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Tuesday, April 16
 

7:30am

Prelude
The Prelude is the first movement of a suite, which sets the harmonic and emotional tone of the composition. As an organizing factor, the Prelude sets the key of the piece. During the Baroque period, the tuning system of instruments did not allow for easy modulation (changes of key), so the compositional style kept the harmonic variance to a minimum. While the harmonic variance of the Prelude is restricted, its emotional character is wide-ranging. The Prelude can be supple and subtle, then shift to bold and daring. Similarly, our TECH JXN Prelude will have little harmonic variance and will set the tone and character of our two days together. But we will also, have opportunity for emotional variance as we introduce our respective interests and share our sixty second stories. Enjoy the performance of Casey Macklin, as he plays the Prelude from Bach’s second Violin Partita.

Join us for the Networking Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:20. William Bynum, President of Hope Credit Union, will convene the group and introduce the format of our time together.

8:30 - Casey Macklin will set the tone with a performance of the Prelude from Bach's Violin Partita.

8:35 - Welcome from Mayor Lumumba and About TECH JXN - Overview of the Event, Benefits, Outcomes by Dr. Blaine.

Who Is In The Room? - Audience members will give a 60-Second elevator pitch or mini presentation.


Speakers
avatar for William Bynum

William Bynum

President, Hope Credit Union
For more than three decades, Bill Bynum has worked to advance economic opportunity for disenfranchised populations. He began his professional career in North Carolina by helping to establish Self-Help, a pioneer in the development finance industry, and later built nationally recognized... Read More →
avatar for Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Mayor, City of Jackson
The Honorable Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Esq. is the son of two life-long community activists—the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and Nubia Lumumba. Throughout his life and career he has maintained a consistent presence in community projects and displayed a genuine commitment to justice. Attorney... Read More →
avatar for Robert Blaine

Robert Blaine

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Jackson
   Dr Robert Blaine serves as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Jackson.  In his role as CAO, Blaine manages an organization of over 2,200 employees and a budget in excess of 350 million dollars.  He has arrived at this position through a background in academic... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Casey Macklin

Casey Macklin

Violinist
Casey Macklin is a senior at Murrah High School, who started playing the violin in the 5th grade with Jackson Public School.  He is in the APAC program and a member of the MYSO (Mississippi Symphony Orchestra ) where he serves as Concertmaster of both entities. Casey has taken his... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 7:30am - 7:45am
Downtown Hilton Garden Inn - King Edward - Grand Ballrooom 235 W Capitol St, Jackson, MS 39201

9:00am

Registration
Tuesday April 16, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Main Entrance

9:00am

Exhibitions
Tuesday April 16, 2019 9:00am - 4:45pm
Exhibition Hall A

9:00am

Job Fair
Tuesday April 16, 2019 9:00am - 4:45pm
Exhibition Hall A

9:00am

Hackathon
Tuesday April 16, 2019 9:00am - 4:50pm
Hackathon - Room 201/202

10:00am

Fertile Ground
Speakers
avatar for Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Director of Planning, City of Jackson
The Planning Department's mission is to regulate the growth and development of the City of Jackson.  We are committed to creating a vibrant and sustainable community that enhances the quality of life for our citizens through plans, programs and regulations that address zoning, land... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Creativity - Room 207/208

10:00am

Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center: Community Engaged and Technology Supported Obesity Management
The Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center, housed at the University of Southern Mississippi in collaboration with Jackson State University and My Brother's Keeper, Inc., aims to get Mississippians eating better and moving more to live healthier. Using an interdisciplinary team approach as well as community-informed and technology supported strategies, the Center will implement an intensive behavioral therapy program for obesity focusing on diet and physical activity behaviors among young adult African Americans located in Jackson and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Dawn McLin

Dr. Dawn McLin

Associate Professor, Jackson State University
DA

Deja Abdul Haqq

My Brothers Keeper, Inc
BO

Brian Olson

Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
JL

Jennifer Lemacks

Professor, University of Southern Mississippi


Tuesday April 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Education - Room 205/206

10:00am

Mentally Strong Mississippi Kids
A discussion about the Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY) and how it is helping improve the mental health in Mississippi

Speakers
avatar for David Elkin

David Elkin

Behavioral Psychologist, UMMC
My clinical interests include assessing and treating mood and behavioral disorders in children, adolescents, and youth. My current area of research is much more specific, and involves exploring behavioral and mood components in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease and... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Healthcare - Room 209/210

10:00am

Cyber Security - Future Work Skills Ecosystem
The discussion will center on the future of work with focus on skills and knowledge to develop a digital workplace strategy that will enhance workforce readiness and equip workers with skills, learning and tools needed for productively thriving in digital future.


