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Delaware Innovation Week 2018

Delaware Innovation Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation. There’s something for everyone!

The 4th annual Delaware Innovation Week will take place November 2-10, 2018.

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Delaware Innovation Week is organized into 7 different tracks (Creative, Access, Dev, Civic, Business, Media and Sciences). You can search for events that match your interests by clicking on one of the track icons

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  • Discussing diversity and education issues that affect everyday citizens. Think: digital divide, digital education.
  • The strategy around technology coverage & promotion. Think: content marketing, digital marketing strategy, social networks.
  • Where art and technology collide. Think: video games, digital art, community initiatives.
  • The impact of technology on government and civil society. Think: digital media, civic hacking, open data.
  • Where programmers, designers, developers and project managers come together. Think: coding, front and back-end development, and more.
  • The startup and business community conversation. Think: venture capital, startups, B2B, doing business with the banks.
  • Where leaders in healthcare, the sciences, economic development, public health and academia come together. Think: commercialized technology, creating connectivity, influencing policy.

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Speakers

L. Jay Burks

L. Jay Burks, PhD, is the Director of Supplier Diversity at the Comcast Corporation where he is responsible for implementing policies and procedures to increase opportunities for diverse-owned businesses in procurement. Prior to joining Comcast, he served as Executive Director of the State of Delaware's Office of Supplier Diversity where he helped develop executive orders and strategic plans to further the growth of supplier diversity in Delaware.

Dr. Burks has a combined 20 plus years of experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, procurement and general management. In addition to his professional experience he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for over fifteen years as an adjunct professor. Dr. Burks is a board member for the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), The Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation and serves as a Corporate Advisory Board member for Disability:IN.

Dr. Burks received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College, a Master of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.



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Jonathan Meade

Jon is the Principal Software Development Engineer at Christiana Care Health System. In this role, he works in the Health & Technology Innovation Center and is responsible for the strategic planning, design and execution of software development projects.

Jon has successfully led numerous projects which have resulted in national and international recognition. He is hands-on in the code while also leading front-end and back-end development efforts. 

Jon holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an MBA, and an MS in Information Systems Technology. He is a certified Scrum Master and leads the software engineering efforts for Christiana Care Health System.



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Catherine Burch

As the head of the Health & Technology Innovation Center at Christiana Care, Catherine is responsible for creating an environment that accelerates idea generation and innovation. She drives the innovation strategy by executing on those ideas as well as championing new and emerging technologies that have the potential to disrupt health care as we know it today.

Catherine directs the day to day operations of the Center and its dedicated team of award winning designers, developers, and analysts.

To date, the Innovation Center has developed more than 35 custom applications. Each app started as a project initiated because of a unique opportunity – an idea from a member of the Christiana Care team to introduce improvements and efficiencies in a way not offered commercially.

With over 20 years in the technology industry, Catherine has earned several professional distinctions and honors from IT professional associations and journals, such as Information Week Magazine’s “Twenty Great Ideas to Steal” and Computerworld’s Honors Program “Top Five” recognition.

Catherine received a bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware, and an MS from Wilmington University. She also holds several certifications in usability and user experience.



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J'nelle Lawrence

J’nelle Lawrence, MBA, is currently the Supplier Diversity/Learning Development Lead for The Chemours Company, where she is responsible for the design and ongoing implementation of strategic-level Supplier Diversity and Learning & Development Programs for the Procurement function. Prior to Chemours, previous roles included the Supplier Diversity Manager at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Procurement roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. At the Federal Reserve Bank, J’nelle was responsible for all areas of Procurement as well as overseeing the Supplier Diversity and Vendor Management Programs. J’nelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Drexel University. J’nelle is very active in the local business community in Philadelphia and the state of Delaware, as an active member of the MSDC, WBEC, the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, NaVOBA and Independence Business Alliance. She currently sits on the Board of Directors as the Director of Diversity for the Delaware Chapter of the Institute of Supply Management, as well as the Claymont Community Center Board of Directors. In December 2014, J’nelle was recognized as a recipient of Delaware Today’s “Women in Business Award” and in June 2016 J’nelle was the recipient of DiversityPlus Magazine’s “Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity.” https://www.diversityplus.com/article.aspx?ID=2016-Top-25-Women-in-Power-Impacting-Diversity-4169



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Vijaya Rao

Prior to founding DeliveryCircle in February 2014, Vijaya worked in leadership roles in several Fortune 100 companies. With extensive experience in all stages of the software development life-cycle, she has managed global scale programs and led new product development and launch in Technology and Financial sectors. Vijaya is a strong supporter of local businesses and believes in using technology to leverage the sharing economy where everyone in the delivery chain from shoppers to drivers and businesses can benefit from crowd sourced deliveries.



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David Wallin

David Wallin, long interested in the intersection of creative expression and technology, is the Manager of Innovations at the Archer Group, a leading digital marketing agency in Wilmington, DE. His job is to investigate emerging technologies such as AI, AR, and VR to see how they can be used to enhance client products and outcomes.

Previously, David worked in the pharma industry developing video chat applications, and at an online edu-gaming startup, creating games that taught kids math and reading skills. In his spare time, he has developed several internationally recognized music production apps for iOS. Currently he is working on a VR game for PC VR headsets.

David graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Computer Science.



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Cerron Cade

Cerron was confirmed as the Secretary of Labor on January 24, 2018 where he leads state efforts to connect Delaware businesses with talented workers, and develop relevant workforce development and training programs. Prior to that he was Acting Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), Cerron managed the dissolution of DEDO and the creation of the new Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism within the Delaware Department of State. He served as the Division’s Director, leading a team responsible for providing key services to Delaware businesses, administration of the Delaware Strategic Fund, and marketing Delaware as a premier tourist destination. During his time at DEDO and the newly-created division, Cerron had led the state’s efforts to attract businesses and good-paying jobs to Delaware, keep them here, and ensure that Delaware remains a leading state for businesses to grow and thrive.

Cerron grew up in Washington D.C. and moved to Delaware to study Political Science and Law Studies at Delaware State University. Driven by a desire to make a positive impact and following his passion for public service, Cerron has worked as a Legislative Aide for the Delaware State House of Representatives, New Castle County Deputy Director for U.S. Senator Tom Carper and State Projects Director for then-Congressman John Carney, and Legislative Liaison for Governor Jack Markell.   Cade lives in Wilmington with his wife, Kasmira, and two daughters, Jonnie and Toni.



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Peggy Del Fabbro

Peggy Del Fabbro is the CEO of M. Davis & Sons, Inc., a 5th generation industrial construction company that is leading the way as a new breed of industrial provider, focusing on safety and quality workmanship, to provide complete construction, fabrication and maintenance turnkey solutions to global corporations, regional leaders and government agencies. M. Davis is headquartered in Delaware with four additional manufacturing and engineering plants in the Mid-Atlantic region, with global reach in fabrication and manufacturing.

Peggy has served in leadership positions at M. Davis for more than 30 years. Peggy assumed the role of CEO in 2008 and works to distinguish the construction company in the marketplace through an unwavering commitment to safety and quality.

In 2009 Peggy made the decision to pursue certification as a Woman Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Peggy promotes diversity by participating in a wide variety of roles in support of WBENC, most recently she has taken on the leadership role as 2nd Vice Chair for the WBENC Women’s Enterprise Forum.

She has been recognized on the regional and national level as a leader in the women-owned business community. She has received numerous awards which include:  2014 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Star Award  2014 Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ Leadership Award  2015 Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ Shining Star Award  2018 & 2016 Woman Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ Done Deals Award

Peggy also serves on the Board of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Delaware Valley Chapter.

As a socially concerned business leader, Peggy supports various community needs with donations to Delaware Foundation for Reaching Citizens with Intellectual disABILITIES, annual Toys for Tots drive hosted by ISPE and Stockings for Soldiers, a non-profit organization that supports U.S. troops. She personally participates in many charitable events such as the Dogfish Dash 8K (which benefits the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy) and Faithful Friends Animal Society’s annual 5K and Mutt Mile. Peggy enjoys working with children and volunteers her time to teach karate to children at Cornerstone Martial Arts. There she is also an advocate for Women’s Self-Defense classes.



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