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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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Track Conferences

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

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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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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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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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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Kristofer Younger

For 30 years, Kris worked at numerous successful startups, including Sun Microsystems, NeXT and Netscape, centering his technical expertise around networked computing of all kinds. Kris' coding interest, dormant for many years of management focus, was re-kindled about 10 years ago when he returned to his roots as a computer scientist (Purdue, '84), writing web apps and mobile apps. He has been working on the idea of digital assets since about 1996.



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John DiGiovanni

John is the Innovation Architect for Christiana Care. In this role he leads the Research and Development arm in the Health & Technology Innovation Center.  He is responsible for the investigation and assessment of new and emerging devices and technology with the goal to understand how they can benefit our caregivers and consumers.   

 John also architects Innovation Center products and product changes, and manages the lifecycle of the Innovation Center portfolio of more than 35 custom apps.  John is a software development engineer at heart and assists designers and developers with the application of appropriate architectural and design patterns in their solutions.   

As a volunteer, he leads a 30 member Christiana Care volunteer team providing public service in amateur radio communications, is a mentor to local high school engineering teams, and is a Jefferson Award recipient for public service.   



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Soraya Gutman

Soraya (Morgan) Gutman founded and successfully grew her business advisory firm, Morgan Business Solutions which was sold to Brand Launcher where she served as a C-level Executive for 5 years.

Today, Soraya is CEO of Cross Talks; a one-of-kind think tank and networking mastermind for entrepreneurs with a Biblical perspective. Cross Talks won the Penn State Boost Program in 2018 for its unique,results-driven process helping business ownersincrease their profit and quality of time by actualizing their highest potential.

Soraya is a TEDx speaker, won the New Castle Chamber of Commerce Speakers Award and is a 5 out 5 ranked speaker for organizations including The U.S. Military, Vistage, Informa, The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, FABTECH & Leadership Delaware. Having lived and worked during political, economic and social turmoil in England, Germany, Egypt and Turkey, Soraya has a deep understanding of the challenges business owners face during all economic climates. She is uniquely talented at transforming her international and resourceful spirit into practical, can-do business solutions that produce results. Soraya lives in Delaware with her beloved husband, daughter and Hungarian Pointers.



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Wendy Mann-Flores

Wendy Mann-Flores is a Diverse Business Empowerment Specialist for Exelon Corporation. In this role, Ms. Mann-Flores serves as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager for Exelon utilities Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power. She provides internal advocacy and external direction to diversity certified suppliers interested in providing goods and services to the Corporation, specifically Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva

Power in support of other Exelon subsidiaries. Ms. Mann-Flores’ oversight and regional management has resulted in an annual increase of Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power’s diverse supplier spend. In 2017, Atlantic City Electric was given the Economic Impact Award by the Supplier Diversity Development Council (SDDC) for considerable increase in diverse spend over the previous year.

Ms. Mann-Flores is a graduate of DePaul University and serves on the boards of the Supplier Diversity Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council.



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