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Sunday, May 25th

Techweek encourages you to check out Movement - the electronic music festival that year after year sweeps the iconic Hart Plaza with the newest wave of music. You'll need to buy a separate pass to enter, but it's sure to be a great time.

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VIP Chalet at Movement Electronic Music Festival
Time: 12:00pm - late
Place: Hart Plaza


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05/25/2014

Saturday, May 24th

Techweek Black Pass holders can join the team at Movement - the premier electronic music festival that year after year sweeps the iconic Hart Plaza with the newest wave of music. Not a Black Pass holder? We still encourage you to check out Movement.

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All Day



VIP Chalet at Movement Electronic Music Festival
Time: 12:00pm - late
Place: Hart Plaza


Techweek Black Pass holders Experience a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage; dozens of official afterparties; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses.


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05/24/2014

Friday, May 23rd

You better have saved up your energy! In addition to Day Two of our conference and expo, search out your next gig or new perfect team-member at our Hiring Fair. FashionTech Runway to follow where the intersection of technology, commerce, and fashion struts its stuff down the runway.

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Morning



Techweek Detroit GT #3
Tour the buzzing workplaces that are the pulse of the Detroit Tech ecosystem. Meet the very people who are instrumental to Detroit’s newest industry and see them on their own turf.


The Grand Tour will include visits to the offices of Quicken Loans, Mission Control, Detroit Labs, Bizdom, Detroit Venture Partners, & Grand Circus. Tours are limited to 50 attendees per tour and will last ~ 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tours will begin and end at the Techweek Conference.


Time: 10:45am - 12:15pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI

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Expo/Tradeshow
Each day of the conference, the expo showcases the newest products and insights from both established Fortune 500 companies and nascent startups. Exhibitors present their ideas and plans for the future in front of thousands of Techweek goers, making connections and potentially striking deals.


Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI


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Conference
Leaders from all corners of the tech industry take the stage to discuss emerging trends, community impact, and everything in-between.


Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI


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Hiring Fair
Network with 35+ tech companies looking to hire top talent. Meet numerous hiring managers and find your next dream job in tech.


Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI







The Private Summit - Open to Black Pass holders only
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI
Black Pass holders partake in roundtables featuring discussions with esteemed experts on topics that matter most to you as CEOs, Founders and Investors. In addition, pass holders kickback with fellow thought leaders and discuss their next billion-dollar idea, fueled by a Scotch-dominated open-bar and an eclectic playlist in the Private Lounge.









Bar Techweek - Happy Hours and Meet Ups
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI


Sit down for a drink, meet fellow conference goers, and reconnect with old friends and colleagues at Bar Techweek’s happy hours and alumni meet-ups, occurring daily.

Evening



The Inaugural Detroit FashionTECH Runway Show
The fashion-tech runway show is the first of its kind—combining the best elements of fashion and technology for an unforgettable evening experience. Models don the apparel of emerging online retailers and local boutiques and then strut down the runway to showcase the fashions to Techweek goers. The whole event celebrates the merging of fashion and tech—plus, it's a great party!


Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Place: One Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI







rapt.fm Detroit Cypher
Come join rafp.fm at the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) building.


Good beats, rhymes, and vibes, same as always. DJ Brandon Christopher on the ones and twos. Will be filmed and live-streamed on rapt.fm. Co-hosted by CanvasXDetroit, Endless Crowds, UpTo, Smile. Hashtag Loiter, + others.


Time: 7:00pm
Place: DIME Building 1520 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI


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The Private Party -Open to Black Pass holders only
An exclusive after-hours event for Black Pass holders.


Time: 8:00pm - late
Place: Private Undisclosed Location
05/23/2014

Thursday, May 22nd

Happening simultaneously is the main conference made up of unique, stimulating summits, a bustling, engrossing Expo floor, and Techweek's win-all, take-all LAUNCH competition. The first day is capped off with happy hours and meet-ups taking place at Bar Techweek followed directly with the famous Food Truck Face Off taking place in Campus Martius and Woodward Ave.
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Morning



Black Pass Welcome Reception Hosted by Lowe Campbell Ewald
Join the top tech influencers in the business at the Technology Leaders’ Breakfast. Hosted by Lowe Campbell Ewald, come eat, greet, talk and tour Detroit’s hottest new creative space.


9:00am - 10:30am: Breakfast, networking, talks, & tours
10:45 am: Depart to the Federal Reserve Building for the Techweek Detroit conference
Place: Lowe Campbell Ewald - 2000 Brush Street, Suite 601 Detroit, MI


Open to Black Pass holders only







Techweek Detroit GT #2
Tour the buzzing workplaces that are the pulse of the Detroit Tech ecosystem. Meet the very people who are instrumental to Detroit’s newest industry and see them on their own turf.


The Grand Tour will include visits to the offices of Quicken Loans, Mission Control, Detroit Labs, Bizdom, Detroit Venture Partners, & Grand Circus. Tours are limited to 50 attendees per tour and will last ~ 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tours will begin and end at the Techweek Conference.


Time: 10:45am - 12:15pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI

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Afternoon



Expo/Tradeshow
Each day of the conference, the expo showcases the newest products and insights from both established Fortune 500 companies and nascent startups. Exhibitors present their ideas and plans for the future in front of thousands of Techweek goers, making connections and potentially striking deals.


Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI


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Conference
Leaders from all corners of the tech industry take the stage to discuss emerging trends, community impact, and everything in-between.


Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI


Click here for full speaker Schedule.







Launch Competition
Pre-qualified startups compete for cash and sponsor-donated gifts. In front of a judging panel comprised of select venture capitalists and industry innovators, participants must convince judges their startup is headed for the stratosphere. Along with granting startup founders an unparalleled opportunity, demos on the main stage entertain all Techweek attendees with the thrill of competition.


Time: Round 1: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Final Round: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI







The Private Summit - Open to Black Pass holders only
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI


Black Pass holders partake in roundtables featuring discussions with esteemed experts on topics that matter most to you as CEOs, Founders and Investors. In addition, pass holders kickback with fellow thought leaders and discuss their next billion-dollar idea, fueled by a Scotch-dominated open-bar and an eclectic playlist in the Private Lounge.







TechTown Office Hours
Are you an entrepreneur working on a technology-based or tech-enabled business? Do you want to get an expert's opinion on your big idea, or are you seeking direction on how to secure funding, line up resources, make connections or more?


Yes? Now is your chance to get the download from two TechTown consultants at Techweek Detroit!


Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI - Mezzanine level, Lounge 3


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Bar Techweek - Happy Hours and Meet Ups
Sit down for a drink, meet fellow conference goers, and reconnect with old friends and colleagues at Bar Techweek’s happy hours and alumni meet-ups, occurring daily.


Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI







Finn Partners + Magna International Launch Happy Hour
Celebrate the amazing accomplishments of all of our LAUNCH competitors at the LAUNCH Happy Hour hosted by Finn Partners, leaders in branding, PR & and story telling, and Magna International, Official Sponsor of Techweek Detroit's LAUNCH competition 2014. Open bar for all TW attendees and LAUNCH competitors.


Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Place: Federal Reserve Building - 160 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI
Evening



Food Truck Faceoff Party - Campus Martius
This friendly competition will shine light on the use of technology in the food truck industry. For our attendees, this is your chance to try out all of the finest mobile kitchens and enjoy the fruits of spring in Detroit Rock City on Woodward Ave.


Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Place: Campus Maritus & Woodward Ave.







Making Michigan the Start-Up Capital of the Midwest- A Techweek Public Policy Panel and Town Hall hosted by U.S. Representative Gary Peters

Panel 1: Detroit Start-Up City
Gary Peters: U.S. Representative from Michigan’s 14th District
Brian Hermelin: Detroit Venture Partners - General Partner
Jacob Cohen: Detroit Venture Partners - Partner
Nathan Labenz: Stik.com - Co-Founder
Lida Hasbrouck: Ginkgotree - Chief Communications Officer


Metro Detroit has a long history of successful business accelerators. Today, a new ecosphere is blooming in downtown Detroit and in part that is thanks to the efforts of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP) and its commitment to funding Detroit-based start-ups. Representative Gary Peters will discuss the successes Detroit has seen with Brian Hermelin and Jake Cohen of DVP along with Nathan Labenz of Stik.com and Lida Hasbrouck of Gingkotree, both DVP success stories. They will also discuss what policymakers should do, or shouldn’t do, in order to help foster the growth of startups in Detroit and Michigan and how Michigan can make the most of the talent and capital it has to keep growing the state’s start-up community.


Panel 2: Why Michigan? How Michigan Can Claim Startup Superiority
Brandon Pollak: 1776 - Director of Global Affairs
John Hoesley: Silicon Valley Bank - Market Manager, Midwest
Mike White: Uber - Detroit General Manager
Iain Lanivich: Lowe Campbell Ewald - Creative Director
Chris Thomas: Fontinalis – Founder and Partner


National leaders in the start-up community are recognizing that Detroit is a good place to locate. What can Detroit and Michigan do to take advantage of its talent to attract more talent and investment to create the premier start-up cluster in the Midwest? Brandon Pollak, a Metro Detroit native who leads Global Affairs for the Washington D.C. based incubator 1776 leads a discussion on how Michigan can claim start up superiority with startups and investors that are betting on Detroit.


About U.S Representative Gary Peters:
Gary Peters represents Michigan’s 14th Congressional District. In his third term, he sits on the House Committee on Financial Services where he has promoted policies that help spur the growth of small businesses and start-ups. As a co-chair of the House Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he has worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote start-ups. Last year the caucus sponsored the first annual “Start-Up Day Across America.


Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Place: The M@dison Building – 1555 Broadway







Bleu Nightclub Reception
Continue the conversation at Detroit’s premier nightclub while enjoying preferred access to Paul Johnson & Chuck Daniels.


Time: 11:00pm - Late
Place: 1540 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

05/22/2014

Wednesday, May 21st

BlueWater Technologies presents TechExpo14: A unique opportunity to talk to experts and experience the latest innovations in collaboration, presentation, communication and interactive engagement technologies. See Detroit's creative and technology muscles flexed in true awesome form.

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Morning



TechExpo14 presented by BlueWater Technologies
This event brings decision makers together, offering extensive opportunities to gain valuable insight from thought leaders, strategic networking, hands-on technology demonstrations. The event is a unique opportunity to talk to experts and experience the latest innovations in collaboration, presentation, communication and interactive engagement technologies.


Time: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Place: The Fillmore Detroit, 215 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48201
Price: $55.00


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Evening



Devs in Detroit Meet Up & Happy Hour Presented by Argyle Search Partners
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Place: Park Bar Detroit


Talk shop with your fellow engineers, developers, UX/UI wizards, and toast to the Tech reviving Detroit.

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Beers & Builders hosted by Grand Circus
Beer and Builders is a monthly networking event held at Grand Circus that features innovative tech companies and budding startups from all over Michigan. This isn't a suit and tie event. Just be ready to enjoy food and drinks, while immersing yourself into Detroit's startup community.


This month's B&B will be in conjunction with Detroit Young Professionals. The theme for May is "Good Deeds" and will feature 3 awesome startups: Slash Detroit, Shakespeare in Detroit, & Warmilu. Q&A sessions with each founder will be the center attraction

Featured Michigan startups:

  • Slash Detroit: Daily Detroit news from the eyes of a Detroiter.
  • Warmilu: Spreading heat technology to save lives in the US and other developing
  • countries.

  • Shakespeare In Detroit: dedicated to bringing performance art based on The Bard's work to the places where people live, work and play in the city.



Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Place: 1570 Woodward Ave, 3rd floor Detroit, MI 48226

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05/21/2014

Tuesday, May 20th

You had better be ready for Techweek Detroit! Take a tour of The M@dison Building, the epicenter of the Detroit Tech, and then attend special screenings and Q/A sessions on Techweek curated media. Stay for the happy hour to discuss and dissect!

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Afternoon



Techweek Detroit GT #1
Tour Grand Circus, meet the team, and get an insider’s view into one of the crucial workspaces contributing to the immense wave of innovation sweeping downtown Detroit.


About Grand Circus
Grand Circus is an inspired learning institute in the heart of downtown Detroit on a mission to elevate the tech community. Offering courses in web & mobile development, business, and design, Grand Circus pinpoints the most acute technological skill gaps and delivers outcomes that matter. Based in the historic Broderick Tower, Grand Circus' space was designed to inspire collaboration and creativity. Selected as one of seven Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs in North America, Grand Circus serves as a platform for start-ups and established organizations to connect.


Time: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Place: Grand Circus Floor 3, 1570 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

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05/20/2014

Monday, May 19th

It begins! Stop by the first-ever Techweek Detroit Kick-Off party for some hobnobbing and a warm Detroit welcome from Team Techweek.

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Evening



Techweek Detroit Kick Off Party presented by DTX
Get your first taste of Techweek Detroit. Meet your fellow attendees and get the inaugural Techweek Detroit started on the right note. Open bar with a reserved private area indoors and outside, which will be accessible to all TW attendees.


About DTX
The Detroit Technology Exchange (DTX) is a partnership between TechTown Detroit, Bizdom , Invest Detroit and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center . It is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Michigan Strategic Fund and the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan.





Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Place: Fountain Bistro - 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

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05/19/2014
 

THE BREAKDOWN

Techweek Detroit is a weeklong festival celebrating the innovation ecosystem in Rock City, with 7 days of exciting tech-related events culminating in a 2 day conference and expo.

50 +

top speakers including:

 

Dan Gilbert
Founder & Chairman, Rock Ventures & Quicken Loans

Josh Linkner
CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

Beth Niblock
CIO, City of Detroit

Gary Peters
US Representative

 
100 +

top tech companies including:

15 +

gatherings including:

1

great tech ecosystem:

 

SUMMITS

The auto industry is constantly bringing us new technologies, whether it be for safety, entertainment, usefulness or simply for pure innovation.

SUMMIT PREVIEW

SPEAKERS

Corey Clothier

Comet Consulting is led by Corey Clothier. One of the most innovative programs developed by Corey and is a US Army program called ARIBO (Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations). Comet leads the US (maybe the world) in developing robo-vehicle pilot programs. This collaborative pilot model is innovation executed and is recognized and supported by the White House and other federal leadership at DOT, DOE and NASA. Make no mistake…Corey and “Team Comet” are accelerating the commercialization of automated vehicle systems!

Jeff Musson

Jeff Musson is an accomplished entrepreneur with 10 years experience in achieving corporate goals. As President of Dynamitenetwork.com, a leading software development company, specializing in the area of enterprise websites, mobile and automotive apps, Jeff has been responsible for leading the Dynamite team on a continual growth trajectory, year over year.By leveraging his experience, Jeff has been able to demonstrate his ability to affect significant change through simplifying complex challenges and by motivating staff along with peers to meet desired business outcomes.

David Pascoe

David Pascoe joined Magna International in 1987 and currently supports Magna’s Corporate Engineering and Research & Development at Magna’s global headquarters. Pascoe has been involved at Magna in advanced engineering projects, business case development, production programs, R&D strategy development and company acquisitions. Throughout his business career, he has held various positions including Director of Engineering at Magna’s Powertrain Group as well as Vice President of Electric Vehicle Technology and Vice President of Battery Technology where he supported Magna E-Car Systems.

Andrew Poliak

As global director of business development at QNX Software Systems, Andrew Poliak is responsible for building, developing, and maintaining relationships in all of the company’s key markets, including automotive, medical, industrial, and networking. Automakers, tier one automotive suppliers, and automotive industry analysts all recognize Mr. Poliak as an automotive thought leader. He is a founding member of multiple consortia, speaks frequently at automotive telematics events, and advises analysts on trends and issues in the automotive market.

Jake Sigal

Jake Sigal is the founder and CEO of Livio. At the age of 26, Jake quit his job at Delphi and used a $10,000 loan from his parents to found Livio in the guest bedroom of his home in Detroit where he developed the first Wi-Fi branded Pandora Internet radio and quickly raised millions in funds from angel investors and venture capital firms. At 31, Sigal’s drive to innovate has quickly established Livio as an automotive tech leader and the company’s 2013 acquisition by Ford Motor Company.

Frank Weith

Frank Weith is the General Manager for Connected Services at Volkswagen Group of America. He is responsible for launching and expanding the Car-Net Connected Services features, as well as defining and implementing the long term strategies for future Programs. This includes managing the North American Market requirements for services and content, and identifying future technologies relating to connectivity and the integration of features into the infotainment and navigation platforms.

COMPANIES IN ATTENDANCE


The integration of design and technology will become the base for technological urban innovation. This summit will show how the urban experience is being re-imagined.

SUMMIT PREVIEW

SPEAKERS

David Behen

David B. Behen holds dual roles as director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and as Michigan’s chief information officer. In these capacities, he is responsible for setting strategic direction and ensuring timely delivery of state services. As director of DTMB, Behen leads efforts to provide the full range of information technology and communications, facility management, financial, procurement, fleet and retirement services, among others. As state CIO, he directs development of IT resources to meet the growing needs of Michigan’s citizens.

Matt Ehrlichman

Matt is the co-founder of Porch and serves as Chief Executive Officer. Prior, Matt was CSO at Active Network, helping grow the company’s revenues from $65 million in 2006 to $420 million and a 2011 initial public offering. Before joining Active, Matt was co-founder and CEO at Thriva, which was acquired by the Active Network in March 2007 for $60 million. Matt built Thriva out of his dorm room at Stanford University where he studied entrepreneurial engineering management science & engineering.

Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures, the umbrella entity for 110+ portfolio business and real estate investments. He is also Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans, the nation’s second largest mortgage lender, currently recognized as #1 on Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT.” Dan began moving his Family of Companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 to help lead the transformation of a great American city. Since then, he has invested $1.3 billion to purchase and renovate 50+ commercial properties accounting for 8 million square feet in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today more than 12,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit’s. Dan is also a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds start-up and early-stage technology companies in Detroit; Founder of Bizdom, a nonprofit entrepreneurial accelerator that trains, mentors and finances business builders in their start-up enterprises in Detroit and Cleveland; and Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC, which invests in growing businesses in the financial services, Internet technology, consumer-direct marketing, and the sports and entertainment industries across the United States.

Bob Marsh

Bob Marsh is the CEO and Founder of LevelEleven. He played a key role in establishing HelloWorld as the dominant player in digital engagement solutions. In 2012, Bob launched LevelEleven, a company gamifying CRM with high-impact competitions, and introduced its flagship product, Compete, which has since seen incredible adoption. Within the first six months LevelEleven secured over 70 clients – including Comcast, Delta Airlines, the Detroit Pistons, and OpenTable.

Beth Niblock

Beth Niblock serves as the CIO of The City of Detroit; prior to this role she erved as the CIO of The City of Louisville. She was selected by the White House in 2013 as part of a team assembled to provide assistance and advice to Detroit following its bankruptcy. In 2011, Niblock was named one of Government Technology magazine’s “Top Doers and Dreamers for 2011.

Gary Peters

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters has focused his efforts on uniting our communities by fighting for the things that we can all agree on – a stronger local economy, more good paying jobs across our region and a fair chance for everyone to succeed. Congressman Peters serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he works to advance policies that will help Michigan’s economy continue growing.

Bill Pulte

Bill Pulte serves as the CEO of Pulte Capital and as the founder of the nonprofit Detroit Blight Authority. Pulte began Detroit Blight Authority as a way to fight the city’s glut of blight in a more efficient manner. Synchronizing contractors, utilities, city workers and recycling under the logistical supervision of a retired military man, the group brought the cost of tearing a down an abandoned home from the standard $9,500 to less than $5,000. Bill was recently named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.

Dr. Charles Sidman

Dr. Sidman was elected Board Member (Investors Seat) & President of the Crowdfunding Professional Association in October 2013. He is Managing Partner of ECS Capital Partners LLC, a Venture Fund investing in early-stage and growth enterprises, & is a retired Professor in the Medical and Business Colleges of the University of Cincinnati. He remains an active member in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and also founded and leads the organization Crowdfunding Investment Angels.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis, a venture capital firm strategically focused on next generation mobility. Prior to Fontinalis, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq and worked at UBS Investment Bank in San Francisco and New York within its Technology and Energy groups. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems and the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel. Chris is a staunch advocate of the revitalization of the City of Detroit.

Don Ward

Don Ward has been involved in the local software developer community for the past five years helping organize such events as 1DevDay Detroit 2011 and 2012, MobiDevDay 2010, and CloudDevDay 2010. He also led the Greater Detroit Cloud Computing Users Group for two years with a active membership of 60 people. Currently Don is an avid Google technology enthusiast and co-leads the Detroit Google Developers Group with a membership of 350+ members. During the day he enjoys leading the Mobile Team at Quicken Loans.

