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2014 International CES Recap presented by OCTANe


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

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General Admission Ended $25.00 $0.00
Program admission plus 1 year OCTANe Membership Ended $325.00 $0.00

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Orange County's top CES Recap program.

The 2014 International CES, the world’s largest innovation event, was held in Las Vegas NV from January 7-10, 2014.  It drew over 150,000 of the top consumer electronics industry executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, startup entrepreneurs, engineers, government officials and media.  The show featured over 3200 exhibitors in over 1.9 million square feet of exhibit space.

Whether you are interested in the latest in Ultra HD displays, 3D printing, digital fitness and health, high res audio, gaming consoles, auto sound, or anything related to consumer electronics, there was something of interest for you.

If you weren’t able to attend, or to get to everything at the show, OCTANe has a solution. The 2013 International CES Recap presented by OCTANe and the Eureka incubator will give you an opportunity to hear about and discuss trends, topics, hot new products and news that came out of the CES. This dynamic and interactive program will give you a way to stay on top of the consumer tech developments of 2014.

Chris Casacchia - Lead Technology Reporter, Orange County Business Journal
Chris Casacchia is the lead technology reporter for the Orange County Business Journal. Before joining the publication, he covered banking and finance, sports business and media for the Phoenix Business Journal from 2006-2010. He captured numerous reporting awards chronicling the region’s real estate crash, the growth of spring training baseball and major sporting events such as Super Bowl XLII and the BCS National Championship. After spending the entire week in Las Vegas at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Chris will be able to provide valuable insight on how emerging technologies will impact businesses in Orange County.

Ken Lowe - Vice President and Co-Founder, VIZIO Inc.
VIZIO Inc. is a leading Consumer Electronics company in Flat Panel HDTVs, Surround Sound Bars and BluRay players. With 40 years of experience in television and monitor design, Mr. Lowe has a proven record of developing innovative, cost effective designs to meet consumer requirements. His passion for picture quality in lower energy sustainable designs has earned him the reputation as an industry leader. Prior to founding VIZIO Inc., a leading Consumer Electronics company in Flat Panel HDTVs, Surround Sound Bars and BluRay players, he held key management and design positions with Princeton Graphic Systems and MAG Innovision in the USA, Philips and Electrohome in Canada, Philips Television and Decca Radio & TV in the UK. A member of the Video Board Division and the Board of Industry Leaders in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Board of the Washington Materials Management and Financial Authority (e-Recycling), the Advisory Board of the California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug) initiative of Calit2 at the University of California Irvine (UCI), Mr. Lowe holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Middlesex University, London, England, and is a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET), Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Peter Polydor - Director, Ergo Capital
Peter is an entrepreneur, investor, tech enthusiast and a founder of ERGO Capital Partners. At ERGO, Peter focuses on new investments and portfolio management within technology, media and energy  sectors. Currently he sits on the Board of Directors of ecoPHYSI and Wikipad as well as the Advisory Board for a number of startups. Peter is also the founder of the Eureka Project, a 3 acre tech hub meant to foster innovation and entrepreneurs in Orange County. Prior to ERGO, Peter was Vice President of SAIL Capital a cleantech venture capital firm headquartered in California. While at SAIL, Peter reviewed new investment opportunities, accelerated business plans and opened new markets by developing strategic partnerships for SAIL. Outside of investment management, Peter conducted market research at  Citigroup, policy research at the US House of Representatives, was involved in operations and management of privately owned real estate development firms as well as started, built and sold a web-services company.  

Christian Scheder - President, XPAL
Christian Scheder is the President of XPAL Power, a portable power company in Irvine, Ca. XPAL Power produces portable power products and charging solutions for laptops, cellphones, tablets, and other devices and also houses three successful brands, Energizer Energi-To-Go, SpareOne, and PowerSkin. Christian attended Colgate University where he attained a B.S. in International Business. After college Christian was offered a position at Cushman and Wakefield, but unfortunately at that exact moment, a car accident provided him with an even stronger life lesson. Christian left the offered job to follow his heart (to live life to its fullest), and became a Professional Windsurfer. He ultimately was ranked 4th in the US and 28th in the world. After this accomplishment Christian decided to merge his education with his passion and settled down in Colorado to ski and start the next chapter of his life.

George Stepancich – Executive Board and Industry Board of Leaders of Consumer Electronics Association; CEO of Invisionate. 
George Stepancich is the CEO of Invisionate, LLC a Sourcing Advisory Consulting Company located in Dana Point, CA. Previously, he ran GoldLantern, LLC, and a Consumer Electronics Company and was the chief architect of vision and strategy for a start up venture funded by Goldman Sachs. Prior to that Stepancich was Director of Business Development for the Telecom division of Siemens AG that generated $2 billion in sales. Mr. Stepancich joined Siemens from NETCOM an Internet Service Provider which was acquired for $256 million. Before that he developed and directed GTE’s Internet Services strategy and served as Associate Director of Telecommunications for the University of California at San Diego. Mr. Stepancich received a BA degree in Business from Cal State Long Beach and attended courses from faculty and staff associated with Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Yale. Mr. Stepancich is presently serving on the CEA Consumer Electronics Association Accessory Board, Wireless Division Board, CEA Executive Board, and Industry Board of Leaders. 

Paul Symczak - VP Entrepreneurship, OCTANe
Paul joined the OCTANe team in July 2013.  He is a seasoned senior management executive with diverse experience in the telecom, wireless, online, high tech and broadcast media industries. He is most recently the co-founder and operator of Prism Strategic Consulting LLC and has been actively involved with the CONNECT Springboard mentoring program – a sister organization to the LaunchPadTM SBDC.  Previously, Paul held senior business development, strategic alliances and operational positions with Verizon, GTE and Qualcomm, working in subsidiaries focused on leading edge and innovative products and services, and non-profit organizations, including serving as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Board Secretary for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington DC authorized by Congress to promote and support the growth of public broadcasting in the US.  Paul’s education includes a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Denise Lee Yohn - Brand-Building Expert, Speaker, Author
Blending a fresh perspective, twenty-five years of experience, and a talent for inspiring audiences, Denise Lee Yohn is a leading authority on building and positioning exceptional brands. Denise initially cultivated her brand-building approaches through several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King and Land Rover and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Denise went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she was the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy and garnered major corporate awards. An influential writer, Denise enjoys challenging readers to think differently about brand-building. She contributes the monthly column Brand New Perspectives to QSR Magazine and has published work in numerous outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Advertising Age, and OPEN Forum. 


Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

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1621 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

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