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Monday, October 2

4:30pm EDT

More Than Just Standups: Why Your Enterprise Isn’t Getting the Full Value Out of Agile… Yet
By now we have all seen teams standing daily, post-it notes be applied to walls, and kitchens stocked with Kombucha in an effort to replicate the practices that have help startup engineering teams be so successful. But these efforts often don’t translate into meaningful differences in an organization’s software product development process. The practices of Agile are few and highly popularized, but it is the underlying principles that are both often missed and truly meaningful. During this talk we will walk through some of the most common disconnects between practice and principle. You will learn how to organize and empower effective teams that can work autonomously and ruthlessly prioritize needs to create the greatest value for the business.

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Ryan Finley

Director of Business Development, Carbon Five
Ryan is the Director of Business Development at Carbon Five, a strategic digital product development firm known for its work with early stage, growth and enterprise companies such as Echosign, Square, Thumbtack, StitchFix, Altschool, Google, Hulu, Gap and many others. His background... Read More →

Monday October 2, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Room A - South Tower - Floor 22 225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303
Thursday, October 5

11:00am EDT

Lessons Learned From 20 Years as an Entrepreneur
Jeff Hilimire knows what it takes to build a successful business. Over the course of 20 years, he has founded and sold two profitable companies, Spunlogic and Engauge. Today, Jeff is the CEO of Dragon Army, a mobile and innovation company that works with industry leading brands such as Coca-Cola, IHG and The Home Depot. Since co-founding the organization four years ago, Dragon Army has grown from a small startup to one of the most sought after mobile companies in the country.

In addition to running a thriving agency, Jeff is also co-founder of 48in48—a global nonprofit that builds 48 websites for 48 nonprofits within 48 hours in cities across the world. 48in48 donates over $1.5MM of value to participating nonprofits in the form of websites, logos and other marketing collateral.

Jeff is a proven entrepreneur who understands first-hand how to create a culture of growth. In this track, Jeff will outline his key strategies for successful entrepreneurship—walking through both the ups and downs of starting a business.

During this session, you will:

Learn how to build a profitable company from the ground up
Discover why having a positive culture is key to the success of your business
Leave with tips for attracting new clients and growing your organization

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Jeff Hilimire

Co-Founder and CEO, Dragon Army
Jeff Hilimire is Co-Founder and CEO of Dragon Army, an Atlanta-based mobile and innovation company that helps clients navigate today’s connected landscape through the use of new innovations and technology. Prior to that, Jeff founded and sold two additional marketing agencies, Spunlogic... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room D - Marquis 1 - Floor 4 245 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

12:00pm EDT

Keynote: Straight Talk From Silicon Valley
Two inspiring women in tech break down what it really takes to make it in Silicon Valley.

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Kiki Roeder

Founder, Founder of Redeor Media
Following the successful exit of two companies, Kiki Roeder currently shares her entrepreneurial and communications expertise as a writer, investor, and consultant. She is the owner of several media properties and recently founded Redeor Media, which helps publications, organizations... Read More →
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Monique Woodward

Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Monique is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room E - Marquis Two - Lower Lobby Conference Center 285 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30030

1:30pm EDT

Hacking Customer Discovery: How to Beat the Odds and Build Products That People Want
The mortality rate for new businesses and products is stunning. 80% of all businesses started today will not last beyond five years. In this session, you’ll learn a practical set of actions you can follow right now to dramatically improve your odds of building products people buy and use.

► Learn a customer discovery process to get you moving incredibly fast
► Find out the most common big mistakes people make in assessing customer demand
► Discover a powerful approach to testing your ideas that you’d never come up with on your own
► Learn simple but non-obvious hacks you’ll love.

You’ll experience a fast-moving hands-on program led by an
entrepreneur/product guy who has done it himself – and is dedicated to teaching you. For product managers, startup founders, marketers, and investors, in companies of all sizes.

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David Eckoff

President, Revolutionary Ventures
David Eckoff specializes in working with teams to develop and launch industry-changing businesses. He’s led corporate innovation initiatives and led product teams in companies ranging from startup to Fortune 500.He is an advisor to technology companies, helping take revolutionary... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room C - Harris Tower - Floor 24 233 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303

3:00pm EDT

Prove It FIRST: When Dogs Eat The Dog Food, Buyers Come Barking
When 7 out of 10 product launches fail and less than 2% of patents ever make any money, the odds are stacked against your success, and potential investors know it. But with some ‘Hazzard’ protection tips and Success By Design tactics, you can build up market proof fast and cheaply to reduce risk, overcome objections, and defy the odds as you go from Idea to Brand to Sold. In this session, you’ll learn:
• Low-Cost Ways to Market Test
• How to Speed Up Time to Market
• How to Build Asset Value Early
• How to Preserve Margins & Profitability
• How to Become Competitive-Proof

