INNO Announces All-Star Speakers from Facebook, Fender, Uber, Twitch, and More for First-Annual New Orleans Conference

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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans owned-and-operated INNO Conference has announced an all-star speaker lineup for its inaugural business networking event, which will be held Monday, April 29 through Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). Details were shared in a press release.

Featuring prominent business and technology leaders from Coca-Cola, Facebook,  Fender, Twitch, Uber, and many more, INNO aims to foster innovation and collaboration between startups, investors, and global corporations in the Gulf South region and beyond.

The INNO main stage and sessions will cover topics such as venture capital and impact investing; developing opportunity zones; growing a startup; the future of music; digital transformation; and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). 

In addition to learning from the industry’s brightest minds, attendees will have the opportunity to expand their networks and meet future strategic partners, while enjoying all that New Orleans has to offer in the midst of Jazz Fest. 

“We want attendees to leave INNO inspired by the presentations and armed with new connections that will help them push the boundaries of business and innovation,” said Sloan Miller, the executive director of INNO. “New Orleans and the region are home to an incredibly talented community of entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, and technologists. INNO is the place for this community to converge to learn, collaborate, and co-create the next wave of groundbreaking businesses and technology.”

The three-day event kick-offs with INNO’s 24-hour Hackathon, hosted by Amazon Web Services and Loyola University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The event will bring together teams from across the country to compete in creating technological solutions for some of Baton Rouge’s biggest pain points including blighted properties, public safety, economic inequality, traffic and crime. 

INNO has also partnered with Established to host a Startup of the Year™ pitch competition on Tuesday, April 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The pitch contest – Startup Night NOLA – will feature five startup finalists competing for the Startup of the Year semifinals this Fall. Guests will enjoy live music, cocktails from an open bar, and bites while mingling with entrepreneurs from around the country. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to support greater innovation and investment in the New Orleans tech and startup community,” said Gerard Ramos, the founder and CEO of Revelry Labs in New Orleans. “We want all who attend to have the opportunity to meet and connect with new colleagues and make new connections that will support their long-term success. This will be especially meaningful for our neighbors throughout the gulf south region, where the business environment is ripe for partnerships between startups and larger companies.”