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The Future of
Diablo Valley Conference

Join business leaders, college faculty and staff, community organizers, and elected officials in a discussion about where we're headed

Date: Friday, Sept 30, 2022

Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm (agenda)

Location: Diablo Room @ Diablo Valley College

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Presented by Diablo Valley College and the Diablo Valley Tech Initiative

The Diablo Valley Tech Initiative and Diablo Valley College invite you to join a discussion about how to enable the Diablo Valley to cultivate and benefit from a thriving technology sector. Join business leaders, academics, community organizers, and elected officials as we explore the future of the Diablo Valley.

The Diablo Room @ Diablo Valley College

Friday, September 30, 2002

8:30am to 2:30pm

$25 general admission

DOORS OPEN

8:00AM

Join us for coffee and pastries provided by DVC Culinary Arts starting at 8:00am.

MORNING SESSION

AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

WELCOME

8:30-8:45AM

Remarks by Supervisor Diane Burgis

KEYNOTE

Keynote by Chris Anderson, COO of Kitty Hawk and former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine

8:45-9:30AM

PANEL

9:30-10:15AM

Panel featuring leaders of two local aviation tech companies: Maxime Gariel, CTO of Xwing and Steve Boyle, CEO Essential Aero. Moderated by Greg Baer, Director of Airports for Contra Costa County.

DISCUSSION

10:30-11:15AM

Small group discussions about local aviation technology opportunities, hosted by a facilitator at your table

AFTERNOON SESSION

BIOTECH AND AGTECH

LUNCH

11:30-12PM

Buffet lunch deliciously catered by Diablo Valley College's Culinary Arts program

KEYNOTE

Keynote by Gregory Theyel, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Biomedical Manufacturing Network and professor at CSU East Bay

12-12:45PM

PANEL

12:45-1:30PM

Panel featuring a biotech consultant and a land use entrepreneur: Gordon Zagar, CEO of Zagar Consulting and James DeKloe, Founder of the Industrial Biotechnology program at Solano College. Moderated by Lindy Johnson, Policy Director at East Bay Leadership Council.

DISCUSSION

1:30-2:15PM

Small group discussions about local biotech and agtech opportunities, hosted by a facilitator at your table

2:30-4PM

RECEPTION

Stay for a networking reception at the Diablo Room's terrace with views of Mount Diablo and the Diablo Valley College campus

 
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Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis

Supervisor Diane Burgis proudly serves the 222,000 residents of Contra Costa County's 3rd Supervisorial District - covering Antioch, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley, and unincorporated Clayton in East Contra Costa County.

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Chris Anderson
COO, Kitty Hawk

Chris is the COO and Head of Product at Kitty Hawk. He co-founded of 3D Robotics which he sold to Kitty Hawk. He is the former Editor in Chief of Wired and author of New York Times bestselling book The Long Tail and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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Gregory Theyel, Ph.D.
Director, Biomedical Manufacturing Network

Gregory is the director of the Biomedical Manufacturing Network. He published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles on the innovation and diffusion of biomedical manufacturing technology with a focus on production location and supply chain traceability.

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Lindy Johnson
Policy Director, East Bay Leadership Council

Lindy is the Policy Director at the East Bay Leadership Council. Previously, she was a district representative for both the California State Senate and Contra Costa County. Lindy holds a Master's in Public Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills.

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Greg Baer
Director of Airports, Contra Costa County

Greg is the Director of Airports for Buchanan Field and Byron Airport in Contra Costa County. Greg has over 20 years of public works experience and was recently the Airport Manager for Napa County Airport. He is also a licensed private pilot.

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Steve Boyle
CEO, Essential Aero

Steve is the CEO of Essential Aero. Steve works at the intersection of machine intelligence (AI) and aviation. He is currently working on projects in application development, systems development, community standards (ASTM/SAE/RTCA), and FAA regulations and compliance. 

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Maxime Gariel, PhD
CTO, Xwing

Maxime Gariel is the CTO at Xwing, an aviation company on a mission to radically improve human mobility through the use of fully autonomous airplanes. Maxime is a pilot whose lifelong dream is to make airplanes fly themselves. His work on autonomous flight systems includes fixed-wing to rotary-wing aircraft ranging from small to large aircraft. 

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Gordon Zagar
President, Zagar Consulting

Gordon Zagar is the President of Zagar Consulting. He is an expert in facilities operations, real estate optimization and project management. Gordon has provided leading edge solutions that have helped solve for building and real estate selection, including FDA readiness and numerous product launches.

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James DeKloe, Professor, Industrial Biotechnology program at Solano College 

Professor DeKloe is the Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing at Solano College. He recently designed a Certificate of Achievement in Cell and Gene Therapies – the first certificate of its kind in the country to focus on this emerging field. 

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General Admission - $25

Your ticket includes:
  • Buffet lunch
  • Coffee and pastries
  • Reception
  • Sponsor gifts
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