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Tracy Leigh Hazzard

Hazzard Designs
As Product Strategist of Hazz Design, Tracy has ghost-designed, developed and sourced 250+ consumer products generating more than $2 Billion at retail. For over 25 years, she has worked with design-leading brands like, Martha Stewart Living and Herman Miller to out-design, out-source... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room C - Harris Tower - Floor 24 233 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30303
Friday, October 6

9:30am EDT

Hacking Your Startup's Growth
Want to know how to go from startup to scale up… in BIG way?

These entrepreneurs know first hand what it takes to: build a $100 million dollar business from the basement of your home, to be named one of TAG’s Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia and to have Hollywood A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio invest in your company.

Join us for this candid conversation and hear unfiltered advice from some of Atlanta’s greatest success stories.

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Dr. Tommy Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham’s career goal is to develop and commercialize evidence based medical technologies that will provide patients access to the best possible care without prohibitive costs. Experiences and formal training include both private sector and academic settings in mechanical... Read More →
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Marc Spiegel

Founder, Rubicon Global
Marc Spiegel is the co-founder of Rubicon Global, an Atlanta based technology company. Originally from Louisville, KY, Marc relocated to Atlanta when Rubicon moved its headquarters in 2011. The fourth generation in his family to work in and around the waste and recycling industry... Read More →
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Mark Wilson

President & CEO, CEO of Chime Solutions
Entrepreneur, Mark A. Wilson is the President and CEO of Chime Solutions, Inc. based in Atlanta, GA. Chime Solutions is a leading provider of business process outsourcing services, primarily focused on customer care. Wilson has over 25 years of experience in the business information... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room E - Marquis Two - Lower Lobby Conference Center 285 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30030

11:00am EDT

Bootstrapping A Successful Tech Startup To Fill a Gap in the Market
This talk will focus on how I took a 'back of a napkin' concept and then worked towards turning my idea into an emerging digital news platform, without any external funding. It will focus on some of the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, with tips and advice along the way. I will emphasize the importance of launching a tech startup (fueled by passion) that fills a much-needed gap in the market.

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Kunbi Tinuoye

Founder/CEO, UrbanGeekz
Kunbi Tinuoye is an award-winning British-born journalist and broadcaster based in the United States. She is the founder and CEO of UrbanGeekz.com, a groundbreaking video-centric digital news platform focused on technology, science, business, and startups.   Tinuoye is a sought-after... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room E - Marquis Two - Lower Lobby Conference Center 285 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30030

1:30pm EDT

10 Teachings from the Startup Commercialization Trenches
Hear how Your Ideas Are Terrible tackles piloting, education, employee buy-in and recruiting to drive corporate innovation in Capgemini, Coca-Cola, COX, InterContinental Hotels, Porsche, SunTrust and The Weather Company.

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Carie Davis

Corporate Innovation Specialist, Your Ideas Are Terrible
A native to Marietta, Carie moved into Atlanta in 1994 to study Industrial Design at Georgia Tech and subsequently landed in innovation at Coca-Cola. While there, she built innovation and entrepreneurship programming - training over 1,000 employees, creating an EIR program to partner... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Room D - Marquis 1 - Floor 4 245 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

4:30pm EDT

Startup Life: Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur
Are you addicted to the startup life? This is your tribe! Hear from four female entrepreneurs who love the hustle and grind so much they can't stop at just one!

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Tonya Hicks

President & CEO, Power Solutions, Inc.
Tonya L. Hicks is the President and CEO of Power Solutions, Inc. and the Managing Principalof Women Do Everything, LLC. Ms. Hicks is a serial entrepreneur, mom, and a journeyman wireman electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). She became the first... Read More →
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Titania Jordan

CPO, Bark.us
As CPO, Titania is Bark's resident factotum, her role spanning across product, design, copy, customer acquisition and education, and media relations. Titania has tremendous experience at the intersection of families and technology, formerly serving as CMO at KidsLink, co-founder/CMO... Read More →
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Kashi Sehgal

Kashi Sehgal is Co-Founder & CEO of Gigabark, an integrated mobile solutions company rooted in phone and text messaging technologies. She also serves as Founder & Executive Director of SuperNova South, the largest, most accessible, and most inclusive multi-disciplinary technology... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room E - Marquis Two - Lower Lobby Conference Center 285 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30030