the southeast's


technology festival

In Partnership With:

july 15, 2016

Birmingham, Alabama

about sloss tech

Sloss Tech is teaming up with Sloss Fest to offer an inspiring weekend that provides a venue for thought-provoking presentations and workshops covering the latest in creative thinking and emerging technologies. Sloss Tech’s mission is to become a hub for our technological community to network, share ideas and push their boundaries of innovation.

Sloss Tech is inspired and managed by TechBirmingham, a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit organization. All profits from Sloss Tech will go to helping continue our mission of strengthening and promoting the technology ecosystem in the Birmingham region.


CEO of Vaynermedia, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author, Speaker

Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and public speaker. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, a 600 person digital agency operating in NYC, Chattanooga, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

As an angel investor and venture capitalist, Gary has invested in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M investment fund.

Gary also currently hosts The #AskGaryVee Show, taking questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses.

He was named to both Fortune and Crain’s 40 under 40 lists in consecutive years, and has been profiled in the New York Times, Fortune, and Inc.

Entrepreneur in Residence at Upload VR

Robert Scoble is a geek who grew up in Silicon Valley (his dad was an engineer at Lockheed) and since 1985 he has been building online communities. In 2000, Scoble started a technology blog,, and his life has been on a rocketship ever since. In 2003-2006 he worked at Microsoft as a technology evangelist and helped found Microsoft's famous Channel9 video community.

Scoble currently is working as an entrepreneur in residence at Upload VR. He travels the globe to study and make media about world-changing innovators.

Partner, Managing Director at Siberia

Andy Grignon has made a career out of creating and shipping highly visible consumer products. He started out at Apple in the Advanced Technology Group developing QuickTime Conferencing and QuickTime Streaming technologies. A couple small companies later, he was back at Apple building iChat AV and the iSight camera.

He went on to write Dashboard for MacOS, prior to becoming part of the small, ragtag group charged with creating iPhone. After shipping iPhone 1.0, he left for Palm to co-invent webOS. As VP of Applications and Platforms, he oversaw the release of 13 versions of webOS.

get plugged in

3 speakers, 7 events, 1 day

1 day $150 box


friday, july 15
Lyric Theatre
Radio Host: Will Lochamy - Birmingham Mountain Live Remote Broadcast
8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration/Kick Off

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Local Tech Talks

Speaker: Dr. Bart Guthrie, Neurosurgeon/Entrepreneur, UAB

Panel: Start-up

– Andy Harp, CEO, Frios

– Kate Hayden, Director of Research, Blondin BioScience

– Shegun Otulana, CEO, Theranest

Moderator: David Powell, VP of Marketing and Strategic Development, Teklinks

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Morning Speaker – Andy Grignon

11:15 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch provided by Dreamland BBQ and Zoës Kitchen

1:00 - 2:10 PM

Local Tech Talks

Speaker: Gary York, CEO, Help Lightning

Panel: Exits

– G.T. LaBorde, CEO, IllumiCare

– Randy Goggans, President, Banker Advice

– Bill Smith, CEO, Shipt

– Jason McCay Director of Operations, Compose

Moderator: Dave Gray, CEO, Daxko

2:10 - 2:30

Local Tech Talks

Speaker: Alma Miller, US Business Development Director, S/ngular

2:30 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 4:00 PM


(Pops Served by Frios Pops)

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Keynote speaker – Gary Vaynerchuk

5:30 - 6:00 PM

Gary V. book signing in Lyric Theatre lobby (beer served by local brewery).

(beer served by Trim Tab Brewing)

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Is your company interested in sponsoring Sloss Tech ? Please contact Greg Wingo at or call 205-918-7515 for more information.

After Sloss Tech, join us at the Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Birmingham's most exciting indie music & lifestyle event.... 30+ bands on 3 stages over 2 days, as well as a craft beer garden, iron pouring, arts and poster vendors and more.

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