McCombs School of Business

IM Entrepreneur Celebration

Brett Hurt

Keynote: Brett Hurt
CEO and Founder

IM Entrepreneur Celebration
Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:00am - 4:45pm
The UT Alumni Center, Connally Ballroom

Information technology is enabling value creation at
an incredible rate. New companies, alliances, value chains, and business models are emerging as a result; information systems are the engine of innovation and entrepreneurship. The University of Texas Information Management Program and the Herb Kelleher Center
for Entrepreneurship will celebrate IM and UT entrepreneurs at the first-ever IM Entrepreneur Celebration (IMEC) on Friday, April 20, 2012.

The IMEC will include a mini-case competition, panel discussions, a fast introduction to 10 IM and UT entrepreneurs, and FutureTalks on four exciting topics.


$35 Registration for Alumni and Industry Professionals
Free Registration for Faculty and Students


8:00am - Welcome - Prabhudev Konana and Jim Fredrickson
8:15-8:30 - FutureTalk on the Future of Mobile Apps - Dylan Schleppe, CEO, DriveBuy Technologies
8:30-9:45 - BBA Application Development - Mobile Application Mini-Case Competition - Judges:
    -Trent Sutton, VP and Partner, Credera Consulting
    -Norman Towler, Commercial IT Manager, ConocoPhillips
    -Dylan Schleppe, CEO, DriveBuy Technologies
    -Tom Painter, VP of Global Infrastructure Services, AMD

10:00-10:15 - FutureTalk on Entrepreneurship through Analytics - April Underwood, Director of Business Development, Twitter
10:15-11:30 - Panel #1 Changing the Game: Entrepreneurship through Analytics - Facilitated by: Anitesh Barua, IROM Department Professor
    - Dan Hickox, President/CTO, TradeOne Marketing
    - April Underwood, Director of Business Development, Twitter
How is the world of analytics changing entrepreneurial businesses? What can business schools and McCombs in particular do to prepare future entrepreneurs to leverage analytics? How is the upcoming "open data movement" changing the business models of analytics-based ventures?

11:45-1:15 - Lunch with Keynote - Brett Hurt, CEO, Bazaarvoice

1:30-1:45 - FutureTalk - Social Entrepreneurship - Amy George, Founder and Chief Ozone Officer, Blue Avocado
1:45-3:00 - Panel #2: Cloudy Skies or Clear Sailing: IT Matters - Panelists:
    - Cindy Lo, President, Red Velvet Events
    - Erik McMillan, CEO, BestFit Mobile
    - Boris Siperstein, Partner, Lighthouse Funds
Social/Mobile/Cloud. How is technology changing our world? How can you leverage IT to build new business ventures?  What business models are emerging that not only create value in the world but also have the potential to make a lasting impact on society?  How can you and why should you be a part of that?

3:15-3:30 - FutureTalk on Innovating with University Startups - Bob Metcalfe, UT Professor of Innovation
3:30-4:30 - weSTART - Meet 10 IM and UT entrepreneurs in 5 minutes each - Jacqueline Hughes, Moderator
     -Austin Dannhaus, Founder and Executive Director, We, The Readers
     -Simeon Duong, CEO, beDJ
     -Michael Heyne, CEO and Co-Founder, and Dominik Stein, Co-Founder, Verts
     -Tim Hamilton, CEO, Astonish Designs
     -Michael Koetting and Sid Upahdyay, HootMe
     -Joel Korpi, Founder, Rockify
     -Jo Lammert, Studio Director, White Whale Games
     -Jeffrey Schwartz, Co-Founder, The Next One's On Me
     -Arshad Rehman, Founder and CEO, The Munchy Mart
     -Tommy Wald, CEO, White Glove Technologies

4:30 - Close - Prabhudev Konana and Elota Patton

Special Thanks to our IM Platform Sponsors
Gold Level: AMD, Chevron, Dell, Hewlett-Packard
Silver Level: ConocoPhillips, Credera Consulting
Bronze Level: Accenture, Bazaarvoice, Pariveda Solutions
The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship