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2022 Agenda

Tech Innovation Forum 2022 Agenda

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

8:00 – 9:30 am

EXPERIENCE

Breakfast & Networking 

9:30 – 9:45 am

OPENING

Welcome Address

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

9:45 – 10:45 am

PANEL

War for Talent – Managing and Recruiting Employees and Remaining Competitive

It is becoming an increasingly competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talented employees. Employees can choose from a plethora of opportunities. According to ManPower Group, 69% of employers are struggling to fill positions. What do employers need to do to retain and attract talent to continue to innovate and stay on top?

Ian Williamson, PhD, Dean, Paul Merage School of Business, UCI (Moderator)

Chris Brennan, Performance Specialist, Insperity

Meredith Fish, Vice President, HR, Alteryx

Gina Hartigan, Chief People Officer, Mavenlink

Greg Hauser, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Ingram Micro

10:45 – 11:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Keynote Address: Michael Colglazier, CEO, Virgin Galactic

12:00 – 1:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

Lunch

1:00 – 1:55 pm

PANEL

The Changing Face of Aerospace in Southern California

Southern California has a rich, deep and strong ecosystem of large and small companies, research and educational partners, an active defense sector and a culture of risk-taking and future-thinking remains one of the world’s most competitive regions for aerospace innovation. What does the future hold for the Southern California aerospace industry?

Dimitri Papamoschou, Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (Moderator)

Casey Anglada DeRaad, CEO & Founder, New Space New Mexico

Barry Draskovich, Vice President, Program and Contract Management, Parker Aerospace

Stephen Justice, SVP, Engineering, Virgin Galactic

Matt Kozlov, Managing Director, TechStars LA

Eric Truitt, Chief Solutions Officer, Terran Orbital Corporation

1:00 – 2:40 pm

STARTUP TO SCALE UP WORKSHOP

Refining an MVP to Increase Customer Traction

Dave Beck, Vice President, Octane Capital & Growth

Adam Korman, Partner, Uptech

Matthew New, Partner, Uptech

STARTUP TO SCALE UP WORKSHOP

IP, NDAs, Patents & Trademarks

Mauricio Uribe, Partner, Knobbe Martens

STARTUP TO SCALE UP WORKSHOP

What is Branding & Brand Strategy

Kip Knight, Founder CMO Coaches & Chair of Octane Marketing Leaders Peer Group

1:55 – 2:40 pm

PANEL

5G Technologies, Applications & Services

5G is the next-generation wireless network technology. It is expected to change the way people live and work. 5G is expected to fuel transformative technologies, not just for consumers but also for businesses, infrastructure, and defense applications. 5G not only means faster but greater bandwidth which means it can handle more connected devices.  It will also make communication with cloud platforms faster and easier. Learn more about what 5G means for you and your everyday life at home and at work.

Steve Hanle, Shareholder, Chair Intellectual Property, Stradling (Moderator)

Chris Giovanniello, Co-Founder, SVP WW Marketing, Menlo Microsystems

Reza Roufougaran, CTO & Founder, Movandi

Ali Sadri, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Airgain

Mark Wong, EVP, Marketing, Mobix Labs

2:40 – 3:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

Break, Exhibits, & Networking

3:00 – 3:45 pm

PANEL

Supply Chain: What are the biggest challenges for supply chains? What are some of the solutions?

Never has the issue of supply chain management been so prominent. 2021 was the year of shortages- vaccines, chips, turkeys for Thanksgiving, toys to put under the tree. The global supply chain was in sharp focus last year with pressure from the pandemic, weather events, labor shortage and port congestion. There is a demand for tech solutions that can provide a step change in the resiliency, agility, and efficiency of the logistic networks which will allow manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to shift toward more proactive business models.

Wayne Mc Donnell, Principal, Consulting Solutions, PwC (Moderator)

Mac Hewett, Senior Managing Director, Industrial Brokerage, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL

Julien Seret, Vice President, Network Supply Chain, Attabotics

Michelle Stein, Vice President of Supply Management, Ducommun

3:00 – 4:30 pm

STARTUP TO SCALE UP  WORKSHOP

People Strategy/Talent Market/Human Capital Management

Bill Hall, COO/CIO, Kore1

Natalie Harney, Certified Business Performance Advisor, Insperity

RJ Swartwood, President, HR Prime

STARTUP TO SCALE UP WORKSHOP

Financial Strategy for Startups

Jeffrey R. Katz, Director, Financial Consulting, National Leader, Strategic Finance and FP&A Solutions, RSM

STARTUP TO SCALE UP WORKSHOP

How to get Funded – Ask Us Anything!

Delilah Panio, Vice President, US Capital Formation, TMX Group

J.C. Ruffalo, Venture Partner, Cove Fund

3:45 – 4:30 pm

PANEL

Metaverse – Infinite Possibilities – the Future of the Internet

Bloomberg recently estimated the market size for metaverses to reach $800B by 2024, with other analysts speculating that metaverse investment growing in the gaming industry to become a $400B business by 2025.

