2018 ROC Tech Conference: A Look Back


Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce partnered with member Innovative Solutions to present the 2018 ROC Tech Conference at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  Nearly 300 people attended the event featuring keynote speakers Alex Banayan, author of "The Third Door" and Kristen Hadeed, founder of Student Maid and author of "Permission to Screw Up".  Twelve breakout sessions focused on the tracks of Technology Trends, Business Insights, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  Some of the Rochester and Finger Lakes region's top technology companies also showed off their goods and services at a vendor showcase.  Explore the links below to catch some highlights from the 2018 ROC Tech Conference.

Take a look at a photo album from the day-long event on the Rochester Chamber Facebook page.

Read 2018 ROC Tech Conference commentary on Twitter using the #RTC18 hashtag.


Keynote speaker Alex Banayan shared his story of winning a boat on The Price Is Right at age 19 and selling it to raise the money to go on a journey that led him to write "The Third Door".  The book explores how the world's most successful people dream bigger, achieve goals, and find success.  Click here to watch Alex's keynote.


Kristen Hadeed founded Student Maid as a college student and learned lessons that she shares in her book "Permission to Screw Up".  Kristen has a unique perspective on leadership, organizational culture, and how to engage the next generation.  Click here to watch Kristen's keynote.

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The breakout session, "Startups That Are Making An Impact on Rochester" panel discussion featured Matt Hurlbutt, President and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise with introductory remarks, Richard Glaser of RocGrowth as moderator, and panelists Kyle Psaty, VP of Marketing, Brand Networks, Mark Oney, SVP, EmployeeChannel, and Dan Diefendorf, SVP, Americas at LiveTiles.  Click here to watch the panel discussion.


The "Strategic Intellectual Property Management and Big Data Analytics" breakout featured Lee & Hayes Partner Dominic Ciminello with a discussion of how big data analytics can be used to more clearly understand the IP landscape associated with areas of technology that are of strategic importance.  Click here to watch the presentation.


Innovative Solutions CEO Justin Copie delivered his presentation, "Work, from a Millennial's Perspective", which explores how generational differences have led to 85 percent of employees worldwide becoming actively disengaged.  Click here to watch Justin's remarks.


The breakout, "A Day in the Life of a Start-up CEO" panel discussion featured Antonio Calabrese, Founder & CEO, Boonle, Dave Fuerher, CEO, GRYT, Michele Liddle, CEO, The Perfect Granola, Yasmin Mattox, Founder, Arkatecht, and Heidi Trost, Founder and Director of UX, Voice + Code.  Click here to watch this panel discussion.


Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Innovative Solutions sincerely thank our many sponsors and partners that helped make the 2018 ROC Tech Conference a resounding success.  We could not have done it without their generous support.