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Monday, October 5


Lunch Keynote: Build it or Die
People always ask, "When did you know you had a business idea that was going to be successful? or What market indicators led you to this industry?" Do you have what it takes to sail these unpredictable waters to success?  We'll ask again after you hear this 2x Inc. 500 Founder & CEO share the unadulterated truth about her tumultuous journey and the pivotal decision points along the way.

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Andrea Arena

CEO/Founder, TimeSquared Concierge, LLC.
Andrea Arena is the President and CEO of TimeSquared Concierge a company she founded after the successful sale of her previous business, 2 Places At 1 Time, Inc.  2 Places was the nation’s first provider of employer-subsidized, corporate concierge services. After founding 2 Places in 1991, Andrea expanded the Atlanta-based firm to locations throughout the US and Canada and garnered the honor of being named to Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest... Read More →

Tuesday, October 6


Lunch Keynote: Private is the New Public (panel)
In 2015, everything we do is public, even our private stuff. Four of Atlanta's most well-known and beloved business folks, including Chef Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, artist Kyle Brooks of Blackcattips fame, Kyle Tibbs Jones of The Bitter Southerner, and Nick Carse of King of Pops will be here to talk social media, and how (or if) you should maintain a difference between your personal or business accounts on social media.

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Jason Dominy

Social Media Manager, Dalton Agency
Jason Dominy is social media leader with more than 6 years of experience in creating social media strategy, content, engagement tactics and influencer marketing plans. He has managed social media content for brands like Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Chick-fil-A, UPS, and others. In his... Read More →

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Hugh Acheson

Chef/Owner, Empire State South
HUGH ACHESON is the author of the James Beard Award Winning cookbook A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen and chef/owner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants 5 & 10 and The National, the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South, and the Savannah restaurant... Read More →
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Kyle Brooks

Artist/Owner, BlackCatTips
I am a streetfolk artist. Sometimes I create art under the name of BlackCatTips. Most of my life, I have lived in and around Atlanta. My work is a whimsical mix of southern folk art and street art mixed with hand painted signs. My public art encompasses murals and street art installations... Read More →
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Nick Carse

Co-Founder, King of Pops
Nick was slow slow to choose his path after graduating with an information systems degree from UGA he worked at insurance behemoth AIG. After watching crash tests and developing insurance loss models for a few years he got antsy and headed to law school at GSU. After graduating and... Read More →
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Kyle Tibbs Jones

Co-Founder/Social Director, The Bitter Southerner
​Kyle Tibbs Jones is Social Director and one of four Co-Founders of The Bitter Southerner, an on-line multimedia cultural magazine about the American South. In describing The Bitter Southerner, Kyle says, "The BS is for those of us who want to tell the world why our region is awesome... Read More →

Wednesday, October 7


Lunch Keynote: Marketing in the Age of the Empowered Consumer
Marketing and advertising as we know it is dead. PR has changed. Social is evolving. We’re at the beginning of a paradigm shift that’s going to change everything. Even digital marketing is a term that doesn’t make sense anymore. We’re about to enter a world where we’re always connected. Where expectations have changed. Where consumers expect more from brands. 

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Brian Easter

Co-Founder/CEO, Nebo Agency
As CEO of Nebo, Brian Easter brings international experience to his role along with a proven track record of helping organizations reach their digital marketing objectives. Under his leadership, Nebo has enjoyed 11 straight years of growth, has never laid a single employee off, and... Read More →

Thursday, October 8


Lunch Keynote: What is 21st Century Learning? (panel)
What is 21st century learning? What should it be? How do we engage and educate the leaders, thinkers, dreamers of the future? In this session, you will hear from some of the most sought-after speakers in the country on education technology. Everyone from grade schools to research universities are exploring ed tech. Our panel will discuss this rapidly growing and changing field including: online courses, use of data, coding for elementary students, electronic books, design thinking approach to learning and more.

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Brittany Aiello

Research Communications Officer, The College of Computing, Georgia Tech
Brittany is the Research Communications Officer for both the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) and the online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) program at Georgia Tech. Her work includes print and digital collateral development, social media marketing, video... Read More →

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Mary Cantwell

Educator/Design Thinker
Mary Cantwell (@scitechyedu) is a 18-year educator with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in Technology. She dove DEEP into design thinking, encouraged visible thinking, and sparked a rapid transformation into 21st Century learning, thinking, and creating. Currently, Mary travels around the world... Read More →
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Rich DeMillo

Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing and Professor of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology
Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing and Professor of Management, former John P. Imlay Dean of Computing, and Executive Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Author of over 100 articles... Read More →
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Jeff Levy

Co-Founder/CEO, codeU
Jeff is an experienced entrepreneur and investor who has founded, built and managed a number of successful technology-based start-ups over the past 18 years, including Activate Systems (sold to Organic Motion, 2012); Biltmore Communications (sold to DirecTV/Hicks Holdings 2007); Open... Read More →

Friday, October 9


Lunch Keynote: The Impact of Startup Communities in the Southeast (panel)
In this panel session, we'll have a regionally-focused discussion about startup communities. Join us for a conversation about the organizations and spaces in the southeast who impact their startup community and create connections to the broader ecosystem. We'll hear from Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Greenville, and DC. 

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Erin Rosintoski Lewis

Senior Business Development Manager, GuildQuality
Erin Rosintoski Lewis is a leader in the Atlanta startup ecosystem, having spent the last decade helping local technology startups grow. With a degree in economics from Davidson College, a master's degree in city planning and economic development from Georgia Tech, and a love of technology... Read More →

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Abigail Clark

Community Manager/Studio Manager, @809/Priceless Misc
Now a fixture in Charlotte's tech community, Abigail Clark started her career as Manager of entrepreneurial hub, Packard Place and got hooked on building supportive, innovative and smart communities.  From there, she used her operations expertise across a variety of industries including... Read More →
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Eric Dodds

Co-Founder, The Iron Yard
Eric was born and raised in Upstate SC, where he spent his early years hiking, mountain biking and dirt bike riding with his dad. Somehow he ended up at Clemson University, where he tutored calculus, studied marketing and matriculated summa cum laude. (We hear there was a lot of wake... Read More →
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Karen Houghton

Director, Atlanta Tech Village
Karen Houghton is the Director of Atlanta Tech Village. The Village is one of the largest coworking spaces and tech hubs in the US, housing over 250 technology startups and 900+ members in 103,000 square feet. From curating memberships resulting in $3.4M annual revenue to spearheading... Read More →
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Jared Marquette

Director of Development, VilCap Communities
Jared Marquette is the Director of Development for VilCap Communities, a new initiative of early stage investment fund Village Capital, which aims to connect cities to a national network of resources they need to grow and thrive. Jared also serves as a coordinator for Steve Case’s... Read More →
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Ben Reeves

Office Tenant Representation, Jones Lang LaSalle
Mr. Reeves is a Senior Associate in the Tenant Representation Group at Jones Lang LaSalle.  Mr. Reeves has over nine years of transaction experience for companies of all sizes, including start-ups, professional firms and corporate office space users. Mr. Reeves has worked on numerous significant... Read More →