Conference (October 2, 2013) & Master Workshop (October 3, 2013)
Conference (Day 1 only)
The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility Conference
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Reception 5:30 – 7:15 pm
Discover, Do Good, Profit!
Discover what’s on the leading-edge of business through the eyes of 18 all-star entrepreneurial visionaries and thought leaders who share what they see as MiniTrends.
MiniTrends are emerging market tendencies that can change everything – but that are not yet widely recognized.
Leverage your business efforts by identifying and optimizing MiniTrends ahead of the curve for profit, positioning, productizing and making a positive difference in the world.
Get the advantage by having a MiniTrend Mindset cultivated by attending this unique conference in Austin.
If You Depend On the Leading Edge For Professional Advantage, This Conference Is A Must!
• Entrepreneur, Visionary or Futurist
• Professional Decision-Maker, Executive, Director, Manager or Professional In Business
• Investor, Funder, VC Capitalist
• Job Seeker, Rising Corporate Star
You Will Leave With:
• The creative mindset and advantage you need to find and optimize emerging opportunities.
• The leading-edge preview of developing MiniTrends directly from industry thought leaders.
• Insights from innovative leaders on how to use emerging trends to start new ventures or grow established organizations for profit with attention to all stakeholders.
• Tactics to identify untapped business opportunities from newly converging trends.
• A new community based on interaction with speakers and fellow participants to learn, grow and share ideas.
• Strategy and insights to create, launch or grow your initiatives from the leading-edge.
Workshop (Day 2 only)
Post-Conference Master Workshop: How to Discover and Profit from Emerging Trends
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Go the next step to starting your own MiniTrends Adventure by attending this excellent applications workshop. In this session, basic MiniTrend principles will be discussed and participants will have hands-on opportunities to find, analyse, and profit from emerging trends that also offer a socially responsible aspect. Participants will leave with a solid basis for developing their own “Minitrends Mindset.”
Master Workshop BONUS!! Copy of award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends, written by Dr. John Vanston and Carrie Vanston.
To encourage you to attend this valuable post-conference half-day workshop, we are offering it at an exceptionally low price! Only $50 more for Conference attendees!
Keynote: Jani Byrne, Ph.D., Director, Marketing – Global Mid-Market, MSP, Enterprise at IBM
A visionary who marries deep technological innovations and insights with a profound understanding of human and market psychology … an extraordinarily passionate thought leader who can also simply “get stuff done.” In addition to her distinguished career at IBM, Jani is a Board Member of The Seton Fund at the Seton Family of Hospitals and Board Member of Austin Chamber of Commerce Technology Partnership.
Keynote: Gary Hoover, Founder, CEO, Chief Game Designer at Bigwig Games, Inc.; Entrepreneurship Teacher, Hoover Academy; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, School of Information, The University of Texas
Gary Hoover is a entrepreneurial whiz renowned for founding BOOKSTOP, the leading-edge book superstore that revolutionized the nature of bookshopping, and Hoover’s, the world’s largest Internet-based provider of information about enterprises. He recently founded his fifth startup, Bigwig Games,” and is the author of “The Art of Enterprise.”
Conference Chair: Dr. John H. Vanston, Chairman, Technology Futures, Inc.
John founded TFI in 1978, building the Austin, Texas-based company into a leading authority in custom research and technology forecasting. His MiniTrends concept, designed to increase creativity, innovation, and success, is summarized in MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends. The book has received several Best Business Book awards and excellent reviews and endorsements.
Conference Director: Carrie Vanston, Media and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc.
As co-author of MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends, she brings a distinct real-world quality to MiniTrends activities, particularly in the media communications and social media areas.Carrie has many years of experience in public relations, marketing, and sales at TFI and in the entertainment industry.
Andre Angel, Co-founder/CEO at TangoTab; Co-Founder/Chairman, WorkMeter; Co-founder, Servoyant, LLC; Co-Founder/Chairman, CODEKKO Software
Based in Dallas, Andre is a serial entrepreneur with global experience. His latest venture, TangoTab, is a real-time, online social enterprise business that offers diners discounts at participating restaurants, and donates a meal to the community each time you use the service. “When you eat, they eat.” Prior to Tango Tab, he co-founded, grew and sold numerous high-tech companies including CODEKKO, Experticity, NTR, Elastic Edge, and WorkMeter. Earlier, he was Global Vice President of Sales at Nortel Networks.
Paige Davis, Co-Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer, Blue Avocado
BlueAvocado creates lifestyle products that make it easy reduce and recycle waste. Paige Davis brings her strategic perspective and background as a sustainability consultant and social media entrepreneur to her work at Blue Avocado. Through collaborative partnerships, Paige assures the BlueAvocado business model inspires engagement marketing and sustainability awareness into all aspects of the business and communication efforts.
Vicki Flaugher, Digital Strategist, Speaker, and Author of “Famous in Your Niche: Building Your Digital Celebrity For Fun and Profit.”
Vicki is a content monster and entrepreneur at heart. Her most recent venture is in digital publishing because she loves the power of those crazy interwebs to connect us all and flatten the world. In her consulting, Vicki combines social media, content marketing, and SEO techniques to build your digital reputation and make you famous in your niche.
Jeffrey Fry, Principal, Help Find Care; Chief Executive, Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, ManeGain; Board Member, baqpak; Executive Director, Firefly Funds; Executive Director, SHINE Night; President, SEDA RICO, LLC;
Jeffrey has launched a new type of in-home healthcare service that empowers healthcare service professionals to go into business for themselves while better connecting in-home healthcare needs. Riding the minitrend of baby boomer parents needing innovative ways to care for their parents, this model empowers all stakeholders and drives the cost of home healthcare down. Jeffrey also has been involved in several startups and plays roles in several civic programs.
Bijoy Goswami, Cofounder & Evangelist at ATX Equation, The Bootstrap, Aviri Consulting; Founder, Organizer, Bootstrap Network; CEO, Aviri Inc.
Bijoy is deeply interested in how we steward unique journeys for individuals, organizations, communities and beyond. He sees our unique human capability of building mental models as a vital part of this endeavor. He loves building and sharing simple, yet powerful models, including MRE, youPlusU and Bootstrap.
Christopher Justice, Chief Executive Officer at Sparksight, Inc.
Christopher co-founded Sparksight® in 2006 and has built the company into a well-respected design agency that specializes in event management, high definition video production and digital marketing. He recently completed the book “Seven Digits – Zero to One Million Through Faith and Finance.” Christopher is a conscious leader that works hard to have a company that benefits all involved.
Elijah May, Chief Brand Officer & Host, SocialGood.TV
“If you’ve read the Tipping Point, then you’ll understand what I mean when I say that first and foremost, I’m a connector. I am also a public speaker, a social strategist, and a connoisseur of company culture.”
Tarja Meristö, Corporate Futurist, Principal Lecturer at Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Cristián Méndez Sâbre, Chief Marketing Officer, Verb Inc. — Dell Education Challenge and Dell Empowering Women Challenge.
Cristián works to empower young social entrepreneurs through innovation competitions. Verb’s signature program, the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DISC) is the largest global competition for student social entrepreneurs.
Joy Miller, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Austin Small Business Development Program
Joy is a marketing and outreach professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in process improvement, human resources, and operations. She communicates with and counsels aspiring and existing small business owners in presentations and in personal communications to ensure understanding of City of Austin resources and assistance available to them.
Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist, Founder, The Pearson Strategy Group
Steve’s passion is accelerating innovation and R&D by identifying emerging, adjacent and disruptive technologies. Companies ranging from Fortune 500s to small startups rely on Steve and his analysts to provide Competitive Intelligence, Innovation Support and Informed Strategic Development. He works with high-tech, electrical, mechanical, energy, construction and transportation industries.
Ty Rarick, TSR Consulting
Ty is a product designer and business development professional with twenty years of experience designing products and strategies within enterprise, corporate and consumer retail businesses as a consultant, corporate design manager and start-up business owner. In addition to being a valued member of the MiniTrends 2013 Planning Committee, Ty is also Chapter Founding Member Leader ofConscious Capitalism Austin
Eve Richter, VP of Community & Partnerships, door64
Door64 is a huge group community of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) industries influencers serving more than 30,000 STEM professionals in the Austin Area. Previous to door64, Eve served as the Emerging Technologies Coordinator in the Economic Development Division at the City of Austin, helping businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals in the tech (and other) sectors to grow and be successful in the Austin community.
Joy Stoddard, Development & Outreach Director, Whole Planet Foundation at Whole Foods Market
Joy joined Whole Foods Market in 2000 and Whole Planet Foundation in 2006. She develops strategic partnerships, fundraises for microcredit, and connects Whole Foods Market shoppers, suppliers and team members to Whole Planet Foundation.
Dr. Lawrence Vanston, President, Technology Futures, Inc.
Larry is an expert on the future of telecommunications and its significance to organizations and people. Since 1985, he has been the director and principal author of ongoing reports commissioned by the Telecommunications Technology Forecasting Group (TTFG), presently comprised of AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, and Windstream. Larry directs TFI’s popular TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference, now in its 9th year.
Stacy Zoern, CEO, Community Cars
Stacy has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has never walked. At 20 her memoir “I Like to Run Too: Two Decades of Sitting” was published. Striving for mobility, when she discovered on the internet a low speed electric vehicle purpose built for people with disabilities, she wanted one immediately. When she learned a Hungarian company had shelved the project for lack of resources, she started her own corporation and raised the funds needed to get the Kenguru vehicle in the marketplace.
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When & Where
Technology Futures, Inc.
Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI), an Austin-based technology forecasting company established in 1978, created the MiniTrends project to increase creativity, innovation, and success for innovators who must stay on the cutting edge of the business and technology. The MiniTrends concept is summarized in the book "MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends," by TFI Founder and Chairman, Dr. John Vanston, and TFI VP, Communications, Carrie Vanston. The MiniTrends Conference is an annual event helping individuals turbo-charge their company's innovation strategies.
Established in 1978, TFI provides top-quality custom studies and technology forecasts on key trends to a wide variety of commercial, government, and academic organizations. TFI’s specialties include technology forecasting, depreciation/valuation, telecommunications, minitrends, and energy.