YII's Innovators' Hub Conference
April 3rd and 4th, 2009
Hosted by Project Olympus at Carnegie Mellon University
Friday, April 3rd
Featuring Regis McKenna as Keynote Speaker
1:00-1:30 PM - Welcome and introduction
1:30-2:00 PM - Opening keynote by Regis McKenna
2:00-6:00 PM - Commercialization marathon sessions
Market Research, Development, and Strategy
- Suvashis Bhattacharya, Associate, Intellectual Property, Nixon Peabody
- John Calvert, Technology Center 2100 Supervisory Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Christine R. Ethridge, Partner, K&L Gates
- Jonathan C. Parks, Director, Intellectual Property Group, Cohen & Grigsby P.C.
- Darren E. Wolf, Senior Counsel and Jenifer Slinskey Tarasi, Associate, Thorp Reed & Armstrong
Design and Prototyping
Financing Your Venture
- Evan Anderson, Director of Prototyping Services, WidgetWorks, a division of Applied Engineering, Inc.
- Prof. Terri Laurenceau, Art Institute of Pittsburgh
- Mike Maczuzak, Founder and Designer President, SmartShape Design
- Tony Shoemaker, IDSA, Senior Industrial Designer, Bally Design
- Bill Bernstein, Designer and Al Bower, Project Manager, Daedalus
Track Sponsor: ABG Capital
- Edward R. Engler, General Partner, Pittsburgh Equity Partners. LP
- Jonathan King, Founder and President, Equity Guidance, Inc.
- Stephan Mueller, Executive in Residence, Idea Foundry, Inc.
- Sean Sebastian, Partner, Birchmere Ventures
- Mike Stubler, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Draper Triangle Ventures
6:00-6:30 PM - Student pitches
- Jim DeBetta, President and CEO, Slingshot Products
- Allen J. Dines, Assistant Director, Office of Corporate Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Randy Eager, Executive in Residence, Innovation Works
- Jim Jen, Director, AlphaLab
- Raymond Luk, Managing Director, Flow Ventures
6:30-7:15 PM - Entrepreneur panel
7:15-8:00 PM - Networking
Saturday, April 4th
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - BrainBuzzTM
The BrainBuzzTM event includes student innovations from the MIT Innovations in International Health Center and social entrepreneurship student ventures from Carnegie Mellon University and other institutions. During the BrainBuzzTM, students engage in a unique collaborative brainstorming process to help refine the technologies and thus contribute to the innovation pipeline, connect with other students, potential employers, and invited guests, learn about social entrepreneurship, showcase their innovation and design skills, and learn more about the process of sustainable design.
Watch a video of a BrainBuzzTM