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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Monday, April 9
 

3:00pm

Community Workshop: How to Bake Sprouted Grain Bread
Limited Capacity seats available
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Attendees will be led through the process of baking two different styles of sprouted bread. The first demo is for a sprouted grain buckwheat and millet sourdough, and then a sprouted grain flour based bread. Finished loaves available for sample. Sidney will explain how to soak and sprout grains and why it is important and demonstrate how to make a batter based sourdough and a flour based bread and what the difference is. Folks will learn how to mill flour, and to make a basic seed mylk.

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3:00pm

Community Workshop: We All Scream for Ice Cream Cake
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Join Wonderment's Stephanie Taylor to bake an ice cream cake (almost) entirely from scratch! With Stephanie's guidance, attendees will mix and bake cake layers and mini chocolate cookies, make frosting, and assemble the entire 6" cake. Though participants will not be able to make the ice cream themselves due to time constraints, they will get a primer in how Wonderment makes theirs from scratch. You do not want to miss this workshop!

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Monday April 9, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Wonderment Bakeshop and Creamery 247 Ridge McIntire Road
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5:00pm

Salsa Showcase
Speakers

Monday April 9, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
IX Art Park 521 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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5:00pm

Community Potluck, hosted with the IX Art Park
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Kick off Tom Tom by sharing a meal with your Charlottesville neighbors during a special gathering at the IX Art Park. This community potluck will assemble civic groups, nonprofits, student organizations, businesses, and families to celebrate the diversity of our community. As a cherry on top, the Master Tasters will unveil their choice for Charlottesville’s Signature Dish!

Sponsors
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Ix Art Park

The IX Art Park is a public, non-commercial, interactive space for spontaneous dreaming – for residents, visitors, families and solo acts. Indulge your eyes, ears, mind, heart and soul. It’s all about possibility. And the power of collective creativity. The IX Art Park marks... Read More →


Monday April 9, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm
IX Art Park 521 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

5:00pm

Craft Cocktail Competition
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Top bartenders create specialty “Tom Tom” cocktails, featuring local spirits and ingredients. Patrons will vote for their favorites throughout the week, and a panel of judges will also crown a winning cocktail and mixologist at the end of the festival.

Read more here! https://tomtomfest.com/craftcocktail/

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Monday April 9, 2018 5:00pm - Sunday April 15, 2018 11:00pm
Downtown Mall E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

5:30pm

Farm to Table Restaurant Week
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Charlottesville’s top chefs highlight local farms and artisans through exclusive menus this April 9-15.

Charlottesville is a locavore’s paradise, and this city-wide Farm to Table Restaurant Week shows why. The City’s finest restaurants and chefs highlight their commitment to sourcing local through special dinner menus that emphasize craft preparation and local artisans.
 
Read more here: https://tomtomfest.com/restaurantweek/

Monday April 9, 2018 5:30pm - Sunday April 15, 2018 11:00pm
Downtown Mall E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

6:00pm

Darrell Rose Musical Performance
Speakers

Monday April 9, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
IX Art Park 521 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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7:00pm

Partner Event: Cville Gives Grant Night
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Six regional semi-finalists present their innovative nonprofit idea for a cash grant - up to $10,000 from Cville Gives inaugural grant. Audience donations will also support the finalists. The bigger the turnout, the greater the impact!

Sponsors
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Posner Wealth Management

For generations of families and institutions, Davenport has been a trusted financial advisor, empowering them to steward their wealth with wisdom and confidence.  Employee owned and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with offices throughout the mid-Atlantic, Davenport offers... Read More →


 
Tuesday, April 10
 

5:00pm

Community Workshop: Under the Veil: Inside the Wedding Industry
Limited Capacity full
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In 2016, there were over 1,600 weddings in Charlottesville at an average cost of $28,000 each. This is a huge industry and it continues to grow. Are you an entrepreneur looking to get into the wedding industry in Charlottesville? If so, this workshop is for you! Join Waverly Davis, the Communications and Engagement Director at Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), Charlottesville's wedding industry expert Mark Hahn, the cofounder & president of Harvest Moon Catering, and Angelica Laws, founder and owner of Angelica and Co. Weddings on what it takes to get into and be successful in Charlottesville's wedding industry.

Sponsors
avatar for Community Investment Collaborative

Community Investment Collaborative

The Community Investment Collaborative initially grew from the personal experience of Toan Nguyen, owner of C’ville Coffee during the recession. After numerous conversations, a workgroup of 48 people with nonprofit, business and education backgrounds came together to better understand... Read More →

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Waverly Davis

Waverly Davis

Communications and Engagement Director, Community Investment Collaborative
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Mark Hahn

Entrepeneur, Harvest Moon Catering

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5:00pm

Partner Event: Messy Democracy: From Founding Our Nation to Finding Our Way
Limited Capacity filling up
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5-6pm Reception & Networking Hour
6-7pm Panel Discussion

The core ideas and principles of the American experiment have shaped not only our nation, but also the world more broadly. It is an ongoing experiment rather than a finished product, and at times we struggle to live up to the vision of the Founding Fathers as we navigate our imperfect democracy. This facilitated discussion will draw on the expertise and perspectives of three visionary women who are leading the charge to examine and share the lessons and legacies of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell

Executive Producer of With Good Reason, Virginia Humanities
Sarah is executive producer and host of the weekly public radio show and podcast With Good Reason. With Good Reason, a production of Virginia Humanities, features lively conversations with the best minds at Virginia's public colleges and universities. The program is heard on 98 public... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sara Bon-Harper

Sara Bon-Harper

Executive Director, James Monroe's Highland
Sara Bon-Harper is Executive Director of James Monroe's Highland. Research she directs there has recently discovered a lost presidential home and transformed the understanding of that property. Highland’s work offers an opportunity to re-examine Monroe and his time and place, building... Read More →
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Leslie Greene Bowman

President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello
Leslie Greene Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates the UNESCO World Heritage site, Monticello -- the home of Thomas Jefferson. She has spearheaded the Foundation’s vision to engage a global audience in a dialogue to Jefferson's world and... Read More →
avatar for Kat Imhoff

Kat Imhoff

President and CEO, Montpelier Foundation
Under the leadership of President and CEO Kat Imhoff, Montpelier has become a leader in the research of slavery in the Early Republic, and garnered the attention of patriotic philanthropist, David M. Rubenstein, whose $10 million gift in 2014 jumpstarted efforts to reconstruct the... Read More →

Sponsors
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Presidential Precinct

The Presidential Precinct is a Physical and Virtual destination for young leaders to learn how others have built successful civil institutions, to debate the issues surrounding successful nation building, and to collaborate with others facing similar challenges. By partnering... Read More →


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6:00pm

Community Workshop: A Brief History of Purple
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This workshop explores answers on the question: why the color purple is not a real color? based on scientific facts and history. Attendees are encouraged to tell a story about the color purple and their interaction with it in the nature.We will use our shared knowledge and experiences to create art solely with this amazing color and its complements.

Image by photographer, Kyle Petrozza.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Golara Haghtalab

Golara Haghtalab

Artist-in-Residence, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
Golara Haghtalab has an inquisitive mind. She is fascinated by spectroscopy, design thinking, human centered designs, geometric patterns, technology, and dance. | Find Golara Online: | Instagram @g_o_l_a_r_a


Tuesday April 10, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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6:00pm

Partner Event: Charlottesville Identity & Design Competition
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The goal of the BDA Prize and the Charlottesville: Identity & Design ideas competition is to foster community dialogue about design.

Entries are to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and discovery in our community, and will be exhibited publicly and discussed in open forums attended or led by members of the Charlottesville community, artists, designers, scholars, and our invited panel of jurors.

The BDA Prize hopes that acts of reflective making will open up the potential for a new understanding and a new expression of Charlottesville’s spirit of place and the power of public art in the 21st century.

PrizesOne Grand Prize Award
US $5,000

Two Finalist Prizes
US $1,000 (x 2)
One Community Choice Award
US $1,000
Voting for the Community Choice Award will take place during the panel discussion at the Jefferson School.

More details at bdaprize.bdarchitects.com

Sponsors

6:00pm

Community Workshop: Increasing Productivity and Workflow Using Digital Tools
Limited Capacity full
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Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner who wants and needs to get more done with a small team and a lean budget? Good news: there are more digital tools available today that can help you reach more people, automate regular business operations, up-level productivity, streamline workflow and facilitate collaboration than ever before. Join this workshop to learn strategies for assessing what kinds of digital tools your business needs and explore examples that can change the way your team functions through automations, improved processes and better group communication.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Lorraine Sanders

Lorraine Sanders

Founder, Spirit of 608

6:30pm

Community Workshop: You Knead to Learn about Good Gluten
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Learn the benefits of freshly milled grains through a tour of a working bakery. View Great Harvest’s stone mill in the bakery, learn about the role of gluten and grain in the breadmaking process, and observe how dough is made. There will be whole grain dough prepared for attendees to knead, shape, and bake in the bakery and take home at the end of the workshop.

Sponsors
avatar for Great Harvest Bread Company

Great Harvest Bread Company

| This Great Harvest Bread Co. in Charlottesville is a dream come true — our dream! Our passion for great tasting, nutritious bread, and our desire to run a community-based business, led us to Great Harvest. They have been making great bread for communities across the U.S. for... Read More →

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Aileen Magnotto

Aileen Magnotto

Owner, Great Harvest Bread Company
Beginning her career in Western Pennsylvania as an interior plantscaper, evolving into a supermarket owner, and creating the first whole grain vegetable pasta on the market, Aileen and her husband Michael have now settled into Charlottesville as Great Harvest Bakery owners. Attracted... Read More →

7:00pm

Community Workshop: Why Food Writing Matters: An Overview of the Genre
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Join Jenée Libby, lover of food and food writing, for an overview of the genre! Attendees will gain a good working knowledge of the current climate and opportunities that exist for food writers and ideas for how to get started in the food business. Come ready to showcase your creativity through writing exercises, learn how to find food writing, and have lots of fun!

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Jenée Libby

Jenée Libby

Head Big Mouth, Edacious - Food Talk for Gluttons

Tuesday April 10, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Pie Chest 119 4th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 
Wednesday, April 11
 

9:00am

Youth Summit
Limited Capacity seats available
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Youth Summit Badge

or  

Summit Badge - Advance Badge
This student-planned and student-led ticketed Summit experience convenes high school students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia. Hear inspirational stories from youth-driven speakers and participate in high-energy challenges that inspire entrepreneurial problem-solving. Mentoring provided by Tom Tom and the student-founded ReinventED Lab.

Speakers
avatar for Ace Callwood

Ace Callwood

CEO, Painless1099
Ace Callwood is the co-founder and CEO of Painless1099, a smart platform that manages 1099s, benefits, and taxes for independent contractors and their clients. Prior to Painless1099, Ace co-founded Coffitivity, an ambient sound app that was one of TIME Magazine’s Top 50 Sites of... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for ReinventED Lab

ReinventED Lab

We want Charlottesville to be the shining example of what the future of school can look like for everyone.How we're getting thereWe're working towards this mission by empowering students and designing custom curricula for educators and clients.We're also training education innovators... Read More →
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

UVA Curry School of Education

Advancing Society. Together. | | As the 18th Ranked School of Education we create a positive and lasting change - in the classroom, in the lab, in the community, and in the world at large.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

12:00pm

Community Workshop: Design Your Mind
Limited Capacity full
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Join Marga Odahowski, mindfulness consultant for professionals and author of The Way of the Hammock, Sabrina Feggans, owner of Beyond Fitness with Sabrina, and Waverly Davis, Communications and Engagement Director at Community Investment Collaborative, for an interactive workshop that will give participants the tools to implement mindfulness practices into their daily lives. This includes learning the rules of the mind, design thinking for change, and activities for supporting a healthy mind.

Sponsors
avatar for Community Investment Collaborative

Community Investment Collaborative

The Community Investment Collaborative initially grew from the personal experience of Toan Nguyen, owner of C’ville Coffee during the recession. After numerous conversations, a workgroup of 48 people with nonprofit, business and education backgrounds came together to better understand... Read More →

Workshop Leaders
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Waverly Davis

Communications and Engagement Director, Community Investment Collaborative
avatar for Marga Odahowski

Marga Odahowski

Corp Coach, Trainer, Speaker, MARGA
I support the potential of people to achieve their goals and receive the unexpected. My passion is to share mindset skills for transformational change. My business is based in science and delivered with love.

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12:00pm

Youth Summit: Makerville
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After a morning of sharing ideas and concepts at The Paramount Theater for the Youth Summit, students will showcase various projects at the IX Art Park for the Youth Summit’s first-ever Makerville! This will be a space for musical performances, art creation at interactive booths, trade-skilled showcases and services, pop-up dialogues, and much more.

Sponsors
avatar for ReinventED Lab

ReinventED Lab

We want Charlottesville to be the shining example of what the future of school can look like for everyone.How we're getting thereWe're working towards this mission by empowering students and designing custom curricula for educators and clients.We're also training education innovators... Read More →
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

UVA Curry School of Education

Advancing Society. Together. | | As the 18th Ranked School of Education we create a positive and lasting change - in the classroom, in the lab, in the community, and in the world at large.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:00pm - 2:15pm
IX Art Park 521 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:00pm

Community Workshop: Gutenberg: The Future of WordPress
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Gutenberg is the code name for the longest-running feature release that the WordPress team and community has ever worked on. Development on Gutenberg began in January of 2017 and the production-ready release (WordPress 5.0) is targeted for April 2018. In short, Gutenberg is going to fundamentally change the way users assemble and manage content in WordPress. It's designed to simplify WordPress content, including custom post types, shortcodes, widgets, menus, and more, into one concept: content blocks. Content blocks are like digital legos that you can move and stack on a page to create a variety of layouts that are unachievable within the current WordPress editor. We will walk through Gutenberg and demonstrate how it will change WordPress as we know it in the Gallery and Listening Room at Studio IX.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Wickersty

Todd Wickersty

President, Storyware
As President of Storyware, Todd oversees business development, marketing, operations, and finance. In addition, Todd helps clients with digital strategy, user research, wireframes, and front-end development. | | Todd co-founded Storyware in 2013 after years of running his own consulting... Read More →

Sponsors
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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Page Wood

Page Wood

Partner, Storyware
As CTO of Storyware, Page oversees all technology efforts, services, and projects. He is passionate about web performance, responsive workflows, and delivering digital products that delight users at every step of the way. | | Page joined Storyware in the fall of 2014 as a front-end... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Studio IX 969 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

4:30pm

Rivanna River Clean Up
Join Charlottesville Families in Action and Rivanna River Company to get our beautiful river cleaned up and ready for the season! Meet at Rivanna River Company's headquarters to clean the river up by boat or by foot. Join us afterward for dinner by the river--food truck info coming soon! Information available at Charlottesville Families in Action's Facebook page


Wednesday April 11, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Rivanna River Company 1538 E High St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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5:00pm

Community Workshop: Listening Like You Mean It
Limited Capacity full
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Listening poorly has become second nature. With so much noise, we've become numb. Between email, text, Slack, and the latest social media craze, we've forgotten - or never learned - how to really listen. We are trained to listen to the content or for the problem that needs to be fixed rather than to the person speaking. We listen for information and then when we think we've got it, we stop listening. Or we listen just enough so we can simultaneously formulate the response we want to make. But the other person is attempting to connect with us, not just exchange data. But true listening is how we develop deeper understanding and connection. It's how we open conversation for a more creative path. Listening is at the heart of how we relate to our colleagues, our friends and family, and our community. In this workshop, participants will see the power of listening globally. We'll build skills to help participants learn to listen to everything observable by sense: what your hear, see, smell, feel, and intuit. They will understand how curiosity and listening with purpose can transform their relationships and their leadership.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Lisa Rogoff

Lisa Rogoff

Founder and Leadership & Career Coach, Launch Project

Wednesday April 11, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

6:00pm

Community Workshop: Exploring the Art of Partner Dancing
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Are you curious about the world of partner dance?
Do you know what makes social, ballroom, and theater partner dance so distinct and beautiful?
Join Edwin Roa, for a quick exploration on the world of couple’s dance.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Edwin Roa

Edwin Roa

Artist-in-Residence, Zabor Dance
Founder of The Dance Spot and Co-founder of the Charlottesville Salsa Club, Edwin O. Roa is native of Bogota, Colombia who moved to the US in 1995. He has been teaching dance for over 20 years, and has devoted his career to the study of partner dance. He currently works as an adjunct... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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6:00pm

The Presidency at a Crossroads
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Explore the history and future of the American presidency with preeminent experts from both sides of the aisle. In two panels, influential political leaders, journalists, and scholars will explore the role of the presidency on the global stage—followed by an assessment of how the White House is doing after 15 months. The all-star panels include John Negroponte, director of national intelligence for Bush 43; Bill Kristol, editor at large for the Weekly Standard; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; and William Antholis, Douglas Blackmon, and Nicole Hemmer from UVA’s Miller Center.

Moderators
avatar for William Antholis

William Antholis

Director & CEO, Miller Center
William J. Antholis serves as Director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship. Immediately prior, he served as managing director at The Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014. Antholis is... Read More →
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Douglas Blackmon

Senior Fellow, The Miller Center
Blackmon is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, and co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name. He recently served as Host and Executive Producer of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer

Assistant Professor of Presidential Studies, The Miller Center
Hemmer is an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, and works in the Center's Presidential Recordings Program. She is also a contributing editor to US News & World Report , co-host of the popular history podcast Past Present, and co-editor of the Washington Post's Made by History. Hemmer’s first book, Messengers of the Right, charts the history of conservative media activism in the United States... Read More →
avatar for Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol

Founder and Editor at Large, The Weekly Standard
William (Bill) Kristol is the founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. He is also a regular on ABC’s This Week and previously led the Project for the Republican Future. 
avatar for John Negroponte

John Negroponte

Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates and Former First Director of National Intelligence, George W. Bush Administration
Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff... Read More →
avatar for Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden

President & CEO, Center for American Progress
Neera Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, where she focuses on how to expand opportunity for all Americans. Tanden has also served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as on presidential campaigns.

Sponsors
avatar for Miller Center at UVA

Miller Center at UVA

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and strives to apply the lessons of history and civil discourse to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance chal... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

6:30pm

Community Workshop: Developing Microenterprise to Employ Adults with Autism
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Fewer than 20% of young adults with autism have any kind of regular job experience connecting them to community. Join Virginia Institute of Autism Executive Director Ethan Long, and i.Lab at UVA Incubator Program Director Jason Brewster as they discuss an innovative new model for providing sustainable, gainful employment for adults on the autism spectrum. They will be joined by Dr. Micah Mazurek of UVA’s Curry School and Dave Kearon, Director of Adult Services for Autism Speaks who will talk about nationwide outcomes and initiatives for adults with autism.



Workshop Leaders
avatar for Jason Brewster

Jason Brewster

Incubator Director, i.Lab
Jason directs the i.Lab Incubator program while also leading the mentor community and other i.Lab initiatives. He is a CodeX Fellow for the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the co-founder of Nimbus Law, which provides solutions for virtualizing legal teams and tracking client... Read More →
avatar for David Kearon

David Kearon

Dave Kearon is Director of Adult Services for the nationwide advocacy organization Autism Speaks. He has a background in psychology and special education. His work at Autism Speaks focuses on national initiatives promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their... Read More →
avatar for Ethan Long

Ethan Long

Executive Director, Virginia Institute of Autism
Ethan Long holds a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has delivered more than 100 presentations and workshops, nationally and internationally, related to autism and developmental disorders. Dr. Long is responsible not only for VIA’s... Read More →
avatar for Micah Mazurek

Micah Mazurek

Associate Professor, Curry School of Education
Micah has broad clinical experience in psychological assessment and intervention, with specific expertise in assessment and treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also been active in efforts to enhance quality of care through training, and capacity-building... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
CitySpace 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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7:00pm

Crowdfunded Pitch Night
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Ten local entrepreneurs pitch to a live audience willing to pledge funds to their favorite contestant. It’s a three minute chance for fledgling founders to share their visions with the community and inspire the crowd to action.

Read more here: https://tomtomfest.com/crowdfunded-pitch-night/

Sponsors
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Citizen Burger Bar

At Citizen Burger Bar, we believe kicking back with a tasty burger and a beer is one of life’s essential liberties. To secure that sacred right for the people of Charlottesville we teamed up with a few exceptional nearby farms and designed a menu around locally produced, top-tier... Read More →
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Community Investment Collaborative

The Community Investment Collaborative initially grew from the personal experience of Toan Nguyen, owner of C’ville Coffee during the recession. After numerous conversations, a workgroup of 48 people with nonprofit, business and education backgrounds came together to better understand... Read More →
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iLab

The W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory, or i.Lab at UVA, is a University of Virginia-wide initiative with the mission of supporting entrepreneurs and innovators both on and beyond the UVA Grounds. To accomplish this mission, the i.Lab provides programs, funding, workspace... Read More →
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UVA Community Credit Union

The UVA Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by individual members, like you. Our strength is in our membership. Our goal is to help you reach your financial goals. Your financial success propels our growth and enables us to offer better products... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

8:00pm

An Evening with John Cleese
Limited Capacity seats available
Included in All Access Badge - Presale OR  Patron Badge.

Individual tickets can be purchased here. 
In a special engagement with UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), meet the man behind Monty Python in a once-in-a-lifetime evening. John Cleese, known for his comical performances and stellar stand-up incorporating physical comedy, is bringing his perception and shticks to Tom Tom with thanks to DOPS.

Speakers
avatar for John Cleese

John Cleese

Founder, Monty Python
Monty Python icon, actor, author, playwright, Minister of the Silly Walk, and black humor extraordinaire has had a prolific career since the 1960s, continuously pushing boundaries in entertainment, and challenging audiences in the way they think and laugh. |  

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Division of Perceptual Studies

Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is the oldest and most productive university-based research group in the world devoted exclusively to the investigation of phenomena that challenge current physicalist brain/mind orthodoxy – including... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902
 
Thursday, April 12
 

9:00am

Changes in Appetite: Pathbreaking Food Businesses
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A host of businesses less than a decade old are redefining the food business in its own unique way. Learn how these explosively successful brands satisfy the tastes of a new generation of consumers.

