October 18, 2017 • Jackson Marriott
Join us for networking, inspiration and an honest look at Mississippi's future in technology and entrepreneurship
Join us on the mezzanine all day Wednesday, October 18th, for quality time with vendors offering innovative services and/or support for entrepreneurs in Mississippi.
After the Women in STEM conference, meet back on the mezzanine for "Wine Down Wednesday" at 4:00 pm!
We've assembled an exciting group of speakers for the Conference on Technology Innovation this year. From entrepreneurs to educators to economic developers, this group offers a deep look at the challenges facing Mississippi—and how we can take those challenges head on.
Dr. Roberto Gallardo
"The Rural Digital Divide"
Assistant Director / CRE Specialist at Purdue Center for Regional Development
"Keeping Millennials In Mississippi"
Project Manager at C Spire / London School of Economics and Political Science
"Think Small... or Die"
President and CEO at Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation
Dr. Phillip Hickman
"Radical New Education Required"
Superintendent of Schools and Founder/CEO of MindAble Solutions and K-12 Consultants, author.
Dr. Shonda Allen
"Women in STEM"
Associate Director for the Center for Computation Chemistry at Jackson State University and CEO of First Mississippi, a non-profit committed to STEM education and entrepreneurial methods in K-12.
Dr. Sarah Lee
"Getting Women Into Coding"
Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering at Mississippi State University.
"STEM and Entrepreneurship"
Chief Science Officer for Reactive Surfaces, a Hattiesburg-based company that blends biotechnology and material science.
"Brain Drain Legislation"
Tim Mask is President of the creative content and marketing firm Maris, West & Baker.
"Women in STEM"
Vice President of FedEx Freight IT, leading her team through the largest IT transformation initiative in the history of FedEx Freight.
"Beyond the Spark"
Dr. Lou Marciani
National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security
Everything begins with a spark of an idea, but what counts is what you do to keep the fire burning. Whether you are an entrepreneur in a startup or an intrapreneur in a larger organization, turning that spark into a successful venture requires grit and determination.
Dr. Marciani recounts his experience in building the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi and looks at how institutions play a vital role in Mississippi's innovation ecosystem.
New Venture challenge Pitch Competition
Tuesday, October 17
Be a part of our annual "shark tank" event which awards cash prizes in three categories: Pre-Revenue, Post-Revenue and Student.
First Place: $3000
Second Place: $2000
Third Place: $1000
(Total cash and in-kind is over $25,000.)
On Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. see the winners give their pitch again to the full room!
Registration and sponsorship
Our goal is to make the Conference on Technology Innovation affordable for both individuals and corporate sponsors. Please see the items below for details on pricing and registration.
$75 full conference
entrepreneurs & executives
$250 and up
exhibitors & event sponsors
$1500 and up
This conference is for you! We've scheduled special opportunities to meet new people, learn more about colleagues and improve the dialogue on technology innovation in the Magnolia state.