Fri, Sep 30|
Diablo Room @ DVC
Future of Diablo Valley Conference
Help the Diablo Valley Tech Initiative and local leaders envision the future of the Diablo Valley.
Time & Location
Sep 30, 2022, 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Diablo Room @ DVC, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, USA
About the event
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.
DOORS OPEN - 8AM
Join us for coffee and pastries provided by DVC Culinary Arts starting at 8:00am.
WELCOME - 8:30-8:45AM
Remarks by Supervisor Diane Burgis
MORNING SESSION - AVIATION TECHNOLOGY
KEYNOTE - 8:45-9:30AM
Keynote by Chris Anderson, COO of Kitty Hawk and former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine
PANEL - 9:30-10:15AM
Panel featuring leaders of two local drone tech companies: Maxime Gariel, CEO of XWing and Steve Boyle, CEO of 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.
LUNCH - 11:30-12PM
Buffet lunch deliciously catered by Diablo Valley College's Culinary Arts program
AFTERNOON SESSION - BIOTECH AND AGTECH
KEYNOTE - 12-12:45PM
Keynote by Gregory Theyel, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Biomedical Manufacturing Network and professor at CSU East Bay
PANEL - 12:45-1:30PM
Panel featuring a biotech consultant: Gordon Zagar, CEO of Zagar Consulting, and James DeKloe, Professor, Industrial Biotechnology program at Solano College. Moderated by Lindy Johnson, Policy Director of 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
RECEPTION - 2:30-4PM
Stay for a networking reception at the Diablo Room's terrace with views of Mount Diablo and the Diablo Valley College campus