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Technology Steers the Economy - Preparing for the Data Age

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Eric Byington
Denver South, Director of Entrepreneurship

Eric is the Director of Entrepreneurship at Denver South where he primarily leads the entrepreneurial ecosystem and startup support work in the region. Prior to joining the Denver South team, Eric spent nearly 10 years working in international development, where he led economic development, educational and small business support projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, Eric was the Managing Director of 10.10.10, a new venture accelerator that works with serial entrepreneurs as they create new businesses that tackle challenges in a variety of sectors. 

Kevin Carpenter
Porticos, CTO

25+ year veteran of New Product Development.  I co-founded Porticos nearly 18 years ago, and feel privileged to provide Product Engineering consultation to some of the largest and best-known companies in the world.

Roland DuCote
Arrow Electronics, Inc., Programs Director

From the Arrow Electronics Services Group, Roland brings over a decade of diverse sales and technical marketing experience. He began his career with Arrow in 2000 and has served in a variety of sales, marketing, and operations roles. Based in Denver, Roland has covered a wide range of product lines including FPGA’s, embedded computing, wireless, and storage technologies.


The Arrow Electronics Services Group, represents Arrow’s comprehensive portfolio of technology and services for solutions development This includes sensors, wireless connectivity, gateways to cloud platforms, data ingestion, aggregation and visualization, analytics, and security. 


Roland holds a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, along with a M.B.A. and M.S. in Marketing from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Christopher Meyer
RIoT, Director of Partnerships

Boulder Startup Week IoT Track Organizer

Organizer for Boulder Open Coffee 

Director of Partnerships at RIoT

Let's run the Skyline Traverse!

Patrick French
Cardinal Peak LLC, Director, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships

At Cardinal Peak, I work with CEOs,  VPs and Product Managers to turn ideas into products quickly and with high certainty.  

Cardinal Peak is a 120+ person engineering services firm that helps our customers bring Internet-of-Things and Video/Audio products to market. We have deep engineering expertise designing and developing hardware, firmware and embedded software, networking protocols, video and audio processing algorithms, mobile and web apps, and cloud infrastructure.

As background: I’ve spent years developing innovative products and earning many patents in the process.  Most of the seed money for these products came through the small business innovation research (SBIR) program.  My work has centered on developing instruments to monitor everything from refrigerators to Beryllium.  Virtually all these products are embedded systems and most involved novel sensor systems with unique data processing algorithms.  I have authored over 14 successful Phase II grants which resulted in two commercial spin-off businesses. One business focused on remote unattended ground sensors for the military and the other focused on science education. Outside of SBIR, I have managed over $30M of Government contracts.

Ashley Arigoni
QS-2, Principal Scientist

Ashley is a Principal Scientist at QS-2 where she manages the Energy Technologies portfolio with an emphasis on work at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). Ashley is a recognized expert in the development and application of optimization models across a wide variety of use cases to analytically determine best practices for realizing strategic objectives. She has worked on projects spanning electric grid management, risk mitigation, commodity procurement, inventory stockpiling, shipping route planning, and health care topics including fertility planning.

Prior to joining QS-2, Ashley worked in power systems operations and trade analytics for Xcel Energy. She received her Ph.D. in Operations Research with Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Engineering Degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University.

Data is driving the future of our economy. What has been called Industry 4.0 is being made possible through internet-connected devices, sensors, ML/AI, Edge Computing, and innovative thinking. Here in Colorado, we have a wealth of organizations working to establish our region as the anchor for data-driven innovation. Our well-established entrepreneurial community cultivates a rising wave of value, bolstering healthcare, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, transportation, agriculture, energy, and other industries.

Governor Jared Polis will set the stage for what is happing in Colorado, followed by Tom Snyder, Executive Director of RIoT. Our industry panelists will elaborate on the opportunities in our sweeping Data Economy ecosystem.

Following the event, please join the speakers for an in-person outdoor Happy Hour hosted by RIoT and Kiln starting at 5 pm on Kiln's Patio (2101 Pearl St)