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2021 Agenda

Tech Innovation Forum 2021 Agenda

Monday, May 17, 2021

5:00 – 7:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

Cocktail Reception

An in-person networking session at the Gateway @ FivePoint in Irvine, CA. Register for more details!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

7:30 – 9:00 am

EXPERIENCE

In-Person Networking Breakfast 

An in-person networking session at The Assembly in Tustin, CA. Register for more details!

8:30 – 9:45 am

EXPERIENCE

Networking Session on Web Platform

9:45 – 10:00 am

OPENING

Welcome Address

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

10:00 – 11:00 am

PANEL

Innovation Economy

Vaccine development wasn’t the only thing that was accelerated due to the pandemic. How has the pandemic accelerated innovation? What’s next and what industries are being disrupted?

Pete Deutschman, Chief Buddy, The Buddy Group (Moderator)

Stacy Benaderet, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, AEG Presents

Rick Ferree, Director of Business Development & Partnerships, EON Reality, Inc.

Adrian Griggs, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Life Insurance Company

11:00 – 11:30 am

FIRESIDE CHAT

Fireside Chat with Lynn Jochim, Chief Operating Officer, FivePoint

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

Lynn Jochim, Chief Operating Officer, FivePoint

11:30 am – 11:45 am

EXPERIENCE

Exhibits, Networking, & 1:1 Meetings

11:45 – 12:45 pm

PANEL

How Work Will Happen in the Future (and Why that Matters)

After 12 months of working from home, COVID has forced the evolution of the workplace. Hear from leading experts on how companies are innovating in the newly distributed workforce economy. From updating work from home policies, navigating employees moving out of state, and ways to maximize the impact to the bottom line. Learn what top employers are doing and what you should be thinking about in the new normal.

David Gunn, Principal, Organization and Workforce Transformation, PwC (Moderator)

Anne Bretaña, Principal, Co-Managing Director, Gensler

Sarah Grimstead, Regional Vice President, Insperity

Jason Lantgen, Executive Vice President, JLL

Scott Sherman, EVP, Human Resources, Ingram Micro

12:45 – 1:15 pm

EXPERIENCE

Exhibits, Networking, & 1:1 Meetings

1:15 – 2:30 pm

LAUNCHPAD SBDC

LaunchPad SBDC Company Presentations

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 Technology Innovation Forum (TIF).  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 TIF, have raised over $750 million in funding.

Dave Beck, Director of LaunchPad SBDC & Investor Relations, Octane

Rema Awad, Partner, K&L Gates

Presenting Companies:

ADVRTAS: Robert Bruza, CEO & Founder

Azarc: Dave Robbins, Co-Founder & CEO

Credder: Chase Palmieri, Co-Founder & CEO

Vocalytics: Van West, CEO

Investor Judges:

Jeff Bocan, Partner, Okapi Capital

Matt Hersh, Principal, Fika Ventures

Alex Rubalcava, Partner, Stage Venture Partners

Lisa Walker, Vice President, Tech Coast Angels

2:30 – 2:45 pm

EXPERIENCE

Exhibits, Networking, & 1:1 Meetings

2:45 – 4:00 pm

LAUNCHPAD SBDC

LaunchPad SBDC Company Presentations (continued)

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 Technology Innovation Forum (TIF).  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 TIF, have raised over $750 million in funding.

Dave Beck, Director of LaunchPad SBDC & Investor Relations, Octane

Rema Awad, Partner, K&L Gates

Presenting Companies:

Grounded Foods Co.: Veronica Fil, CEO

Hedgehog: Taylor Culbertson, Co-founder & CEO and Colton Dillion, Co-Founder & CTO, Hedgehog

Nufabrx: Jordan Schindler, CEO

OneTeam360, Inc.: Dan Berzansky, CEO

Investor Judges:

Jeff Bocan, Partner, Okapi Capital

Matt Hersh, Principal, Fika Ventures

Alex Rubalcava, Partner, Stage Venture Partners

Lisa Walker, Vice President, Tech Coast Angels

4:00 – 5:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

Networking Session on Web Platform
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

7:30 – 9:00 am

EXPERIENCE

In-Person Networking Breakfast 

An in-person networking session at [AV] Irvine in Irvine, CA. Register for more details!

8:30 – 9:10 am

EXPERIENCE

Networking Session on Web Platform

9:10 – 9:15 am

OPENING 

Welcome Address

Michele Bodda, President, Experian Mortgage and Employer Solutions, Experian North America

9:15 – 10:00 am

INTERVIEW

Fireside Chat with Craig Boundy, CEO, Experian North America

Join us for an interview with Craig Boundy, CEO, Experian North American. We will be discussing the crossover of technology with the financial world. He will share the benefits that technology entrepreneurs can make on their communities. Discuss ways in which leaders and entrepreneurs can influence or change the trajectories of the communities they serve.

Craig Boundy, CEO, Experian North America

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

10:00 – 11:00 am

PANEL

Semiconductors and the Orange County Market in 2021

The semiconductor industry is poised growth in 2021. Chip sales are expected to grow in 2021. Technology such as 5G, artificial intelligence and machine learning are driving chip sales. Our panelists include investors, manufacturers, and experts in the semiconductor space.

Mehmet Sanliol, Partner, Principal Technology Venture Capital, J.P. Morgan (Moderator)

Russ Garcia, CEO, Menlo Micro

Paul Kagoo, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Western Digital

Pete Rodriguez, CEO & Director, Silicon Catalyst

Marianne Wu, Managing Director, 40 North Ventures

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

PANEL

HealthSoCal.AI: Building an AI Hub in Orange County

This panel will discuss how Southern California is being established as an AI Global SuperHub, specifically in healthcare, and capable of developing new AI companies, attracting AI companies to SoCal, assisting AI companies to achieve scale, and creating AI-based jobs. These panelists will discuss what is needed to accomplish this through community organizations and what you can personally do to make a positive societal impact.

