Day 1, October 7th

Registration and Exhibits Open

10:00 am

9:30 am - 10:30 am | NYSTAR Funded Center Meeting: CAT and Hot Spot
10:30 am - 11:30 am | NYSTAR Funded Center Meeting: MEP and COE

Lunch & ESD Update

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation—known as NYSTAR—supports New York State’s innovation economy through programs totaling around $55 million annually. Together, these programs support R&D and industry needs along the entire lifecycle, from scientific discovery to technology conception to commercialization to business growth and maturity. NYSTAR will provide an update on current initiatives and efforts under way to develop new programs and activities throughout the state.
  • Pravina Raghavan, Executive Vice President, Small Business Services and Community Economic Development
  • Matt Watson, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, NYSTAR


2:00 - 3:15 pm

The Intersection of IoT and AI Speakers:
  • Kemper Lewis, UBuffalo
  • More speakers announced soon
  • Moderated by:
    Terry Clas, ESD
  • Detail
Critical Materials for the US Economy Speakers:
  • Steven Duclos, GE Research
  • Eric Williams, RIT Golisano Institute
  • Helena Khazdozian, DOE
  • Detail
Navigating Start-up Capital Speakers:
  • Colin Touhey, PVILION
  • Josh Aviv, SparkCharge
  • Colleen Costello, Vital Vio
  • Moderated by:
    Rich Honen, Phillips Lytle
  • Detail
The Future of Food Speakers:
  • Vincent Arena, Tazzetto Coffee
  • More speakers announced soon
  • Moderated by:
    Melissa Hall, NYSP2I
  • Details to follow

Meet NYS Innovators

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Speed pitching by a select group of companies in the exhibit hall.

Risks & Rewards of Emerging Technology

4:30 – 4:45 pm

  • Michael Ulbrich, President, Buffalo Manufacturing Works

Keynote Presentation

4:45 – 5:15 pm

  • Mukesh Khare, Vice President, IBM Research

Welcome Reception & Exhibit

5:30 – 8:30 pm

Day 2, October 8th

Exhibits and Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 am

Technology and the Workforce of Tomorrow

8:30 – 9:00 am

Presentation to address the utilization of emerging technology and how it effects an organization’s hiring and labor needs. The Raymond Corporation has been named to Fast Company’s 2019 Most Innovative Companies list. Raymond was nominated for the impact its Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator tool has had on enhancing education for forklift operators.
  • Tony Topencik, Senior Director Operations, The Raymond Corporation

Advances in US Manufacturing

9:00 – 10:00 am

Manufacturing USA® is a public-private network of 14 manufacturing institutes to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing. Hear updates from three institutes and their progress in working together with industry, academia and state, local and federal governments to overcome technical hurdles, share state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and train tomorrow's workforce.
  • Mark Poliks, Director, Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing, Binghamton University (NextFlex)
  • Edward White, Associate Vice President, TAP Facility, AIM Photonics
  • Nabil Nasr, Founding Chief Executive Officer, REMADE Institute
  • William Grieco, CEO, RAPID


10:00 – 11:00 am


11:00 – 12:15 pm

Trends in Biotechnology Speakers: New Waves of Materials for Additive Speakers:
  • Denis Cormier, RIT
  • Scott Vader, Xerox
  • Prabhjot Singh, GE Global Research
  • Scott Volk, Incodema3D
  • Detail
Journey of a Hardware Start-up Speakers:
  • Dan Radomski, LTU Centrepolis Accelerator
  • Michael Riedlinger, NextCorp
  • Steve Hooer, RIT
  • Detail
Energy Storage Speakers:
  • Ryne P. Raffaelle, RIT
  • Angelo D’Anzi, StorEn Technologies
  • Amy Marschilok, Stonybrook
  • Moderated by:
    David Hamilton, Stonybrook
  • Details to follow

Lunch and Keynote - Kevin Surace

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Internationally Recognized Futurist/Visionary on Disruptive Innovation, AI and the Age of Automation
Kevin Surace is a Silicon Valley innovator, serial entrepreneur, CEO, TV personality and EDUTAINER. Kevin has been featured by Businessweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX News, and has keynoted hundreds of events, from INC5000 to TED to the US Congress. He was INC Magazines’ Entrepreneur of the Year, a CNBC top Innovator of the Decade, World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Chair of Silicon Valley Forum, Planet Forward Innovator of the Year nominee, featured for 5 years on TechTV’s Silicon Spin, and inducted into RIT’s Innovation Hall of Fame. While he has a technical background with 85 worldwide patents, he is known as a very dynamic public speaker who is a true entertainer that excites, educates and energizes audiences to action.

Funding your Innovation

2:00 – 3:00 pm

If you are like companies you are need of capital to turn your idea into reality. You may know the options, but do you know which is the best fit for your particular business? And more importantly, do you know how to put yourself in front of the right people and what it then takes to seal the deal? After all, it is not only about which type of investor you want, but which type of investor wants you! Wouldn’t it help to have a better understanding of the people who make those determinations? That is what this track is all about. In it, you will gain vital insights into working with different investor groups, from the financiers themselves. What do they do? How do they scout for prospects? How do they make investment decisions and how can you get their attention? You will also learn about the world of grant financing and gain a valuable understanding of which grants you should pursue how to pursue them.
  • Momo Bi, Director, NY Ventures, Empire State Development
  • Juan Cueva, Senior Associate, Applied Ventures
  • Kirk Macolini, President, InteliSpark
  • Matt Melbourne, Principal of Investment Team, Republic
  • Moderted by: Emily Ekland, Commercialization Director, NYSTAR