COMPANIES IN ATTENDANCE


Stay ahead of the curve in rapidly evolving web languages, get your hands on newest tech toys and keep your edge in the hiring arena: the Dev Summit has it all.

SUMMIT PREVIEW

SPEAKERS

Kristyn Aalto

Kristyn Aalto, Director, Innovations, leads technology development and licensing, corporate collaboration, and start-up formation programs. She brings 20 years of medical tech development and leadership experience to her current role. Kristyn has held tech and leadership positions at leading medical device companies CR Bard and Stryker Corporation and at biotechnology start-ups Inion, Accord Biosciences, and Aursos. She has directed a translational research program at the University of Michigan and has served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Arboretum Ventures. Kristyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University.

Drew Butler

Drew Butler is an Innovation Consultant at Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender. A recent graduate of Central Michigan University, Drew joined the Quicken Loans technology team in 2013 supporting Bullet Time. He then transitioned to the Mousetrap team and has continued fostering innovation through the Bullet Time program. In his free time Drew enjoys activating his right brain by making music, producing video and searching the internet for pictures of cats.

Beck Besecker

Beck Besecker is the CEO of Marxent Labs (marxentlabs.com), a leading Augmented Reality company and mobile retail solutions provider. Prior to founding Marxent, Beck spent 13 years building interactive marketing solutions for Fortune 500 retailers and brands. In 1999, he founded Copient Technologies which enabled large retailers to easily manage personalized promotions in-store and online. Copient was acquired by NCR in 2003. Beck then served as EVP of New Business at Catalina Marketing, the nation’s largest in-store promotional network.

Bobby Emamian

Bobby is the co-founder and CEO of Prolific Interactive, a strategy-led mobile agency HQ’d in Brooklyn. Bobby’s mix of technical, business, strategic, and managerial skills accounts for Prolific’s fast growth in the mobile industry. Bobby and his team have worked with such companies as ModCloth, Thrillist, lululemon, NBA, Rent The Runway, HP and more. Bobby is a Quinnipiac University graduate from the School of Business where he studied Entrepreneurship. He was also a member of the baseball team with his business partner, Eric Weber.

Sandy Kronenberg

Sandy Kronenberg is a co-founder of Locqus, a free app that helps small businesses with a mobile workforce manage sales, jobs, billing, and employees. A serial entrepreneur and veteran angel investor, Sandy is also a Managing Partner at Ludlow Ventures LLC and was previously the co-founder and President of Netarx, Inc. Sandy led the sale of the company to Logicalis, and then served as its Chief Technology Officer. He is well-versed in industry standards and best practices within information technology and entrepreneurship. Sandy holds a BS in biology from the University of Michigan and an MS in biophysics and physiology from Georgetown University.

Marlin Page

Marlin Page is a Speaker, Author, & Tech Strategist empowering women and girls in STEM and life. After college Marlin was an aspiring Mortician until she re-careered into the field of technology. Marlin has had a successful career as a Coder, Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Detroit and Global Diversity Executive for an International Technology Corporation. Marlin is the CEO of Knowledge Brokers Technology Staffing and Recruiting and Founder of Sisters Code, where she is on a mission to “Awaken the Mature Geek.” Marlin also has the pleasure of serving as the keynote speaker for Microsoft Corporation’s Global DigiGirlz Program.

Rajen Ruparell

Rajen Ruparell is the Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Groupon. He previously served as Managing Director at Groupon UK, Ireland and Denmark; and was charged with starting and building the Groupon Goods channel as GM/VP. Rajen’s current role overlooks North American and Global Partnerships for Groupon, including large retailers. Previous to Groupon, Rajen co-founded the company CityDeal in Europe, which was acquired in 2010 by Groupon and became Groupon’s international business arm.

Dan Ward

Out of college Dan quickly joined Quicken Loans IT and soon after began working directly with Dan Gilbert. Now, Dan is a Co-Founder of Detroit Labs focusing on Culture and Growth. As a premium mobile development firm with clients such as Domino’s Pizza, General Motors and DTE Energy. Dan has been everywhere from the board room to the bar room – proving to executives and decision makers that the place to find talent, excellence, and passion is in downtown Detroit.

COMPANIES IN ATTENDANCE


From adtech, social media and online publishing, the avenues to extended your reach and power your message are growing at staggering speeds.

SUMMIT PREVIEW

SPEAKERS

Chris Roebuck

Chris Roebuck, CEO/Co-Founder and visionary of Clicktivated; a proprietary video ad technology poised to disrupt the ways in which online content is monetized. Chris brings his proven background and expertise from the marketing and technology worlds to elevate Clicktivated to the forefront of the Interactive video space. He has been involved in the investment and operation of several technology-based startup companies ranging from data collection to mobile geo-based platforms.

Rachel Schostak

After years of working in New York fashion industry and studying Fashion Merchandising & Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Rachel’s career path took her to Chicago where she worked as a Style Specialist at DNA 2050, new concept store. Combining her passions for design and digital innovation, Rachel returned to her native Detroit as a Design Associate & Director of Media for Denise Ilitch Designs. In 2013, she founded Styleshack.com, marrying her knowledge of fashion retail, merchandising, e-commerce and creative approach toward digital strategy.

Phillip Simpson

Phillip “Phil Fresh” Simpson is a Visual Artist and Clothing Designer based in Detroit. He has a passion for creating art, clothing and putting smiles on faces. His new focus is The Smile Brand – an Optimistic Life-Style brand dedicated to a life of smiling and spreading joy. As an artist he has partnered with numerous community groups to install Smile themed murals around Detroit. He is also founder of Freshman Clothing Company, member of Rapt.fm and helps small businesses through Tech Town SWOT City.

COMPANIES IN ATTENDANCE


From adtech, social media and online publishing, the avenues to extended your reach and power your message are growing at staggering speeds.

SUMMIT PREVIEW

SPEAKERS

Jean Ellen Cowgill

Jean Ellen Cowgill is president of Atlantic Media Strategies, Atlantic Media’s digital consultancy. AMS helps organizations apply cutting-edge practices in digital media, including those battle-tested across The Atlantic and Atlantic Media’s other leading publications. Previously, Jean Ellen ran Atlantic Media’s corporate strategy projects, evaluating new ventures and building long-term plans for growth. In 2010, she was named one of “ten under forty” stars in media.

Steve Hannah

Steve Hannah is the Chief Executive Officer at The Onion, an American digital media company and news satire organization. It runs an entertainment website featuring satirical articles reporting on international, national, and local news in addition to a non-satirical entertainment section known as The A.V. Club, and a creative services division called Onion Labs.

Lida Hasbrouck

Lida Hasbrouck is a cofounder of Ginkgotree, where she heads all communications. Her goal is to promote a vibrant brand image while learning from the market to improve the company. Startups have been Lida’s passion for 4 years, and her experience is exclusively in the education technology space. She enjoys building something extraordinary out of nothing.

Scott Hasbrouck

Scott is a Co-Founder and CEO of Ginkgotree, a Detroit based education tech company changing the definition of college textbooks. He grew up in rural Michigan, started his first technology business at age 11, and built a 110 foot tall tower from spare parts while in college to be the first to sell high speed internet in his small hometown of Parma.

