• Innovate! and Celebrate

    3-Day, Global Conference

    Celebrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship


    Innovate! and Celebrate, co-hosted by Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ & TechCo Media, is the premiere global conference celebrating corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, where the biggest names in tech intersect with the world's most cutting-edge startups.


    The event brings together tech companies – both small and large – and presents opportunities to partner, invest, collaborate or launch new products and services. We have an exciting three-day experience planned, filled with stellar keynotes, fireside chats, industry panels, mentor sessions, workshops, coaching and more. Oh, and we’ve thrown in a little fun with networking events and excursions.


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    Oct 9-11, 2017

    San Francisco, CA


    InterContinental San Francisco


  • 3-Day Experience

    What to Expect

    Keynotes, Fireside Chats, & Industry Panels

    Hear from trendsetters and industry experts as they lead conversations that will leave you inspired

    Don't miss our inspiring and captivating sessions - past sessions included topics, such as: 5 Innovation Trends To Watch; Funding, Partnerships; VR and How to Keep your Team Focused through Every Stage of Growth.

    TechCo's 5th Annual Startup of the Year Competition & Party

    Top 100 Startup Semifinalists, Food, & Cocktails

    Enjoy appetizers, drinks and networking while you meet the Top 100 semifinalist startups competing in the 5th Annual Startup of the Year Competition.

    Mentor Sessions

    1-on-1 meetings with high-profile investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, and startup experts

    Back by popular demand! Tech leaders and influencers in their respective areas of expertise will be offering a limited number of private 1:1 meetings with founders who wish to take a deep dive into the challenges facing their startup and gain valuable insight and advice to help build their business.

    Mentor Circles

    Small groups of attendees joined by mentors who will lead each session

    Tech leaders and influencers will be leading a limited number of private group Mentor Circles in their area of expertise. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain insight into specific challenges they are having within their business and receive valuable targeted advice for those issues.


    Exciting, fun-filled adventures in and around the San Francisco area

    Enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities in the area on the Monday of the conference, and get to know San Francisco! Everyone loves the opportunity to kick back with your fellow attendees in a relaxed environment.

  • Past Speakers, Judges & Mentors

    Check back often for updates.

    Naveen Jain

    Founder, Moon Express and BlueDot

    Jeff Clavier

    Founder & Managing Partner, SoftTech VC

    Melody McCloskey

    CEO, StyleSeat

    Justin Fishkin

    Chief Strategy Officer, Local Motors

    Lindsey Turrentine

    Editor-in-Chief, CNET

    Gary Shapiro

    President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association

    Chris Lehane

    Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs, Airbnb

    Amy Jo Kim, Ph.D.

    Co-Founder, Shufflebrain

    Gary Benitt

    General Partner, Social Leverage

    Arjun Sethi

    Partner, Social Capital

    Marc Nager

    Chief Community Officer, Techstars

    Gabriella Draney Zielke

    Co-Founder and CEO, Tech Wildcatters

    Tristan Pollock

    EIR and Venture Partner, 500 Startups

    Charles LaCalle

    Venture Capitalist, Dreamit Ventures

    Eric Colson

    Chief Algorithm Officer, Stitch Fix

    Ari Newman

    Partner, Techstars

    Dr. James R. Mault

    James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life

    Cayla Chambers

    Partner, InvestHER Ventures

    Cheryl Foil

    Principal Tech and Innovation, Kiddar Capital

    Justin Kulla

    CEO and Founder, Business Blocks

    Bambi Francisco

    Founder and CEO, Vator

    Sarah Kunst

    CEO, Proday

    Tyler Suiters

    Vice President Communication, Consumer Technology Association

    Steve Koenig

    Senior Director Market Research, Consumer Technology Association

    Sarah Moret

    Associate, CrossCut Ventures

    Sean Ammirati

    Partner, Birchmere Ventures

    Annie Pace Scranton

    Founder, Pace Public Relations

    Nabil A. Borhanu

    President and Managing Partner, Graphene Ventures

    George Stepancich

    Founder, CEO and Chairman, Invisionate, LLC

    Natasa Djukanovic

    CMO, Domain.ME

    Jon Spinney

    Co-Founder and CEO, Malartu Funds

    Aleda Schaffer

    Strategic Partnerships Manager, American Airlines

    Frank Gruber

    Co-Founder & CEO, TechCo Media

    Grant Allen

    Managing Director, AAB Technology Ventures

    Dr. Fei-Fei Li

    Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab

    Eric Hsia

    Venture Partner and Advisor, Translink Capital

    Shardha Agarwal

    Co-Founder and President, Context Media

    Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D

    Chief Economist and Senior Director of Research, Consumer Technology Association

    Mark Rowland

    CEO and Co-Founder, The Red Pill at ROCeteer

    Mara Lewis

    Managing Director, Start Co. Accelerators

    Chris Schultz

    CEO, Launch Pad

    Jeff O’Hara

    Founder, Edmodo

    Michael Sorrentino

    Founder, Sorrentino Media

    Susan Cooney

    Head of Marketing and Partnerships, Change Catalyst

    Philip D. Bennett

    Author and Entrepreneur

    Pramod Dabir

    CEO and Co-Founder, West Agile Labs

    Liv Erickson

    Virtual Reality Developer, Microsoft and Co-Founder, ARVR Academy

    Jason Putori

    UX Designer

    Robert Heiblim

    Principal, BlueSalve Consulting

    Stephanie Lampkin

    CEO and Founder, Blendoor

    Andrew Romans

    Co-Founder and General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital

    Tishin Donkersley

    Director Strategic Partnerships and TV Tech Correspondent, TechCo Media

    Paul Swartz

    Strategic Partnerships Manager, American Airlines

    Dave Ciaglo

    Director of Business Development, TradeHelm

    Lisa Lambert

    Managing Partner, Westly Group

    Mick Liubinskas

    Venture Portfolio Manager, muru-D

    Brian Gorbett

    Startup Initiatives, Microsoft

    Errol Arkilic

    Founder, M34 Capital

    Kira A. Blackwell

    iTech Program Executive & OCT Innovation Liaison, NASA

    Lo Toney

    Partner, GV

    Alisha Seam

    Robotics Engineer, AT&T Foundry

    Brian Markwalter

    Senior Vice President of Research and Standards, Consumer Technology Association

    Eamonn Carey

    Managing Director, Techstars Connection

    John Phelan

    Practice Leader, IBM's San Francisco Bluemix Garage

    Ramamurthy Sivakumar

    Managing Director, Intel Capital

    Tammi Smorynski

    Director, Intel Capital

    Ken Takeda

    Regional Outreach Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Neveen Abel-Jalil

    Resource Supervisory Patent Examiner, United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Will Young

    General Partner, VTF Capital

    Ximena Hartsock

    Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and President, Phone2Action

    Michael Hool

    Managing Partner, Hool Coury Law

    Frank J. Parrotto

    Chief Operating Officer, Matrix Advisors, LLC

    Jeremy Tanner

    Community Development, SendGrid

    Ryan Pamplin

    VP, Sales and Partnerships, Meta

    Adam Griffin

    Director, Galvanize

  • 2017 Schedule

    Check back often for updates. Register now.

    Monday, Oct 9

    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

    CTA Accessories Division Meeting - Open to CTA Members


    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM



    12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

     CTA Vehicle Technology Meeting - Open to CTA Members


    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Excursions & Networking


    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open


    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    CTA Video Division and Content & Entertainment Council Meeting - Open to CTA Members

    CTA Small Business Council - Open to CTA Members


    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Opening Party


    8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open

    Tuesday, Oct 10

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM



    7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

    CTA Foundation Meeting

    CTA Communication Meeting - Open to CTA Members


    8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

    Breakfast & Networking


    9:30 AM - 11:45 AM

    Main Stage (Keynotes, Panels)


    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM



    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open


    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Mentor Sessions

    Mentor Circles


    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Main Stage (Keynotes, Panels)


    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open


    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Tech.Co's Startup of the Year Party


    8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open

    Wednesday, Oct 11

    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM



    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    CTA Division Executive Board Meeting - Open to CTA Members


    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Breakfast & Networking


    9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

    CTA Annual Member Meeting - Open to CTA Members


    9:20 AM - 10:00 AM

    CTA Holiday Sales Forecast


    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Main Stage (Keynotes, Panels)


    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Top 5 Finalists for Startup of the Year Pitch Competition


    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Main Stage (Keynotes, Panels)


    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) Top 25 Announcement

    Tech.Co 5th Annual Startup of the Year Announcement


    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open


    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Celebration Champagne Lunch


    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    CTA Drone Policy Working Group - Open to CTA Members

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  • Can't attend the entire Conference? You can still join us for the Celebration!

