Tue, Aug 23, 2016 from 8:30am - 4pm

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Note: This event is included in the Forward Pass

The 2016 Forward Technology Conference represents the summer’s best opportunity to spend a day networking with some of the area’s top entrepreneurs and hearing from experts on a wide range of topics relevant to your technology business. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful.

Full conference pass includes:

- Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon ice cream, beer and snacks

- Admission to all seminars and panels

- Admission to Pitch Night 

2016 Conference Agenda (subject to change):
Monona Terrace, Ballrooms AB

8:30 am Registration and breakfast

9:20 am Welcome 
9:30 am Programming Kickoff
Keynote: "Our Mobile Future: Best practices and what's next in usability, marketing, and commerce", Amy Africa
Get ready for a high-octane talk from one of the country's top e-commerce experts. If you create user-facing software, Amy Africa will blow your mind.

10:45 am Panel: UX/UI in Mobile Design - Shanan Galligan, Ben Sperry, Mark Gehring, Libby Peterek, Erin Dunn, Nicolette Robichaud
Following Amy's talk, experts in UX/UI from Wisconsin, Chicago and San Francisco will discuss common problems, best practices and new thinking in UI/UX, focusing on mobile design.

11:45 am Lunch: Entrepreneur Ecosystem Presentations - moderated by Heather Wentler
Forward Fest isn't the only gathering of entrepreneur and tech focused events! Ten + local organizations will give quick updates about other events and resources in Madison that support founders and their teams.

12:45 pm Founder Story - Jordan Eisenberg
A finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Jordan Eisenberg has built and sold companies including UrgentRX, where he was able to revolutionize how retail products are placed and sold. 

1:45 pm Madison Startup Verticals Quick Talks - Rachel Neill, Jennifer Javornik
There are industries in Madison gaining talent, momentum, and investment. In 10-15 talks, we'll discuss the areas where tailwinds exist, and how new entrepreneurs and startups can take advantage of the excitement and growth in key industries like HealthIT and Gaming.

2:30 pm Fulfilling the Purpose of Business with a New Leadership Model - Matthew Gonnering
Profit isn't the only indication of success in business, and Matthew Gonnering will make the case for how creating wellness across different parts of your company can create even more success than just focusing on the bottom line.

3:30 pm Ice Cream Social, sponsored by SupraNet Communications

4:00 pm Forward Festival Startup Showcase (admission included in conference registration)
Everyone's favorite pitch party is back, featuring five new companies on stage, along with updates from companies who have pitched in years past. Snacks, ice cream and beer included, join us for the upbeat Showcase atmosphere to round out the day at the Conference.
Featuring: Rabble, Export Abroad, Understory, EnsoData and Bike Mobile along with 20+ alumni


Monona Terrace Convention Center

1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703