Mike McAvoy

Mike McAvoy is the President of The Onion, an American digital media company and news satire organization. On November 8, 2013, Onion Inc. CEO Steve Hannah and President Mike McAvoy announced in Crain’s Chicago Business that The Onion would move to an all-digital format by that December, citing a 30% year-over-year growth in page views to theonion.com. McAvoy received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance, Spanish & Accounting from University of Saint Thomas.

Luis Perez

Luis (“Lou”) Perez joined the Detroit Lions front office as Senior Vice President CFO in 2011 and now is in his third year with the organization. He oversees the club and stadium’s financial, insurance, banking, information technology, business systems, retail store and purchasing operations. Lou is passionate about the intersection of sports and technology and previously served as the CFO of the Baltimore Ravens.

Stewart Thornhill

Stewart Thornhill is the Eugene Applebaum Professor and Executive Director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan. Stewart is an unapologetic Canadian with a work history that includes radio journalism and engineering. An active angel investor, his consulting and teaching practice spans the globe with engagements in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. He has published articles and cases on strategic execution, leadership, competitive strategy, innovation and corporate entrepreneurship. Stewart’s personal pursuits include martial arts, motorcycles, and helicopters.

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Learn about the integrated framework upon which digital networks operate from those leading the charge on the cutting edge of information technology.

SUMMIT PREVIEW

SPEAKERS

Adam Justice

Adam Justice is Vice President and General Manager of Grid Connect. He is responsible for developing the vision for the ConnectSense product line, a family of wireless sensors that monitors the things you care about and notifies you when something goes awry. Adam is an expert on the Internet of Things and has spoken on the topic at conferences including SalesForce.com’s Dreamforce, one of the largest technology conferences in the world.

Cricket Lui

Cricket is Infoblox’s Vice President of Architecture and serves as a liaison between Infoblox and the DNS community. He worked for HP for nearly 10 years, where he ran hp.com, one of the largest corporate domains in the world, and helped found HP’s Internet consulting business. Cricket later co-founded his own Internet consulting and training company, Acme Byte & Wire. After Network Solutions acquired Acme Byte & Wire and later merged with VeriSign, Cricket became director of DNS Product Management. Cricket now works for Infoblox as Chief Infrastructure Officer.

Ryan Mannion

Ryan Mannion joined POLITICO, the country’s leading source for political news, prior to its 2007 launch. As CTO, Ryan is responsible for the technical operation of the company but also focuses on innovation and strategy; consumer facing products, including web and mobile devices; as well as the system infrastructure and scalability. POLITICO.com is a high traffic political news website that reaches over 10 million unique visitors and more than 100 million page views in a given month.

Valentine C. Matula, Ph.D.

Dr. Matula leads a team at Avaya focused on creating breakthrough market solutions using analytics, WebRTC/HTML5, video, mobile applications, language processing, and social media. He has nearly 40 patents resulting from his work at Avaya Labs. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, with degrees from the University of Michigan and Case.

Bill Parker

Bill Parker has been a technology nerd since the early 90s specializing in web technology and innovation. He is the VP of IT Marketing at Quicken Loans and has served the company for 10 years in several capacities leading teams in System Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Marketing Technology. In 2011, Bill created Bullet Time, an innovation program that provides time every week for technology team members to dream and build future technology. Originally a marketing major at the University of Michigan, Bill changed majors and pursued an IT career but never lost the passion for sales. He runs more than a dozen websites primarily focused on online retail.

Reid Tatoris

Prior to co-founding Are You a Human, Reid Tatoris spent five years in technology consulting. He managed software implementation projects for Fortune 500 companies, led custom development teams, and managed offshore development teams in India and the Philippines. Reid holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. He grew up in metro Detroit and lived in San Francisco and Manila before making his way back home where he takes Detroit sports way too seriously.

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There is no shortage of advice on how to start smart, but this summit will teach you how to stay smart and grow towards post-revenue glory.

SUMMIT PREVIEW

SPEAKERS

Carl Erickson

Carl Erickson is the president and co-founder of Atomic Object, a 50-person software product development consultancy with offices in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. Atomic Object builds web, mobile, desktop, and device software products for clients ranging from startups to the Fortune 500. Before founding Atomic in 2001, Carl was a VP of Engineering at a failed dot-com startup (briefly), and a university professor (not so briefly). Carl also shares his experience on his blog Great Not Big – Experiments in Running a Small, Innovative Company.

Hajj Flemings

Hajj is a leading brand strategist; speaker and tech entrepreneur that travels nationally inspiring people and brands to build, launch and grow their ideas. Hajj was featured in CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley with Soledad O’Brien which was viewed by over 1 million people. The documentary chronicled the journey of Hajj and 7-other entrepreneurs from around the nation as they lived in Silicon Valley launching their startups.

Angel Gambino

Angel Gambino is a serial entrepreneur with high profile tech exits in the US and Europe. Angel was born in Detroit and has returned home from the London where she was the General Manager of Smart Mobility for Castrol Motor Oil to help accelerate the growth of autoweb, founded in 2013. AutoWeb is a premium pay-per-click (PPC) marketplace for the automotive industry. The company’s ROI-driven platform, allows its clients to target high-intent consumers while they shop for cars online. AutoWeb provides automotive publishers with a new and incremental solution to monetize traffic. The company recently raised a Series A round from AutoBytel and is hiring in Detroit.

Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl is the entrepreneurship editor at Crain’s Detroit Business. Before that, she covered small business, economy and personal finance for CNNMoney. She is the proud daughter and sister of small-business owners. Crain’s Detroit Business has served southeast Michigan’s business influencers and decision makers with must-have news and information that can’t be found anywhere else for 27 years.

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner is a venture capitalist, tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming, and top-rated keynote speaker. As CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners, he helps startups disrupt the old guard while helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. He’s on a mission to drive creativity, innovation, and reinvention. And he also he plays a mean jazz guitar.

Shawn Riegsecker

Shawn Riegsecker is the CEO and Founder of Centro. He founded the company in 2001 intent on developing software to fix the inefficient operations in the media industry, making it easier to buy, sell and deliver digital media. His leadership, commitment to innovation and modernized approach to culture and employee happiness have led Centro to receive many accolades, including No. 1 on Crain’s Chicago Business’ Best Places to Work for three years in a row – 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Ted Serbinski

Ted Serbinski is a Partner at Detroit Venture Partners, where he leads investments in early stage software startups. A successful serial entrepreneur, Ted relocated from San Francisco to Detroit in 2011. Since then, he has been widely regarded as an influential, emerging technology venture partner in the Midwest, leading the startup renaissance in Detroit. He has led investments in 8 portfolio companies at Detroit Venture Partners and currently sits on the board of directors for 5 companies.

