About the Event
Join us in Richmond, Virginia for EdgeConRVA! A conference focused on building a community around modern technology best practices that are powering innovation and disruption! Join us for a day of innovative speakers + groundbreaking case studies enabling you to walk away with the essential building blocks for innovation in the enterprise.
Date + Time
December 14, 2022 / 9am – 5pm
Science Museum of Virginia – Thalhimer Pavilion
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Parking: 2301 W Leigh Street Richmond, VA 23220
Science Museum parking is ample and free. Spaces near the front of the building are designated for guests with mobility challenges. All other guests should park in the lot located directly behind the Science Museum off West Leigh Street or DMV Drive. Signage will provide you with directions to the Dewey Gottwald Center.
You may also view a detailed parking map here.
Investigate the technologies that are on our doorstep – technology we know is coming that will advance the business of tomorrow.
Explore where our current technologies are taking us and how businesses might utilize edge technology to differentiate, grow, and advance their value propositions.
Discover steps beyond the edge and the potential of our current technology to evolve, change, and morph into possibilities we haven’t yet imagined.
Emerging Tech Keynote
I thrive in the messy beginning of things. I am part-futurist, part-realist, and a full-time creative generalist.
As of Feb 2022, I am now heading up Research and Tech Partnerships for Jefferson Lab, a Department of Energy National Laboratory. Tasked with shepherding our research and technology innovations to industrial and commercial applications, I am excited to build connections for the Lab with diverse innovation partners. My DMs are open for creative ideas and conversation.
I have been a part of several early-stage companies, and founded three of my own companies as well. My most recent company, Made in 757, is a marketplace for creative entrepreneurs in Hampton Roads.
For over a decade I have built & executed strategic plans and led go-to-market efforts for startups, small biz, and existing companies launching new ventures. I work with executives, technologists, researchers, developers, marketers, and sales professionals to understand their end users/customers in order to deliver products and services that customers truly want and are ready to buy.
I am passionate about entrepreneurship education and developing the entrepreneurial mindset, empowering individuals to become competent, well rounded business leaders. I love to teach and have enjoyed the opportunity to instruct at community colleges, universities, accelerators, and other institutions.
Predictive Tech Keynote
Rishad Tobaccowala is an author, speaker, teacher, and advisor with four decades of experience specializing in helping people, organizations and teams re-invent themselves to remain relevant in changing times. He specializes in unleashing talent and turbo-charging productivity by delivering perspectives, points of view, provocations and plans of action but no PowerPoints!
Rishad’s best-selling book “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data” was published globally by HarperCollins and focuses on helping people think, feel, and see differently about how to grow their companies, their teams and themselves in transformative times. The Economist Magazine called it perhaps the best recent book on stakeholder capitalism and Strategy Magazine named it among the five best business books and the marketing book of the year. Rishad’s weekly thought-letter, “The Future Does Not Fit in the Containers of the Past” is read by over 25,000 leaders every week across industries and around the world.
Mainstream Tech Keynote
Tom is the founder and CEO of DroneUp. DroneUp provides drone delivery and flight services to organizations and communities. Tom has also brought a singular purpose to the Unmanned Transportation (UTM) market - to bring the economic benefits of drones that are essential for communities and our competitive standing in the world to market safely.
Tom is a UAS industry pioneer with patents on mobile app technology. He has led pandemic drone delivery testing under FAA Part 107 Regulations with the State of Virginia, which established the partnership team focused on free COVID-19 test kit delivery with Walmart. Soon after that, under Tom’s leadership, the first drone airport, the DroneUp Hub, was founded. And in addition to developing a robust pilot network, Tom and his team are informing a rapidly growing ground infrastructure with the industry’s leading UTM, which provides services for as many as 100,000 international daily flights.
9:00 - 9:30 AM / Registration
Registration / Networking - Doors Open at 9 AM
Light breakfast and coffee provided.
9:30 - 9:45 AM / Welcome
Welcoming remarks from rvatech/
9:35 - 10:15 AM / Predictive Tech Keynote - The Future Does Not Fit in the Containers of the Past
Rishad Tobaccowala, Author + Former Global Strategist & Chief Growth Officer @ Publicis Groupe
10:20 - 11:05 AM / The Current Blockchain and Web3 Climate - The Good, Bad and The Ugly
Speakers: Ian Major - Trubit, Amyli McDaniel - MINTangible + Andrew Elliott - RoundlyX
Emerging Tech Breakout
Hear perspectives from Virginia’s top Blockchain projects making waves across the country.
All of these companies are getting national exposure. All have been funded To some degree from VIPC
10:20 - 11:05 AM / IoT & Machine Learning in Agriculture
Speakers: Alex Olesen, Founder of Babylon Microfarms
Predictive Tech Breakout
11:10 AM - 12 PM / Emerging Tech Keynote - Next Generation SciTech
Marla Schuchman, Chief Innovation Officer @ Jefferson Labs
1 - 1:50 PM / Mainstream Tech Breakout - Blockchain Crypto w/ the FBI
Speakers: Stuart VonCanon and Sean McDermott
1 - 1:50 PM / Emerging Tech Breakout - XR in the Enterprise
2 - 2:50 PM / Predictive Tech Breakout -
Speaker: Nick Bawa, Founder/CTO at Warehowz
2 - 2:50 PM / Mainstream Tech Breakout -
Speakers: Paul Hurlocker, Chief Technology Officer at Spring Oaks Capital, LLC
3 - 3:40 PM / Mainstream Tech Keynote - Drone Delivery is Here. Are You Ready?
Tom Walker, Founder + CEO of DroneUp
3:45 - 4:45 PM / Happy Hour
Chief Technology Officer
Spring Oaks Capital, LLC
CEO & President
Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)