In Silicon Valley, there are intimate speaker sessions hosted by top startup accelerators like, Y-Combinator. They bring together speakers including tech leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Ben Silberman of Pinterest, and Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk of Airbnb.

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Kenzie Academy is proud to bring the spirit of the Y-Combinator Tuesday Night Dinners to Indy, with our Kenzie Innovation Series. Our monthly series feature a high-caliber group of technologists from both Silicon Valley and Indiana. This intimate event is an opportunity for the Indy tech community, or anyone interested in tech to listen to talks on a range of topics, from design, entrepreneurship, to venture capital and funding. Participants will also get the opportunity to network with the speakers and the Indy tech community. This is also an opportunity for technologists from Silicon Valley to travel to and discover the talent and opportunities Indiana has to offer. Come join us for this exclusive event.

We are brining in the brightest and most talented innovators from the Valley to Indianapolis for a very intimate series.

 

Featured Speakers

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Chloe Condon

Developer Evangelist, Sentry

Former musical theatre actress and Hackbright Academy graduate, Chloe is now a Developer Evangelist at Sentry. Pre-Hackbright, she spent her nights and weekends performing in the Bay Area as a singer/actress and worked in tech by day in various non-engineering roles. Perhaps the only engineer you'll meet who has been in "Hairspray", "Xanadu", and "Jerry Springer: the Opera"- she is passionate about bringing people with non-traditional backgrounds into the world of tech. If you're trying to place her face, yes- she's the young woman giving the awkward thumbs up in the "What It's Like to be a Woman at a Tech Conference" article (which she also wrote). In February of 2018 she was named one of the "200+ Thought Leaders in Crypto and Blockchain" and still knows absolutely nothing about Crypto and Blockchain. Seriously- not a thing. She considers it her greatest accomplishment.

 

Mickey Bergman

US Negotiator with North Korea

VP Richardson Center for Global Engagement

Michael "Mickey" Bergman works in Fringe Diplomacy, a discipline exploring the space just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority in international relations. He is Vice President at Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; and Founder and President of Solel Strategic Group. Mickey also teaches at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

At the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey manages private diplomacy efforts in N. Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, Africa and efforts to negotiate release of political prisoners. Mickey has published numerous articles and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy Online, and Huffington Post.

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  Eric Bahn   General Partner, Hustle Fund  EIR, 500 Startups  Product Manager, Facebook

Eric Bahn

General Partner, Hustle Fund

EIR, 500 Startups

Product Manager, Facebook

  Alok Deshpande   Senior Manager, Apple  Chief Product Officer, Green Dot  Co-Founder, Loopt

Alok Deshpande

Senior Manager, Apple

Chief Product Officer, Green Dot

Co-Founder, Loopt

  Vivek Agrawal   Director, Bose AR  Senior Product Manager, Jawbone

Vivek Agrawal

Director, Bose AR

Senior Product Manager, Jawbone

 
 
 Haley Altman  CEO, Doxly

Haley Altman

CEO, Doxly

 
 Lahini Arunachalam  Director of Product, Duetto  Sr Product Manager, DocuSign

Lahini Arunachalam

Director of Product, Duetto

Sr Product Manager, DocuSign

 
 
 
 Kevin Khaw  Technical Program Manager, Google Nest

Kevin Khaw

Technical Program Manager, Google Nest

 
 

Past Series

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Upcoming Series

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Kenzie Innovation Series VI

Date: September 20th 6-8 PM EDT

Location: Kenzie Academy

Speakers: This time around we will hear from Peter Newell (who served on the management team for President Obama's reelection campaign), Blair Milo (Secretary of Career Connections and Talent for the State of Indiana), and Lily Liu, (Advisor and Investor + COO of Scorely).

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Kenzie Innovation Series @ IUPUI

Date: October 18th 4:30-7:30 PM EDT

Location: Herron School of Art and Design

Details: Kenzie Academy partnered up with IUPUI for the October Innovation Series. Our very own Chok Ooi, co-founder of Kenzie Academy, will be presenting along with Kenyatta Leal Business Development Specialist at The Last Mile, and Stephanie Geerlings Cofounder & Managing Director at Cloud City Development. They will be presenting on current trends in tech!