Andrew Sieja

Andrew Sieja is the CEO of kCura Corporation. He founded kCura as a software consultancy in February 2001 and successfully pivoted it in 2007 to a fast growing enterprise software company. kCura’s platform, Relativity, provides flexible, scalable, and easy-to-use e-discovery solutions for the legal community. Today, Relativity has more than 75,000 end users from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and 95 of the top 100 law firms in the United States. Andrew loves technology, is a computer programmer by trade, and prior to starting kCura has worked as a technologist for Siemens, Honeywell’s UOP, and as a consultant for Lante Corporation.

Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith loves all things Detroit and entrepreneurship. He is the Director of Business Development at UpTo, an app that replaces your existing calendar and gives you a more complete view of the upcoming events that you care about. He lives about a 5-minute walk from UpTo’s downtown Detroit headquarters, and he will not hesitate to brag, or complain, about this walking commute, depending on the season.

Erik Torenberg

Erik is the CEO and co-founder of rapt.fm. A New Jersey native, he graduated University of Michigan in 2012 and moved to Detroit to build his company. He loves Detroit for its people, opportunities, and culture, specifically hip hop. Founded in 2012, Rapt.fm is a rap-tech startup based in Detroit. Their mission is to bring people together through rap.

Matt Wise

Matt joined HelloWorld, Inc. (formerly known as ePrize, Inc.) as CEO in March 2010. In his first year, he focused on the strategic expansion into mobile and social enabled solutions, launching a multi-channel platform. Today, the company brings to market a SaaS platform, allowing brands to create rich engagement solutions with their consumers and track activity to point of sale.. Matt has been recognized as a Who’s Who technology leader by Crain’s Chicago three years in a row.

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ELEMENTS

Techweek builds a more complete experience by connecting the topics that are explored on stage to what is happening at the expo hall and the gatherings that are hosted throughout the event.

EXPO HALL

  • Innovative products & insights from 50+ companies
  • New business, new clients and new perspectives — all at one of the nation’s most anticipated trade shows

New Amsterdam shave lounge at Techweek Chicago 2013

  • 35+ tech companies looking to hire top talent
  • Meet numerous hiring managers and find your next dream job in tech

Trading Technologies engages attendees at the Techweek Hiring Fair

  • Watch startups 50+ compete for a grand prize of $50,000 in cash and prizes
  • Learn about the risk takers pitching their businesses to a panel of judges that includes entrepreneurs, investors, professors, journalists and CEOs.

2013 Launch winner, WeDeliver celebrate with Mayor Emanuel

  • Visions ranging from niche industries to mammoth tech empires
  • Panels and keynotes fuse onstage for a truly immersive experience

CTOs Leon Chism, Harper Reed and others speak to a packed room

  • A forum for informal Q&A with industry experts
  • Dynamic content meets direct audience engagement

Creator Up! Co-Founder Michael Tringe leads a Q&A at the TKB

  • Take a break from the thrill while you imbibe with your new business partners or old friends
  • Daily Alumni meet-ups and happy hours

Attendees socialize over cocktails at Bar Techweek

  • Play cutting-edge games and see the best of what is on the horizon
  • Compete, collaborate, and kick some butt with other attendees

Techweek attendees get their adrenaline pumping at the Gamers Lounge

GATHERINGS

  • See Campus Martius lined with the finest food trucks in the Motor City.
  • Sample special offerings and watch the judges vote to crown the favorite!

Attendees swarm the Mart to get a their hands on Food Truck treats

  • Take over Bar Techweek inside the expo hall – kick it like only your company knows how to!
  • Gather with your favorite associates to celebrate your collaborative accomplishments or meet up with your new co-founder!

George Bousis and the Raise team enjoying the Groupon Happy Hour

  • As the Techweek conference has grown, so too have the parties! This year we have teed up some killer events to cap off each productive day
  • Join the likes of past Techweek party legends such as the Chicago Blackhawks & Calvin Harris

Drinks flow as attendees kick back at Techweek parties

  • The defining intersection of tech, fashion and e-commerce
  • Featuring tech influenced local and international designers

The fabulous models closing out the FashionTECH Runway Show

CONTENT

  • Categorized speakers, expo booths, and professional workshops
  • Witness the pioneers of new technologies and topics that push the boundaries of modern day innovation

Cars.com meets attendees at their expo booth

  • Educational sessions & specialized workshops
  • Focus ranges from professional development to new technology implementation

Motorola gives a hands on demo at the Technical Stage

  • Home of the future of tech – past speakers include likes of Travis Kalanick (CEO, Uber) and Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist)
  • Technology’s leading CEOs, founders, and rule-breakers share their stories

Matt Mullenweg of WordPress & Stefan Wietz of Bing at Techweek

  • The fun doesn’t stop when you leave the Techweek floor – attend a slew of events all over town
  • Choose between workshops, brunches, happy hours, office tours and more

Launch winner WeDeliver celebrate at the CDW Bootleggers Ball

SCHEDULE

Summit Stage Launch Stage Events
12:00 pm
May 22
State of Innovation of Michigan

David Behen, CIO of Michigan
Beth Niblock, CIO of Detroit
Ryan Mannion, Politico
12:00 pm
12:30 pm

May 23
Bullet Time: Innovation in Quicken Loans Technology

Bill Parker, Quicken Loans
Drew Butler, Quicken Loans
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 22
The Remote Working Trend in Development

Tim Collins, JustFab
Iain Shovlin, Guild Capital
12:00 pm
12:30 pm

May 23
Detroit: Lions, Tigers and ...tech?

Bob Marsh, LevelEleven
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 22
Launch Competition Round 1
12:00 pm
4:00 pm

May 23
Hiring Fair
12:00 pm
4:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 22
The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation

Josh Linkner, Detroit Venture Partners
12:30 pm
1:00 pm

May 23
Detroit Entrepreneurship Panel: Our Stories and What's Next for Detroit's Entrepreneursl

Erik Torenberg, Rapt.FM
Jacob Smith, Upto
Reid Tatoris, Are You A Human
Amy Haimerl, Crain's Business
Hajj Flemming, Brand Camp
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
May 22
From Six Feet under to CIO: A 'Real Time' Study in extreme careering

Marlin Page, Sisters Code
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
May 22
13 Years of Bootstrapping – Top Tips for Getting Started from kCura

Andrew Sieja, kCura
1:00 pm
1:30 pm

May 23
Entrepreneurial Gold Rush in Detroit

Ted Serbinski, Detroit Venture Partners
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
May 23
Keeping Your Tech Company 'startup cool' - Tales from Livio (Acquired by Ford)

Jake Sigal, Tome Inc.
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
May 22
The Shift from Print to Digital: How Media Companies are Changing their Strategy in the 21st Century

Steve Hannah, The Onion
Mike McAvoy, The Onion
Jean Ellen Cowgill, The Atlantic
Stewart Thornhill, Michigan Ross School of Businsess
1:30 pm
2:00 pm

May 23
What's next in Driverless Vehicles

Corey Clothier, Induct Technologies
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
May 22
Building the Future with the Home Graph

