For over twenty-two years, Jason has been responsible for conceptualizing, developing and marketing creative content for Atlanta’s legendary, FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, an unscripted festival environment with a backdrop of innovative and progressive music held in the City Of Atlanta for his contributions to the city’s music, film, and cultural arts communities. As a filmmaker, he’s the director, writer, and producer of the documentary film, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” and he is currently a producer of the “Maynard” documentary on visionary, Maynard Jackson.
Business partners Ben Young, CEO, and Greg Coleman, president and chief operating officer, are seeking an investment for Sworkit, an interactive fitness app that offers video workouts and customizable routines. The founders of Rockville-based Nexercise Inc. appeared amongst entrepreneurs pitching investor “sharks” Friday, February 19, 2016 on the newest season episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” They walked away with the show’s largest ever deal for a tech product — $1.5 million from investor Mark Cuban . “The exposure from the Shark Tank with allow us to reach even more users.” Sworkit was at No. 3 in the most popular free health and fitness apps in the App Store.
David is an architect, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the founder and executive director of Librii, a company establishing a network of
21st-century libraries that provide urban youth with access to
world-class digital experiences. David has a background in ecologically and socially-equitable design, having trained under Pliny Fisk III at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. He has held leadership positions on three university teams in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition and contributed at a high level, both professionally and academically, to projects on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability and public interest design.
Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio that provides access to a vibrant community of creative makers and more than $1 million worth of equipment, tools, and software. Based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide, TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction, and training for people of all ages and skill levels to build whatever they can dream.
Natalia Olson-Urtecho is the Regional Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration. As Regional Administrator for Region III, Olson-Urtecho is responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance, and business development program initiatives throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The Region III office, headquartered near Philadelphia in King of Prussia, Pa., serves a population approaching 29.5 million in the seven SBA district offices. She works cooperatively with local lenders and successful firms across the region, overseeing more than $34.2 billion in federal government contracts for goods and services purchased from local entrepreneurs.
Celebrating #NationofMakers - June 17-24!
Tye Caldwell is co-founder & CEO of ShearShare, a first-of-its-kind beauty-tech app that connects salon and barbershop owners to individual cosmetologists to fill unused salon suites and booths on a temporary basis. A community leader and tech visionary for the beauty & style industry, A best-selling author of “Mentored by Failure: A 5-Point Guide to Long-Term Success in the Beauty & Style Industry,” Mr. Caldwell pays it forward by coaching small business owners and offering his 20+ years of industry knowledge as a proven roadmap. His Dallas salon was awarded the Readers’ Choice Award two years in a row, and his tech venture was the only Texas startup invited to exhibit at the 2016 Startup Grind Global Conference. Mr. Caldwell’s work has been featured in Black Enterprise, American Salon, and Cereal Entrepreneur.
Aviva Kamler is the CEO and Founder of SHELF Cosmetics, a new mobile app, that enables women to track, evaluate, and share their favorite cosmetic colors and brands with the touch of a button. It also allows women to easily access chemical information with ease. Aviva is a visionary leader who excels in combining the tech and beauty world. Analytical, relentless and thoughtful, Aviva spots the technological gaps in the cosmetic industry as opportunities. Born and raised in San Francisco, Aviva moved back after college and lives there today. Besides working on SHELF, Aviva loves to take hikes, go to the farmers market, travel, and spend time in the sun!
Jeff Patton is the GM Connected Home Prod Mgmt & Innovation for GE Lighting based at Nela Park in Cleveland, OH. His responsibility includes leading the vision and strategy for the new connected home business and setting the course for the next 100 years of innovation. Jeff previously was the GM Fastworks Innovation and was an evangelist for design thinking and new business model development as inspired by Lean Startup principles. In his first role at GE, Jeff led the development and execution of the North America Consumer Marketing strategy. Jeff brings extensive experience in marketing and line management for consumer channels with CPG, online services, and small domestic appliances at General Mills, AOL, Dyson, and Groupe SEB, as well as experience in commercial channels with scientific instruments, holding strategic leadership and engineering positions at HP/Agilent.
Tara Purnell is a Washington, DC-native, brought to Brooklyn by magic and good fortune. After graduating from the National Cathedral School, she studied media and marketing at the University of Pennsylvania and abroad at Universidad de la Habana in Cuba. In 2013, she joined a few brilliant friends to introduce a deliciously hydrating, cold-pressed watermelon beverage to the market. WTRMLN WTR is now nationally sold in Whole Foods and hundreds of other organic markets and Tara continues to develop brand partnerships and boldly represent the WTRMLN WTR tribe in new markets. She also teaches yoga at Urban Asanas, a black-owned studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Nick Cannon is the Chief Creative Officer and Michael Tatelman is the Chief Marketing Officer for RadioShack. RadioShack is back and Makers of all ages can visit RadioShack’s booth to participate in a hands-on soldering workshop led by RadioShack staff as well as learn about the company’s Maker Kits and products. Chief Creative Officer Nick Cannon’s speech and workshop will take place on Saturday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the University of the District of Columbia as part of the admission-free National Maker Faire that weekend. This event marks the first in a renewed partnership between RadioShack and Maker communities to promote and further STEM and Making initiatives nationwide.