Chris Huff, Chief Strategy Officer, Kofax (Moderator)

Al Brown, SVP, Engineering, Veritone

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, MS, Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer, Medical Director

Neil Sahota, IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert, and Lecturer at UC Irvine

12:00 – 12:15 pm

EXPERIENCE

Exhibits, Networking, & 1:1 Meetings

12:15 – 1:00 pm

PANEL

Breaking the Code of Accessing Capital

Mark Skaist, Shareholder, Stradling (Moderator)

Fabian Battaglia, CEO, Mobix Labs

Kurt Busch, Co-Founder & CEO, Syntiant Corp.

Jim Huether, CEO, Hyperice

12:15 – 1:00 pm

PANEL

Women Impact Panel

How are we encouraging more women in the workforce to develop their careers in technology and aspire to leadership positions? Moving beyond the ‘pipeline’ problem of encouraging girls to pursue careers in tech, what are women experiencing today in technology careers? This panel will combine representatives from different industries who work in the tech industry to discuss their approaches, perceived successes and failures, and strategies for the future.

Vanessa Liu, Vice President, SAP.iO Foundries, North America, SAP (Moderator)

Gina Hartigan, SVP & Head of Human Resources, Mavenlink

Jennifer Leuer, Board Member, BigRentz & Former CEO, CyberScout

Carolyn Stephens, PhD, Managing Director, UCI Enterprise Collaborations

Robin Stoner, Managing Director, Head of Digital Adoption and Client Experience, Bank of America

1:00 – 2:00 pm

PANEL

Shifting to Electric: The Race to Transform EV’s Moves to Southern California

The auto industry has been transforming the past few years. 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?

Mauricio Uribe, Partner, Knobbe Martens (Moderator)

Chris Hand, Director, Powertrain, Fisker

Rachel Moses, Director of Commercial, Business Development & Green Cities, Electrify America

CV Ramachandran, Partner & Member, PA Consulting’s Management Group

2:00 – 3:00 pm

PANEL

Entertainment of the Future

The pandemic’s impact on the entertainment has been immense, it has accelerated the speed at which most people are adopting the next generation technologies and applications. From virtual augmented sets to avatars at events, learn from our panel of entertainment expert as they discuss how much entertainment will change technologically. With consumers spending up to 14 hours on their screens post-pandemic, what role will technology play in the future of entertainment?

Stephen Galloway, Twyla Reed Martin Dean of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University (Moderator)

Brooks Barnes, Senior Staff Writer, The New York Times

Thomas Gewecke, Former Chief Digital Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Katy Loria, Chief Revenue Officer, Screenvision Media

Chasen Parker, Partner, Artist, Producer, Cardinal Trio Pictures

Shelli Taylor, CEO, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

3:00 – 3:45 pm

PANEL

Investment Banking: Capital Market Options for Growing Companies

Our expert panel of investment bankers will discuss a variety of topics including the current market for growth capital and liquidity options, the risks vs rewards of SPACs, the current IPO frenzy, the private equity marketplace, the changing climate for anti-trust enforcement, and the possible impact of proposal tax changes. They will focus on the current market and what they see for the near future.

Paul Tobin, President, Octane Enterprise Solutions (Moderator)

Keith Moore, CEO, Boustead Securities, LLC

Andrew Morrow, Managing Director, Financial Sponsors Group at Houlihan Lokey

3:45 – 4:45 pm

PANEL

Accelerating the Climate Tech Ecosystem in Orange County

This panel will focus on what has been done and what still needs to be done to continue to accelerate innovation and to build and maintain a thriving climate-focused pipeline of companies, from start-up through maturity, in Orange County. The panel is hoping to highlight the strengths, and also acknowledge the gaps, in the hope that the audience appreciates what is needed to ramp innovation and propel climate-focused companies, of various stages, to thrive in Orange County.

Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain SoCal (Moderator)

Dr. Jack Brouwer, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Irvine

Randal Kaufman, Sales Director, Transformative Technologies, Black & Veatch

Rachel Payne, Managing Director, FullCycle

Neal Rickner, Managing Partner, Elevation Climate Fund

4:45 – 5:45 pm

PANEL

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right: Where Do Video Gaming and Esports Go From Here?

The video gaming industry is bigger than the sports and movie industry combined.  In 2020, the industry grew a massive 20 percent and surpassed $175B in global revenues.  More viewers tuned in to watch players compete in the League of Legends Champion Series (LCS) than the Super Bowl itself.  Streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ consider gaming as their biggest threat.  Due to the pandemic, the total number of streaming hours consumed on Twitch more than doubled from 2.5 billion hours to over 5.5 billion hours quarterly.  Roblox has over 39 million daily active users collectively spending over 9 billion hours quarterly, which essentially breaks down to each child playing an average of 2.5 hours per day.  Culturally, it seems that gaming has broken out of being a niche and more mainstream. Will this momentum continue post-pandemics?  Will we see more capital markets invest in gaming?  What tech innovations are shaping the future of video games and what will the gaming experience of the future look like?

Victor Kao, Consulting Partner, Video Gaming and Esports National Leader, RSM (Moderator)

Russell Arons, Chief Commercial Officer, Double A Labs

Jenna Hardy, CFO, Gearbox Software

Kevin Knocke, Chief Strategy Officer, ReKTGlobal

Michael Metzger, Partner, Drake Star Partners

Tommy Tallarico, CEO, Intellivision