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Monday, July 24
 

11:00am

Successful Prototypes, First Article to Production
Limited Capacity full
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You've got the idea for your widget, and some ideas how to design and build it, but not the experience or all the skills to make it happen. These are some of the local resources to help you be successful in building your first working unit and taking you all the way through the production ramp.  Our panel of experts have organizations helping makers, inventors, experimenters or entrepreneurs bring to life their ideas and launch them into production.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Eric Bogatin

Dr. Eric Bogatin

Editor, Signal Integrity Journal
Dr. Eric Bogatin is currently the Dean of the Teledyne LeCroy Signal Integrity Academy, at www.beTheSignal.com. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado - Boulder in the ECEE dept. | Bogatin received his BS in physics from MIT and MS and PhD in phy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bodenstein

Dan Bodenstein

Co-Founder, COO, and Senior Mechanical Engineer, Boulder Engineering Studio
Mechanical Engineering by degree, Dan has spent most of his design career in electro-mechanical and embedded systems. With projects ranging from underwater A/V lighting to 3D scanning industrial sensors, Dan’s successes include multiple concept-to-market programs ranging betwe... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Hodges

Chuck Hodges

President & CEO, Zebulon Solutions LLC
Chuck Hodges is a co-founder and currently CEO of Zebulon Solutions, a product development company specializing in taking R&D projects and transforming them into low cost, optimized products ready for manufacturing.  Under Chuck's leadership, Zebulon Solutions has helped its glo... Read More →
avatar for Pearce Melcher

Pearce Melcher

Tech Researcher, SparkFun Electronics
Pearce Melcher has been with SparkFun Electronics for nine years, working in multiple capacities. As the company's technical researcher, he maintained a strong understanding of the maker and DIY communities, as well as the electronics prototyping market. His focus has since shift... Read More →
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Drew Roberts

President & Consultant, R.A.M. Engineering, LLC
Experienced Manufacturing Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical or industrial engineering industry. Skilled in SolidWorks, Automation, Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing Engineering, and Product Design. Strong consulting professional with a Bachel... Read More →
avatar for Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas

Executive Director, TinkerMill
Ron Thomas is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of TinkerMill, the largest makerspace in the Rocky Mountain region. For the last fourteen years, Ron has grown international and local communities built on data-driven talent management, community service, and consistent creativ... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO

1:00pm

Conquering Product Certification Hurdles
Limited Capacity seats available

Conquering the product certification hurdles: Understanding FCC, and product testing and how to design to get a PASS
Come learn from a panel of experts about product requirements including FCC Part 15 class B, something virtually all electronic products sold in the US must comply with, and mechanical and environmental testing.  Topics may include HALT, shock, vibration, salt spray, radiated and conducted emissions (EMI/EMC), ESD and best design practices.  Panelists will include representatives from your local Longmont labs, NTS and Element and design engineers from Boulder Engineering Studio.  Whether your already working on a product or thinking about starting, this panel is a must.


Moderators
avatar for Dan Bodenstein

Dan Bodenstein

Co-Founder, COO, and Senior Mechanical Engineer, Boulder Engineering Studio
Mechanical Engineering by degree, Dan has spent most of his design career in electro-mechanical and embedded systems. With projects ranging from underwater A/V lighting to 3D scanning industrial sensors, Dan’s successes include multiple concept-to-market programs ranging betwe... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Billy Check

Billy Check

Embedded Hardware Engineer, Boulder Engineering Studio
Electrical Engineer - Hardware and Embedded Systems B.S. Electrical Engineering (Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI) Work Experience Mainly designing cordless consumer products with RF-technologies such as Bluetooth, Cellular, WiFi, and other proprietary systems.  Previous ex... Read More →
avatar for Robert Cone

