Friday September 16, 2016

NEXT Technology Conference to Feature World-Class Keynotes, Workshops

Event at Downtown Marriott to showcase the latest, greatest in advancements



    The third annual NEXT Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Downtown Marriott (the former Hotel Syracuse).

     

    NEXT is presented by the Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering at Syracuse University, the Central New York Technology Development Organization and the New York State Science and Technology Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law.

     

    NEXT is a technology, manufacturing and innovation conference where industry leaders, researchers, academics, entrepreneurs, investors, and others come to meet and learn from leading international voices in technology and business. The full-day program includes two world-class keynotes in Brian Solis and Soraya Darabi.

     

    The event also features educational workshops in three concurrent tracks:

     

    — Big Data 101: an overview of available techniques and technology followed by a panel discussion of businesses successfully enhancing profitability, growing revenues, reaching more customers and gaining other advantages by optimizing their use of big data.

     

    — Bringing New Technologies to Market: explore winning strategies for technology commercialization with leading intellectual property attorneys and successful tech transfer managers.

     

    — Digital Media: Past, Present, and Future in CNY: learn from leaders and innovators in digital media and discover how your business can leverage the rich history and promising future of digital media in CNY.

     

    In addition, NEXT includes a technology showcase where attendees can meet inventors, see the latest academic and industry research, find technology to commercialize, and take home ideas and techniques to transform their business operations.

     

    Luncheon keynote Solis is a best-selling author, anthropologist, futurist, and a principal analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company. He studies the impact of disruptive technology on business and society, and what to do about it.

     

    Solis’ work covers digital transformation, customer experience digital marketing, culture 2.0, trends and behavior. His site, briansolis.com, is a top destination for business leaders.

     

     

    Afternoon keynote Darabi is a trailblazing entrepreneur and authority on digital consumerism and new technologies. At 23, she served as The New York Times first-ever manager of digital partnerships and social media, designing and implementing digital and social media strategies that are still in place today.

     

    Recognized globally as a game changer in the rapidly evolving digital world, she is one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” After leaving the Times, she co-founded Foodspotting, later acquired by Open Table, and most recently Zady.com, one of the first online retailers to seamlessly integrate e-commerce, rich content and social media in a sustainable, ethical fashion.

     

    As a speaker and consultant, her expertise helps businesses leap past the unknown with cutting-edge digital business strategies that successfully scale with growth.

     

    Registration information can be found at www.next-syr.com. The cost for early registrants is $95 and $50 for students.

     

    After Sept. 25, the cost is $125 and $50 for students.

     

    CNY TDO is a nonprofit consulting and training organization helping manufacturing and technology companies. TDO is a NYSTAR-designated regional technology development center and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership for Central New York.

     

     

    CNYTDO works hands-on with companies to develop business growth strategies and improve manufacturing competiveness through lean six sigma, TWI, workforce development, global marketing and sales strategies, new product development, energy efficiency, waste reduction and more. They help researchers and entrepreneurs with SBIR and STTR grants, business formation and technology commercialization.

     

     

    NYS STLC at Syracuse University College of Law is dedicated to providing legal research, education and information to help commercialize new technologies from lab to market. NYS STLC helps entrepreneurs and companies with new technologies identify potential challenges and devise effective strategies to successfully bring that technology to market. From market landscapes to intellectual property protection to licensing options to identifying potential funding sources, NYS STLC has helped scores of companies and institutions make their technology vision become a commercial reality.