What to Expect From RTC 2018

An annual conference that brings together our community.

The landscape of technology is changing by the second, requiring everyone to hit the refresh button and start transforming your business. The 2018 ROC Tech Conference is your chance to experience Rochester’s diverse technology community up close and personal. Hear from top CEOs and business leaders during the following Breakout Tracks: Technology Trends, Business Insights, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. You may also choose to visit the educational Vendor Solution Centers showcasing the latest business and technology solutions: Cloud, Security, Storage/Infrastructure, Microsoft 0365, and more. The conference will be jam packed with information and is expected to draw up to 500 guests. If that wasn’t enough, the conference will also feature two keynote speakers, networking and cocktail hour. If you are interested in participating as an attendee or sponsor click here and let’s listen, learn, and evolve…together.

9.6.2018 | 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

123 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

A Message From the Conference Organizers

We are very excited to announce that Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Innovative Solutions to host the ROC Tech Conference Thursday, September 6 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The event builds upon the success of last year’s tech conference hosted by Innovative Solutions (ISTC17). The goal of the 2018 ROC Tech Conference is to increase awareness of the Rochester, NY technology commitment, bring together a diverse group of businesses and organizations, educate our community, retain top talent in our region, and build our tech community. Rochester Chamber and Innovative Solutions would like to personally invite your company to participate in this exciting event as a speaker, sponsor, and/or attendee.

Your participation will support the continued effort of highlighting Rochester’s growing tech companies. The conference is expected to draw up to 500 guests and include an impactful day filled with two keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, vendor solution centers, networking, cocktail hour and more! Come showcase your company among the leading tech businesses in the region and let’s listen, learn, and evolve…together.

Justin Copie
Innovative Solutions

Robert J. Duffy
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

2018 Agenda

Details subject to change.
  1. 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  2. 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  3. 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  4. 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  5. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  6. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  7. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  8. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  9. 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  10. 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  11. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  12. 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  13. 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  1. Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
  2. Event Introduction
  3. Keynote #1 - Alex Banayan (Learn more about Alex)
  4. Visit Exhibits and Solution Centers
  5. Breakouts #1 (See details below)
  6. Breakouts #2 (See details below)
  7. Lunch and Visit Exhibits and Solution Centers
  8. Breakouts #3 (See details below)
  9. Breakouts #4 (See details below)
  10. Visit Exhibits and Solution Centers
  11. Keynote #2 - Kristen Hadeed (Learn more about Kristen)
  12. Event Closing and Grand Prize Drawing
  13. After Party and Networking

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Event Introduction

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Keynote #1 - Alex Banayan (Learn more about Alex)

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Visit Exhibits and Solution Centers

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Breakouts #1 (See details below)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Breakouts #2 (See details below)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Visit Exhibits and Solution Centers

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Breakouts #3 (See details below)

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Breakouts #4 (See details below)

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Visit Exhibits and Solution Centers

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Keynote #2 - Kristen Hadeed (Learn more about Kristen)

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Event Closing and Grand Prize Drawing

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
After Party and Networking

Keynote Speakers

Alex Banayan

Alex Banayan

The day before his freshman year final exams, Alex Banayan hacked The Price Is Right, won a sailboat, sold it, and used the prize money to fund his quest to learn from the world’s most successful people.

Since then, Banayan has been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30.” He has contributed to Fast Company, the Washington Post, Entrepreneur, and TechCrunch, and has been featured in major media including Fortune, Forbes, Businessweek, Billboard, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and CBS News.

Learn more about Alex

Kristen Hadeed

Kristen Hadeed

Kristen imagines a world in which all organizations have cultures that empower people to climb toward the best version of themselves every day. Over the last eight years, Kristen has challenged the millennial status quo.

As the leader of Student Maid, a successful cleaning company that hires students, Kristen has a unique perspective on leadership, organizational culture and how to engage the next generation.

Learn more about Kristen

Breakout Tracks

Get the most of the ROC Tech Conference by picking what breakouts make most sense for you.
Details subject to change.
Technology Trends


Breakout 1
Cloud Architecture: Unleash Your Company’s Potential

Aaron Newman
Founder & CEO, CloudCheckr

Breakout 2
The Blockchain is Now Open for Business

Gary Palmer Jr.
Technologist, Blockchain NYS

Breakout 3
Fast Times Hacking Lives

Eric Fiske
OSCP, Secure Networks

Breakout 4
Business Intelligence (BI): The Next Revolution in Business

Eric Hall
Analytics and BI Executive, Entre Computer Services

Business Insights


Breakout 1
Work from a Millennial's Perspective

Justin Copie
Owner & CEO, Innovative Solutions

Breakout 2
Diversity Matters

Karen Sammon
Chief of Staff & Strategy, Partech

Breakout 3
Power Up: How Clean Technology Will Power The Future

Kevin Schulte
CEO, GreenSpark Solar

Breakout 4
Every Company is a Tech Company

Craig Lamb
Partner, Envative

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

and Innovation

Breakout 1
Turning Your Start-up Dream into Reality

Richard Notargiacomo
Director, RIT Venture Creations

Breakout 2
Strategic IP Management and Big Data Analytics

Dominic Ciminello
Partner, Lee & Hayes, PLLC

Breakout 3
A Day in the Life of a Start-up CEO
Panel Discussion

Sujatha Ramanujan (Moderator), Managing Director, Luminate Accelerator
Antonio Calabrese, Founder & CEO, Boonle
Dave Fuerher, CEO, GRYT
Michele Liddle, CEO, The Perfect Granola
Yasmin Mattox, Founder, Arkatecht
Heidi Trost, Founder & Director of UX, Voice + Code

Breakout 4
Startups That Are Making An Impact on Rochester
Panel Discussion

Matt Hurlbutt (Intro), President & CEO, GRE
Richard Glaser (Moderator), RocGrowth
Kyle Psaty, VP of Marketing, Brand Networks
Mark Oney, SVP, EmployeeChannel
Dan Diefendorf, SVP, Americas at LiveTiles

Vendor Solution Centers

Experience, Learn, & Demo.
Open All Day !


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