Moderators
avatar for Cullen Gilchrist

Cullen Gilchrist

CEO, Union Kitchen DC
As CEO and Co-Founder of Union Kitchen, Gilchrist has partnered with food businesses of all sizes to grow and accelerate their success. He also oversees the operations and management of Union Kitchen’s accelerator program as well as Union Kitchen’s commercial kitchen, distribution... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melody Koh

Melody Koh

Venture Partner, NextView Ventures
Melody is a Venture Partner at NextView Ventures based in its New York office. Prior to joining NextView, Melody was Head of Product at Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN). Melody joined Blue Apron as the first product hire when the company was 18 months old with 20 HQ employees. She helped scale... Read More →
avatar for Christina Liva

Christina Liva

Founder, Yay Lunch
Christina started in food editorial reviewing restaurants as an Editor for Zagat/Google, and served as the Food & Travel Editor of goop where ran the test kitchen alongside Editor-in-Chief Gwyneth Paltrow and ate her way through everywhere from Tokyo to West Marin. She later headed... Read More →
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Bryan Myers

Chief Operating Officer, [solidcore]
Bryan is the Chief Operating Officer for [solidcore]. In his role as COO, Bryan works to ensure that our Studio Managers and Coaches deliver an exceptional experience for our clients and leads the effort to bring [solidcore] to new communities all over the country.


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9:00am

Designing Health
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Can human-centered design save lives? Discover opportunities for impact at the nexus of architecture, entrepreneurship, and medicine.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Trowbridge MD MPH

Matthew Trowbridge MD MPH

Associate Professor, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Dr. Trowbridge is a physician | public health researcher at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine and a nationally recognized researcher on the impact of the built environment (architecture, urban design, transportation planning) on public health. He currently, leads... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chat Razdan

Chat Razdan

Co-Founder and CEO, Care+Wear
Chat Razdan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Care+Wear, a leading provider of innovative healthwear. The son of a doctor, Chat created Care+Wear to dedicate himself to improving patient lives. Having recognized the growing need to bring innovation and design to the healthcare industry... Read More →
avatar for Emily Schutzenhofer

Emily Schutzenhofer

UVA Medical Design Student Fellow, MS4, UVA Medical School
Emily Schutzenhofer is a fourth-year medical student at UVA School of Medicine and a UVA Medical Design student fellow. She applies Human-Centered Design to meet challenges in healthcare and global health with innovation and empathy.
avatar for Schaeffer Somers

Schaeffer Somers

Architect, Assistant Professor, UVA School of Architecture
Schaeffer is training a new generation of architects, planners, clinicians, and policy makers to reflect health and well-being in decisions that shape the built environment. Schaeffer's dual background in Aerospace Engineering and Architecture drives his work translating the languages... Read More →


9:00am

Machine Learning Coffee Hour
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Start your day with some caffeine and conversation alongside Machine Learning innovators.

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


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9:00am

OPENING KEYNOTE: Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America
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Special preview! Having spent three years criss-crossing America’s small cities by single engine plane, two of the nation’s leading journalists offer a unique, revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal they discovered taking place beyond the headlines.

Speakers
avatar for James Fallows

James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic
JAMES FALLOWS has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for more than thirty years. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He is a former editor of U.S. News & World... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Fallows

Deborah Fallows

Author, Contributing Writer, Dreaming in Chinese, The Atlantic
Deborah Fallows is the author of two books that report on the people, culture, and values in the communities of two different countries, China and the U.S.  The first, Dreaming in Chinese, is based on 4 years of living and working in China. The newly-released Our Towns: A 100,000... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

9:45am

Applied Machine Learning Conference
Applied Machine Learning Conference speakers and programs now announced! Be sure to add individual sessions below to your Sched!

This second annual conference features researchers, entrepreneurs, and practitioners who are at the forefront of understanding and implementing big data and machine learning. This day of presentations and flash talks is focused on applied learning and deep science, with receptions and expos throughout the day.

Visit the AMLC homepage HERE and purchase your ticket HEREStudent tickets are availalble.

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
avatar for S & P Global

S & P Global

We provide intelligence that is essential for companies, governments and individuals to makedecisions with conviction.


10:00am

Placing Bets on the Next Medical Breakthrough: Life Science Investment
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What do smart investors look for in biotech and medical device startups? Are we unlocking the industry’s highest potential, and what can founders do to streamline the transition from research to market?



Speakers
avatar for Bobby Chhabra

Bobby Chhabra

Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. A. Bobby Chhabra is the Division Head of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery and is the hand and upper extremity consultant for the University of Virginia Department of Athletics. He maintains a busy clinical practice and along with his administrative and teaching activities, has... Read More →
avatar for Robert Creeden

Robert Creeden

Managing Director, UVA LVG Seed Fund
Bob Creeden, Managing Director of the  UVA LVG Seed Fund & New Ventures at the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group (LVG) supports the creation of high-quality ventures based on University technologies and leads the day-to-day operations of the $10 million investment fund. Since joining... Read More →
avatar for Kyp Sirinakis

Kyp Sirinakis

Managing Partner, Epidarex Capital
Ms. Sirinakis has more than 25 years of experience in creating and growing companies both as an early-stage venture investor and a senior executive in various technology and life science companies. As the Co-founder and Managing Director of Epidarex Capital, she is responsible for... Read More →


10:00am

Community Workshop: Coffee Roasting: Seed to Cup
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Do you know the process behind your morning cup of joe? Find out in this workshop hosted by Travis Mason, Grit's director of coffee. Attendees will visit the roasterie to watch the roasting process, bag the beans, and learn the ins and outs of different brew methods. Also, there will be samples!

Sponsors
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Grit Coffee

Grit Coffee was born out of a hardworking spirit and a love for serving people. We are steadfast in our search for the best coffees from the best farms doing their best work to serve the communities around them, and we roast those beans with care and intentionality to be enjoyed by... Read More →

Workshop Leaders

Thursday April 12, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Grit Roasterie 313 2nd St SE #111, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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10:15am

KEYNOTE: Deep Learning & Computer Graphics
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Dr. David Luebke helped found NVIDIA Research in 2006 after eight years on the faculty of the University of Virginia. Today he run NVIDIA's research efforts at the intersection of computer graphics, machine learning, and virtual & augmented reality. Together with his colleagues David has written a book, created a major VR museum exhibit visited by over 110,000 people, taught an online course on parallel computing that has reached over 100,000 students, and authored over a hundred papers, articles, chapters, and patents. David is an NVIDIA Distinguished Inventor and a Fellow of the IEEE.

UPDATE: THERE WILL BE TWO OVERFLOW THEATERS LIVE STREAMING THE TALK

Speakers
avatar for David Luebke

David Luebke

Vice President, Graphics Research, NVIDIA
Dr. David Luebke helped found NVIDIA Research in 2006 after eight years on the faculty of the University of Virginia. Today he runs NVIDIA's research efforts at the intersection of computer graphics, machine learning, and virtual & augmented reality. Together with his colleagues David... Read More →

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
avatar for S&P Global

S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


10:30am

ICA and RVA: Creating a Cultural Landmark
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Ten days before its opening, join Institute for Contemporary Art Advisory Board Co-Chair and Obama Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes in a one-on-one with NEA’s Michael Orlove about the vision for VCU’s ambitious addition to Richmond's cultural landscape. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Orlove

Michael Orlove

Director, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works + Artist Communities + International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts

Speakers
avatar for Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions LLC
Melody Barnes is a senior fellow in presidential studies at UVA’s Miller Center, she is also a Distinguished Fellow in the School of Law. She was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from January 2009 until January 2012.

Sponsors
avatar for Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Community Foundation was established in 1967 as an engine for positive change in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. We work with local residents, non-profits, as well as public and private organizations... Read More →
avatar for RVA MAG

RVA MAG

RVA Magazine is the #1 Independent Media in Virginia. RVA Mag is all about community empowerment. How do we do this? By delivering new and innovative ways to tell stories from our city and Commonwealth. In doing so, we give our readers an immersive experience which lives at the intersection... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

10:30am

Master Class: Discover Your Positioning DNA and Dominate Your Competition
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Too many business leaders fail to ask the most basic questions about their company―Who are we? And why do we matter?―before they leap right into branding. Henry Hwong takes you through the process of performing “genetic testing” on your company―a branding and marketing strategy that will build market momentum and crush the competition.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Hwong

Henry Hwong

Principal, Cunningham Collective
Henry Hwong has over 24 years of experience in technology and consulting for venture-backed startups and public companies. He is an expert in product strategy, pricing, corporate innovation and marketplaces. While at Cunningham Collective, Henry has led a number of marketing and brand... Read More →

Sponsors
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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
avatar for Willowtree

Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

10:30am

Partner Event: Affordable Housing in High Growth Small Cities
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In explosive housing markets, Boulder, Park City, and Pasadena share how they maintain affordability and inclusion across income brackets through long-range planning and decisive implementation.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Sturtevant

Lisa Sturtevant

Senior Visiting Fellow, Urban Land Institute
Lisa served as Vice President for Research for the National Housing Conference (NHC) between 2013 and 2016. Prior to NHC, Lisa served as Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis and Associate Research Professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Allen

Michelle Allen

Inclusionary Housing Program Manager, City of Boulder, Colorado
A city of Boulder planner for over fifteen years, Michelle is currently Boulder’s Inclusionary Housing Program Manager. Michelle has extensive experience in developing and implementing Boulder’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and related regulations and policies including taking... Read More →
avatar for William Huang

William Huang

Director of Housing, City of Pasadena
Mr. Huang is the Director of the Housing and Career Services Department for the City of Pasadena. The department provides a wide array of housing, homeless, and employment programs, as well as funding for social service and economic development activities with an annual budget of... Read More →
avatar for Rhoda Stauffer

Rhoda Stauffer

Affordable Housing Program Manager, Park City, Utah
Rhoda J. Stauffer manages affordable housing programs for Park City Municipal Corporation, a resort town of 7,885 that has an economy based on welcoming up to 50,000 daily guests in ski season. Park City has an inclusionary housing program that has produced 275 units to date. The... Read More →

Sponsors
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Urban Land Virginia Institute

At the Urban Land Institute, our mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Virginia, a district council of the Urban Land Institute, carries forth that mission as the preeminent regional real... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Water Street Center 401 Water St E, Charlottesville Virginia 22902

10:30am

Data and Trends for Ecosystem Developers
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What tools and data are available for ecosystem champions in cities across America to build more inclusive, sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems? What are some lessons learned and implementation suggestions for governments and nonprofits alike?

Moderators
avatar for Sean Carr

Sean Carr

Executive Director, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovators at UVA's Darden School of Business
Sean D. Carr, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.Professor Carr provides administrative leadership for a $130 million... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eva Doss

Eva Doss

President & CEO, The Launch Place
During her career Eva established new business ventures and seed investment opportunities, and developed strategic business partnerships for companies internationally. Eva has also worked with Booz Allen, RTI International, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington... Read More →
avatar for Melody Koh

Melody Koh

Venture Partner, NextView Ventures
Melody is a Venture Partner at NextView Ventures based in its New York office. Prior to joining NextView, Melody was Head of Product at Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN). Melody joined Blue Apron as the first product hire when the company was 18 months old with 20 HQ employees. She helped scale... Read More →
avatar for Johnny Magdaleno

Johnny Magdaleno

Communications Manager, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Johnny Magdaleno is the communications manager for the Urban Manufacturing Alliance. He writes policy reports, leads grant applications, writes and distributes press releases, and works with UMA's partners on a variety of writing and research projects. Johnny also works as a journalist... Read More →
avatar for Christiana McFarland

Christiana McFarland

Research Director, National League of Cities
Christiana K. McFarland is the Research Director of the National League of Cities, the nation’s largest advocacy, resource and research organization dedicated to strengthening cities. She directs the organization's research agenda and conducts NLC’s major research initiatives... Read More →
avatar for Joe Whitchurch

Joe Whitchurch

Vice President, Capital One
Joe Whitchurch is currently Head of Innovation for Capital One Small Business, leading a team creating best-in-class tools, technology and servicing experiences to help small businesses succeed. 

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

10:30am

How Ready for Funding Are You?
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This session will match up entrepreneurs and investors in boardroom-style guided discussions based on their Venture Investment Readiness and Awareness Level (VIRAL) scores, illustrating a faster, smarter approach to ecosystem building in the Commonwealth.



Moderators
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

President, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor best known for finding, developing, and investing in entrepreneurs in places and industries where most people aren’t looking. He founded Village Capital in 2009 and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries since... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
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Virginia is for Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re a high-tech entrepreneur in Alexandria or a farmer in Abingdon, Virginia is for Entrepreneurs is here to make sure you’ve got a shot.Virginia is for Entrepreneurs connects entrepreneurs seeking financing with investors looking for opportunities and support resources... Read More →


10:30am

Roundtable: Redefining Farm to Table
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The "Farm to Table" movement has the power to create equitable, sustainable wealth in rural and urban communities. To do so requires that it's products be understood not as luxury or "positional" goods, but as a set of resources for building community wealth across demographic boundaries.

Moderators
avatar for Marland Buckner

Marland Buckner

Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions LLC
Marland Buckner serves as Co-Founder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm. He serves on the boards of the Richmond, VA chapter of Communities in Schools, the Valentine Museum, and the advisory board of the Washington, DC Coalition of the Homeless. From 2001... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bettina Ring

Bettina Ring

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of the Governor
Governor Ralph S. Northam appointed Bettina Ring in 2018 to serve as the fourth Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this capacity, she supports the Governor’s mission of building a strong Virginia economy in agriculture and forestry, two of... Read More →

Scholars
avatar for Greg Asbed

Greg Asbed

Cofounder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Greg Asbed, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, is a co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and a principal architect of the Fair Food Program and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model, a breakthrough approach to verifiable corporate accountability recognized by observers... Read More →
avatar for Dominic Barrett

Dominic Barrett

Executive Director, Shalom Farms
Dominic Gibbons Barrett is the Executive Director of Shalom Farms, a nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia focused on working with communities to increase access to healthy food and the support to lead healthy lives. He came to Shalom Farms from Palmetto Project in Charleston, SC where... Read More →
avatar for Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis

Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Presently Chavis is engaged in coordinating innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and food security in a culturally relevant way. Chavis has served as a Clean Air Ambassador on behalf of Earthjustice and the Hip Hop Caucus. He is an alumni of Leadership... Read More →
avatar for Tom McDougall

Tom McDougall

Founder, 4P Foods
He is the founder of 4P Foods, a Benefit Corporation that works with over 200 local farms, delivering their sustainably produced food to customers in and around DC. The goal is to use food as a tool to create a more equitable, socially just and sustainable food system of tomorrow... Read More →
avatar for Doug Pick

Doug Pick

CEO, FeedMore
Douglas “Doug” Pick joined FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, as Chief Executive Officer in November 2012. Under his leadership, FeedMore is focused not only on nourishing the community but also on empowering lives. FeedMore collaborates with hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Sally Schwitters

Sally Schwitters

Executive Director, Tricycle - Urban Ag Culture
Sally comes from a long line of family gardeners, farmers and cooks. She loves the process of growing seed to harvest, and sharing the preparation and celebration of good food with friends and family. For several years she ran programs and events for nonprofits in Northern California... Read More →
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Sam Speedie

Principal, Forth Bridge Associates
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Kristen Suokko

Executive Director, Local Food Hub
Kristen came from the environmental and philanthropic world to become Executive Director of Local Food Hub in 2013. The hub is a non-profit organization that works with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. In addition to managing the aggregation and sale of... Read More →
avatar for Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech
Dr. Tom Thompson is Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. He leads the college’s global mission to build partnerships, create opportunities, and serve globally.
avatar for Ellen Moncure Wong

Ellen Moncure Wong

VP of Growth and Development, FoodCorps
For more than two decades, Ellen Moncure Wong has helped connect philanthropic dollars with organizations driving major social and environmental change. Prior to joining FoodCorps, Ellen worked in resource development for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Coro New York Leadership... Read More →

Sponsors
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MB2 Solutions

MB² (MB Squared) is a Washington, DC and Richmond, VA based public policy and domestic strategy firm co-founded by Melody Barnes and Marland Buckner. We deliver value for clients by providing strategic counsel that utilizes our teams’ decades long experience across the public... Read More →


10:30am

Case Study: Building a Talent Pipeline in Milwaukee, WI
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Although sometimes overshadowed by its industrial past, Milwaukee is home to six Fortune 500 companies. Over the past few years these employers have partnered with public entities and an impressive network of junior and four-year colleges to engage top graduates and put them on career tracks locally, yielding tremendous outcomes for the employers, students, and the community at large.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Hostad

Michael Hostad

Executive Director, The Commons/MiKE
Michael Hostad is the Executive Director of Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) and co-founder of The Commons, which is an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. MiKE creates programs that lead to partnerships between corporations and emerging talent networks. The Commons is an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chio Cabrera

Chio Cabrera

Commons Alumna & Student, The Commons
Rocio Chio Cabrera has spent the last three years working to innovate small and large businesses in the Milwaukee area. She is an alumna of The Commons program where she founded a start-up and worked with ManpowerGroup's innovation project. She continues to participate in The Commons... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Harper

Ruth Harper

Vice President Global Strategic Communications, ManpowerGroup
Ruth is responsible for strategic communications, research, thought leadership and content creation across ManpowerGroup’s 80 countries and family of brands - Manpower, Experis, ManpowerGroup Solutions and Right Management. Ruth also leads ManpowerGroup’s partnership with the... Read More →
avatar for Joe Poeschl

Joe Poeschl

Cofounder, The Commons
After graduating from Marquette and MIAD in 2008, Joe Poeschl founded a web software design and development consultancy, where he lead the product design, project management and business strategy for web startups across the country. Joe also co-founded Startup Milwaukee, an organization... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Guma Gallery 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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10:30am

KEYNOTE: You've Got the Power
Limited Capacity seats available
Included in all Summit passes:

American democracy is in trouble, and it's up to you fix it, starting with the community where you live. Learn to spark a movement, change the narrative, and demand more from leadership. Be inspired by these entrepreneurs for change and discover your power as a citizen.

Moderators
avatar for Atima Omara

Atima Omara

President, Omara Strategy Group
Atima Omara is the President & Founder of the Omara Strategy Group, focused on electing progressive candidates that are people color, women, and LGBTQ. Atima worked for Mark Warner when he served as Governor of Virginia and as staff on over 9 federal, state, and local Democratic campaigns... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Brown

Jenn Brown

Executive Director, Civic Nation
Prior to her current role, Jenn was the founding Executive Director of Battleground Texas, a long-term project dedicated to increasing voter turnout in Texas. Before starting Battleground Texas, Jenn was the Field Director for the Obama campaign in Ohio in 2012. There she oversaw... Read More →
avatar for Lennon Flowers

Lennon Flowers

Co-Founder, The People's Supper
Lennon Flowers is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party, a community of more than 20- and 30-somethings who have experienced significant loss. In January 2017, she, together with partners at Faith Matters Network and Hollaback!, launched The People’s Supper... Read More →
avatar for Steven Olikara

Steven Olikara

President and Co-Founder, Millennial Action Project
Steven is Founder & President of Millennial Action Project (MAP), the largest national, nonpartisan organization activating young policymakers in the U.S. Working with over 500 young lawmakers through “Future Caucuses” in state legislatures and Congress, MAP develops the next... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

10:30am

Roundtable: Ageism in Public Policy
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In a society that puts a premium on youth and change in its popular culture, how do our assumptions and subtle biases about elders impact public policy decisions and create an environment that reinforces prejudice? At “Ageism in Public Policy,” a gerontologist and leaders in aging services will give us tools to create stronger communities through intergenerational strategies.

Moderators
avatar for Marta Keane

Marta Keane

CEO, JABA
Marta has been the CEO of JABA since April 2013. She has made collaboration a focus of her tenure. She spent the previous 27 years working in rehab for skilled nursing and assisted living, committed to helping seniors achieve the highest quality of life. She has been an invited presenter... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ayn Welleford

Ayn Welleford

Associate Professor and Chair, VCU Department of Gerontology
Dr. Welleford has taught extensively in the areas of Lifespan Development, and Developmental Gerontology, Geropsychology, as well as Ethical Decision Making and Human Values. As Associate Professor and Chair of VCU's Department of Gerontology, she currently works to #DisruptAgeism... Read More →

Scholars
avatar for Denise Bonds

Denise Bonds

District Director, Thomas Jefferson Health District
Dr. Denise Bonds is the health director for the Thomas Jefferson Health District, a position she has held since 2015. She is a board certified internist with additional training in public health and women’s health.
avatar for Chip Boyles

Chip Boyles

Executive Director, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
avatar for Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

President, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
Jonathan Davis, FACHE, is the President of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Davis has a strong belief in community engagement, currently serving on several community boards including the Thomas Jefferson Area-United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, Charlottesville... Read More →
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Pamela Sutton-Wallace

Chief Executive Officer, University of Virginia Medical Center
Sutton-Wallace joined the Medical Center in July 2014. She oversees the strategic direction and operations of all inpatient and ambulatory services of the medical center. Prior to arriving at UVA, Sutton-Wallace served as senior vice president of hospital operations at Duke University... Read More →
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Peter Thompson

Executive Director, Senior Center
In addition to my Senior Center position, I serve as the Chair of the Charlottesville Area Alliance: Working together towards an age-friendly community. In 2017, The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County entered the WHO/AARP age-friendly network. The CAA vision is to be the... Read More →


11:00am

Velotonomy: beyond Uber, shared bikes and autonomous cars
In contrast to the industry’s dominant car-centric approach of concentrating on the 4-wheel automobile and its individual computation power, the PEV project focuses on the human-scale, pedestrian-friendly mobility solutions that bring more convenience, style and well-being to contemporary urban life.

