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Day 00: Thursday, October 13th

Savannah's Startup Demo Day! Startups from along the Creative Coast will showcase to regional investors and the community at large. It'll feature pitches from ATDC's fall bootcamp companies and a startup alley of innovation and entrepreneurship. It's included in your Geekend ticket! PLEASE NOTE: Demo Day occurs at The Creators' Foundry (415 West Boundary Street). The rest of Geekend occurs at The Guild Hall (615 Montgomery Street).

This day belongs to Savannah’s Startup Demo Day, it’s complementary with your Geekend Ticket so you should check it out! Please note that it’s held in a different location than Geekend. You will be able to register for Geekend there and pick up your materials.

Day 01: Friday, October 14th

Get ready to rumble! It's the first day of sessions and workshops. So come ready to learn, share and meet some seriously cool geeks. We hope you are as excited about getting your geek-on as we are and we can't wait to meet each and every one of you! Today's sessions occur at The Guild Hall (615 Montgomery Street).

The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

8:00am - 5:00pm

Registration Open

Start here to pick up your badge and join fellow Geekenders for some morning java (thanks PERC!) and breakfast (thanks Enmarket!) before embarking on the full day of sessions. Stop by the rest of the day to get a treat or break.

Think people are important? This session on human centered design and the business advantages of leading with design thinking will be right up your alley.

ATDC’s General Manager Jennifer Bonnett will offer some words of welcome and introduction.

 

What if we no longer had to launch (and sometimes lose) delicate systems from the planet’s surface, but could build them in the sky? Made In Space was founded in 2010 with the goal of building the tools for an interplanetary reality. It develops space-based manufacturing technologies that harness the unique qualities of the space environment to unlock designs and materials that before were impossible.

Join Spencer to hear about how organizations can set themselves up to be creative and innovative across all functions in order to unlock world changing designs.

Speaker

The Arena

The Guild Hall

10:15am - 11:15am

Corporate Innovation

Innovation is not just for start-ups! Our corporate panelists will share the latest and greatest that they’re up to as well as how start-ups and corporations can work together and describe how big corporations repeat innovation time and time again. There’s something for everyone in this session and lots of learning for all.

The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

10:15am - 5:00pm

The ATDC Room

Improve your idea! ATDC’s staff is comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs who coach entrepreneurs and companies on business models, product features, funding, and management. Stop by to get a coaching block at ATDC’s office hours.

The Jolly Goblin

The Guild Hall

11:30am - 12:30pm

What Are Investors Looking For?

Is it the product? The concept? The person? The team? A magical combination of these factors? With millions of dollars of investments between them, this session will demystify what investors are looking for.

The tech industry has been and continues to bring incredible innovation to mainstream society. It has changed the way we view our news, listen to our music, collaborate with each other around the global and changed our basic lifestyle to include much of social media. But where the tech industry thrives, the lack of representation of women and underrepresented minorities has been evident. Why?

Hopefully from this session, we can expand the conversation of diversity and inclusion in tech and have clear actionable goals that will impact Savannah’s local tech community.

The Guild Hall

12:30pm - 1:30pm

LUNCH

We all need a little fuel to keep going. Take a break and enjoy some lunch!

Today’s lunch comes from our wonderful sponsor The Gaslight Group – check out b. matthew’s, The5spot, Blowin’ Smoke, or Abe’s on Lincoln while you’re in town!

The Arena

The Guild Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Play Anything!

GA Tech Professor Ian Bogost walks us through how filling life with play forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient age.

Speaker

Would you like to do more with less? Of course you would. For your business it’s especially important to master this so you can scale. Join Ray for tips, tricks, and top picks on utilizing in-market triggers to increase your ROI and conversions.

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The Arena

The Guild Hall

2:45pm - 3:45pm

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program

Did you know NASA has developed over a thousand patented space technologies that also have many uses right here on Earth?  Uses in robotics, environmental remediation, corrosion control, biotech, software, and many, many more.

Through its Technology Transfer Program, NASA makes these extraordinary technologies available to U.S. entrepreneurs, companies, universities and other government agencies so they can be repurposed for these uses.

There’s more Space in your life than you think!  Hundreds of NASA technologies have already been transferred to the U.S. public through this program throughout NASA’s history, and some of these technologies impact our everyday lives.

NASA invites you to learn more about this unique program and how your organization can take advantage of NASA’s latest patented technologies.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

4:00pm - 5:00pm

AMAZING Session TBD

The Arena

The Guild Hall

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Pitch Circus

Your chance to climb into the shark tank!

