KeyNote Speakers


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Dr. G. P. "Bud" Peterson

President of Georgia Tech

Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson is the eleventh president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Dr. Peterson has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on numerous industry, government, and academic task forces and committees. A distinguished scientist, Dr. Peterson was selected in 2008 by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Science Board through 2014. The Board oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advises the President and Congress on national policy related to science and engineering research and education.

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Janet Echelman


Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on four continents. Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. Ranked number one on Oprah Magazine’s List of 50 Things that Make You Say Wow!, she was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” She recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.”

Additional Speakers

Bill Rader

Founder & CEO of Efferent Labs


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Jeff Jahn

Founder of DynamiX Web Design

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Lee Hanson

Owner of The Guardian Innovations Company


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Dr. Christopher McKinney

Associate Vice President of Augusta University


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Dr. John Cowan

Inventor of "FlipTable"

Steve Damon

President and CEO of 4P Therapeutics

Students from Darlington's STEM program and Students from Pepperell's Caps and Grounds

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Dr. John Grout

Chair of the Department of Creative Technologies at Berry College

Suresh Sharma

Author of "The 3rd American Dream"