Autodesk, EMC, Project 11 Join Influx Program on June 22

Xconomy is gearing up for a super fun afternoon at the Museum of Science in Boston on June 22. The theme of this year’s conference is Influx—welcoming prominent newcomers to the technology and innovation scene, and introducing them to longstanding leaders in the community who are also blazing new trails.

The companies represented include GE, IBM Watson Health, Akamai, Accion Systems, C4 Therapeutics, Decibel Therapeutics, Mylestoned, Parallel Wireless, and VentureApp—quite a mix of technology and life sciences leadership.

We’re pleased to announce some new additions to the program:

—Autodesk’s Rick Rundell, technology and innovation strategist and senior director, will talk about what the design software giant is up to in its Boston-area expansion. He’s also an expert in “reality computing,” which involves connecting the digital and physical worlds.

—EMC’s Brian Gallagher, president of the cloud management division, will join a discussion on “the new face of collaboration,” with GE Ventures, Current, HourlyNerd, and moderator David Chang (he of m-Qube, Where, and PayPal fame). Hope to hear more about the Dell-EMC integration as well.

—Project 11 Ventures managing director Bob Mason will join a fun session on early-stage investing and startup culture. Mason is the co-founder and former CTO of Brightcove. Together with Dave Balter from Mylestoned and Chase Garbarino of VentureApp… let’s just say we’re cooking up something special (“Wait Wait… Don’t Fund Me!”).

You can check out the full agenda here, with a few pieces still TBA. Just a few other sessions to highlight:

Anne LeGrand, IBM Watson Health vice president of imaging, will speak on “Watson, Boston, and More.” The computing and healthcare giant is in the midst of ramping up its headquarters near Kendall Square.

Steve Papa, co-founder and CEO of Parallel Wireless (and Endeca founder), will lead a special session on “keiretsu innovation” and how young startups can work with other companies big and small. It’s particularly relevant to the day’s themes on collaboration and partnerships.

—Two of the hottest life sciences startups in town: C4 Therapeutics’ Ken Anderson and Marc Cohen and Decibel’s Kevin Starr and Charlie Liberman will get together and swap stories. (Fun fact: Liberman is head of the Harvard/MIT lab where I did my graduate research.)

We’re looking forward to a really fun and productive day. If you want to join in helping build the ecosystem and break down barriers, there are still a few seats available—you can grab yours here. See you on June 22.

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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