and motivation. Art  brings insights from cognitive science to a broader audience through his blogs at Psychology Today and Fast Company as well as his radio show and podcast Two Guys on Your Head. He has written several books  including Smart ThinkingSmart Change, and Brain Briefs. When Art isn't working or spending time with his family, he can be found playing the saxophone with the ska band Phineas Gage.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Art Markman

Dr. Art Markman

Author and Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Smart Thinking | Smart Change | Brain Briefs | The Habits of Effective Leadership Art Markman is the Anabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations.He... Read More →

Track Leads & Advisory Board
avatar for Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Track Lead



Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room Voltron, 1st floor

2:00pm

Smart Cities Track | Transportation Startups: Connecting People to Healthcare
Access to healthcare is a significant challenge for many Americans. Certainly, financial constraints and limited healthcare provider availability are major hindrances for low income residents seeking healthcare. However, lack of transportation to healthcare appointments, which usually are not close to home, is a huge challenge for many people with limited incomes and/or disabilities. Also, when people miss medical appointments, costs and waiting lists increase.This panel will explore the transportation situation for those seeking healthcare, and some of the new ideas and pilot programs in this space. Startups have a real opportunity to help solve mobility and transportation issues for residents with limited resources who are in dire need of access to healthcare.

Speakers
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Sherri Greenberg

Clinical Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Sherri Greenberg is a Clinical Professor and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is a Vice- Chairperson of the Board of Managers of Central Health, a Member of the City of Austin Regional Affordability Committee... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Austin Chamber of Commerce 535 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

Social Impact Track | Building Community Engagement and Impact Through Strategic Partnerships
Many for-profit companies want to create community impact, but get caught up in legal red tape trying to navigate the nonprofit landscape. Strategic partnerships and fiscal sponsorships, when managed correctly, are a turnkey solution that provide all of the benefits of a corporate foundation with none of the common challenges associated with running an independent nonprofit organization. This talk will cover everything from setting up the legal structure of a partnership, to how to secure big name partners that propel your business forward. Join us for a talk with representatives from Austin Community Foundation, Notley, and College Forward as they share insights into creating successful, well-structured collaborations between businesses and nonprofits


Moderators
avatar for Katie Hall

Katie Hall

Director of Development, Notley Ventures

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Barona

Jonathan Barona

Special Projects Manager, Austin Community Foundation

Track Leads & Advisory Board
avatar for Matt McDonnell

Matt McDonnell

Managing Partner & Founder, Notley Ventures


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
The Center for Social Innovation 1023 Springdale Rd.

2:00pm

Developer Track | Tech Talks: Product Dev's Secret Weapons & Taking the Pain out of Support Engineering
2:00 - 2:40 PM - Empathy & Inclusion: Product Dev's Secret Weapon

Annie Hsieh, Dev Lead at Square Root, Inc

Inclusion in tech -- beyond recruitment and retention -- what about the often undiscussed impact on product development? In this session, Annie Hsieh will share her personal journey as a minority woman in tech, discussing why divergent thought is critical for product development, and offer tips on how to foster inclusion throughout the process. Annie will discuss how an empathy-oriented approach to product development -- from user interviews to internal processes and meeting structures -- drives better end products and bigger impacts. She'll also cover how individuals and companies can partner with organizations like Women Who Code to help solve the inclusion challenge and redefine the tech talent pool of tomorrow.

2:40 - 3:20 PM - Taking the Pain out of Support Engineering

Cecy Correa, Software Engineer, Return Path 

Production support is not a priority. No one on the team wants to work on support cards. Being on-call is a pain. Does this ring a bell? We’ve all been there! There is a better way to handle Support Engineering for your product. A way that will level up your team, and create positive support experiences for your customers. Drawing on 3+ years of Support Engineering at two different companies, I will share successful Support patterns and tools you can start using today to improve your product support.


Speakers
avatar for Cecy Correa

Cecy Correa

Software Engineer, Return Path
avatar for Annie Hsieh

Annie Hsieh

Dev Lead, Square Root, Inc.
I’m a startup veteran, having worked as an engineer at several startups. I recently became a dev lead at Square Root, where I lead 2 application engineering teams. Outside of work, I am into animal rescue and love to foster dogs.

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

3:30pm

Defense Innovation Track | Autonomous Mobility with Army Futures Command
Join us for this specialized panel discussion on the future of Autonomous Mobility. A panel of experts and futurists will engage in a "What's Next?" discussion on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, and Sustainability surrounding one of AFC's most critical modernization priorities.

Sponsors
avatar for Army Futures Command

Army Futures Command

United States Army Futures Command (AFC) is the newest Army command created to modernize the Army via non-traditional partnerships and next-generation technology development. Located in the heart of Austin, TX, AFC will achieve success alongside the brightest minds and most advanced... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's

3:30pm

Health Tech Track | Lessons Learned: Founder Stories
This panel of Health Tech Founders will share their story on what inspired the idea to lead their startup, how they got early funding, who was their first customer, how they found their key partners, biggest mistakes, biggest success, and many more conversation touch points.

Moderators
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Kevin Mayes

Chief Product Officer, AMSYS Blockchain

Speakers
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Chris Diede

Co-Founder/SVP Marketing and Product Strategy, MPIRICA Health
Chris Diede is the co-founder and head of marketing and strategy at MPIRICA Health Analytics, which scores hospitals and surgeons by leveraging objective data, machine learning, and decades of risk-adjusted medical claims analysis experience, to help employers and patients reduce... Read More →
avatar for Jeanne Teshler

Jeanne Teshler

Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Wellsmith
Jeanne is responsible for executing the product strategies set by the Wellsmith executive group.  Wellsmith’s mission is to reduce the burden lifestyle diseases through population risk management by innovating where healthcare, community, and technology converge. The Wellsmith... Read More →
avatar for Michael Zucker

Michael Zucker

Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer, FetchMD
Michael is the CEO and Co-founder of FetchMD.  Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer of Tenet Healthcare’s South Texas region, where he led clinical integration efforts to develop commercial and Medicare accountable care organizations.  He led the system’s successful... Read More →

Track Leads & Advisory Board
avatar for Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Austin

Health Tech Track Lead



Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room Voltron, 1st floor

3:30pm

Smart Cities Track | Mobility City - Detroit Reflects on Mobility Justice
Reflection on the social, environmental, and economic impact of Detroit's central position in the retooling of the automotive and greater mobility landscape. Discussion of public and private initiatives and the reverberations on the neighborhoods of the city.  

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hipel

Sarah Hipel

Product Manager, Integral.


Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Austin Chamber of Commerce 535 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm

Social Impact Track | Meet the Faces of Impact in Austin - Four Entrepreneurs Leading the Charge
Starting a social impact startup has become a become an increasingly popular trend among new businesses.  During this session co-hosted by Team Austin, you'll hear from 4 Austin social impact entrepreneurs about their experience of incorporating a social mission as a key component in their for-profit business model. Each guest speaker will be invited to answer three key questions - 1) How are they creating impact through their business, 2) How has your mission evolved since you started?, and 3) Share one resource you need that community doesn’t have. You'll also learn how they got started and why why they chose to be a social impact startup as well as the benefits and drawbacks of this approach.

Speakers
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Stephen Aarons

Attorney, Traverse Legal
avatar for Sophie Kwok

Sophie Kwok

Founder + CEO, Love Intently
I'm Sophie Kwok, the Founder of Love Intently. I am passionate about empowering people build thriving relationships. In a world of big engagements and comparison, Love Intently stands to remind us love doesn't need to be a production. The everyday little mundane things matter most... Read More →
avatar for David J Neff

David J Neff

Founder and CEO, Weird Homes Tour
I wear a lot of hats here in Austin and one of them is the CEO of the Weird Homes Tour. We are a social impact startup delivering design inspiration while funding affordable housing projects all over the USA.
avatar for Ashley Phillips

Ashley Phillips

Managing Director, Impact Hub


Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
The Center for Social Innovation 1023 Springdale Rd.

3:30pm

Developer Track | Engineering Excellence: Technological Communication & Best Practices of High-Performing Teams
3:30 - 4:10 PM - Technological Communication

Adam Coulon, Cofounder and CTO, WiGo Trips

Communication within any technical field is becoming increasingly significant to building an effective team. In order to successfully execute the vision of a product requires collaboration between those who understand its requirements, and those who have the technical expertise to create it. Teams are comprised of variety of roles, and often each role brings a different set of professional experience and expertise to the overall effort. This creates a non-trivial, multi-dimensional communication problem. Because there is not a standard solution, it is important to understand the fundamentals of how communication occurs between different types of roles on a team in order to successfully complete a product.

The purpose of this talk is to share my personal observations and conclusions on communication within a technological team. The talk will begin by touching on the interactions between those with common roles, then move on to the difficulties that are faced within the interactions between those with different roles. The talk will conclude with recommendations on techniques that I believe will improve overall team communication, and then shift into an interactive discussion (pending interest).

4:10 - 4:50 PM - Engineering Excellence: Best Practices of High-Performing Teams

Shaun Martin, Rebase LLC

Technology has the ability to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, and it’s usually the dynamic, growing organizations who are best positioned to create these solutions.

Yet the biggest factor that separates companies who are massively successful from those that wither and die is NOT the funding, the founder, or one killer feature.

No, it’s the team's ability to execute effectively, to perform at a high level, to repeatedly build and deliver solutions quickly and efficiently.

I recently got to witness an interview with two mega-successful entrepreneurs: Uri Levine (Waze, Moovit) and Jennifer Fleiss (Rent the Runway, Jetblack), where they confirmed what I already knew: They both said the #1 most important contributor to their success was building a great team.

Join us as we dive into the habits and practices that make the talented teams in Engineering truly elite.




Speakers
avatar for Adam Coulon

Adam Coulon

Cofounder and CTO, WiGo Trips
Talk to me about anything nerdy and technological!
avatar for Shaun Martin

Shaun Martin

Founder, Rebase

Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

5:00pm

What Silicon Valley is Missing
Immigrants are people your company is missing out on and many companies that are recruiting immigrants are still missing out because they're recruiting all the wrong ways. American businesses look at education and occupation, but they completely miss out on highly talented individuals who didn't go to college and thus have a harder time getting Visas. In this talk, we'll speak to common missteps in the recruiting process and best practices for recruiting an international team.

Speakers
LM

Larissa Maranhao Rocha

Experience Manager, Brex

Sponsors
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Brex

For startups, Brex delivers corporate cards quickly, easily, and with far higher limits than anyone else. Unlike traditional corporate cards, only Brex offers startups cards instantly and with no personal guarantee. Founded in 2017 by the founders of Brazilian payments processor Pagar.me... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

5:00pm

Developer Track Happy Hour Sponsored by Optimizely
Sponsors
avatar for Optimizely

Optimizely

Optimizely is the world's leader in customer experience optimization, allowing businesses to dramatically drive up the value of their digital products, commerce and campaigns through its best in class experimentation software platform. By replacing digital guesswork with evidence-based... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
CU29 720 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

5:00pm

Smart Cities Track | How to Help Local Businesses Amidst Changing Urban Dynamics
As real estate prices go up and labor costs increase in popular cities like Austin, Seattle, and Denver, what can be done to make sure our local businesses (like our local, independent restaurants that we love) can continue putting out great food to their community! We don't want to become San Francisco, and it's not too late to change the tide. Reset partners with local independent restaurants (dinner-only) to open up their space during the day to allow remote workers (freelancers, entrepreneurs, startup non profits) for half the price of traditional co-working. We're helping bring money back to local businesses and not to new brick & mortar co-working spots and also helping our remote working community out with a more affordable option (Austin has the highest % of remote workers in the US).

Join Reset and entrepreneurs who are helping their local businesses, tapping into underutilized assets, or more broadly accelerating the sharing economy in a way that benefits parties that have been affected by the crazy growth of Austin. 

