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Techweek KC 2018
October 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - October 10, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Kansas City’s biggest conference series for entrepreneurs is returning in October 2018 alongside some of KC’s most premier accelerator programs and content. Demo days for Techstars KC and BetaBlox will join LaunchKC as signature events during the Oct. 8-12 conference.
In addition to Big Data, Techweek’s 2018 tracks focus on healthcare technology, venture capital, IoT/smart cities, virtual reality and augmented reality, digital media/marketing, public policy in tech, minority entrepreneurship/inclusion, and cryptocurrency/blockchain.
Techweek brings a great tech offering this year including the 2018 Techweek KC EXPO, which will host booth displays from exciting tech companies from startups to enterprise level companies.
Below is an overview of the schedule for the week including some of the content tracks, with more additions coming:
Monday October 8th-Wednesday October 10th
Big Data Summit
Minority Inclusion in Technology Track
Tech & Public Policy Track
Venture Capital Track
Pure Pitch Rally
BetaBlox Demo Day
Boulevard Beer Hall presented by Spring Venture Group
NBKC Happy Hour at NBKC Corporate Headquarters
Techweek Founder’s House
Thursday October 11th
Techstars KC present Digital Crossroads: Future Lens Track
Techstars Demo Day
VC Summit presesnted by Lead Bank
VIP After Party powered by Lead Bank
Friday October 12th
LaunchKC Grant Competition, $500,000 in grants made on the spot
The week will include dozens of panels, speakers and topics related to technology and entrepreneurship. Each day will include a featured keynote speaker. For just a sampling of additional world class speakers slated to speak at Techweek in KC, Techweek will host:
- Phil DeSimone – Co-founder of Carbon3D, a Silicon Valley-based digital 3D Manufacturing company recently valued at $1.7 Billion
- Dr. Karen Kerr – Executive Managing Director at GE Ventures and PhD in Physical Chemistry
- Dr. Fred McKinney – Dartmouth University, Managing Director of Minority Business Programs
- Kimberly Bryant – Black Girls Code Founder
- Rodney Sampson – Founder of Opportunity Hub in Atlanta
- Kira Blackwell – Program Executive at NASA Headquarters
Techweek has invited Tim O’Reilly to speak in Kansas City this year.
Tim is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc. O’Reilly Media delivers online learning, publishes books, runs conferences, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world.He has now turned his attention to implications of AI, the on-demand economy, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. This is the subject of his recently published book from Harper Business, “WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us”.
Techweek Kansas City 2018 features 6 ticket types:
The 3-day “Techweek KC EXPO” Exposition will host booth displays from exciting tech companies from startups to enterprise level companies. Included is access to the Techstars Demo Day from 3:30-5pm on Thursday 10/11. Does not include access to content tracks or any private or VIP events such as Founder’s House.
The Executive invitation gets you FULL access to all content for the week and includes admission to Techweek KC EXPO, with the exception of any private or VIP events such as Founder’s House.
3. Executive- Smart City Entrepreneur/Innovator
This tickets allow full access to Techweek events for the week, including the Techweek KC EXPO, with the exception of any private or VIP events such as Founder’s House, and guarantees admission into the Smart City Track given limited capacity on Monday October 8th.
In addition, the executive ticket grants access to the interactive Smart City Citizen Innovator Workshop on Monday 10/8 powered by Think Big. Attendees will learn design thinking, egngage in ideation and discuss smart city possibilites on Monday 10/8 Limited seating Available.
4. Executive – Smart City Corporate Partner
This tickets allow full access to techweek events for the week, including the Techweek KC EXPO, with the exception of any private or VIP events such as Founder’s House, and guarantees admission into the Smart City Track given limited capacity on Monday October 8th.
5. TECHSTARS Demo Day ONLY
This ticket is valid ONLY for TECHSTARS demo day presentations from 3:30p-5p @ MIDLAND Thursday 10/11/2018. Does not include access to content tracks, KC EXPO, or VIP events such as Founder’s House.
6. Citizen Contributor- Smart City Workshop
The citizen contributor ticket provides access to ONLY the Smart City Innovator Workshop 12p-5p on Monday. 10/8 at Union Station. Limited capacity. Does not guarantee admission.
We recommend reserving your ticket early: tickets are often available at the door, but many Techweek events are RSVP only and popular events get booked out early. Limited Seating Available for some sessions.
What’s the refund policy?
Refunds are available until 7 days before the event starts on 10/8/2018
In addition, the executive ticket grants access to the interactive Smart City Citizen Innovator Workshop on 10/8 powered by Think Big (limited seating available).