Speakers
avatar for Curtis Smith

Curtis Smith

Information Technology and Cybersecurity
Curtis L. Smith, 48, was born in Harvey, Illinois. He is a graduate of University of Phoenix (BA, 2005), University of Maryland University College (MS, 2013), and will complete his doctoral degree in fall 2019 at Capitol Technical University. Curtis, has nearly 30 years of practical... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Technology - Room 203/204
  • about Curtis L. Smith, 48, was born in Harvey, Illinois. He is a graduate of University of Phoenix (BA, 2005), University of Maryland University College (MS, 2013), and will complete his doctoral degree in fall 2019 at Capitol Technical University.&nbsp;<br>Curtis, has nearly 30 years of practical experience in information technology and cybersecurity protecting our Nations critical infrastructures. Curtis began his public service career as an airman in the United States Air Force where he served 10 years active and two years reserve duty to his nation. He has worked for several large commercial telecommunications and information technology providers during which he provided oversight for personnel and fiscal budgets. Curtis served as a senior security architect for the Office of the president, National Security Council during the George Walker Bush administration. As a father, he knows the value of hard work through efficiency and prides himself as a 21st century Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) educator. As an avid communicator, Curtis enjoys meeting people and learning new perspectives to encourage quality interactions. As a father, youth mentor, and professional, Curtis lives out the values he learned growing up. He recognizes the difference that a values-driven purpose can have in one’s life and is guided by the following – faith, family, community, and cooperation. A firm believer in education and the opportunity that it can provide, he embraces the principle that change favors the prepared mind.

10:05am

Allemande
The Allemande is a German dance of moderate pace.  Its meter is in four, which gives the Allemande a stately and measured feeling.  The Allemande is often interpreted as a serious character.  The stately Germanic feel of the Allemande provides the perfect frame for our discussion of Why Jackson? and How do we align an ecosystem of investment?   Enjoy the performance of Kamila Brown, as she plays the Allemande from Bach’s second Cello Suite.

10:00 - 10:45 - Why Jackson? Local, State and Federal Incentives for businesses to locate in Jackson
Federal Incentives - Opportunity Zones - Johnathan Holifield
State Incentives - Joe Donnovan
Local Incentives - Dr. Mukesh Kumar

11:00 - 11:45 - Panel Discussion Creating an Innovation Economy - How do we align an ecosystem of investment?
Moderator - Mike Green, ScaleUp Partners
Panelists -David Bickham and Sammy Moon

12:00 - 12:45 - Keynote Address, Candy Chang, Convention Center West, Theater

12:45 - 1:30 - LUNCH

Speakers
avatar for Johnathan Holifield

Johnathan Holifield

Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Johnathan Holifield was appointed by President Trump on Oct. 2, 2017, as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In this capacity, he oversees federal efforts, set forth in Executive Order 13779, to “advance America's... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Donovan

Joseph Donovan

Entrepreneur Center Director, Mississippi Development Authority
Starting in November 2016 Joe Donovan accepted a position as Division Director/Bureau Manager for The Entrepreneur Center @ Mississippi Development Authority. Donovan’s primary responsibility is to re-organize The Entrepreneur Center, develop an environment that ‘raises entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Director of Planning, City of Jackson
The Planning Department's mission is to regulate the growth and development of the City of Jackson.  We are committed to creating a vibrant and sustainable community that enhances the quality of life for our citizens through plans, programs and regulations that address zoning, land... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 10:05am - 11:45am
Theater - Jackson Convention Center Complex 105 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

11:00am

11:00am

Emotional Intelligence Inside The Artificial Intelligence Age : Why Mississippi Is Bridge To Balance
From world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking to Tesla's Elon Musk one of the biggest global debates of our time has been artificial intelligence versus emotional intelligence and the race for dominance in what we call the future. Integrative Therapist Iman Ali explores the integration of emotional intelligence inside the AI age and how through integrative medicine and wellness therapies can help lead the way and why Mississippi is a great catalyst for the change.

Speakers
avatar for Iman Ali

Iman Ali

Integrative Medicine, UMMC
Iman Ali, is an Affiliate Member of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern where she served as Research Assistant at the Feinberg School of Medicine.Iman's interests are in energy and culinary medicine, massage, meditation and aromatherapy. She is a certified Reiki... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Healthcare - Room 209/210

11:00am

The State of the VR/AR Industry Nationally and in Jackson
We will be discussing and demonstrating the state of the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Industries Nationally and in Jackson. Particular emphasis will be on practical applications and specific uses.

Speakers
avatar for Vince Jordan

Vince Jordan

CEO, Lobaki
Vince Jordan is the President/CEO of Lobaki Inc. He is a serial software and systems entrepreneur over many decades. He was first introduced to Virtual Reality in the late 80s at NASA and has tracked the industry since then. He and his son Josiah formed Lobaki in 2016 as a VR/AR Production... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Technology - Room 203/204

12:00pm

Keynote: Candy Chang
World-renowned artist and urban designer Candy Chang engages communities to share everything from their greatest hopes to their deepest anxieties in public. The Atlantic calls her artwork Before I Die “one of the most creative community projects ever.” In her captivating and intimate talks, she demystifies the creative process, inspires personal reflection, and provokes new ideas for community well-being.

