“Impact Through Innovation: Technologies Developed in Austin to Improve the World”

Suzi Sosa

Lightning talks moderated by Suzi Sosa

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Stateside Theater, Downtown Austin
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Reception
Free and open to the public

Technology impacts society in myriad, diverse ways, and technology business is one of the biggest sectors of many economies (including Austin). However, some technologies have relatively more direct impact on improving lives, and society overall, through their focus on achieving social good. Technology can not only entertain us and improve our work output, it can make our lives, and our world, better. This month’s Austin Forum is dedicated to technologies that have a strong social good motivation, with presenters from several Austin companies presenting on technologies they have developed to make the world better. Learn about technologies that improve health and transportation, that support education and local businesses, that promote volunteering and developing solutions to social problems and issues. Share ideas with social entrepreneurs–people who are using their businesses to make the world better—and prepare to think about how your own interests in technology can be directed towards achieving social good. Bring yourself, your friends

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Suzi Sosa is the Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, a international company that partners with corporate, foundation and government clients to build innovation ecosystems focused on pressing social and environmental issues. Using an advanced open innovation platform, Verb produces massive entrepreneurship competitions, attracting thousands of ventures from around the world and engaging tens of thousands of stakeholders and supporters. Past Verb clients include Dell, Whole Foods, IBM and LIVESTRONG.

Maureen Britton
Children’s Optimal Health
Maureen currently serves as the President/Executive Director for Children’s Optimal Health. She began her career as a teacher in El Paso, Texas before transitioning to role of Organizational Development Specialist. She has many years of organizational and leadership development experience in both the corporate and nonprofit arenas.  She served as Sr. Corporate Consultant to HEB both as an employee and a contractor for eight years.  Other consulting clients include, but are not limited to Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Institutes for Organizational Management, Implementation Management Associates, the Atlanta Consulting Group, and the Children’s Trust Fund.  Maureen has also served as a founding member on the Boards of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Communities-in-Schools/Central Texas and was instrumental in introducing the Hispanic Mother/Daughter Program to UT/Austin.  She was Education Director for the Pebble Project and for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, as well as Executive Director of the Fund for Child Care Excellence.

Eli Chan
Eli has driven strategy and innovation at technology firms ranging from startups to multi-national corporations for 15 years. Eli is currently co-Eli_Chanfounder and CEO of Intertwine, an online collaboration platform for tackling our most pressing social problems. Prior to Intertwine, Eli led a decision sciences organization at a Fortune 50 company that utilized statistical models to optimize marketing investments, yielding tens of millions of dollars in upside revenue. Eli holds a BA in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

George Luc
imageGeorge is Co-Founder and CEO of GivePulse, a civic network mobilizing human capital to solve social disparities. GivePulse works with universities and community partners to collaborate on service learning, transform everyone into engaged citizens, and assess the impact of their giving. Luc is a TEDxAustin speaker, SXSW Dewey Award Honoree, and a WhiteHouse Champion for Change.

Joseph Kopser
Joseph serves as CEO/Founder of RideScout and Chair and Professor Leadership and Strategy at The University of Texas at Austin. He has JosephKopserserved in the Army for almost 20 years since graduating from West Point in 1993 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. He also received an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. Currently, he is a Next Generation Project Texas Fellow at the Strauss Center at UT-Austin with a focus on Energy Policy as well as a Leadership Austin alum. On January 1st, 2013, Joseph joined the Board of Directors of the CleanTX Foundation.

Scott McElroy
Scott is the Founder of The Entertainment Helping Company, a social enterprise marketplace empowering artists to engage fans with exclusive content that gives transparently to designated social causes. Scott graduated from UT Austin and lives in Austin with his wife, Jenna, and son, Christian.

Andy O’Hara
Chiron Health
Andy is the Founder and CEO of Chiron Health, a unique telemedicine platform for outpatient 3da6da0follow-up care—with full regulatory and reimbursement support for physician practices. A native of Iowa City, IA, Andy spent the early part of his career as a stock analyst at a Chicago-based investment bank covering the health IT sector. He made his way to Austin, TX to start the MBA program at the McCombs School of Business, but took a leave from the program in October 2013 to found Chiron Health.

Roy Truitt
Roy Truitt head shot 072014-YTexasRoy is Co-Founder and CEO of ScanSee, Inc. Roy is a serial entrepreneur starting more than a dozen companies in a variety of industries having offices in Texas, China, Mexico, Honduras and Russia.  He has extensive experience in consumer goods manufacturing, marketing, retailing, import/export, logistics and internet technology. Looking to benefit higher education, cities, small business and the struggling newspaper industry, Roy teamed up with Nate Ungarean in January 2011 to found ScanSee®.
Roy received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He stays connected to his alma mater by serving on the school’s McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors. He is involved with the Voice of Hope (after school programs for kids PK-12th grade), is on the board of Easter Seals and helped found Serve West Dallas a model collaborative not-for-profit organization for ministries, recently studied by Baylor University.