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The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference (FTC) is geared toward startup founders, tech geeks, and those wanting to build successful technology companies. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful.

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Tuesday, August 21
 

10:15am

Bringing your IoT idea to market
Building a consumer electronics product is about a billion more steps than you'd think. This is a roadmap to getting your product developed, certified, manufactured, and shipped.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Baddeley

Bob Baddeley

Electrical Engineer, Propeller Health
I am a computer engineer with significant experience in developing IoT consumer electronics from start to finish. I have run my own startups and done contract work for other startups. I've worked in a corporate environment and a lean small business environment. I've developed web... Read More →


Tuesday August 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Reception Room (4th Floor)

11:30am

Blockchain

Michael Smith
Michael is an innovation consultant at American Family insurance. He is a chemist turned blockchain/cryptocurrency expert who builds mining rigs, mines cryptocurrencies and studies the technological advancements across different blockchain platforms.
Presentation Title: Considerations for where to use blockchain in business
 

Will Conley
Will is a top-ranked law student at UW Madison and summer associate at Perkins Coie, a law firm with one of the largest and most experienced practices in blockchain technology and digital currency
Presentation Title: Current legal issues related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies

Speakers
avatar for Will Conley

Will Conley

Summer Associate, Perkins Coie LLP
Will is a top-ranked law student at UW Madison and summer associate at Perkins Coie, a law firm with one of the largest and most experienced practices in blockchain technology and digital currency
avatar for Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Innovation Consultant in the Business Development Division, American Family Insurance
Michael is an innovation consultant at American Family insurance. He is a chemist turned blockchain/cryptocurrency expert who builds mining rigs, mines cryptocurrencies and studies the technological advancements across different blockchain platforms.


Tuesday August 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Beefeaters (3rd Floor)

1:00pm

The Breach Around the Corner: Emerging Data Privacy Issues and How You Can Be Ready
Personal information is everywhere, driving more than we realize. As we experience increasing globalization, security technology and data privacy laws are beginning to catch up. We’ll brief you on the current state of data privacy issues and regulations and shed light on the future of defensive technologies and information management. Whether you are a data-driven business, or you just want to understand the future of your own information, this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Briggs

Andrew Briggs

Attorney, Trifecta General Counsel
avatar for Russ From

Russ From

Security Engineer, U.S. Cellular
Russ is a frequent conference speaker and security thought leader with an extensive background in enterprise defense. By using risk reduction solutions such as Micro-Segmentation, DDoS Mitigation, IDS/IPS, and proactive malicious traffic blocking driven by threat intelligence and... Read More →


Tuesday August 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Tripp Commons (2nd Floor)

1:45pm

How Tech in Education Will Shape the Future Job Market
Most of the jobs that will be available 20 years from now, don't currently exist. To ensure Wisconsin is set-up to have a strong economy and is ready for the future, we need to integrate new technology in our Wisconsin classrooms now.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Kuluvar

Kevin Kuluvar

Global Vice President of Business Development, LocknCharge
We specialize in charging and securing devices as part of a mobile deployment. We strive to make your life easier.As schools implement new technologies, we can help store charge and make distribution easier. Our products are designed from the perspective of a teacher to simply the... Read More →


Tuesday August 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Old Madison (3rd Floor)

3:30pm

GET THE BORING STUFF RIGHT: A GUIDE TO KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST TECH
Technology is a treadmill. Every year, there's a pile of shiny new things to learn. It's impossible to keep up. You're constantly asking yourself: "Which technology stack is going to keep me employed?" I love chasing shiny new technologies, but I've learned that making people happy is more fulfilling than using the latest technology. After over a decade of building software, I've learned the key to good software is getting the boring stuff right.

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Ewers

Dustin Ewers

Software Developer, Centare
My name is Dustin Ewers. I’m a developer who builds software to help people get more done.I started programming in 2001 (in C++). Since then, I’ve chosen to focus my efforts on building user friendly web applications with C#, Typescript, and ASP.NET. I also dabble in lots of... Read More →


Tuesday August 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Beefeaters (3rd Floor)