Speakers

Keynote

Jesse Cole

Owner @ Savannah Bananas, Keynote Speaker, Author & Host of Business Done Differently

Jesse is the Owner of Fans First Entertainment, who own and operate the Savannah Bananas and the Gastonia Grizzlies. The teams have welcomed more than 1 million fans to their ballparks and have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, and ESPN. See More »

Devin O'Bryan

Design Internship Program Lead @ IBM Maelstrom

Augemented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are changing the way we experience the world. Join this panel of AR/VR experts from different industries as they share how these new technologies are shaping their products and services. See More »

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Speakers, Panelists & Moderators

Emily Bargeron

Creative Director & Owner @ Mamie Ruth

Launching her first accessories company at the age of 11, Mamie Ruth creative director and owner, Emily Bargeron has been a hustling entrepreneur for more than 20 years. See More »

Appearances

#MadeinSAV Sat, Feb 3rd 9:00am - 10:00am

Peter Biekarck

Co-founder & Lead Designer @ Owl + Bear

Appearances

Breaking into Tech Sat, Feb 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Kunal Patel

Co-founder & CTO @ brandVR

Kunal Patel is an Orlando tech leader and serial entrepreneur with over 15 years' experience in roles spanning leadership, software development, sales and creative partnerships. See More »

Appearances

Promoting Indie Games in the Southeast Sat, Feb 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Anthony Bagsby

Director @ Indienomicon

Anthony Bagsby is an alumnus of SCAD, environment artist, entrepreneur, and leader of the indie game community in Orlando, Florida. See More »

Appearances

Promoting Indie Games in the Southeast Sat, Feb 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Nick Batey

CEO @ Avant Games, Director of IT @ Chatham County

Nick serves as the Director of IT at Chatham County, aligning the technology offerings and personnel efforts to meet the diverse needs of Chatham County. He is also Owner/CEO and Lead Designer at Avant Games Inc., a Savannah based indie game studio. See More »

Appearances

Savannah Tech Corridor Sat, Feb 3rd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Holly Beilin

Editor-in-Chief @ Hypepotamus

As Editor-in-Chief of Hypepotamus, Holly leads editorial strategy, partnerships, and overall direction of the leading and largest startup and technology news publication in the Southeast. See More »

Appearances

Reality 2.0 Fri, Feb 2nd 11:00am - 12:00pm

Philip Brown

Owner @ PERC Coffee

In 2010, after years of working as a barista, manager, and roaster in Athens, GA, Philip Brown came to Savannah. His mission: to cultivate an appreciation for outstanding coffee in the South. See More »

Appearances

#MadeinSAV Sat, Feb 3rd 9:00am - 10:00am

Joshua Brown

UI/UX Manager @ OnPoint Digital

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Joshua Brown is a web developer with 10 years of professional experience. In 2009 he joined OnPoint Digital as a Front End Developer and has come to manage the User Experience and Interface Design team. See More »

Appearances

Breaking into Tech Sat, Feb 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Thomas Brush

Founder @ Atmos Games

Thomas Brush is the founder of Atmos Games, based in Greenville, SC. Atmos Games recently released its first commercial project, Pinstripe, with praise from TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and a score of 9/10 from the Steam community. See More »

Appearances

Promoting Indie Games in the Southeast Sat, Feb 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Lisa Calhoun

General Partner @ Valor Ventures

Lisa Calhoun is the first woman to lead a venture capital firm in Georgia. Her firm, Valor, invests in hypergrowth software. See More »

Appearances

Time for Funding Fri, Feb 2nd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Brian Canada

Creator of Bugs 'N Boo Hags

Brian Canada, PhD, is a tenured Associate Professor of Computational Science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB). He is a chemical engineer, graphic/web designer, computational biologist, and indie game developer. See More »

Appearances

Southern Stories in Video Game Development Fri, Feb 2nd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Kelly Carlton

Creative Director, Designer, Professor, Chair of Motion Media Design @ SCAD

For more than 20 years, Kelly has worked as a designer and creative director in Los Angeles. Some of his specialties include film advertising, feature film and television main titles, corporate logo design and animation, and feature film graphics. See More »

Appearances

Special Unveiling: Designing for the Future of AR/VR Fri, Feb 2nd 10:30am - 11:00am