Speakers
avatar for Siri Chakka

Siri Chakka

Co-Founder, Reset
avatar for Silva Gentchev

Silva Gentchev

Co-Founder, Reset
avatar for Stephanie Gutierrez

Stephanie Gutierrez

Co-Founder, Foster ATX
avatar for Sam Hollin

Sam Hollin

Growth & Analytics, The Guild


Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Austin Chamber of Commerce 535 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

5:00pm

Social Impact Track | The Future of Austin's Social Impact Ecosystem + Happy Hour
Moderators
avatar for Brent Wistrom

Brent Wistrom

Senior Editor, American Inno
Brent Wistrom is a senior editor at American Inno and a reporter at Austin Inno, an online publication and newsletter that provides in-depth coverage of the Austin tech and startup scene. Prior to covering tech in Austin, he spent a decade covering crime, politics and policy for The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Trevor Boehm

Trevor Boehm

Program Director, Techstars
avatar for Dan Graham

Dan Graham

Founder, Notley


Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Center for Social Innovation 1023 Springdale Rd.

5:00pm

Intro to the Austin Startup Scene: Female Founders & Women in Tech
Join us for this special edition of Intro to the Austin Startup Scene for Female Founders & Women in Tech with Capital Factory Co-founder & Managing Director Mellie Price, Optimizely's VP of Product Management, Claire Vo, and YouEarnedIt's CEO, Autumn Manning.

Agenda
5:00pm Presentation
5:45pm Ask Me Anything with panelists
6:30pm Networking Happy Hour

Follow @AustinTechLive on Twitter to know when we're live or watch here.

After the AMA, join us for a Happy Hour! Your ticket to the AMA will get you into the AMA and Happy Hour after, where you'll have the opportunity to network with people who are interested in or are already part of the startup scene.

Are you new to the Austin Startup Community? Thinking about moving here? Trying to figure out how to plug in? Come hear a comprehensive overview from a local community leader and get a chance to introduce yourself and ask questions.


You can check out the slides and video from previous talks before you come. The content is updated each month because the startup scene is always changing!

You'll get answers to questions like...
• How do I get a job at a startup?
• How do I find a co-founder?
• How do I meet investors and mentors?
• Should I join an accelerator?


You will find out about...• Why Austin?
• SXSW
• Dell
• University of Texas
• Capital Factory
• Startup Week
• Angel Investors
• Venture Capitalists
• Incubators & Accelerators
• Coffee Shops
• Coworking
• Happy Hours
• Meetups
• Hack-a-thons
• Lawyers
• Accountants
• Banks
• PR firms
• Recruiting firms


Speakers
avatar for Autumn Manning

Autumn Manning

Co-founder and CEO, YouEarnedIt
Autumn Manning is co-founder and CEO of YouEarnedIt, a leading HR SaaS company that improves bottom-line performance metrics by enhancing the employee experience.With a background in human capital management and expertise in enhancing corporate culture, she carries out the company’s... Read More →
avatar for Mellie Price

Mellie Price

Managing Director, Texas Health CoLab & Exec Dir, Commercialization - Dell Medical School @ Univ. of Texas at Austin
avatar for Claire Vo

Claire Vo

Claire is the VP of Product Management at Optimizely, the world’s leader in digital experience optimization. Previously, she was the CEO and co-founder of Experiment Engine which was acquired by Optimizely in 2017. Prior to launching Experiment Engine, Claire led product development... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

5:30pm

Built In Austin's Top Companies Hiring
We're celebrating Austin Startup Week along with tech companies that are putting Austin on the map and shaping the future of our local ecosystem. Swing by and get to know what makes these Austin startups tick, meet the teams and discover your next opportunity.
Check out these hiring companies' Built In Austin profiles to see up to date job openings:

POWERED BY: MSTC

360training
Adia
BlackLocus
Duo Security
LogicMonitor
Modernize
New Knowledge
Optimizely
Procore Technologies
PureWrx
Red Ventures

This event is for guests ages 21+. Please bring your ID to the event. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to Built In's Terms of Use.

This is not an appropriate event to solicit for business or for staffing agencies to attend.



Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Brazos Hall 204 E. 4th Street Austin, TX 78701

5:30pm

gShowdown: Will Artificial Intelligence Take Over the World?
It's goin down, Galvanize style. HOT TOPICS, COLD BEER.

Join us for the FINAL (for 2018) in a series of events that will put our communities' experts on two sides of an issue facing the tech community in head to head debate-style showdown. This is the only live debate in town where the audience decides who wins.

That's right... YOU decide who wins the gShowdown Belt at the end of the debate.

Our second ever gShowdown will feature TWO hot topics related to TECH.

WILL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TAKE OVER THE WORLD?

Zuckerberg thinks that AI will enable humans to achieve impossible feats. Elon Musk is afraid that robots will take over the world if we don't regulate them. Artificial intelligence is a touchy topic for many techies. We want to know whether it will enhance our lives as another tool in our tool belt to solve the world's most complex problems or will it run awry and become so smart that we face dire consequences. YOU DECIDE!

Byron Reese, celebrated author and entrepreneur for GigaOM, will debate Charlie Burgoyne, CEO of Valkyrie.AI, on whether AI will take over the world for the worse of humanity.

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Burgoyne

Charlie Burgoyne

Founder & CEO, Valkyrie Intelligence
avatar for Byron Reese,

Byron Reese,

Celebrated Author and Entrepreneur for GigaOM


Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

6:15pm

Power: Providing More Energy for More People - While Sustaining Our City and Protecting Our Planet
5:15pm — Check-in and refreshments

5:45 pm – Doors open for seating

6:15 pm – Presentation
7:30 pm – Networking
Austin continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in the country and part of an explosive global trend in population growth, urbanization, and energy consumption. Business as usual is not a sustainable path forward for our city or the planet. What are the major emerging technologies, policies, and trends that power our homes, businesses, and transportation now and into the future? Go beyond the headlines to discuss what is Austin doing at the forefront of this energy & technology revolution.
We welcome your participation! Please send us your questions, answers, and prognostications in advance at info@austinforum.org.

Admission to the Austin Forum is always free.

The Austin Forum accepts donations of used cell phones, smart phones, tablets, and e-book readers at all our events. All devices will have a factory reset and be set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection”initiative, which will connect every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy training, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated phone can change lives and help close Austin's digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.

Thanks to Austin Public Library for their partnership. 

Speakers
avatar for Karl Popham

Karl Popham

Emerging Technologies & EV Manager, Austin Energy


Tuesday October 2, 2018 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Austin Central Library 710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Wednesday, October 3
 

8:00am

EdTech Track | The Importance of Soft Skills in a High Tech World (Capital Factory, 16th Floor)
Let’s discuss why teaching soft skills with edtech is just as important for student development as teaching the traditional, quantifiable skills currently being emphasized. It is all too common to hear people preach the importance of math, science, and coding in this increasingly technological world. What you don’t hear about is the equal importance of learning soft skills—skills that are not easy to quantify, like kindness, ethics, empathy, leadership, perseverance, resilience, etc. These soft skills need to be developed early and often, Pre-K through 12 and beyond, and edtech can lead the way.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Hicks

Brittany Hicks

Founder, BrightAngle
Brittany is the founder of Bright Angle, an edtech company focused on teaching hard and soft skills in the classroom using AR activities to enhance curiosity, engagement, understanding and retention for all learners. Her currently self-funded startup aligns to the learning objectives... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Edgenuity

Edgenuity

Edgenuity provides online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K-12 including core and credit recovery courses, intervention and test readiness programs, virtual instruction, and professional development. Our solutions propel student success, empower teachers to deliver... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

8:00am

Food and CPG Track | Wake Up! CPG Conversations Over Coffee (The Refinery)
Wake Up! is a new, casual meetup for people interested in the Austin Consumer Packaged Goods Community.

Austin-area Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) brands, retailers, service providers and local enthusiasts are welcome to join us for a lively discussion about the CPG scene and helping each other grow our businesses and community.
 
A HUGE thanks to our sponsors:

Egan Nelson - https://www.egannelson.com

Egan Nelson is a boutique law firm specializing in private equity, venture capital and real estate transactions.  The Firm consists of 28 lawyers and its principal offices are located in Dallas and Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Seattle and New York City.

Egan Nelson was formed to provide a lower-overhead and flexible platform for our attorneys to continue sophisticated legal practices, while offering more efficient, responsive, “hands-on” services to our clients.  

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Moss Adams - https://www.mossadams.com

Moss Adams is a fully integrated professional services firm dedicated to assisting clients with growing, managing, and protecting prosperity.

With more than 2,900 professionals and staff across more than 25 locations in the West and beyond, we work with many of the world’s most innovative companies and leaders. Our strength in the middle market enables us to advise clients at all intervals of development—from start-up, to rapid growth and expansion, to transition.

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Justworks - https://www.justworks.com

Justworks takes the busyness out of running a business. Founded in 2012, Justworks, the fastest growing HR technology company, helps entrepreneurs and businesses grow with confidence by giving them access to big-company benefits, automated payroll, HR tools, and compliance support — all in one place. Justworks does this by combining the power of a certified Professional Employer Organization (PEO) with expert 24/7 customer service and a simple and friendly platform. With Justworks, teams of all sizes can work fearlessly, pursue their passion, and do more of what matters. To learn more about visit www.justworks.com, follow us on Twitter @JustworksHR and Instagram @Justworks_HR.  

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Silicon Hills Lawyer - https://www.siliconhillslawyer.com

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Texas Squared Startup Newsletter - https://www.texassquared.com

Learn more about Wake Up! at www.bitly.com/wakeupcpg

Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

International Track | Austin's Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Some Amazing Stories (Capital Factory)
With all the vitriolic and xenophobic language spewing out of Washington these days, it's more  important than ever that we acknowledge the contributions of immigrants to American society, the development of our shared culture, and to business and job creation. More than 40 percent of companies on the U.S. Fortune 500 list were launched by immigrants or children of immigrants.  The legacies are already firmly established behind Google's co-founder Sergey Brin from Russia...eBay's Pierre Omidyar from France...Yahoo's Jerry Yang from Taiwan... and Intel co-founder Andy Grove from Hungary.   And sitting atop the foreign entrepreneurial kingpin roster these days is South Africa's Elon Musk and his ground-breaking parallel ventures in automotive with Tesla, transportation with SpaceX, engineering with The Boring Company, and energy with SolarCity, to name but a few. Closer to home, Austin is now home to 260,000 immigrants in our metro area making up 15% of the population.  Immigrants also power the Austin economy as job creators, small business owners and|entrepreneurs.  They make up 12% of the metro's business owners with paid employees, and are self-employed at a higher rate (8.9%) than the Native-born population (6.6%).  According to a 2015 study by the Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs, 25% of our city's new tech startups are being created by immigrants to this country.  Who are some of these people among us, quietly creating jobs and bringing new prosperity to our residents?  How else do they contribute to the richness of our community?  What adversities have they faced as immigrants yet still prevailed?  What inspirations do their stories provide to all entrepreneurs?

Moderators
avatar for Estuardo Robles

Estuardo Robles

World Affairs Council

Speakers
avatar for Thanh

Thanh "Tommy" Hodinh

Chairman & CEO, MagRabbit, Inc.
avatar for Tommy Zhang

Tommy Zhang

Co-Founder, Comon

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

8:00am

University Track | Dorm Rooms to Startup Showcase (UT, Rowling Hall)
This session is powered by the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency (LEA) and Genesis.

Join University of Texas at Austin undergraduate and graduate student startups (below!) for coffee, donuts and founder connections.

  • ElecTrip
  • Elite Sweets
  • Flo Recruit
  • Forestrike
  • Hexis
  • Hitch
  • Loop
  • Rev Energy Gum
  • Shop Swayy

Sponsors
avatar for Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Program Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program is a business degree out of Texas McCombs that teaches its students how to bring new technology products to market. They evaluate real-world technologies for commercial viability and learn the steps necessary... Read More →


8:00am

Austin Startup Week Basecamp and Badge Pickup
Come by our Information Station anytime from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday to grab your official Austin Startup Week badge. Our team will be there to answer any questions you may have and help you get to where you want to go. Stop by and say hi!

We'll also have badges at Capital One, The Refinery, Galvanize, Austin Chamber of Commerce and other events throughout the week.

