2007 RIT Entrepreneurs Conference Highlights Digital Technologies, Oct. 5

Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur David Sifry to deliver keynote address




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Learn how experienced entrepreneurs create ventures in such fields as social networking, Web 2.0, video gaming, software, and new media.

Rochester Institute of Technology will host the 2007 RIT Entrepreneurs Conference during RIT’s Brick City homecoming on Friday, Oct. 5. This year’s theme, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the New Economy, will emphasize how digital technologies have created new industries and changed the nature of competition among industries.

The all-day conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast at RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. The morning keynote speaker is RIT President Bill Destler, who will speak on fostering innovation and creativity. Concurrent sessions will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Louise M. Slaughter Building, with a luncheon and keynote address scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Sifry—founder and Chairman of the Board of Technorati, Inc.—is the afternoon keynote speaker. Sifry is an international expert of- and pioneer in- creating commercially successful businesses employing social networking.

Also participating in the event are David Koretz, founder, CEO and president of Blue Tie; and Kathik Bala, CEO and chief creative officer of Vicarious Visions.

Marketing sponsors for the conference are Digital Rochester, Rochester Venture Capital Group, High Tech Rochester and the Educational Technology Center at RIT.

The conference is open to the public and the cost is $50, free for RIT faculty and staff (excluding luncheon and keynote address, which ranges from $7 to $10). Spaces are limited; online registration is available at www.rit.edu/entconf, or call Donna Slavin at (585) 475-2199.