Through the activation of public spaces around the world, Candy Chang provokes playful and profound visions for how we can connect, reflect, and nurture the health of our communities. Chang is best known for the Before I Die project, which began when, after losing someone she loved, she stenciled the words “Before I die I want to _______” onto a chalkboard wall on an abandoned house in New Orleans. The participatory project has since grown into a global phenomenon and today there are over 5,000 Before I Die walls in over 70 countries in over 35 languages.



Speakers

Tuesday April 16, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Theater - Jackson Convention Center Complex 105 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

1:00pm

Think Better:  Neuroscience – The Next Competitive Advantage
It’s fast becoming a deeply embedded yearning of our time: In workplaces throughout the world, there’s awareness that we’re not performing to our full potential and too many distractions are to blame. While the diagnosis may seem clear, most people feel helpless to do anything about it other than to keep working harder at staying focused. But neuroscience research is now shedding new light on the fundamental problem, offering decipherable clues for how to better support attention at work. By integrating the discoveries of neuroscience with their own investigations into worker behaviors and the changing nature of work, the Steelcase WorkSpace Futures team offers new insights and ideas for how workplaces can be reimagined in innovative ways
to optimize brain performance.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Scheer Hoffman, RID, LEED AP

Rachel Scheer Hoffman, RID, LEED AP

Application Consultant, Steelcase
Rachel Hoffman serves as an application consultant for Steelcase covering the South Central region of the United States. As a designer at Steelcase, her aim is to provoke thought and inspire clients by translating Steelcase’s insights and research into product applications. Rachel... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Creativity - Room 207/208

1:00pm

Tour of the Mississippi Museum of Art
Meet representatives from the Mississippi Museum of Art for a special guided tour of the museum and it's remarkable exhibitions. 

Tuesday April 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Registration

1:00pm

ELSEWorks: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Positive Social Change in Midtown Jackson
ELSEWorks is a program of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College. Its graduate student analysts lead projects with startup companies and are involved in other entrepreneurial ventures in Midtown Jackson. Attendees will hear about several successful projects and how technology is being used to help small businesses succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Hardwick

Phil Hardwick

Director of Business Analysis, Millsaps College
Phil Hardwick is Director of Business Analysts at the Millsaps College Else School of Management, where he is responsible for supervising the ELSEWorks Business Analysts and the ELSEWorks undergraduate internships. ELSEWorks is an entrepreneurship program formed to encourage and promote... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Education - Room 205/206

1:00pm

Innovating Concussion Management
This presentation will detail Dr. Reneker's research line, studying concussion management and prevention. It will include an overview of the emerging technology she is developing to prevent sports injury.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Reneker

Jennifer Reneker

Associate Professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Dr. Jennifer Reneker, PT, MSPT, PhD, NCS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Population Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Jennifer is recognized as an... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Healthcare - Room 209/210

1:00pm

VFX Movie Magic
Phillip C. Washington, Director of Creative Content at Phoenix Rising Entertainment, will conduct an interactive visual effects workshop. 

Speakers
PC

Phillip C. Washington

Director of Creative Content, Phoenix Rising Entertainment
avatar for Maximus Wright

Maximus Wright

Filmmaker
From the Clarion Ledger, Jason Threadgill'Soul Damage' film puts Mississippi in spotlightWhen Yazoo City native Maximus Wright’s daughter Jamie came to him and told him that she wanted to be a famous actress, it came with the caveat that she’d be leaving Mississippi once she graduated... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Technology - Room 203/204

1:30pm

Courante
The Courante is a French dance that moves at a quick pace.  Its meter is in three, so it can feel like a fast moving waltz.  The Courante is often more playful than the serious Allemande.  Our Courante is about engagement, as we begin our first immersion activity.  We will be joined by students from Jackson State University as we brainstorm ideas for the TECH JXN Hackathon, then engage in our strategies workshop as we dive into the goals of the dignity economy.  Enjoy the performance of Marquez Ford, as he plays the Courante from Bach’s first Cello Suite.

Convention Center West, 3rd Floor, Rooms 303/304
1:30 - 1:35 - Marquez Ford performs the Courant from Bach's Cello Suite
1:35 - 1:45 - Hackathon - Organizing Round and Team Formation, Target Issues & Mentor Assignments - Attendees serve as mentors
1:45 - 2:15 - Robert Blaine - Strategies Workshop, Developing a Dignity Economy
BIO BREAK
2:30 - 2:45 - Richard Sun - TECH JXN Showcase
2:45 - 3:00 - Wilbur Walters - Technology
3:00 - 3:15 - Robert Blaine - Education
3:15 - 3:30 - David Lewis - Creativity
BREAK
Convention Center West, 2nd Floor, Gallery
4:45 - 5:15 - RECEPTION - Major Corporations Action Table and SELECT Group
Convention Center West, 3rd Floor, Rooms 301/302
5:15 - 6:00 - DINNER - Presentation by Justin Edwards
6:00 - 9:00 - FESTIVAL
JXN Indie Music Fest - Convention Center East, Ballrooms A & B
Soul Damage - Convention Center East, Theater