Robert Cone

Operations Manager, Element Denver
Robert Cone has a career of experience in a variety of science, defense, and space programs and is now leading Element Materials Technology Denver Operations, starting his career in International Aerospace Trade Promotion, and then working for NASA, Lockheed Martin and ARES Corporation over a 25 year... Read More →
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Patrick Conway

Operations Manager, NTS Longmont


Monday July 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. Vrain Cidery 350 Terry St., Suite 130, Longmont, CO - Entrance is in the alleyway
 
Tuesday, July 25
 

9:00am

Drones Taking Flight in Colorado
Limited Capacity filling up

What is the current state of drone technology and business development in Colorado across the industry sectors and with emergency services?  How are  FAA drone regulations affecting industry growth and what  future policy is needed to help business and emergency services effectively use drone technology.

Moderators
avatar for Jay Lindell

Jay Lindell

Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Jay Lindell is a retired Air Force major general and is currently serving as the Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. In this role, Jay promotes aerospace and defense industry economic development for Colorado. He has been in his current position since November 2013. | | Maj Gen Lindell is a 1978 graduate of the Air Force Academy and went on to serve over 33 years in the Air Force retiring 1 January 2012. His graduate education includes a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allen Bishop

Allen Bishop

President & CEO, Reference Technologies, Inc
Allen Bishop is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Reference  Technologies. Mr. Bishop oversees the operations and strategic direction of the  Colorado-based aerospace company and is the chief architect of its Hummingbird® series of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), which are hybrid-powered VTOL unmanned aircraft. Mr. Bishop was recently elected to the board of Rocky Mountain UAS, which is presently coordinating the establishment of a major UAS test area in Southern Colorado. Reference Technologies is the first company to be awarded a FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) in the newly formed test area. This COA is the largest volume of airspace authorized under the FAA COA program. It includes 8,000 square miles of multi-terrain and authorizes Hummingbird XRP flights up to 15,000 feet MSL. Mr. Bishop currently serves on several nonprofit boards including the Rocky Mountain Chapter of AUVSI as its president and UAS Colorado as a director... Read More →
avatar for Constantin Diehl

Constantin Diehl

President & CEO, UAS Colorado
In his fifteen-year career in the Automotive Supplier Industry Constantin has worked in R&D, Design, Engineering, Manufacturing planning, International Program Management and Sales. Constantin has a solid understanding of all aspects of Product Development. He has performed in ke... Read More →
avatar for Jack Elston

Jack Elston

CEO, Black Swift Technologies
Dr. Elston has over 14 years experience working in the UAS field, and is the CEO/President and co-founder of Black Swift Technologies.  Dr. Elston is also the technical lead on all avionics work at BST including the creation of a low cost, highly capable autopilot system along w... Read More →
avatar for Skip Miller

Skip Miller

Founder & CEO, UASUSA
Skip has always been an entrepreneur, starting numerous companies in the Boulder community. Skip now brings his unprecedented skill and lifelong interest of aircraft to the UAS industry. Growing up in an airline family, Skip was groomed to be an aeronautical engineer. He studied aeronautical engineering at Northrop Institute of Technology and University of Kentucky. From an early age he has been creating and flying small model aircraft. Skip has been a pilot on six USA radio control soaring teams, holds numerous AMA National titles and is truly an expert in flying small aircraft in the 0-400 ft AGL air space. He is a former World Champion and 11 time National Champion in the sport. His award winning World Championship aircraft from South Africa is in Washington... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
St. Vrain Cidery 350 Terry St., Suite 130, Longmont, CO - Entrance is in the alleyway
 
Wednesday, July 26
 

2:00pm

Brian Rhea and the JTBD Market Research Framework
Limited Capacity seats available

Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) is powerful new market research framework that is gaining ground across various startup communities in the US. Companies like 37Signals and Intercom are using JTBD to heavily influence their product and marketing efforts with great success. Clay Christensen, Harvard professor who coined the term "disruptive innovation", just released a new book about JTBD called "Competing Against Luck".