    Spend the evening of Oct. 10th with us, while you wine, dine & interact with the Top 100 Semifinalists for Tech.Co's 5th Annual Startup of the Year.

  • Top 100 Startups

    Stay tuned for the announcement of the Top 100 Semifinalists for the 5th Annual Startup of the Year.

  • Amazing Prizes

    The 2017 Startup of the Year Winner will receive an array of valuable products and services from TechCo's dense network of sponsors to contribute to the startup's continued success.


    Interested in Partnering or Sponsoring? Contact us.

    Prizes, Media Attention, & More

    In addition to prizes, such as American Airline business extra points, the winner will receive a special invitation to Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island, to network during the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC).


  • Past Startup of the Year Winners

    Don't forget to click through to the Tech.Co articles on their successes!


    2016 TechCo Startup of the Year

    McKinney, TX


    Connects salon and barbershop owners to individual beauty operators to fill unused salon suites and stations on a temporary basis, allowing salon and barbershop owners make money on their excess inventory.


    2015 TechCo Startup of the Year

    San Francisco, CA


    A blind recruiting app that facilitates job matching based on merit, not molds.


    2014 Tech Cocktail Startup of the Year

    Hampton, VA


    Eliminating the cost and logistics associated with changing batteries in remotely located sensors. 


    2013 Tech Cocktail Startup of the Year

    Boston, MA


    The first ever operating system for employee benefits. Maxwell simplifies benefits, reduces costs, and improves employee health. Maxwell Health has gone on to raise over 69 million dollars in funding.


  • Consumer Technology Association

    The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies -- 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands -- enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships.


    CTA also owns and produces CES® -- the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.

    TechCo Media

    TechCo is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired.


    TechCo dedicates itself to covering news, spotlighting up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in cities across the globe.

  • Innovate! and Celebrate in the Press!

    “(one of the...) The Best Organizations For Entrepreneurs”

    ~ Forbes


    “(Tech.Co)…has served as a launching point for hundreds, if not thousands, of start-ups.”

    ~ Washington Post


    “(Tech.Co is)…one of the countries most recognized organizations for startups and emerging technology”

    ~ Fox News


    “(Celebrate is the place for the)…biggest leaders in tech and early stage companies”

    ~ CBS/WUSA9

    “(Tech.Co events)...attract start-uppers, marketing and PR types... investors; it's usually a crowd large enough to arouse the interest of the fire marshal.”

    ~ Boston Globe

    “(Tech.Co is)…uncovering the hottest startups”

    ~ Huffington Post

    Are you Media looking to cover Innovate! and Celebrate 2017? Contact us.

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  • Travel Tips

    Information at a Glance


    Hotel Information


    888 Howard Street

    Located in downtown San Francisco, South of Market


    Group Reservation Details:

     Web Link: 2017 CTA Innovatel


    Group Rate: $329++

    Group Name: 2017 CTA Innovate

    Block Code: TT7


    Tel: +1 415 616 6500

    Toll Free #: 1-866-781-2364


    Info on ADA Compliance


    Air & Transportation


    San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 13.7 miles


    Oakland International Airport (OAK) - 19.5 miles

    Driving to the Conference?

    Parking Available/180 Spaces


    Valet parking only: $64.98 (USD, tax included)


    Carbon Footprint Exploration

    Even though we'll have amazing Excursions during Innovate! and Celebrate, you may want to further explore the city on foot or via public transportation.


    Visit the Alternative Transportation micro site for ideas on keeping a minimum carbon footprint.