Con­flu­ence tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence starts Thurs­day

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ROME, Ga. — The Rome Floyd Cham­ber is pleased to an­nounce the re­turn of its two-day in­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence, Con­flu­ence, in the heart of down­town Rome. This year’s con­fer­ence will be held on Thurs­day and Fri­day at the DeSoto The­atre, 605 Broad St.

Con­flu­ence is a two day con­fer­ence of in­spi­ra­tion, tech­nol­ogy and mo­ti­va­tion for busi­ness lead­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers, tech­nol­o­gists, ed­u­ca­tors, en­trepreneurs and stu­dents. Con­flu­ence prom­ises to pro­vide the lat­est trends in in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy, as pre­sented by lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional lead­ers.

Con­flu­ence is a prod­uct of the Cham­ber’s Fu­ture In­dus­tries Ini­tia­tive, a com­mit­tee work­ing to make con­nec­tions be­tween the county’s med­i­cal com­mu­nity and its K-12 and post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem to sup­port and grow lo­cal jobs.

This year’s Con­flu­ence in­cludes world-renowned speak­ers rec­og­nized by na­tional me­dia sources and in­vestors pos­i­tively im­pact­ing our so­ci­ety with in­no­va­tion and ideas that change the world.

“Rome and Floyd County con­tinue to be at the fore­front of tech­nol­ogy and lead­ers in ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing, health­care and small busi­ness start- ups,” said John Quin­li­van, 2017 Chair­man of the Board, Rome Floyd Cham­ber and CEO, Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter.”Our an­nual Con­flu­ence con­fer­ence high­lights emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies world­wide as well as state of the art in­no­va­tive tech­niques at use right here with Pirelli, Suzuki, OTR and Parker FiberNet, LLC. The con­fer­ence high­lights the Cham­ber’s pri­or­ity of at­tract­ing and ex­pand­ing high-tech, high-per­for­mance jobs for our area.” The 2017 key­note speak­ers are:

-G.P. “Bud” Pe­ter­son, PhD — G.P. “Bud” Pe­ter­son is the 11th presi- dent of the Geor­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. In this ca­pac­ity he over­sees a top-ten pub­lic re­search univer­sity with more than 21,500 stu­dents and re­search ex­pen­di­tures of more than $730 mil­lion.

Through­out his ca­reer, Pe­ter­son has played an ac­tive role in help­ing to es­tab­lish the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion and re­search agen­das, serv­ing on nu­mer­ous in­dus­try, gov­ern­ment, and aca­demic task forces and com­mit­tees. A dis­tin­guished sci­en­tist, Dr. Pe­ter­son was se­lected in 2008 by Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush to serve on the Na­tional Sci­ence Board through 2014. The Board over­sees the Na­tional Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NSF) and ad­vises the Pres­i­dent and Congress on na­tional pol­icy re­lated to sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing re­search and ed­u­ca­tion.

-Janet Echel­man — Janet Echel­man is an artist who de­fies cat­e­go­riza­tion. She cre­ates ex­per­i­men­tal sculp­ture at the scale of build­ings that trans­form with wind and light. The art shifts from be­ing an ob­ject you look at, to a liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment you can get lost in. Us­ing un­likely ma­te­ri­als from fish­nets to at­om­ized wa­ter par­ti­cles, Echel­man com­bines an­cient craft with cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate art­works that have be­come fo­cal points for ur­ban life on four con­ti­nents.

Re­cip­i­ent of the Guggen­heim Fel­low­ship, the Har­vard Univer­sity Loeb Fel­low­ship, a Full­bright Lec­ture­ship and the Aspen In­sti­tute Crown Fel­low­ship, her TED talk “Tak­ing Imag­i­na­tion Se­ri­ously” has been trans­lated into 34 lan­guages with more than one mil­lion views.

“As Chair­man of this year’s CON­FLU­ENCE, I am hon­ored to rep­re­sent the Rome Floyd Cham­ber and present this stel­lar lineup of speak­ers with key­note speaker Dr. G.P. “Bud” Pe­ter­son, Pres­i­dent of Geor­gia Tech,” Mark Cochran, Owner, Ce­vian De­sign Lab. “This year’s two-day event will fea­ture world renowned speak­ers whose in­no­va­tion and lead­er­ship con­tinue to put them at cen­ter stage as pi­o­neers in tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion.” Ad­di­tional speak­ers in­clude:

-Lee Han­son – Owner of Guardian In­no­va­tions Co.

-John Grout, PhD – Chair of the De­part­ment of Cre­ative Tech­nolo­gies at Berry Col­lege

-Bill Rader – Founder and CEO of Ef­fer­ent Labs -Christo­pher McKin­ney, PhD – Vice Pres­i­dent of Au­gusta Univer­sity - Steve Da­mon – Pres­i­dent and CEO of 4P Ther­a­peu­tics -Suresh Sharma – Au­thor of “The 3rd Amer­i­can Dream” -Jeff Jahn – Founder of Dy­namix Web de­sign -John Cowan, MD – In­ven­tor of “Flip Ta­ble”

- Stu­dents from Dar­ling­ton’s STEM pro­gram

-Stu­dents from Caps and Grounds at Pep­perell High School

Tick­ets can be pur­chased on the Rome Floyd Cham­ber’s web­site at on the Events Page. Tick­ets can also be pur­chased over the phone at the Rome Floyd Cham­ber, 706-291-7663.

Please visit the web­site to learn more, http://www.con­flu­encerome. org

Es­tab­lished in 1910, Rome Floyd Cham­ber works to pro­mote pros­per­ity and foster busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in Rome and Floyd County, Geor­gia, for and through its mem­ber­ship. The Rome Floyd Cham­ber is the uni­fied eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment mar­ket­ing en­tity that works on be­half of the City of Rome, Floyd County Gov­ern­ment, the De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Floyd County, and the Rome-Floyd County De­vel­op­ment Author­ity. Rome Floyd Cham­ber is lo­cated at 1 River­side Park­way in Rome, Geor­gia.

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