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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

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
Friday, October 6

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