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
February 17, 2023 / 9am – 5pm
Bar-ti-zan Event Venue
4035 Whittall Way
Henrico, VA 23060
Complimentary parking garages surround the venue.
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 - Keeping Yourself and Your Business Relevant in Transformative Times
Rishad Tobaccowala, Author + Former Global Strategist & Chief Growth Officer @ Publicis Groupe
Rishad Tobaccowala will distill 40 years of experience to identify key trends we need to align with, how to manage change so it sucks less, how to lead with soul while upgrading our mental operating system.
Actionable. Inspiring. Thought-provoking.
10:20 - 11:05 AM / The Good, Bad and The Ugly - The Current Blockchain and Web3 Climate
Speakers: Ian Major - Joltz, Amyli McDaniel - MINTangible + Andrew Elliott - RoundlyX
Emerging Tech Breakout / Room A
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 / Exploring the Potential of ChatGPT: Real-World Applications and Future Possibilities in Business, Education, and Entertainment
Speakers: Kim Mahan - MAXX Potential, Paul Chin Jr - Serverless Guru, William Benton - VCU, Edwin Huertas - Shockoe (Moderator)
Predictive Tech Breakout / Room B
Join us for a panel discussion on the revolutionary natural language processing model, ChatGPT. Hear from experts in the field who have successfully implemented the technology in various industries, including business, education, and entertainment. Learn how they have leveraged the capabilities of ChatGPT to drive innovation and improve efficiency. The panel will also delve into the potential risks and benefits associated with the technology and discuss what the future holds for ChatGPT and its applications. This is a unique opportunity to gain insights and inspiration from those who are leading the way in this exciting field.
11:10 AM - 12 PM / Emerging Tech Keynote - Your Neighborhood National Lab:
Marla Schuchman, Chief Innovation Officer @ Jefferson Lab
Why Entrepreneurs and Established Companies Need to Pay Attention to Emerging Tech From Basic Science R&D.
12:40 - 1 PM / Lunch + Networking
12:40 - 1 PM / WTF are NTFs?!
Meet the Artist: Hamilton Glass
1 - 1:50 PM / Pig Butchery + Crypto Fraud from the FBI
Speakers: Stuart VonCanon and Sean McDermott
Mainstream Tech Breakout / Room A
1 - 1:50 PM / XR IRL: Taking Your Business to the Edge
Speaker: Kevin Harrup, Senior Manager of Emerging Technologies & Innovation at Altria
Emerging Tech Breakout / Room B
Learn how Altria is leveraging Extended Reality (Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality) to tackle real-world business challenges.
· Dive into Extended Reality (XR) enterprise use cases, such as Remote Assistance and Augmented Reality (AR) Work Instructions
· Hear how Altria is thinking about leveraging XR with other technologies, like Digital Twins
· Get a chance to see some of the latest devices firsthand
2 - 2:50 PM / If You're Not Living on the Edge You're Taking up Too Much Data: From ML-enabled Data Platforms to Foundation Models
Speakers: Paul Hurlocker, Chief Technology Officer at Spring Oaks Capital, LLC
Mainstream Tech Breakout / Room A
The Evolution of Enterprise Machine Learning: From ML-enabled Data Platforms to Foundation Models
Paul will share his perspective on how enterprise machine-learning models, tools, and platforms have evolved and are applied in the real world. He will also look ahead at the opportunities and implications of rapidly emerging machine learning capabilities, including foundation models, that are expected to shape the road ahead.
3 - 3:40 PM / Mainstream Tech Keynote -Breaking Down the Complex World of Drone Operations
Tom Walker, Founder + CEO of DroneUp
Mainstream Tech Keynote / Room A
Join an exciting fireside chat between Bob Stolle, CEO & President of Virginia Innovative Partnership Corporation and Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp breaking down the complex world of commercial drone operations. During the event, Tom and Bob will discuss what goes into drone operations, how DroneUp began, where it is now with its delivery operations partnered with Walmart, and the many benefits that drones bring to communities, organizations, businesses, and the planet. The fireside chat will also touch on what the future holds for this quickly growing industry from an infrastructure perspective along with a regulatory one.
3:45 - 4:45 PM / Happy Hour
Chief Technology Officer
Spring Oaks Capital, LLC
CEO & President
Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)