We are tremendously excited to announce the inaugural TEC Summit agenda.

27 May, 2015

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 AM

Speed Networking

Meet ten new industry contacts in 30 mins!

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Gain insight from Oliver's view on how enthusiastic consumers drive marketing traffic.

Oliver Roup

CEO, VigLink
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Power of Influence Keynote

John Yembrick

Social Media Manager, NASA
11:30 - 12:15 PM

How Technology is Making Influence a Predictable & Scalable Business Panel

Holly Hamann

Co-Founder and CMO,

Walter Knapp

CEO, sovrn Holdings, Inc.

Tina Weyand

GM Content,

John Gable

Founder, All Sides
12:15 - 1:00 PM

Maintaining Editorial Authenticity While Meeting Revenue Targets Panel

Heidi Nazarudin


Crista Bailey

CEO, Texture Media

John Toskey

Global eBay Partner Network

Jon Alain Guzik

Founder, PasioMedia

John Rampton

1:00 - 2:00 PM


1:30 - 2:00 PM

So You Aren't Justin. But You Can Be Amanda.

In this overview of how influence works online, we’ll show that although not everyone can be like Justin Bieber, you can learn best practice tips from the activity of one of his former top Twitter fans, Amanda Demarest. During this keynote various aspects of online influence will be discussed.

Alexy Khrabrov

Chief Scientist, Nitro and Principal,
By The Bay
2:00 - 2:45 PM

Building and Leveraging the Influence of Online Communities Panel

Hear the perspectives of leading publishing and technology executives on how they continue to successfully build and sustain communities in a highly fragmented digital world.

Steve Roy

VP of Marketing,

Geoff DeFrance

SVP Digital, TEN

Alan Fields

Co-Founder, Windsor Peak

Kate Kendall

Founder, CloudPeeps

Tom Furukawa

CEO & Co-Founder,
2:45 - 3:30 PM

What Does Mobile Bring to the Enthusiast/Influencer Marketing Party? Panel

Enthusiasts (amateurs) and influencer marketers (paid enthusiasts) are, like the rest of computerdom, moving to mobile. In this panel, a discussion based on a presentation of leading examples, we will look at the unique features and qualities that mobile experiences can bring to this passionate industry.

Barry Levine

Senior Writer, VentureBeat

Bridget Silvi

Sr. Director Business Development,
We Heart It

Lawrence Jones

Founder, Unlaced

Jesse Leimgruber

CEO, NeoReach
3:30 - 4:00 PM

Coffee Break

4:00 - 4:45 PM

How Enthusiasts Have Changed the Face of the Fashion Industry Panel

Fashion is constantly on the cutting edge of applying technology to marketing success. Get in-depth insight from leading fashion influencers that always stay a step ahead.

Maghan McDowell

San Francisco
Chronicle and SFGate

Tyler Blake

Entrepreneur, TBlake

Vlad Dusil

Co-Founder & COO,

Robyn Hagan Cain

Editorial Manager,

Nathan Johnson

COO and Co-Founder,
Artful Gentleman
3:30 - 5:30 PM

or Parallel Session - TECH Thread

Chaired by Alexy Khrabrov

Chief Scientist, Nitro and Principal,
By The Bay

Near-Realtime Webpage Recommendations “One at a time” Using Content Features
Today, information overload is a problem pertinent to most information systems being used on a daily basis, with the World Wide Web chief among them.

Ashok Venkatesan

Senior Research Engineer,

Learning From the Diner's Experience
How we are using data science to help transform OpenTable into a local dining expert who knows you very well, and can help you and others find the best dining experience wherever we travel!

Sudeep Das

Data Scientist, OpenTable

Organizing Real Estate Photo Collections with Deep Learning
Real Estate Websites like Trulia and Zillow host millions of property listings, with each listing consisting of rich textual description and images of the property. In this talk we detail our approach to organize Trulia's unstructured content into rich photo collections similar to or Zillow Digs, without the need of any explicit user tagging.

