EVENTS
Tech Bay Area Advocates has three primary Forums a year in the S.F. Bay Area, including San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and North Bay Wine Country. Events feature fast-paced panels, keynote speakers designed to keep attendees updated on current issues.
Upcoming Events

The next event is 2017 GLOBAL TECH FORUM, on 13th November 2017, from 1:30pm – 7:30pm, at Sonoma State University, home of the well-regarded Wine Business Institute.

2017 Global Tech Forum will include panels featuring VR/AR, Funders, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, DataTech and WineTech. Early bird tickets are available until August 31st, then regular pricing begins on September 1, 2017.


A few of our rockstar panelists include:

Jonathan Miranda
SalesForce, Director of Strategy

Leslie Sbrocco
Host of PBS-KQED Check Please and Taste This!

David Hehman
CEO, Spartina & North Bay Angel

Dr. Carlos Ayala
Dean of the School of Education, Sonoma State University

Elizabeth Gore
Dell Entrepreneur in Residence

Peter Wilkins
CEO, EmergentVR

Yoni Koenig
Co-Founder, ExitRealityVR

Mike Osborn
CEO of Wine.com

Dr. William Silver
Dean of the School of Business & Wine Business Institute, Sonoma State University

Leslie Sbrocco
Host of PBS-KQED Check Please and Taste This!

Andrew Whittaker
British Consul General of San Francisco

Gemi Lopez Gonzales
Mexican Consul General of San Francisco



Panelists
Jonathan Miranda
SalesForce, Director of Strategy
Cornelius McGrath
Founding Member, ProMazo
David Hehman
CEO of Spartina.com
Glen Delaney
Vice Consul, Hardware & Telecom, Dept of International Trade, UK
Jacob Moynihan
Merchant23.com
Peter Wilkins
CEO & Founder, Emergent VR
Yehonatan Koenig
CEO / CoFounder of ExitRealityVR
Mark Nelson
Former President of Nelson Companies & current Partner of Altus Equity Group
Mike Osborn
Founder of Wine.com
Dr. William Silver
Dean of the School of Business & Economics at Sonoma State University
Leslie Sbrocco
Host of PBS-KQED Check Please and Taste This!
Hulya Foc
Founder, Kereitsu Forum, Turkey
Gemi Jose Gonzalez Lopez
Mexican Consul General of San Francisco
Mark Evans
Co-Founder & CEO, BrandGarage
Páraic Hayes
SVP, West Coast US, IDA Ireland
Dr. Carlos Ayala
Dean of the School of Education, Sonoma State University
Dr. Damien Wilson
Hamel Family Chair of the Wine Business Institute
Lise Asimont
Director of Grower Relations, Francis Ford Coppola Presents
Adrian Tamblin
CEO of WineRoutes
Ray Johnson
Head of Wine Spectator, Wine Business Institute at SSU
Che Voigt
President of North Bay Angels and CEO of AltWork
Elizabeth Gore
Dell Entrepreneur in Residence
Anna Pickren
Head of Strategic Partnerships, HelloAlice.com
Jayni Shah
Investor, Menlo Ventures
Satheesh Subramanian
VP Engineering, Blippar London
Alberto Acito
Head of Foreign Direct Investment Unit, Italian Trade Commission
Felicia Prater
Founder & Chief Wino, The Urban Taste
Rodrigo Sanchez Servitje
Managing Partner at B37 Ventures, Silicon Valley
Alex Mountjoy
CEO, Mountjoy Sparkling
Brandon Carniero
CEO & Founder, SOMMSelect
Dominic Foppoli
CEO, Christopher Creek Winery
Ian Cauble
Founder, SOMMselect.com
Ben Silver
Dean of The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University
Lannie Medina
Founder and Board Chair, Tech Bay Area Advocates
Russ Shaw
Founder of Global Tech Advocates
Conference Program
1:30-2:00
Registration
2:00-2:20
Welcomes & Global Tech Advocates Outcomes & Vision

  • Lannie Medina, Tech Bay Area Advocates
  • Russ Shaw, Founder, Global & Tech London Advocates (via Skype)


  • Video from Congressmen Jared Huffman, Mike Thompson (60-90 seconds each)
    2:20-2:50
    Jonathan Miranda, Director of Strategy at Salesforce

    Englightening the Future with Tech
    2:55-3:20
    What is Reality?

    What is trending in AR/VR/AI

  • Moderator: Peter Wilkins
  • Peter Wilkins, CEO, EmergentVR, San Francisco
  • Yohanatan Koenig, Cofounder, ExitRealityVR, San Francisco
  • Satheesh Submaranian, VP, Engineering, Blippar, London
  • 3:25-3:50
    Removing Government Roadblocks – Global Perspective

    How entrepreneurs can scale globally in the current political climate.

  • Moderator: Lannie Medina, Tech Bay Area Advocates
  • Gemi Lopez Gonzalez, Mexican Consul General of San Francisco
  • Paraico Hayes, SVP, IDA Ireland
  • Alberto Acito, Head of Foreign Investment, Italy
  • 3:55-4:20
    Entrepreneurial Landscape

    Success Stories and how to scale globally from Founders

  • Moderator: Dr. Bill Silver, Dean SSU School of Business and Economics
  • Dr. Carlos Ayala, Dean of the School of Education, SSU
  • Cornelius McGrath, CEO, Founder, Promeza.com
  • David Hehman, CEO, Spartina.com
  • Mark Evans, Founder, BrandGarage
  • Mark Nelson, Partner, Altus Equity/Chief of Zing, Way of Zing
  • 4:25-4:50
    Funders Fire

    What’s being funded by traditional and disruptive funders.

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Gore, Dell Entrepreneur in Residence & Alice.com
  • Che Voigt, CEO, AltWork & President, North Bay Angels
  • Hulya Foc, Angel Investor & Serial Entrepreneur, Keiretsu Forum
  • Rodrigo Sanchez Servitje, Founder, B37 Venture Capital, Silicon Valley
  • J. William Kim, Managing Director, China Sciences & Merchants Investment Group
  • 4:55-5:15
    WineTech

    Status of apps and tech in the wine industry.

  • Moderator: Dr. Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Chair of Wine Business
  • Mike Osborn, Wine.com
  • Lise Asimont, Director of Viticulture, Coppola Winery
  • Jacob Moynihan, Merchant23.com
  • Adrian Tamblin, WineRoutes.com
  • 5:20-5:40
    WineTech Shark Tank

    Entrepreneurs Pitch

  • Moderator: Dr. Damien Wilson, Hamel Chair of the School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University


  • Entrepreneurs
  • Felicia Prater, The Urban Taste
  • Alex MountJoy, Mountjoy Sparking


  • Funders
  • Dominic Foppoli – Christopher Creek Winery
  • Hulya Koc, Keriestsu Forum
  • Che Voigt, President, North Bay Angels
  • 5:45-5:50
    Closing Remarks

    Lannie Medina, Tech Bay Area Advocates
    6:00-7:30
    Wine & Food Reception on the Overlook

    Panelists
    Past Events included Forums at the British Consulate in San Francisco and at Agave Uptown/ Kapor Center for Social Impact. Both events featured panels on Diversity and Women in Tech, Entrepreneurs, Funders and the Impact of Brexit on Tech and Immigration, Cryptocurrency, Cybersecurity and Tech for Good.


    Former All-Star panelists included:

    Duncan Logan
    CEO and Founder of RocketSpace

    Sean Anderson
    CEO, Bento for Business

    Rodrigo Sanchez-Servitje
    Founder of Bridge 37

    Marco Marinucci
    Founder of and CEO, Mind the Bridge

    Elizabeth Gore
    Dell Entrepreneur in Residence

    Maggie Philbin
    OBE, BBC Broadcast Journalist and Founder of TeenTech

    Reshma Sohoni
    Co-Founder, SeedCamp

    Chris May
    Head of Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group

    J William Kim
    Group Managing Director, China Sciences & Merchants Investment Group

    Milton Spied
    Epic Foundation

    Peter Schelstraete
    Coca Cola Global VP of Digital, Assets, Licensing and Retail

    James Klein
    Corporate Partner, Penningtons Manches LLP

    Jess Erickson
    500 Startups; Rachael Wallach, Founder DisruptDisability

    Roger Gorman
    CEO & Founder, ProFinda

    David Farmer
    Head of Europe at CoinBase

    Kevin Eyres
    Greybella Ventures

    Joseph Piccolo
    Founder & CEO, bitAML

    Russ Shaw
    Global Tech Advocates

    Lannie Medina
    Founder and Board Chair, Tech Bay Area Advocates