Innovate Carolina Recap
During the initial keynote speech by Chris Trimble, a campus police officer entered the building and requested that we all exit immediately. The police had been notified that a man had been seen on campus with a gun. We were quickly shuttled to another building, and then onward to wait out the investigation under the stands of the football stadium. While I am happy to report the report of a man with a gun was eventually found to be false, especially in the light of a school shooting in Virginia and the Boston Marathon bombs, we found a way to be innovative while waiting for a resolution.
Here's Jeff Grant presenting to a "breakout" under the stands. Hats off to Jeff, to Scott Edgett and to the guys from Edison Nation Medical for their impromptu presentations in trying circumstances.
Once the all clear sounded we were able to move back into the auditorium and fortunately, everyone was able to speak, although we did have to shorten many of the presentations. The folks at NC A&T, who were our hosts, were gracious and exceptionally helpful.
Our thanks go out to the following speakers, who did a lot under exceptionally trying circumstances:
- Chris Trimblehttp://mba.tuck.dartmouth.edu/pages/faculty/chris.trimble/
- Dr. Eric Tomlinson from The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
- Ken Paulus from Edison Nation Medical
- Dr. Scott Edgett from Stage-Gate
- Jeff Grant from InVue Technology
- Philip Wilson from Milliken
- Pam Henderson from NewEdge
- Michael Blades from National Gypsum
- Ty Hagler from Trig Innovation
- Carol Strohecker from the Center for Design Innovation
- Doug Powell from LEAP Insights
While we will remember this conference as the one that was interrupted, the speakers and the messages were exceptional. We look forward to next year!