2020 Agenda

This year, our Tech Innovation Forum agenda will focus on FinTech, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity, with FastPitches from tech startups throughout both days, culminating in the Top 8 LaunchPad Finalist Presentations.

Tech Innovation Forum 2020 Agenda

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

6:00 – 8:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

Welcome Reception

Get to know your fellow attendees, get a run down of the agenda and learn how we’ll be using our digital experience platform to help you get the most out of Tech Innovation Forum 2020.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

8:00 – 8:45 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

8:45 – 9:00 am

OPENING

Welcome Address

Orange County has become nationally recognized for creating high-quality ideas, entrepreneurs, and a lifestyle to build sustainable growing businesses.  Entrepreneurs continue to create businesses and ideas that are cutting edge and attract capital from large money centers including Boston, New York, and the Bay Area.  Today our community stands at a positive inflection point, serving as a catalyst to drive sustained growth of companies, create high-paying jobs, and deliver successful financial returns to investors.

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

9:00 – 9:30 am

INTERVIEW

Fireside Chat with Palmer Luckey

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

Palmer Luckey, Founder, Anduril Industries

9:30 – 10:15 am

PANEL

Data + AI

Data is the future of all business. In the next ten years, all companies will be data companies. How are companies currently using data and what role will AI play?

Nicole Helmer, Head of Strategy, Innovation Center Network SAP (Moderator)

Olivia Duane Adams, Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer, Alteryx

Chad Steelberg, Chairman & CEO, Veritone

Navid Alipour, Managing Director, Analytics Ventures

9:30 – 10:15 am

FAST PITCH

Fast Pitch Presentations

Eight companies seeking Seed through Series B will be presenting to institutional, private and strategic investors.

Presenting Companies: Matchbook Services, BarMinder, Wise IOT, Eyedaptic, Notice Ninja, Secure Block Technologies, Best Legal Choice, and AQUATRAX

10:15 – 10:30 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

10:30 – 11:15 am

PANEL

Enhancing Speed to Capital & Speed to Revenue

Join our VC panelists as they discuss the due diligence process, and what questions they ask themselves when evaluating a business. The discussion will include challenges, common pitfalls, and considerations to help streamline the fundraising process.

Paul Tobin, President, Octane Enterprise Solutions (Moderator)

Alex Marquez, Ventures Global Managing Director, Experian

Terry W. Moore, Managing Partner, MVP Funds

Carmen Palafox, Managing Partner, MiLA Capital Advisors

10:30 – 11:15 am

PANEL

Hyper-scale Big Data: Computing on the Extreme Edge
Learn how organizations are leveraging a multi-tiered deployment model to provide their analysts with actionable intelligence faster and more accurately.
 
Background: A Government Agency, with around 100 PB of data, is currently using existing technology to store these massive amounts of data in order to support a key initiative, utilizing imagery from their Open Data Store and implementing geospatial applications on the edge.
 
Challenge: Their current data stores are not able to perform active analytics on this data; thereby, relegating these storage units to that of ‘non-intelligent’ technologies.
 
Benefits: A hyperscale Big Data platform focused on giving analysts better access to data before analysis occurs; thereby accelerating actionable intelligence when and where the analysis is needed; not after the fact.
 

Peter Burney, Vice President, Business Development, mLogica

Dan Newman, Principal Consultant, Cloud & Innovative Solutions, SHI International Corp.

11:15 – 11:30 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

PANEL

Imagine the Unimaginable: Post COVID-19 Roadmap Forward

Businesses and the economy took an unprecedented pause as the world worked to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus. How will the economy rebound? How will doing business change? What sectors will thrive, which will recover and which may not survive? What lessons were learned to help us plan for the next black swan event? What safeguards can we put into play that minimizes an event’s impact? How shall we compare business in January 2020 with business in January 2021?

Linda DiMario, Executive Vice President, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)

Scott Cannon, CEO, Big Rentz

Malek Moubasher, Independent Consultant

Sam Suhkon, Chief Information Security Officer, IntelligINTS

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

FAST PITCH

Fast Pitch Presentations

Six companies seeking Seed through Series B will be presenting to institutional, private and strategic investors.

Presenting Companies: LeafPack, InVen Global, Escaiplan, GW Apps, OnScreen, and GigX

12:15 – 12:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

12:30 – 1:30 pm

KEYNOTE

One of Us

Diversity and inclusion is on almost every organization’s agenda. Changing demographics, growth opportunities in new markets, and many other socio-economic trends mean that diversity is necessary, and often beneficial for business. But diversity alone is not enough. The research shows that we reap the real benefits of diversity only when it also comes with a culture of inclusion.

In 60 minutes you will have:

• Uncovered what Diversity and inclusion really means, and why it’s important for business

• Learned why being inclusive is inherently challenging to all of us

• Discovered ways to overcome our natural blocks to embracing diversity

• Set yourself some challenges that will help you be more inclusive right away

Scott Sherman, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Ingram Micro (Introduction)

Dr. Julie Shaw, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant, Entrepreneur, Kale Me Crazy Restaurateur

1:30 – 2:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits
Thursday, September 10, 2020

8:00 – 8:45 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

8:45 – 9:00 am

OPENING

Welcome Address

Steve Churm, EVP, Public Relations, FivePoint

9:00 – 9:45 am

PANEL

FinTech in Orange County

Learn how these Orange County FinTech companies are changing the traditional financial methods and the delivery of financial services. Examine the FinTech space in Orange County and what is next for FinTech.

Mauricio Uribe, Partner, Knobbe Martens (Moderator)

Manning Field, COO, Acorns

Kyle Kamrooz, Co-Founder, Cloudvirga & OC4 Venture Studio

Scott Saunders, Founder & CEO, Happy Money

9:45 – 10:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

10:00 – 10:45 am

PANEL

Intrapreneurship in Orange County

Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. Intrapreneurship is known as the practice of a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques, that are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship. How are companies in Orange County facilitating intrapreneurship at their companies?

James Legeman, AVP Innovation, Pacific Life (Moderator)

Michelle Felice-Steele, Vice President, Product Management, Experian Consumer Services

Daniel Flynn, Vice-President Corporate Strategy & Development, Western Digital

Jeff Johannesen, Chief Innovation Officer, RSM

10:00 – 10:45 am

PANEL

LaunchPad Success Stories

Learn about LaunchPad from companies who have completed the process and have successfully raised capital and are demonstrating revenue growth.

JC Ruffalo, Director of LaunchPad SBDC & Investor Relations, Octane (Moderator)

Lubna Ahmad, Founder & CEO, Invoy Technologies

PJ Mastracchio, Founder & CEO, AtYourGate

10:45 – 11:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

LaunchPad Presentations (4 Companies)
The LaunchPad presentations are the result of select technology companies who have recently been through the LaunchPad evaluation process. It is one of the most highly anticipated sessions of Octane’s annual Tech Innovation Forum. The selected companies have been chosen from a pool of over 150 applicants and represent a diverse group of high technologies. These innovative companies have an opportunity to present their products and underlying business models to the entire Tech Innovation Forum audience. In recent years, Octane has added a competitive component to the presentations. A panel of four investors will judge the presentations for quality and likelihood of success in attracting investment funding. Since 2010, LaunchPad companies, specifically those who presented at Tech Innovation Forum, have raised over $750 million in funding.
 

Kelly Barba Chair, Women Leaders of Octane and Associate Director of Client Development, K&L Gates (Moderator)

JC Ruffalo, Director of LaunchPad SBDC & Investor Relations, Octane

Investor Judges:

Jeff Bocan, Partner, Okapi Venture Capital

Josh Harmsen, Principal, Ankona Capital

Alex Rubalcava, Partner, Stage Venture Partners

Presenting Companies:

GroGuru

Morgan Goodwin

METAsiesmic

SafetyScan

12:00 – 12:15 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

12:15 – 1:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

LaunchPad Presentations and Award (4 Companies)
The LaunchPad presentations are the result of select technology companies who have recently been through the LaunchPad evaluation process. It is one of the most highly anticipated sessions of Octane’s annual Tech Innovation Forum. The selected companies have been chosen from a pool of over 150 applicants and represent a diverse group of high technologies. These innovative companies have an opportunity to present their products and underlying business models to the entire Tech Innovation Forum audience. In recent years, Octane has added a competitive component to the presentations. A panel of four investors will judge the presentations for quality and likelihood of success in attracting investment funding. Since 2010, LaunchPad companies, specifically those who presented at Tech Innovation Forum, have raised over $750 million in funding.
 
Kelly Barba Chair, Women Leaders of Octane and Associate Director of Client Development, K&L Gates (Moderator)
 

JC Ruffalo, Director of LaunchPad SBDC & Investor Relations, Octane

Investor Judges:

Jeff Bocan, Partner, Okapi Venture Capital 

Josh Harmsen, Principal, Ankona Capital 

Alex Rublacava, Partner, Stage Venture Partners 

Presenting Companies:

Trubify

Advice Anayltics

AgTools

BeWize

1:30 – 2:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

5:00 – 5:45 pm

PANEL

Women Leaders in Tech

Join Women Leaders of Octane and industry leaders for a session focused on promoting and developing diverse women leaders in the tech industry. This interactive session will provide insight on professional and personal development opportunities and a platform for collaboration. In addition, the session will discuss how to prepare women leaders in tech for board roles and has time set aside to engage with both peers and mentors in the industry!

L. Andrew Lyon, PhD, Dean, Fowler School of Engineering, Chapman University (Moderator)

Martha Daniel, President & CEO, IMRI

Doniel Sutton, Former SVP People, PayPal

Roberta Swanson, Vice President, Tax, Western Digital

Dr. Tammy Wong, CEO, Fostering Executive Leadership

5:45 – 6:15 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits
Friday, September 11, 2020

8:00 – 8:55 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

8:55 – 9:00 am

WELCOME

Welcome Address

Sean Crafts, Chief Growth Officer & Founder, Mavenlink

9:00 – 9:30 am

KEYNOTE

How OC and SoCal Can Grow Into a Global Hub of Innovation

Bill and Emile will discuss the opportunity to build an AI hub that will have a global impact and elevate the many industries that are thriving in both Tech and MedTech across the region.  How do we create more companies, match them with the right investors and have them continue to build and grow right here in OC.

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

Emile Haddad, Chairman, President & CEO, FivePoint

9:30 – 10:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

10:00 – 10:45 pm

PANEL

NextGen Panel: Who are the Next Leaders in the OC Innovation Economy

Hear from the next generation of leaders eager to make OC a center of innovation and growth. Join us and learn how these leaders plan to take their companies to the next level, attract and retain talent, activate GenZ and Millennials and make a significant impact on the future in Orange County!

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

Marinela Gombosev, CEO, Evoke Neuroscience

Reza Jahangiri, CEO, AAG

Kyle Kamrooz, Co-Founder, Cloudvirga & OC4 Venture Studio

David Moatazedi, President & CEO, Evolus

10:00 – 10:45 pm

FAST PITCH

Fast Pitch Presentations

Nine companies seeking Seed through Series B will be presenting to institutional, private and strategic investors.

Presenting Companies: Sizzle, Moving Analytics, MyShoperoo, ADVRTAS, Aigo, Wookey Technologies, Nostra, Float, and Bankex

10:45 – 11:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

11:00 – 11:45 am

EXPERIENCE

The Future of Cybersecurity

This panel will focus on the future of Cybersecurity. The panelists will discuss the difference between protect and defend to detect and respond. What techniques, platforms will be needed to get ahead of threats in the future?

Stuart McClure, Entrepreneur, Founder, Cylance (Moderator)

Eric Cornelius, Chief Product Architect, BlackBerry

Helen Norris, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Chapman University

Tony Olzak, Chief Technology Officer, Trace3

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

12:00 – 12:45 pm

PANEL

Alternatives to Venture Capital

Many entrepreneurs see venture capital as the holy grail of funding solutions, but there are other options, and some of them might make better sense for your business. This panel will focus on educating young companies on alternatives to venture capital. Such options include online equity crowdfunding, debt financing, going public inside and outside the U.S. and Reg A+ funding options. The panelists will discuss the differences between traditional venture capital and alternative financing as well as the considerations and challenges companies may face during the funding process.

Mark Skaist, Shareholder, Stradling (Moderator)

Gordon McBean, Chairman, Digital Offering LLC

Delilah Panio, Vice President Capital Formation, Toronto Stock Exchange

Dan McClory, Managing Director & Head of Equity Capital Markets, Boustead Securities

Kadie Sobel, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

12:00 – 12:45 pm

PANEL

Implementing Cybersecurity in a Startup Environment

For many start-ups, implementing cybersecurity is a necessity to either win the trust of customers or to earn their business. But while these capabilities are often needed in the early stages of an organization, they can often be difficult to acquire when money and resources are scarce and cyber security service companies are expensive. This interactive session will take this issue on and explore the top tips for young organizations to get security done without breaking the bank.

Michael Herman, Senior Manager, PwC (Moderator)

Ed Goodman, Global Privacy Officer, CyberScout

Mike Gentile, President & CEO, CISOSHARE

12:45 – 1:30 pm

KEYNOTE

How to Adapt and Pivot in These Compressed Times of Uncertainty

David Meltzer, Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing and Founder of David Meltzer Enterprises

1:30 – 2:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits