Local Motors, Kabam and Soft Robotics to Join Innovate! and Celebrate

August 23, 2017

1:30 pm

Back in 2006, three alumni from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkley, got together and created a professional social network called Watercooler. When that failed, they pivoted the product to an advertising-supported social network for sport enthusiasts known as Kabam. Cofounders Holly Liu, Kevin Chou and Micheal Li didn’t know at the time that Kabam would turn into a world leader in AAA mobile games and lead to an exit of nearly a billion dollars.

Holly Liu was the Chief Development Officer for Kabam and led the design for Kabam’s award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot franchise, which has grossed more than $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North. We are excited to announce that she will be speaking at our Innovate! and Celebrate conference October 9-11 in San Francisco.

We are also excited to announce that Jay Rodgers, Carl Vause and Kara McGuire will also be joining the speaker lineup.

John B. Rogers, CEO and Cofounder of Local Motors

Meet Olli, the friendly neighborhood mobility solution and the world’s first self-driving cognitive shuttle with Watson. This innovation is just one of the many vehicles developed by Local Motors. You might know them best for their 3D printed cars, developing Low Speed Electric Vehicles and utilizing Direct Digital Manufacturing(DDM). Their Strati car unveiled in 2014 was the world’s first 3D printed electric car. John founded Local Motors after serving seven years in the United States Marines Corps, where he was an Infantry Company Commander and formerly worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. One thing is for sure: John is “hellbent on revolutionizing manufacturing,” and continues to change the mobility landscape.

Carl Vause, CEO of Soft Robotics

Picking fruit or vegetables from one’s garden requires a gentle hand. This was a thought behind Soft Robotics, a company that developed soft robotic grippers to move and manipulate delicate items of varying size, shape and weight. They are FDA approved to work for food packaging. Carl Vause is a retired Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy and is now the CEO of Soft Robotics. Prior to that he was Vice President of Marketing at OmniGuide Surgical, Vice President of Global Marketing and Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Endoscopy Global Business Unit. We’re hoping to see a demo of the latest robot.

Kara McGuire, Advisory Leader, CEB Iconoculture Consumer Insights

We’ve all heard about the millennials, but what about the Gen We kids? Kara McGuire runs the consumer strategist team for CEB Iconoculture, now Gartner and writes the playbook for the Gen We kids. Being a mother of three, she certain finds daily inspiration for her work and helps marketers make sense of the multi-tasking modern parent. She has also authored the book The Teen Money Manual where she’s put her advice to good use.

Mark your calendars and get your early bird tickets now for Innovate! and Celebrate 2017, happening in San Francisco on October 9th – 11th. For more details and to register, visit the website today and to get a sense of the event watch the video from last year (below). We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Read more about Innovate! and Celebrate 2017 on Tech.Co

Photo courtesy of Local Motors

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.

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