• Consumer Technology Association & Tech.Co present

    INNOVATE! and CELEBRATE

    Global Conference

     

    Celebrating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

     

    Silicon Valley

    September 20 - 22, 2016

  • JOIN US 

    Industry leaders, Executives, Creatives, Innovators, Startup Founders, and Investors

  • FEATURED SPEAKERS, JUDGES & MENTORS

    Naveen Jain

    Founder, Moon Express and BlueDot

    Jeff Clavier

    Founder & Managing Partner, SoftTech VC

    Melody McCloskey

    CEO, StyleSeat

    Justin Fishkin

    Chief Strategy Officer, Local Motors

    Lindsey Turrentine

    Editor-in-Chief, CNET

    Gary Shapiro

    President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association

    Chris Lehane

    Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs, Airbnb

    Amy Jo Kim, Ph.D.

    Co-Founder, Shufflebrain

    Gary Benitt

    General Partner, Social Leverage

    Arjun Sethi

    Partner, Social Capital

    Marc Nager

    Chief Community Officer, Techstars

    Gabriella Draney Zielke

    Cofounder and CEO, Tech Wildcatters

    Tristan Pollock

    EIR and Venture Partner, 500 Startups

    Charles LaCalle

    Venture Capitalist, Dreamit Ventures

    Eric Colson

    Chief Algorithm Officer, Stitch Fix

    Ari Newman

    Partner, Techstars

    Dr. James R. Mault

    James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life

    Cayla Chambers

    Partner, InvestHER Ventures

    Cheryl Foil

    Principal Tech and Innovation, Kiddar Capital

    Justin Kulla

    CEO and Founder, Business Blocks

    Bambi Francisco

    Founder and CEO, Vator

    Sarah Kunst

    CEO, Proday

    Tyler Suiters

    Vice President Communication, Consumer Technology Association

    Steve Koenig

    Senior Director Market Research, Consumer Technology Association

    Sarah Moret

    Associate, CrossCut Ventures

    Sean Ammirati

    Partner, Birchmere Ventures

    Annie Pace Scranton

    Founder, Pace Public Relations

    Nabil A. Borhanu

    President and Managing Partner, Graphene Ventures

    George Stepancich

    Founder, CEO and Chairman, Invisionate, LLC

    Natasa Djukanovic

    CMO, Domain.ME

    Jon Spinney

    Cofounder and CEO, Malartu Funds

    Aleda Schaffer

    Strategic Partnerships Manager, American Airlines

    Frank Gruber

    Cofounder & CEO, Tech.Co

    Grant Allen

    Managing Director, AAB Technology Ventures

    Dr. Fei-Fei Li

    Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab

    Eric Hsia

    Venture Partner and Advisor, Translink Capital

    Shardha Agarwal

    Co-Founder and President, Context Media

    Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D

    Chief Economist and Senior Director of Research, Consumer Technology Association

    Mark Rowland

    CEO and Co-Founder, The Red Pill at ROCeteer

    Mara Lewis

    Managing Director, Start Co. Accelerators

    Chris Schultz

    CEO, Launch Pad

    Jeff O’Hara

    Founder, Edmodo

    Michael Sorrentino

    Founder, Sorrentino Media

    Susan Cooney

    Head of Marketing and Partnerships, Change Catalyst

    Philip D. Bennett

    Author and Entrepreneur

    Pramod Dabir

    CEO and Co-founder, West Agile Labs

    Liv Erickson

    Virtual Reality Developer, Microsoft and Co-Founder, ARVR Academy

    Jason Putori

    UX Designer

    Robert Heiblim

    Principal, BlueSalve Consulting

    Stephanie Lampkin

    CEO and Founder, Blendoor

    Andrew Romans

    Co-founder and General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital

    Tishin Donkersley

    Director Strategic Partnerships and TV Tech Correspondent, Tech.Co

    Paul Swartz

    Strategic Partnerships Manager, American Airlines

    Dave Ciaglo

    Director of Business Development, TradeHelm

    Lisa Lambert

    Managing Partner, Westly Group

    Mick Liubinskas

    Venture Portfolio Manager, muru-D

    Brian Gorbett

    Startup Initiatives, Microsoft

    Errol Arkilic

    Founder, M34 Capital

    Kira A. Blackwell

    iTech Program Executive & OCT Innovation Liaison, NASA

    Lo Toney

    Partner, GV

    Alisha Seam

    Robotics Engineer, AT&T Foundry

    Brian Markwalter

    Senior Vice President of Research and Standards, Consumer Technology Association

    Eamonn Carey

    Managing Director, Techstars Connection

    John Phelan

    Practice Leader, IBM's San Francisco Bluemix Garage

    Ramamurthy Sivakumar

    Managing Director, Intel Capital

    Tammi Smorynski

    Director, Intel Capital

    Ken Takeda

    Regional Outreach Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Neveen Abel-Jalil

    Resource Supervisory Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Will Young

    General Partner, VTF Capital

    Ximena Hartsock

    Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and President, Phone2Action

    Michael Hool

    Managing Partner, Hool Coury Law

    Frank J. Parrotto

    Chief Operating Officer, Matrix Advisors, LLC

    Jeremy Tanner

    Community Development, SendGrid

    Ryan Pamplin

    VP, Sales and Partnerships, Meta

    Adam Griffin

    Director, Galvanize

  • Schedule

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

     

    10 AM-7 PM Registration

    Regency Ballroom Foyer, Fairmont San Jose

     

    11 AM-5 PM - Excursions around San Jose!

     

    6-8 PM - Welcome Party at the Pool Deck, Fairmont San Jose

     

    8 PM-Midnight - Hospitality Lounge Open

        

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

     

    7 AM-5 PM - Registration

    Regency Ballroom Foyer, Fairmont San Jose

     

    7:30-9:15 AM - Breakfast

    Regency Ballroom Foyer, Fairmont San Jose

     

    9:30-9:45 AM - Welcome Remarks

    Frank Gruber, CEO and Co-Founder, Tech.Co

    Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA

     

    9:45-10:15 AM - Keynote: Dr. Fei-Fei Li

    Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab

    Regency Ballroom 2, Fairmont San Jose

     

    10:15-11:15 AM - Five Technology Trends to Watch

    Justin Fishkin, Chief Strategy Officer, Local Motors

    James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., VP and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life

    Ryan Pamplin, VP, Sales and Partnerships, Meta Co.

    John Phelan, San Francisco Bluemix Garage, IBM Watson

    Ramamurthy Sivakumar, VP, Intel Capital

    Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief, CNET.com

     

    11:15-11:35 AM - Innovation Entrepreneur Awards

    Regency Ballroom 2, Fairmont San Jose

        

    11:35 AM-12:15 PM - Fireside Chat: Shradha Agarwal

    President and Co-Founder, ContextMedia, Inc.

    Regency Ballroom 2, Fairmont San Jose

     

    12:20-1:50 PM Lunch

    Circle of Palms, Fairmont San Jose

     

    1:30-4:30 PM - Mentor 1:1 Sessions

    Valley Room & Hillsborough Rooms, Fairmont San Jose

     

    1:30-2:10 PM - Corporations and Startups: An Unlikely Pair?

    Crystal Room, Fairmont San Jose

    Natasa Djukanovic, CMO, Domain.ME

    Tishin Donkersley, Director of Strategic Partnership & TV Tech Correspondent

    Andrew Romans, Co-Founder and General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital

    Aleda Schaffer, Strategic Partnerships Manager, American Airlines

    Kira Blackwell, iTech Program Executive & OCT Innovation Liaison, NASA

     

    2-2:45 PM - Holiday Sales Forecast

    Gold Room, Fairmont San Jose

    Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., Chief Economist, CTA
    Steve Koenig, Sr. Director,
    Market Research, CTA

     

    2:10-2:50 PM - Find Your Path to Funding

    Crystal Room, Fairmont San Jose

    Cheryl Foil, Principal, Kiddar Capital

    Sarah Kunst, CEO, Proday and Investor

    Ari Newman, Partner, Techstars

    Jon Spinney, Co-Founder and CEO, Malartu Funds/TechCo Index Fund
     

    2:50-3:30 PM - The Science of Growth with Sean Ammirati

    Crystal Room, Fairmont San Jose

    Sean Ammirati, Partner, Birchmere Ventures

     

    3-3:45 PM - Synthesizing Human and Machine Capabilities

    Gold Room, Fairmont San Jose

    Eric Colson, Chief Algorithms Officer, Stitch Fix

     

    3:30-4:10 PM - Scaling Your Business With Style with Melody McCloskey

    Crystal Room, Fairmont San Jose

    Melody McCloskey, CEO and Co-Founder, StyleSeat

     

    4:10-5 PM - Fireside Chat: The 2016 Election

    Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA

    Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Nielsen and outside advisor, Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign

     

    5-6 PM Hospitality Lounge Open

     

    6-8 PM Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Party

    The GlassHouse,
    2 South Market St., San Jose, CA

     

    8 PM-Midnight Hospitality Lounge Open

     

        

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

     

    7 AM-2 PM Registration

    Regency Ballroom Foyer,

    Fairmont San Jose

     

    8:30-10 AM - Media Training Workshop and Breakfast

    Crystal Room, Fairmont San Jose

    Annie Scranton, Founder and CEO,

    Pace Public Relations

    Michael Sorrentino, Founder and

    Principal, Sorrentino Media

    Tyler Suiters, VP, Communications, CTA

     

    9-10 AM - Breakfast

    Regency Ballroom Foyer, Fairmont San Jose

     

    10-10:10 AM - Welcome! Announcing the Top 5 Startups

    Frank Gruber, CEO and Co-Founder, Tech.Co

     

    10:10-10:40 AM - Fireside Chat: Naveen Jain

    Frank Gruber, CEO and Co-Founder, Tech.Co

    Naveen Jain, Founder and CEO, BlueDot and

    Founder and Executive Chairman, Moon Express

     

    10:40-11:30 AM - Virtual Reality Panel

    Regency Ballroom 2, Fairmont San Jose

    Liv Erickson, AR & VR Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

    Brian Markwalter, SVP, Research & Standards, CTA

    Alisha Seam, Connected-Drone and Virtual/Augmented Reality Product Development, AT&T Foundry

    Mark Turner, VP, Corporate Partnerships and Strategy, Technicolor

     

    11:30 AM-Noon - Airbnb and the Sharing Economy

    Regency Ballroom 2, Fairmont San Jose

    Chris Lehane, Head of Global Policy and Communications, Airbnb

     

    12:15-1:30 PM Lunch

    Pagoda, Lobby Level, Fairmont San Jose

     

    1:30-2:45 PM - Final Startup of the Year Competition: Top 5

    Featured Judges:

    Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC

    Lisa Lambert, Managing Partner, The Westly Group

    Arjun Sethi, Partner, Social Capital

    Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA

    Tammi Smorynski, Director, Intel Capital

    Lo Toney, Partner, GV

     

    2:45-3:30 PM - Funding Q&A with the Tech Titans

    Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC

    Lisa Lambert, Managing Partner, The Westly Group

    Arjun Sethi, Partner, Social Capital

    Tammi Smorynski, Director, Intel Capital

    Lo Toney, Partner, GV

     

    3:30-4 PM - Startup of the Year Winner Celebration

    Frank Gruber, CEO and Co-Founder, Tech.Co

    Stephanie Lampkin, Founder and CEO, Blendoor

     

    *Schedule subject to change check back periodically

  • 3-DAY JOURNEY

    Innovate! and Celebrate 2016 is one of the most...well, CELEBRATED tech events of the year, where tech leaders intersect with cutting-edge startups, being held in San Jose, California. Join us as we take you on a journey filled with mentor sessions, workshops, coaching, celebrity judges, stellar keynotes and fireside chats industry panels and more. Oh, and we've thrown in a little fun with several networking events and excursions.

    Mentor Sessions

    1-on-1 meetings with high profile investors, entrepreneurs, mentors and startup experts

    Back by popular demand! Tech leaders, experts and influencers in their respective areas of expertise will be offering a limited number of private 30-minute 1:1 meeting to founders who wish to take a deep dive into challenges facing their startup and gain valuable insight and advice to help build their business. We will provide more information on sign up for registrants in the coming weeks.

    Mentor Circles

    Small groups of 8-10 attendees joined by mentors who will lead each session

    Tech leaders, experts and influencers will be leading a limited number of private 30 minute group Mentor Circles in their area of expertise. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain insight into specific challenges they are having within their business and receive valuable targeted advice for those issues. Each Circle is limited to 8-10 people per session. We will be rolling out the mentor sessions and topics as they become available.

    Keynotes, Fireside Chats & Industry Panels

    Hear from trendsetters and industry experts as they lead conversations that will leave you inspired

    Don't miss our inspiring and captivating sessions - from 5 Innovation Trends To Watch to funding, partnerships, VR and how to keep your team focused through every stage of growth.

    Excursions

    Exciting, fun-filled adventures in and around the Silicon Valley area

    Enjoy a variety of fun activities in the area before the conference and get to know Silicon Valley and kick back with your fellow attendees in a relaxed environment.

    Food, cocktails, 50 worldclass startups - the party of the year!

    This year as part of the Innovate! and Celebrate conference, the Startup of the Year Party will be held at the Glasshouse, a trendy Silicon Valley venue with a modern flair in the heart of Downtown San Jose. Enjoy appetizers, drinks and ample networking while you meet the top 50 semifinalist startups competing in the Startup of the Year Competition.

  • SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2016 | SAN JOSE, CA

    Innovate! and Celebrate 2016 is a 3-day journey that brings together two exciting events to create one exceptional conference. Attendees will benefit from expanded programming and networking opportunities as well as the chance to meet the newest tech startups and learn more about their game-changing products and services.

     

    The event will provide opportunities for startups to meet with established brand leaders in the tech industry for mentoring and networking while providing larger companies a preview of new products and ideas before they come to market.

  • HIGHLIGHT REEL

  • 2016 STARTUP OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

    Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail) traveled the world hosting Startup of the Year Competitions & Mixers and Online Competitions, to find the worlds most innovative startups. The best startups from each competition will join us at Innovate! and Celebrate 2016 to compete for the top spot, and for a chance to be named Tech.Co's Startup of the Year!

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Work directly with the Tech.Co team, startups, speakers and more!

    Sign up to volunteer at Innovate! and Celebrate!

    Thank you!

  • Top 50 Semifinalists

    Startup of the Year Competition

    7 Generation Games, Santa Monica, CA
    Abode, Chicago, IL
    Admetsys, Boston, MA
    Advanced Bone Technology, Fargo, ND
    BallotReady, Chicago, IL
    Betagig, Los Angeles, CA
    Candy Lab, Irvine, CA
    Cariloop, Dallas, TX
    Cocoon Cam, San Francisco, CA
    CoSchedule, Fargo, ND
    Cultivating Coders, Albuquerque, NM
    Eventyoda, San Francisco, CA
    Everflux Technology, Toronto, Canada
    Feather, Memphis, TN
    Fetch, Birmingham, AL
    FutureApps, Westland, MI
    GiveIt, Provo, UT
    Grokstream, Aliso Viejo, CA
    HiLovely, San Francisco, CA
    HireKeep, Washington, D.C.
    Homey, Memphis, TN
    IADB Websites for Creatives, Redondo Beach, CA
    InnaMed, Philadelphia, PA
    InsiderBookings, Miami, FL
    Kitchology, Germantown, MD
    Klickly, Santa Monica, CA
    Laundri, Dallas, TX
    Leapcure, Los Angeles, CA
    Legal Robot, San Francisco, CA
    Lobster, London, UK
    MyFlow, San Francisco, CA

    Nexus Edge, Los Angeles, CA
    Occasion, Chicago, IL
    On Second Thought, San Francisco, CA
    Optia Health, Los Angeles, CA
    Parihug, Cleveland, OH
    Peanut Butter, Chicago, IL
    Pod Share, Los Angeles, CA
    PrayerSpark, Las Vegas, NV
    PropSwap, Las Vegas, NV
    ProxBox, Memphis, TN
    Rooam, Washington, D.C.
    ShearShare, McKinney, TX
    Tesloop, Los Angeles, CA
    Valor Connect, Bethlehem, PA
    VugaPay, Kigali, Rwanda
    Wellness Realities, Palo Alto, CA
    Wolo, Santiago, Chile
    X-Factor Films, Los Angeles, CA
    Xclaim Mobile, Dallas, TX

  • PAST STARTUP OF THE YEAR WINNERS

    Blendoor

    2015 Tech.Co Startup of the Year

     

    San Francisco, CA

     

    A blind recruiting app that facilitates job matching based on merit, not molds.

     

    HIS Energy

    2014 Tech Cocktail Celebrate Startup of the Year

    Hampton, VA

     

    Eliminating the cost and logistics associated with changing batteries in remotely located sensors. 

     

    Maxwell Health

    2013 Tech Cocktail Celebrate Startup of the Year

    Boston, MA

     

    The future of benefits.

     

  • Meet our Co-Host Consumer Technology Association

    Learn more about membership here

  • WE'RE IN THE PRESS

    Looking to cover Innovate! and Celebrate 2016? Contact us.

     

    “(one of the...) The Best Organizations For Entrepreneurs”

    ~ Forbes

     

    “(Tech.Co)…has served as a launching point for hundreds, if not thousands, of start-ups.”

    ~ Washington Post

     

    “(Tech.Co is)…one of the countries most recognized organizations for startups and emerging technology”

    ~ Fox News

     

    “(Celebrate is the place for the)…biggest leaders in tech and early stage companies”

    ~ CBS/WUSA9


    “(Tech.Co events)...attract start-uppers, marketing and PR types... investors; it's usually a crowd large enough to arouse the interest of the fire marshal.”

    ~ Boston Globe


    “(Tech.Co is)…uncovering the hottest startups”

    ~ Huffington Post

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