Shourabh Rawat

Senior Data Scientist, Trulia Inc.
4:45 - 5:30 PM

Building & Maintaining Influence In The Modern Digital World Keynote

Leading Sports Journalist Jeffri Chadiha will discuss his thoughts and experiences on how journalists and sports personalities have changed as a direct result of modern day media.

Jeffri Chadiha

Sports Journalist, ESPN
5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Oliver Roup

CEO, VigLink
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Drinks and Hors d’Oeuvres

28 May, 2015

8:30 - 9:15 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:15 - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Parallel Sessions

Mobile Strategies for Forums (Euphemia)

Learn how various forum-based online communities are successfully serving their fans on mobile and generating revenue from that activity. During this session, you'll also have the chance to share your own success stories!

Chad Billymer

Founder, Panjo

Utilize and Empower Your Community by Making Them the Centerpiece of Your Marketing Efforts (Apollo)

The most powerful and effective campaigns are ones that integrate the voices & sentiments of the community, helping you show the value of a well cared for community. Learn how to empower your community and show them they are cared for.

Kim Schultz

Creative Social Media and Marketing Consultant

Jan D'Alessandro

EVP Business Development & Strategy, Place

Making Search Work For Your Site (Niantic)

Learn how to make search work for your forum, community and blog from an SEO expert.

Amirash Patel

Vice President Operations, Webmarketing123

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Parallel Sessions

How to Build and Maintain Good Culture in Your Forum & Community (Euphemia)

Learn how to build good culture, collaborate with your evangelists, and listen to your community to build and maintain a thriving online culture.

Tyler Smith

Founder, SlyBaldGuys

The Joys and Pains of Scaling Communities (Apollo)

Find out how to grow your communities and learn about the common challenges of scaling communities, and how to work around them.

Meghan Murphy

Marketing & Community Lead, HandUp

How to Make Successful Content and Build Up Sustainable Successful Business (Niantic)

Learn what gets likes, shares, and helps you build up a sustainable successful business.

Jon Alain Guzik

Founder, PasioMedia
11:30 - 12:00 PM

Coffee break

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Parallel Sessions

Growing Pains of Forums (Euphemia)

Learn how to overcome the challenge of building a staff and other obstacles forums face at certain growth milestones.

Greg Childs


The Ongoing Problem of Metrics (Niantic)

There are many metrics out there, but a few that matter the most. Find out which are most useful to measure your community.

Crystal Coleman

Director of Community, Townsquared

Social Best Practices (Apollo)

Learn how to measure, track, and leverage engagement from experts

Ivan Antunes

Founder, Sneaker Shouts

Tyler Blake

Entrepreneur, TBlake
1:00 - 2:00 PM


2:00 - 3:00 PM

Parallel Sessions

Forum Industry Council Roundtable (Euphemia)

Bring the issues and qestions not yet answered in the workshops and help direct the future work of the forum council.

Bringing Your Community Together IRL (Niantic)

Learn how and what the real value is of bringing your community together in real life.

Regina Walton

Marketing Manager, Pole To Win International

Other speakers to be announced shortly

April Kyle Nassi

Developer Program Manager,

Make News and Build Your Brand (Apollo)

Learn all about how PR really works and how you can use it to make news and build your brand.

Cameron Smead

Karbo Communications
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Parallel Sessions

Make Monetization Work for Your Site (Apollo)

Learn from the experts on links, sponsored content, ads, and more to help make your online passion a successful business.

Heidi Nazarudin


Todd Lieberman

President, Solve Media, Inc.

Community Roundtable (Niantic)

Bring the issues and questions not yet answered in the workshops and we will use the wisdom of the tribe to help find answers.

Scott Moore

Community Expert

Data Visualization (Euphemia)

You don't need to be a designer to make engaging and shareable content, find out how!

Alex Salkever

Head of Product Marketing and BD,
4:00 - 6:00 PM

Closing Remarks from Oliver Roup and Drinks Reception