3rd Annual Georgia Innovation Summit presented by Georgia Mentor Protege Connection

Redefining the Future of Small Business Through Emerging Technologies

The 3rd annual Georgia Innovation Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the GTRI Conference Center in Atlanta. The Summit will feature dynamic presentations by leaders from the corporate world, small business and entrepreneurs, innovation organizations, universities, and government on emerging trends and innovations that will affect businesses large and small throughout Georgia. The Summit is presented by the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development Entrepreneurship & Small Business Team, the Georgia Centers of Innovation, and the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute.

7:30 am -8:00am

Registration/ Networking/Visit Sponsor Booth.

8:00 am to 8:30 am

Welcome Remarks


  Veronica Maldonado- Torres – Program Director, Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection

 Governor Nathan Deal (video)

8:30 am to 8:40 am

Morning Keynote: “Georgia’s Innovation Ecosystem”


 Jennifer Bonnett – General Manager, Advanced Technology Development Center

 R Steven Justice – Executive Director, Georgia Centers of Innovation, Georgia Department of Economic Development.
‘Innovation Ecosystem’ is the term used to describe the large and diverse array of participants and resources that contribute to and are necessary for ongoing innovation in a modern economy. The local Georgia Innovation Ecosystem is made up of resources available from industry, universities and colleges, government, non-government organizations, and the investment community. In 2017 the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and the Georgia Centers of Innovation (GCOI) embarked on a project to identify innovation resources throughout the state and collate them in one easy-to-access format. This new tool will better connect businesses to the expanding innovation culture to fuel industry innovation across the state.

8:40am to 9:00am

Panel #1: “FinTech’s Impact on Your Business”

Moderator: Chris Downing – Vice President, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute


 PJ Bain – CEO, PrimeRevenue

 Paul Nobel – CEO, Autit

 Tim Brown – Managing Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech

 Joe Kleinwaechter – Vice President for Innovation & Design, Worldpay
FinTech is impacting businesses in every sector. But what is it, what changes are coming, and how can my business take advantage of this revolutionary new area? Innovations in financial technologies are disrupting and enhancing traditional banking, providing new opportunities for payments, procurement, and logistics, and creating new opportunities for business funding. From mobile payments to instant factoring, come hear from some of Georgia’s leading companies and thought leaders driving the FinTech sector today.

10:20am to 10:40am

Networking Break

10:40am to 12:00 Noon

Panel #2: “Embracing the Internet of Things”

Moderator: Mary Ellen McClanahan – Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business, Georgia Department of Economic Development



 Cory Hewett- Gimme Vending

  Tony Maley – CTO, VDART Digital

 Mary Miles – CFO, Clean Hands Safe Hands

 Andy Dugenske, Director, Factory Information Systems Center, Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute
Why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other? The concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other)…how does IoT apply to small and large companies and how has it defined their future. Why IoT? What’s its power? Hear from both large and small companies on how market influence and demand might have propelled these businesses to adopt IoT to meet customers’ needs, wants and desires.

12:00 Noon to 12:45pm

Networking Lunch

12:50pm to 1:20pm

Afternoon Keynote:“The Business Impact of Emerging Technologies”


  Chris Lydle

 Global Lead of Digital Signage, Google

1:20pm to 1:40pm

Networking Break

1:40pm to 3:00pm

Panel #3 – “Dealing with Cyber Security”

Moderator: R. Steven Justice – Executive Director, Georgia Centers of Innovation


 Tom Patterson – Chief Trust Officer, UNISYS Augusta

 David Zamsky –Vice President of Marketing UPS Capital

 Tom Patterson – Chief Trust Officer, UNISYS Augusta

 With computers and information technology now part of almost all aspects of our daily lives, cybersecurity is a key concern of businesses of all sizes to protect customer information and company proprietary information while ensuring continuity of business operations. Ever more cybersecurity requirements are flowing down from large companies to their subcontractors and vendors, as evidenced by the stringent new U.S. Department of Defense rules on safeguarding defense information and cyber incident reporting. The panel will examine trends in cybersecurity as it relates to helping businesses address these new requirements, discuss the impact of these new requirements on the contracting environment, the latest research in cybersecurity and programs, and provide insight into the growing cyber insurance market.

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Closing Panel: “Resources to Help Your Business Navigate the Changing Business Environment”


 Veronica Maldonado -Torres, Program Director, Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection

 Chris Downing – Vice President, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

 Mary Ellen McClanahan – Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business, Georgia Department of Economic Development

 R. Steven Justice – Executive Director, Georgia Centers of Innovation, Georgia Department of Economic Development

 The moderators will reflect on the major themes discussed during the Summit and resources available to assist your organizations to address those challenges.
Come join us for a full day of interactive innovation discussion, resource information and discover growth opportunity for your Georgia business!

Innovate, Collaborate and Grow! Redefine the Future of Your Business Through Power Emerging Technologies.

Early Bird: $45 Ends February 9th

Regular Ticket: $60

Ticket link: https://gais2018.eventbrite.com