Matt Ehrlichman, Porch
1:30 pm
2:00 pm

May 23
The Connected Car Panel: Getting to Vehicle of the Future

Daniel Duggan, Crain's Detroit
Tim Yerdon, Visteon
Frank Weith, VW Group
Andrew Poliak, QNX Software
Jeff Musson, Dynamite Network
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:00 pm
May 22
Attack of the Clones- Copying Business Model

Rajen Ruparell, Groupon
2:00 pm
2:30 pm

May 23
Obtain the Funding to Realize Your Vision: Crowdfunding and Other Avenues

Charlie Sidman, CFPA
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
May 22
Digital Health: Vital Signs and Diagnoses

Kris Aalto, Henry Ford Health System
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
2:30 pm
May 22
Leading the Transformation of a Great American City

Dan Gilbert, Rock Ventures
2:30 pm
3:00 pm

May 23
Changing the landscape of America's Hardest Hit Neighborhoods

Bill Pulte, Blight Authority
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
May 23
Internet of Things

Adam Justice, ConnectSense
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
May 22
Technology and Touchdowns: How Innovation is Shaping the Future of the NFL

Luis Perez, Detroit Lions
3:00 pm
3:30 pm

May 23
Future of Mobile Panel

Dan Ward, Detroit Labs
Beck Besecker, Marxent
Sandy Kronenberg, Locqus
Damien Rocchi, Grand Circus
Bobby Emamian, Prolific
Don Ward, Quicken Loans
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
May 22
Silicon Garage: Entrepreneurs Driving Automotive Innovation

Angel Gambino, Autoweb
3:00 pm
3:30 pm

May 23
Passion and Risk: Startups and Landing a Plane with a Failed Engine

Scott Hasbrouck, Ginkgotree
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
3:30 pm
May 22
Successful Companies Constantly Reinvent Themselves: Here's How To Do It

Matt Wise, HelloWorld
3:30 pm
4:00 pm

May 23
Happiness is the New ROI

Shawn Riegsecker, Centro
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
May 22
Secure DNS

Cricket Liu, Infoblox
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:00 pm
May 22
Magna and the Future of the Connected Car

Dave Pascoe, Magna International
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
May 22
Future of FashionTech Panel

Rachel Schostack, Styleshack
Chris Roebuck, Clicktivated
Phillip Simmons, The Smile Brand
Eric Yelsma, Detroit Denim
Eric Torenberg, rapt.fm
Chris Prater, Thrift on the AVE
Rick Williams, Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
May 22
Leveraging Technology for Competitive Advantage

Valentine C. Matula, Ph.D., Avaya
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
May 22
We’re all software companies now – how software can help companies innovate and serve markets better

Carl Erickson, Atomic Object
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:00 pm
May 22
Launch Competition Championship Round
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
May 22
Panel 1: Detroit Start-Up City | Panelists include:

Gary Peters: U.S. Representative from Michigan’s 14th District
Brian Hermelin: Detroit Venture Partners – General Partner
Jacob Cohen: Detroit Venture Partners – Partner
Nathan Labenz: Stik.com – Co-Founder
Lida Hasbrouck: Ginkgotree – Chief Communications Officer
at the M@dison Building

Panel 2: Why Michigan? How Michigan Can Claim Startup Superiority | Panelists include:

Brandon Pollak: 1776 – Director of Global Affairs
John Hoesley: Silicon Valley Bank – Market Manager, Midwest
Mike White: Uber – Detroit General Manager
Iain Lanivich: Lowe Campbell Ewald – Creative Director
Chris Thomas: Fontinalis – Founder and Partner
at the M@dison Building
6:00 pm
6:30 pm

Summit Stage

  • May 22
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • May 23
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • May 22
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • May 23
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • May 22
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • May 23
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • May 22
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 23
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 22
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • May 23
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • May 22
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • May 23
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • May 22
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • May 23
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • May 22
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 23
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 22
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • May 22
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • May 22
    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Launch Stage

  • May 22
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • May 23
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • May 22
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • May 23
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • May 22
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 23
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 22
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • May 23
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • May 22
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • May 23
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • May 22
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 22
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • May 22
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Events

  • May 22
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 23
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 22
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Summit Stage Launch Stage Events
12:00 pm
May 22
State of Innovation of Michigan

David Behen, CIO of Michigan
Beth Niblock, CIO of Detroit
Ryan Mannion, Politico
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 22
The Remote Working Trend in Development

Tim Collins, JustFab
Iain Shovlin, Guild Capital
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 22
Launch Competition Round 1
12:00 pm
4:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 22
The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation

Josh Linkner, Detroit Venture Partners
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
May 22
From Six Feet under to CIO: A 'Real Time' Study in extreme careering

Marlin Page, Sisters Code
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
May 22
13 Years of Bootstrapping – Top Tips for Getting Started from kCura

Andrew Sieja, kCura
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
May 22
The Shift from Print to Digital: How Media Companies are Changing their Strategy in the 21st Century

Steve Hannah, The Onion
Mike McAvoy, The Onion
Jean Ellen Cowgill, The Atlantic
Stewart Thornhill, Michigan Ross School of Businsess
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
May 22
Building the Future with the Home Graph

Matt Ehrlichman, Porch
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:00 pm
May 22
Attack of the Clones- Copying Business Model

Rajen Ruparell, Groupon
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
May 22
Digital Health: Vital Signs and Diagnoses

Kris Aalto, Henry Ford Health System
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
2:30 pm
May 22
Leading the Transformation of a Great American City

Dan Gilbert, Rock Ventures
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
May 22
Technology and Touchdowns: How Innovation is Shaping the Future of the NFL

Luis Perez, Detroit Lions
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
May 22
Silicon Garage: Entrepreneurs Driving Automotive Innovation

Angel Gambino, Autoweb
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
3:30 pm
May 22
Successful Companies Constantly Reinvent Themselves: Here's How To Do It

Matt Wise, HelloWorld
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
May 22
Secure DNS

Cricket Liu, Infoblox
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:00 pm
May 22
Magna and the Future of the Connected Car

Dave Pascoe, Magna International
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
May 22
Future of FashionTech Panel

Rachel Schostack, Styleshack
Chris Roebuck, Clicktivated
Phillip Simmons, The Smile Brand
Eric Yelsma, Detroit Denim
Eric Torenberg, rapt.fm
Chris Prater, Thrift on the AVE
Rick Williams, Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
4:30 pm
May 22
Leveraging Technology for Competitive Advantage

Valentine C. Matula, Ph.D., Avaya
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
May 22
We’re all software companies now – how software can help companies innovate and serve markets better

Carl Erickson, Atomic Object
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:00 pm
May 22
Launch Competition Championship Round
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
May 22
Panel 1: Detroit Start-Up City | Panelists include:

Gary Peters: U.S. Representative from Michigan’s 14th District
Brian Hermelin: Detroit Venture Partners – General Partner
Jacob Cohen: Detroit Venture Partners – Partner
Nathan Labenz: Stik.com – Co-Founder
Lida Hasbrouck: Ginkgotree – Chief Communications Officer
at the M@dison Building

Panel 2: Why Michigan? How Michigan Can Claim Startup Superiority | Panelists include:

Brandon Pollak: 1776 – Director of Global Affairs
John Hoesley: Silicon Valley Bank – Market Manager, Midwest
Mike White: Uber – Detroit General Manager
Iain Lanivich: Lowe Campbell Ewald – Creative Director
Chris Thomas: Fontinalis – Founder and Partner
at the M@dison Building
6:00 pm
6:30 pm

Summit Stage

  • May 22
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • May 22
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • May 22
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • May 22
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 22
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • May 22
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • May 22
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • May 22
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 22
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • May 22
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • May 22
    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Launch Stage

  • May 22
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • May 22
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • May 22
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 22
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • May 22
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • May 22
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 22
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • May 22
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Events

  • May 22
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 22
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Summit Stage Launch Stage Events
12:00 pm
May 23
Bullet Time: Innovation in Quicken Loans Technology

Bill Parker, Quicken Loans
Drew Butler, Quicken Loans
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 23
Detroit: Lions, Tigers and ...tech?