Sponsors
avatar for Bumble Bizz

Bumble Bizz

Brand Manager, Bumble
Bumble Bizz is all about helping you build out your professional network on your own terms. Developing Bizz connections is more important than ever before, because one connection can change the course of your entire career. You never know where you’ll find your next business partner... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

Free Coworking at MELD - All Day
MELD Coworking is a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers sharing a professional workspace in a comfortable setting. Nestled in the heart of Central Austin, North of Campus, we're located along the vibrant Guadalupe Drag within walking distance to everything! By emphasizing the connection of top professionals through events and pooled resources, and by featuring premium amenities includingergonomic sit-to-stand desks, we're built for the modern, young entrepreneur to thrive.

Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
MELD Coworking 502 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705

8:00am

Free Coworking at TechSpace - ALL DAY
Get work done during startup week for free in our coworking area from 8:00 - 5:00PM.

Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Techspace 98 San Jacinto, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

9:30am

EdTech Track | How Global Collaborations Supports Student Learning (Capital Factory, 16th Floor)
Rapidly expanding internet access, especially in the developing world, makes it possible for students to connect from across countries, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ideologies. Through first-person accounts from teachers around the world, we’ll explore how online peer-to-peer learning is changing the way that students understand the world, practice languages, and share perspectives. We’ll review the latest collaborative learning tools, explore data that connects global ed to positive learning outcomes, and examine how students’ experiences broaden their perspectives and form the foundation for a more peaceful and collaborative planet.



Speakers
avatar for Mark Danforth

Mark Danforth

Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, PenPal Schools
Mark Danforth is the co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at PenPal Schools, an organization that connects students from 150 countries to learn together through collaborative online projects. Before joining PenPal Schools, Mark spent six years in public education where he served... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Edgenuity

Edgenuity

Edgenuity provides online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K-12 including core and credit recovery courses, intervention and test readiness programs, virtual instruction, and professional development. Our solutions propel student success, empower teachers to deliver... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

9:30am

Food and CPG Track | Harvesting Energy From Fusion (The Refinery)
Natures Collective Organization is a Non-Profit Alternative to the For-Profit Anaerobic Digestion Systems and power plant systems. We accept many types of organic material from excess logging and agriculture waste too food scrap biomass from our local community vendors to process through our future AD System Which and steam turbines creating methane and steam powered energy that can be turned into Kilowatt hours for use by the citizens of our community. We then create Carbon Rich Soil by mixing the organic bio char created from the heating our Steam turbines with the by product Soil from Our AD system. This Carbon Rich Soil retains nutrients better than the average chemically enhanced Soil due to cation exchange capacity. We sell a portion of the Carbon Rich Compost to local distributors. And farm the remaining soil to grow produce for our members allowing us to feed our community as well as harvest energy from their fusion.

In our session we will discus what we need in order to grow our organization further and our expected date of Energy generation.

Speakers
avatar for Tristan Gunderson

Tristan Gunderson

CEO, Founder, & Engineer, Natures Collective Organization


Wednesday October 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

9:30am

International Track | Austin Resources to Help Your Startup or Indie Company "Plan Globally" Sooner (Capital Factory)
Thanks to the Internet, more direct international flights from AIBA, South By Southwest, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and a growing international community in Austin...there are more reasons than ever for your startup, growth business or indie company to think about international sales, revenue and trade opportunities.  In this session you will meet some of the leading resources available in Austin to help your business engage in global activities earlier in your development.

Moderators
avatar for Heather Wagner Reed

Heather Wagner Reed

Founder + CEO, Juice Consulting

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Koym

Kevin Koym

Founder & CEO, Tech Ranch
avatar for Greg Pogue

Greg Pogue

Interim Executive Director, IC2 Institute at University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Gregory Pogue is Interim Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist at the IC2 Institute where he leads research and education programs accelerating technology commercialization, early venture creation and entrepreneurship in the US and many international sites. He holds... Read More →
avatar for Ali Syed

Ali Syed

International Partnerships Coordinator, Capital Factory
avatar for Larry Tabash

Larry Tabash

Global Team Leader for Africa, Middle East and South Asia, U.S. Dept. of Commerce/Commercial Service

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

9:30am

University Track | The University’s Role in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (UT, Rowling Hall)
How do early-stage startups benefit from universities as an active partner in the regional startup ecosystem? How are these ecosystems built out on college campuses? Hear from top innovation leaders from Austin institutes. 

Moderators
avatar for Ashley Jennings

Ashley Jennings

Program Manager, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal, The University of Texas at Austin

Speakers
avatar for David Altounian

David Altounian

Interim Dean, The Bill Munday School of Business and MBA Program Director at St.Edward\'s University
avatar for Dr. Hector Gomez Macfarland

Dr. Hector Gomez Macfarland

Director of the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Huston-Tillotson University
avatar for Bob Metcalfe

Bob Metcalfe

Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, UTAustin
Helping Texas be a better Silicon Valley
avatar for Kristin C. Spindler

Kristin C. Spindler

Director, IncubatorCTX and Business Faculty, Concordia University Texas
avatar for Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor

Assistant Dean, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Melissa Taylor serves as Assistant Dean for Strategy and Planning in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She is responsible for strategic planning, innovation, and change management across one of the largest science colleges in the nation. Over... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Program Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program is a business degree out of Texas McCombs that teaches its students how to bring new technology products to market. They evaluate real-world technologies for commercial viability and learn the steps necessary... Read More →


11:00am

AR and VR Track | XR: The Future is Now (Capital Factory)
We'll discuss how far the industry has come thus far, where we're headed and examples of people successfully leveraging the technology today. You will leave with a well-rounded understanding of the XR industry, ready to take on the rest of the day's events!

Speakers
avatar for Ricky Holm

Ricky Holm

Founder, Chocolate Milk & Donuts
Founder, Chocolate Milk & Donuts: A full-service creative agency dedicated to the art of storytelling. We conceive, produce and deploy XR experiences.  Ricky moved to Austin, TX in 2013 after earning degrees from both Vancouver Film School and the University of Washington's Foster... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday October 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

11:00am

EdTech Track | Women In EdTech (Capital Factory, 16th Floor)
Join us for a panel with female leaders in the EdTech space, discussing their career paths, obstacles to success and advice for others. The panel will include a diverse group, differing in age, background and role. Panelists will answer predetermined questions and then open for questions from the audience.

Moderators
avatar for Wendy Howell

Wendy Howell

Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff - Cisco | Managing Director - Girls in Tech
Chief of Staff; Connector; Passionate Advocate For "All Things Girl"; Managing Director, Girls In Tech; Founder Coalition For Good; Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem Steering Committee; Co-Chair Girl Scouts Women Of Distinction; Panel Moderator Women In EdTech; Panelist TX Conference... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sabina Bharwani

Sabina Bharwani

none, Founder
She is the founder of Hello World, a computer science program that partners with K12 schools to build autonomous learners who approach and solve problems like engineers. Prior to this Sabina led Teach For America's EdTech and Innovation Strategy teams, where she managed a large fund... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Hicks

Brittany Hicks

Founder, BrightAngle
Brittany is the founder of Bright Angle, an edtech company focused on teaching hard and soft skills in the classroom using AR activities to enhance curiosity, engagement, understanding and retention for all learners. Her currently self-funded startup aligns to the learning objectives... Read More →
avatar for Julia Lamorelle

Julia Lamorelle

CEO, Kiwi Compute
Julia is CEO of Kiwi Compute, leading strategy, operations, finance and sales. Over the last three years, she taught Computer Science to hundreds of students across Austin and developed Kiwi's Python curriculum. Through this, she built an in-classroom presence in more than 15 schools... Read More →
avatar for Daniella Latham

Daniella Latham

Marketing Manager US, Kahoot
Daniella is a marketing and communications professional with experience growing communities from the ground up. She's currently at Kahoot!, a global game-based learning phenomenon with 70 million+ MAU, transforming the way people learn in classrooms and beyond. Daniella also serve... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Edgenuity

Edgenuity

Edgenuity provides online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K-12 including core and credit recovery courses, intervention and test readiness programs, virtual instruction, and professional development. Our solutions propel student success, empower teachers to deliver... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

11:00am

Food and CPG Track | Finding Investors for Your Food Company (The Refinery)
This panel will bring together startup founders, food investors, and experts in the startup and food industry to discuss the best way for food startups to attract funders.  Acquiring investors is more than a numbers game, and a very small percentage of startups that pitch VCs actually end up with funding. This panel will discuss the many strategies and pathways towards funding, and the most important items to have in place before pitching to investors.

Speakers
avatar for Curt Nelson

Curt Nelson

Partner, Austin Foodshed Investors
Austin Foodshed Investors exists to increase the supply of good, clean, fair, local food by investing in small, local, sustainable food and agriculture entrepreneurs. We offer advisory services to help companies get ready to fundraise, capital, and investment opportunities for values-based... Read More →
avatar for Shawn O'Keefe

Shawn O'Keefe

Director of Innovation, Food+City
Shawn is an innovation nerd. After fourteen years as a producer and strategist for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival, he moved overseas to head up the first hardware accelerator in New Zealand, Lightning Lab Manufacturing. After three years of working on startup acceleration... Read More →
avatar for Hema Reddy

Hema Reddy

Founder & CEO, Crafty Counter
Hema Reddy is the founder and CEO of Crafty Counter, a consumer products brand, dedicated to making taste forward, nutritious and convenient meals for flexitarian families, that want to include more plant based foods in their diet. With their signature product Wundernuggets, Crafty... Read More →
avatar for Manuel Rosso

Manuel Rosso

Co-Founder, Rosso&Flynn


Wednesday October 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

11:00am

International Track | Finding Opportunities in Emerging Markets (Capital Factory)
Right now more than 20,000 multinationals are operating in emerging economies. According to the Economist, Western multinationals expect to find 70% of their future growth there—40% of it in China and India alone. Join us to learn from experts from Mexico, Colombia, Africa, and India to talk about how their markets are growing and shaping the world, and how Austin is building sustaining relationships with these vibrant markets.

Moderators
avatar for Sebastian Gomez

Sebastian Gomez

Executive Trade Representative, ProColombia

Speakers
avatar for Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson

Summit Co-Creator, Chad Innovation
avatar for Diego De Stefano

Diego De Stefano

CEO, Triploop

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

11:00am

University Track | Emerging Tech Off College Campuses (UT, Rowling Hall)
University and college campuses have long played an innovative role in America, producing research that’s led to breakthroughs in everything from medicine to astronomy. Today, they’re leading the way in tech innovation to help solve real-world problems. Enjoy this high level discussion around innovation and the people creating and building companies at UT Austin. 

Moderators
avatar for Van Truskett

Van Truskett

Director for Technology Innovation Development, University of Texas at Austin - Office of Technology Commercialization

Speakers
avatar for Bart Bohn

Bart Bohn

Partner, ATP
Supporter of scalable startup founders . Founder and director of programs that help founders such as SEAL, 3 Day Startup, ATI Water, Build Sec, WaterRIOT and now ATP. The best moments are the ones I spend with founders at a white board tackling their most pressing issues.
avatar for Eric King Frey

Eric King Frey

CEO/Founder, MedNoxa Inc.
avatar for Greg Pogue

Greg Pogue

Interim Executive Director, IC2 Institute at University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Gregory Pogue is Interim Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist at the IC2 Institute where he leads research and education programs accelerating technology commercialization, early venture creation and entrepreneurship in the US and many international sites. He holds... Read More →
avatar for Nishi Viswanathan

Nishi Viswanathan

Director, Texas Health Catalyst, Health Product Innovation team, Dell Medical School

Sponsors
avatar for Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Program Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program is a business degree out of Texas McCombs that teaches its students how to bring new technology products to market. They evaluate real-world technologies for commercial viability and learn the steps necessary... Read More →


12:30pm

EdTech Track | The K12 Edtech Market – What it Will Take To Replace the Textbook (Capital Factory, 16th Floor)
Even with all the one-to-one initiatives, e-books and digital resources permeating K12 classrooms, the textbook remains ubiquitous. Why? What does technology still need to do to enable the K-12 transformation? In this session, learn about what it will take – and the opportunity awaiting technology – to revolutionize the K12 classroom and finally bring digital learning to all students.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Sobon

Leslie Sobon

VP of Marketing and Customer Experience, Edgenuity

Sponsors
avatar for Edgenuity

Edgenuity

Edgenuity provides online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K-12 including core and credit recovery courses, intervention and test readiness programs, virtual instruction, and professional development. Our solutions propel student success, empower teachers to deliver... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

12:30pm

AR and VR Track | Assistive Reality & Augmented Intelligence (Capital Factory)
The next big step in Augmented Intelligence is contextually aware assistance. Deceptively simple in concept but surprisingly complex in execution, the technology for "frictionless" access to real-time, contextually relevant data is just now emerging. Come hear how leading researchers in the field of Augmented Reality, Machine Vision, and Artificial Intelligence are working to change our future and raise our collective IQ.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Roan

Frank Roan

Founder & CEO, HookBang

Sponsors

Wednesday October 3, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Food and CPG Track | From 0 to 1, Starting your Food Business and Earning your First $100,000 (The Refinery)
Join us for a panel with companies just out of the beginning stages of starting a CPG company and learn more about the challenges faced getting something going from nothing.  We'll guide attendees through the steps and hurdles that we all took launching in the Austin market, landing our first paying customers, getting into our first retail store, and growing our businesses to $100,000 and beyond. 

