TechEDGE 2012


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A New Regional Conference

Many of you have been a part of our regional technology Awards Night and gala that we have hosted for the past 10 years. This year we are integrating our regional technology awards into an innovative new conference called ‘TechEDGE: 2012‘. This year’s theme will be “Shaping the Future of Virginia’s Region 2000” where we will explore how technology will continue to play a formative role in local business and education. It will take place May 15 in downtown Lynchburg at the Holiday Inn from 1-8pm and will be the most important event that we host all year.


New Formats For Learning, Celebrating, Networking

As always, it will be a time of gathering for the entire regional community but it will also offer new formats for learning, celebrating, and networking. There will be four sessions with more than 12 regional and statewide business, education and technology leaders speaking on four major topics of interest.

Following the sessions will be an extended time of networking where you can connect with other movers and shakers in the region. It will be our largest networking event of the year!

A Meeting of the Minds

Each panel session will include up to 4 speakers that will present for no longer than 10 minutes and will receive suggestions for their presentation that keeps in mind the conference theme. There will be time for a couple of questions from the audience at the end of each session. The session moderator will get to choose the questions.

Member and STEM Exhibits

We also will be extending the invitation for corporate displays and exhibits that will be open during the reception time. We anticipate exhibitors from within our membership as well as STEM-related student teams from areas schools. If you are interested in being an exhibitor during the networking reception please contact us: here.

Conference Schedule:

(1:00-1:15) – Opening Remarks and Recognition of our Corporate Sponsors by Cathie Brown, President of the Region 2000 Technology Council

TechEDGE 2012-Cathie Brown opening remarks

(1:15- 2:15) – Leadership Session followed by the Technology Company of the Year Award

Business leaders from our region’s top employers discuss their plans for growth, the challenges ahead, and how their organizations are growing within Region 2000. Sponsored by Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology.

Moderator: Mr. Jonathan Whitt, Region 2000 Technology Council

TechEDGE Leadership Session headshots

Confirmed Session Speakers:
1. Jeff Halfinger, Babcock & Wilcox
2. Chuck Shaughnessy, Harris Corporation
3. Dave Keller, LUMOS Networks

(2:15-2:30) – Break

(2:30-3:30) – Entrepreneurship Session followed by the Entrepreneur of the Year Award

What lies ahead for developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Region 2000? What types of companies will be created, which ones will grow, and who will be there to support them. Sponsored by Advanced Manufacturing Technology Inc.

Moderator: Dr. Erik Pages, EntreWorks Consulting

TechEDGE 2012 entrepreneurship session

Confirmed Session Speakers:
1. Dr. Jo Ellen Parker, Sweet Briar College
2. Mr. Rubens Marcilio Jr., Liberty University
3. Michael Drzal, LeClair Ryan
4. Jim Flowers, Virginia Tech

(3:30-3:45) – Break

(3:45-4:45) – STEM Education and Workforce Development Session followed by the Educator of the Year Award
The nexis between STEM (science,technology, engineering, math) education and workforce development from kindergarten to retirement. What’s working, what’s not, the challenges ahead, and thoughts on the future of Region 2000′s workforce. Sponsored by LUMOS Networks.

Moderator: Ms. Elizabeth Narehood, Future Focus Foundation

TechEDGE STEM Workforce session

Confirmed Session Speakers:
1. Margaret “Meg” Smith, Virginia Teacher of the Year
2. Dr. John Capps, Central VA Community College
3. Elizabeth Creamer, Commonwealth of Virginia

(4:45-5:00) – Break

(5:00-6:00) – Innovation Session followed by the Innovator of the Year Award

Innovation leaders discuss the latest trends in technology, analytics, and rapid changes taking place across business organizations of all sizes and their impact on the future of Region 2000. Sponsored by AREVA.

Moderator: Mr. Bob Bailey, CAER

TechEDGE 2012 Innovation Session

Confirmed Session Speakers:
1. Mr. Des Black , AREVA
2. David Ihrie, Virginia’s CIT
3. Michael Pirron, Impact Makers
4.Bob Donahoe, Rhodes Donahoe, P.C.

(6:00-8:00) – Networking Reception & Member Exhibits (sponsored by Davidson, Doyle and Hilton)
Hors devours and drinks will be served.

Help us spread the word! Please download the flyer below, print it out and post it in your office or workplace.

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