• Techfest
  • August 16 & 17, 2017   7 am to 9pm
  • Pendennis Club


Dress Code: Business Casual. No jeans. No shorts.


What is TechFest? TechFest is a biannual summit designed to bring together technology professionals for learning and networking. Attendees will…

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Our mission: Workforce and economic development Goal: To create opportunities for job growth, job training, STEAM curriculum, plus public policy…

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Skateboard Build (SOLD OUT)

We are pleased to invite college age students and high school teachers to participate in a free Skateboard Building Class…

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Event Schedule

  • Day 1 – 7:30 AM 1st Floor

    Registration Opens | Hot Breakfast Available to All

  • Day 1 – 7:30 AM 2nd & 3rd Floors

    Networking/Tradeshow Areas Open

  • Day 1 – 8:00 AM

    Short Opening Remarks / President of Hilliard Lyons Tom Kessinger III with Executive Director of TALK and President of Aspectx Dawn Yankeelov.

  • Day 1 – 9:00 AM 3rd Floor Ballroom

    “How Can Blockchain Technology Change the Fintech Landscape and Your Investing” | Speakers: Attorneys Howard Herndon, Gray Sasser and Josh Rosenblatt, Frost Brown Todd’s Blockchain and Digital Currency team

  • Day 1 – 10:00 AM 3rd Floor Ballroom

    IOT Track “The Evolving IOT Ecosystem at Genscape” | Speakers: Mike Frohme, Jason Fuchs and Josef Spalenka of Genscape

  • Day 1 – 11:00 AM 2nd Floor Ballroom

    Healthcare IT Track “The Power of Data Analytics” | Speaker: Vipin Gopal, Enterprise Vice President, Clinical Analytics, Humana

  • Day 1 – 11:00 AM 3rd Floor Ballroom

    IOT Track “Anatomy of a Phish” | Speaker: Derek Rush, Manager, LBMC Information Security, CISSP, QSA

  • Day 1 – 12:00 PM Lunch on your own

    Lunch on Your Own. Visit a nearby restaurant or purchase your lunch buffet at the Pendennis Grill. Bring $20 cash.

  • Day 1 – 1:00 PM 2nd Floor Ballroom

    Advanced Manufacturing Track “Protecting your innovations: A Patent Law Primer” |
    Speaker: Brantley Shumaker, Registered Patent Attorney, Middleton Reutlinger

  • Day 1 – 1:00 PM 3rd Floor Ballroom

    IoT Track “Sippin: A Mobile App Case Study” | Co-Presenting Speakers: Raymond Tri, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Pai Charasika; Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Founders of Sippin

  • Day 1 – 2:00 PM 2nd Floor Ballroom

    Advanced Manufacturing Track “Avoiding the Software Implementation Nightmare” |
    Speaker: Aaron Rosenberg, Partner & SVP Business Development, Oasis Solutions

  • Day 1 – 2:00 PM 3rd Floor Ballroom

    Healthcare IT Track “Tracking Employee Healthcare: An IT Development Story at PSST” | Speaker: Carl Williams, Chief Operations Officer, PSST

  • Day 1 – 3:00 PM 2nd Floor

    Cybersecurity Education Track “The State’s Cybersecurity Pathway for Teens and What is Ahead” | Co-Presenters: Scott U’Sellis, Information Technology & Media Arts Consultant, KY Department of Education and Ryan Deal, Business and IT College and Career Readiness Specialist, Jefferson County Public Schools

  • Day 1 – 3:00 PM 3rd Floor Ballroom

    Healthcare IT Track “AI Bots in Healthcare” | Speaker: John Williamson, Founder of RCM Brain

  • Day 1 – 3:00 PM 2nd Floor Designated Room

    Special Startup Session with Ari Huczkowski, Chief Innovation Evangelist, Espoo Innovation Garden | Cocktail Hour 4:30 PM Cocktail Hour Starts in 3rd Floor Ballroom with Art. Alcoholic Beverages Will Be For Purchase. Free Appetizers | 6:30 PM Adjourn Trade Show and All Activities for the Day. Those interested in more networking can go to 4th Street Live.

  • Day 2 – 8:00 AM

    Continental breakfast for all. Trade Show Opens.

  • Day 2 – 8:30 AM

    Your Tech Council Update: TALK.

  • Day 2 – 9:00 AM

    KEYNOTE: “Building Northern Europe’s Largest Innovation Hub: Espoo Innovation Garden,” | Speaker: Ari Huczkowski, Chief Innovation Evangelist, Espoo Innovation Garden

  • Day 2 – 10:00 AM

    Coffee Break in Tradeshow Areas.

  • Day 2 – 10:30 to 11:30 AM

    What’s Up Ahead: Driverless Cars. 2 Short 15 Minute Presentations with Open Audience Discussion.
    The European Overview on Driverless Cars: Ari Huczkowski. The American Overview: Richard Li, University of Louisville School of Engineering.
    Moderator: Dawn Yankeelov, Executive Director, and President of Aspectx. Driverless Car Open Debate & Discussion with Audience.

  • Day 2 – 11:45 AM

    Seating Begins for Lunch. All Attendees, Techfest Vendors, and Invited Guests

  • Day 2 – Noon – Please note

    Tradeshow will temporarily close for lunch hour.

  • Day 2 – Noon

    NOON KEYNOTE Luncheon: “Our Security Evolution And What’s Next,” Ron Gula, Founder of Tenable Network Security and Gula Tech Adventures

  • Day 2 – 1:00 PM

    Tradeshow reopens for networking.

  • Day 2 – 1:00 PM Special Room, 2nd Floor

    “How to Find R&D Tax Credits for Your Company for the C-Suite Professional” | Speaker: John Rittichier, CPA, Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C.

  • Day 2 – 2:30 Tradeshow Officially Ends

    Thank you everyone for participating.

  • Skateboard Build SOLD OUT

    We are pleased to invite college age students and high school teachers to participate in a free Skateboard Building Class during Tech Fest, August 19-20, at the University of Louisville Engineering Garage. The sessions will be held from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday.

    We are excited to partner with U of L in the Skateboard Building Class as part of Tech Fest. At the last Techfest in 2015 we hosted educators and students from The University of Louisville Speed School, Trinity High School, and Ballard High School. This year we will limit the class size to 15 and prefer 2 to 4 students per participating high school teacher or professor.

    There will be no charge for the class and each participant will receive a skateboard (or longboard) that they design and build.

    Please let us know if you might be interested in receiving Professional Development credit for these courses. Contact: Jim Martin, TALK STEAM Coordinator, at 812-288-8344 or jim@marwoodveneer.com.