2023 Schedule

8:00 AM

Registration and Coffee Cafe

Sponsored by Domestique Coffee

Lyric Theatre Lobby
8:50 AM

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Will Lochamy, Deon Gordon, Seth Griffin, Malcolm McDonald

Lyric Theatre
9:10 AM

Artist Spotlight

Ashley M. Jones, Poet Laureate of Alabama
Sponsored by Warren Averett

Lyric Theatre
9:20 AM

Founder Feature: Linq

Elliott Potter, Jared Mattsson, Patrick Sullivan
Sponsored by Viva Health

Lyric Theatre
9:40 AM

Opening Keynote

Devon Townsend
Moderated by Malcolm McDonald

Lyric Theatre
10:20 AM

Morning Break

Lyric Theatre
10:30 AM

It’s Nice To Have You In B’HAM

Mayor Randall L. Woodfin

Lyric Theatre
10:35 AM

Secret Sauce: Recipes for Ecosystem Success Outside of Silicon Valley

Nathan Ryan, Chris Wink, Kwamena Aidoo, Jamal Lewis, Moderated by Maria Underwood
Sponsored by Birmingham Bound

Lyric Theatre
11:05 AM

Featured Session: How To Create A Competitive Advantage (For Your Company) Using AI

Dustin Ryan, Moderated by Curt Carver, Ph.D.

Lyric Theatre
11:50 AM


Sponsored by Pihakis Group

Kress Ballroom
301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
12:30 PM

Breakout Session: Accelerating Change In Cities. How To Design And Facilitate Accelerators To Scale Impact.

Matt Glazer

Sidewalk (A)

Breakout Session: Exit Right: Setting The Stage for a Successful Startup

Trent Kocurek, Shannon Scott, Chad Trull, Shegun Otulana, Nicole Allshouse
Sponsored by ITAC Solutions

Sidewalk (B)

NCWIT ICY Workshop

Dr. Andrea Bowens-Jones and Joanne Esch

Sidewalk Lab

Innovate Alabama HBCU Innovation Experience

Theatre Lofts 106

GrowthX Workshop: Product-Market Fit and Revenue Growth with Founding Partner, Andrew Goldner

Office Hours 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Theatre Lofts 102
1:15 PM

Breakout Session: Can I Get A Little AI To Help With All this Data? Yes, You Can!

Chun Schiros, Ph.D., Anthony Day, Jake Chen, Ph.D., Sixue Zhang, Ph.D., Moderated by Curt Carver, Ph.D.

Sidewalk (A)

Breakout Session: The Great State Of Birmingham: How Ecosystem Leaders Are Building A Regional Brand That Stands Out In The South And Stands Up The State.

Eugene Johnson, Cornell Wesley, Maria Underwood, Moderated by Estes Hughes

Sidewalk (B)
1:55 PM

Welcome Back

Will Lochamy

Lyric Theatre
2:00 PM

Featured Session: Forward, Never Straight.

Burton Rast

Lyric Theatre
2:35 PM

Featured Session: Tech For Good: Disrupting the Disruptors

Aleeya Cain, Miraj Patel, Afua Bruce, Moderated by Michael Farber

Lyric Theatre
3:05 PM

Afternoon Break

Lyric Theatre
3:25 PM

Featured Session: From Classroom to Community: Reimagining Edtech For Students, Educators and Cities

Kai Frazier, Moderated By Allison Scott, Ph.D.
Sponsored by Betterwise

Lyric Theatre
4:00 PM

Closing Keynote Panel: The Breakdown: Moving Mountains and Breaking Barriers

Songe LaRon, Rodney Williams, Shegun Otulana, Candice Matthews Brackeen, Moderated by Sherrell Dorsey
Sponsored by Protective

Lyric Theatre
4:45 PM

Founder Feature

Sponsored by Viva Health

Lyric Theatre
4:50 PM

Closing Remarks

Will Lochamy, Deon Gordon, Seth Griffin

Lyric Theatre
5:00 PM

Happy Hour!

TrimTab Brewing