2018 Conference Tracks

In 2018, join us for the next edition of The Frontier as we engage an even wider spectrum of disciplines shaping the future of the industrial world.

Virtual / Augmented / Mixed Reality

Water Technology Innovation

AI / Robotics & Automation

Mobility

Energy

Transportation & Logistics

Cleantech

 Advanced Manufacturing

Commercialization / Tech Transfer

Industrial IoT

Financing Industrial Innovation

Chemicals

Construction / Infrastructure

Telecom / Power Utilities

Smart City Initiatives

BioManufacturing / BioInnovations

Blockchain for Industrials

Schedule

April 11 – 13, 2018
The Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Wednesday, April 11

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION
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Location: Warehouse Main Entrance

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

THE FUTURE OF AEROSPACE: AIAA BEYOND B2B STARTUP SHOWCASE
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Type: General Session
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Tom Irvine

Startups will have the opportunity to pitch to industry executives from aerospace and other industry sectors as well as venture capitalists. Startups, regardless of funding or development stages and levels of technology readiness, will be participating. Non-aerospace startups with potential aerospace utility are also encouraged to participate.

3:00 pm - 3:10 pm

WELCOME REMARKS
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Type: General Session
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Tom Irvine

3:10 pm - 4:45 pm

STARTUP PITCHES | Q&A | REVERSE PITCHES
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Type: General Session
Panel: ADVANO, Aerotronic, Ampaire, Axosim Technologies, Bastion Technologies, Inc., BHO Technology, LLC, Carbice Corporation, Cemvita Factory, Research in Flight, Rose Galactic, Tiger Aircraft
Location: Main Stage

Startups will have the opportunity to pitch to industry executives from aerospace and other industry sectors as well as venture capitalists. Startups, regardless of funding or development stages and levels of technology readiness, will be participating. Non-aerospace startups with potential aerospace utility are also encouraged to participate.

4:55 pm - 5:00 pm

CLOSING REMARKS
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Type: General Session
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Tom Irvine

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

OPENING RECEPTION
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Location: Atrium

Thursday, April 12

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION
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Location: Warehouse Main Entrance

7:00 am - 8:00 am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST / NETWORKING
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Location: Warehouse Section 1B

8:00 am - 8:10 am

OPENING REMARKS
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Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Hank Torbert, Kirk Coburn, Tim DeSilva

8:15 am - 8:45 am

KEYNOTE: CROSS-INDUSTRY LEARNING – A DRIVER FOR INNOVATION
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Presented By: Statoil

Type: Keynote Session
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Jens Festervoll

Jens will discuss the following: 1) Innovation - hype or hope, 2) Digitization - opportunity or disruption, 3) Industrial interconnectedness accelerating, making innovation an imperative

8:50 am - 9:20 am

SMART CITY INITIATIVES
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Presented By: Alabama Power // City of New Orleans

Type: Breakout Session A
Panelists: John Smola, Mark Bunger
Location: Warehouse Stage 1A
Moderator: Felicite Moorman

8:50 am - 9:20 am

Advanced Manufacturing: Trends and Opportunities for Large and Small Businesses
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Presented By: Fluence Analytics // Alta Max

Type: Breakout Session B
Panelists: Alex Reed, Kevin Kelly
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Stephanie McCormick

9:25 am - 9:40 am

AM COFFEE BREAK
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Location: Warehouse Section 1B

9:45 am - 10:30 am

ENERGY
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Presented By: South Highland Ventures

Type: General Session
Panelists: Ajay Kshatriya, Audun Abelsnes, Dr. Ram Shenoy
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Kirk Coburn

10:35 am - 11:05 am

AR / VR / MIXED REALITY
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Presented By: Lux Research

Type: Breakout Session A
Panelists: Brian Sory
Location: Warehouse Stage 1A
Moderator: Mark Bunger

10:35 am - 11:05 am

ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION: THE KEY ENABLERS FOR INDUSTRY 4.0
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Presented By: Houston Mechatronics

Type: Breakout Session B
Panelists:Ben Wolff, Nic Radford, Oliver Mitchell, Todd Danko
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Iain Cooper

Discussion Topics: - Recruiting for robotics: What should universities be doing to meet the needs of the mechatronics space? - The Role of Start-ups: How can they differentiate and avoid some of the issues such as Google buying and then selling off robotics start-ups? - Start small or address the big issues? The role of AUVs & Drones - Learning from the military: Adapting proven technologies into industry.

11:10 am - 11:40 am

MOBILITY
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Presented By: Techstars Mobility

Type: General Session
Panelists: Benjamin Seidman, Jake Moskowitz, Will Foss
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Ted Serbinski

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

LUNCH
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Location: Warehouse Section 1B

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm

MULTI-INDUSTRY PANEL: HOW INNOVATION IS DRIVING CHANGE ACROSS THE INDUSTRIAL SPECTRUM
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Presented By: Alabama Power

Type: General Session
Panelists: Iain Cooper, John Smola, Kirk Coburn
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Mark Bunger

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

VENTURE DEVELOPMENT SUITE
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Presented By: Opus Faveo

Location: Consulting Suite 2A
Moderator: Christian Blackwell, John Dupree

Opus Faveo Innovation Development will be hosting complimentary Venture Development Sessions to registered participants in this year's Frontier Conference. These Venture Development Sessions are targeted to discussing specific startup challenges or opportunities in a substantive, positive and constructive format. Whether you are an aspiring industrial technology entrepreneur, seasoned startup leader, corporate innovator or research scientist, sign up to dig into the commercial aspects of being at the Frontier of industrial innovation with an Opus Faveo Partner. Sessions will be by appointment and last 55 minutes.