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Phil Tinn

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab - City Science Group
Phil Tinn, Research Scientist and co-lead of future mobility projects at MIT Media Lab, is a practitioner of innovation across scales and physical-digital media, with over 10 years experience in product, service, design, and organizational change strategies and execution... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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11:00am

Word Embeddings Under the Hood: How Neural Networks Learn from Language
Since their introduction in the early 2010s, word vector embedding models have exploded in popularity and use. They are one of the key breakthroughs that have enabled a new, state-of-the-art approach to natural language processing based on deep learning. But despite their impact, relatively few practitioners understand how word vector models work under the hood to capture the semantic relationships within natural language data and produce their remarkable results. Patrick Harrison opens up the black box of a popular word embedding algorithm and walks you through of how it works its magic. Along the way, Patrick also covers core neural network concepts, including hidden layers, loss gradients, backpropagation, and more. This talk is based on an excerpt from the forthcoming book Deep Learning with Text from O’Reilly Media.

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Patrick Harrison

Associate Director, Data Science, S&P Global
Patrick Harrison started and leads the data science team at S&P Global Market Intelligence (S&P MI), a business and financial intelligence firm and data provider. The Data Science team at S&P MI employs a wide variety of data science tools and techniques, including machine learning... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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11:00am

New Frontiers in Digital Medicine
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Peer into the future of medicine, where digital tools unravel complex biochemical mysteries by modeling clinical and experimental data.

Moderators
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Shaival Kapadia

Chief Medical Officer, Monj
Shaival Kapadia, M.D. is a Richmond cardiologist with Bon Secours Medical Group. He is also a docpreneur cofounding two Richmond based startups, Iggbo and C3Nexus. Recently he joined Monj as Chief Medical Officer.

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Phil Bourne

Director, Data Science Institute
Philip E. Bourne, PhD, FACMI is the Stephenson Chair of Data Science, Director of the Data Science Institute and a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia.
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Ethan Dmitrovsky

Laboratory Director and President, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Leidos Biomedical Research, I
Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., became director of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and president of Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. in November 2017. He is the former provost and executive vice president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 


11:00am

MIMA Improvisational Songwriting Workshop
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MIMA (Modern Improvisational Music Appreciation) uses group improvisation in the form of games and other creative processes to generate material for musical composition. Activities use the body and voice as the source of musical sound. Participants will take part in a condensed, 2 hour MIMA session culminating in the creation of an original song. 
Come meet new friends, write a song, and learn about MIMA's work in Charlottesville and beyond.  


Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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11:05am

Use of Deep Learning for Environmental Enteropathy Biopsy Image Analysis
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A major challenge of interpreting clinical biopsy images to diagnose disease is the often striking overlap in histopathology between distinct but related conditions. There is a major clinical need to develop new methods in data science to allow clinicians to translate heterogeneous biomedical data extracted from patient samples into accurate, quantitative, and precise diagnostics. The development of such processes in high dimensional clinical research data will support the progress of “precision medicine”, with improved diagnostics, treatments, and clinical outcomes for patients. In this presentation we show preliminary results from an image analysis platform for the automated extraction of quantitative morphologic phenotypes from gastrointestinal (GI) biopsy images. This method will capture complex GI disease phenotypes, which cannot be measured directly using molecular approaches. We also aim to develop methods in data science to support the integration of this data with clinical and molecular data, enabling the construction of biologically informative and clinically useful integrative prognostic models in our case, in Environmental Enteropathy. EE is an acquired small intestinal inflammatory condition underlying high rates of linear growth stunting in children <5y of age in low- and middle-income countries. The histologic appearance of duodenal EE biopsies significantly overlaps with celiac enteropathy. To identify novel features that distinguish these two enteropathies from healthy tissue, we characterized intestinal mucosal alterations in Pakistani infants with EE using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN). 

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Sana Syed

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, University of Virginia
Sana Syed, MD MS is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist with advanced training in Nutrition at the University of Virginia. She is on faculty at the University of Virginia in the Center for Global Health with an adjunct faculty appointment at the Aga Khan University, Department of Pediatrics... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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Thursday April 12, 2018 11:05am - 11:35am
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

11:20am

A Modified K-Means Clustering Approach to Redrawing US Congressional Districts
Partisan gerrymandering threatens to undermine our democracy. It allows a political party in power to redraw district lines to its electoral advantage, making elections less competitive and less reflective of the will of the public. Most, including the US Supreme Court, agree that gerrymandering is an issue — but they stumble when asked to specify a more just policy for exactly how these lines should be drawn. How do you define an objective measure of political fairness?

Just as algorithms have made gerrymandering easier to implement and more widespread than ever, they can be used to reverse it. With congressional district lines set to be redrawn following the 2020 Census, this is the time to tackle this issue head on.

Speakers
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Jack Prominski

Master's Student, UVA Data Science Institute
Jack Prominski is a Master’s Student in Data Science at the UVA Data Science Institute. His research centers around applying NLP techniques to scientific journal articles as part of a capstone project for the Public Library of Science. Prior to graduate school, Jack worked in e-commerce... Read More →

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11:30am

Embed, Encode, Attend, Predict: A four-step framework for understanding neural network approaches to Natural Language Understanding problems
While there is a wide literature on developing neural networks for natural language understanding, the networks all have the same general architecture, determined by basic facts about the nature of linguistic input. In this talk I name and explain the four components (embed, encode, attend, predict), give a brief history of approaches to each subproblem, and explain two sophisticated networks in terms of this framework -- one for text classification, and another for textual entailment. The talk assumes a general knowledge of neural networks and machine learning. The talk should be especially suitable for people who have been working on computer vision or other problems. Just as computer vision models are designed around the fact that images are two or three-dimensional arrays of continuous values, NLP models are designed around the fact that text is a linear sequence of discrete symbols that form a hierarchical structure: letters are grouped into words, which are grouped into larger syntactic units (phrases, clauses, etc), which are grouped into larger discursive structures (utterances, paragraphs, sections, etc). Because the input symbols are discrete (letters, words, etc), the first step is "embed": map the discrete symbols into continuous vector representations. Because the input is a sequence, the second step is "encode": update the vector representation for each symbol given the surrounding context. You can't understand a sentence by looking up each word in the dictionary --- context matters. Because the input is hierarchical, sentences mean more than the sum of their parts. This motivates step three, attend: learn a further mapping from a variable-length matrix to a fixed-width vector, which we can then use to predict some specific information about the meaning of the text.

Speakers
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Matthew Honnibal

Founder, Explosion AI
Matthew Honnibal is the creator and lead developer of spaCy, one of the most popular libraries for Natural Language Processing. He has been publishing research on NLP since 2005, with a focus on syntactic parsing and other structured prediction problems. He left academia to start... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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11:40am

Decrypting Crypto Fascist Symbolism With Tensorflow
Last year the events of the Unite The Right Rally here in Charlottesville made a tremendous impact on the public's awareness and understanding of modern white supremacy and its propagation. In this talk, Emily will discuss how she used machine learning to identify white supremacist symbolism and how you can create your own custom machine learning model.

Speakers
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Emily Crose

Threat Hunter, Ironnet Cybersecurity
Emily Crose is a security researcher and professional with over 10 years of experience including a total of 7 between being an officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. She is currently directing the Nemesis project in her free time and currently... Read More →

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Capital One

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11:40am

Joining Separate Paradigms: Natural Language Processing and Deep Neural Networks to Characterize Neuronal Cell Type and Function
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Revolutionary progress in technology has opened new biological questions about cell types, states, and gene regulation on a single-cell scale. However, with the ability to understand how an individual cell functions discretely comes new data-oriented questions about dimensionality, feature reduction, and novel methods to account for noise. The central objective of our research is to refine novel applications for single-cell data to better characterize sub-populations of cell types in various regions of the brain. 

Hold onto your seats because this presentation will take you on a journey from the cells in your brain to the underpinnings of data science in biomedicine!

Speakers
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Cait Dreisbach

MSDS/PhD Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Cait Dreisbach graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Global Health before deciding to be clinically relevant and enter the nursing profession. Cait graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing before moving to Charlottesville... Read More →
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Morgan Wall

Master's Student, UVA Data Science Institute
Morgan Wall graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in May 2015 with a dual Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Economics. Following graduation, she worked in the field of Melanoma research at the University of Virginia Human Immune Therapy Center, investigating... Read More →
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Ali Zaidi

Master's Student, UVA Data Science Institute
Ali Zaidi achieved a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience and Information Technology from George Mason University in Northern Virginia in May of 2017. During his time at George Mason University, he was involved in multiple research opportunities within the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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Thursday April 12, 2018 11:40am - 11:55am
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Building an Applied Machine Learning Laboratory for Undergraduate Research and Education
This presentation will detail the creation of the Data Science and Applied Machine Learning Laboratory and complementary Data Science curriculum for undergraduate research and education at James Madison University. The current state of the lab supports research, development and applications in four key areas: (i) small-scale autonomous vehicles, (ii) image classification and object detection, (iii) algorithm development for single-layer and multi-layer artificial neural networks, and (iv) introduction to deep neural networks (deep learning) with parallel distributed computing. The research focus areas of the lab are being designed to emphasize core underlying principles, techniques and methodologies specific to applied machine learning and data science. The curriculum development parallels this approach with courses that provide students with many of the foundational, translational, professional and ethical skills that will make it possible for them to become effective practitioners of data science and machine learning. Both research and pedagogy use two production-ready Python frameworks: Anaconda’s Data Science Platform and Google’s TensorFlow. It is envisioned that this integrated research and pedagogical approach may become a “best practice” that informs the development and assessment of new and emerging machine learning and data science programs at other institutions.

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Anthony Teate

Professor and Director of the Applied Machine Learning Laboratory, JMU
Dr. Anthony Teate is currently a tenured Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University, where he is also the Director of the Data Science and Applied Machine Learning Laboratory. His current areas of research include theoretical and computational... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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12:00pm

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Learned to Love Graph Databases
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In the age of big data context matters. Graph databases encode context and relationships into the data. We used that context to look at things like how infection spread in the hospital, how patients move through the hospital, and how teams interact. This talk will explain what a graph database is, how to get started, and how to use social network analysis to get deep insights or make predictions.

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Michael Zelenetz

Data Insights Programmer, New York Presbyterian hospital
Michael works in Analytics at New York Presbyterian—one of the country’s foremost academic medical centers. When not working he can he found running or climbing with his two sons.

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Capital One

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Thursday April 12, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Rapid NLP Annotation Through Binary Decisions, Pattern Bootstrapping and Active Learning Using Prodigy and spaCy
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In this talk, I'll present a fast, flexible and even somewhat fun approach to named entity annotation. Using our approach, a model can be trained for a new entity type in only a few hours, starting from only a feed of unannotated text and a handful of seed terms. Given the seed terms, we first perform an interactive lexical learning phase, using a semantic similarity model that can be trained from raw text via an algorithm such as word2vec. The similarity model can be made to learn vectors for longer phrases by pre-processing the text, and abstract patterns can be created referencing attributes such as part-of-speech tags. The patterns file is then used to present the annotator with a sequence of candidate phrases, so that the annotation can be conducted as a binary choice. The annotator's eyes remain fixed near the centre of the screen, decisions can be made with a click, swipe or single keypress, and tasks are buffered to prevent delays. Using this interface, annotation rates of 10-30 decisions per minute are common. If the decisions are especially easy (e.g. confirming that instances of a phrase are all valid entities), the rate may be several times faster. As the annotator accepts or rejects the suggested phrases, the responses are used to start training a statistical model. Predictions from the statistical model are then mixed into the annotation queue. Despite the sparsity of the signal (binary answers on one phrase per sentence), the model begins to learn surprisingly quickly. A global neural network model is used, with beam-search to allow a form of noise-contrastive estimation training. The pattern matcher and entity recognition model is available in our open-source library spaCy, while the interface, task queue and workflow management are implemented in our annotation tool Prodigy.

Speakers
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Ines Montani

Founder, Explosion AI
Ines is a developer specializing in applications for AI technology. She's the co-founder of Explosion AI and a core developer of spaCy, the leading open-source library for Natural Language Processing in Python and Prodigy, an annotation tool for radically efficient machine teachi... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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12:00pm

Just Eat: The Future of Food
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From climate change to immigration, what we eat and where it comes from stands at the center of the world stage - without ever leaving the intimacy of our homes and daily rituals. In this session, three incredible innovators share how they changed the food we all eat, and offer insights into the next goalpost for a sustainable, fair, and healthy future. Lunch Included.

Moderators
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Jane Black

Journalist, Freelance
Jane Black is a Washington, D.C. food writer who covers food politics, nutrition and sustainability issues. She is particularly interested in how culture shapes what and how we eat and the emerging science of behavior change. Her work appears in the publications such as The Washington... Read More →

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Greg Asbed

Cofounder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Greg Asbed, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, is a co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and a principal architect of the Fair Food Program and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model, a breakthrough approach to verifiable corporate accountability recognized by observers... Read More →
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Melody Barnes

Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions LLC
Melody Barnes is a senior fellow in presidential studies at UVA’s Miller Center, she is also a Distinguished Fellow in the School of Law. She was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from January 2009 until January 2012.
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Seth Goldman

Executive Chairman, Co-founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Beyond Meat, Honest Tea
Seth Goldman is Co-Founder & TeaEO Emeritus of Honest Tea and Executive Chair of Beyond Meat.  Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea, specializing in beverages that are organic and Fair Trade Certified™. Seth also serves on the board of Ripple Foods, the... Read More →

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Beyond Meat

We believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

1:00pm

Real-time, Streaming Anomaly Detection for Cybersecurity with Redis-ML
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Network-based threats to personal information, company secrets and critical infrastructure are increasing in frequency and sophistication. A rapid response is critical for stopping these threats, but, with network speeds reaching 100Gb/s and beyond, network defenders are swamped by overwhelming amounts of traffic, hindering both detection and response. Data scientists maintain that machine learning has the potential to help fight these threats, but the current dominant “Big Data” strategy of backhauling data to a central repository, using tools such as Hadoop and Spark, adds significant latency while incurring additional costs for bandwidth, storage, and computational resources. Furthermore, “Big Data” platforms such as Spark are optimized primarily for data management and model training, not serving trained models in deployment. We will walk through the process of translating a multi-dimensional anomaly detection algorithm that operates in batch into a streaming algorithm suitable for deployment in a network sensor. Then we demonstrate how deploying these models with Redis and the Redis ML module leads to dramatic reduction in processing time, leading to the faster threat detection and response.

Speakers
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Andrew Fast

Chief Data Scientist, CounterFlow AI, Inc.
Dr. Andrew Fast is the Chief Data Scientist and co-founder of CounterFlow AI, a company that builds artificial intelligence systems for threat hunting and packet capture for network security. Previously, he served as the Chief Scientist at Elder Research, Inc., a leading data science... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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1:05pm

Can a Machine Be Racist or Sexist?
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Machine learning algorithms are coded procedures - a series of logical steps that use mathematical functions to find patterns in datasets - so is it possible for a machine learning model to be socially biased? How can social bias make its way into our data, our trained models, and our artificial intelligence, and how could that affect people in our society? What do we need to be aware of as data scientists in order to prevent our models from treating people unfairly and causing harm?

Speakers
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Renee Teate

Data Scientist, HelioCampus
Renée M. P. Teate is the creator of the popular Becoming a Data Scientist Podcast and @becomingdatasci twitter account. She has worked with data for her entire career, from designing databases for small businesses to analyzing customer and alumni data for Rosetta Stone and James... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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1:05pm

Two Years of Bayesian Bandits for E-Commerce
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At Monetate, we’ve deployed Bayesian bandits (both noncontextual and contextual) to help our clients optimize their e-commerce sites since early 2016. This talk is an overview of the lessons we’ve learned from both the processes of deploying real-time Bayesian machine learning systems at scale and building a data product on top of these systems that is accessible to non-technical users (marketers). This talk will cover:
  • The place of multi-armed bandits in the A/B testing industry,
  • Thompson sampling and the basic theory of Bayesian bandits,
  • Bayesian approaches for accommodating nonstationarity in bandit feedback,
  • User experience challenges in driving adoption of these technologies by nontechnical marketers.
We will focus primarily on noncontextual bandits and give a brief overview of these problems in the contextual setting as time permits.

Speakers
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Austin Rochford

Principal Data Scientist and Director, Monetate Labs
Austin Rochford is Principal Data Scientist and Director of Monetate Labs. He is a founding member of Monetate Labs, where he does research and development for machine learning-driven marketing products. He is a recovering mathematician, a passionate Bayesian, and a PyMC3 developer... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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Thursday April 12, 2018 1:05pm - 1:35pm
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

1:20pm

The Art and Science of Bieberfinding
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Social media offers a diverse and intermeshed landscape of creators and consumers that cuts across traditional archetypes of genre and stardom. Given the speed of evolution, fractured landscape of delivery platforms, and sheer breadth of choices, discovering emerging talent becomes a now-classic big-data classification problem against a broad but shallow signal. Access to data remains the primary challenge to effective feature engineering in this space, and therefore to identifying the next Justin Bieber, political star, or terrorist leader. A cascade of models and feedback loops can address this problem by first scoring against a weak but suitably general source of information, such as Twitter, and then leveraging this rough set to prioritize subsequent, more-focused data collection. Once the search space has been sufficiently reduced, a deep learning (embedding) model can feasibly employed for similarity search and general inference.

Speakers
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Alec Gosse

Lead Data Scientist, Metis Machine
Alec Gosse comes to data science from a study of how infrastructure investment and mobility patterns interact to drive environmental impacts. Prior to joining Metis Machine as Lead Data Scientist, Gosse worked to build unsupervised place understanding by fusing social media, GIS... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


1:30pm

Social Bias in Machine Learning
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Machine learning algorithms are coded procedures - a series of logical steps that use mathematical functions to find patterns in datasets - so is it possible for a machine learning model to be socially biased? How can social bias make its way into our data, our trained models, and our artificial intelligence, and how could that affect people in our society? What do we need to be aware of as data scientists in order to prevent our models from treating people unfairly and causing harm?

Moderators
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Renee Teate

Data Scientist, HelioCampus
Renée M. P. Teate is the creator of the popular Becoming a Data Scientist Podcast and @becomingdatasci twitter account. She has worked with data for her entire career, from designing databases for small businesses to analyzing customer and alumni data for Rosetta Stone and James... Read More →

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Emily Crose

Threat Hunter, Ironnet Cybersecurity
Emily Crose is a security researcher and professional with over 10 years of experience including a total of 7 between being an officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. She is currently directing the Nemesis project in her free time and currently... Read More →
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Natalie Evans Harris

Chief Operating Officer, BrightHive
Both as Founder of Harris Data Consulting and COO of BrightHive, Ms. Evans Harris has dedicated over 16 years to driving the strategic use of data to answer some of our nation’s toughest questions and driving organizational success; 
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Vicente Ordonez

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Vicente Ordonez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning. He is a recipient of an IBM Faculty Award and a Google Faculty... Read More →

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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


1:40pm

Empowering People and Thwarting Machines
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Under the current data paradigm, third parties often capture, analyze, and make use of an individual’s data without that individual’s knowledge or consent. The uses of this data are often opaque, and even when an individual signs a “Terms of Service Agreement” it is questionable whether they truly provide informed consent. With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we’re seeing momentum to provide individuals with greater data privacy protection. As part of the Assembly on artificial intelligence and governance -- a joint project between the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and the MIT Media Lab -- we are creating technical and policy mechanisms that empower individuals to thwart third parties from successfully analyzing their data and to communicate that they do not want their data to be used in ways that they did not consent to. We are building a tool that directly embeds “Do Not Track”-like signature in images while simultaneously duping image classification systems.

Speakers
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Thom Miano

Research Data Scientist, RTI International
Thom Miano is a data scientist in the Center for Data Science at RTI International. Thom studies Artificial Intelligence as a multifaceted discipline, investigating the development of algorithmic architectures, the practical application of machine learning in health, education, and... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


2:00pm

Partner Event: Financing Affordable Housing
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Experts from every field of housing finance - from mortgage lenders to state agencies - share strategies for making making affordable residential projects work.

Speakers
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Melissa Maddox Evans

President & Chair, Charleston Redevelopment Corporation
Ms. Maddox-Evans also serves as the General Counsel for The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston, has led the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority as Chief Executive Officer and has spent several years advocating and developing affordable housing opportunities... Read More →
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Anthony Williams

Executive Director and CEO, Federal City Council
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities... Read More →

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Philip d'Oronzio

Principal/CEO, Pilot Mortgage, LLC
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Susan Dewey

Executive Director, VHDA
avatar for Ned Howe

Ned Howe

Vice President New Business, Enterprise Homes, Inc.
Ned Howe is Vice President of New Business for Enterprise Homes, Inc. In this role, he manages and supports development staff through the entitlement process, and pursues new development opportunities for rental and homeownership communities throughout the Mid- Atlantic region.
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Anita Morrison

Principal, Partners for Economic Solutions
I have been a land use economics consultant for 40 years with a particular interest in housing and neighborhood revitalization. I am preparing a Housing Needs Assessment for Charlottesville, combining demographic research, an assessment of the housing supply, review of housing market... Read More →
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Stacy Pethia

Housing Program Coordinator, City of Charlottesville
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Linda Stanley

SVP / Business Banking Executive, Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
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Aakash Thakkar

Senior Vice President, EYA
Aakash Thakkar serves as a Partner and Senior Vice President for Acquisition and Development at EYA.  He is responsible for project leadership, including new deal sourcing, site selection, acquisition, financing, and development.  He lives with his wife and 2 young children in Washington... Read More →

Sponsors
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ACAC

ACAC provides a great fitness experience for members of all ages in a clean and safe environment. We are dedicated to the integration of medicine and fitness to improve community health by focusing on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of lifestyle-related disease.
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Urban Land Virginia Institute

At the Urban Land Institute, our mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Virginia, a district council of the Urban Land Institute, carries forth that mission as the preeminent regional real... Read More →


2:00pm

Freelancing: A Survival Guide to the Future of Work
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What does the gig economy mean for workers, entrepreneurs, and YOU? An era of ultimate freedom or the collapse of the social contract? How does it look different for white collar workers versus trades professionals? For women versus men? Learn how to stay afloat in a sea of unpredictability.