Speakers
avatar for Richard Sun

Richard Sun

Co-Founder, Sun & Co.
Richard Sun has focused on start-up and high-growth companies, as a private equity investor, adviser, board member and executive.  He has played a key role in nine startup companies, has invested $230 million in four early stage companies for institutional private equity investors... Read More →
avatar for Wilbur Walters

Wilbur Walters

Dean - College of Science,, Jackson State University
Dr. Wilbur Walters previously served as chair of JSU’s Department of Physics, Atmospheric Sciences and Geoscience, where he is an associate professor with a joint appointment with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has been a member of the faculty at JSU since... Read More →
avatar for Robert Blaine

Robert Blaine

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Jackson
   Dr Robert Blaine serves as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Jackson.  In his role as CAO, Blaine manages an organization of over 2,200 employees and a budget in excess of 350 million dollars.  He has arrived at this position through a background in academic... Read More →
avatar for Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards

North America Director, Social Progress Imperative
Justin leads the development of the Social Progress Network throughout North America by fostering cross-sector partnerships between businesses, local governments, and civil society who together build collaborative strategies to improve social outcomes in their communities. Justin... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Marquez Ford

Marquez Ford

Monquez is a native of Jackson,Ms and has been studying violin/viola for 9 years. He is a recent graduate of Jackson State University with a bachelor's of music education. and has had the privilege to study under Rachel Jordan, Alejandro Encinas and Song Xie. Mr. Ford  taught at... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Convention Center West - Rooms 303/304

2:00pm

Artist As Entrepreneur
The Greater Jackson Arts Council presents a live version of its upcoming blog, Artist As Entrepreneur, designed to help boost your creative side hustle with profiles, tips, and inspiration. Join GJAC Managing Director Jon Salem, freelance features journalist Sherry Lucas, photographer Roy Adkins, visual artist Talamieka Brice, and glass artist Elizabeth Robinson for a lively discussion on leveling up the business side of your artistic ambitions.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Scott

Janet Scott

CEO, Greater Jackson Arts Council
avatar for Jon Salem

Jon Salem

Managing Director, Greater Jackson Arts Council


Tuesday April 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Creativity - Room 207/208

2:00pm

The Human Life Simulator - Nursing Center
This panel is brought to you by Hinds Community College. 

Tuesday April 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Education - Room 205/206

2:00pm

Strategic Cyber Science, Warfare, Defense, and High-Tech Computational Research Education
 A partnership between the Mississippi e-Center @JSU, Jackson State University faculty, staff and administrators, and the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop research that explores, cyber warfare, cyber defense, high-tech computational research and analysis, development of technical measurement involving high-performance computing, energy management and even development of Internet apps (Jackson State University).

Speakers
avatar for April Tanner

April Tanner

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Jackson State University


Tuesday April 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Technology - Room 203/204

3:00pm

Creative Conversations with the Mississippi Museum of Art
Speakers
avatar for McKenzie Drake

McKenzie Drake

William R. Hollingsworth Fellow, MS Museum of Art
Born and raised in North Carolina, McKenzie Drake is no foreigner to sweet tea and the all-inclusive "y'all." After graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2017 with a BA in Art and Political Science, McKenzie enjoys inspiring others to think creatively in and out... Read More →
avatar for Isabel Gray

Isabel Gray

The James and Madeleine McMullan Director of School and Academic Programs, Mississippi Museum of Art
A native Mississippian, Isabel Gray received her BA in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies from Millsaps College. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2015, Isabel launched her museum career at the Eudora Welty House and Garden, where she served as the Education and... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Creativity - Room 207/208

3:00pm

3:00pm

Technology in the Classroom
Speakers
avatar for Gloria Miller

Gloria Miller

Professor, Jackson State University


Tuesday April 16, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Technology - Room 203/204

4:00pm

First in the World
Speakers
avatar for Paul Tchounwou

Paul Tchounwou

Associate Dean, Jackson State University
Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou is Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. He is a Presidential Distinguished Professor who also serves as Director of DoD-Center of Excellence in STEM Education, Director of NIH-Center for... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Education - Room 205/206

4:00pm

Innovation in Jackson
Innovate Mississippi helps innovation-based startups start and grow their businesses.  This session will showcase pitches from companies who have planted roots right here in Jackson.