Aram Cookson

Professor of Interactive Design & Game Development @ SCAD

Over the past 15 years, Aram Cookson has been a professor in the Interactive Design and Game Development (ITGM) department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and served as the graduate coordinator for nine years. See More »

Appearances

Special Unveiling: Designing for the Future of AR/VR Fri, Feb 2nd 10:30am - 11:00am

Blair Cooper

Senior UI Designer @ Treyarch

Blair Cooper works in visual design, UI/UX, and art direction for games. His career began at 1st Playable Productions before taking him to Turbine (WB Games) and now Treyarch (Activision-Blizzard). See More »

Appearances

Visual Design, Art Direction & Fictional Interfaces Sat, Feb 3rd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Darby Cox

Co-founder & COO @ Smoke Cartel

Darby Cox directs product design and development, purchasing, marketing and all other daily operations at Smoke Cartel. Darby co-founded Smoke Cartel in 2013 and has acted as Operations Manager for the past four years. See More »

Appearances

#MadeinSAV Sat, Feb 3rd 9:00am - 10:00am

Kevin Dewalt

Founder & CEO @ Prolego

Kevin M. Dewalt is a technology entrepreneur who calls Savannah home. He has over 20 years experience in early-stage technology companies as a founder, Angel Investor, and Venture Capitalist. See More »

Appearances

AI & Machine Learning Demystified Fri, Feb 2nd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Tavonia Evans

Founder & CEO @ $Guap Coin

Tavonia Evans is the Founder and CEO of $Guap Coin, a new cryptocurrency developed to support and strengthen Black-owned businesses, organizations, and HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities). See More »

Appearances

Cryptocurrency Crash Course Sat, Feb 3rd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Cres Ferrell

Vice President @ BIP Capital

Cres Ferrell joined BIP Capital in 2015. Prior to joining BIP Capital, Cres gained extensive experience growing and exiting startups, beginning as the Co-Founder of ColdFire, a cryogenic materials processing company. See More »

Appearances

Time for Funding Fri, Feb 2nd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Keith Fletcher

COO @ Speros

Appearances

Savannah Tech Corridor Sat, Feb 3rd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Amanda Fox

Creative Director @ STEAMPunksEdu

Amanda Fox is CEO of FoxBrite and Creative Director of STEAMPunksEdu after school, and summer camp programs. She recently launched The Global STEAM Collaborative, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to bring STEAM curriculum to underserved areas. See More »

Appearances

Reality 2.0 Fri, Feb 2nd 11:00am - 12:00pm

SuAnne Fu

Co-founder @ Task Creatives

SuAnne Fu has more than 20 years of industry experience in immersive computing and user experience design. She co-founded Task Creatives, a mixed-reality production studio that produces visualization content with creative technologies. See More »

Appearances

Special Unveiling: Designing for the Future of AR/VR Fri, Feb 2nd 10:30am - 11:00am

Robert Gadd

President @ OnPoint Digital

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Robert Gadd is President of Savannah-based OnPoint Digital and responsible for the company’s technical vision and strategy. See More »

Appearances

Live Here, Work Anywhere Fri, Feb 2nd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Sean Geng

Co-founder & CEO @ Smoke Cartel

Sean co-founded Smoke Cartel in January 2013 and has acted as CEO for the past four years. Previously, Sean founded Kryptotrader, a cryptocurrency denominated securities trading and tracking platform. See More »

Appearances

#MadeinSAV Sat, Feb 3rd 9:00am - 10:00am

Alyssa Greenman

User Experience Designer @ GulfStream Aerospace

Alyssa Greenman is a data-driven User Experience Designer at Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Ga. She specializes in user research techniques such as interviewing, card sorting, usability testing, and other types of ethnographic research. See More »

Appearances

The Art of User Experience Sat, Feb 3rd 11:45am - 12:45pm

Cyril Guichard

Co-founder @ Garage Collective

Parallel to his advertising career, Cyril nurtured his life-long love of gaming by producing independent titles and has created over 30 games, both individually and in collaboration with others, including the Outpost franchise. See More »

Appearances

Savannah Tech Corridor Sat, Feb 3rd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

D.J. Henley

Digital Marketing Strategist @ Gauge

D.J. Henley has an agency and corporate background in digital marketing and eCommerce with experience across PPC, email, social media, SEO, SEM, and analytics. He is Google Analytics and AdWords certified. See More »

