Hottest Ticket In Town? For Many, It’s Collision

         Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elvis Costello, Flo Rida or Charting The Startup Journey, Choosing The Right Funding Model, Building An Audience In The Digital Age?

         Decisions, decisions…

         Collision, America’s fastest growing tech conference, has only 7 stages, compared to Jazz Fest’s 12, but students, entrepreneurs, investors, members of the media and CEOs of both startups and larges companies, are making the tech trek to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Halls H-J to stand up and cheer for more than 260 speakers from Tuesday, April 26, through today.

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         Tonight’s Collision Closing Party at Jax Bistro, 620 Decatur St., at 7:30 p.m., promises to be the hottest ticket in town.

         Created two years ago by the team behind Web Summit, the Collision 3-day conference is expected to attract 9,000 attendees from more than 50 countries to the Crescent City.

         The event’s name comes from the concept that innovation, experience and investment can collide in a fast-paced and fertile environment to create dynamic partnerships.

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         With the winning slogan, “Come for Collision – Stay for Jazz Fest” conference organizers are capitalizing on showcasing New Orleans as the ultimate draw for the geek chic set and music lovers alike.

         The eclectic speaker lineup includes Miguel McKelvey of WeWork, Cal Henderson of Slack, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital, Linda Boff of General Electric, Alex Chung of Giphy, Julia Hartz of Eventbrite and NFL legend Brett Favre.

         From multiple stages attendees will hear speakers tackle a variety of “tracks” including code, content, data, design, e-commerce, enterprise, fintech, loT (Internet of Things), marketing, music, security, social media, sports and startups, and discuss how technology is changing the business landscape. There are also organized nighttime networking events including Pub Crawls and Night Summits nestled in between the 2 weekends of Jazz Fest.

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         “Collision doesn’t run to Dolly Parton’s clock – it’s not a 9 to 5 event,” Collision organizers said. “Pub Crawls kick off at 6:00 p.m., and run until whatever time you make it. We’ve seen some of the strongest Collision relationships forged over a drink on a Pub Crawl.”

         This is the first Collision Conference to be held in New Orleans, and the group is expected to return in 2017.

         Some stand-out innovators attending this year’s Collision include Chris Cummings who established Pass It Down, a new digital storytelling platform that makes storytelling easy by allowing you and your loved ones to craft stories using video, audio, photos and text.

         After his mother developed dementia at the age of 48, Cummings figured out a way to make sure memories last the test of time and invented a modern way to pass them down. Using your phone, tablet or computer, you can ask and answer questions provided by oral historians to capture family stories creating the opportunity for generations to connect with their ancestors on a personal level.

         Roy Lugasi launched his tech start up and mobile app, Weepo, at Collision. It’s being hailed as a “revolutionary” app that allows singles to see into the future by meeting and chatting with people based on where they're planning on partying on any given night before they even get to the venue.

         Users choose a bar, club or create their own event, see who else is going and then swipe, match, and chat with other people planning to attend that same place or event.

         Jared Morgenstern, the tech entrepreneur who created the “Like” button for Facebook, is a major backer of Weepo.


Today’s Collision schedule includes:


9:25 a.m.

Center Stage

Opening remarks

• Paddy Cosgrave

Founder & CEO, Collision & Web Summit


9:35 a.m.

Center Stage

Getting hands on with VR

• Michael Buckwald

Co-Founder & CEO, Leap Motion

• Robert Scoble

Media, Scobleizer


9:35 a.m.

Music Stage

Opening remarks

• Niall Morris

Director, Thinkhouse


9:40 a.m.

Music Stage

Jazz in New Orleans

• Scott Aiges

Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

• Arthur Cohen



9:50 a.m.

Center Stage

Who am I, and where do I come from?

• Tim Sullivan

President & CEO, Ancestry

• Ken Chahine


• Jonathan Krim

Consultant & Journalist


9:55 a.m.

Startup University Stage

Opening Remarks

• Salvatore Melilli

Partner, KPMG


10:00 a.m.

