MiniTrends 2013 Schedule

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MiniTrends 2013 Conference: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility

MiniTrends Conference Schedule

Day 1:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Reception 5:30 – 7:15 pm

8:30–8:45 — Introduction

8:45-9:30 am The Importance of MiniTrends and Seven Ways You Can Find Them
Dr. John H. VanstonChairman, Technology Futures, Inc. 

9:30 am-10:00 am —  Keynote – The Next Generation IT Innovations and What’s In It For You.
Dr. Jani Byrne, Director, Marketing – Global Mid-Market, MSP, Enterprise, IBM

10:00 am-10:10 am— Networking Break

10:10 -10:35 am  Featured Speaker: Emerging Trends as a Source for a Better Future: Sustainable Solutions from the Finnish Business Environment
Tarja MeristöCorporate Futurist, Principal Lecturer at Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland 

10:35- am-11:00 am  — Featured Speaker: Detecting 10 MiniTrends Using a Tachyon Field
Jeffrey FryPrincipal, Help Find Care; Chief Executive, Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, MainGain; Board Member, baqpak; Executive Director, Firefly Funds; Executive Director, SHINE Night; President, SEDA RICO, LLC;

11:00  am-11:50  Expert Panel One: The Integration of Profit and  Social Responsibility: How profit and social good combine for the good of all stakeholders
–(Moderator) Ty Rarick, TSR Consulting
Paige Davis, Co-Founder/Chief Inspiration Officer, Blue Avocado
Elijah MayChief Brand Officer & Host, SocialGood.TV
Cristián Méndez SâbreChief Marketing Officer, Verb Inc. — Dell Education Challenge and Dell Empowering Women Challenge
Joy Stoddard, Development & Outreach Director, Whole Foods Foundation at Whole Foods Market

 11:50- NoonIndividual Work and Partner Discussion

12:00–1:00 pm Lunch (Provided)

1:00–1:50 pm  Keynote: Making a Difference Through Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership
Gary HooverFounder, CEO, Chief Game Designer at Bigwig Games, Inc.; Entrepreneurship Teacher, Hoover Academy; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, School of Information, The University of Texas

1:50–2:45 pm— Expert Panel Two: Taking the Plunge: What you can learn from those who have initiated successful, value-driven businesses.
–(Moderator) Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist, Founder, The Pearson Strategy Group
Andre AngelCo-founder/CEO at TangoTab; Co-Founder/Chairman, WorkMeter; Co-founder, Servoyant, LLC; Co-Founder/Chairman, CODEKKO Software
Jeffrey FryPrincipal, Help Find Care; Chief Executive, Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, MainGain; Board Member, baqpak; Executive Director, Firefly Funds; Executive Director, SHINE Night; President, SEDA RICO, LLC;
Christopher JusticeChief Executive Officer at Sparksight, Inc.
Stacy ZoernCEO, Community Cars

2:45–2:55 pm— Uncovering Attractive MiniTrends: Exercise Introduction
Carrie VanstonMedia and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc.

2:55–3:05 pmNetworking Break into Breakout Groups

3:05 pm-4:00 pm — Uncovering Attractive MiniTrends: Learn to use the power of your breakout group to help uncover your own great minitrend opportunities ~ Exercise
–(Moderator) Carrie Vanston, Media and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc. 
–Participants 

4:00 pm–4:50 pmExpert Panel Three: Help is Here: How and where you can get advice and assistance for translating an uncovered minitrend into a successful, value-driven business opportunity
–(Moderator) Vicki Flaugher, Digital Strategist, Speaker, and Author of “Famous in Your Niche: Building Your Digital Celebrity For Fun and Profit.”
Bijoy GoswamiCofounder & Evangelist at ATX Equation, The Bootstrap, Aviri Consulting; Founder, Organizer, Bootstrap Network; CEO, Aviri Inc.
Joy MillerMarketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Austin Small Business Development Program
Eve RichterVP of Community & Partnerships, door64 

4:50–5:05 pm — Making Your Own Personal MiniTrend Action Plan Commitment: Make a committment to take home with you, or take the next step and come to Day 2: MiniTrends Master Workshop Thursday morning from 8:30 am-12:00 noon.
–(Moderator) Carrie VanstonMedia and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc.

5:05–5:25 pm — Suggestions for Succeeding with MiniTrends
Dr. John H. VanstonChairman, Technology Futures, Inc.

5:05–5:25 pm Closing

5:45–7:15 pm — Conference Reception (on site at the Holiday Inn Town Lake)

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Day 2: (Optional)

Preliminary Post-Conference MiniTrends Master Workshop Schedule

MiniTrends Workshop: How to Discover and Profit From Emerging Trends

Thursday, October 3, 2013 8:30 am12:00 noon 

Preliminary MiniTrends Workshop Schedule:

8:30-8:45 a.m.     Introduction
 
Carrie VanstonMedia and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc.

8:45 – 9:10 am    Planning Your MiniTrends Success
Dr. John H. VanstonChairman, Technology Futures, Inc.

9:10-9:30 a.m.     Where MiniTrends Hide: Eight Information Sources
 –Carrie VanstonMedia and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc.

9:30-9:55 a.m.     Monitoring Your MiniTrends for Success
Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist, Founder, The Pearson Strategy Group

9:55-10:05 am     My Strategies to Find MiniTrends in my Area of Interest
–Attendees

10:05-10:15 am   Networking Break

10:15-11:00 am   Practical MiniTrends Applications
–Staff & Attendees

11:00-11:20 am   Analyzing MiniTrends: Drivers & Constraints
Dr. Lawrence VanstonPresident, Technology Futures, Inc.

11:20-11:45 am   Next Steps in My MiniTrends Adventure
–Staff &Attendees

11:45-11:55 am   Becoming a MiniTrends Master: “Follow Your Bliss” by launching your own MiniTrends Adventure
Dr. John H. VanstonChairman, Technology Futures, Inc.

11:55-12:00 n.     Closing Comments
Carrie VanstonMedia and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc.

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