How:

In this workshop, we will present an overview of the JTBD framework, the main tools (forces diagram & timeline) and then conduct a JTBD interview with an audience participant to show you how it's done.

Brian Rhea (Product Lead at Binocs) and Jason Hall (COO at Binocs) have been actively practicing the JTBD framework for several years and have been implementing a number of the findings across various companies.

Audience participation:

Please come with a recent purchase in-mind. It should be something that you've bought fairly recently (less than 3 or 4 months ago), and something that you haven't bought before.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Hall

Jason Hall

COO, Binocs
Startup executive with 15+ years of strategy, business model optimization & online marketing.  Broad startup experience: part of 3 successful exits ($750mm+) and 3 unsuccessful companies.  Business Intelligence - turning data into insights. SaaS model optimization and reporting.  ... Read More →
avatar for Brian Rhea

Brian Rhea

Product Lead, Binocs
Brian is product thinker who comes from a background of front-end development. He was previously Chief of Product at Mocavo (acquired) and is currently Product Lead at Binocs, a Foundry-backed company that is reimagining the way you find your files.


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. Vrain Cidery 350 Terry St., Suite 130, Longmont, CO - Entrance is in the alleyway
 
Friday, July 28
 

10:00am

Clean Tech: Distributed Energy Systems
Limited Capacity seats available

Continuing the Transition Towards a Distributed Energy System. What will it take to get there? From philosophical to technical to practical application, our panelists will discuss the current state of the market, policy hurdles, complex modeling systems, funding challenges and more. Which markets are seeing more growth – microgrids or larger grids? Domestic or international? Will grid defection in communities drive policy change? How do modeling systems inform decision-making? Are VC’s investing in grid technologies? What opportunities are there for innovation and entrepreneurship?


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Ramsey

Jennifer Ramsey

Project Leader, NREL's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center
Jennifer has 20 years of diverse and comprehensive experience in progressive roles within the defense and energy industries. Over the past few years, she's had the opportunity to support the clean energy ecosystem through programs that connect entrepreneurs with a wide range of resources that includes education, mentorship, accelerator and incubator programs, and the investment community. Currently, Jennifer works in the Innovation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Drouilhet

Steve Drouilhet

President & CEO, Sustainable Power Systems, Inc.
Steve Drouilhet is an internationally recognized expert in renewable energy microgrid design.  Steve is a creative and innovative systems designer, well versed in electrical, mechanical, and controls engineering disciplines.  He holds engineering degrees from Brown University, the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, and the University of California at Berkeley... Read More →
avatar for Vahan Gevorgian

Vahan Gevorgian

Chief Engineer, NREL
Vahan joined NREL in October 1994 and has served many roles over the years. He is currently working with Transmission and Grid Integration group focused on renewable energy impacts on transmission and interconnection issues and dynamic modeling of variable generation systems. He... Read More →
avatar for Peter Lilienthal, Ph.D.

Peter Lilienthal, Ph.D.

CEO, Homer Energy
Dr. Peter Lilienthal is the original developer of the HOMER® software and founded HOMER Energy in 2009 to enhance and commercialize the software. He has a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.  Peter has been active in the field of renewable and distributed energy and energy efficiency since 1978. Before founding HOMER Energy, he was president of Green Island Power, which provided analytical services for renewable and distributed power projects. From 1990-2007 he was Senior Economist with the International Programs Office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His experience has included project development of distributed power projects, designing and teaching courses at the university level, and consulting to industry and regulators. His technical expertise is in utility modeling and the economic and financial analysis of renewable and distributed power projects. He was the lead analyst and one of the creators of... Read More →
avatar for Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith

Executive Director, SolarTAC
An award winning technical facilities expert, known for the successful development of over $4Billion in projects in a number of telecommunications, industrial, commercial, energy and infrastructure industries. I bring a strong facilities development and management background havi... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Longtucky Spirits 350 Terry Street, Suite 120, Longmont, CO