Our expert panelists will serve as the Ring Masters, juggling questions for our companies and from you, the audience, as the entrepreneurs take turns presenting their latest and greatest. The teams and individuals presenting are hand-picked for the event so we know there will be no clowning around. You’ll be able to vote on the winner!

The Arena

The Guild Hall

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Happy Hour

You’ve made it to Geekend! Get to know your fellow attendees over cold drinks, hot music, and LOTS of fast talking.

Day 02: Saturday, October 15th

Geeks go hard! Never mind the after party on Friday, it's another full day of interesting topics and inspiring ideas. We know you're going to need a little more coffee than usual. We're ready! We promise! Today's sessions occur at The Guild Hall (615 Montgomery Street).

The Arena Lobby

The Guild Hall

8:30am - 4:45pm

Registration Open

Join us for some PERC coffee and breakfast from Enmarket before diving in to the last day of Geekend!

The Arena

The Guild Hall

9:30am - 10:30am

What Makes for a Smart City?

It might be awhile before we join the Jetsons in Orbit City but smart cities are just around the corner (and, in some cases, here). Integrating IT with IOT (that’s Internet of Things) to help manage everything from streetlights to parking. This panel will share best practices and opportunities that come from building Smarter Cities. There will be an emphasis on funding and building a team to solve some real problems.

The Jolly Goblin

The Guild Hall

10:45am - 11:45am

3D Modeling with the Geekbot

This free and open-to-the public session will teach students the basics of 3D modeling, starting with Geekend’s favorite 3D model, the Geekbot! After the session students will have a file they can take to a 3D printer to make their model come to life.

This session, and the following Geekend Arcade, AND the session with Chris Kelsey, are free and open to the public. Thanks to Shipt for the snacks!

We won’t be able to provide childcare for this workshop or the Geekend Arcade, but we welcome anyone who’s interested in learning! We think adults will get something out of each program as well!

So, if you’re bringing your child, please plan on staying with them, as we can’t be responsible for your kid.

Pub Courtyard & Gardens

The Guild Hall

10:45am - 11:45am

Grow and Sell Your Business

The exit. The myth. The legend. How do you grow your business to be attractive to buyers? What do you look for in an exit or merger? These questions and more will be answered by this panel.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

10:45am - 11:45am

Social Media Smackdown

Is your business’s social media presence serving you well? Put it in front of this panel of experts for live feedback. Learn from real examples not abstract principles! To get your endeavor picked for consideration, tweet in advance to our panel.

The Guild Hall

11:45am - 1:00pm

LUNCH

We all need a little fuel to keep going. Take a break and enjoy some lunch! Take it to go to check out the Geekend Arcade and what kids create not just consume!

Today’s lunch comes from our wonderful sponsor The Gaslight Group – check out b. matthew’s, The5spot, Blowin’ Smoke, or Abe’s on Lincoln while you’re in town!

The Jolly Goblin

The Guild Hall

11:45am - 1:00pm

Geekend Arcade

This is THE showcase of kids creating not just consuming technology. Drop in to check out student coded video games, cast a vote for your favorite, and learn about the possibilities of coding.

This event, and the 3D modeling workshop before it, and the session with Chris Kelsey following it, are free and open to the public.

We won’t be able to provide childcare for the Geekend Arcade, or the preceding workshop, but we welcome anyone who’s interested in learning! We think adults will get something out of each program as well!

So, if you’re bringing your child, please plan on staying with them, as we can’t be responsible for your kid.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dropping Out to $10M Revenue

When he was 17, Chris Kelsey dropped out of school to start Appsitude. Now, at the ripe age of 19, Chris’s company is poised to make $10m+ revenue by the end of 2016. This session is open to attendees of the Geekend Arcade.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

2:15pm - 3:15pm

AR/VR in the Real World

Pokemon Go’s summer success was a breakout hit for augmented reality. With the release of the Oculus Rift this year virtual reality is also coming to consumers. How should entrepreneurs and companies understand and plan for these emerging markets?

The Arena

The Guild Hall

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Building an MVP (minimally viable product)

How do you know what your customers want? How do you deliver those features? AND easily validate their demand? This panel has been there and done that and will tell you all about it.

The Arena

The Guild Hall

4:45pm - 6:00pm

The Maker Show

You’ll want to stick around for this! The Maker Show doesn’t just tell you but also shows you how products develop from idea to initial prototype, to a final product.

Pub Courtyard & Gardens

The Guild Hall

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Happy Hour & After Party

Join fellow Geekenders for drinks and mingling – dig into that good idea you heard, ask a follow up question, create community!

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