Bob Marsh, LevelEleven
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 23
Hiring Fair
12:00 pm
4:00 pm
12:30 pm
May 23
Detroit Entrepreneurship Panel: Our Stories and What's Next for Detroit's Entrepreneursl

Erik Torenberg, Rapt.FM
Jacob Smith, Upto
Reid Tatoris, Are You A Human
Amy Haimerl, Crain's Business
Hajj Flemming, Brand Camp
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
May 23
Entrepreneurial Gold Rush in Detroit

Ted Serbinski, Detroit Venture Partners
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
May 23
Keeping Your Tech Company 'startup cool' - Tales from Livio (Acquired by Ford)

Jake Sigal, Tome Inc.
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
May 23
What's next in Driverless Vehicles

Corey Clothier, Induct Technologies
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
May 23
The Connected Car Panel: Getting to Vehicle of the Future

Daniel Duggan, Crain's Detroit
Tim Yerdon, Visteon
Frank Weith, VW Group
Andrew Poliak, QNX Software
Jeff Musson, Dynamite Network
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:00 pm
May 23
Obtain the Funding to Realize Your Vision: Crowdfunding and Other Avenues

Charlie Sidman, CFPA
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
2:30 pm
May 23
Changing the landscape of America's Hardest Hit Neighborhoods

Bill Pulte, Blight Authority
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
May 23
Internet of Things

Adam Justice, ConnectSense
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
May 23
Future of Mobile Panel

Dan Ward, Detroit Labs
Beck Besecker, Marxent
Sandy Kronenberg, Locqus
Damien Rocchi, Grand Circus
Bobby Emamian, Prolific
Don Ward, Quicken Loans
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
May 23
Passion and Risk: Startups and Landing a Plane with a Failed Engine

Scott Hasbrouck, Ginkgotree
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
3:30 pm
May 23
Happiness is the New ROI

Shawn Riegsecker, Centro
3:30 pm
4:00 pm

Summit Stage

  • May 23
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • May 23
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • May 23
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • May 23
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 23
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • May 23
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • May 23
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • May 23
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Launch Stage

  • May 23
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • May 23
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • May 23
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • May 23
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • May 23
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Events

  • May 23
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

GETTING HERE

FEDERAL RESERVE BUILDING

160 WEST FORT STREET,
DETROIT, MI

Located at 160 W. Fort Street, the Federal Reserve building was constructed in 1927. In 1951, an eight story glass and marble annex was added to the building. Conveniently located at the corner of Shelby & Fort, the Federal Reserve Building is an ideal spot for Techweekers to unite.

    The building is easily accessible by the following travel options:
  • DDOT buses to Campus Martius
  • People Mover to Fort/Cass Station
  • 24 hour parking at Fort Washington Garage

PLAN YOUR TRIP

OUR PARTNERS:

You’re savvy, you’ve got your badge, and now you’re on the road to one amazing experience at Techweek.

We’ve reserved a discounted block here: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.


Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

.5 mi from Techweek | 1-877-901-6632

Book Here


These blocks will guarantee you discounted rates from Wednesday May 22nd to Sunday May 25th.

Techweek attendees will have complimentary internet included in your room charges.

Once you connect to Marriot’s network, you will be prompted to accept the charges for internet. However, these charges will be dropped upon check-out.

REGISTER

WHO COMES TO TECHWEEK?

CEOs, entrepreneurs, innovators and dreamers meet at Techweek to see what’s next. Whether you are receiving legal advice at the Techweek Knowledge Bar, meeting your next co-founder in the expo or dancing at Campus Martius, your cup will never be empty.

LEARN

Soak up all the tech know-how across our many stages, panels, curated conversations, and Q&A sessions.

  • Two stages. 50+ sessions. Cutting edge topics discussed in front of the Techweek audience.
  • 50+ speakers. Technical experts, eminent founders and CEOs.
  • Unparalleled audience engagement throughout the conference

EXPERIENCE

See the new wave of innovation before the rest of the pack gets to. Meet the very innovators changing the game.

  • 50+ companies show their newest technologies & 35+ companies looking to hire you
  • 50+ startups compete for $50k in cash in prizes
  • A plethora of bars and lounges to get to know your fellow Techweekers

GATHER

Find the perfect intersection of tech, music, fashion and fun. See the best of what your city has to offer.

  • After-parties which have featured the likes of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Calvin Harris and Tiesto
  • Tunes, foodtrucks, & dancing, along the Detroit river & skyline
  • Fly from partner events to movie premieres to much, much more

50 Companies

  • Innovative products & insights from +50 companies
  • New business, new clients, and new perspectives – all at one of the nation’s most anticipated trade-shows

50 Startups

  • Meet the teams building the future of tech
  • Watch startups compete for a grand prize of up to $50,000 in cash and prizes

35+ Employers

  • 35+ tech companies looking for top talent
  • Meet hiring managers and find your next job in tech

25+ Sessions

  • Visions ranging from niche industries to mammoth tech empires
  • Panels and keynotes fuse onstage for a truly immersive experience

5+ Discussions

  • Q&A sessions with industry experts
  • Dynamic content meets direct audience engagement

5 Kegs

  • Take a break from the thrill while you imbibe with your new business partners or old friends
  • Daily Alumni meet-ups and happy hours

10+ Food Trucks

  • Sample special offerings from your city’s best food trucks
  • Watch the judges vote to crown a favorite!

5+ Killer Parties

  • Detroits’s most choice venues – open only to Techweek attendees
  • Break it down to the likes of Calvin Harris, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound & Tiesto

8 All Encompassing Topics

  • Categorized speakers, expo booths, and professional workshops
  • Witness the vanguard of new technologies
  • Topics that push the boundaries of what is considered the norm

15 Top Online Brands

  • The defining intersection of tech, ecommerce and fashion
  • Featuring tech enabled local and international designers

40+ Riveting Sessions

  • Past speakers include likes of Travis Kalanick (Uber) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • The industry’s most visionary CEOs, founders, and rule-breakers

The end all, be all of passes

  • Meet the industries most visionary CEOs and tech leaders
  • Engage in Chatham House Rule convos
  • Gather at one of the most exclusive events of the year