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2023 Tech Rodeo Schedule presented by

Sunday February 26 :: 5-8pm

Swag & Brews @ Bad Astronaut

1519 Fulton, Houston

Come pick up your swag, meet the Tech Rodeo team & enjoy some amazing brews

February 27

Space Tech
The Ion

10:00am - 12:00pm
Open Coffee w/ Capital Factory TICKETS HERE

12:30pm - 1:15pm
Startup Life in Space Tech

Bart Womack @ Eden Grow Systems
Sassie Duggleby @Venus Aerospace
Christopher Obafunwa @ Cochrane Exoploration
Moderator: Joey Sanchez @ Ion

1:45pm - 2:30pm
Money Talks in Space Tech

Andrew Chang @ United Airlines Ventures
Steven A. González @ Seldor Capital
Rick Tumlinson @ SpaceFund
Moderator: Andrew T. Smith @ Golden Section

3:00pm - 3:45pm
Houston DiverCITY in Space Tech

Salvatore Grignano @ Italian Trade Agency
Christopher Obafunwa @ Cochrane Exploration

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Founders Live Houston - Tech Rodeo Edition TICKETS HERE

4:15pm - 5:00pm
Future of Space Tech

Thomas Baker @ Blue Origin
Mark Greeley @ Axiom
Jack Fischer @ Intuitive Machines
Moderator: Montgomery B. Goforth @ NASA

6:00pm - 8:00pm
🚀 #LaunchCity Happy Hour

February 28

Global Mindset
HCC Central Campus

9:00am - 10:00am
Navigating the Entrepreneurial Landscape: Accessing the Resources You Need to Succeed TICKETS HERE

Willy Verbrugghe @ SCORE Houston
April Felton @ MBDA Pandemic Recovery Center
Pearl Cajoles @ City of Houston
Susie Molina @ Houston Community College
Sandra Louvier @ Houston Community College
Moderator: Mohammed Almani @

10:00am - 11:00am
Global Mindsets and Skills: The Impact of Education on the Future Workforce TICKETS HERE

Ms. Sahar El Hoderi @ Houston Community College
Ms. Rara Ranjiwa @ Houston Community College
Mr. Dharshan Krishna @ Houston Community College
Moderator: Dr. Nithy Sevanthinathan @ Houston Community College

11:00am - 12:00pm
AI & Education: Transforming the Future TICKETS HERE

Dr. Risa Myers @ Rice University
Dr. G Brown @ Houston Community College
Ms. Aruna Viswanathan @ University of Texas at Austin Texas Innovation Center
Ms. Pamela Singh @ CaseCRTL
Moderator: Igor Lucic @ Houston Community College

Energy Tech
Greentown Labs

12:30pm - 1:15pm
Startup Life in Energy Tech

Jared Moore @ Solid Ox
Corey Thompson @ CarTwin
William Hitters @ Fyskes Bio Solutions
Moderator: Ellen Wilkirson @ Freestone

1:45pm - 2:30pm
Money Talks in Energy Tech

Scott Gale @ Halliburton Labs
Johanna Schmidtke @ RevInnovations
Moji Karimi @ Cemvita Factory
Sean Marshall @ Criterion
Moderator: Melissa Molinski @ Moontower Finance

3:00pm - 3:45pm
Houston DiverCITY in Energy Tech

Kara Branch @ Black Girls Do Engineer
Loretta Williams Gurnell @ SUPERGirls SHINE Foundation
Herb Lozano @ Greentown Labs
Moderator: Juliana Garaizar @ Greentown Labs

4:15pm - 5:00pm
Future of Energy Tech

Dan Pickering @ Pickering Energy Partners
Michele Rossi @ MRC
Barbara Burger
Reid Morrison @ PwC
Moderator: Jane Stricker @ HETI

5:30pm - 8:00pm
🍹 Blue People's Tech & Tequila Talk

March 1

Bio Economy
TMC Innovation

8:30am - 9:15am
Welcome and Coffee

Tom Luby, TMC Innovation

9:15am - 10:00am
Making Medicine from Biology:
“Chemistry is Yesterday”

Sarah Hein, March Bio
Jason Bock, CTMC
Scott Nudelman, Vitrian

10:00am - 10:35am
Bio Industrial:
Talk’in about a Revolution

Adrienne Davenport, BASF Industrial Enzyme
David Weiner, Solugen
Tara Karimi, Cemvita Factory
Deepak Dugar, Cemvita Factory

10:35am - 10:45pm
The Biowell

Veronica Wu

10:45am - 11:30pm
Startup Showcase

Featuring: BioVerde, Visolis, Aether Biosciences, Phylloceutical, rBio, Systemic Bio, 3d Systems, March Bio, Stellanova, and CTMC

Emerging Tech
The Cannon Downtown

12:30pm - 1:15pm
Startup Life in Emerging Tech

Craig Ceccanti @ T-Minus Solutions
Austin Rolling @ Outfield
Chad Spensky @ Allthenticate
Moderator: Robert Pieroni @ Central Houston, Inc.

1:45pm - 2:30pm
Money Talks in Emerging Tech

Heath Butler @ Mercury Fund
Julian Duncan @ Houston Rockets
Moderator: Ash Dewalt @ The Collectiv

3:00pm - 3:45pm
Houston DiverCITY in Emerging Tech

Damyanna Cooke @ Boozed
Jhana Porter @ Frakktal
Fareed Zein @ Unytag
Moderator: LaGina Harris @ The Us Space

4:15pm - 5:00pm
Future of Emerging Tech

Pagogh Cho @ Adcetera
Josh Smith @
Tyler Gillespie @ Accenture
Moderator: Lawson Gow @ Pokatok

Networking Event TICKETS HERE

Brought to you by Downtown LaunchPad

March 2

Rodeo Finale
Sesh Coworking

9:00am - 10:00am
Networking & Breakfast

10:15am - 1:30pm
Reverse Pitch

713 Music Hall

Doors Open

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Innovation Townhall

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Mayoral Candidates Panel

Chris Hollins
Lee Kaplan
Amanda K Edwards

6:00pm - 9:00pm
🚀 CodeLaunch by Improving TICKET INCLUDED WITH RSVP

Saturday March 4 :: 10am - 2pm

Softeq Chili Showdown @ Truck Yard

2118 Lamar, Houston     |    REGISTER HERE

Bringing together the Houston innovation ecosystem to celebrate progress, educate the community, and have some Texas-style fun!