Moderators
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John Reinhold

President, RVA Magazine
John Reinhold is CEO, owner and President of Inkwell Ventures. Inkwell owns RVA Magazine, the biggest independent media in Virginia. Inkwell also owns Gayrva, the largest LGBT Media in Virginia. Some of John's other projects include: Gallery 5, RVAlution, Richmond Mural Project, RVA... Read More →

Speakers
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Ace Callwood

CEO, Painless1099
Ace Callwood is the co-founder and CEO of Painless1099, a smart platform that manages 1099s, benefits, and taxes for independent contractors and their clients. Prior to Painless1099, Ace co-founded Coffitivity, an ambient sound app that was one of TIME Magazine’s Top 50 Sites of... Read More →
avatar for Anna Payne-Fife

Anna Payne-Fife

Associate Director, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Anna Fife serves as the Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative. Prior to the Aspen Institute, Anna worked in the executive office of Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization focused on ending childhood hunger in America... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Tennery

Jeff Tennery

Founder & CEO, Moonlighting
Jeff is one of the nation's leading experts on the gig economy. He is the Founder & CEO of Moonlighting, the first nationwide mobile marketplace where anyone can hire or be hired in any community in the country. Jeff has spent more than 25 years in leadership roles at Verizon, AT&T... Read More →
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Claire Wasserman

Founder, Ladies Get Paid
As the founder of Ladies Get Paid, Claire is the creative force and energy behind the community. She is currently touring the country, hosting town halls for thousands of women to talk about money, work, and self-worth.

Sponsors
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2:00pm

KEYNOTE: Fighting Inequality with Finance
Limited Capacity seats available

Income volatility, debt, and inadequate financial products prevent millions of Americans from starting and owning businesses. Learn how a new generation of financial institutions is leveling the playing field and unleashing a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Moderators
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Greg Fairchild

Professor, UVA Darden School of Business
Gregory Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and Associate Dean for Washington, D.C. Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship. Fairchild serves as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

President, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor best known for finding, developing, and investing in entrepreneurs in places and industries where most people aren’t looking. He founded Village Capital in 2009 and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries since... Read More →
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Peter Jackson

Portfolio Director, IDEO
Peter Jackson is a portfolio director at IDEO San Francisco, where he is focused on the intersection of consumer experience and organizational design. Prior to joining IDEO, Peter served as senior counselor to now U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and as the first Assistant Director for... Read More →
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Jerry Nemorin

Founder & CEO, LendStreet
Jerry is responsible for developing the strategic direction and overseeing the operations of LendStreet. Prior to founding LendStreet, Jerry worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its Global Corporate & Investing Banking division, helping major companies restructure their debt... Read More →

Sponsors
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


2:00pm

Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy
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Whether we grumble about sycophancy or grudgingly tolerate it as a price of getting along in a complex society, we rarely examine it closely. This session humorously considers flattery and bootlicking in history, literature, and especially in business. 

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Parker

Deborah Parker

Professor of Italian, University of Virginia
Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian at the University of Virginia and coauthor, with Mark Parker, of INFERNO REVEALED: From Dante to Dan Brown
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Mark Parker

Professor of English, James Madison University
Mark Parker, Professor of English at James Madison University, is the coauthor with Deborah Parker of INFERNO REVEALED: From Dante to Dan Brown

Sponsors
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


2:00pm

Why It Pays to Startup in Small Cities
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Tally up the costs and consider technology, and the best place to launch a global business might be the cities that get the least attention. If you’re looking for strategies to develop national client, investor, and user networks from a small metro, don’t miss this session.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Senior Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation
Chris Harris is a senior program officer in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he manages the Market Gaps program, which seeks to work with organizations to address persistent barriers for diverse entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation... Read More →

Speakers
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Kendall Morris

Founder, Partner, Junior Founders Club, Authentic
Kendall Morris is a former teacher turned entrepreneur and parent of three great kids. Having launched her first business while home raising 3 kids, she successfully transitioned to co-founding an award winning digital marketing agency. Create Digital served many top clients such... Read More →
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Will Morris

CEO, EdConnective, EdConnective
Will Morris is the Founder and CEO of EdConnective. Will received his Masters of Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. There he researched instructional coaching as a promising lever of teacher quality. 
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Mary Stargel

Director of Innovation District Programs, The Enterprise Center
Mary Stargel works in Chattanooga’s Innovation District to bring together the growing innovation community through programs and organizational collaboration.

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

2:00pm

Grow Different: AgTech and Urban Farming
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How are we going to feed the next billion? As populations continue to urbanize, the future of food might be more concrete jungle than farm to table. Join these visionaries on the cutting edge of biology, architecture, and nutrition.

Moderators
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Duron Chavis

Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Presently Chavis is engaged in coordinating innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and food security in a culturally relevant way. Chavis has served as a Clean Air Ambassador on behalf of Earthjustice and the Hip Hop Caucus. He is an alumni of Leadership... Read More →

Speakers
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Jason Green

CEO & Co-founder, Edenworks
Jason Green is CEO + Cofounder at Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based indoor agriculture company. Jason has spent his career at the nexus of hardware, software, and biology. Prior to Edenworks, Jason developed virtual reality-based neurorehabilitation technologies and served as a Howard Hughes... Read More →
avatar for Christine Keller

Christine Keller

Head of Product & Marketing, Plenty
Christine Keller brings twenty years of consumer packaged goods expertise to Plenty, having worked with some of the largest food and produce companies in the world including Albertsons/Safeway, Chiquita, and Dole. Christine has also directed innovation projects for global brands such... Read More →
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April Philips

President, April Philips Design Works
April Philips, FASLA, is a landscape architect, thought leader, artist, and author. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award winning landscape architecture firm whose work focuses on a fusion of nature, art, and technology. April is a national leader in both research... Read More →
avatar for Jack Ross

Jack Ross

Co-founder, Beanstalk Farms LLC
Jack started Beanstalk with his brother, Michael, to create a sustainable abundance of food through technological innovations. He graduated from UVA’s engineering school in 2017 and is working on building a fully automated indoor farm, capable of growing pesticide free, non-GMO... Read More →


2:00pm

Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide
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This session, Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide, will prompt participants to reexamine and challenge the conventional narrative about the urban-rural divide. The session will offer a state-by-state snapshot of urban and rural differences across key economic measures including broadband access, educational attainment, high-value business growth and prosperity growth, followed by a facilitated discussion about how communities are bridging the divide and in turn spurring local, regional and state economic growth.

Speakers
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Christiana McFarland

Research Director, National League of Cities
Christiana K. McFarland is the Research Director of the National League of Cities, the nation’s largest advocacy, resource and research organization dedicated to strengthening cities. She directs the organization's research agenda and conducts NLC’s major research initiatives... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Guma Gallery 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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2:00pm

Unleashing the Power of Public Prototyping: An Inside Look at Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge
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In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 35 Champion Cities in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. Selected from a pool of more than 320 applications, these cities and are now in the midst of a six-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas. Hear how Huntington, West Virginia will tackle compassion fatigue for emergency responders on the frontlines of the nation’s opioid epidemic; how Hartford, Connecticut will use gunshot detection technology to support traumatized youth; and how Durham, North Carolina will leverage behavioral insights to encourage alternatives to driving downtown.



Moderators
avatar for Katie Appel Duda

Katie Appel Duda

Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Katie Appel Duda co-leads Bloomberg Philanthropies' Government Innovation grant programs, which help city leaders and their teams in more than 250 cities around the world to better solve problems and share promising ideas that improve life for residents. Before Bloomberg Philanthropies... Read More →

Speakers
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Maureen Devlin

Transportation Planner, City of Durham
I help people find their “car-lite” lifestyle, including advice on how to break-up or “ghost” their car. I would be nowhere, personally or professionally, without a smartphone. GPS and transit apps rule.
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Ryan Pierce

Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, City of Hartford
As the Project Manager for Strategic Initiatives, Ryan works at the intersection of economic/community development, public policy, process improvement and innovation to help City of Hartford departments design initiatives and secure grant funds for implementation. Previously, Ryan... Read More →
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Jan Rader

Fire Chief, Huntington WV Fire Department
A Native of Ironton, Ohio, Jan Rader joined the Huntington Fire Department in August of 1994. Ms. Rader is the first woman to reach the rank of Chief for a career department in the State of West Virginia. She holds an Associates Degree in Occupational Development from Marshall University... Read More →


2:00pm

The Future of Patient Care
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Stunning breakthroughs in connectivity and artificial intelligence has traditional one-size-fits-all treatment care models on their way out and new patient-centric models like precision medicine and functional medicine emerging. Take a tour of tomorrow’s doctors, patients, and healthcare facilities in this panel.

Moderators
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Christopher Moore

Associate Professor, University of Virginia, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health
Dr. Christopher C. Moore has been a consultant to the WHO on the management of critical illness. His NIH supported research includes animal models of sepsis pathophysiology and more recently the pharmacokinetics of TB therapy for patients with TB sepsis and TB meningitis in Mbarara... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Laura Barnes

Laura Barnes

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Laura Barnes is an assistant professor in Systems and Information Engineering and the Data Science Institute at the University of Virginia. She directs the Sensing Systems for Health Lab which focuses on understanding the dynamics and personalization of health and well-being through... Read More →
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Kimberly Deas

PhD Student Healthcare Informatics, Rutgers University, School of Health Related Professions
Kimberly Deas works with academic institutions and Ryan White funded community based organizations, providing statistical and data analytical support to their programs. Her areas of interest include health disparities and how health data science can improve the lives of people living... Read More →
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Miriam Friedel

Director & Senior Scientist, Elder Research
Dr. Miriam Friedel has over a decade of experience with scientific modeling, predictive analytics, and software engineering in fields spanning theoretical physics, transportation, neuroscience, and telecommunications. Her unique background enables her to bridge the gap between complex... Read More →
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Randall Moorman

Chief Medical Officer, AMP3D
Randall Moorman, MD, is Chief Medical Officer of AMP3D (Advanced Medical Predictive Devices, Diagnostics, and Displays), a clinical cardiologist and Professor of Internal Medicine, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. 


2:00pm

Roundtable: The Story of a Place
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In a country increasingly at odds with itself, the burden of explaining Americans to each other often falls on reporters and placemakers. In this peer-to-peer seminar, veterans in the field reveal how they understand their own work, limitations, and achievements.

Moderators
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Jessica Luck

Editor, C-Ville Weekly
Jessica Luck is the Editor-in-Chief of C-VILLE Weekly, which produces the area's local weekly newspaper, as well as seven magazine titles.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Fallows

Deborah Fallows

Author, Contributing Writer, Dreaming in Chinese, The Atlantic
Deborah Fallows is the author of two books that report on the people, culture, and values in the communities of two different countries, China and the U.S.  The first, Dreaming in Chinese, is based on 4 years of living and working in China. The newly-released Our Towns: A 100,000... Read More →
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Roben Farzad

Host, Author, Full Disclosure on NPR One
Roben Farzad is the host of Full Disclosure on NPR One, contributor to PBS NewsHour and author of Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami (Penguin Berkley \ 2017).
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Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Artistic Director and Cofounder, Victory Hall Opera
Australian soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart has gained recognition across four continents for her powerful instrument and dramatic vulnerability, specializing in the repertoire of Wagner and Strauss. She has performed over 40 leading roles at major opera houses including the Sydney Opera... Read More →
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Enjoli Moon

Founder & Creative Director, Assistant Film Curator, Afrikana Film Festival, ICA @ VCU
Enjoli Moon specializes in creating platforms for filmmakers of color so that they may share their stories with world. She is the founder and creative director of the Afrikana Independent Film Fest and currently serves as the asst film curator, at the Institute for Contemporary Arts... Read More →
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Michael Orlove

Director, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works + Artist Communities + International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts
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Anne Helen Petersen

Senior Culture Writer, BuzzFeed News
Anne Helen Petersen is a Features Writer at BuzzFeed, currently serving as BuzzFeed News' Western Correspondent, covering culture in the Mountain West. She grew up in rural Idaho and has lived in small towns all over the United States, from Putney, VT to Walla Walla, WA. Her most... Read More →
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Ben Speggen

Erie Reader, Contributing Editor
At the Erie Reader, Erie’s independent alternative publication, he currently serves as a Contributing Editor. There, he authors in-depth features and occasional op-eds amongst other things, covering Erie’s political scene to urban development to innovation and more. Ben’s been... Read More →

Scholars
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Nathan Moore

General Manager, WTJU 91.1 FM

Sponsors
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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciencesis the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal artsand humanities section of the University... Read More →


2:05pm

KEYNOTE: How to Fail Spectacularly at Analytics
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Success stories abound that extoll the use of “analytics” in a wide variety of fields and on a wide swath of problems. But there are valuable lessons to be learned from what didn’t work, whether a spectacular failure or just bumps in the road. In this talk, we describe real-world examples, some anonymous and most from the speakers’ decades of analytical consulting. We will describe pitfalls, misconceptions, and uncertainties commonly encountered by companies in their path towards adoption of analytics that led to failure, lost time, and wasted investment.

UPDATE: THIS TALK WILL BE LIVESTREAMED INTO AN ADDITIONAL THEATER

Speakers
avatar for Antonia de Medinaceli

Antonia de Medinaceli

Co-Founder, Augmented
Antonia has spent the past two decades in all aspects of the data science industry. Starting out as a modeler, she applied machine learning algorithms to fraud detection, credit scoring, lead generation, and crime prediction problems among many others. She has worked with both commercial... Read More →

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


2:45pm

Explainable AI: Key Techniques and Societal Implications
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The field of Explainable AI strives to understand the inner workings of “black-box” algorithms to ensure their safe adoption in society. As advances in AI and, more specifically, machine learning, create more complex models, there is a growing regulatory and ethical appetite to understand the decision-making process of these models. This talk dives into state of the art methods (e.g., LIME and Integrated Gradients) for explaining deep learning models and considers the challenges inherent to this research field.

 


Speakers
avatar for Mark Ibrahim

Mark Ibrahim

Machine Learning Engineer, Capital One
Mark Ibrahim is a machine learning engineer at Capital One's Center for Machine Learning.
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Ceena Modarres

Data Scientist, Capital One
Ceena Modarres is a Data Scientist and Machine Learning Engineer at Capital One. He works on ML interpretability research and natural language processing applications within the organization. He has a M.S. in Reliability Engineering and lives in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


2:45pm

In Man's Image: Autonomy through Imitation Learning
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When we dream about artificial intelligence, I conjecture that most of us do not imagine random forests being applied to business intelligence. The dream is artificial general intelligence (AGI)! A physical agent that can emulate the human mind. Unfortunately, the current belief is that AGI will not be seen until the mid-century (assuming the Earth and our economies are still functioning at that time.) So what can we do now? We can keep working to build AIs capable of autonomy in smaller tasks (such as sorting blocks or driving a car). Autonomous systems are a natural stepping stone to achieving AGI. If we cannot create systems that are capable of successfully performing our trivial tasks, how can we build an intelligence comparable to the human intellect? In that same vein, why don't we teach autonomy by our own example? What is more obvious than to teach an agent independence than by imitating the experts (i.e. us)?

This talk provides an introduction to imitation learning, a training technique that utilizes expert demonstrations to teach AI agents how to perform particular tasks. It begins with a brief explanation of reinforcement learning and its relationship to imitation learning for autonomous agents.  Then, there will be a discussion on popular imitation learning techniques and algorithms (such as behavioral cloning, DAgger, and one-shot imitation learning) and their benefits and tradeoffs. Using CARLA, a high-fidelity, open-source simulator for autonomous vehicle research, this presentation will provide examples of how well the different techniques actually work in practice. Lastly, it will wrap up with a discussion about why imitation learning does not solve the problem of autonomy, and what still needs to be done.

Speakers
avatar for Bryce Freshcorn

Bryce Freshcorn

Senior AI Engineer, The MITRE Corp.
Bryce Freshcorn is an artificial intelligence engineer at the MITRE Corp. His current research interests are focused on computer vision applications for end-to-end modeling in autonomous systems and healthcare diagnostics. His other passion (born from his experiences in the defense... Read More →

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2:45pm

The Florist, the GPU, and Deep Learning (DL/Computer Vision Intro)
Dr. May Casterline is a data scientist/image scientist/software developer with a background in satellite and airborne imaging systems. Her research interests include deep learning, hyperspectral and multispectral imaging, innovative applications of machine learning approaches to remote sensing data, and creative software solutions to challenging geospatial problems. She holds a PhD and Bachelors of Science in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, with a focus on remote sensing. In industry she has acted as a product owner, technical lead, lead developer, and image scientist on both research initiatives and development projects. As a Senior Solutions Architect at NVIDIA, Dr. Casterline works with both industry and government to help enable developers, engineers, data scientists and analysts integrate artificial intelligence and GPU-accelerated solutions into their workflows and products.

Speakers
avatar for May Casterline

May Casterline

Senior Solutions Architect, NVIDIA
Dr. May Casterline is a data scientist/image scientist/software developer with a background in satellite and airborne imaging systems. Her research interests include deep learning, hyperspectral and multispectral imaging, innovative applications of machine learning approaches to remote... Read More →

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


3:00pm

Community Workshop: Brewing with Fruit I
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Attendees will discuss the history of brewing with fruit and other atypical ingredients, how fruit influences different styles of beer, and how New Belgium utilizes fruit and spice ingredients to tailor to the American craft consumer. The workshop aims to educate participants and alleviate misconceptions surrounding the stigma of fruited beers. Furthermore, customers will be enlightened regarding the merits of craft beer while continuing to build interest in an industry that is increasingly integral to the economy of Central Virginia and Charlottesville in particular. *Note: Participants must be 21 years of age or older. Please bring identification. 

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New Belgium

Culture has become the new buzz word in business, and folks love to ask “what’s your culture like?” Here's the thing: culture isn't about what you say; it's about what you do. Company values that are posted to a corporation's website, or displayed on a poster in their lobby... Read More →

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Thursday April 12, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Draft Taproom 425 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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3:00pm

Community Workshop: Intro to Ethical Hacking
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Learn about hacking as it pertains to systems security development in a gamified workshop, featuring a guest lecture followed by a capture-the-flag challenge. Mike Erman, a creative systems and security expert, will give a short talk covering the basics of security/hacking, then give the developers a pre-made environment that they have to “hack” to get ahead in the game. People from Silverchair's Red Team (a security-focused hacking group) will be on hand to give tips and teach tricks.

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Silverchair

Silverchair designs and builds websites to host scholarly content and creates specialized features and interfaces for interacting with that content. Founded in 1993, the company began as a packager for medical textbooks, changing shape over time and launching the Silverchair Platform... Read More →

Workshop Leaders
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Mike Erman

Silverchair
Mike Erman was a Nuclear Reactor Operator on Submarines in the US Navy for 6 years but has spent the past 23 years doing systems and security engineering, forensics and incident response, and penetration testing in the commercial, Intelligence, and DoD communities. Mike has a Bachelor... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Silverchair 316 E Main St #300, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:25pm

Training Drone Image Models with Grand Theft Auto
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Computer vision models often require large amounts of labeled and domain-relevant data for effective training. For analyzing drone video, models trained on existing computer vision datasets such as ImageNet don’t always transfer to the desired domain well. CCRi Data Scientist Monica Rajendiran will describe how she and her team take advantage of the photo-realism and access to high-level semantic information in the video game Grand Theft Auto to train computer vision models that can perform object detection and image captioning on real drone, security camera, and even infrared footage in the face of poor video quality, compression artifacts, and clutter.

Speakers
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Monica Rajendiran

Data Scientist, CCRi
Monica Rajendiran is a Data Scientist at CCRi, where she researches and develops deep learning techniques for machine aided object detection and text generation in full motion video. When not working on personal machine learning projects, she’s running Charlottesville’s many hills... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


3:25pm

Harnessing Machine Learning to Enable Discovery
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There has been an explosion in the number of commercially available satellite images produced every day. The democratization of space technology has catalyzed a revolution of the commercial space industry which is now rapidly transforming from one company imaging 5 million km2 a day to up to 10 companies imaging 200 million km2 a day, and from constellations of a handful of satellites to constellations of hundreds of satellites. Today, the number of images being generated by this rapidly evolving commercial space industry far exceeds human scales. This talk will explore how we can harness machine learning to enable global discovery at scale. Fueled by advancements in machine learning algorithms, GPUs, and the availability of labeled datasets, we have dramatically improved our ability to extract insight from this explosion of data to understand changes across the globe.

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Mikel Rodriguez

Director of Computer Vision Research, MITRE
Mikel Rodriguez leads computer vision research at MITRE, a federally funded research and development center. For the past fifteen years his main research passion and interest has been the exploration of how we can use AI and in particular computer vision to help us solve problems... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:25pm - 3:55pm
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:30pm

News Article Classification for Improving Estimates of Arrest-Related Deaths in the US
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National statistics of police-involved deaths have been hampered by databases that rely on voluntary reporting by a decentralized system of more than 18,000 independent law enforcement agencies. As part of a redesign of the Arrest Related Deaths (ARD) program by BJS, RTI developed a coding and classification pipeline that applies machine learning techniques to identify deaths from open information sources, including news articles and official reports from state and local law enforcement agencies. This hybrid approach led to an annual estimate of 1,900 arrest-related deaths in the U.S., and 1,200 law enforcement homicides, in line with estimates from the 2015 capture recapture analysis and other independent media sources (Banks, Ruddle, Kennedy & Planty, 2016). The pipeline created in order to identify news articles representing arrested related deaths is comprised of several sequential computational processes. The initial step of the pipeline collects news articles from media monitoring services, where the articles collected have a title or text that contains a word from a list of domain relevant keywords. Following this step, the articles are deduplicated to remove articles that have significant overlap in article title or text. The remaining articles are run through a relevancy classifier - a machine learning model that predicts whether the article describes an arrest related death. A human coder makes the final determination of whether an article meets our definition of an arrest related death, and then links multiple articles to a specific decedent, if necessary, through a web interface. All told, this machine learning based system typically results in an 87% reduction in the total volume of articles. This project, reported by BJS, has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Guardian, fivethirtyeight.com (who also included it among the Best Data Stories of 2016), and The Measure of Everyday Life podcast.

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avatar for Peter Baumgartner

Peter Baumgartner

Data Scientist, RTI International
Peter Baumgartner is a data scientist at RTI International, a non-profit research institute. He applies natural language processing, machine learning, and design thinking to build things that help people.


3:30pm

Partner Event: Community Engagement in Affordable Housing
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What does outstanding collaboration look and feel like? Through real examples, this session offers residents, developers, architects, and city staff strategies to get past conflict and into partnership.

Scholars
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Liz Chapman

Senior Associate, Grimm + Parker Architects
As an architect, I am passionate about creating buildings with purpose for society's most vulnerable populations and sensitive to the demanding standards required by agencies providing federal funding. Everyone is deserving of a safe, clean, peaceful space to call home.

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Urban Land Virginia Institute

At the Urban Land Institute, our mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Virginia, a district council of the Urban Land Institute, carries forth that mission as the preeminent regional real... Read More →


3:30pm

Roundtable: Revitalizing Main Street
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As Americans seek increasingly urban, walkable environments, downtown has returned to center stage for economic opportunity and social vibrancy. What makes these places work? Join this roundtable for a lively conversation about design, policy, and placemaking.

Moderators
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Winona Dimeo-Edgar

Managing Editor, Livability.com
Winona Dimeo-Ediger’s articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Country Living, NPR and Buzzfeed. She currently serves as the managing editor of Livability.com, a site that highlights the "unsung awesomeness" of small to mid-size cities in voice-driven articles... Read More →

Speakers
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Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
A native West Virginian and Charlestonian, Ric has a combined 16 years of nonprofit and business development experience. He sits on the Boards of Directors of several organizations throughout the valley, including the YMCA of Kanawha Valley and the West Virginia State University Foundation... Read More →
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Becky Ceperley

Consultant, Member of Charleston, WV City Council, Appalachia Funders Network, City of Charleston, WV
Becky Cain Ceperley is an at-large member of the Charleston, West Virginia City Council. Ms. Ceperley is employed as a consultant for the Philanthropy Engagement Project of Appalachia Funders Network.
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Juanita Hardy

Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking, Urban Land Institute
Juanita Hardy is the ULI Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking. Her work will support the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative by deepening and broadening ULI’s focus on creative placemaking in its content and program areas, and through its District Council... Read More →
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Mona El Khafif

Associate Professor, UVA School of Architecture
Mona El Khafif is an Associate Professor at UVA School of Architecture, co-author of ‘URBANbuild: Local/Global’ (with Ila Berman) and author of ‘Staged Urbanism: Urban Spaces for Art, Culture and Consumption in the Age of Leisure Society’ (German edition). She received her... Read More →

Scholars
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Johnny Magdaleno

Communications Manager, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Johnny Magdaleno is the communications manager for the Urban Manufacturing Alliance. He writes policy reports, leads grant applications, writes and distributes press releases, and works with UMA's partners on a variety of writing and research projects. Johnny also works as a journalist... Read More →
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Hana Passen

Associate Director, New America National Network, New America
Hana Passen is the Associate Director for New America’s National Network. Her responsibilities include project management for the Reinventing the Think Tank Initiative and coordinating New America’s growth into a nationally networked organization.
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Melody Warnick

Freelance Journalist
Melody Warnick is the author of This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are (Viking, 2016), an exploration of the groundbreaking concept of place attachment. Described by Richard Florida as “an important book for so many people who are choosing their place to live,” This... Read More →


3:30pm

Fueling the Next Wave: Food Incubators
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How do food companies access the networks and expertise to expand operations and achieve significant growth? A panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs discuss tricks, tactics, and systems for connecting producers to markets and innovators to scale.

Moderators
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Meagan McGinnes

Senior Reporter, Project NOSH
Meagan McGinnes is a foodie who shares her love of snacks as a senior reporter at Project NOSH—a trade publication by BevNET that covers natural, organic, healthy, or sustainable packaged food companies and products.

Speakers
avatar for Cullen Gilchrist

Cullen Gilchrist

CEO, Union Kitchen DC
As CEO and Co-Founder of Union Kitchen, Gilchrist has partnered with food businesses of all sizes to grow and accelerate their success. He also oversees the operations and management of Union Kitchen’s accelerator program as well as Union Kitchen’s commercial kitchen, distribution... Read More →
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Andrew Ive

Managing Director, Food-X
Andrew is the Managing Director at Food-X, #1 global food accelerator. While leading Food-X, Andrew has invested in 30+ early stage food companies across multiple business models including software, hardware, consumer products and biotech. Helping them with their strategies, launch... Read More →
avatar for Brian Marks

Brian Marks

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Belle Isle Moonshine
Brian serves as Chief Executive Officer of Bonfire.com, a custom apparel platform he co-founded in 2011 and as the Chief Strategy Officer of Belle Isle Moonshine, an American craft moonshine distillery that he co-founded in 2013.


3:30pm

Teaching Skills That Matter
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What can prepare kids for a future where nothing is certain? Don't miss this essential conversation about schools, skills, and student agency.

Moderators
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Kendall Morris

Founder, Partner, Junior Founders Club, Authentic
Kendall Morris is a former teacher turned entrepreneur and parent of three great kids. Having launched her first business while home raising 3 kids, she successfully transitioned to co-founding an award winning digital marketing agency. Create Digital served many top clients such... Read More →

Speakers
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Evelyn Aissa

Executive Director, Reaching Higher NH
Evelyn Aissa is the Executive Director of Reaching Higher New Hampshire, NH’s leading nonpartisan public education policy resource. Evelyn has fifteen years of experience in development, health, and education policy research and political strategy. She also serves as a director... Read More →
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Jared Bigham

Executive Director, Chattanooga 2.0
Dr. Jared Bigham has worked as the state-wide Director of College & Career Readiness with TN SCORE, and before this, Dr. Bigham served as a K-12 supervising principal, a high school principal, and an elementary principal. Dr. Bigham has served on multiple state and national committees... Read More →
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Michael Hostad

Executive Director, The Commons/MiKE
Michael Hostad is the Executive Director of Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) and co-founder of The Commons, which is an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. MiKE creates programs that lead to partnerships between corporations and emerging talent networks. The Commons is an... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:40pm
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:30pm

The Death and Rebirth of Great American Cities
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The gap between thriving and wilting America seems to keep getting wider. Why are some places flourishing, while others seem locked in cycles of decline? Is is chance, destiny, or can leaders make the difference? Hear from mayors of two widely divergent, but notably resurgent communities.

Moderators
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Aaron Renn

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Aaron M. Renn is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a Contributing Editor at its quarterly magazine City Journal.

Speakers
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Anthony Williams

Executive Director and CEO, Federal City Council
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities... Read More →


3:30pm

The Future of the Community Hospital
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Across America, especially in smaller towns and rural communities, health care providers are the lifeblood of economic survival as well as essential care. As policy, technology, and market forces put pressure on these institutions, what does the future hold?

Moderators
avatar for Amy Goldstein

Amy Goldstein

Staff Writer, Author, The Washington Post, Janesville: An American Story
Amy Goldstein is a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer at The Washington Post, where much of her work over 30 years has focused on social policy. She is the author of Janesville: An American Story, a close-up of a small Midwestern city that lost a slew of jobs when the nation’s... Read More →

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Jonathan Davis

President, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
Jonathan Davis, FACHE, is the President of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Davis has a strong belief in community engagement, currently serving on several community boards including the Thomas Jefferson Area-United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, Charlottesville... Read More →
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Tom Kleinhanzl

President & CEO, Frederick Regional Health System
Tom assumed the role of President and CEO of Frederick Regional Health System in December, 2004. In the past twelve years, services and programs have expanded to include state-of-the-art advances in cardiac care, oncology, neonatal health, women’s services, surgery and wound ca... Read More →
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Mary Mannix

President & CEO, Augusta Health
CEO since 2008, Ms. Mannix has partnered with the community-based board of directors, management, medical staff and employee workforce to enhance the commitment of the hospital’s not-for-profit mission to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent... Read More →
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Pamela Sutton-Wallace

Chief Executive Officer, University of Virginia Medical Center
Sutton-Wallace joined the Medical Center in July 2014. She oversees the strategic direction and operations of all inpatient and ambulatory services of the medical center. Prior to arriving at UVA, Sutton-Wallace served as senior vice president of hospital operations at Duke University... Read More →


3:30pm

KEYNOTE: Defending the Digital Space: Fake News, Hate Speech, and Big Brother
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The internet's core strengths—its freedom and openness—increasingly seem to be double-edged swords, undermining trust and available for exploitation for criminals and companies alike. Can we safeguard our society and privacy online?

Moderators
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Siva Vaidhyanathan

Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship, The University of Virginia
Siva Vaidhyanathan is the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (forthcoming 2018), Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction (2017), The Googlization of Everything -- and Why We Should Worry (2011), and three other books on technology... Read More →

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Renee Diresta

Data for Democracy, Head of Policy
DiResta is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, and an advocate for vaccination in California. She is a cofounder of Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Previously, Renee was a principal at seed-stage... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Graff

Garrett Graff

Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Technology Program
Graff is a distinguished magazine journalist and historian, spending more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. Today, he serves as the director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, and is a contributor to WIRED, Longreads... Read More →
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Cathy O'Neil

Author, Weapons of Math Destruction
Cathy O’Neil is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and wrote the book "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy." She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoc at the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College... Read More →

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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciencesis the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal artsand humanities section of the University... Read More →


3:30pm

Tour: The Evolution of Industry at Woolen Mills
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Shuttle will pick up at the bus pull-off lane on Water Street on the west end of the Downtown Mall: past the ice rink, Omni entrance, and Federal Courthouse. Staff will be at the Whiskey Jar to spot and direct participants.

Once a classic example of a river “mill town” industrial site, Woolen Mills is on the cusp of a major redevelopment. Get an insider’s sneak peek at its future as an adaptive reuse, mixed-use project restoring the Rivanna/Moore’s Creek as a recreational asset.

Speakers
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Lee Catlin

Economic Development Project Manager, Albemarle County
Lee has 25 years of experience in local government in Albemarle County, beginning in community relations in the Police Department and moving into areas including communications, community engagement, media relations, economic development and tourism among others. Her last position... Read More →
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Brian Roy

Owner/Developer, BR Management & Development
Historic Renovation, Adaptive Re-use, Real Estate Development

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Albemarle County

Albemarle County is one of the most attractive and desirable locations in Virginia, with excellent school systems, low crime and unemployment rates, and a wide range of cultural, historic and recreational activities which offer unique advantages for thriving businesses and for gracious... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Woolen Mills

3:30pm

CIT Lab: An Empirical View of the Art and Science of Entrepreneurship and Investment
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Hosted by representatives from the Center for Innovative Technology’s (CIT) GAP Fund, this session will showcase fundable investment opportunities from across Virginia and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from regional angel investors and fund managers, and some of the exceptional startups they have issued term sheets to. Part pitch competition, part case study, both groups will come together to discuss the rationale behind their investments, share perspectives from both sides of the table, and collaborate to answer questions from an outstanding panel of experienced VC’s and founders.

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Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) creates technology-based economic development strategies to accelerate innovation, imagination and the next generation of technology and technology companies. Created in 1985, CIT, a non-profit corporation, plugs gaps at the earliest stages... Read More →
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

3:30pm

Tour: The Surreal, Self-Driving Future
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Shuttle will pick up at the bus pull-off lane on Water Street on the west end of the Downtown Mall: past the ice rink, Omni entrance, and Federal Courthouse. Staff will be at the Whiskey Jar to spot and direct participants.

What does autonomous vehicle technology mean in the context of the city? Self-driving cars, trucks, buses, and bots may be closer than they appear. Are we ready? Join us as we try to understand the human impact and unintended consequences that might spring from this seismic technology.

Attendees will board a bus out to Crozet, VA to tour the Perrone Robotics site, a startup working on autonomous vehicles technology, housed on the former Barner Lumber site, which is on the cusp of redevelopment into a mixed use town center. After the tour, attendees will get back on the bus to Pro Re Nata, a farm brewery, to enjoy local brews, mountain views, and an expert panel from the “shipping container” bar.

3:30pm - Board Shuttle
4:00pm - Tour Perrone Robotics & Barnes Lumber site
4:45pm - Board shuttle for brewery
5:00pm - Panel
6:00pm - Networking with drinks and food, from onsite food truck
7:00pm - Shuttle back to Downtown

Moderators
avatar for Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Staff Writer, CityLab/The Atlantic
Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. Her work also appears in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, GOOD, L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Cardillo

Carlos Cardillo

Director for the Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada, Reno
Carlos Cardillo serves as the Director for the Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada Reno, and is currently the project manager for the Intelligent Mobility initiative in Northern Nevada.
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T. Donna Chen

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Donna Chen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Virginia. She currently serves on the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies and the American Society of Civil Engineers... Read More →
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Paul Perrone

Founder, Perrone Robotics
Paul Perrone is the Founder/CEO of Perrone Robotics, Inc. He is an inventor, entrepreneur, and pioneer of software for driverless cars and  mobile robots. He participated in historic Pentagon-backed races of self-driving vehicles in the Mojave Desert, and worked with rocker Nei... Read More →
avatar for Phil Tinn

Phil Tinn

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab - City Science Group
Phil Tinn, Research Scientist and co-lead of future mobility projects at MIT Media Lab, is a practitioner of innovation across scales and physical-digital media, with over 10 years experience in product, service, design, and organizational change strategies and execution... Read More →

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Albemarle County

Albemarle County is one of the most attractive and desirable locations in Virginia, with excellent school systems, low crime and unemployment rates, and a wide range of cultural, historic and recreational activities which offer unique advantages for thriving businesses and for gracious... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery

3:55pm

Learning From Billions of News Reading Sessions
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What can we learn from a one-billion-person live-poll of the Internet? Parse.ly has gathered a unique and massive data set of over 1 billion monthly devices, who collectively perform over 2 million sessions per minute on over 2,500 high-traffic news and information websites. Our team of data scientists and machine learning engineers have used this data to unearth the secrets behind online content. Parse.ly serves 300+ enterprise clients with its real-time analytics platform, but the aggregate data exhaust from these integrations provides a front-row seat to what the Internet is looking at today. We'll discuss, through data and visualizations, how consumer attention in the web era really works. We’ll also showcase how we recently applied modern natural language processing techniques to better understand our data set. Throughout, we’ll describe findings related to news trends, social networks, search engines, and device usage patterns. We’ll even discuss some of our predictions about offline consumer behavior, such as which movies would win at the box office based on the web attention those movies received in weeks prior.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Montalenti

Andrew Montalenti

Founder/CTO, Parse.ly
Co-founder and CTO of Parse.ly, a widely-used real-time web content analytics platform. The product is trusted daily by editors at HuffPost, TIME, TechCrunch, Slate, Quartz, The Wall Street Journal, and 350+ other leading digital companies. Parse.ly helps companies understand the... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


4:00pm

Using Deep Learning to Derive 3D Cities from Satellite Imagery
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Detection and reconstruction of 3D buildings in urban areas has been a hot topic of research due to its many applications, including 3D population density studies, emergency planning, and building value estimation. Standard approaches to extract building footprint and measure building height rely on either aerial or space borne point cloud data, which in many areas is unavailable. In contrast, high resolution satellite imagery has become more readily available in recent years, and could provide enough information to estimate a building’s height. Recent successes of deep learning for semantic segmentation have shown that convolutional neural networks can be effective tools at extracting 2D building footprints. Using a digital surface model derived from LiDAR data as ground truth, this study goes a step further by employing state of the art deep learning architectures such as U-net to infer both building footprints and estimated building heights in one pass from a single satellite image. This application of open deep learning frameworks can bring the benefits of 3D cities to a larger portion of the world.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Culbertson

Eric Culbertson

Data Scientist, Astaea, Inc.
Eric Culbertson is a Data Scientist at Astraea, Inc. who is fascinated in applying recent advancements in deep learning to increase our understanding of the physical sciences. Before joining Astraea, Eric was an undergraduate physics researcher at both Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

4:00pm

Understanding the Visual World through Language
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Building computer vision systems that can recognize objects belonging to a large number of categories is a challenging task for which there has been remarkable progress in recent years. Most of these advances have been fueled by the advent of deep learning and the high availability of annotated datasets. Deep learning has allowed to increase the ability of automated visual recognition systems to perform pattern recognition. However, achieving a more human-like understanding of images is still an open challenge. People use language to describe the visual world, and can reason about objects based on common sense knowledge, domain knowledge, or prior information. I will present a few directions we are pursuing at the vision and language group at the University of Virginia to incorporate these other sources of knowledge into the recognition problem.

Speakers
avatar for Vicente Ordonez

Vicente Ordonez

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Vicente Ordonez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning. He is a recipient of an IBM Faculty Award and a Google Faculty... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

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4:00pm

Community Workshop: Brewing with Fruit II
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Attendees will discuss the history of brewing with fruit and other atypical ingredients, how fruit influences different styles of beer, and how New Belgium utilizes fruit and spice ingredients to tailor to the American craft consumer. The workshop aims to educate participants and alleviate misconceptions surrounding the stigma of fruited beers. Furthermore, customers will be enlightened regarding the merits of craft beer while continuing to build interest in an industry that is increasingly integral to the economy of Central Virginia and Charlottesville in particular. *Note: Participants must be 21 years of age or older. Please bring identification. 

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New Belgium

Culture has become the new buzz word in business, and folks love to ask “what’s your culture like?” Here's the thing: culture isn't about what you say; it's about what you do. Company values that are posted to a corporation's website, or displayed on a poster in their lobby... Read More →

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Thursday April 12, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Draft Taproom 425 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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4:00pm

Community Workshop: How to Take a 360 Photo
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Have you heard of 360 photos or Google Cardboards? Do you want to start taking them yourself? Darius Nabors has taken over 1,000 360 photos in National Parks all across the country. Come to this session to see a bunch of 360 photos and learn how to take them yourself with your phone

Workshop Leaders
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Darius Nabors

Freelance Photographer, n/a

4:00pm

Community Workshop: Design Thinking and Talent Development: For Job-Seekers
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Career Design is back this year! Learn from UVA’s career development experts Julia Lapan and Carolyn Kalantari as they lead participants through an interactive workshop that will give you the tools to “build your way forward” in designing your career path. Using design thinking activities and career coaching methods, participants will engage in a process of self-discovery, leading to the development of multiple career path options and ideas for new courses of action. Innovate your own career!

Workshop Leaders
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Carolyn Kalantari

Dual Career Program Director, UVA
Economic opportunity & career planning. I work with partners and spouses of UVA faculty who are seeking employment opportunities in the Charlottesville community and at UVA. I am interested in ways to attract and support professionals who are seeking to build careers locally... Read More →
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Julia Lapan

Director, Engineering Career Development, University of Virginia
Julia Lapan has more than fifteen years of higher education experience in career services, employer relations, and alumni development. After earning a master’s degree in Counselor Education/Student Affairs from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, she served... Read More →

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4:15pm

Mapping Deforestation Trends in the Brazilian Amazon Using Machine Learning
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Monitoring deforestation across the globe is important for understanding macro-scale impacts on carbon sequestration and climate change. Using approximately 2,000 hand-labelled sites scattered across every continent and coarse resolution (500-m) surface reflectance products from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellites, we created a dataset of time windowed features using seven different spectral bands and used these features to train a binary forest classification model to monitor forest change. Our model achieves an estimated accuracy of 95%, a user’s accuracy (recall) of 79%, and a producer’s accuracy (precision) of 95%. Though the model can be applied across the globe, we scored it on a particular area of interest - the State of Mato Grosso in Brazil, which has seen intense deforestation over the past several decades. We mapped and visualized forest change in Mato Grosso over the past 17 years.

Speakers
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Courtney Whalen

Data Scientist, Astraea
Courtney Whalen is a Data Scientist at Astraea, Inc., where she is using satellite data and machine learning techniques to answer complex global questions. She has experience developing classification, regression, time series, and recommender models across several industries, primarily... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

4:20pm

Recommendation Systems for Edge Devices
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Phone apps, widgets, smart watches, and Alexa; today, machine learning integrated technology is ubiquitous in our homes, cars, devices, and phones. They exist in every domain, from product recommendation to autonomous processes like self-driving vehicles. It is possible for human decisions and choices to both augment and be influenced by machine learning algorithms that are continuously deployed, at scale, to numerous edge devices, allowing users to give and receive real-time (or near real-time) feedback. The process of building and deploying these systems, while on the surface may seem daunting, can be broken down into stages and simplified for a developer, data scientist, or analyst to build on their own. Constructing a fully deployed ML pipeline that communicates openly with the world, can best be demonstrated by something we all enjoy: Movies! A recommendation system utilizing movie data from The Movie Database and user generated data from an iPhone app will be explored both in the mathematics, data curation, and model deployment process. By the end of this talk, a listener will understand the fundamentals of recommendation engine architecture, data required to build one, and how to deploy the model to their iPhone app to collect even more data.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Hutcherson

Tyler Hutcherson

Data Science Engineer, Metis Machine
Tyler is a data science engineer at local startup, Metis Machine. He acquired a background in physics & mathematical statistics while studying in undergrad at UVa. Recently, his graduate studies culminated with an MS in data science from the UVa Data Science Institute. In his free... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


4:25pm

How to Beat the House - Predicting Football Results with Hyperparameter Optimization
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The presentation will provide a short overview of machine learning algorithms for classification and techniques to speed up parameter tuning for models and model selection. The dataset used for this has NFL results from 2007 onwards. By selecting the right predictors, algorithm and parameters we are able to predict game results with 70-80% accuracy. This presentation is ideal for beginners who are curious about Data Mining and Machine Learning and would like to start with something fun.