Moderators
avatar for Genevieve Gilbreath

Genevieve Gilbreath

Managing Director, SKU

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Crouch

Lindsey Crouch

Co-Founder, Guiltless Goodies
avatar for Alyson Eberle

Alyson Eberle

Founder & CEO, Pure Spoon
I created Pure Spoon when I was a new mom and couldn't find any option for fresh baby food at the grocery store. I wanted to create a brand and a product that gave busy parents a convenient option for their baby's first meals without having to compromise on quality. Pure Spoon pioneered... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Koehler

Kyle Koehler

Co-Founder, Wildway
avatar for Albert Swantner

Albert Swantner

Founder, Sway Water, Bohemian


Wednesday October 3, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

International Track | International Interns: An Untapped Source to Acquire Talent (Capital Factory)
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program provides opportunities for around 300,000 foreign visitors from 200 countries and territories per year to experience and be placed with U.S. employers. Quality and qualified participants gain work experience with a U.S. employer from 12 to 18 months. Administrative support including participant health insurance coverage, paperwork processing, housing, social security cards, evaluations are all handled by U.S. Department of State –designated sponsors such as Alliance Abroad. Some interns receive a stipend via programs in their home countries or regions which encourage gaining global work experience as part of career development. American employers do not bear any costs except what would normally be paid to Americans performing the same role. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is a little-known source of interns with skills in programming, business, product development, R&D and more. You will hear from experts how the program works as well as meet some past and current interns.

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

12:30pm

The Future of Agile Manufacturing for Hardware Startups
Traditionally, getting hardware products to market is a slow, expensive, and frustrating for hardware startups.  Over the past several years, new processes, tools, and services have come about that hardware startups can use to bring their products to market through more agile methodologies.  Hear from a diverse panel of experts and learn from their trials and tribulations and how they are seeing the hardware world advance into a truly agile one.

Speakers
avatar for Corey Boelter

Corey Boelter

Director of Operations, Olea Networks
avatar for Chris Church

Chris Church

Founder & CEO, MacroFab, Inc.
avatar for Tim Uys

Tim Uys

Director of Design, Mako Design
avatar for Drew Vigen

Drew Vigen

Founder, Design DaVinci


Wednesday October 3, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Austin History Center 810 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

University Track | 10 Legal Mistakes Every Startup Makes (UT, Rowling Hall)
Surprise litigation can derail your business or dramatically slow its momentum. This startup workshop will help you prevent common legal mistakes every entrepreneur makes.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Gold

Brad Gold

Professor & Entrepreneur in Residence, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Sponsors
avatar for Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Program Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program is a business degree out of Texas McCombs that teaches its students how to bring new technology products to market. They evaluate real-world technologies for commercial viability and learn the steps necessary... Read More →


2:00pm

AR and VR Track | Fail or Fly: What the Future for Enterprise AR Looks Like (Capital Factory)
In the new Industry 4.0 world, businesses need a workforce capable of working in harmony with new technologies bringing data and smart, connected equipment to the production environment. In this panel session, we will cover how AR and IoT work together to drive higher quality and productivity. We'll also discuss why consumer AR has taken off, why B2B AR seems to be largely stalled out, and what Austin startups are on a path to unlock significant value to companies in nearly every industry vertical.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Jenkins

Jeff Jenkins

CTO, Upskill
avatar for Tim Porter

Tim Porter

CTO, Underminer Studios
Visualization Technology strategy and creation using AR, VR, and Volumetric Capture & Processing leveraging the power of AI and IoT.
avatar for Roger Skidmore

Roger Skidmore

CEO, EDX Technologies, Inc.
PhD in computer and network engineering. Serial entrepreneur with over a decade of combined corporate leadership experience in Motorola and ATT. Interested in all things wireless, IOT, augmented/virtual/mixed reality, AI.
avatar for Chen Zhang

Chen Zhang

Managing Partner, Part Time Evil
Chen Zhang is managing partner at PartTime Evil where she leads Program Management and Experience Strategy practices. She is also the Vice President of the Austin chapter of the VR/AR Association. Over the past 10 years, she has brought products and experiences to market for clients... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday October 3, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

EdTech Track | The Importance of Learning by Making (Capital Factory, 16th Floor)
What do Piaget, Papert, and pi-top have in common? They're all supporters and facilitators of "learning by making". The “maker” movement itself has been touted as an antidote to many of today's challenges in education, but many educators don’t have a clear sense of how “maker” learning works or how to get started with a maker-centric approach.

That's when pi-top, a learning company transforming the way kids learn through "learning by making", comes in. Learn more about the pi-top team, mission, and how pi-top is currently enabling educators and students to engage in the world beyond school.

Speakers
avatar for Alejandra Güereque

Alejandra Güereque

Regional Sales Manager for the North East, pi-top
Hailing from Chihuaha, Mexico, Alejandra is an accomplished sales, business development, and marketing professional with a strong engineering background. She is a leader and top producer personally committed to achieving at the highest level of performance, and trilingual English... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Lozano

Jesse Lozano

CEO, pi-top
Jesse has a Political Philosophy Degree and a Law Degree from Kings College London. After graduating, Jesse took on a role as a FOREX journalist for City A.M. the largest financial newspaper in London.After nearly a year of working in journalism, Jesse quit to become a self-employed... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Edgenuity

Edgenuity

Edgenuity provides online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K-12 including core and credit recovery courses, intervention and test readiness programs, virtual instruction, and professional development. Our solutions propel student success, empower teachers to deliver... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

2:00pm

Food and CPG Track | Your First 1000 Foodies: How to Market and Bootstrap Growth For Your CPG Company (The Refinery)
A deep dive into the marketing strategy and tactics Kettle & Fire used to scale from a bootstrapped startup to a CPG juggernaut. Kettle & Fire (kettleandfire.com) is one of the fastest growing co's in the CPG space and the category leader for bone broth. The company has a unique founding story in that it solely grew their customer base through digital marketing. This helped fuel their retail push in the past year (6,000+ locations including Whole Foods and HEB).

Jack will discuss how they got their first 1,000 customers with a tiny team, how they identify and prioritize new marketing channels, what they did to scale to 7-figure monthly revenue, and all the learnings and mistakes they've made along the way. The goal with this presentation is for everyone to come away with at least 5 actionable learnings they can implement for their CPG business.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Meredith

Jack Meredith

Director of Marketing, Kettle & Fire


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Wednesday October 3, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

International Track | Selling Texas Abroad (Capital Factory)
Leading foreign countries maintain business and economic development offices in cities across the United States to recruit and assist companies expanding in both directions - to the U.S. and back into their home countries.  Many U.S. states similary have representation in the world's top economic countires and regions: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylania, Illinois and Pennsylvania all have 10 or more offices overseas.  Meanwhile, Texas as a standalone State, is the 10th largest GDP economy in the world - but we have only one foreign office.  In this session we will explore how that lack of global representation and engagement is holding back opportunities for Texas companies in terms of finding customers, making sales, and attracting talent.

Moderators
avatar for Anthony Giuliani

Anthony Giuliani

Special Assistant, Secretary of State of Texas

Speakers
avatar for Fred Schmidt

Fred Schmidt

Director of International Affairs, Capital Factory

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

2:00pm

University Track | The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion within Startup Culture (UT, Rowling Hall)
Diversity and inclusion are equally important in the workplace, good for business and a core part of company culture. Hear from lead researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, co-working and accelerator CEO’s and startup founders alike on why DNI efforts are a vital part of any startup ecosystem. 

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Luis Martins

Dr. Luis Martins

Professor of Management and Director, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at UT-Austin

Speakers
avatar for Preston L. James II

Preston L. James II

CEO/Co-Founder, DivInc.
DivInc and Inclusive Entrepreneurship within the Tech Startup Ecosystem
avatar for Charlie Jackson

Charlie Jackson

Chief Happiness Officer, Diversity Fund
avatar for Blanca Lesmes

Blanca Lesmes

Partner and Chief Commercial Officer, ConfirmX
avatar for Christine McCarey

Christine McCarey

Founder & CEO, ImpactDEI, LLC
Before founding ImpactDEI, Christine founded and led RetailMeNot’s Diversity & Inclusion Program. Under her leadership, the Program was recognized by Glass Door as #1 and Built in Austin as #2. She holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Program Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program is a business degree out of Texas McCombs that teaches its students how to bring new technology products to market. They evaluate real-world technologies for commercial viability and learn the steps necessary... Read More →


3:30pm

AR and VR Track | BEING THERE : Multiplayer + Social XR (Capital Factory)
VR gave us the ability to immerse ourselves in new worlds, letting us play games with friends or work on team projects inside a virtual snow globe.  Advancements in AR and AI technology are now letting us bring those experiences into our real worlds, which is changing the way we approach our physical input as well as our social output.  In this talk we’ll discuss the future of XR interaction, and highlight the newest XR hardware and technologies we’ll soon be using, wearing, and developing for.

Speakers
avatar for JJ Castillo

JJ Castillo

CEO & Founder, Viewer Ready
JJ Castillo is the CEO and Founder of Viewer Ready.  His Austin based company has developed XR projects for Anheuser-Busch, The NBA, Tiff’s Treats, and DELL.  #LeapSquad

Sponsors

Wednesday October 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm

EdTech Track | EdTech Happy Hour Sponsored by Edgenuity (Capital Factory, 16th Floor)
Sponsors
avatar for Edgenuity

Edgenuity

Edgenuity provides online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K-12 including core and credit recovery courses, intervention and test readiness programs, virtual instruction, and professional development. Our solutions propel student success, empower teachers to deliver... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, ACL

3:30pm

Food and CPG Track | The Intersection of Food, Technology, and Wellness (The Refinery)
 Join us and a panel of disruptors across CPG, Agriculture, and the Wellness industry to discuss the intersection of technology, health, and customer experience. Learn more about consumer trends, sustainability, and the innovative ideas around marketing and product development that are shaping today’s path from farm to consumer.

Moderators
avatar for Jenni Lee

Jenni Lee

Reporter/Anchor, KVUE News
Jenni Lee is the morning weekend anchor and weekday reporter for KVUE News. The veteran journalist has been covering news in Austin since September 11, 2001 (what a first day on the job!) but her career started in the mid 1990’s in Bryan/College Station at the CBS station there... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Coffman

James Coffman

Director, Tower Farms
James Coffman, Director of Tower Farms Division at The Juice Plus+ Company, oversees the expansion and implementation of successful Tower Farms around the world. Tower Farms is a vertical growing system that allows for sustainable commercial food production by using less space and... Read More →
avatar for Joe Kerby

Joe Kerby

Alpaca Market, CEO
Joe Kerby is CEO of Alpaca Market, a health-forward food company that serves fresh, locally-sourced, chef crafted meals via a network of custom vending machines and Smart Fridges.  After many years of experience in the restaurant industry, Joe and his wife, Brittaney, became frustrated... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Scherzer

Stephanie Scherzer

CEO & Founder, Farmhouse Delivery
Stephanie Scherzer works to connect communities with their land, and make local food more accessible. Her love of farming and passion for sustainable living is what drives Farmhouse Delivery’s mission and its dedicated staff. She moved to Austin in '93 and has more than 20 years... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Sobel

Danielle Sobel

CEO, Juice Society
Danielle Sobel is the founder and CEO of Juice Society, an Austin based wellness brand. After suffering for years from chronic conditions, Danielle turned to a plant-based diet to heal from the inside, out. She watched her symptoms virtually disappear and became inspired to create... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm

International Track | Fixing the Gender Gap in STEM: Positive Takeaway from the Soviet Era (Capital Factory)
The number of women in STEM is increasing in the East, while the West is still struggling. What lessons can be learned and how do we implement them in Austin and beyond? In this panel discussion, we will be speaking to women from the US and from former Eastern Bloc countries about their experiences from early education through current professional experience to discover both similarities and differences that we can learn from to encourage more women and girls to follow the path of careers STEM in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Irene Brinker

Irene Brinker

CEO, Devali
Soviet born, Irene Brinker came to the US as a refugee and had the privilege of an early childhood in Chicago’s diverse Rogers Park neighborhood where Devon Avenue was renamed in honor of Golda Meir, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, (lovingly referred... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tetiana Botsva

Tetiana Botsva

RnD Leader, Devali
Woman in Tech and a passionate leader
avatar for Jodi Mixon

Jodi Mixon

VP of Racing Development, nCAP Technologies
Jodi is a learning innovator and has successfully implemented ground-breaking programs to introduce technology to the Early Childhood, STEM and Robotics industries. Jodi has worked in the field of education in Canada and the US and brings broad experience in knowledge based learning... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

4:45pm

5:00pm

Food and CPG Track | Beyond Vodka - Austin's Liquor Startup Scene, Panel Discussion followed by Tasting / Happy Hour (The Refinery)
Follow this link to check out Austin's Liquor Startup Scene

Twenty years ago Austin became home to the first craft liquor brand from Texas, Tito's Vodka, which recently became the highest selling liquor in the United States. Since then, a diverse group of entrepreneurs have introduced an even more diverse array of products, making Austin one of the top locations in the country for launching spirits brands. Some have even called Austin the Silicon Valley of booze. Join us for a panel discussion with Austin-based entrepreneurs in the spirits industry. The discussion will be followed by a casual tasting and networking session where guests can meet the panelists and taste their products, including Austonian Whiskey, Tubi 60, Emerald Absinthe, Tequila Sheela, and more.


Moderators
avatar for Arianne Sclerandi

Arianne Sclerandi

Relationship Manager, Frost Bank

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Leigh Graves

Jessica Leigh Graves

Co-Founder, Violet Crown Spirits
I ran a band and a sign language interpreting business before I got into booze. I still do those, too. I'm more pretender than bartender, but I've ended up the president of the United States Bartenders Guild Austin Chapter.
avatar for Chris Hofbauer

Chris Hofbauer

Founder, Soley Beverage
avatar for Mark Koelsch

Mark Koelsch

President/Founder, Remington Family Distillers
avatar for Kathryn Loeffler

Kathryn Loeffler

Founder, Tex Avivi Importers
Founder of Tex Avivi Importers - an Austin based liquor import company and the exclusive importer of Tubi 60 - Israel's most popular spirit. As a small importer responsible for bringing a new international brand to market in the US, we've used personal fan engagement and social media... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Merrick

Natalie Merrick

Co-Founder, Tequila Sheela
Natalie is the Co-Founder of Tequila Sheela, an organic, sipping spirit. She began her career in Accounting/Finance, loves to travel and is now passionate about sharing her tequila with the world. Ask Natalie about baking, traveling, and growing up in Westphalia.
avatar for Lawrence Sasso

Lawrence Sasso

Founder, Austonian Spirits
Lawrence is the founder of Austonian Spirits and developed the technology behind award-winning Austonian Whiskey, which uses a unique alternative aging process in place of traditional barrel aging.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

5:15pm

International Track | Country Spotlight: What Can U.S Cities and States Do To Optimize Their International Engagement with China? (Capital Factory)
How can U.S. cities and states create an eco-system that is more conducive to engaging China in ways that are viable and sustainable, in order to catalyze commercial engagement with China, particularly in the start-up/incubator space? Join us with experts from all sides of the aisle to figure how can we can move the conversation forward.

Moderators
avatar for Timothy Stratford

Timothy Stratford

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

5:30pm

University Track | MoneyTalks by Herb Kelleher Center - The State of Tech Fundraising (Capital Factory, 16th Floor)
Join us for a Fireside Chat with Arjun Chopra of Floodgate.

As a Partner at Floodgate, Chopra leads the firm’s investments in opportunities that transform the “IT stack” in ways that help companies change the way they do business and compete.

Before Floodgate, Arjun was the CTO at Cambridge Technology Enterprises (CTE), a publicly traded cloud computing company, where he launched and led their cloud strategy, products and services.

He holds multiple technology patents that have been cited as prior art by firms like Apple, AT&T and iRobot. He has also held several technology development and management positions in consumer and enterprise software companies including Microsoft, Motive and IBCC.

Arjun graduated with Special Honors and Highest Honors (summa cum laude) with a BS in Computer Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was an Endowed Presidential scholar and a recipient of the 'Vice President of Research Fellowship'. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was one of 32 nation-wide PD Soros Fellows.

Moderators
avatar for Andrea Kalmans

Andrea Kalmans

Principal, Lontra Ventures
Andrea is an active Austin angel investor, advisor, and start-up champion. Lontra Ventures engages with start-ups tacking massive global challenges with deep technology.  Andrea’s interests reside in: Artificial Intelligence (Clarify, Olono); Big Data & Analytics (Atlas Wearables... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Arjun Chopra

Arjun Chopra

Partner, Floodgate

Sponsors
avatar for Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Program Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program is a business degree out of Texas McCombs that teaches its students how to bring new technology products to market. They evaluate real-world technologies for commercial viability and learn the steps necessary... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

6:30pm

University Track | MSTC + Herb Kelleher Center Entrepreneurship Night (Capital Factory)
Network with current students, alumni and local entrepreneurs from the growing Austin startup scene. Join us for discovery, a great time and complimentary food & drinks.

Sponsors
avatar for Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Program Manager, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program

The UT Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program is a business degree out of Texas McCombs that teaches its students how to bring new technology products to market. They evaluate real-world technologies for commercial viability and learn the steps necessary... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Thursday, October 4
 

8:00am

HR and Culture Track | Workshop: Team Building and Cultivating Empathy (@ Walmart Tech)
SatiMind’s founder Erik Leslie will give you an introduction to mindful techniques that improve the competencies of self-awareness and self-regulation. These simple techniques can improve team cohesion and help teams gain different perspectives. Learn how many high performing teams incorporate mindfulness everyday to increase performance, reduce stress and develop empathy. 

Empathy is one of the most important design tools when designing for our users. But empathy is also an important life skill that can improve communication, collaboration and creativity. Exploration x Design’s founder Jess Lowry will take you through a simple team exercise you can use to cultivate deeper empathy for yourself and your team. 

Speakers
avatar for Derek Beairsto

Derek Beairsto

Speaker/Mindfulness Coach, Co-Founder SatiMind
avatar for Erik Leslie

Erik Leslie

Founder-Human Performance Expert, SatiMind, LLC
Erik obtained a graduate degree in Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2010 and is a qualified mindfulness teacher from University of Massachusetts Medical School. His experience includes working for a famous author Ken Wilber (Freud of Consciousness Studies) at... Read More →
avatar for Jess Lowry

Jess Lowry

Founder & Design Coach, Exploration x Design
Jess is a design thinking facilitator and researcher living in Austin, TX. Currently, she coaches individuals, teams and organizations on how to cultivate healthy design practices while making meaningful products and impactful services.She’s worked on design and research teams at... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hired

Hired

Hired is a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. Through Hired, job candidates and companies have transparency into salary offers... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Walmart Tech ATX 409 Colorado St, suite b, Austin, TX 78701

8:00am

Free Coworking at MELD - All Day
MELD Coworking is a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers sharing a professional workspace in a comfortable setting. Nestled in the heart of Central Austin, North of Campus, we're located along the vibrant Guadalupe Drag within walking distance to everything! By emphasizing the connection of top professionals through events and pooled resources, and by featuring premium amenities includingergonomic sit-to-stand desks, we're built for the modern, young entrepreneur to thrive.

Thursday October 4, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
MELD Coworking 502 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705

8:00am

Free Coworking at TechSpace - ALL DAY
Get work done during startup week for free in our coworking area from 8:00 - 5:00PM.

Thursday October 4, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Techspace 98 San Jacinto, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Design Track | WeWork Barton Springs Tour
Take a tour of WeWork's newest office space at 801 Barton Springs!

On the hunt for a Bouldin office space that will keep you creatively inspired without sacrificing modern amenities? Just across the river from Downtown Austin, this location features three floors of beautifully designed workspace, collaborative lounge areas, and perks like micro-roasted coffee and supportive staff. With a central location close to some of the city’s best shopping and dining experiences in South Congress, entertaining clients and commemorating team wins is easy. Plus, capitalize on some of Austin’s best outdoor spots with Zilker Park, Auditorium Shores, and Barton Springs Pool all just a quick walk away. Whether you’re looking to stake out a solo spot or grow your existing team, find a perfect fit at our one-of-a-kind space in Bouldin.

Sponsors
avatar for WeWork

WeWork

We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we're redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.


Thursday October 4, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

9:00am

AI and Data Science Track | The Future of AI Policy in the US (@ Galvanize)
The European Union's data regulation law, the GDPR, has had a major impact on tech companies and consumers alike. Now, the question remains will the US follow in it's footsteps?  And if it does, what impact will it have on startups, corporates and consumers?

Speakers
avatar for Andy Cates

Andy Cates

General Counsel & Director of Government Affairs, Texas Nurses Association
avatar for David Edmonson

David Edmonson

Executive Director, Austin Tech Alliance
avatar for Lisa Zolidis

Lisa Zolidis

Privacy Counsel - Americas, Dell, Inc.

Sponsors
avatar for Zoho

Zoho

Zoho Corporation
Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Open Coffee: Austin Startup Week Edition
Limited Capacity full

Start your day off right with good coffee and conversation at Atlassian's gorgeous offices in downtown Austin. Houndstooth Coffee will be available and one of their awesome baristas will be pulling shots. We'll also feature an Austin breakfast staple, Tacodeli breakfast tacos.

Austin Open Coffee Club meets twice a month to cultivate relationships in the Austin tech scene. We'd like to warmly welcome entrepreneurs and investors from around the country who are joining us for Austin Startup Week.

Thanks to Atlassian Austin for providing us with an incredible space to meet.

A HUGE thanks to our sponsors:

Egan Nelson - https://www.egannelson.com
Egan Nelson is a boutique law firm specializing in private equity, venture capital and real estate transactions.  The Firm consists of 28 lawyers and its principal offices are located in Dallas and Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Seattle and New York City.

Egan Nelson was formed to provide a lower-overhead and flexible platform for our attorneys to continue sophisticated legal practices, while offering more efficient, responsive, “hands-on” services to our clients.  

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Moss Adams - https://www.mossadams.com
Moss Adams is a fully integrated professional services firm dedicated to assisting clients with growing, managing, and protecting prosperity.

With more than 2,900 professionals and staff across more than 25 locations in the West and beyond, we work with many of the world’s most innovative companies and leaders. Our strength in the middle market enables us to advise clients at all intervals of development—from start-up, to rapid growth and expansion, to transition.

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Justworks - https://www.justworks.com
Justworks takes the busyness out of running a business. Founded in 2012, Justworks, the fastest growing HR technology company, helps entrepreneurs and businesses grow with confidence by giving them access to big-company benefits, automated payroll, HR tools, and compliance support — all in one place. Justworks does this by combining the power of a certified Professional Employer Organization (PEO) with expert 24/7 customer service and a simple and friendly platform. With Justworks, teams of all sizes can work fearlessly, pursue their passion, and do more of what matters. To learn more about visit www.justworks.com, follow us on Twitter @JustworksHR and Instagram @Justworks_HR.  
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Silicon Hills Lawyer - https://www.siliconhillslawyer.com
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Texas Squared - https://www.texassquared.com

Thursday October 4, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Atlassian 303 Colorado St #1600, Austin, TX 78701

9:15am

Design Track | Oh the Vanity! How Personal Biases Ruin the Best of Intentions (@ WeWork Barton Springs)

Today, the lion's share of key decisions about users and experiences are owned by a small contingent of educated people. But when those biases are released into their user base, there is only so much we can do to rescue an investment that fails to resonate. However, there is hope; in some organizations, designers and developers are engaging design research earlier in the process, using stories and statistics to validate a business case for crafting more empathetic products and experiences. In this session, Annie Hardy, Founder of zeet insights, and Krystal Webber, Global Design Lead of IBM Blockchain Services, will discuss the empathetic design approach they've gained from their experience working with populations ranging from indigent Spanish-speaking populations to global corporate CEOs. In the case studies shared, we'll examine the biases that emerged in the design process by government entities, startups, and corporate America. We'll also discuss how large enterprises with large budgets conduct research differently than teams with modest budgets. Attendees will leave with a set of guiding thoughts and approaches they can apply to question their own biases in the design process.

Speakers
avatar for Krystal Webber

Krystal Webber

Global Design Lead, IBM Blockchain Services

Sponsors
avatar for WeWork

WeWork

We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we're redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.


Thursday October 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

9:15am

HR and Culture Track | Beyond Ping-Pong and Culture Clubs: What Makes Culture Click (@ Walmart Tech)
Please join us for a panel discussion highlighting different Austin startups profiled in The Culture Book: When Culture Clicks. The focus will be the smaller daily investments that organizations can make to build a positive, unique and sustainable culture. 

Speakers
avatar for April Downing

April Downing

Chief Operating Officer, Civitas Learning
April Downing is a seasoned senior financial and operational executive with over 20 years of experience working with publicly and privately held technology and services companies, having raised ~ $500 Million in capital and completed more than 20 acquisitions. As COO of Civitas Learning... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Feferman

Rachel Feferman

Executive Editor, The Culture Book
The Culture Book is a practical guide to building incredible corporate cultures. It is for everyone who believes in the power of culture, and anyone who wants to affect positive change wherever they work. Within its pages you'll find the best stories that we’ve encountered in years... Read More →
avatar for Autumn Manning

Autumn Manning

Co-founder and CEO, YouEarnedIt
Autumn Manning is co-founder and CEO of YouEarnedIt, a leading HR SaaS company that improves bottom-line performance metrics by enhancing the employee experience.With a background in human capital management and expertise in enhancing corporate culture, she carries out the company’s... Read More →
avatar for Eugene Sepulveda

Eugene Sepulveda

Founder, Culturati

Sponsors
avatar for Hired

Hired

Hired is a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. Through Hired, job candidates and companies have transparency into salary offers... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Walmart Tech ATX 409 Colorado St, suite b, Austin, TX 78701

9:15am

International Track | Foreign Government BizDev Resources in Austin/CenTex
Your business is scaling.  You're getting more and more interest and orders from customers abroad.  You know you should be following up on such opportunities because it's all incremental revenue that helps your company grow.  But It's a big world out there!  Where to begin?  How do you do it?  To start, you can't do it all!  You need to focus - on just one or two countries/markets to get started.  Where you're already seeing some traction.  And/or places that we might call "low hanging fruit".  Places that are nearest Texas and the U.S. - like Mexico and Canada.  Or where the English language is prevalent to ease early business conversations - like the UK, Ireland, the Nordic region, and Australia.  And, very importantly, where there are knowledgeable resources on the ground right here in Austin and Central Texas whose job it is to answer your questions, make introductions abroad, and help you succeed in your global expansion opportunities.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Thursday October 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

9:15am

Marketing and Branding Track | Your Brand is Customer Experience (@ The Refinery)
Consumers crave and expect exceptional experiences when choosing where to spend their money. Online or in person customers want to be valued, heard, satisfied and wowed. Customer experience is the differentiator. Join the The Human Experience Group, SupportNinja and a few of their own customers for a panel discussion on creating a great customer journey and experience model that will scale with your startup.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Antoon

Denise Antoon

Founder, The Human Experience Group
avatar for Craig Crisler

Craig Crisler

COO, SupportNinja


Thursday October 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

10:00am

AI and Data Science Track | Can AI Save the World?: Social Impact and AI (@ Galvanize)
Peeling back the myths of AI to uncover the true potential of it's social impact - from saving bees to fighting against biases. 

Moderators
avatar for Madhavi Rao

Madhavi Rao

Principal Strategist, Valkyrie Intelligence

Speakers
avatar for Ruben Cantu

Ruben Cantu

Director of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for John King

John King

VP, Marketing and Communications, SparkCognition
avatar for Matt McDonnell

Matt McDonnell

Managing Partner & Founder, Notley Ventures

Sponsors
avatar for Zoho

Zoho

Zoho Corporation
Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

10:00am

HR and Culture Track | Office Hours with Hired (@ Walmart Tech)
These are one on one office hours. To sign up for a time slot, please click here to register. 

Hired’s Talent Advocates help hundreds of engineers find new jobs daily. Think of us as your personal job coach. Schedule some time with Katrina Keirns to get the inside scoop on what engineering managers look for when they hire developers and how to prepare for technical interviews.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Keirns

Katrina Keirns

Talent Advocate, Hired, Inc.


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wallmart Tech ATX 409 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:30am

Design Track | Inner Technology: Using Improv and Meditation for Effective Design (@ WeWork Barton Springs)
Modern designers and engineers build and work within systems, which include complex structures of interconnected products, components, and people. Meditation and improv will allow your team to focus on collaboration and effective communication within these complex systems. Concepts covered in this workshop include:||Confident communication. Many improv exercises can help you become a better speaker, a better listener, and a better communicator on a team. They can especially help engineers improve their ability to give presentations and pitches.||Dealing with uncertainty. Humans are complex creatures...and we sometimes behave ambiguously and unpredictably. Improv and meditation will help your team navigate through uncertainty through a foundation of calm honesty. This will allow emotional reactions and irrational behavior to become less prevalent.

Speakers
avatar for Amar Dev

Amar Dev

CEO, http://improvpd.com/
I’m a philosopher at heart. Specifically, I am fascinated by the philosophy of the creative process…which is what I explored for my BA and Masters. A big part of that exploration involved meditative techniques…for it became apparent that cultures throughout history utilized... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for WeWork

WeWork

We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we're redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

10:30am

HR and Culture Track | The Road to Remote (@ Walmart Tech)
Join representatives from Remote Year and Atlassian to discuss how allowing your associates to work remote for extended periods of time can positively impact your company's culture, moral, and creativity.

Speakers
NB

Nicki Bellington

Global HR Business Partner, Atlassian
avatar for Ashley Kujawski

Ashley Kujawski

Enterprise Solutions and Corporate Partnerships, Remote Year

Sponsors
avatar for Hired

Hired

Hired is a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. Through Hired, job candidates and companies have transparency into salary offers... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Walmart Tech ATX 409 Colorado St, suite b, Austin, TX 78701

10:30am

International Track | Country Spotlight: The Texas - Germany Connection
Roughly half the size of Texas in square miles...but with about 3X as many people as Texas...Germany is the 4th largest GDP economy in the world - smaller than Japan, but larger than that of the UK.  Germany and Texas share deep history together as a good part of the Lone Star State was settled by German immigrants in the mid-1800's as evidenced by the many German towns all over the State.  Germany has the strongest business and consumer spending power in the whole of Europe, accounting for about 28% of the EU's entire economy.  More than half of all Germans speak English, making this a smart and exceptional foreign market for Austin scaleups to engage with and find customers.  Austin has a growing number of ties with important regions of Germany, as well as major companies headquartered there which are making investments in Texas offices and operations in leading fields like health care, transportation and gaming.

Moderators
avatar for Antonia Zierer

Antonia Zierer

Executive Director, Westcoast Division, Invest in Bavaria

Speakers
avatar for Lars Janssen

Lars Janssen

Travian Games, CEO
avatar for Matthias Schirrmacher

Matthias Schirrmacher

Digital Inspirer, EMD Serono / Merck KGaA

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

10:30am

Marketing and Branding Track | Telling the Startup Story: Lean Media Relations Strategies for Sustained Growth (@ The Refinery)
Powerful media relations can be a boon to any startup. Whether promoting a new product, catching attention from potential investors, or even recruiting talent, media exposure will help acquire a mass audience in ways that very little other channels can. This panel will offer a deep dive into the startup story - how to package it for the media and what to do when they bite. Austin Business Journal representatives will share tips on how/when to pitch, what reporters and various media outlets look for, etc. Thom Singer, host of "Cool Things Entrepreneuers Do" will represent the podcast perspective on how to package and leverage content. And Jo Detavernier will talk about how to create synergies between owned (website, blog, etc.), earned (media) and paid (advertising) media. Each panelist will speak for 10 minutes on their topic, followed by 30 minutes of discussion moderated by Jo Detavernier and concluding with 15 minutes of audience Q&A.

Moderators
avatar for Jo Detavernier

Jo Detavernier

VP and Partner, Manzer Communications

Speakers
avatar for Colin Pope

Colin Pope

Editor, Austin Business Journal
avatar for Thom Singer

Thom Singer

owner, DavisHill Solutions
After a successful career in sales and marketing, Thom Singer became a growth leadership speaker in 2009. A decade later he has brought his high energy presentations and action-oriented content to over 800 audiences. Thom knows that as the speaker or master of ceremonies he has a... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

11:00am

AI and Data Science Track | Stories of AI In the Real World (@ Galvanize)
Though AI is today's hottest tech buzzword (sorry, blockchain), we don't often hear of it's on-the-ground impact. In this session, you'll hear stories of how ai has been deployed to transform companies and lives. 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Glazer

Matt Glazer

Community Director, WeWork
avatar for Noah Rippner

Noah Rippner

Data & Product Scientist, data.world
avatar for Holly Tachovsky

Holly Tachovsky

CEO, BuildFax
avatar for Jaya Zenchenko

Jaya Zenchenko

Data Scientist, Dell Technologies

Sponsors
avatar for Zoho

Zoho

Zoho Corporation
Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

11:45am

Design Track | WeWork Barton Springs Tour
Take a tour of WeWork's newest office space at 801 Barton Springs!

On the hunt for a Bouldin office space that will keep you creatively inspired without sacrificing modern amenities? Just across the river from Downtown Austin, this location features three floors of beautifully designed workspace, collaborative lounge areas, and perks like micro-roasted coffee and supportive staff. With a central location close to some of the city’s best shopping and dining experiences in South Congress, entertaining clients and commemorating team wins is easy. Plus, capitalize on some of Austin’s best outdoor spots with Zilker Park, Auditorium Shores, and Barton Springs Pool all just a quick walk away. Whether you’re looking to stake out a solo spot or grow your existing team, find a perfect fit at our one-of-a-kind space in Bouldin.



Sponsors
avatar for WeWork

WeWork

We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we're redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.


Thursday October 4, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

11:45am

Design Track | Launching Your Fashion Start-up ATX Style (@ WeWork Barton Springs)
This roundtable discussion is the perfect place to learn about how to launch a fashion (tech) start-up in a non-fashion capital. We'll discuss what makes Austin's fashion and creative industries unique, the resources that are available to support you, and how to overcome the challenges of building a fashion brand.

We don't often think of new fashion brands as start-ups, but the reality is that they often feature some of the best characteristics of great start-up brands: flexibility, creativity, strong brand story, quick prototyping, and the ability to pivot. This event will explore these characteristics as we consider how to leverage your strengthens in an effort to scale your fashion (tech) start-up.

This event is for anyone participating in the fashion and creative industries in Austin: whether they are launching a new fashion label, a tech solution for the fashion industry, or a new retail concept. We'll discuss how the changes in the global fashion industry are creating new opportunities for entrepreneurship in fashion, and how to start taking advantage of the distinctive opportunities that building a fashion brand in Austin offers.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer E. S. Millspaugh, PhD

Jennifer E. S. Millspaugh, PhD

Founder, Austin Fashion Initiative
Talk to me about fashion and fashion-tech in Austin. I'm pulling together Austin's fashion industry through network building and cross-sector collaboration. If you'd like to learn more about our awesome activities at Austin Fashion Initiative to elevate Austin's fashion economy globally... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

11:45am

HR and Culture Track | Lunch & Learn: Avoiding Burnout - Basic Lifestyle Guidelines & Kinesthetic Team Building (@ Walmart Tech)
11:45 - 12:15 PM

Avoiding Burnout: Basic Lifestyle Guidelines for Health & Sustainable Hustle

Being a founder, working at an early-stage startup, or managing your side hustle while working a full-time job can be exhausting. You might drink too much coffee, not sleep enough, forget to eat, and sit in front of your computer for hours at a time. Despite what you may believe, none of this is conducive to long-term success or sustainability, for you or your business. Since 2015, Central Athlete has worked with CEOs, business owners, and Austin hustlers to help them live a healthy, fulfilled life. Join head coach Amanda O'Brien to learn about the seven simple ways you can make a difference in your life to feel better and be more successful.

12:15 - 12:45 PM

(ix)plore Lab Workshop: Avoiding Burnout and Kinesthetic Team Building

(ix)plore Lab's Kinesthetic Team Building Workshop - Whether your startup is full of fresh faces, or you've worked with the same people for years, being able to think and work as a team is vital for success. In this workshop, there are no desks, no powerpoints, no packets. We take learning out of the booklet and into the body as participants gain vital skills for group cohesion and communication.

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Jimenez

Olivia Jimenez

Partner & Director of Programming, (ix)plore Lab
I am an experience designer, producer, performer, and wellness consultant from Austin, TX. As the Director of Programming for (ix)plore Lab, I create experiences that are designed to help people play more, stress less, and work better. I love connecting with all sorts of people, and... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Martin O'Brien

Amanda Martin O'Brien

Coach, Central Athlete
Amanda Martin O'Brien graduated with an honors degree in Psychology from Texas State University. A year after graduating she found her true passion in coaching during what she calls her “quarter-life crisis.” At 23, she quit her full-time job as she started to question what she... Read More →

Sponsors
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Hired

Hired is a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. Through Hired, job candidates and companies have transparency into salary offers... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Walmart Technology Center 409 Colorado Street

11:45am

International Track | Country Spotlight: India and Texas
Twenty-five years ago, India embarked on a journey of economic liberalization, opening its doors to globalization and market forces. We, and the rest of the world, have watched as the investment and trade regime introduced in 1991 raised economic growth, increased consumer choice, and reduced poverty significantly. By 2030 India is projected to be the world's third largest middle consumer market. Join us along with City of Austin to explore new and current relatioships between Texas and India with local business, academic and government leaders who have just returned from another economic development mission there.

Moderators
avatar for Shakeel Rashed

Shakeel Rashed

Director, Accelerator, Capital Factory

Speakers
avatar for Eunice Chendjou

Eunice Chendjou

Founder & CEO, DataGig

Sponsors
avatar for Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group

Alliance Abroad Group is a U.S. Department of State J-1 visa sponsor and international cultural exchange organization. Since 1992 we’ve successfully matched more than 10,000 students with many of the world’s leading tourism and hospitality companies.


Thursday October 4, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room MobilityX Classroom, Ground Floor

11:45am

Marketing and Branding Track | From Idea to Execution: Selling Without Selling Out (@ The Refinery)
PrideBites started as a group of dog loving college friends on a path to bring customization to essential pet products, eventually winning big with their personalization idea in the Shark Tank. Favor started out just five years ago as an on-demand delivery company based in Austin and has now expanded to more than 50 cities in Texas and merged with H-E-B as a wholly-owned subsidiary. In this fireside chat, founders Steven Blustein and Zachary Maurais come together to reflect on the similarities and differences in their startup paths, how brand marketing has factored into their companies’ successes, and look ahead toward what’s on the business horizon.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Blustein

Steven Blustein

Founder & CEO, PrideBites
avatar for Zachary Maurais

Zachary Maurais

Cofounder & President, Sunroom Rentals


Thursday October 4, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

12:00pm

AI & Data Science Lunch Sponsored by Zoho (@ Galvanize)
Sponsors
avatar for Zoho

Zoho

Zoho Corporation
Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

AI and Data Science Track | Artificial Intelligence meets Design (@ Galvanize)
Until recently people had to adapt to products, now, products have to adapt to people. Join us for this session to learn more about how artificial intelligence meets design.

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Burgoyne

Charlie Burgoyne

Founder & CEO, Valkyrie Intelligence
avatar for Jennifer Sukis

Jennifer Sukis

Watson and Cloud Platform, AI Experience Strategy, IBM

Sponsors
avatar for Zoho

Zoho

Zoho Corporation
Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Design Track | Designing Systems to Support People of Color in Tech - A Workshop with The Design Thinking Social (@ WeWork Barton Springs)
The Design Thinking Social is hosting a human-centered design workshop focused on diversity and taking action. Our goal is to bring people together to tackle the design challenge of "how could we create a product or system to better support people of color in Austin's tech scene?"

We'll kick off with an introduction from The Design Thinking Social, dive into a workshop led by Nina Ho and Paula Nguyen, and end with attendees sharing their takeaways. This is an inclusive event and all are welcome to participate! However, this is an intentional and safe space created for minorities by minorities, and we ask that all attendees are mindful of this coming in. Hope to see you there!

The Design Thinking Social brings together a diverse group of stakeholders from Austin's Tech Ecosystem to discuss crowdsourced topics on diversity and inclusion with the goal of developing solutions and best practices to move Austin towards equity and justice. Our socials have developed into a supportive community and roadmap for underestimated entrepreneurs to utilize as they enter the tech scene. Everyone is welcome; so come join us.

Speakers
avatar for Nina Ho

Nina Ho

ceo & creative director, collective blue
I love talking about diversity and inclusion, brand building, event production, human-centered design, and the arts.
avatar for Paula Nguyen

Paula Nguyen

Technical Project Manager, Walmart Technology
Paula is currently changing things up at Walmart through her role as a technical project manager on the Walmart Technology team here in Austin, Texas. She focuses on helping her team to continuously deploy software to help innovate internal practices at the Walmart headquarters in... Read More →
avatar for Ikechi David Nwabuisi

Ikechi David Nwabuisi

Founder, Tribl
avatar for Rachelle Oribio

Rachelle Oribio

CEO & Founder, ValorUp LLC

Sponsors
avatar for WeWork

WeWork

We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we're redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.


Thursday October 4, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm

HR and Culture Track | Lightening Talks - How Culture Drives Customer Experience, Employer Branding: Telling your Story, and Workforce Automation (@ Walmart Tech)
​​​​How Culture Drives Customer Experience (30 minutes) 
Presented by Elijah May, Managing Partner at The Experience Firm 

People like to say there's no silver bullet in business, but they're wrong.

According to a 2018 benchmark report by the Tempkin Group, companies with a "Moderate Improvement in Customer Experience" are seeing anywhere from a 75-100% increase in annual revenue over three years. This is why more companies than ever before are investing real money in customer experience, with some even going so far as to hire a Chief Experience Officer - and those CXOs are finding that culture is everything.

Whether you hire a CXO or not, if you're serious about your company's profitability, it's time to get serious about creating a culture in which your employees are motivated and empowered to make customers happy. Happy customers spend more money. Happy customers come back. Happy customers tell their friends. Happy customers come from the experience created by employees who embrace a tangible mission, adhere to values that mean something and hold to a clear vision for a future worth creating.

If you're reading this, you probably believe in culture enough to have written down your mission, vision, and values, and you might even proud of them. The problem is that they're probably crap. In this session, we're going to have a really candid conversation about how to create a culture rooted in reality and capable of driving the customer experience that's going to make you a huge success (no matter how you define success).

Employer Branding Through Growth: Telling your Story (15 minutes)
Presented by Leif Wennerstrom, Director of Recruiting at Procore


Every company has hiring challenges: location, market, unknown brand, lack of resources, just to name a few. Procore's headquarters is located in a sleepy beach town 90 miles north of Los Angeles, which poses a hiring challenge that has meant ever-changing partners, technology, and channels to build our brand. Our agile branding approach has scaled alongside our growth with a clear story and bespoke talent experience. Hear lessons learned at every step from 75 employees to over 1000 in 3 years.

- What to change and what to keep in branding through growth
- Talent engagement at every stage
- Staying scrappy to maintain success

Workforce Automation (15 minutes)
Presented by Anton Groom, Sr. Director of Automation, Data Science and Emerging Technology at Walmart





Speakers
avatar for Anton Groom

Anton Groom

Sr. Director of Automation, Data Science and Emerging Technology, Walmart
avatar for Elijah May

Elijah May

Managing Partner, The Experience Firm
People keep saying there is no silver bullet in business and it drives me crazy because there so clearly is; it's customer experience.That's the ONE THING I want everyone to know, but if you're curious, here are a few other things to know about me:1. I believe in people, purpose... Read More →
avatar for Leif Wennerstrom

Leif Wennerstrom

Director, Recruiting, Procore
At the beginning of 2018, Leif Wennerstrom became Procore's first Director of Revenue Recruiting when they surpassed 1000 global employees, $100M in annual recurring revenue, and launched three offices outside the US. Leif's experience at global growth tech companies like Cloudera... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hired

Hired

Hired is a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. Through Hired, job candidates and companies have transparency into salary offers... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Walmart Tech ATX 409 Colorado St, suite b, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Marketing and Branding Track | Marketing to Millennials and Gen Z (@ The Refinery)
With the youngest Millennials just getting out of college, they are the largest generation present in today’s workforce and represent huge amounts of purchasing power. Often characterized as “image-obsessed,” they are confident, ambitious and experience-oriented. On the other hand, Gen Zers are driven by cool products rather than a memorable moment. Creating a brand that resonates and connects with both generational groups early on is key to foundational growth. This panel will discuss strategies and channels for pursuing Millennials and Gen Zers to win over their brand love. 

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Fox

Aaron Fox

General Manager, Central Texas, Lyft
Aaron is General Manager of Lyft in Central Texas, including Austin, San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth. He opened Lyft's first office in Texas in 2015 after several years at Dell, where he held roles in online operations and merchandising. Prior to Dell, Aaron worked at Bain and Company... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Grizzard

Kelly Grizzard

Senior Vice President, FleishmanHillard
avatar for Mark Hennings

Mark Hennings

Co-founder & CEO, Simple Booth
Photo technology, entrepreneurship, software development, marketing
avatar for Jeff Noel

Jeff Noel

Associate Creative Director, lookthinkmake
Jeff grew up in south Louisiana and studied at Louisiana State University. He began his professional career in New Orleans working on clients ranging from hotels, tourism campaigns, and national restaurants to international construction companies and B2B businesses.Heeding the call... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Stewart

Caroline Stewart

Business Development Strategy, Trend


Thursday October 4, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

2:00pm

AI and Data Science Track | What Investors Want to See in AI (@ Galvanize)
Many startups are boasting an AI-powered technology, but what are investors really looking for in their next AI investment? Hear from Austin's leading investors and thought leaders on what catches their eye. 

Moderators
avatar for Shakeel Rashed

Shakeel Rashed

Director, Accelerator, Capital Factory

Speakers
avatar for Oksana Malysheva

Oksana Malysheva

Managing Partner/CEO, SputnikATX
avatar for Lanham Napier

Lanham Napier

Co-Founder, BuildGroup

Sponsors
avatar for Zoho

Zoho

Zoho Corporation
Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

2:15pm

Design Track | Ethical Startup is the New Fashion (@ WeWork Barton Springs)
Join us for an interactive talk into the world of fashion startups. We will discuss how the process of developing Austin fashion start ups is ethical as well as how and why it is good for you and our community.

Our interactive walk through will be a curated display of collaborative installments from Austin's ethical fashion brands. Facts on fabric, aspects of our ethical production process and our social impact will prompt discussions with our experts of designers and business owners. A great networking opportunity to compare and contrast fashion start ups to start ups in other industries. We, as fashion start ups have the ability to make social change, grow small businesses in our community and help make ethical fashion more common for consumers - this will be a hands on talk on how we are making it happen and how we can expand the knowledge and need of supporting ethical fashion in Austin.

Speakers
JB

Jonnyka Borman

The Onikas
avatar for Dina Chavez

Dina Chavez

Founder & Designer, SixChel
avatar for Kate Davis

Kate Davis

Collective Humanity
EG

Emily Green

Emilime
Founder and Creative Director of Emilime
avatar for Jen Lewis

Jen Lewis

Founder & Executive Director, Purse & Clutch
I started Purse & Clutch in 2011, an ethical fashion brand working to create sustainable jobs for men and women in developing countries - starting from the raw materials and ending with you carrying the most beautiful bag in the room. She has a degree in Chemistry, a Master’s degree... Read More →
avatar for Quinn Smith

Quinn Smith

Founder, Remnant Studios
I hand-make and sell refined porcelain jewelry with the purpose of donating profits to local and global organizations fighting human trafficking.

Sponsors
avatar for WeWork

WeWork

We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we're redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.


Thursday October 4, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

2:15pm

HR and Culture Track | Walking the Walk: Being Intentional with Diversity & Inclusion (@ Walmart Tech)
Join Threatcare for a panel discussion on how to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion within the Austin tech startup community. We begin this session with  a brief networking social period, followed by the panel answering pre-determined questions. Then we will open the room up so that attendees may ask their own questions for the panelists. A networking/social period will follow the panel discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Aldoretta

Jennifer Aldoretta

Vice President of Operations, Threatcare
avatar for Ruben Cantu

Ruben Cantu

Director of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for Marcus Carey

Marcus Carey

Founder & CEO, Threatcare
avatar for Naji H. Kelley

Naji H. Kelley

Founder & CEO, BLNDED Media
As the leading media platform for diverse founders in Austin, Texas, we work to provide a voice for underrepresented entrepreneurs in tech and highlight organizations that support diversity, in order to build a more inclusive startup ecosystem.
avatar for Christine McCarey

Christine McCarey

Founder & CEO, ImpactDEI, LLC
Before founding ImpactDEI, Christine founded and led RetailMeNot’s Diversity & Inclusion Program. Under her leadership, the Program was recognized by Glass Door as #1 and Built in Austin as #2. She holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hired

Hired

Hired is a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. Through Hired, job candidates and companies have transparency into salary offers... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Walmart Tech ATX 409 Colorado St, suite b, Austin, TX 78701

2:15pm

Marketing and Branding Track | SXSW 2019 Preview & Strategies for Startups (@ The Refinery)
This session will give Austin Startup Week attendees more information about the 2019 SXSW Conference. Particularly, we will talk about the two new tracks for next March ("Blockchain & Cryptocurrency" and "Cannabusiness") and the two tech-related tracks that we have created for 2019 ("Entrepreneurship & Startups" and "Tech Industry & Enterprise"). We will also cover the best ways for founders to get involved with SXSW Pitch, formerly known as the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Competition. Light food will be provided.

This session is sponsored by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Speakers
avatar for Hugh Forrest

Hugh Forrest

Chief Programming Officer, SXSW
I am the Chief Programming Officer at SXSW. That means that I answer lots and lots of emails.


Thursday October 4, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

AI and Data Science Track | AI Powered Sales-How Gaining a Virtual Assistant Helps You Close More Deals Faster (@ Galvanize)
The use of AI in your sales efforts has a powerful ability to impact your bottom line. We'll discuss how an AI powered virtual assistant can tell you how/why/when/where you need to take action. From Detecting anomalies when they occur and predicting them before they occur to communicating with customers and potential customers quicker and more effectively AI will allow you to focus more on what matters.


Speakers
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Mason Hering

Marketing / PR Director, Zoho Corporation

Sponsors
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Zoho

Zoho Corporation
Zoho is the operating system for business—a single online platform capable of running an entire business. With apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm

Design Track | WeWork Barton Springs Tour
Take a tour of WeWork's newest office space at 801 Barton Springs!

On the hunt for a Bouldin office space that will keep you creatively inspired without sacrificing modern amenities? Just across the river from Downtown Austin, this location features three floors of beautifully designed workspace, collaborative lounge areas, and perks like micro-roasted coffee and supportive staff. With a central location close to some of the city’s best shopping and dining experiences in South Congress, entertaining clients and commemorating team wins is easy. Plus, capitalize on some of Austin’s best outdoor spots with Zilker Park, Auditorium Shores, and Barton Springs Pool all just a quick walk away. Whether you’re looking to stake out a solo spot or grow your existing team, find a perfect fit at our one-of-a-kind space in Bouldin.

Sponsors
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WeWork

We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we're redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.


Thursday October 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

3:30pm

Design Track | Models of Social Impact Design: From Vision to Action (@ WeWork Barton Springs)
Have you ever seen a problem in your community that could benefit from a design opportunity? Addressing our communities most complex challenges through social impact design is a largely untapped market with a constantly growing demand for community-driven responses. This presentation will explore the various models of social impact design, from volunteer-led efforts to company initiatives and fully-dedicated companies. Successful strategies for making lasting changes will be discussed along with the challenges for each approach.  Communities everywhere can be strengthened by collaborative social impact design and finding the right approach to best leverage your skills and time will benefit both the designer and those being served.

Speakers
avatar for Beau Frail

Beau Frail

Principal Architect, Activate Architecture
Beau Frail, AIA, NCARB is the Principal Architect of Activate Architecture, a design firm based in Austin TX, that collaborates with communities, cities and clients to create socially engaged, sustainable, and beautiful spaces. Beau has managed multiple complex adaptive-reuse projects... Read More →

Sponsors
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WeWork

We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we're redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.


Thursday October 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WeWork Barton Springs 801 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

3:30pm

HR and Culture Track | Your Employer Brand: Strategies that Attract Top Tech Talent (@ Walmart Tech)
At Hired, we know that an employer brand is at the forefront of a company’s ability to attract and retain talent. A well-defined employer brand serves as the catalyst for a successful talent acquisition strategy. We will be discussing the results of the Hired 2018 Global Brand Health Report and learning about the strategies and tactics top companies are leveraging to attract tech talent. We'll be learning what motivates job seekers and the tactics companies are using to create a strong employer brand.

Speakers
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Rudi Ngnepi

Head of Global Talent Acquisition, National Instruments
Rudi Ngnepi earned bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and has 12 years of industry experience working for National Instruments, a technology leader in the Test and Measurement space. With a passion for entrepreneurship and... Read More →
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Joy Schwartz

Director, Recruiting & Talent Strategy, Keller Williams
As the Director of Recruiting & Talent Strategy at KWRI, Joy is responsible for leading Keller Williams corporate talent acquisition strategy and team, partnering with executive leadership to accelerate growth and innovation. Based in Austin, KWRI is focused on building new products... Read More →
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Amy Winebright

Project Manager - Global Employment Brand, Dell
Amy Forbes Winebright is the global project manager for the Dell Employment Brand team promoting Dell as an employer of choice for both recruitment and retention of the best in industry talent. In collaboration with key stakeholders, she creates dynamic content and campaigns that... Read More →

Sponsors
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Hired

Hired is a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. Through Hired, job candidates and companies have transparency into salary offers... Read More →


Thursday October 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Walmart Tech ATX 409 Colorado St, suite b, Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm

Marketing and Branding Track | The Shark Tank Effect: Lessons from becoming a $15M business overnight (@ The Refinery)
EverlyWell grew 4x overnight (and then kept going) after appearing on Shark Tank. Want to learn about scaling in hyper-growth mode? Come learn about the effect of massive PR exposure on all areas of our business and how we survived.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Cheek

Julia Cheek

CEO & Founder, EverlyWell


Thursday October 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Refinery 612 Brazos Street Austin, TX 78701

4:00pm

ATX Startup Crawl
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AUSTIN'S HOTTEST STARTUPS ALL THROW A PARTY AT THE SAME TIME?

The biggest startup party of Austin Startup Week - The ATX Startup Crawl! On Thursday, October 4th, grab a group of friends and tour the latest and greatest of Austin's startup community. You'll take the shuttle from stop to stop for a free beverage, to drop off a resume, see office space or explore Austin's startup scene.

**You'll select your starting location when you RSVP. After that, you can go wherever you choose.

Open to the public. LIMITED CAPACITY. The FIRST 5,000 SIGNUPS are guaranteed admittance.

WHO'S GOING TO BE THERE?


Austin Coding Academy, Austin Tech Alliance, Austin.Chat by Comon, Auto1 Group, Barkeep, Big Fish Design, BigCommerce, BitMED, BlackLocus, Cerebri AI, Chipper, Chiron Health, Clark Travel, Clutche Tech, Codenesiun, CognitiveScale, Consala, Day Dreamer, Easy Expunctions, Entrepreneurs Foundation, Growth Institute, Hoodini Technology, HookBand, InspiringApps, Invoiced, Jack Russell, Justworks, Mercado, Open Listings, Optimizely, Pheramor, Pledgr, Popdock, Procore TechnologiesProof, Puffingston Presentations, Reliant Immune Diagnostics, RentMyCloset, Rocket Dollar, Seekr, Self Lender, Service Direct, Soundover, SpaceCraft, Square RootSt. Edward's UniversityTechstarsTexas MSTC, The Fire Show, Threatcare, Topl, TriNet, Truss, Upskill, Valkyrie Intelligence, VoterTrove, WeWork, WingTab, Xclaim Mobile, Zello

Thursday October 4, 2018 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Various
 
Friday, October 5
 

8:00am

Free Coworking at MELD - All Day
MELD Coworking is a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers sharing a professional workspace in a comfortable setting. Nestled in the heart of Central Austin, North of Campus, we're located along the vibrant Guadalupe Drag within walking distance to everything! By emphasizing the connection of top professionals through events and pooled resources, and by featuring premium amenities includingergonomic sit-to-stand desks, we're built for the modern, young entrepreneur to thrive.

Friday October 5, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
MELD Coworking 502 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705

8:00am

Free Coworking at TechSpace - ALL DAY
Get work done during startup week for free in our coworking area from 8:00 - 5:00PM.

Friday October 5, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Techspace 98 San Jacinto, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

6:00pm

Austin Startup Week Post-Event - MobilityX HR Hackathon
Objective
How can we embrace digital innovation to improve employees’ professional personal wellbeing at Daimler Financial Services?

Overview
As Daimler Financial Services races into the future with a focus on digitalization we continuously challenge our employees to adopt new digital processes in order to provide excellent service to our customers. Through rapid adoption of emerging software platforms, mobile apps and automated workflows our employees are unrivaled in achieving our customer service and efficiency goals. As this type of success is often measured through KPIs what is often missed in such metrics is the importance of the human who sits at the center of every customer touchpoint. We do not forget this though. Our employees are of paramount importance to us. As a Great Place to Work, we feel it is our duty to continue to be good stewards of the health and wellbeing of each employee as it is through their personal success that we will find continued corporate success.

In this hackathon, we are looking for ways to further embrace innovation. But rather than using it as a tool to improve customer experience, we are looking for innovative ideas that will improve our employees’ personal wellbeing. This solution should be different to the ones already existing on the market and therefore provide a unique added value for our Daimler Financial Services employees.

Perks and Prizes
This hackathon is not just about solving big challenges in creative, innovatie ways -- it is also a great opportunity to pitch to executives and key decision makers at Daimler Financial Services. Additionally, the top three teams will receive the following prize money:

First Place: $10,000
Second Place: $5,000
Third Place: $2,500

Objectives for your solution might address the following:
  1. Decreasing stress
  2. Decreasing mental churn (spinning your wheels)
  3. Increasing personal happiness
  4. Increasing personal fulfillment
  5. Improving diet and/or physical health
  6. Improving team atmosphere
  7. Leveraging the potential of Mindfulness, thereby enabling employees to practice it daily at their workplace
  8. Consider already existing initiatives/company offers (Health Check, seminars, speeches, company’s sport club, social Counselling,…)
  9. Making meetings more beneficial, engaging or efficient
  10. Advertising the Health Management activities
  11. (Insert objective for what would make YOU a great employee)
We are open to any and all ideas by way of the digital platform, but contributors must be specific about how they would collect and use data as well as how they would track the success of their proposed solution.

This event runs through Sunday, October 7th at 5:00 PM.

Friday October 5, 2018 6:00pm - Sunday October 7, 2018 5:00pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701