Appearances

Ecommerce Success Fri, Feb 2nd 11:00am - 12:00pm

Nathan Hosselton

Director of Education @ Codebase

Nathan is a professional iOS developer. He has delivered startup MVP projects to the App Store for more than three years, and has been working in the tech space for more than a decade. See More »

Appearances

Hour of Code Sat, Feb 3rd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Malcolm Howard

Co-founder & CTO @ ProjectMQ

Malcolm Howard is the Co-Founder and CTO for ProjectMQ, an online indie game discovery service and social community. He’s responsible for leading the company’s software development, systems design, and project management. See More »

Appearances

Promoting Indie Games in the Southeast Sat, Feb 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm ProjectMQ Indie Game Awards Sat, Feb 3rd 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Max Howell

Co-founder & Lead Developer @ Codebase

Best known for his open source work, Max Howell is creator of PromiseKit and the Homebrew package manager, which is widely used by developers all over the world. He is Co-Founder and CTO at Codebase, where he teaches iOS app development. See More »

Appearances

Making Homebrew Fri, Feb 2nd 1:00pm - 2:00pm Hour of Code Sat, Feb 3rd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Aleshia Howell

CEO @ Codebase

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Aleshia Howell is passionate about the unschooling movement and developing new models of higher education. Her interests weigh heavily on gamification and improving learning through playing and making games. See More »

Appearances

Savannah Tech Corridor Sat, Feb 3rd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Susan Isaacs

Principal @ Paragon Design Group

Susan Isaacs is an entrepreneur, design-nerd and managing principal of Paragon Design Group, an independent creative agency headquartered in Savannah. See More »

Appearances

Live Here, Work Anywhere Fri, Feb 2nd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Jared Jester

Founder & CEO @ JCOM

Jared Jester earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design with honors, from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in 2000 and founded Jester Communications (JCOM) immediately following graduation. See More »

Appearances

From Startup to Standout Fri, Feb 2nd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Brandon Keepers

Director of Open Source @ GitHub

Brandon Keepers has been crafting great products with software for almost two decades. He joined GitHub in 2011 and has played a few different roles in engineering and marketing. See More »

Appearances

Automating Software Development Sat, Feb 3rd 11:45am - 12:45pm

Gregory Kolovich

Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer @ Micro C Imaging

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Gregory Kolovich MD MPH is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Micro C Imaging and a practicing orthopedic surgeon and partner at Optim Orthopedics in Savannah, Georgia. See More »

Appearances

Med Tech Innovation Fri, Feb 2nd 3:00pm - 4:00pm Pitch Circus Fri, Feb 2nd 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Ben Kromnick

CTO @ Esteem Therapeutics

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Ben Kromnick is am a young technologist who has worked in Silicon Valley, big four consulting, and a startup in Savannah. He has built his career at the intersection of the many technologies that constitute commercial AI across many industries. See More »

Appearances

AI & Machine Learning Demystified Fri, Feb 2nd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kevin Lawver

CTO @ Planted

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Kevin Lawver has been building web applications since 1997. He spent 13 years at AOL building gigantic (for the time) web applications for search, feed reading, and several social media apps. See More »

Appearances

AI & Machine Learning Demystified Fri, Feb 2nd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Timothy Lewis

Advisor @ DNA Fund

Futurist, blockchain developer and evangelist Timothy Lewis develops process, relationships, and information distribution to build and scale technology products. See More »

Appearances

Cryptocurrency Crash Course Sat, Feb 3rd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Julian Lewis

Principal @ Walnut Creek Investments

Prior to rejoining his family business in Savannah, he spent time with Bear, Stearns & Co., Liberty Media Inc., and Oceanside Ten Management. See More »

Appearances

Time for Funding Fri, Feb 2nd 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Jack Mamais

Director @ Impeller Studios

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Jack Mamais is the Director, of Impeller Studios, and an Interactive design and game development professor, at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). See More »

Appearances

Promoting Indie Games in the Southeast Sat, Feb 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Josh Nichols

Software Developer, Operations @ GitHub

Josh Nichols is a professional software developer with over 12 years of professional experience. He has written and contributed to many open source projects, many of which are widely used to this day. See More »

Appearances

Live Here, Work Anywhere Fri, Feb 2nd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Chris Nusbaum

Simulation Engineer @Gulfstream

Chris Nusbaum is a Simulation Engineer in the Immersive Realities organization at Gulfstream Aerospace. He specializes in proof-of-concept generation for augmented and virtual reality projects. See More »

Appearances

Reality 2.0 Fri, Feb 2nd 11:00am - 12:00pm

Nicole Pope

Attorney @ HunterMaclean

Nicole Pope is an associate in the Savannah office who practices in the areas of information technology law and intellectual property law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Savannah Bar Association. See More »

Appearances

Med Tech Innovation Fri, Feb 2nd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Justin Pounders

Lead Data Science Instructor @ General Assembly

Dr. Justin Pounders is a computational and data scientist currently working as a Lead Data Science Instructor at General Assembly in Atlanta. See More »

Appearances

Cryptocurrency Crash Course Sat, Feb 3rd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Sarah Pounders

Account Manager @ Tour Buddy Apps

Former teacher, current tech startup enthusiast, Sarah Pounders is learning every day how to sell, test, deploy and improve software and mobile apps. See More »

Appearances

Breaking into Tech Sat, Feb 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Olivia Rado

User Experience Designer @ Launch Interactive

Olivia Rado is a User Experience Designer of a hybrid nature paired with classic UX sensibilities. She works for Launch Interactive, where the design process is deeply rooted in strategy and experience design with fresh visuals. See More »

Appearances

The Art of User Experience Sat, Feb 3rd 11:45am - 12:45pm

Erik Reagan

Co-founder & Operations Director @ Focus Lab

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Erik’s career has been an evolution from musician, to developer, to entrepreneur. He has a variety of interests these days, but what ties them all together is a hunger to learn how and why things work. See More »

Appearances

Live Here, Work Anywhere Fri, Feb 2nd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Brian Shurtleff

Game Designer @ 1st Playable Productions

Brian Shurtleff has been working as a game designer for 1st Playable Productions since graduating from SCAD in 2009. He has helped create and ship over 30 game titles for brands such as Disney, Nickelodeon and LeapFrog. See More »

Appearances

Designing and Playtesting Games for Children Sat, Feb 3rd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Gray Somerville

Co-Founder & CEO @ LaunchPath

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Gray is an innovation expert and serial entrepreneur who has played a leading role in the founding and development of startups. See More »

Appearances

The What, Why, & How of Intrapreneurship Fri, Feb 2nd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Jess Telmanik

Designer & Developer @ Jess Telmanik "Art"

As a graphic designer with a strong focus in advertising, social media marketing and traditional art methods, Jess Telmanik has 10 years' experience working in-house and with freelance clients. See More »

Appearances

Hour of Code Sat, Feb 3rd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Corey Toler-Franklin

Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Science and Engineering @ University of Florida

Dr. Toler-Franklin is an Assistant Professor in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where she directs the Graphics, Imaging & Light Measurement Laboratory (GILMLab). See More »

Appearances

Med Tech Innovation Fri, Feb 2nd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Christopher Via

President @ Avesca, LLC

Dr. Christopher M. Via is the President of Avesca, LLC, a Veteran-owned company. Via’s product and research experience is in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) with his primary focus, above all, on user-centered design. See More »

Appearances

The Art of User Experience Sat, Feb 3rd 11:45am - 12:45pm

Christine Wacta

Founder @ Geogen

Christine Wacta is an African born, French architect and SCAD Professor of Architecture. She is currently completing her PhD in GeoSpatial Sciences for Architecture, Urban Design and History Preservation at Paris Sorbonne-Paris Cite & Paris Diderot. See More »

Appearances

Reality 2.0 Fri, Feb 2nd 11:00am - 12:00pm

Lior Weinstein

Chief Experience Officer @ Steady

A serial entrepreneur with early success in mobile applications and driving online traffic, Lior Weinstein has founded four companies, leading them to profitability or exit. See More »

Appearances

Cryptocurrency Crash Course Sat, Feb 3rd 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Tiffany Wilson

CEO @ Global Center for Medical Innovation

Tiffany Wilson has spent more than 15 years bringing innovative medical technology from benchtop to bedside. She leads the Global Center for Medical Innovation, a non-profit organization that represents the Southeast’s first medtech innovation center See More »

Appearances

Med Tech Innovation Fri, Feb 2nd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Susan Zheng

Co-founder & CEO @ Planted

Susan Zheng is the co-founder and CEO of Planted, a NYC startup that matches high-growth companies with junior non-technical talent. See More »

Appearances

From Startup to Standout Fri, Feb 2nd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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