Speakers
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Abhimanyu Roy

Student, Data Science Institute at UVA
Abhimanyu Roy is a MS Data Science candidate at the Data Science Institute at the University of Virginia. During his time there he has had the opportunity to work with Capital One's Machine Learning team and with the Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming at UVA. Prior to this... Read More →

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Capital One

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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


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4:30pm

Comparing Baseline Statistical Control to Machine Learning Models in Evaluating Performance in IoT Systems
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Internet-enabled devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to become an important component of networked computing systems. These systems leverage “big data” processes that collect, clean, analyze and model large data streams. This project demonstrates techniques and strategies in maintaining performance for IoT systems. Performance is vital to creating reliable data analytics from the edge to the back office. As IoT become more real-time, having reliable performance in the architecture will require near real-time analysis of dependencies for utilization, throughput, resources and access. Establishing baseline performance will become a part of service level agreements (SLAs) of “Big Data” systems. Statistical process control (SPC) and quality improvement in engineering systems that use computing infrastructure have been an industry standard for decades. It has not been, until recently, that such processes were integrated with data processing systems and IP networks. Machine learning (ML) can be used to find anomalies and patterns in the performance of IoT systems by using large datasets to learn from and predict events. The purpose of this project is to compare these two strategies qualitatively and quantitatively while providing guidance for IoT system optimization and monitoring. Business applications for this project include hardware sizing, system health checks, and baseline performance monitoring. The goal is to perform analysis on a series of metrics across multiple layers in an IoT architecture. The Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model) of IoT will serve as the dichotomy of a baseline performance model. Quantitative and qualitative results will allow businesses to determine scale, performance, accessibility and availability of these systems.

Speakers
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Derek Moore

Database Administrator, Independent IT Researcher
Derek Moore is an IT professional with experience in software and services in utilities, telecommunication, manufacturing and energy. A subject matter expert in system analysis and systems engineering, who has successfully implemented enterprise solutions for multinational and national... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


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4:35pm

Intro to Wikidata, the Database for Wikipedia and Wiki Projects
Please provide an abstract.For a generation, Wikipedia has been the world's single most popular general information resource, nonprofit media outlet, and source of free and open content. As Wikipedia's almost one billion unique annual users have demanded more and better content, the wiki community has increasingly relied on Wikidata as the wiki database to design every user experience. As with all things "wiki", anyone can edit Wikidata, leading to 8,000 people making multiple contributions to Wikidata's 40 million data items in every month of 2017. Wikidata as a platform offers opportunities for any organization to federate their data into the wiki network as a means to achieve distribution and enjoy crowdsourced data enrichment. This talk showcases projects in art, science, and medicine which anyone could replicate to bring new audiences to their own data.

Speakers
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Lane Rasberry

Wikimedian in Residence, Data Science Institute at UVA
Lane Rasberry is Wikimedian in Residence at the Data Science Institute at the University of Virginia. His interests include consumer rights, open access, crowdsourcing, and coffee.

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Capital One

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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


4:35pm

Location Intelligence at Global Scale: Applying machine learning to maritime, ground transportation, and social media data
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The proliferation of smart sensors, small satellites, connected cars, and social media have produced a wave of geo-referenced data about human activity. At the same time, the evolution of big data technology and advancements in machine learning have expanded our ability to derive valuable insights about how people interact with each other and their environment. Using satellite collected maritime data from exactEarth, ground transportation data from GPS connected cars and trucks, and exercise data from mobile apps, CCRi CTO Anthony Fox will describe how machine learning techniques can reveal patterns in a broad range of activities: for example, to derive vessel risk scores for insurance analytics, to visualize and assess the impact of major weather events on supply chains, and to discover the best routes for group rides.

Speakers
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Anthony Fox

Chief Technology Officer, CCRi
Anthony Fox is the Chief Technology Officer at CCRi. He has over 15 years of experience researching, developing, and productionizing machine learning applications. His recent focus has been on low-latency global scale geo-temporal analytics that combine traditional data fusion with... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 4:35pm - 4:50pm
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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4:35pm

Imparting Privacy to Face Images: Designing Semi-Adversarial Neural Networks for Multi-Objective Optimization Tasks
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This talk introduces and discusses a neural network architecture involving a convolutional autoencoder subnetwork capable of perturbing input data such that multiple objectives are optimized. In particular, the proposed architecture is applied to an important challenge in the field of biometrics: protecting privacy in face images while retaining the face recognition utility of biometric identification and verification systems. This novel optimization scheme, semi-adversarial training, is facilitated by a submodule consisting of an auxiliary gender-classifier and an auxiliary face matcher such that an objective function with three terms can be utilized for training: (1) to confound gender attributes of face images, (2) to ensure that the perturbed face images look realistic, and (3), to ensure that biometric face recognition performance is not substantially impacted. Extensive experiments confirm that the resulting model generalizes to multiple, independent face image databases as well as different gender classification and face matching software, showing that the proposed architecture comprises state-of-the-art performance for extending gender privacy to face images. Further, methods for extending this architecture to multiple soft biometric attributes are discussed as well as methods for improving the performance and interpretability of semi-adversarial neural network models.

Speakers
avatar for Sebastian Raschka

Sebastian Raschka

Research, Michigan State University
Sebastian Raschka is a researcher at Michigan State University and Assistant Professor of Statistics at University of Wisconsin-Madison (starting in summer 2018) who develops new methods in computational biology as well as deep learning architectures to solve problems in the field... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


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4:40pm

Medical Education Content Categorization with MeSH Terms
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Learn how the University of Virginia, School of Medicine VMed program is experimenting with natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically categorize educational content, such as exam questions, learning objectives, course materials, images, etc., and attach them to MeSH terms for advanced searching, automatic associations, hierarchical exploration, and recommendation building, in a manner beneficial to both students (for exploring related content that they are having trouble with or want to dive deeper into), and for administrators and faculty (to better audit their content placement with curriculum mapping utilities), opening up course content management to better continuous quality improvement by leveraging algorithms for supervised learning.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Szul

Michael Szul

Principle Software Engineer, University of Virginia, School of Medicine
Michael Szul has spent almost two decades in software engineering in industries as diverse as insurance, energy, travel, and higher education. He has worked in both application and product development, as well as framework creation, code generation, API building, and machine lear... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


4:45pm

4:50pm

Automatically Analyzing Earth Imagery using Deep Learning
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In the world of earth imagery today there is a huge and embarrassing problem: data is now so cheap and so plentiful that most of it goes completely to waste. Most images of earth captured today are never seen by human eyes, and traditional statistical methods of analysis have an extremely difficult time with the most basic of questions like, "how many cars are in this image," or, "am I looking at a parking lot or an airport?" Only recently has deep learning emerged as a potential answer to this problem. In this talk, we'll touch on how the problem of "too much data" came to be, three examples of how deep learning has been used to automatically analyze massive volumes of earth imagery, and some thoughts on where the future of this industry is going.

Speakers
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Joe Morrison

Business Lead, Raster Foundry, Azavea
Joe Morrison leads business development for Raster Foundry, an open source platform for analyzing earth imagery on the web. His job is to help enterprise companies and NGOs to effectively combine earth imagery with analytical techniques, like deep learning, to make more informed decisions... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 4:50pm - 5:05pm
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

5:00pm

Machine Learning Happy Hour
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S & P Global

We provide intelligence that is essential for companies, governments and individuals to makedecisions with conviction.


5:00pm

Life After Death with John Cleese and UVA DOPS
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Legendary actor, writer and comedian John Cleese, friend and supporter of the research being done at UVA's Division of Perceptual Studies, will be moderating a 90 minute discussion of the scope of the research being done at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies. 

In a panel discussion moderated by John Cleese, the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research faculty will convene to present an overview of the research to which they have dedicated their academic careers. The UVA DOPS panel presenters will be: director of UVA DOPS, Jim Tucker, MD; Ed Kelly, PhD; Emily Kelly, PhD; Bruce Greyson, MD; and  Kim Penberthy, PhD. The UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research unit is part of the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences within the University of Virginia School of Medicine. 

The scope of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research portfolios include: investigating children who have memories of past lives; the nature of consciousness and the mind-body relationship; neuro-imaging studies of psi events; and individuals who report experiencing near-death experiences(NDEs).


Moderators
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John Cleese

Founder, Monty Python
Monty Python icon, actor, author, playwright, Minister of the Silly Walk, and black humor extraordinaire has had a prolific career since the 1960s, continuously pushing boundaries in entertainment, and challenging audiences in the way they think and laugh. |  

Speakers
avatar for Jim B. Tucker M.D.

Jim B. Tucker M.D.

Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies, Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Jim B. Tucker, M.D., the Director of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, is a child psychiatrist who studies children’s reports of past-life memories.  His book Return to Life was a New York Times bestseller. |
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Bruce Greyson, M.D.

Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Bruce Greyson, M.D., is Professor Emeritus at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies. Since 1975 his research has focused on near-death experiences, resulting in more than 100 publications in academic journals and three edited books.
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Kim Penberthy, Ph.D.

ABPP, Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Kim Penberthy, Ph.D., ABPP is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences UVA. Her research interests include studying the mind-body relationship, exploring human consciousness as well as extraordinary human abilities and mindfulness. |
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Edward Kelly, Ph.D.

Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Edward F. Kelly, Ph.D., of UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies was lead author of Irreducible Mind (2007) and Beyond Physicalism (2015), and is now doing neuroimaging studies of altered states and psi in exceptional subjects. |
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Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D., of UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies since 1978, has studied many kinds of experiences suggesting survival after death. She is co-author of Irreducible Mind, and editor of Science, Survival, and the Self. |

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Division of Perceptual Studies

Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is the oldest and most productive university-based research group in the world devoted exclusively to the investigation of phenomena that challenge current physicalist brain/mind orthodoxy – including... Read More →


5:00pm

Salsa Dance for Equality
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Social Dance is taking over Central Place! Come, make new friends, enjoy the music, and learn some new moves with us. Bring your friends and enjoy a great night out dancing, right on the Downtown Mall.

Artists
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Zabor Dancers

Zabor is a teaching method based on the integration of multiple perspectives of partner dance instruction which I consider to be equally important to the proper development and formation of a great dancer. I place just as much emphasis on understanding history, musicality, and the... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Place 5254, 201 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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5:00pm

Silverchair 25th Anniversary Reception
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Silverchair is celebrating its Silver (25-year) Anniversary with a reception in their beautiful and historic downtown offices (formerly home of the Hardware Store). Community members are invited to join us for drinks and appetizers as we toast 25 years as a Charlottesville business.
 
Silverchair designs and builds websites to host scholarly content and creates specialized features and interfaces for interacting with that content. Founded in 1993, the company began as a packager for medical textbooks, changing shape over time and launching the Silverchair Platform in 2010 as a hosting solution for digital journals, books, multimedia, and more. Since its inception, Silverchair has worked with some of the most accomplished names in scholarly and professional information, spanning the worlds of commercial publishing, professional societies and associations, governmental agencies, and academic medical centers. In 2017, the Silverchair Platform hosted an average of over 150 million user sessions each month. Rooted in Charlottesville for 25 years, Silverchair stands apart from its Silicon-Valley-based competitors, and was honored in 2017 with the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s Business of the Year Award.


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Silverchair

Silverchair designs and builds websites to host scholarly content and creates specialized features and interfaces for interacting with that content. Founded in 1993, the company began as a packager for medical textbooks, changing shape over time and launching the Silverchair Platform... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Silverchair 316 E Main St #300, Charlottesville, VA 22902

6:00pm

Community Workshop: Spotting Sensationalized Science in the News
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Whether it is a new environmental hazard, tech threat, or health recommendation, it can be hard to know when to trust science in the media. Join us to learn how to decipher fact from fiction! The Science Policy Initiative at UVA is offering this workshop to help non-scientists build skills that can stop the spread of exaggerated or false science reporting through identifying buzzwords that raise red flags and exploring easy ways to check sources.
*Note: Attendees can park in the Scott Stadium parking lot for free after 5pm.

Workshop Leaders
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Science Policy Initiative at UVA

The Science Policy Initiative at UVA is a student organization empowering scientists and engineers to be more informed and involved in science policy. It was established for the express purpose of: | 1) Enhancing awareness among graduate students in engineering and science disciplines... Read More →
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Caitlin Donahue Wylie

Professor Wylie has researched how science and society interact at the universities of Chicago and Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and now at UVA. She focuses on the unwritten work and workers in research... Read More →

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7:00pm

American Evolution Innovators Cup
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This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity assembles the best and brightest student entrepreneurs in Virginia to pitch their businesses to celebrity judges for cash prizes totaling $20,000. 

Moderators
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Ace Callwood

CEO, Painless1099
Ace Callwood is the co-founder and CEO of Painless1099, a smart platform that manages 1099s, benefits, and taxes for independent contractors and their clients. Prior to Painless1099, Ace co-founded Coffitivity, an ambient sound app that was one of TIME Magazine’s Top 50 Sites of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jen Finn

Jen Finn

SVP, Small Business Bank, Capital One
As the Head of Payments & Servicing for Capital One’s Small Business Bank, Jen brings a passion for small business and entrepreneurship. She leads COF’s community investments that support innovation in the region and serves as Vice Chairman of the Activation Council, which inspires... Read More →
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Steve Huffman

CEO & Cofounder, Reddit
Steve Huffman is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, the "front page of the internet" and fourth most visited site in the U.S. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hipmunk, the popular online travel company. Raised in northern Virginia, Huffman pursued his passion for programming... Read More →
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Nancy Twine

CEO, Briogeo Hair Care
Relying on her traditional, modest roots and deep-seeded passion for clean beauty, Nancy vacated her position as Vice President of the Commodities Sales division at Goldman Sachs, to follow her dream of becoming a natural beauty entrepreneur. Briogeo was inspired by a family tradition... Read More →

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American Evolution

AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured events, programs, and legacy projects inspire local, national, and international engagement in the themes... Read More →
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →


8:00pm

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
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Keynote: Dan Rather: What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

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At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.

Moderators
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Dahlia Lithwick

Senior Editor, Slate Magazine
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, has been writing their "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns since 1999. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary... Read More →

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Dan Rather

President and CEO, Author, News and Guts, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
A news icon and pioneer of broadcast journalism, Dan Rather’s career has spanned more than six decades-- including 24 years as the anchor of CBS Evening News.

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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciencesis the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal artsand humanities section of the University... Read More →


10:00pm

Silent Disco
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Don a wireless headset, choose from three ridiculously fun DJs-in-residence, and prepare to get down on the dance floor for a disco party that needs no words.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Thursday April 12, 2018 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 
Friday, April 13
 

8:00am

Clean Energy Coffee and Networking
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Start your day with some caffeine and conversation alongside energy innovators from across the Mid-Atlantic.

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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


9:00am

The Future of Energy Storage
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In January of this year, two of the largest players in the renewables industry, Siemens and AES, launched Fluence, a new company dedicated to innovating modern electric infrastructure and overcoming renewable energy’s biggest hurdle: storage. Hear how CEO Stephen Coughlin envisions the new generation of energy choices.



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Julian Spector

Staff Writer, Greentech Media
Julian is a San Francisco-based staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage, solar power, and the energy transition. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for... Read More →

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Stephen Coughlin

CEO, Fluence
Stephen Coughlin leads the Fluence team and its efforts to accelerate energy storage adoption globally, to transform the way we power our world and ensure a more sustainable future. In January 2018, Siemens and AES launched Fluence, uniting the scale, experience, breadth, and financial... Read More →

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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


9:00am

What’s Next for Energy Policy in Virginia?
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A conversation about Virginia’s fast-changing regulatory landscape, recent legislation, and what the future holds for energy businesses and consumers.

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Tyson Utt

Vice President of Development, East, Apex Clean Energy
Tyson leads Apex Clean Energy’s development team in the Eastern United States. He is responsible for the origination and development of wind and solar projects within PJM, NYISO, ISO-NE, and SERC markets.

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Katharine Bond

Senior Director, Dominion Energy
Katharine Bond is Senior Policy Director at Dominion Energy and Executive Director of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. She is the company’s public policy lead on renewable energy, serving as Senior Advisor for the Millennial Policy Initiative of the New Leaders Council... Read More →
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hayes framme

Govt Relations & Communications Manager, Southeast, Orsted
Hayes Framme joined Orsted in November 2017 as Government Relations & Communications Manager for the Southeast. In this role, Hayes oversees state and local government outreach, stakeholder engagement, and increasing brand recognition to help power the Virginia economy entirely on... Read More →
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Angela Navarro

Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Office of Governor Northam
Angela Navarro was appointed as the Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia by Governor Northam. In this role, Angela works on clean air, land conservation, historic preservation, and energy policies.

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Generation 180

Generation 180 is a non-profit committed to advancing the transition to clean energy and supporting a cultural shift in energy awareness through original, engaging content, digitally-enabled campaigns, and an empowered volunteer network.
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GreeneHurlocker

GreeneHurlocker, PLC, located in Richmond, Virginia, was founded in 2012 by Brian R. Greene and Eric W. Hurlocker, and currently provides a broad range of administrative law, business and corporate law, energy law, regulatory law and litigation legal services throughout the Mid-Atlantic... Read More →
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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


9:00am

Founding Stories - GRIT: Overcoming Adversity
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What is the one superpower that heroes in sports, business, and social impact all have in common? Grit. Learn how these incredible individuals have found the power to endure through setbacks and transform misfortune into strength.

Moderators
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Natalia Brzezinski

CEO, Brilliant Minds Foundation and Symposium Stockholm
As the CEO of Symposium Stockholm and the Brilliant Minds Foundation, a two-day thought leadership-summit in Stockholm founded by Spotify founder Daniel Ek , and a 365-day-year-round movement, Brzezinski curates a global community of creative entrepreneurs who want to make change... Read More →
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Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador (ret.), Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.) Mark Brzezinski is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he leads Makena’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the first Executive Director of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee and as the United... Read More →

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Bryan Manning

Cofounder, Two Blind Brothers
Bradford and Bryan Manning are curing blindness! Within one year they propelled a small charitable clothing company, Two Blind Brothers, into one of the fastest growing brands in the country with endorsements from Ellen DeGeneres, Ashton Kutcher, Richard Branson, NBC Nightly News... Read More →
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Bradford Manning

Cofounder, Two Blind Brothers
Bradford and Bryan Manning are brothers on a mission to cure blindness. At the age of 7, they were both diagnosed with an eye disease that destroys central vision over time. To fight back, they left their former careers in finance to propel a small charitable clothing label, Two Blind... Read More →
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Leland Melvin

Astronaut, Leland Melvin LLC
From playing for the Dallas Cowboys to exploring outer space, Mr. Melvin’s story of perseverance and passion has inspired the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers.
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Mark Warner

United States Senator
Governor Warner was elected to the United States Senate in 2008, where he serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman. The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner... Read More →

Sponsors
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
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Galant Center for Entrepreneurship

The Galant Center was founded in 2008, through the initial funding of Mark E. Galant (McIntire '80). Our mission is to encourage, educate, and empower students—past and present—to take on crucial roles in the new venture community, thereby impacting the world in which we live... Read More →


10:00am

Community Workshop: Building a Better Congress
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Are you worried about what's happening in our country but aren't sure how to make a tangible difference? Do you know what your lawmakers are getting done on your behalf? Join Greer Kelly from the Center for Effective Lawmaking and learn how to be a part of the solution in Washington. You can help build a better Congress by electing the best possible candidates and holding members accountable.

Workshop Leaders
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Greer Kelly

Operations Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking

10:00am

Community Workshop: Handmade Paper
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Join David Joo for a hands-on introduction and demonstration in hand papermaking. After exploring the history and practices surrounding paper in Western and Eastern traditions, attendees will get to try their hand at fiber processing and pulping as well as forming and drying sheets!

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10:30am

Closed Session: A Systems Approach to the Opioids Crisis in Our Region
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Our nation is facing an opioid crisis of unprecedented measure. Here in Virginia, more residents die from overdose than from car accidents each year. Research on community initiatives to address opioids indicates that a systemic response is critical for success. According to the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, “The complexity of the opioid crisis requires medical, legislative, behavioral, educational, and legal changes, and it requires that these changes be made in coordination with each other, at the same time. Communities will succeed only if they engage and align all actors to create systems that can prevent new individuals from becoming dependent on opioids, while supporting the recovery of those who already are.”

This panel will offer an overview of this kind of approach and local data about the scope of the crisis.

Speakers
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Gail Maddox Taylor

Director of Prevention, Department of Behavior Health & Disability Services
Gail Maddox Taylor is the Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Wellness for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services where she provides leadership in the development and implementation of comprehensive substance abuse prevention systems at the... Read More →

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F. Michael Ashby

Vice President, Medical Affairs, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
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Lisa Beitz

Executive Director, Region Ten
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Denise Bonds

District Director, Thomas Jefferson Health District
Dr. Denise Bonds is the health director for the Thomas Jefferson Health District, a position she has held since 2015. She is a board certified internist with additional training in public health and women’s health.
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Kaki Dimock

Director of Humanm Services, City of Charlottesville
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Joe Evans

Physician / Medical Director, Sentara Martha Jefferson Medical Group
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William Fulkerson

Chief Operating Office, Unviversity Of Virginia Medical Center
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Holly Hatcher

Philanthropic Advisor, Hatcher Consulting
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Michelle Hottinger

Director, Louisa Counseling Services, RTCSB
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Mary Jackson

Director, Women's Recovery Services, Region Ten Community Services Board
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Marta Keane

CEO, JABA
Marta has been the CEO of JABA since April 2013. She has made collaboration a focus of her tenure. She spent the previous 27 years working in rehab for skilled nursing and assisted living, committed to helping seniors achieve the highest quality of life. She has been an invited presenter... Read More →
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Rebecca Kendall

Coalition Director, Community Mental Healt and Wellness Coalition
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Gabrielle Marzani

Director of Special Projects, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, University of Virginia Healthsystem
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Anna Mendez

Executive Director, Partner for Mental Health
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Jennifer Oldham MD MPH

Medical Director, Region Ten CSB
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David Driscoll, PhD, MPH

Director, Research Development, School of Medicine, University of Virginia
Dr. Driscoll’s research background and experience embodies a commitment to rigorous, team-based population health science with researchers from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. As a medical anthropologist and epidemiologist, his research combines anthropological and epidemiological... Read More →
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Cristine Nardi

Executive Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence
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Cyndi Richardson

PATH director, On Our Own , Charlottesville
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Ann Mason Rumble

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Region Ten Community Services Board
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Katya Sracic

Mental Health First Aid Corps, AmeriCorps
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Erin Tucker

Executive Director, On Our Own
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Rebecca Wade

BSN, RN-BC, University of Virginia Health System
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Emily Warren

Program Manager of Prevention and Family Wellness, Region Ten CSB
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Lori Wood

Director, Region Ten CSB

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Region Ten

Established in 1969, Region Ten Community Services Board is part of a statewide network of 40 Community Service Boards working to provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance use services where they are needed – in the local community. An agency of local government... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 10:45am
CitySpace 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

10:30am

Founding Stories - CREATIVITY: Building Outside the Box
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Truly big ideas, the kind that change communities and expand our horizons, where do they come from? In a world of accelerating disruption, meet three entrepreneurs who are breaking the mold and building the unprecedented.

Tom Tom Founding Stories is a day of inspiration and learning with entrepreneurs who have revolutionized industries and enriched our world. Learn how these ordinary people have harnessed grit, creativity, vision, and purpose to build extraordinary ventures, touching tens of thousands of lives. Each session begins with a series of talks, followed by unscripted dialogue and audience questions.

Moderators
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Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador (ret.), Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.) Mark Brzezinski is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he leads Makena’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the first Executive Director of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee and as the United... Read More →

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Vincent Kadlubek

Founder, Meow Wolf
Vince Kadlubek is a Co-founder and the CEO of Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into a remarkable, award-winning Arts Production Company. Vince is passionate about alternative realities and immersive storytelling.

Sponsors
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
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Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


10:30am

Designing Products with Purpose
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Can design transform objects and systems into vessels for social impact? Learn how these designers responded to crises in the world around them, from police brutality to hunger and homelessness.

Moderators
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Peter Jackson

Portfolio Director, IDEO
Peter Jackson is a portfolio director at IDEO San Francisco, where he is focused on the intersection of consumer experience and organizational design. Prior to joining IDEO, Peter served as senior counselor to now U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and as the first Assistant Director for... Read More →

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Brandon Anderson

Founder & CEO, Raheem AI
Brandon D. Anderson is the Founder of Raheem AI, a secure and anonymous tool to report and review police interactions. The tech nonprofit builds feedback loops for cities to help identify where policing works well and where it can be improved. Raheem AI is sponsored by My Brother's Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foun... Read More →
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Kris Cody

Founder, PAKA
Kris Cody is the founder of PAKA, an alpaca wool sweater company that empowers Peruvian women. PAKA currently employs 17 women weavers and knitters full-time. The funds that Cody has raised will also pay the tuition for one Peruvian woman to attend college. | | |
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Hannah Dehradunwala

Cofounder and CEO, Transfernation
Hannah is the co-founder and CEO of Transfernation, New York City’s first tech-based, on-demand food donation service. Founded while she was still an undergrad, in the last two years, the organization has redistributed over 52,000 pounds of food to countless shelters in Manhattan... Read More →
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Tina Hovsepian

Founder, Cardborigami
Hovsepian is the Design Director at one of the largest developments under construction in downtown LA: Oceanwide Plaza, with the role to oversee the Design of the project and bring Oceanwide’s vision to life. She is also the founder and board chair of Cardborigami, a non-profit... Read More →
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Tim Scott

Co-Founder, Mitscoots Outfitters
Tim Scott is the Co-Founder of Mitscoots Outfitters, a social enterprise on a mission to outfit and employ individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Leveraging his past military and ad world experience, Tim has has bootstrapped his company into 200+ retail partnerships with a... Read More →

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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
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Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

10:30am

Partner Event: Meeting the Need for Affordable Development
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In this panel, three thriving affordable neighborhoods offer three vastly different approaches to meeting the need for affordable housing. Compare and contrast the merits of each.

Moderators
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Gregory Powe

Principal, Powe Studio Architects
Powe Studio Architects focuses on creating vibrant urban places in which to live and work. Founder, Gregory Powe, regularly designs affordable residences in urban infill neighborhoods, serving not-for-profit affordable housing organizations. Greg serves as Charlottesville Chair for... Read More →

Speakers
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Fred Harris

Special Advisor, Jonathan Rose Companies
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Ned Howe

Vice President New Business, Enterprise Homes, Inc.
Ned Howe is Vice President of New Business for Enterprise Homes, Inc. In this role, he manages and supports development staff through the entitlement process, and pursues new development opportunities for rental and homeownership communities throughout the Mid- Atlantic region.
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Dan Rosensweig

President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity for Greater Charlottesville
Dan has been the director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville since February 2009. His work with Habitat follows more than a decade of community service with local housing agencies. Under Dan’s leadership, Habitat was the first in the nation to transform a mobile... Read More →
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Aakash Thakkar

Senior Vice President, EYA
Aakash Thakkar serves as a Partner and Senior Vice President for Acquisition and Development at EYA.  He is responsible for project leadership, including new deal sourcing, site selection, acquisition, financing, and development.  He lives with his wife and 2 young children in Washington... Read More →
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Mel Thompson

Principle, Grimm & Parker Architects
Mel brings 25+ years of experience to our Residential & Urban Design studio, leading teams to effective solutions for our developer clients and the communities in which they work. Having delivered more than 50 residential projects, Mel has a deep understanding of the full array of... Read More →

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Urban Land Virginia Institute

At the Urban Land Institute, our mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Virginia, a district council of the Urban Land Institute, carries forth that mission as the preeminent regional real... Read More →


10:30am

Clean Capital: Financing the Transition to Renewable Energy
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The transition to clean energy represents a $6 trillion market opportunity. Join the financial leaders at the forefront of a renewable energy investment movement that is leveraging billions to reinvent the way the world generates and uses power.

Moderators
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Yann Brandt

CEO, SolarWakeup
Yann is the Managing Editor of SolarWakeup, the most influential newsletter and podcast in the solar industry. 5 days a week, solar executives from around the world read Yann’s daily summaries that are his need to know topics. He hosts EnergyWakeup, an energy podcast and SolarWakeup... Read More →

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Yuri Horwitz

CEO, Sol Systems
Yuri Horwitz, CEO, Sol Systems oversees strategic growth, performance, and investment strategy for the firm. His disciplined focus on developing intrinsic value within a portfolio of complementary business lines has led to steady strong growth for the company since its inception in... Read More →
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Greg Montgomery

Managing Director, CleanSource Capital
Greg is Managing Director of CleanSource Capital, which designs and administers financing programs for energy efficiency, distributed generation, alternative fuels and water conservation projects under its SAVES platform.

Sponsors
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Abundant Power

Abundant is a partner-oriented, dedicated group of people with expertise in building engineering, software development, IT, and data analytics . Our goal is to transform building performance by making analytics a long-term competitive advantage for the real estate market.Our mission... Read More →
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leap

LEAP is a non-profit that matches you with the best programs, contractors, and financing options available in your area. You get valuable home upgrades like energy efficiency and solar panels – customized to your needs and budget. We help you understand your options, and we’re... Read More →


10:30am

The Darkest Hour: Leading through Natural Disaster
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This year has seen some of the most devastating hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes in memory - possibly the first taste of a “new normal” in global climate weirding. What is the impact of these devastating events on cities? How can communities rebuild and confront this crisis?

Moderators
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David Murray

Executive Director, MDV-SEIA
MDV-SEIA represents over 10,000 solar workers and 130 companies that install, develop, and support solar energy across Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia. As Executive Director of the association, David implements legislative and regulatory campaigns to advance... Read More →

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Derrick Freeman

Mayor, City of Port Arthur
In 2016, Mayor Freeman made history, twice, in the City of Port Arthur. He was the first African American male to be elected. In addition, at the age of 40, he’s also the youngest person elected as mayor in the history of Port Arthur.
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Andrea Luecke

President and Executive Director, The Solar Foundation
As President and Executive Director, Andrea sets the tone, provides overall management and strategic direction, and works closely with the Board to develop and implement high-level research and national educational initiatives that promote greater solar uptake.  

Sponsors
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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


10:30am

A Better Startup Ecosystem for Student Founders
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What mentorship, money, and community resources are needed to create and empower student entrepreneurs? In this interactive design session we'll craft the ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem for young founders. Participants include competitors in Tom Tom’s inaugural Innovator’s Cup, the best and brightest student entrepreneurs from Virginia universities. The session is designed and led by HackCville, a non-profit entrepreneurial talent accelerator in Charlottesville, VA.

Scholars
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Laura Brogdon-Primavera

Manager, UNCW CIE
Entrepreneur ecosystems, community engagement, applied learning, event management

Sponsors
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
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Galant Center for Entrepreneurship

The Galant Center was founded in 2008, through the initial funding of Mark E. Galant (McIntire '80). Our mission is to encourage, educate, and empower students—past and present—to take on crucial roles in the new venture community, thereby impacting the world in which we live... Read More →
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Hack Cville

HackCville is a platform for experiential education and career development.HackCville trains students in high-demand skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. We accelerate our students’ ideas, projects, and startups through our experiential programs and tight-knit community.


10:30am

Master Class: Design the Future You Love
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Knowing where you want to go and charting your path takes guts and courage. And, most of all it takes leadership. In this talk, Marie shares 10 lessons about how to lead positive change for yourself and others in today's world. 

Moderators
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
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Marie Schacht

Head Coach, altMBA
Marie works as a Head Coach for Seth Godin's altMBA, an online leadership workshop focused on creating positive change. Before working with altMBA, Marie served as the Director of Hopscotch Design Festival, a two-day gathering of designers, thinkers, makers and storytellers who are... Read More →

10:30am

The Founders Who Aren't: Inclusion in Entrepreneurship
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Eighty-nine percent of venture capital partners are male; 85% of those men are white. Unsurprisingly then, only 2.2% of venture capital went to startups run by women in 2017, and just 1% to black entrepreneurs. Companies run by black female founders account for just 0.2% percent of all deals.

Beyond lamenting these statistics, what can each of us do to level the playing field and unlock the enormous potential of overlooked innovators? This session is a safe, candid opportunity to discuss practical strategies for overcoming bias and founding a more equitable future.

Moderators
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Courtenay Siegfried

Vice President of Communications, Alice
Courtenay leads Alice's external communication efforts, including marketing and public relations strategy, as well as impact partnerships. On the entrepreneurial front, Courtenay previously was owner and president of 20K Group, a global communications agency that worked with a diverse... Read More →

Speakers
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Chelsea Conrad

Creative Director, Causeway
Chelsea Conrad is the Creative Director at Causeway, a nonprofit social innovation studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since 2014, Causeway has helped over 600 grassroots leaders develop and test their early-stage ideas so that they are prepared for growth. Chelsea is a graphic designer... Read More →
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Shamaine Daniels

Councilwoman, City of Harrisburg, PA
Shamaine is a champion for the rights of women and migrants in the United States and abroad. Over the years she has served various underrepresented communities, with Lozano, et al v City of Hazleton being her most recognized case to date. In politics, she is the first Latina to be... Read More →
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Knatokie Ford

Founder & CEO, Fly Sci Enterprise
Dr. Knatokie Ford is Founder and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise, an education and media consulting organization focused on leveraging the power of storytelling to promote social change, particularly in STEM fields. She recently completed service in the Obama Administration as a Senior... Read More →
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desiree venn frederic

Founder/Chief Creative Officer/Cultural Strategist, Combing Cotton Co./Local Merchant Independent Retailers Association
Desiree Venn Frederic is an agent of alternatives. The Sierra Leonean born writer, social entrepreneur, public speaker, educator and installation artist is inspired by her transnational experiences. Through her work, the thought leader explores the commons and commoning discourse... Read More →
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Brad Wolverton

Investigative Reporter, NerdWallet
Brad is part of NerdWallet’s public interest reporting team, whose goal is to uncover abusive practices in consumer finance. Since forming in December 2016, NerdWallet’s team has examined student loan scams, companies that have wrongly wrecked customers’ credit, and the country’s... Read More →

Sponsors
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

10:30am

Case Study: Strategic Action for Economic Opportunity in Frederick, MD
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Frederick, Maryland’s collaborative spirit and cooperation between the public and private sectors has enabled the community to enhance and grow in ways that might only be possible within a small-city environment. Hear how you can apply their lessons on P3 partnerships to your community.

Moderators
avatar for Whitney Hahn

Whitney Hahn

Managing Partner, Digital Bard Video
Video Marketing Geek, Speaker, Podcast Host and Strategist | | Whitney Hahn is the managing partner of Digital Bard | Zesty Video Marketing in Frederick, MD, and leads a small, exuberantly geeky band of video marketers. We specialize in production and promotion for leisure and recreation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Cromwell

Elizabeth Cromwell

President & CEO, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
With 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, Elizabeth Cromwell's background includes marketing, public relations, corporate partnerships, advocacy and large-scale event management. Previously, she was Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships for Frederick... Read More →
avatar for Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

Mayor, City of Frederick (Maryland)
Elected Mayor in 2017, O’Connor represents The City of Frederick on the Frederick Community Action Agency Board, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Legislative Committee of the Maryland Municipal League, and the Tourism Council of Frederick. 
avatar for Helen Propheter

Helen Propheter

Director of Economic Development, Frederick County, Maryland
Helen began her career with Frederick County Government 25 years ago and was appointed to her current position in 2012. She has 20+ years of experience managing programs, staff and projects.
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Scott Ryser

Founder & CEO, Yakabod
A "startup guy" at heart, with a passion to see his community prosper, Scott’s also active in the Frederick tech and business community through various board roles, including TechFrederick, the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI), and others.


10:30am

After August 12th: Freedom of Speech and Domestic Terror
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The events leading up to and during the August 12th Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville opened up myriad questions about guns, rights of assembly, and freedom of speech, while raising the spector of a new and horrifying breed of domestic terror. How can we balance Constitutional protections with public safety and core social values?

Moderators
avatar for Landon Shroder

Landon Shroder

Managing Director, RVA Magazine
Landon Shroder is the Managing Partner and Editorial Director of RVA Magazine. Prior to that, he was a long-term foreign policy and intelligence professional who specialized in complex environments in Africa and the Middle East. He is also former writer and producer for VICE Media... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alan Bradstock

Alan Bradstock

Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Alan Bradstock worked over 20 years as an FBI Special Agent and supervisor. He led the Louisville Field Intelligence Group, supervised teams in the FBI Counterterrorism Division, coordinated counterterrorism financing operations while assigned to CIA's Counterterrorism Center and... Read More →
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Mary McCord

Senior Litigator and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Mary McCord serves as Senior Litigator from Practice at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice... Read More →
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Abigail Spanberger

Candidate for Congress in VA-7, Abigail Spanberger for Congress
Abigail Spanberger is a candidate running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Abigail began her public service career as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service... Read More →

Sponsors
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RVA MAG

RVA Magazine is the #1 Independent Media in Virginia. RVA Mag is all about community empowerment. How do we do this? By delivering new and innovative ways to tell stories from our city and Commonwealth. In doing so, we give our readers an immersive experience which lives at the intersection... Read More →


10:30am

From Search to Suggest
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Seventy percent of the world’s content is accessed through Google and Facebook, where algorithms choose winners on everything from real news to cheap flights. Where are these powerful predictive technologies headed, and what will they mean for your business?


Moderators
avatar for Garrett Graff

Garrett Graff

Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Technology Program
Graff is a distinguished magazine journalist and historian, spending more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. Today, he serves as the director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, and is a contributor to WIRED, Longreads... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Anton

Joshua Anton

CEO, X-Mode
A 2014 graduate of UVa, Anton created a student safety app that garnered over 1.5 Million users in eighteen months. Building on that success, his company X-Mode closed $3.5 Million in seed funding in 2016. Today, X-Mode's developer kit maps daily, the precise routes of 3% of the U.S... Read More →
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Allen Gannett

Founder & CEO, TrackMaven
Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, the all-in-one marketing analytics platform which is used by brands including Microsoft, Marriott, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Gannett is also a writer with a regular online column for Fast Company and an upcoming book, "The Creative... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for C-Ville Weekly

C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciencesis the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal artsand humanities section of the University... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Violet Crown - Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

10:30am

Community Workshop: Design Thinking for the Greater Good
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Speakers
avatar for Randy Salzman

Randy Salzman

Advocate and Consultant, Design Thinking for the Greater Good
Randy Salzman, a long-time communications, creativity and journalism professor, has been writing about, teaching and consulting on design thinking since providing Dr. Jeanne Liedtka, help with her first book, The Catalysts, in 2008-9. Using her well-proven methodology, his latest... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Guma Gallery 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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10:45am

Closed Session: Addressing the Crisis: Evidence-Based Solutions
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Maryland is one of the East Coast states with the country's highest opioid-related death rates. Evan Behrle, special advisory on opioid policy for the widely lauded Baltimore City Health Department, combats the crisis with bold, data-driven strategies, such as issuing a blanket prescription for the opioid antidote, naloxone, to all 620,000 residents of Baltimore. In two years, this program has saved approximately 1,500 lives.



Speakers
avatar for Evan Behrle

Evan Behrle

Special Advisor for Opioid Policy, City of Baltimore
Evan Behrle is Special Advisor for Opioid Policy to the Baltimore City Health Department. He grew up in Baltimore and entered the department in 2016 as a Baltimore Corps Fellow. Prior to this role, Behrle been studying political philosophy at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar... Read More →

Scholars
FM

F. Michael Ashby

Vice President, Medical Affairs, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
LB

Lisa Beitz

Executive Director, Region Ten
avatar for Denise Bonds

Denise Bonds

District Director, Thomas Jefferson Health District
Dr. Denise Bonds is the health director for the Thomas Jefferson Health District, a position she has held since 2015. She is a board certified internist with additional training in public health and women’s health.
avatar for Kaki Dimock

Kaki Dimock

Director of Humanm Services, City of Charlottesville
JE

Joe Evans

Physician / Medical Director, Sentara Martha Jefferson Medical Group
WF

William Fulkerson

Chief Operating Office, Unviversity Of Virginia Medical Center
HH

Holly Hatcher

Philanthropic Advisor, Hatcher Consulting
MH

Michelle Hottinger

Director, Louisa Counseling Services, RTCSB
MJ

Mary Jackson

Director, Women's Recovery Services, Region Ten Community Services Board
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Marta Keane

CEO, JABA
Marta has been the CEO of JABA since April 2013. She has made collaboration a focus of her tenure. She spent the previous 27 years working in rehab for skilled nursing and assisted living, committed to helping seniors achieve the highest quality of life. She has been an invited presenter... Read More →
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Rebecca Kendall

Coalition Director, Community Mental Healt and Wellness Coalition
GM

Gabrielle Marzani

Director of Special Projects, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, University of Virginia Healthsystem
AM

Anna Mendez

Executive Director, Partner for Mental Health
JO

Jennifer Oldham MD MPH

Medical Director, Region Ten CSB
DD

David Driscoll, PhD, MPH

Director, Research Development, School of Medicine, University of Virginia
Dr. Driscoll’s research background and experience embodies a commitment to rigorous, team-based population health science with researchers from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. As a medical anthropologist and epidemiologist, his research combines anthropological and epidemiological... Read More →
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Cristine Nardi

Executive Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence
CR

Cyndi Richardson

PATH director, On Our Own , Charlottesville
AM

Ann Mason Rumble

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Region Ten Community Services Board
KS

Katya Sracic

Mental Health First Aid Corps, AmeriCorps
ET

Erin Tucker

Executive Director, On Our Own
RW

Rebecca Wade

BSN, RN-BC, University of Virginia Health System
EW

Emily Warren

Program Manager of Prevention and Family Wellness, Region Ten CSB
LW

Lori Wood

Director, Region Ten CSB

Sponsors
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Region Ten

Established in 1969, Region Ten Community Services Board is part of a statewide network of 40 Community Service Boards working to provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance use services where they are needed – in the local community. An agency of local government... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
CitySpace 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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11:00am

Founding Stories: Success to Scale
Limited Capacity seats available
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Moderators
avatar for Mark Brzezinski

Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador (ret.), Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.) Mark Brzezinski is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he leads Makena’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the first Executive Director of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee and as the United... Read More →
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Galant Center for Entrepreneurship

The Galant Center was founded in 2008, through the initial funding of Mark E. Galant (McIntire '80). Our mission is to encourage, educate, and empower students—past and present—to take on crucial roles in the new venture community, thereby impacting the world in which we live... Read More →
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shan-Lyn Ma

Shan-Lyn Ma

Founder, Zola
Shan-Lyn Ma is CEO and Co-Founder of Zola, the wedding company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience by combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology.
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Nancy Twine

CEO, Briogeo Hair Care
Relying on her traditional, modest roots and deep-seeded passion for clean beauty, Nancy vacated her position as Vice President of the Commodities Sales division at Goldman Sachs, to follow her dream of becoming a natural beauty entrepreneur. Briogeo was inspired by a family tradition... Read More →


  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Summit, Ticketed

11:00am

Art Demo: Live Illustration with Andrew Stronge
Learn how to sketch and ink an illustration, within a fixed time frame, with City Art Bus co-finalist, Andrew Stronge. Observe artistic technique from an illustration pro, as well as practical knowledge like how to focus under deadlines.

Artists
avatar for Andrew Stronge

Andrew Stronge

Artist-in-Residence, Stronge Designs
Andrew Stronge is a commercial artist and graphic illustrator based in Charlottesville, VA, with over 10 years of experience in the screen printing industry. Though not all of his work is screen printed, the stylistic nature of production has heavily influenced how he has grown as... Read More →

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Andrew Stronge

Andrew Stronge

Artist-in-Residence, Stronge Designs
Andrew Stronge is a commercial artist and graphic illustrator based in Charlottesville, VA, with over 10 years of experience in the screen printing industry. Though not all of his work is screen printed, the stylistic nature of production has heavily influenced how he has grown as... Read More →

Friday April 13, 2018 11:00am - 6:00pm
Telegraph Art & Comics 211 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: Art, Fantasy, and Mystery: Meow Wolf
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Vince Kadlubek is the CEO and Co-Founder of Meow Wolf, the exciting immersive art installation in Santa Fe that has attracted attention from around the world. He created the business plan that brought life to the House of Eternal Return.

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Kadlubek

Vincent Kadlubek

Founder, Meow Wolf
Vince Kadlubek is a Co-founder and the CEO of Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into a remarkable, award-winning Arts Production Company. Vince is passionate about alternative realities and immersive storytelling.

