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Unconference topics to target entrepreneurs

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 7:12 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 6:39 a.m.

Organizers want to kick Wichita entrepreneurial spirit into a higher gear with ICT Unconference, set for April 22 at Wichita Marriott.

The “unconference” is an open format get-together where the topics for discussion are determined by the attendees.

The event, presented by Wichita Technology Corp. and Quantum Expositions, does have strong emphasis on the issues facing entrepreneurs, especially tech entrepreneurs, in Wichita.

“The ICT Unconference is the first time this has been done here, but it has been done in a lot of major cities,” said Bob Loudermilk, owner of Quantum Expositions. “The whole innovation is that, rather than ‘Here is what you get and here are the workshops and the speakers,’ it’s driven by the attendees on what the people want to talk about, in this case entrepreneurship. It’s pretty innovative.”

The event includes speakers on entrepreneurship and a chance for budding entrepreneurs to meet one-on-one with experienced mentors for feedback.

Speaker include space entrepreneur and CEO of Katasi Scott Tibbitts; Derrick Nielsen, vice president of Allen, Gibbs & Houlik; and Herb Sih, managing partner of Think Big Partners.

Mentors of attendees include: Trish Brasted, president and CEO, Wichita Technology Corp.; Luke Catlin, cofounder and chief technology officer, Flourish; Frank Choriego, business coach and entrepreneur, Family Heritage/Torchmark; Jonathan George, CEO, Evomail; James Mock, president, 360ideas; Gary Oborny, chairman and CEO, Occidental Management; Beth Tully, CEO and owner, Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates; Josh Umbehr, CEO, AtlasMD; and Devin Walker, CEO and founder, Printpop.com.

Nielsen will emcee the event.

Those facilitating discussion during the sessions will include: Wayne Bell, district director of the Wichita district office of the Small Business Administration; Suzy Finn, executive director, Young Professionals of Wichita; Kenton Hansen, founder, Labor Party; Lou Heldman, interim director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University; Brandi Koskie, editorial strategist, Evomail; Steve Radley, president and CEO, NetWork Kansas; Richard Stevens, attorney at Martin Pringle Law Firm; Sean Weaver, executive vice president, assurance services, at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik; and Stefan White, director of “strategery” at Centrix Innovations.

For more information, to sponsor, to submit topics, to seek time with a mentor or to buy tickets, go to www.ICTunconference.com.

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