Ready to Rock TechVenture 2011

I’m ready for TechVenture 2011 – Did you register yet? It’s FREE and still time register for this event!


TechVenture_PosterI’ll be observing the mobile app development happening on Monday, December 5th for the AT&T Mobile Hackathon. Don’t think I’m ready for any mobile app coding myself. Tuesday, December 6th will be the main event with some great speakers and some of the top startups in Florida demoing their technology to hundreds. Maybe I’ll get a few interviews with these companies in the next few weeks to publish.

Want to follow or tweet about the event? Use the hashtag #techv2011

Monday, December 5 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM: AT&T Mobile Hackathon – requires separate registration to participate:

Main Event:

Tuesday, December 6

9:30 AM: Check-in

10:00 AM: Kickoff & Welcome Brent Britton, Co-Founder of Gazelle Lab

10:07 AM: Opening Speaker: Marc Canter, Founder of Macromedia

10:40 AM: Next 10 – On-Stage Demos (Group 1)

11:10 AM: Open Demos & Networking

11:45 AM: Next 10 – On-Stage Demos (Group 2)

12:15 PM: Lunch Break on your own

1:15 PM: Unplugged Session: Growth Strategies

2:00PM: Mike Yavonditte, Founder & CEO, Hashable; Investor in Klout and

2:45 PM: Open Demos & Networking

3:10 PM: Unplugged Session: Design Thinking

4:00 PM: Wrap-up

Featured Speakers:

Marc Canter Co-Founder, Macromedia Founder, Digital City Mechanics

Marc Canter co-founded MacroMind in 1984, MacroMind became Macromedia in 1991, and on April 18, 2005, Adobe Systems announced an agreement to acquire Macromedia in a stock swap valued at about $3.4 billion. While with MacroMind, Marc helped develop the world’s first multimedia player, the world’s first multimedia authoring system, and the world’s first cross-platform authoring system.

Marc will speak specifically on job creation and bringing inter-disciplinary culture into digital economies.

Mike Yavonditte Founder & CEO, Hashable Investor in Klout, and Yipit

Mike Yavonditte is the former CEO of Quigo (which sold to AOL in 2007 for $340M). Mike is now the Founder and CEO of Hashable: a great tool for remembering your connections and managing your important relationships, right from your iPhone or Android device. Mike is also a shareholder or investor in:, Yipit,, Klout, Voxy, Howaboutwe, and a few that haven’t been announced.

Mike will talk about the impact of the mobile revolution, the economic backdrop and corporate culture.

The TechVenture 2011 Next 10 Demo Companies!

This year’s selected companies represent the hottest tech startups from across Florida and the Southeast in Digital Media, CleanTech, E-Learning, Social Gaming, Software and Web Applications.

The Next 10:

cinematiKa Studios
CinematiKa provides exciting interactive entertainment for the iPad. Revolutionary book apps combine books, gaming and movies for a whole new learning platform that involves reading, listening and playing.

Code School
Code School is an online learning platform that teaches a variety of programming and web design skills. Real learning takes place when you start experimenting with code in the browser and using design concepts in a website.

Cyclo Ocean specializes in the capture and conversion of flowing tidal and ocean current into clean renewable energy for production of electricity. allows user to leave gifts for friends at any location. We aim to bring back the emotional layer of gift giving.

Eventgrabber changes the way users experience local events. As an online advertising platform, Eventgrabber grabs all local events, automatically categorize them recommend our users events based on their personal preference.

Jobzey leverages the social web to solve the problem of unemployment for many Americans. Within three clicks, Jobzey shows job openings at the companies that a person’s friends and followers currently work at. uses GPS technology to instantly locate people in your area. MEET is quick, convenient, and private. How much info you share with them is entirely up to you. New in town? Wondering when your friends from facebook are hanging out close to you? Tap into MEET.

Row Sham Bow
Row Sham Bow is a venture-backed game development studio founded by a veteran team with broad, game industry experience. Focused on developing for social networks and direct-to-consumer platforms, the company is creating fun and innovative games in collaboration with gaming audiences in unprecedented ways.

TripLingo upgrades trips for business and leisure travelers by making it easy and fun to learn the local language and culture by providing customized relevant phrases and content on your smartphone and the web.

VisApp has developed a very unique formula for identifying, monetizing and distributing the highest quality sales leads to its customers which supports a free online, cloud based, website for consumers that supply the leads.

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