Speakers
avatar for Tasha Bibb

Tasha Bibb

Entrepreneurial Development Director, Innovate Mississippi
Tasha Bibb serves as the entrepreneurial development director for Innovate Mississippi.Tasha works with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship assisting with ushering entrepreneurs along the path to commercialization. She manages the entrepreneurial development for more than... Read More →
avatar for Tony Jeff

Tony Jeff

President and CEO, Innovate Mississippi
Tony Jeff serves as the president and CEO for Innovate Mississippi and is a technology evangelist who speaks regularly on emerging trends and strategies in technology and innovation commercialization.Tony has overseen the coaching of more than 1,200 entrepreneurial ventures and consulted... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Technology - Room 203/204

6:00pm

DJ Animal Ace
Artists
avatar for DJ Animal Ace

DJ Animal Ace

Animal Ace is a DJ/Drummer/Producer creating a Psychedelic mix of Electronica, Funk and EDM, with Hip-Hop grooves and Modulated Bass lines


Tuesday April 16, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm

6:15pm

Film Screenings: Blue Magnolia Films
Speakers
avatar for Chandler Griffin

Chandler Griffin

Documentary Filmmaker, Educator and Founder of Barefoot Workshops, Blue Magnolia Films
Chandler Griffin is Mississippi native, documentary filmmaker, educator and the Founder of Barefoot Workshops, with nineteen years of experience leading over one hundred and thirty media-based workshops across twenty-four countries. Chandler and his wife, Alison Fast, are continuously... Read More →
avatar for Alison Fast

Alison Fast

Filmmaker, Blue Magnolia Films
Alison Fast is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, with more than ten years of experience working for networks such as NBC/Universal, BBC Worldwide and MTV Networks in Los Angeles. Through Barefoot Workshops, she has trained more than sixty grassroots organizations across the U.S... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Theater - Jackson Convention Center Complex 105 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

7:00pm

7:00pm

Film Screenings: Soul Damage
Join us for a screening of the film "Soul Damage." A panel discussion will follow the screening.

Speakers
avatar for Maximus Wright

Maximus Wright

Filmmaker
From the Clarion Ledger, Jason Threadgill'Soul Damage' film puts Mississippi in spotlightWhen Yazoo City native Maximus Wright’s daughter Jamie came to him and told him that she wanted to be a famous actress, it came with the caveat that she’d be leaving Mississippi once she graduated... Read More →


Tuesday April 16, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Theater - Jackson Convention Center Complex 105 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

7:30pm

8:15pm

Pink Palaces
Artists
avatar for Pink Palaces

Pink Palaces

Pink Palaces consists of Nigel Cole and Ben Atkinson. Their southern-rooted sound comprises of Gospel, spiritual, classic-soul, and indie-R&B elements. Get acquainted with the dynamic duo’s music by streaming their “Palace in the Sky” album via Spotify.


Tuesday April 16, 2019 8:15pm - 9:00pm
Jackson Indie Music Festival - 1st Floor Ballroom
 
Wednesday, April 17
 

9:00am

Sarabande
The Sarabande is a slow Spanish dance in triple meter.  The Sarabande is sultry and can be a bit seductive.  We hope to do a bit of Jackson suduction as we “show and tell” a part of our innovation ecosystem.  We will visit Lobaki, a new start-up that uses virtual and augmented reality to solve for problems in the physical world.  Then we will visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center and see how the medical field is innovating through their new incubator and telemedicine centers.  Finally, we will see the genesis of innovation in Jackson with a visit to the the Jackson Medical Mall and understand how they are moving into the 21st century.  Enjoy the performance of Christopher Blaine, as he plays the Sarabande from Bach’s first Cello Suite.

7:30 - 8:30 - Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 - Sarabande - Christopher Blaine

Meet Tour Bus - King Edward, Downtown Hilton Garden Inn
Innovation Tour of Jackson
9:00 - 10:15 - Lobaki
10:30 - 12:15 - UMMC Incubator/TECH Hub
12:30 - 3:00 - Jackson Medical Mall
- RELATION BREAK -

Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Innovation Tour

9:00am

Exhibitions
Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:45pm

9:00am

Job Fair
Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:45pm

9:00am

Hackathon
Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:50pm
Hackathon - Room 201/202

9:00am

Registration
Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:50pm
Main Entrance

10:00am

Fertile Ground
Speakers
avatar for Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Director of Planning, City of Jackson
The Planning Department's mission is to regulate the growth and development of the City of Jackson.  We are committed to creating a vibrant and sustainable community that enhances the quality of life for our citizens through plans, programs and regulations that address zoning, land... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Creativity - Room 207/208

10:00am

The STEM STARS Institute
The goal of the STEM STARS Institute is to establish a teacher residency academy to recruit, license, induct, employ, and retain middle andsecondary school science and mathematics teachers for high-need schools. The Alliance is a partnership among Jackson State University, Xavier University of Louisiana,and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and several diverse urban and rural school districts in the three-state region, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The project will produce over 120 licensed science and mathematics teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. William McHenry

Dr. William McHenry

Executive Director, Mississippi eCenter @ Jackson State University
William E. McHenry, Executive Director of the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University and Professor of Organic Chemistry, was born in Camden, Arkansas and attended Southern Arkansas University (B.S., Chemistry 1972) and Mississippi State University (Ph.D. Synthetic Heterocyclic... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Education - Room 205/206

10:00am

Health Treatments That Are Unique To You
A look at what precision health is and how it will have an impact on Mississippians.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Tanner

Stephanie Tanner

Executive Director, UMMC Biobank Instructor, Department of Biochemistry, UMMC
Dr. Stephanie Tanner is Executive Director of the UMMC Biobank, which partners with researchers to facilitate collection and storage of high-quality data and specimens to speed healthcare breakthroughs. Dr. Tanner serves as the UMMC site principal investigator for the national Precision... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Healthcare - Room 209/210

10:00am

The Mississippi Model - Training the Future Today
Mississippi Coding Academies provides a new way of training entry level software development professionals (coders/programmers). Come learn more about this exciting tuition-free program and hear about the technology landscape for Mississippi; and hear presentations from some of our coders!

Speakers
avatar for Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard

Director of Development and Outreach, Mississippi Coding Academies
Ben Hubbard serves as the Director of Development and Outreach for the Mississippi Coding Academies, based in Jackson and Starkville. A native Mississippian, Ben co-founded and helped grow a software start-up from a two person shop with no money in an incubator in Jackson, MS to an... Read More →
avatar for Herbert Brown

Herbert Brown

Classroom Instructor, Mississippi Coding Academies
Herbert Brown is the classroom instructor for the Mississippi Coding Academies’ Jackson site.He previously served as a teacher for the Algebra Project at Lanier High School in Jackson, Ms from 2006-2010. He later worked as a financial aid counselor at Tougaloo College.Currently... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Technology - Room 203/204

11:00am

Creative Conversations with the Mississippi Museum of Art
Speakers
avatar for Isabel Gray

Isabel Gray

The James and Madeleine McMullan Director of School and Academic Programs, Mississippi Museum of Art
A native Mississippian, Isabel Gray received her BA in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies from Millsaps College. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2015, Isabel launched her museum career at the Eudora Welty House and Garden, where she served as the Education and... Read More →
avatar for McKenzie Drake

McKenzie Drake

William R. Hollingsworth Fellow, MS Museum of Art
Born and raised in North Carolina, McKenzie Drake is no foreigner to sweet tea and the all-inclusive "y'all." After graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2017 with a BA in Art and Political Science, McKenzie enjoys inspiring others to think creatively in and out... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Creativity - Room 207/208

11:00am

What Does AI Mean For Me?: Fairness and Biases
Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing tremendously in our everyday lives, but most people really understand what it is? Through a personal journey of being CTO of an AI startup acquired by Amazon and leading engineering teams, Dr. Nashlie Sephus discusses various technologies, fairness and biases in such, and how to increase access to non-traditional users.

Speakers
avatar for Nashlie Sephus

Nashlie Sephus

CEO, The Bean Path
Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus leads the Amazon visual search tech team, which recently launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app. This technology was a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, for which she was the Chief Technology... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am

1:00pm

Tour of the Mississippi Museum of Art
Meet representatives from the Mississippi Museum of Art for a special guided tour of the museum and it's remarkable exhibitions. 

Wednesday April 17, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Registration

1:00pm

Future of Healthcare
Moderators
avatar for Terrence Hibbert

Terrence Hibbert

Director of Information Technology - Health Innovation and Transformation Center, UMMC
We take both an inside-out and an outside-in approach to innovation in an effort to overcome hurdlesand improve the health of Mississippians. We encourage all our staff and students to find creativesolutions. We also work with innovative companies and startups to co-innovate.

Speakers
avatar for Dorthy Young

Dorthy Young

Deputy Administrator for Health Services in the Office of the Governor, Division of Medicaid for the State of Mississippi
DORTHY K. YOUNG, PHD, MHSA, is the Deputy Administrator for Health Services in the Office of the Governor, Division of Medicaid for the State of Mississippi. Dr. Young holds a Master of Health Services Administration degree from Mississippi College and a PhD in Clinical Health Sciences... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Executive Director, MS Rural Health
Ryan Kelly, director of external relations in the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as the new executive director of the Mississippi Rural Health Association (MRHA).Kelly will handle all administrative matters for the association, including... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Buckholdt

Kelly Buckholdt

Psychologist, Veterans Administration
Dr. Kelly Buckholdt is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2001. She later journeyed back east to attend the University of Memphis, where she received her master's degree... Read More →
avatar for Therese Hannah

Therese Hannah

Executive Director, Center for Mississippi Health Policy


Wednesday April 17, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Healthcare - Room 209/210

1:00pm

VFX Movie Magic
Phillip C. Washington, Director of Creative Content at Phoenix Rising Entertainment, will conduct an interactive visual effects workshop. 

