Tech-North is Wednesday, September 19

Event features NH’s technology sector experts, BarCamp, job fair, career expo and reception

Manchester, NH – The City of Manchester’s Economic Development Office is presenting Tech-North, the city’s first-ever high technology summit, on Wednesday, September 19 at the Center of NH – Radisson. Tech-North features a full day of activities including morning and afternoon keynote speakers from New Hampshire’s technology sector, breakout sessions on hot technology topics, a job fair and career expo and BarCamp, a technology unconference. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Breakfast and luncheon sessions involve a nominal fee; the remainder of the event is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with top sponsor, UNH Manchester, the technology summit will explore the links between higher education and the hightech economy, offering breakfast and luncheon keynote addresses as well as morning and afternoon breakout sessions supporting the theme.

The morning keynote panel includes Richard Ashooh,vice president of Government Relations for BAE Systems, Fred Kocher,President of the NH High Technology Council, and Grace Kilbane, the regional administrator of the Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of Labor. She is also the former national director of JobCorps. The luncheon speaker panel features nationally renowned inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, Dave Todaro, the newly-elected Chairman of the Software Association of New Hampshire and vice president of Bid2Win Software, and University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston.

In addition to the morning and afternoon speaking programs, the event will include breakout sessions on financing, intellectual property, high tech and the NH economy and open source student information systems as well as networking and career development for the IT. Individual breakout sessions and their facilitators are outlined below.

Tech-North technology summit will also feature BarCamp, a technology unconference, whose content is provided by participants when they arrive at BarCamp, creating a dynamic event that relies on participation by attendees.

The event also features a High Tech Job Fair and Exhibition, sponsored and hosted by the NH Division of Resources and Economic Development and ClearChannel Broadcasting WGIR AM/FMRadio/Multi Media. Nearly 50 high tech employers from across the region will participate.

In the evening, the Manchester Young Professionals Network and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will co-host a reception celebrating and capping off this first-ever event.

Tech-North is sponsored in part by UNH Manchester, Fidelity Investments, Public Service of New Hampshire and Dynamic Network Services. Partners include SilverTech, Tracey/Edwards/O’Neil and SavvyCommunications.

Breakout Sessions and facilitators:

Growth Capital Financing: Michael Gurau, CEI CommunityVentures; John Hamilton, Vested For Growth; Jesse Devitte, Borealis Ventures;Hollis McGuire, Northeast Angels

Intellectual Property: Paul Remus, Devine Millimet

High Tech and the NH Economy: Mike Vlacich, DRED; Commissioner George Bald, DRED; Commissioner G. Philip Blastos, Department of Revenue Administration; Ross Gittell, economist; Taylor Eighmy, UNH Research, EPSCOR program; Bob Dalton, UNH, Innovation Research Center; Zenagui Ibrahim, NH Manufacturer’s Extension Program

Open Source Student Information Systems: Naim Syed, NHCTC; Sean Owen, wedû; Jeremy Hitchcock, Dynamic Network Services

Networking for IT Professionals: Jason Alexander, Alexander Technology Group

Entrepreneurial and High Tech Business Panel: Sean Owen, wedû; Jeremy Hitchcock, Dynamic Network Services; Bob Good, Good Leads

Smart Classrooms: Naim Syed, NHCTC; Lauri Rubner, Sonic Foundry, Inc.

For more information on Tech-North, or to register, visit or call the Manchester Economic Development Office at 603.624.6505.