Startup University Stage

Charting the Startup Journey

• Peter Pham

Co-Founder, Science

• Megan Quinn

Partner, Spark Capital

• Michael Gasiorek

Editor in Chief, Startup Grind


10:00 a.m.

Music Stage

Reimagining creative communities

• Bear Kittay

Social Alchemist & Global Ambassador, Burning Man

• Heather Gallagher

Director of Technology, Burning Man

• Travis Lauredine

Founder, Skrapps


10:10 a.m.

Center Stage

The future of the final frontier

• Naveen Jain

Founder & Chairman, Moon Express

• Jemima Kiss

Head of Technology, The Guardian


10:20 a.m.

Music Stage

Modern day music rights – facing up to the challenge

• Kelli Turner

CFO & EVP Corporate Development, SESAC

• Lauren Apolito

SVP, Strategy & Business Development, Rumblefish

• Jason Schmitt

Writer, professor, Huffington Post Tech


10:25 a.m.

Startup University Stage

Be the best you – self improvement is the new luxury

• Thomas Holl

Co-Founder & President, Babbel

• Tim Chang

Managing Director, Mayfield Fund

• Zoe Henry



10:30 a.m.

Center Stage

Regulating the demand

•Oisin Hanrahan

CEO / Co-founder, Handy

• Brian O'Malley

Partner, Accel Partners

• Christina Bonnington

Technology Editor, Refinery29


10:40 a.m.

Music Stage

Where is music media's future?

• Chris Kaskie

President, Pitchfork

• James Harris

Senior Editor, Complex

• Andrew Flanagan

Writer, Billboard


10:45 a.m.

Startup University Stage

Networking 101 – the importance of connections

• Philip Krim

Co-Founder & CEO, Casper

• David Nihill

Founder, FunnyBizz


10:50 a.m.

Center Stage

VR storytelling

• David Eun

President, Samsung Electronics, Global Innovation Center (GIC)

• Marc Mathieu

CMO, Samsung Electronics America

• Jacques Méthé

President, Cirque du Soleil Media

• Steven Bertoni

Senior Editor, Forbes Media


11:00 a.m.

Music Stage

Creative collaboration, brands putting music first

• Stretch Armstrong

DJ, Stretch & Bobbito

• Jasmine Martin

Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Columbia Records

• Jonathan Levine

Founder & CEO, Master & Dynamic

• James Harris

Senior Editor, Complex


11:05 a.m.

Startup University Stage

Back from the brink

• Ramona Pierson

CEO, Declara

• Jeff Pulver

Founder, Pulver HWC

• John Rampton



11:15 a.m.

Center Stage

Building the next generation of smart media brands

• Shahrzad Rafati

Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV

• Dominic Rushe

Business Editor, The Guardian


11:20 a.m.

Breakthrough Stage

Our Body Perfect Future

• Jen Riley

Head of Marketing and Care, Wiivv

• Shamil Hargovan

CEO/President, Wiivv


11:25 a.m.

Startup University Stage

The right time? Raising your first round

• Benjamin Ling

Managing Partner, Khosla Ventures

• David Hornik

General Partner, August Capital

• Carlos Eduardo Espinal

Partner, Seedcamp


11:25 a.m.

Music Stage

What is it like to be an artist in music today?

• PJ Morton

Musician & Producer, Maroon 5, PJ Morton & The Crusade

• Nathan Mattise

Features Editor, Ars Technica


11:35 a.m.

Center Stage

Mobile's next evolution

• Carl Pei

Co-Founder, OnePlus

• Randall Lane

Editor, Forbes


11:35 a.m.

Breakthrough Stage

The Modern Way to Work

• Mark Glassman

Journalist, Bloomberg

• Stella Garber

VP of Marketing, Trello


11:45 a.m.

Music Stage

Once upon a time in an ad

• + Aziz

Senior Cultural Strategist, Peter Mayer Advertising

• Jeremy Holley

Partner, Flytevu

• J. Anthony Miguez

CEO, VL Group


11:50 a.m.

Center Stage

Scaling Slack

• Cal Henderson

Co-Founder & CTO, Slack

• Mat Honan

San Francisco Bureau Chief, BuzzFeed


11:50 a.m.

Breakthrough Stage

ATTN, please.

• Martha Pierce



11:50 a.m.

Startup University Stage

A conversation with Chris Sacca & Harper Reed

• Chris Sacca

Founder & Chairman, Lowercase Capital

• Harper Reed

Head of Commerce, Braintree


12:05 p.m.

Breakthrough Stage

The Future of Furniture

• Benjamin Kuna

Other, Tylko


12:05 p.m.

Music Stage

Building communities around live events

• Kerry Black

Co-Founder, Superfly

• Andrew Flanagan

Writer, Billboard


12:15 p.m.

Center Stage

A conversation with PJ Morton

• PJ Morton

Musician & Producer, Maroon 5, PJ Morton & The Crusade

• Chris Kaskie

President, Pitchfork


12:15 p.m.

Startup University Stage

The 1st ever – launching a startup breaking new ground

• Rana el Kaliouby

Co-Founder & CSO, Affectiva

• Boisy Pitre

Mobile Visionary, Affectiva

• Aaron Rasmussen

Co-Founder, CTO & Creative Director, MasterClass


12:20 p.m.

Breakthrough Stage

Would Eye Lie to You?

• Todd Mickelsen

CEO/President, Converus, Inc.


12:25 p.m.

Music Stage

When music meets society

• Sho Baraka

Founder, Forth District

• Ryan Rockefeller

Co-Founder & CEO, Liyo

• Pamela Wood



12:30 p.m.

Center Stage


• Chris Sacca

Founder & Chairman, Lowercase Capital

• Cal Henderson

Co-Founder & CTO, Slack

• Hayley Barna

Venture Partner, First Round Capital

• Tim Chang

Managing Director, Mayfield Fund

• Paddy Cosgrave

Founder & CEO, Collision & Web Summit


12:35 pm

Startup University Stage

What makes a great founder?

• Andy McLoughlin

Partner, SoftTech VC

• Ravi Viswanathan

General Partner, NEA

• Philippe Telio

Founder, Startupfest


12:45 p.m.

Music Stage

Business models for funding music

• James Polsky

Founder, Jazz Standard

• Erin Potts

Founder, Tibet Freedom Concerts

• Jan D'Alessandro

Founder & President, Blue J Strategies


12:55 p.m.

Startup University Stage

The connected startup

• Rob Coneybeer

Managing Director & Co-Founder, Shasta Ventures

• Andra Keay

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics

• Robert Scoble

Media, Scobleizer


1:00 p.m.

Center Stage

Lunch Break


1:10 p.m.

Music Stage

Building an audience in the digital age

• Brandon Hixon

Manager, De La Soul

• Jacqueline Schneider

Director of Global Strategy, Soulection

• Austin Briggs

Co-Founder, Able Partners Groups

• Mark Glassman

Journalist, Bloomberg


1:20 p.m.

Startup University Stage

Lunch Break


1:30 p.m.

Music Stage

The first wearable music instrument

• Andrea Baldereschi

Founder, Remidi

• Mark DeMay

CTO, Remidi

• Leah Hunter

Writer, Fast Company


1:40 p.m.

Center Stage

The voice of the fan

• Brett Favre

Brett Favre NFL Legend, Sqor Sports Board of Directors, Sqor Sports

• Brian Wilhite

Founder & CEO, Sqor Sports

• Bryan Armen Graham

Deputy Sports Editor, The Guardian


1:50 p.m.

Music Stage

Lunch Break


2:00 p.m.

Center Stage

Home is where the CEO is

• Dev Ittycheria

CEO & President, MongoDB

• Adam Miller

CEO & President, Cornerstone OnDemand

• Dominic Rushe

Business Editor, The Guardian


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