Speakers
PC

Phillip C. Washington

Director of Creative Content, Phoenix Rising Entertainment
avatar for Maximus Wright

Maximus Wright

Filmmaker
From the Clarion Ledger, Jason Threadgill'Soul Damage' film puts Mississippi in spotlightWhen Yazoo City native Maximus Wright’s daughter Jamie came to him and told him that she wanted to be a famous actress, it came with the caveat that she’d be leaving Mississippi once she graduated... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Technology - Room 203/204

1:00pm

The Power of Community Storytelling
Speakers
avatar for Chandler Griffin

Chandler Griffin

Documentary Filmmaker, Educator and Founder of Barefoot Workshops, Blue Magnolia Films
Chandler Griffin is Mississippi native, documentary filmmaker, educator and the Founder of Barefoot Workshops, with nineteen years of experience leading over one hundred and thirty media-based workshops across twenty-four countries. Chandler and his wife, Alison Fast, are continuously... Read More →
avatar for Alison Fast

Alison Fast

Filmmaker, Blue Magnolia Films
Alison Fast is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, with more than ten years of experience working for networks such as NBC/Universal, BBC Worldwide and MTV Networks in Los Angeles. Through Barefoot Workshops, she has trained more than sixty grassroots organizations across the U.S... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Creativity - Room 207/208

2:00pm

UMMC and Murrah High School - Base Pair
Students will present their research. The Base Pair program has, for more than two decades, introduced Murrah High School students to careers in scientific research.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Rockhold

Rob Rockhold

Deputy Chief Academic Officer, UMMC
Dr. Rockhold currently fulfills a largely administrative role within the University of Mississippi Medical Center as the Deputy Chief Academic Officer. In that role, he has primary responsibility for faculty development and student outreach activities. He leads a Leadership Development... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Education - Room 205/206

2:00pm

What is Population Health?
A panel discussion that will help people to understand the aims of population health and how it is different from public health.

Moderators
avatar for Vikki Gholar

Vikki Gholar

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, UMMC
A native Jacksonian, Victoria Gholar received her BS in nursing from Alcorn State University and her MS in nursing and health care administration from UMMC. Victoria has over 18 years of experience as a nurse and is board certified in psychiatric-mental health nursing through the... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Healthcare - Room 209/210

2:00pm

Innovation in Jackson
Innovate Mississippi helps innovation-based startups start and grow their businesses.  This session will showcase pitches from companies who have planted roots right here in Jackson.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Jeff

Tony Jeff

President and CEO, Innovate Mississippi
Tony Jeff serves as the president and CEO for Innovate Mississippi and is a technology evangelist who speaks regularly on emerging trends and strategies in technology and innovation commercialization.Tony has overseen the coaching of more than 1,200 entrepreneurial ventures and consulted... Read More →
avatar for Tasha Bibb

Tasha Bibb

Entrepreneurial Development Director, Innovate Mississippi
Tasha Bibb serves as the entrepreneurial development director for Innovate Mississippi.Tasha works with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship assisting with ushering entrepreneurs along the path to commercialization. She manages the entrepreneurial development for more than... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Technology - Room 203/204

3:00pm

JSU School of Public Health: Past, Present and Future
This presentation will address how a small public health program evolved into an accredited School of Public Health, the School's present roles and its future responsibilities locally, nationally and globally.

Speakers
avatar for Mohammad Shahbazi

Mohammad Shahbazi

Interim Dean, Jackson State University
Professor Shahbazi graduated from National University in San Diego with a BS in Engineering and MS in Computer and Education and has a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master's in Public Health from the University of California at Los... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Education - Room 205/206

3:00pm

Ready to Learn
A community conversation on Universal Pre-K

Moderators
avatar for Adriene Kidd

Adriene Kidd

Director of Human and Cultural Services, City of Jackson
Adriane Dorsey-Kidd is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of providing social services and mental health care to individuals and families. In addition, Dr. Kidd also served as a Social Work Professor for several years at Jackson State University.   Dr. Kidd... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Education - Room 205/206

3:00pm

Healthy eating is possible in Jackson!
A panel to discuss healthy eating in Jackson.

Moderators
avatar for Vikki Gholar

Vikki Gholar

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, UMMC
A native Jacksonian, Victoria Gholar received her BS in nursing from Alcorn State University and her MS in nursing and health care administration from UMMC. Victoria has over 18 years of experience as a nurse and is board certified in psychiatric-mental health nursing through the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Fiona Lewis

Fiona Lewis

Dietitian in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, UMMC
Dr. Fiona B. Lewis is a Registered Dietitian in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is the Founder of a culinary nutrition startup, LLBJ Culinary and Wellness Enterprises LLC. The company's mission is to inspire optimal health... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Ayres

Cindy Ayres

Footprint Farms
Cindy, is a 68 acres Urban farmer in Jackson MS; PhD in Urban Higher Education,chairperson Hinds County Soil Water conservation district,board member of several local, and national Boards, partnerships with over 20 Non profits, Profits 501-C3, Foundations, public and private companies... Read More →
avatar for Bilal Qizilbash

Bilal Qizilbash

CEO, EasyKale
When Bilal Qizilbash discovered that juiced leafy kale would selectively kill melanoma cancer cells in vitro while leaving non-cancerous cells alone, he’d had a breakthrough... and a realization. The breakthrough led to a U.S. patent and continued laboratory studies. The realization... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Good

Jeff Good

Restaurateur, Consultant, and Entrepreneur, Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group
Jeff Good goes by many names:  restaurateur, consultant, and entrepreneur. Although, if you ask him, he characterizes himself first and foremost as a marketer. His ability to market his brand is the primary reason Good has become one of Jackson’s most well- known “celebrities... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Healthcare - Room 209/210

3:00pm

Emergency Management Technology
The Emergency Management Technology major focuses on disaster prevention, planning, preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. The curriculum covers needs and issues, operations management, planning and response, and terrorism and is designed to provide students with a global outlook, interpersonal skills, and emergency management knowledge and skills. Emergency management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks. It is a discipline that involves preparing for disaster before it occurs, This undergraduate specialization provides an overview of public safety research, theory, and principles within an emergency management framework. The curriculum focuses on such topics as emergency planning and decision-making, homeland security, disaster response and recovery, and hazard identification and mitigation

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Dent

Deborah Dent

Information Technology, Jackson State University
Dr. Deborah F. Dent is the Chief Information Officer at Jackson State University.  In this position, she oversees the management of the university's network and communications infrastructure, enterprise resource planning system and other information technology (IT) services that... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Technology - Room 203/204

4:00pm

The Mississippi Model - Training the Future Today
Mississippi Coding Academies provides a new way of training entry level software development professionals (coders/programmers). Come learn more about this exciting tuition-free program and hear about the technology landscape for Mississippi; and hear presentations from some of our coders!

Speakers
avatar for Herbert Brown

Herbert Brown

Classroom Instructor, Mississippi Coding Academies
Herbert Brown is the classroom instructor for the Mississippi Coding Academies’ Jackson site.He previously served as a teacher for the Algebra Project at Lanier High School in Jackson, Ms from 2006-2010. He later worked as a financial aid counselor at Tougaloo College.Currently... Read More →
avatar for Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard

Director of Development and Outreach, Mississippi Coding Academies
Ben Hubbard serves as the Director of Development and Outreach for the Mississippi Coding Academies, based in Jackson and Starkville. A native Mississippian, Ben co-founded and helped grow a software start-up from a two person shop with no money in an incubator in Jackson, MS to an... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Technology - Room 203/204

5:30pm

Gigue
King Edward, Downtown Hilton Garden Inn - Grand Ballroom
The Suite concludes with a Gigue (in English - Gig), which is a fast, English dance is duple time.  The Gigue represents the temporal nature of time together, as it seems to pass so quickly.  Our TECH JXN Gigue features a Fireside Chat with Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and CEO of the National League of Cities, Clarence Anthony, as they discuss, Cities in the 21st Century: Changing the Role of American Cities in the Creation of Environments of Entrepreneurial Growth.  Enjoy the performance of Courtney Francois, as she performs the final movement, Gigue from Bach’s first Cello Suite.

5:30 - 6:00 - TECH JXN HACKATHON FINALS
6:00 - 7:00 - Networking Reception
7:00 - 8:00 - SELECT Dinner & Fireside Chat - Cities in the 21st Century: Changing the Role of American Cities in the Creation of Environments of Entrepreneurial Growth - Clarence Anthony CEO - National League of Cities, Facilitator with Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Wednesday April 17, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Hilton Garden Inn - King Edward - Grand Ballrooom 235 W Capitol St, Jackson, MS 39201

6:00pm

6:15pm

Film Screenings: Web Series
Speakers
PC

Phillip C. Washington

Director of Creative Content, Phoenix Rising Entertainment


Wednesday April 17, 2019 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Theater - Jackson Convention Center Complex 105 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

7:00pm

Mr. Fluid
Artists
avatar for Mr. Fluid

Mr. Fluid

Mr. Fluid is an Emcee and Producer, as well as Poet and Author, born and raised in Mississippi, who pushes the envelope of sound and lyrical content when it comes to Southern Hip Hop. A member of OTB Soundsystem, a Stateside Drum and Bass crew, Fluid blends DNB with Hip Hop as an... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Jackson Indie Music Festival - 1st Floor Ballroom

7:00pm

Film Screenings: Soul Damage
Join us for a screening of the film "Soul Damage." A panel discussion will follow the screening.

Speakers
avatar for Maximus Wright

Maximus Wright

Filmmaker
From the Clarion Ledger, Jason Threadgill'Soul Damage' film puts Mississippi in spotlightWhen Yazoo City native Maximus Wright’s daughter Jamie came to him and told him that she wanted to be a famous actress, it came with the caveat that she’d be leaving Mississippi once she graduated... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Theater - Jackson Convention Center Complex 105 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201

7:30pm

8:00pm

5TH CHILD
Artists
avatar for 5TH CHILD

5TH CHILD

From the Clarion Ledger, Jason Threadgill5th Child: Hip-hop with a purposeGrowing up in Jackson, Stephen Brown watched as his older brother Herbert began rapping under the name James Crow in the local group Chapter 13 along with Skipp Coon, Rashid Hadee and Y. Valentine.Stephen, immersed... Read More →


Wednesday April 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Jackson Indie Music Festival - 1st Floor Ballroom