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2021 Agenda

Tech Innovation Forum 2021 Agenda

Monday, May 17, 2021

5:00 – 7:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

Welcome Reception
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

7:30 – 9:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Breakfast Session

An in-person networking session.

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?

11:00 – 11:15 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

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.

Paul Kagoo, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Western Digital

Marianne Wu, Managing Director, 40 North Ventures

Pete Rodriguez, CEO, Silicon Catalyst

12:00 – 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.

Sarah Grimstead, Regional Vice President, Insperity

Scott Sherman, EVP, Human Resources, Ingram Micro

12:45 – 1:15 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

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.

2:30 – 2:45 pm

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

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.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

7:30 – 9:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Breakfast

An in-person networking session. 

9:30 – 10:15 am

INTERVIEW

Fireside Chat with Craig Boundy CEO, Experian North America

Join us we speak 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

10:15 – 11:00 am

KEYNOTE

Keynote Session

11:00 – 11:15 am

EXPERIENCE

Expo Hours, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

PANEL

AI in Orange County

Orange County has long been known for its dominance in medical devices across multiple healthcare industries. More recently, the county’s artificial intelligence (AI) sector has emerged as a leader in Southern California, horizontally impacting most industries, including technology and medical technology.

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

Chris Huff, Chief Strategy Officer, Kofax

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

Chad Steelberg, Chairman & CEO, Veritone

 

12:15 – 1:00 pm

PANEL

Octane Enterprise Solutions (OES) Success Story

Learn from one of Octane’s OES clients on how Octane assisted them on developing and refining their strategy, prepared them to raise funds, find partners and meet investors.

12:15 – 1:00 pm

PANEL

Women Leaders in Tech

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.

1:00 – 1:45 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?

1:45 – 2:45 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)

Tom Gewecke, Global Media & Entertainment Executive

2:45 – 3:30 pm

PANEL

Investment Banking: How to get your start-up to an IPO or Sale

This panel will feature 3-4 investment bankers who will discuss what a company needs to develop, achieve, protect against to be at a point where are ready for a banker to sell or do an IPO. Learn from these experts on the steps you need to take so you are ready when it is time.

Keith Moore, Founder & CEO, Boustead Securities, LLC

3:30 – 4:15 pm

PANEL

Building a Cleantech Ecosystem in Orange County

Clean Tech is poised for growth in the upcoming years. Who in Orange County is playing a role in Clean Tech? Hear from panelists who are in the space and where they see the opportunities.

Scott Kitcher, President and CEO, Sustain OC (Moderator)

Dr. Jack Brouwer, Professor Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) and Energy Program (APEP)

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

Rachel Payne, Managing Director, Fullcycle

4:15 – 5:00 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 $175M 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, Partner, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Senior Analyst, RSM

Michael Metzger, Partner, Drake Stars