Innovation Summit at TCO17

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Hohn Auditorium, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Elm & Carlton Streets

Buffalo, NY 14263

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The Innovation Summit at TCO17 is a half-day event focused on strategies for driving digital innovation in today’s gig economy.

Hosted against the backdrop of Topcoder Open (TCO)—the ultimate programming and design tournament for competitors from around the globe—the Innovation Summit brings together business and thought leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to share insights and strategies on:

  • Digital transformation and customer experience

  • Agile and the art of mindfulness

  • Blockchain, AI, and the next wave of digital

  • Finding the right tech talent in the gig economy

  • Changing work styles for millennials and remote teams


  • Frank Ciccia, CEO, Illuminare Group

  • Matt Enstice, CEO, BNMC

  • Sam Marrazzo, Chief Innovation Officer, BNMC

  • Mike Morris, CEO, Topcoder

  • Julieta Ross, CTO, M&T Bank

  • Paolo Traverso, CEO and Digital Mason, Visionware Solutions

  • Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair, Design for Social Innovation; SVA, Founder, CommonWise; President, The Measured Lab


Both the Innovation Summit and TCO17 will be hosted at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) in Buffalo, New York. During the half-day Innovation Summit, attendees will have an opportunity to witness the TCO17 finalists compete live on stage.


Q: Is there a dress code for this event?

A: Business casual is appropriate. Dress it up a little, dress it down a bit. Be comfortable, but be prepared to network in a business atmosphere.

Q: Will I have a chance to see any of the Topcoder Open Finals competitions?

A: Yes! Innovation Summit guests will have an opportunity to see TCO competitors in action during the half-day event. Guests are also welcome to stay on the BNMC campus after the conclusion of the Innovation Summit to watch more of the live competition.

Q: How can I contact the event organizer?

A: Send an email to with any questions you might have. We'll be glad to help.

Topcoder + BNMC
Hosts of the Innovation Summit at TCO17

Topcoder is a talent marketplace that connects businesses with hard-to-find expertise. The Topcoder Community includes more than one million of the world’s top designers, developers, data scientists, and algorithmists. Global enterprises and startups alike use Topcoder to accelerate innovation, solve challenging problems, and tap into specialized skills on demand. Start your crowdsourcing project today at

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC) is a self-sustaining social enterprise successfully combining innovation, job creation, and urban revitalization. It was formed to coordinate the ongoing development of the Medical Campus and address issues of common to the BNMC and its partners. Our team builds on the assets of our world class Campus - known for its clinical care, research, education and entrepreneurship - to support our mission of furthering economic growth, igniting urban revitalization, and building a thriving, growing community. We focus on collaboration, creative problem-solving, and resource sharing, taking a whole systems approach to building a stronger community. While our work is constantly evolving, we invest the majority or our time and resources into impact areas that we believe when addresses together are the building blocks of a healthy, dynamic city.

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