NEXT: A technology, manufacturing & biotech conference focused on cutting-edge trends and NEXT generation innovation

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Location: Sheraton Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

Come. Be Inspired. Leave Smarter.

Now in its fourth edition, NEXT is a conference focused on innovation in technology, manufacturing, and biotech. The event brings together fast-track companies, managers, researchers, medical professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs to meet and learn from each other and from international thought leaders and industry experts. The dynamic full-day program boasts two world-class keynotes: artificial intelligence and robotics guru Hod Lipson and internationally renowned neuroscientist and medical intelligence expert Dave Warner, as well as interactive educational workshops in three concurrent tracks. A Technology Showcase features breakthrough science from university and industry research teams and displays from businesses developing cutting-edge products, giving attendees a unique first-hand look at NEXT generation opportunities, tools, and discoveries.


Hod Lipson, PhD | Author Entrepreneur, and Professor of Engineering and Data Science, Columbia University

Lipson is a prolific scientist and world-renowned expert on self-aware and self-replicating robots who challenges conventional views of computing, automation, creativity, and robotics. He has cofounded four companies, and currently directs the Creative Machines Lab. Read full bio.


David Warner, MD PhD | Medical Neuroscientist, Dir. Medical Intelligence, MindTel

Warner, a medical neuroscientist, is the director of the Institute for Interventional Informatics and has gained international recognition for pioneering new methods of physiologically based human-computer interaction. Read full bio.


8:00 - 9:00 am | Registration, light breakfast, networking in Technology Showcase
9:00 - 10:00 am | Morning Keynote: Convergent Futures: Cognitive Neuroscience Meets Deep Learning
10:15 - 11:15 am | Morning Workshops (choose 1)
  • Successful University Biotech Start-ups
  • Manufacturing Excellence #1
  • Technology and the Law #1
11:30 am - 12:30 pm | Luncheon Keynote: Artificial Intelligence and the Road Ahead
1:15 - 2:15 pm | Afternoon Workshops (choose 1)
  • Biotech Collaboration Corridor
  • Manufacturing Excellence #2
  • Technology and the Law #2
2:30 - 3:30 pm | Mid-Afternoon Workshops (choose 1)
  • Finding the Funds: Help for Manufacturers to Innovate, Compete and Grow
  • Finding the Funds: New Venture Assistance for Innovation and Capitalization
3:30 - 5:00 pm | Reception and Networking in Technology Showcase

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