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    TechFest, the first two-day summit put on by Louisville’s TALK, or Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky, keeps getting bigger and grander, and now through July 31, special pricing is available on tickets to the event. The breadth of the programming is creating a tremendous networking opportunity for technology professionals, entrepreneurs and students in Louisville.

    August 20 and 21, at multiple Louisville locations, including the Henry Clay building, TechFest will explore four hot technology tracks and delve into technology and economic issues that could have long-term effects for Louisville.

    The first day includes four mini-tracks:

    Health care: biotech, wearables, ecotech, regeneration

    Internet of Things: big data, robotics, cloud, sensors

    Leadership: agile, entrepreneurship, best practices

    Technology: security, games, education, mobile apps

    The second day of the summit will include a special focus session on “The Last Mile:  Broadband Services & Municipalities,” with speakers coming from South Carolina, North Carolina and from within Kentucky to discuss unique solutions to reaching smaller communities.

    Dawn Yankeelov, executive director of TALK, says the planning for TechFest began after she attended a meeting of TECNA, or Technology Councils of North America, and brought the concept back to the board.

    “Our goal as an organization, at TALK, is to produce a platform for economic development and career development. With this event, we’ll be doing that through helping to facilitate TechTown Louisville, to educate and serve disadvantaged young people, STEM curriculum at the high school level, where there is not so much activity, and working with the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering. We’re bringing in a great number of new speakers, many of whom have connections to Louisville, and working to recruit new corporations to the market. Many are right now looking at Louisville as potential outpost offices.”

    TechFest, says Yankeelov, will host Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Executive Advisor Chad Eames; all current candidates for governor; keynote speaker Andy Swartz of Sutherland Labs, speaking on the human equation on technology; Fark.com founder Drew Curtis, speaking on what constitutes an audience; former Louisvillian Dustin Lyons of Credit Karma speaking on getting creative with data, and many more featured presenters.

    The program also includes a trade show and gallery; a free “Rad Science and Skateboard Build” session; a free “Over 70 and Connected” panel session; and the TechJam Slam, with music from Mondo Mike and the Po Boys with Spice, video art and other exhibitions, magicians, and treats like Bernoulli Small Batch Ice Cream and alcoholic-infused sorbets.

    Order tickets online now for special pricing through July 31: $99 for admission and two meals, $35 for the VIP luncheon, or student rates for college students. Note: Enter discount code TALKBD to receive the special price when making your purchase.

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