Opportunity Machine's Innovation Conference (OMIC) is a three-day series of networking events, panel discussions, pitch competitions, educational sessions and keynote presentations that highlight innovation, creativity and forward thinking in business. Entrepreneurs, startup founders and small business owners from all over Louisiana will come together on November 1-3, 2018--during National Entrepreneur Month--to learn, share, and celebrate innovative best practices in a range of areas such as tech, marketing, engineering, medical, and community.
The main conference sessions will take place at LITE, 537 Cajundome Blvd, in Lafayette, LA. The Pitchers and Draft Reverse Pitch Competition will be held at Jefferson Street Pub in Downtown Lafayette. OMIC is open to the public and FREE to attend but registration for all sessions is required due to limited seating.
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Welcome and Introduction with Joel Robideaux, Lafayette Mayor-President
Innovation Keynote with Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex Disinfection Systems
Obstacles and Innovative Ways to Overcome with Hollis Conway
OMIC Entrepreneur Expo
CREATE Initiative Panel Discussion
Current Best Practices in Marketing Panel Discussion
How To Attract Tech Talent in 2020 and Beyond Panel Discussion
Automation, Success and Sustainability in Energy Panel Discussion
Social Media Breakfast
Fifteen Education Sessions
Entrepreneur Round Table Discussion with Chris Meaux(CEO/Founder of Waitr)
Accelerate South Keynote with Nancy Kamei, Program Director, SBIR/STTR, Digital Health and Medical Devices, National Science Foundation
Accelerate South Final Pitch Competition
Pitchers and Draft Team Practice
Pitchers and Draft: Reverse Pitch Competition
Waitr, Inc., the on-demand food delivery service and online restaurant platform, has grown rapidly while receiving wide acclaim for its user-friendly technology. After emerging from a startup-weekend event in 2013, Waitr has become one of the most popular services connecting restaurants with their customers through an easy-to-use app. The company expanded from its Louisiana home and now operates in more than 250 cities across 10 states with 6,500 restaurant partners. With a headquarters in Lake Charles, Waitr has grown to over 8,000 employees with more than half of those employees in Louisiana.
Company founder and serial entrepreneur Chris Meaux is an active member of the Louisiana entrepreneurship and tech community. After attending Louisiana State University Chris began his career with Hyundai Electronics in Dallas Texas and later went on to lead the retail and distribution team in London UK for McAfee Software. After several years working for large technology companies Chris began working with start-ups and small businesses in Silicon Valley and Dallas-Fort Worth and, returned to Louisiana in 2011 with an eye toward expanding the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in Louisiana. Meaux is a member of the 2017 Silicon Bayou 100, 2017 Jr. Achievement Startup Business of the Year and a finalist for the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Chris was born in Crowley, La., and currently resides in Lafayette with his wife, Missy. They have two grown children Logan and Mekensie and one granddaughter, Violet.
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux took office in January of 2016 to fulfill his promise of “working together” with Lafayette’s leaders and citizens to address the needs of the Parish. In 2017, he fulfilled his commitment to a fiscally-responsible budget by championing a rededication of existing revenue for CREATE, recognizing the value of arts and culture to our economy. As a veteran member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, then-Representative Robideaux served as Chairman to the important posts of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay. Mayor-President Robideaux grew up in Lafayette where he and his wife Bobette raised their three boys—Dylan, Brennan, and Luke. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he has owned and operated a successful accounting firm in Lafayette, serving individuals, families and businesses since 1996.
Xenex Disinfection Services, LLC
Under Morris Miller's leadership, Xenex has become a world leader in automated room disinfection. Through the use of xenon technology and innovative hospital disinfection protocols, the company has helped hospitals achieve significant infection reduction results.
As CEO, Morris is responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and oversight of day-to-day operations. Originally from San Antonio, Morris is a graduate of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Phillips Exeter Academy. He is the founder of Sequel and Cutstone Ventures, which invests in/acts as an advisor to numerous start-ups such as Inventables, Adometry, and Golfballs.com. He started Curtis Hill Publishing, the first company to publish Texas case law on CD-ROM, and he was also the co-founder and President/CEO of Rackspace (NYSE: RAX). Morris is a member of APIC and BioMed SA.
SBIR/STTR, Digital Health and Medical Devices, National Science Foundation
Nancy Kamei is a Program Director, managing a portfolio of grants to start-up companies. For several years, she had served as a National Instructor for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program, interacting with National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grantees. This inspired her to come out of retirement to join the National Science Foundation full-time and continue working with innovators and entrepreneurs. Nancy has more than 20 years of experience as an investor, having selected and managed billions of dollars of investments of both public equities (Capital Group Companies) and venture capital (Intel Capital). She is also a serial entrepreneur, having been on the founding team of several Silicon Valley startups (Onyx Pharmaceuticals). After receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of California, San Francisco, she started her career at Merck and then completed her Master of Business Administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nancy also has more than 40 years of service to the non-profit sector. She recently relocated to the Washington, D.C. area after a lifetime in California.