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm

FINANCING INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY – TRENDS, TIPS AND TERMS
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Presented By: Silicon Valley Bank, South Highland Ventures

Type: General Session
Panelists:Kelly Belcher, Lauren Gore, Laurence Hayward, Ron Ondechek Jr.
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Jodi Hansell

Industry experts will discuss trends in financing, investor deal sourcing and the different terms in VC versus CVC financing for startup and emerging growth companies in industrial technology. Panel topics include: 1) Recent trends in the financing of emerging growth and start-up companies in industrial technology, 2) Contrasting deal terms in VC versus CVC financing, and 3) Tips for entrepreneurs seeking capital including how investors source deals.

2:25 pm - 2:55 pm

COMMERCIALIZATION / TECH TRANSFER
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Presented By: NASA, USM

Type: General Session
Panel: The purpose of this panel is to provide information on several aspects of Commercialization and Technology Transfer. Moderator Laurie Jugan will provide some basic information on the technology transfer process, followed by more specific details from others involved with various stages of technology transfer and/or commercialization. A representative from NASA-Stennis Space Center will discuss the process for finding and licensing federal technologies (also applicable to university tech transfer). Once a technology is licensed or functional, several steps are required before it goes to market. Innovative ways to address these commercialization steps within a university environment will be presented. Finally, insight on what investors look for as they fund the commercialization of technology products and services will be discussed.
Panelists: Duane Armstrong, Jon Atkinson, Rick Babb
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Laurie Jugan

Panel topics include: Federal Tech Transfer | Classroom experiences in the Commercialization Process | Investor Perspective

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

BLOCKCHAIN FOR INDUSTRIALS
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Presented By: Sutton Stone

Type: General Session
Panelists: Gerard Ramos, James Duchenne, Sanjay Parihar
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Adam Richard

3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

CHEMICALS : The future of energy materials
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Presented By: Fluence Analytics

Type: General Session
Panelists: Dr. Shiva Adireddy
Location: Warehouse Stage 1A
Moderator: Alex Reed

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm

INDUSTRIAL IOT
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Presented By: Servato

Type: General Session
Panelists: Alex Robart, Felicite Moorman
Location: Warehouse Stage 1A
Moderator: Chris Mangum

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

PITCH COMPETITION
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Presented By: Alabama Power

Type: General Session
Location: Warehouse Stage 1A

The Frontier Award is focused on highlighting and supporting next generation companies and founders that are focused on addressing problems facing industrial sectors — including energy/renewables, manufacturing, transportation, construction / infrastructure, chemicals, and more. The competition is open to companies raising or planning to raise pre-seed, seed and A round financing.

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

HAPPY HOUR MIXER & LIGHT BITES
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Location: Warehouse Section 1B

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

(PUBLIC EVENT) SECOND THURSDAYS @ THE CAC
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Location: CAC

CAC hosts Second Thursday of each month for an evening of programs designed to enhance your appreciation of contemporary art and artists. Get event details here: http://cacno.org/performances/second-thursdays-cac-3

Friday, April 13

7:00 am - 8:00 am

REGISTRATION
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Location: Warehouse Main Entrance

7:00 am - 8:00 am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST / NETWORKING
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Location: Warehouse Section 1B

8:00 am - 8:15 am

CLOSING REMARKS
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Type: General Session
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Hank Torbert

8:20 am - 8:50 am

WATER TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
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Type: Breakout Session A
Panelists:Ari Kaufman
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Will Sarni

Learn about trends in water technology innovation including: digital water applications, challenges in scaling technology startups, as well as funding opportunities.

8:20 am - 8:50 am

BIO-MANUFACTURING / BIO-INNOVATIONS
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Type: Breakout Session B
Panelists: Ajay Kshatriya, Shafin Khan, Dr. Tara Karimi
Location: Warehouse Stage 1A
Moderator: Cynthia Phillips

8:30 am - 10:30 am

VENTURE DEVELOPMENT SUITE
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Location: Consulting Suite 2A
Moderator: Christian Blackwell, John Dupree

Opus Faveo Innovation Development will be hosting complimentary Venture Development Sessions to registered participants in this year's Frontier Conference. These Venture Development Sessions are targeted to discussing specific startup challenges or opportunities in a substantive, positive and constructive format. Whether you are an aspiring industrial technology entrepreneur, seasoned startup leader, corporate innovator or research scientist, sign up to dig into the commercial aspects of being at the Frontier of industrial innovation with an Opus Faveo Partner. Sessions will be by appointment and last 55 minutes.

8:55 am - 9:25 am

CLEANTECH
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Type: General Session
Panelists: Audun Abelsnes
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Kirk Coburn

9:30 am - 9:45 am

AM COFFEE BREAK
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Location: Warehouse Section 1B

9:50 am - 10:20 am

CONSTRUCTION / INFRASTRUCTURE
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Type: General Session
Panelists: Barkley Rafferty, Felicite Moorman, Karen Griffith Gryga
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Camille Renshaw

What startups are changing the industrial sector? What unique challenges do founders and startups face in the UrbanTech segment? Plan to attend this panel and find out!

10:25 am - 10:55 am

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS: CROSS INDUSTRY PANEL
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Presented By: Port NOLA

Type: Breakout Session A
Panelists: Amelia Pelegrin, Bob Pearce
Location: Main Stage
Moderator: Mark Bunger

10:25 am - 10:55 am

TELECOM / POWER UTILITIES
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Type: Breakout Session B
Panelists: Chris Mangum, John Smola
Location: Warehouse Stage 1A
Moderator: Kirk Coburn

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

AWARDS BANQUET
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Location: Warehouse Stage 1A