Pre-Conference, October 6th

Optional Meet & Greet: NYSTAR Centers Only

4:00 - 5:00pm

Come meet your program managers. Open to MEP, COE, CAT, Hot Spots/Incubators, Digital Game Hubs Only
Location: NextCorps - 260 East Main Street, Suite 6000, Rochester

Day 1, October 7th

NYSTAR Funded Center Program Meetings

9:30 - 11:30 am

9:30 am - 10:30 am | CAT (HIGHLAND AK) and Hot Spots & Incubators (HIGHLAND BJ)
10:30 am - 11:30 am | MEP (HIGHLAND CH) and COE (HIGHLAND DG)

Registration and Exhibits Open

10:00 am

Meet NYS Innovators in Exhibit Hall

10:30 – 11:30 am

A fast pitch event introducing some of New York’s exciting startups taking place in the Exhibit Hall.

Welcome 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.
  • Vincent Esposito, VP & Regional Director, ESD Finger Lakes Regional Office Regional Office
  • Congressman Joseph Morelle, New York’s 25th Congressional District
  • Pravina Raghavan, Executive Vice President, Small Business Services and Community Economic Development, ESD
  • Eric Gertler, President & CEO, Empire State Development
  • Matt Watson, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, ESD NYSTAR

Breakout Sessions

2:00 - 3:15 pm

The Intersection of IoT and AI ROOM: HIGHLAND AK
  • Kemper Lewis, UBuffalo
  • Sangwon Yoon, Binghamton University
  • Jared Dwarika, Health Care Originals
  • Lloyd Palum, Vnomics
  • Alex Haber, Magic Leap
  • Moderated by:
    Terry Clas, ESD
  • Detail
Critical Materials for the US Economy ROOM: HIGHLAND BJ
  • Steven Duclos, GE Research
  • Eric Williams, RIT Golisano Institute
  • Helena Khazdozian, DOE
  • Moderated: Chris Rooney, ESD
  • Detail
Navigating Start-up Capital ROOM: HIGHLAND CH
  • Colin Touhey, PVILION
  • Josh Aviv, SparkCharge
  • Colleen Costello, Vital Vio
  • Moderated by:
    Rich Honen, Phillips Lytle
  • Detail
The Future of Food ROOM: HIGHLAND DG
  • Vincent Arena, Tazzetto Coffee
  • Tinia Pina, Re-Nuble
  • Catharine Young, COE for Food and Agriculture
  • Moderated by:
    Melissa Hall, NYSP2I
  • Detail

Coffee Break & Exhibits

3:30 – 4:15 pm

Partner Update: Innovating with Technology

4:30 – 5:00 pm

  • Michael Ulbrich, President, Buffalo Manufacturing Works
  • Lamar Hill, Director, NY Loves Nanotech

Keynote: The Future of AI Computing

5:00 – 5:45 pm

  • Mukesh Khare, Vice President, IBM Research

Reception & Exhibits

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Day 2, October 8th

Breakfast and Exhibits

7:00 - 8:30 am

Technology and the Workforce of Tomorrow

8:30 – 9:00 am

Update on Governor Cuomo's Workforce Initiative
  • Madhuri Kommareddi, Director of Workforce Development, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

  • 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 CEO, REMADE Institute
    • William Grieco, CEO, RAPID Manufacturing Institute

    Coffee Break & Exhibits

    10:15 – 10:45 am

    Breakout Sessions

    11:00 – 12:15 pm

    TRACK 1
    Trends in Biotechnology ROOM: HIGHLAND AK
    • James Hayward, Applied DNA Sciences
    • Marla Coppolino, Cornell Center for Advanced Technology
    • Richard Uhlig, Quadrant Biosciences
    • Detail
    New Waves of Materials for Additive ROOM: HIGHLAND BJ
    • Denis Cormier, AMPrint RIT
    • Scott Vader, Xerox
    • Prabhjot Singh, GE Global Research
    • Scott Volk, Incodema3D
    • Detail
    TRACK 2
    Journey of a Hardware Start-up ROOM: HIGHLAND CH
    • Dan Radomski, FuzeHub
    • Michael Riedlinger, NextCorp
    • JC Jung, TARFORM
    • Steve Hoover, RIT
    • Detail
    TRACK 3
    Energy Storage ROOM: HIGHLAND DG
    • Ryne Raffaelle, RIT
    • Angelo D’Anzi, StorEn Technologies
    • Amy Marschilok, Stony Brook University
    • Christopher Schauerman, Cellec Technologies
    • Moderated by:
      David Hamilton, Stony Brook University
    • Detail

    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 in Exhibit Hall

    2:00 – 3:00 pm

    Capital is critical 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
    • Pia Sawhney, Director of Strategy, ASV
    • Moderated by: Emily Ekland, Commercialization Director, NYSTAR