Gearing Up for 5×5 on Dec. 8 (Five Cities, Five Big Tech Ideas): Here’s the Agenda

Activity in the Boston-area innovation community seems to be picking up steam as we head into the holiday season. We’re getting excited as we gear up for our next Xconomy Forum in Boston on Dec. 8, which is called “5×5: Five Cities, Five Big Tech Ideas.” This is a chance to see, up close and in person, how some of the most exciting companies in our national network of cities are plotting to change the world. We’ve just posted the detailed agenda here, together with registration info.

Bill Warner, the angel investor, entrepreneur, and startup evangelist, will set the table with a keynote about “how to build your startup from the heart.” I’m looking forward to some personal inspiration here, and I’m sure it’ll be delivered in Warner’s usual thoughtful and understated manner.

Then we’ll have detailed talks on specific ideas and companies from Joaquin Silva, CEO of On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego); Mick Mountz, CEO of Kiva Systems (Boston); Craig Labovitz, chief scientist of Arbor Networks (Detroit); John Gilleland, CEO of TerraPower (Seattle); and Tommy McClung, CEO of CarWoo (San Francisco).

Interspersed with these talks (and plenty of networking time), we’ll have three-minute startup “bursts” from some of the most promising tech startups in our networks—ones that haven’t gotten tons of exposure yet: Sarah McIlroy, CEO of FashionPlaytes; Dug Song, CEO of Scio Security; Bettina Hein, CEO of Pixability; Iker Marcaide, CEO of peerTransfer; and Amit Jain, CEO of Prysm. We’ll also have a demo area set up where you can check out some of the companies’ technologies and products up close.

It should be a really fun and inspiring afternoon—we hope to see you there, at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology in Boston, on Dec. 8.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and Editor of Xconomy Boston. E-mail him at gthuang [at] xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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