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 October 10, 2017, from 11am – 2pm, 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

Gabe Turner
CEO, Draper Venture Network

David Hehman
CEO, Spartina & North Bay Angel

Marco Marinucci
Founder and CEO, Mind the Bridge, Incubator & Accelerator in Silicon Valley and SEC2SV (StartUp Europe to Silicon Valley)

Jean Francois Gauthier
CEO, StartUp Genome

Peter Wilkens
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
Gabe Turner
Draper Venture Network
David Hehman
CEO of Spartina.com
Marco Marinucci
Founder of and CEO, Mind the Bridge
Jean-Francois Gauthier
CEO & Founder, StartUp Genome
Peter Wilkens
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!
Andrew Whittaker
British Consul General of San Francisco
Gemi Jose Gonzalez Lopez
Mexican Consul General of San Francisco
Sam Wen
Partner & Entrepreneur in Residence, Green Visor Capital GP LLP, Venture Partner
Deirdre Moran
Head of High Growth Companies for IDA Ireland
Dr. Carlos Ayala
Dean of the School of Education, Sonoma State University
Professor Damien Wilson
Hamel Family Chair Professor of WIne Business at SSU
Stephan Eberle
General Counsel of Scale Venture Partners
Stephanie Heckman
West Coast Director, EPIC Foundation
Ray Johnson
Head of Wine Spectator, Wine Business Institute at SSU
Adrian Tamblin
CEO of WineRoutes
Felicia Prater
Founder & Chief Wino, The Urban Taste
Brandon Carniero
CEO & Founder, SOMMSelect
Alex Mountjoy
CEO, Mountjoy Sparkling
Che Voigt
President of North Bay Angels and CEO of AltWork
Lannie Medina
Founder and Board Chair, Tech Bay Area Advocates
Russ Shaw
Founder of Global Tech Advocates
Conference Program
10:30-11:00
Registration
11:00-11:10
Welcome
11:10-11:20
Global Tech Advocates Outcomes & Vision

  • Russ Shaw, Founder, Global & Tech London Advocates
  • Lannie Medina, Tech Bay Area Advocates
  • 11:20-11:45
    Jonathan Miranda, Director of Strategy at Salesforce

    Englightening the Future with Tech
    11:45-12:10
    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
  • 12:15-12:35
    Removing Roadblocks in Government – Global Perspective

    How entrepreneurs can scale globally in the current political climate.

  • Moderator: Russ Shaw
  • Andrew Whittaker, British Consul General of San Francisco
  • Gemi Lopez Gonzalez, Mexican Consul General of San Francisco
  • Deirdre Moran, Head of Life Sciences, IDA Ireland
  • 12:40-1:05
    Entrepreneurial Landscape

    Success Stories and how to scale globally from Founders

  • Moderator: Lannie Medina
  • Jean-Francois Gauthier, Founder & CEO, StartUp Genome
  • Dr. Carlos Ayala, Dean of the School of Education, SSU
  • Marco Marinucci, Founder, Mind the Bridge & SEC2SV
  • Stephanie Heckman, Director, the EPIC Foundation
  • Joshua Barrow, CEO, Bayside Partners
  • Mark Nelson, Partner, Altus Equity/Chief of Zing, Way of Zing
  • 1:10-1:30
    Funders Fire

    A panel of traditional and disruptive funding models.

  • Moderator: Dr. Bill Silver
  • Rodrigo Sanchez Servitke, Founder, Bridge37, Silicon Valley
  • Gabe Turner, Executive Director, Draper Investment Network
  • Sam Wen, Venture Partner, Green Visor Capital, San Francisco
  • Che Voigt, CEO, AltWork & President, North Bay Angels
  • 1:30-1:55
    WineTech

    Panel to review trends in WineTech.

  • Moderator: Dr. Damien Wilson
  • Mike Osborn, Wine.com
  • Jessica Link, General Manager, Davis Estates
  • Lise Aisemont, Director of Viticulture, Coppola Winery
  • Adrian Tamblin, CEO, Wine Routes
  • 2:00-2:20
    WineTech Shark Tank

    Pitch from three entrepreneurs

  • Leslie Sbrocco, Moderator


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


  • Funders
  • Dominic Foppoli – Christopher Creek & Foppoli WIneries
  • Gabe Turner, Exec. Director, Draper Investment Network
  • Che Voigt, President, North Bay Angels
  • 2:20-2:25
    Closing Remarks

    Lannie Medina, Tech Bay Area Advocates
    2:30
    End of Program
    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

    Andrew Whittaker
    British Consul General of San Francisco

    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

    Sean Anderson
    CEO, Bento for Business

    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