Sponsors
avatar for Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Community Foundation was established in 1967 as an engine for positive change in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. We work with local residents, non-profits, as well as public and private organizations... Read More →
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WHURK

Whurk publishes a free monthly magazine dedicated to Virginia's creative communities. A fierce supporter of independent culture since 2013, it features interviews and art from local painters, poets, sculptors, authors, musicians, thespians, chefs, brewers, filmmakers, and cartoonists. Distributed to hundreds of location... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
The Bebedero 225 W. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: Brands in the Age of Distraction
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What makes some brands soar in our multi-channel, user-generated world, while others crash and burn? Branding veterans trade insights - and horror stories - from the front lines.

Moderators
avatar for Margo Bulka

Margo Bulka

Senior Product Strategist, WillowTree
Margo is a Senior Product Strategist at WillowTree in Charlottesville, Virginia. She works with Fortune 500 clients (including HBO, Regal Cinemas, and Wyndham Hotels) to develop and hone concepts for mobile, web and IoT applications by performing user-centered research in tandem with... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zack Bryant

Zack Bryant

Creative Director, Journey Group
Zack Bryant leads Journey Group’s digital studio—crafting web and video projects that are goal driven and people centered. He’s dogged about carving the right path from intention to outcome, pursuing results in which a few seconds on a screen give way to meaningful experiences... Read More →
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Magnus Hierta

Founder & Executive Creative Director, Hue&Cry
Magnus Hierta is the Creative Director at The Martin Agency and Founder / ECD of Hue&Cry. From design to animation, advertising, architecture, photography, or any other creative field, he prefers not to think of each as a professional silo standing on its own. The act of applying... Read More →
avatar for Darcey Lacy

Darcey Lacy

Founder & Creative Director, Watermark Design
Over the last 10 years, Darcey has grown Watermark Design into an award-winning branding and package design studio, serving businesses nationally, and gathering accolades from The Dieline and HOW Magazine, among others.
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Lindsey Norment

Interim Brand Director, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Lindsey Norment serves as the Interim Brand Director for the Virginia Tourism Corporation. In this capacity, she leads the Brand department to strategically execute the vision of the iconic Virginia is for Lovers brand. Ms. Norment was raised in Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate... Read More →

Sponsors
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Sir Speedy

Decades of experience. Industry leadership. Attentive customer service. These & more define Sir Speedy Print, Signs and Marketing. For decades, companies have made us part of an iconic ritual: Got a challenge, go to Sir Speedy. Our people have a "whatever it takes" attitude. Add... Read More →
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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
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Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Downtown Grille 201 W. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: The Energy End Game
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In their implications, changes in the power landscape today mirror those of the Industrial Revolution two centuries ago. Beyond the incremental fluctuations in regulation, technology, and the market, where is all this innovation headed? What will the grid look like in 25 years, or storage, or utilities? Join renewable energy legend Jigar Shah for a conversation about the big picture of power.

Moderators
avatar for Devin Welch

Devin Welch

Co-Founder, Sun Tribe Solar
As Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development, Devin Welch is responsible for sales and marketing strategy for Sun Tribe Solar, Virginia’s fastest growing renewable energy solutions provider. Passionate about sustainability, Mr. Welch has spent his career championing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

President, Generate Capital, Inc.
Jigar Shah is the Co-Founder of Generate Capital, a specialty finance company that builds, owns, operates, and finances infrastructure assets involving the world’s critical resources: energy, water, agriculture and basic materials. He is best known for founding SunEdison, the company... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance

Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance

The Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance aims to establish Charlottesville as the renewable energy hub of the Southeast, to advocate for the growth of the renewable energy economy, and to support the community’s transition to sustainable energy practices.
avatar for Sigora Solar

Sigora Solar

By providing cutting edge solar and energy efficiency technology, world-class service and competitive pricing, Sigora Solar is leading our community and the world to a brighter energy future one home, business, school, and farm at a time. The Sigora family is committed to creating... Read More →
avatar for Sun Tribe Solar

Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Downtown Grille 201 W. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: Founding While Female
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A practical, candid and supportive conversation about challenges for women in entrepreneurship, with strategies for current entrepreneurs and ecosystem allies on how to overcome barriers. 

Moderators
avatar for Heather Metcalf

Heather Metcalf

Director of Research and Analysis, Association for Women in Science
Heather Metcalf, PhD is Director of Research and Analysis at the Association for Women in Science. She is also Director of AWIS' STEM to Market program, an inclusive STEM entrepreneurship and investing program funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She has undergraduate degrees... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Renee Diresta

Renee Diresta

Data for Democracy, Head of Policy
DiResta is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, and an advocate for vaccination in California. She is a cofounder of Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Previously, Renee was a principal at seed-stage... Read More →
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Alice Handy

Founder, Investure
Alice Handy founded Investure in December 2003 where she currently serves as Managing Member. Investure serves as the investment office to non-profits where building a high-quality investment staff in-house is not economical or preferable. Investure provides a comprehensive, full-service... Read More →
avatar for Shan-Lyn Ma

Shan-Lyn Ma

Founder, Zola
Shan-Lyn Ma is CEO and Co-Founder of Zola, the wedding company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience by combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology.

Sponsors
avatar for 1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
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FastTrac

Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Red Pump Kitchen 108 3rd St NE

12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: Reasons to Stay - Cities for Young Founders
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What can small cities do to retain young entrepreneurs? How do recent grads evaluate their opportunities in large metros versus staying put? Current and former student entrepreneurs will present what would make the ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem for young founders. 

Moderators
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Daniel Willson

Director of Operations, HackCville
Daniel is the Director of Operations at HackCville, a hub for top U.Va. students pursuing entrepreneurial careers. He also is program director for HackCville's Elliewood Fellowship, a one-year program to enable top graduates to stay and start impactful ventures in Charlottesville... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman

CEO & Cofounder, Reddit
Steve Huffman is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, the "front page of the internet" and fourth most visited site in the U.S. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hipmunk, the popular online travel company. Raised in northern Virginia, Huffman pursued his passion for programming... Read More →

Sponsors
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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
avatar for Chamber Frederick

Chamber Frederick

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses organized to ensure the economic and social vitality of Frederick County. We connect businesses and community through leadership, advocacy, and education.
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Galant Center for Entrepreneurship

The Galant Center was founded in 2008, through the initial funding of Mark E. Galant (McIntire '80). Our mission is to encourage, educate, and empower students—past and present—to take on crucial roles in the new venture community, thereby impacting the world in which we live... Read More →
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Hack Cville

HackCville is a platform for experiential education and career development.HackCville trains students in high-demand skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. We accelerate our students’ ideas, projects, and startups through our experiential programs and tight-knit community.
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The City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development is the catalyst for public and private initiatives that create employment opportunities and a vibrant and sustainable economy.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Zocalo 201 E. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: STEAM Ahead: Inclusive Innovation
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White House Champion of Change Knatokie Ford and former NASA astronaut and Dallas Cowboy Leland Melvin share what they’ve learned about inspiring and empowering the next generation of women and people of color to pursue careers in engineering, design, tech, math, and the sciences.

Moderators
avatar for Natalia Brzezinski

Natalia Brzezinski

CEO, Brilliant Minds Foundation and Symposium Stockholm
As the CEO of Symposium Stockholm and the Brilliant Minds Foundation, a two-day thought leadership-summit in Stockholm founded by Spotify founder Daniel Ek , and a 365-day-year-round movement, Brzezinski curates a global community of creative entrepreneurs who want to make change... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Knatokie Ford

Knatokie Ford

Founder & CEO, Fly Sci Enterprise
Dr. Knatokie Ford is Founder and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise, an education and media consulting organization focused on leveraging the power of storytelling to promote social change, particularly in STEM fields. She recently completed service in the Obama Administration as a Senior... Read More →
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Leland Melvin

Astronaut, Leland Melvin LLC
From playing for the Dallas Cowboys to exploring outer space, Mr. Melvin’s story of perseverance and passion has inspired the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers.

Sponsors
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Lynchburg Economic Development Authority

What’s the secret behind prosperity for Lynchburg? Our diverse and dynamic community.Our community boasts a vibrant economy, nationally-ranked public schools and five colleges situated in historic and affordable neighborhoods, a world-class health care system, funky shops and fine... Read More →
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Virginia National Bank

VIRGINIA NATIONAL BANK OPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE ON JULY 29, 1998 WITH MORE THAN 900 LOCAL SHAREHOLDERS.From the beginning, our mission has been to provide great personal service, local access to decision makers, fast response, and continuity in your relationship.  As a true community... Read More →


12:00pm

Community Luncheon: Honoring Black America in the Public Realm
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This panel offers inspiration and reflection on what a more just story about race in our public places, including parks, museums, and the built environment, can look like. Lunch included for Summit badgeholders.

Moderators
avatar for Gayle Jessup White

Gayle Jessup White

Community Engagement Officer, Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
Gayle Jessup White became Monticello’s first Community Engagement Officer in 2016. She is not only a direct Jefferson descendant, but also is related to two well-documented families enslaved at Monticello - the Hemingses and the Hubbards. Before joining Monticello, Gayle was a television... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brent Leggs

Brent Leggs

Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund; Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Preservation Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation and University of Maryland
Brent Leggs is the Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund – a $25,000,000 fundraising and preservation campaign of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A Harvard Loeb Fellow, he co-authored "Preserving African American Historic Places," which is... Read More →
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Eto Otitigbe

Artist
Eto Otitigbe recently joined the team led by Howeler and Yoon Architecture to design the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at University of Virginia.  The memorial will be a reflective gathering space that includes symbols of libation and liberation.  Otitigbe's role on the design team... Read More →
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Levar Stoney

Mayor, City of Richmond
Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor on Dec. 31, 2016. He is the youngest mayor ever elected to serve the city. Mayor Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his father, a janitor. A product of Virginia public schools, he grew up on free and reduced... Read More →

Sponsors
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Office for Diversity and Equity

The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive environments... Read More →


12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: Dopesick - Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Factory Man comes the only book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America-an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines.

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.
Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

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Beth Macy

Journalist, Author of Dopesick, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling “Factory Man” and "Truevine.” Her forthcoming book on the opioid crisis, “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company That Addicted America,” publishes Aug. 7, 2018.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Bashir's 507 E Main St Charlottesville, VA 22902
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12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: Taking Back Healthcare
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In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. New York Times bestselling author Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal and Natassia Rozario of the renowned Camden Coalition don't just explain the symptoms, they diagnose and treat the disease itself, spelling out exactly how communities and patients can recapture agency over a system that’s lost touch with its purpose.

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Elisabeth Rosenthal

Author, An American Sickness
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, is the author of the 2017 New York Times bestseller, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back.” She was a reporter and senior writer at the New York Times for 22 years, winning numerous awards for her coverage... Read More →
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Natassia Rozario

Asso. Counsel Senior Director of External Affairs, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Natassia Rozario is the associate counsel and senior director of external affairs at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the wellbeing of individuals facing the most complex health and social challenges. Since their inception... Read More →


12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: An American Story
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Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein has spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas of 2008. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, she makes one of America’s biggest political issues human. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.

Moderators
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James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic
JAMES FALLOWS has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for more than thirty years. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He is a former editor of U.S. News & World... Read More →

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Amy Goldstein

Staff Writer, Author, The Washington Post, Janesville: An American Story
Amy Goldstein is a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer at The Washington Post, where much of her work over 30 years has focused on social policy. She is the author of Janesville: An American Story, a close-up of a small Midwestern city that lost a slew of jobs when the nation’s... Read More →

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Royer Caramanis & McDonough

The attorneys of Royer, Caramanis & McDonough have decades of experience assisting clients in a wide range of legal specialties. We take personal interest in our clients and strive to provide efficient, effective and responsive representation in addressing their legal needs.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Hamilton's 101 West Main Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm

Partner Event: “How to Fix American Democracy: Part I"
Presented with UVA Student Council, this series of rotating 30-minutes discussions on fifteen topics adapted from Richard Just’s article “How to Fix American Democracy – 38 Ideas for Repairing our Badly Broken Civic Life.” UVA faculty will engage participants in key issues such as Civil Rights Education, Reinvigorating Local Leadership, and Redefining Patriotism.

Discussion Leaders include University of Virginia Professors such as Carah Ong Whaley, Andrew Kropko, and Bruce Williams, Emily Morrison, Rosanna Bencoach, and other Charlottesville Community Leaders, and Scholars at the Miller Center of Public Affairs.

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Miller Center at UVA

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and strives to apply the lessons of history and civil discourse to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance chal... Read More →
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University of Virginia

In 1819 Thomas Jefferson fulfilled his lifelong ambition to create a better institution of higher learning, one that would prepare America's citizens to lead and govern the new nation. His University would be the first to engineer cross-disciplinary exchange between the sciences and... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm
The Lawn at the University of Virginia (12-2 pm)

2:00pm

Solving Design Problems with Prototyping
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UX and UI designers work with many other professionals from marketers to C-level executives to front and back-end engineers. Learn how to successfully solve design problems and efficiently collaborate with others to produce the best designs for your product or your client. 

Moderators
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Kate Hofstra

Creative Services Director, Storyware
Kate Hofstra is a Brooklyn based digital strategist, designer and copywriter with a decade of experience in writing, research and creative strategy. With a knack for storytelling and an instinct for organization, she helps brands and nonprofits deliver smart and engaging online e... Read More →

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Emily Flannery

Team Lead, Marketing Engineering, InVision
Emily Flannery is the Team Lead on the Marketing Engineering team at InVision. Cross-functional collaboration is what she loves most about her work — delivering solutions that meet and exceed their teams' goals and customers' expectations.
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Kristen Keiser

Designer, Pentagram
Kristen is a graphic designer based in Austin, TX. She joined the international design firm Pentagram in 2012, and her clients include Bumble, World Wildlife Fund, University of Southern California, The Contemporary Austin, Texas Society of Architects, CU Boulder, Santa Clara University... Read More →
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Todd Wickersty

President, Storyware
As President of Storyware, Todd oversees business development, marketing, operations, and finance. In addition, Todd helps clients with digital strategy, user research, wireframes, and front-end development. | | Todd co-founded Storyware in 2013 after years of running his own consulting... Read More →

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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
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Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2:00pm

Life After Coal
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Across Appalachia, communities affected by coal’s decline are building a brighter future by diversifying local economies. Recognizing the economic development potential of clean power, social entrepreneurs are working to build wealth and prosperity by training workers for jobs in renewables. Hear from local innovators and workforce development experts—and the opportunities and challenges they face—as they help communities chart a path to resilience and bring clean energy to coal country.


Moderators
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Heidi Binko

Executive Director, www.justtransitionfund.org
Heidi is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Just Transition Fund, which she created with her partner in April 2015. As a hybrid philanthropic entity, the Just Transition Fund provides direct investments, technical assistance, and data-driven analysis to help frontline coal... Read More →

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Dan Conant

Founder, Solar Holler
Dan Conant is a clean energy entrepreneur who is building a 21st Century energy industry in his native West Virginia. The company he founded, Solar Holler, is focused on bringing solar within reach of those who need it most, while simultaneously training the first generation of solar... Read More →
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Brandon Dennison

CEO, Coalfield Development
Brandon Dennison, born and raised in West Virginia, is the founder and current Chief Executive Officer of the Coalfield Development Corporation. Coalfield Development has incubated five social enterprises and professionally trained over 300 unemployed people, many of them laid-off... Read More →
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Adam Hastings

Dean, Business, Mathematics, and Technologies, PVCC
Dr. Adam Hastings currently serves as the Dean of Business, Mathematics, and Technologies at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC). A doctoral graduate from UVA’s Curry School of Education, Adam has spent the last fourteen years living and working in greater Charlottesville... Read More →
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Nicole Steele

Executive Director, GRID Alternatives Mid Atlantic
Nicole has led GRID Alternatives Mid Atlantic to install over 150 single-family rooftop solar systems, reach over 300 multifamily tenants with solar benefits, and launch the Solarworks DC program, which trains District residents in solar installation and career readiness skills. Prior... Read More →

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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


2:00pm

Master Class: The Creative Curve
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We have been spoon-fed the notion that creativity is the province of genius — of those favored, brilliant few whose moments of insight arrive in unpredictable flashes of divine inspiration. And if we are not a genius, we might as well pack it in and give up. Either we have that gift, or we don’t. But recent research has shown that there is a predictable science behind achieving commercial success in any creative endeavor, from writing a popular novel to starting up a successful company to creating an effective marketing campaign. Big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field.

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Allen Gannett

Founder & CEO, TrackMaven
Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, the all-in-one marketing analytics platform which is used by brands including Microsoft, Marriott, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Gannett is also a writer with a regular online column for Fast Company and an upcoming book, "The Creative... Read More →

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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


2:00pm

Get Smart: Beyond the Buzzwords on Open Data
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New tools can vastly empower both local government and citizens to make better decisions, but do they? This session explores where big data, transparency, and performance management are fostering equity and leadership, and how the field might change the face of government.

Moderators
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Liz Farmer

Public Finance Writer, Governing magazine
Liz covers fiscal policy including state and local budgets, tax policy and pensions. She’s also appeared on national programs such as NPR's 1A and CSPAN's Washington Journal.

Speakers
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Zac Bookman

CEO and Co-Founder, OpenGov
Zac Bookman co-founded OpenGov in 2013. Today over 1,800 public agencies in 48 states leverage the platform to achieve better budgeting, improved performance, and comprehensive transparency.  Before co-founding OpenGov, Zac served as Advisor to U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster on... Read More →
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David Doyle

Open Data Program Manager, City of Seattle
Doyle is the Open Data Manager at the City of Seattle, where he oversees the implementation of the City’s Open Data Policy and the development of the City’s Open Data platform. Previously, he had a long career at Microsoft where he managed software engineering and data science... Read More →
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Andrew Kleine

President, Andrew Kleine Consulting
Andrew Kleine is a nationally recognized leader in budgeting for outcomes, long-term financial planning, Lean Government, and pension and health benefit reform. He consults, teaches and writes to help cities get better results from their available resources. Andrew served as Baltimore’s... Read More →
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Clarence Wardell

Director of Repurpose for Results, Results for America
Dr. Clarence Wardell III is currently the Director of Repurpose for Results at Results for America, supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities Initiative. In that role he works with mid-size cities across the country to help them use data and evidence to guide their programming... Read More →


2:00pm

Sex in Public: Gender and Political Office
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Women have mobilized in unprecedented numbers to make their voices heard in political office and organizing. What are the rules of gender in public leadership and how are they changing?

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Jennifer Wright

Author, Columnist, Author of Get Well Soon and It Ended Badly, Harper's Bazaar
Jennifer Wright is the author of It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Break-Ups in History and Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them. On a less historical note, she writes about issues facing modern feminists in the age of Trump for Harper's Bazaar.

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Jenn Brown

Executive Director, Civic Nation
Prior to her current role, Jenn was the founding Executive Director of Battleground Texas, a long-term project dedicated to increasing voter turnout in Texas. Before starting Battleground Texas, Jenn was the Field Director for the Obama campaign in Ohio in 2012. There she oversaw... Read More →
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Atima Omara

President, Omara Strategy Group
Atima Omara is the President & Founder of the Omara Strategy Group, focused on electing progressive candidates that are people color, women, and LGBTQ. Atima worked for Mark Warner when he served as Governor of Virginia and as staff on over 9 federal, state, and local Democratic campaigns... Read More →


2:00pm

Collective Action for Public Health Outcomes
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Changing the underlying conditions that result in addiction, cancer and other public health epidemics is a wickedly complex proposition, requiring concerted action from disparate stakeholders addressing hardest-to-reach patients. That hasn’t stopped this panel of innovators from achieving astonishing and life-saving impact for their communities. Find out how they did it.

Moderators
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Elizabeth Beasley

Community Relations Lead, University of Virginia (UVA) Health System
Elizabeth joined University of Virginia (UVA) Health System to lead community relations in 2016. Elizabeth has over a decade of community health experience, having previously held positions focused in epidemiology and health promotion at the Thomas Jefferson Health District. The focus... Read More →

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Ryan Coonerty

County Supervisor, Santa Cruz County (CA)
Ryan Coonerty is the Cofounder of NextSpace Coworking + Innovation and a lecturer on law and government at UC Santa Cruz. Prior to be returning to Santa Cruz, Coonerty served as Legislative Counsel to two national commissions, President Carter and Ford’s National Commission on Federal... Read More →
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Stephen Grubbs

Vice President Clinical Affairs, American Society of Clinical Oncology
Stephen S. Grubbs, MD, FASCO Dr. Grubbs joined the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASC0) in July, 2015 as Vice President of the Clinical Affairs Department after 31 years as a practicing medical oncologist in Newark, Delaware at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. He has been... Read More →
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Natassia Rozario

Asso. Counsel Senior Director of External Affairs, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Natassia Rozario is the associate counsel and senior director of external affairs at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the wellbeing of individuals facing the most complex health and social challenges. Since their inception... Read More →


2:00pm

The Future of Journalism
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These days, there are few industries more newsworthy than the news media itself. Join insiders for a look at the business strategies and financial analysis that keep journalism vibrant in a climate of continual change.

Moderators
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Dahlia Lithwick

Senior Editor, Slate Magazine
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, has been writing their "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns since 1999. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary... Read More →

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Jeff Carney

Corporate Director, Berkshire Hathaway Media Group
Carney manages digital content initiatives to grow desktop, and mobile audiences, as well as audience engagement. Previously, Carney worked for the Omaha World-Herald, Des Moines Register and Associated Press. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Creighton University... Read More →
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Steve Gibson

Chief Financial Officer, The Washington Post
Steve Gibson is the Chief Financial Officer of The Washington Post, overseeing all financial and operational activities, including digital subscriptions and business development, for one of the most innovative and fastest growing digital media companies in today’s global market... Read More →
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Brad Wolverton

Investigative Reporter, NerdWallet
Brad is part of NerdWallet’s public interest reporting team, whose goal is to uncover abusive practices in consumer finance. Since forming in December 2016, NerdWallet’s team has examined student loan scams, companies that have wrongly wrecked customers’ credit, and the country’s... Read More →

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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven