June 22, 2015
Whenever I’m planning to attend a conference or industry event, the first thing I do is check out the list of speakers and panels. This week (June 22-28) is the 2nd annual Maine Startup & Create Week, a conference to support, showcase, and encourage Maine startups and innovation. If you’re thinking about going and wondering who’s going to be speaking, you’re in luck, because I can tell you everything you need to know.
There will be five keynotes and a total of 86 other speakers planned throughout the week. The five keynote speakers are:
- Donato Tramuto – Founder of the Massachusetts-based company Physicians Interactive. Prior to founding Physicians Interactive, he was the CEO of i3—a global pharmaceutical services company.
- Jules Pieri – Co-Founder and CEO of The Grommet, a Boston-based company that helps makers of “products with a purpose by people with stories” sell their products online.
- Cheryl Heller – Founding Chair of the Design for Social Innovation Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as the founder of CommonWise, a consortium of partners with diverse expertise, including strategy, communication design, interaction design, and prototyping.
- Jon Gosier – Inventor, data scientist, and investor. He is a serial tech entrepreneur working in the areas of big data and user experience.
- Steven Kotler – Co-Author of Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World and co-founder & Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project.
Other speakers include:
- Neil Spillane – Founder/CEO of Forq Food Lab, a collaborative coworking space for food entrepreneurs based in Portland.
- Luke Livingston – Founder and owner of Baxter Brewing Company and was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “30 Most Influential Entrepreneurs Under 30” in the Food & Beverage category in 2014.
- Lisa Whited – Lisa is founder and chief transformation officer at WTF. She focuses on the connection between organizational development and facility design, specializing in strategic planning and effective change management. She is a master facilitator and trained mediator.
- Jennifer Hutchins – Jennifer is the executive director of Creative Portland, a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to support Portland’s creative economy.
Tech.Co’s Frank Gruber will be part of a panel called New News Media: Staying relevant in the evolving face of news media which will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd from 11-12:30. The panel will discuss the changing face of the media landscape and how growing companies can use new media to their advantage.
Registration is still open for the weeklong conference.
Image Credit: Flickr/Corey Templeton
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