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SPARK introduces Tech Talk to A2 Tech Trek

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Event will feature local innovators and thought leaders

New to this year’s Ann Arbor SPARK’s A2 Tech Trek on June 16 is Tech Talk. Before walking the walk, hear talks by leading local innovators from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Michigan Theater.

“Over the last two years, we found Tech Trek participants were interested in a more immersive experience, where they could not only see what local companies were doing, but also hear more, in-depth, from the visionary leaders behind the innovations,” said Donna Doleman, senior vice president, marketing and communications, Ann Arbor SPARK. “Tech Talk is modeled after TED events; speakers will each have seven minutes to talk about their inventions, what they see happening in the world of tech, and what they foresee for the future. Tech Talk attendees will also have the chance to submit questions for the speakers to answer.”

SPARK ann arborThe inaugural Tech Talk speakers are:

  • Greg Gage, co-founder and CEO, Backyard Brains
  • James Goebel, founding partner, Menlo Innovations
  • Lon Lowen, senior director, engineering operations, Arbor Networks
  • Daniel Moore, technical service engineer, Universal Robots
  • Jon Oberheide, co-founder and chief technology officer, Duo Security
  • Andrew Sardone software engineer and designer, Nutshell
  • Chris Schneider, senior vice president of Engineering, LLamasoft
  • Alon Yaffe, vice president, product management and data protection, Barracuda Networks
  • Christina York, founder and CEO, SpellBound

Attendees to Tech Talk will be able to submit questions to speakers via Twitter using the hashtags #A2TechTrek and the company’s name. Each speaker will answer one question live at the event. The person who submits the question answered live at the event will be entered to win one of several prizes donated by local businesses, including tickets to The Ark, a round of golf at the Marriott at Eagle Crest, gift certificates to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and Best Buy gift certificates from Applied Imaging.

Tech Talk is sponsored by PNC Bank.

Registration is required for Tech Talk. For more information or to register.

About Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone, Washtenaw County/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit AnnArborUSA.org.

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1 Comment

  1. Margaret Bennett

    May 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Not much interested in this Spark thing. Don’t know anyone who is; and I have oodles of teckie people among my family members and friends.
    We keep remembering that Gov Rick ‘Flint eater crisis’ Snyder is a ‘graduate of Spark…

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