Victor Kao, Consulting Partner and Technology Senior Analyst, RSM US LLP (Moderator)

Tim Bradlee, Games/Cloud Industry Veteran

Paul Kagoo, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Western Digital

Kevin Knocke, Chief Strategy Officer, ReKT Global

 

4:30 – 5:15 pm

PANEL

Creating a Healthier Future with AI

Come learn about our initiative where we will discuss leveraging AI to build a healthier future for Southern California and beyond.  Our AI initiative, healthsocal.ai is designed to establish SoCal as an AI global superhub of innovation that advances the understanding and applicability of AI in healthcare to positively impact socio-economic issues and opportunities.

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

Dr. Daniel Chow, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Department of Radiological Sciences Co-Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine (CAIDM) Co-Director, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (A3), Institute for Precisi

Chris Huff, Chief Growth Officer, Kofax

Zeeshan Subzwari, Managing Director, Healthsocal.ai

5:15 – 7:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

Cocktail Reception presented by FivePoint

Join Octane staff and the attendees of the Tech Innovation Forum as we gather and celebrate the ecosystem in Orange County. This is an opportunity to network and reconnect with colleagues or meet new ones in the wonderful patio at AV Irvine.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

7:30 – 9:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Networking Breakfast 

9:10 – 9:15 am

OPENING 

Welcome Address

Chris Huff, Chief Growth Officer, Kofax

 

9:15 – 9:45 am

PANEL

State of the Economy

Jimmy Sanchez, Managing Director and Marketing Investment Executive, Bank of America Private Bank

9:45 – 10:30 am

PANEL

The Role of Private Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure

Tackling climate change has become a massive industry. The CEO of BlackRock, said he thinks the next 1,000 unicorns will come from climate tech. With. Climate-friendly technologies maturing across a broad array of sectors and investors demand booming, the coming year is set to be a breakout year for sustainability investment.

Neal Rickner, Managing Partner, Elevation Ventures (Moderator)

Jim Bunch, Founder, Impact CEOs

Dan Lichtenberg, Founder and CEO, Keiki Capital

Delilah Panio, Vice President, U.S. Capital Formation, Toronto Stock Exchange

Leslie Williams, Partner, Intelink Law

9:45 – 10:30 am

STARTUP SHOWCASE

Hosted by Suvojit Ghosh, Founder, FYELABS

Vusar
i2 Chain
Ascender AI
ElevenX
IOSEA
Restoic Inc.

10:30 – 10:45 am

EXPERIENCE

Break, Exhibits, & Networking

10:45 am – 11:30 am

PANEL

Focus on ESG-How companies are navigating rapidly evolving ESG standards and practices.

ESG is of increasing interest to companies, their investors and other stakeholders. These standards are the central factors that measure ethical impact and sustainability of investment in a company. The goal of ESG is to capture all the non-financial risks and opportunities inherent to a company’s day-to-day activities. Hear from companies in our ecosystem about their ESG efforts.

Buck B. Endermann, Partner, K&L Gates (Moderator)

Sarah Huoh, Senior Vice President, Communications, Edwards Lifesciences

Tennyson Oyler, Senior Vice President, Brand Management & Corporate Affairs, Pacific Life & President, Pacific Life Foundation

Ty Tucker, Sr. Principal Data Strategy & Innovation, CoreLogic

10:45 am – 11:30 am

STARTUP SHOWCASE

Hosted by Suvojit Ghosh, Founder, FYELABS

iMicro Systems inc.
M8 Systems
Realize MD
Buck One
Shoonya Digital

11:30 – 12:15 pm

PANEL

Electrify Everything: the EV and Electrification Revolution

There are over 250 EV start-ups in California. This panel will explore the electric vehicle market and developments are driving its progress and the expectations for the future. What role is Southern California playing in the EV market?

Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain SoCal

Paul Francis, CEO & Co-Founder, KIGT

Tony Chang, Director Of Strategic Partnerships, ChargePoint

Jeff Wolfe, Founder & CEO, VELOCE Energy

Sameer Rao, CFO, Enevate

11:30 – 12:15 pm

STARTUP SHOWCASE

Hosted by Suvojit Ghosh, Founder, FYELABS

Arrow
IQHi
MixoModa
Seekrz
Body Energy Technology
Renata Medical

12:15 – 1:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

Brunch with the Experts

1:40 – 2:00 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT

Fireside Chat with Errol Arkilic, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director, University of California, Irvine

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane – Interviewer

2:00 – 2:40 pm

CAPITAL & GROWTH SHOWCASE

During this segment of the agenda, Octane’s Capital and Growth companies will be presenting their investor pitches.

Dave Beck, Vice President, Capital & Growth, Octane (Moderator)

Dave Talenfeld, CEO, Botanisol Analytics

Stephen Tyszka, Founder & CEO, Trubify

Jeff Wolfe, Founder & CEO, Veloce 

2:40 – 4:30 pm

LAUNCHPAD SBDC

LaunchPad Showcase

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 investors will judge the presentations for quality and likelihood of success in attracting investment funding. 

Quidient
Homepie
FOY (Found of Youth) Aberythmic
Monitzr
SMERF
Cyrano Ai

4:30 – 4:35 pm

CLOSING

Closing Remarks