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Hatching A Tech Startup

Tech startups have special challenges. Founders need to keep an eye on technology disruption, they have to find, recruit and keep the best talent, and they have to stay ahead of their competition. In the early stages there are no funds and never enough resources or time. In spite of this tech startup founders find a way to stand up their first product and land their first customers.

Join us for an afternoon with tech startup founders Melinda Jacobs, Cofounder, Lucent Sky, Maria Karam, Founder, Tactile Audio Displays Inc and the Inventor’s Nest, and Eddy Song Fonder of Inlighten Co as they share their own stories of the early stages of their businesses.

Come and hear how they do it and how they turn their ideas into products customers want.

Day & Time: Monday November 27th, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Speakers: Melinda Jacobs, Cofounder, Lucent Sky
Dr. Maria Karam, Founder, Tactile Audio Displays Inc & Inventor’s Nest
Eddy Song, Founder, Inlighten Co.

Location: Room: ENG 288, George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering
245 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

RVSP: https://www.meetup.com/Get-Your-Bot-On-Robotics-Hackathon/events/245069438/

Contact: Dr. Maryam Davoudpour

Organizer: Get Your Bot On!, WIE IEEE Toronto, Instrumentation-Measurement/Robotics-Automation, Magnetics, and Computer Science Department of Ryerson University.

Agenda: 3:30 p.m. – Doors Open and Networking
4:00 p.m. – Welcome and Speakers
4:50 p.m. – Panel and Q&A
5:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks
6:00 p.m. – Close

Biography: Melinda Jacobs is cofounder of Lucent Sky, an application security vendor based in San Francisco and Taipei. Originally from Fredericton, Melinda studied as a Loran Scholar at the University of Toronto and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA). Last year Melinda presented a keynote at the Lean Startup conference in San Francisco and is a frequent presenter on social entrepreneurship, security and risk. She was recently named a Senior Fellow of the Canadian International Council and now resides in Toronto.

Dr. Karam is the inventor and President of Tactile Audio Displays inc., and a Senior visiting research fellow at Kings College London UK. Dr. Karam’s specializes in the research and development of tactile communication systems and multi sensory technology integration in luxury autonomous vehicles, accessibility, and immersive entertainment environments. Maria is also the founder of the Inventors Nest, a new innovation and collaboration hub for artists, scientists, and techies. (please shorten or select the parts you think are relevant). I have also been a member of the IEEE since 2005.

Eddy Song is the founder of Inlighten Co. Inlighten makes fashionable clothing from fibre optic textiles. Their first products are popular with the EDM community.

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