The two-day conference will focus on innovation, invention and inspiration.
Keynote speaker Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, will open the event Thursday morning with his presentation titled “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.” Anderson will examine the burgeoning micro-manufacturing sector. He is also the founder of 3DRobotics.
A variety of discussions will continue at the DeSoto on Thursday morning and early in the afternoon until a series of breakout sessions begin at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
An “Innovation in Education” session is planned at the Rome Area History Museum. “Lean Implementation in Manufacturing” and “Healthcare Innovation” sessions are scheduled at The Forum.
Thursday night’s activities will conclude with a Maker Bazaar and Business After Hours at 7 Hills Make Space, 336 Broad St., from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday morning’s program, back at the DeSoto Theatre, will feature a series of four presentations.
Amy Cortese, an award-winning journalist, will discuss “Locavesting” at 8:45 a.m. followed with “Technology: Making Small Business Competitive” by Danielle Herzberg, partner channel member with HubSpot.
At 10:30 a.m. Stephen Fleming, vice president of enterprise innovation at Georgia Tech, will speak about the “Top Five Technology Trends in 2013.” The conference will conclude with “Rules for Innovating Within Enterprise” featuring Earl Robinson, a manufacturing operations analyst from Boeing.
The auditorium at the DeSoto Theatre seats almost 500, and tickets are still available. Students and educators can purchase tickets for $30, Chamber of Commerce members can get a ticket for $125, and non-Chamber member’s tickets cost $175. All tickets come with a copy of Anderson’s newest book, “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.”
Lowell Pratt, the Chamber’s director of entrepreneurship and innovation, said between 250 and 300 tickets for the event already have been sold.