Tech-North Technology Summit Adds Speakers

Manchester, NH – The City of Manchester has announced that Richard Ashooh, vice president of Government Relations at BAESystems, and Dave Todaro, president of the Software Association of NewHampshire will be keynote speakers at Tech-North, Manchester’s first-ever technology summit, being held on Wednesday, September 19 at the Center of NH– Radisson.

Tech-North will feature 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 Bar Camp, 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. A number ofexciting speakers are confirmed, including internationally-renown inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen.

Richard Ashooh is vice president of government relations for the Information & Electronic Warfare Systems unit headquartered in Nashua. He is responsible for federal legislative interface as well as for regional and local government and community relations, plus outreach and philanthropy programs.

Dave Todaro is the newly-elected Chairman of the Board of the Software Association of New Hampshire. He is the vice president of BID2WIN Software in Portsmouth. SWANH promotes and supports the software and information technology industries throughout the state through networking events, educational programs and discount programs that provide members with opportunities to gain information, connect with resources, grow their businesses, and succeed.

“Rich is familiar with the types of cutting-edge hightech jobs available in Southern NH, and Dave is not only a high-tech leader himself, but is also at the center of the high tech sector in NewHampshire,” said Mayor Frank C. Guinta. “They are a tremendous addition to Tech-North.”

The morning keynote panel also includes 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 Job Corps. The luncheon speaker panel features Kamen 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 detailed below.

Tech-North technology summit will also feature BarCamp.According to Wikipedia, BarCamp is an international network of unconferences – open, participatory workshop events, whose content is provided by participants. The focus is typically on early stage Web applications and related open source technologies and social protocols.Participants set the agenda 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 Clear Channel Broadcasting WGIR AM/FMRadio/Multi Media. 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 Savvy Communications.

Breakout Sessions and Panelists:

Growth Capital Financing: Michael Gurau, CEICommunity Ventures, John Hamilton, Vested For Growth, Jesse Devitte, Borealis Ventures, Hollis McGuire, Small Business Development Center

Intellectual Property: Paul Remus, Devine Millimet and Branch

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,  Jeremy Hitchcock, Dynamic Network Services,

Networking for IT Professionals: Jason Alexander, Alexander Technology Group

Entrepreneurial and High Tech Business Panel: Sean Owen,  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.