• Innovate Celebrate

    3-Day, Global Conference

    Celebrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship


    Innovate 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

    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.

  • 2017 Speakers, Judges, & Mentors

    Check back often for updates.

    Josh Walden

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, New Technology
    Group at Intel Corporation

    Michael Hermus

    Chief Technology Officer for
    the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the
    Department of Homeland Security

    Portia Blunt

    Senior Digital Sport Innovation Manager, New Balance's Digital Sport Division

    Holly Liu

    Co-founder, Kabam

    Kaijen Hsiao

    CTO, Mayfield Robotics

    Carl Vause

    CEO, Soft Robotics

    Amy Jo Martin

    New York Times Bestselling Author, Founder/CEO, Angel Investor and Podcast Host

    Justin Fishkin

    Chief Strategy Officer, Local Motors

    Kara McGuire

    Advisory Leader, Iconoculture Consumer Insights

    Brano Perkovich

    Chief Investment Officer, San Francisco 49ers and a Managing Partner, Aurum
    Partners LLC

    Brandon Andrews

    Senior Consultant, Values Partnerships, and Casting Lead, Shark Tank

    Kira Blackwell

    Program Executive, NASA HQ

    Mayra Ceja

    Venture Partner, Social Starts

    Gregory Borchardt

    Co-founder and Managing Partner, Caerus Ventures

    Andre Fowlkes

    President, Start Co

    Ben Parr

    Co-founder and COO, Octane AI

    Cheryl Foil

    Principal Tech and Innovation, Kiddar Capital

    Dave Ciaglo

    Director of Business Development, TradeHelm

    Gabriella Draney Zielke

    Co-founder and Partner, Tech Wildcatters

    Ilan Cohen

    Director of Hardware Outreach, Indiegogo

    Bambi Francisco

    Founder and CEO, Vator

    Matt Galligan

    Founder, The Picks & Shovels Co

    Jessica Alter

    Co-founder, Tech for Campaigns

    Becca Samson

    Marketing Manager, Google for Entrepreneurs

    Jeff O'Hara

    Founder, Edmodo

    Brian Gorbett

    Director, Microsoft for Startups | West

    John M. Guidos

    Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, TurboAppeal, Inc.

    Ximena Hartsock

    Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and President, Phone2Action

    Frank Gruber

    Co-founder and CEO, TechCo Media

    Robert Heiblim


    BlueSalve Consulting & Interim Management


    Sara Hill

    SVP of Advanced Technologies, Enterprise Ireland Mountain View

    Eric Hsia

    Venture Partner and Advisor, Translink Capital

    Michael Hughes

    Senior Director, Equity Crowdfunding, Indiegogo

    Jeff Joseph

    Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, Consumer Technology Association

    Steve Koenig

    Senior Director Market Research, Consumer Technology Association

    Brittany Laughlin

    Partner, Lattice Ventures

    Mara Lewis

    CEO and Co-founder, ID8 Innovation

    Angela Leon

    Account Director, Airfoil Group

    Justin Kulla

    Founder and CEO, BusinessBlocks

    Eric Mathews

    Advisory Board Member, Global Accelerator Network and Founder, Start Co.

    Frank Parrotto

    COO, Matrix Advisors LLC

    Erica Duignan Minnihan

    Co-founder and Managing Partner, CoFounders Lab

    Jason Putorti

    UX Designer, Angel List

    Cyrus Radfar

    Founding Partner, V1

    David Robinson

    Vice President of Product Design, Oath

    Lesley Rohrbaugh

    Senior Manager of Market Research, Consumer Technology Association

    Paul Sabbah

    President and Founder, Stamford International Inc.

    Daliah Saper

    Founder, Saper Law Offices

    Annie Scranton

    Founder, Pace Public Relations

    Josh Scherman

    Vice President, SurePath Capital Partners

    Rajesh Setty

    Seriel Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker

    Gary Shapiro

    President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association

    Jeff ​Slobotski

    Founder​ and Managing Partner​, Router Ventures

    Michael Sorrentino

    Founder, Sorrentino Media

    Tyler Suiters

    Vice President of Communications, Consumer Technology Association

    Jeremy Tanner

    SendGrid Accelerate

    George Stepancich

    CEO and Founder, Invisionate

    David Wu

    General Partner, Maveron

  • Innovate Celebrate

    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 | Union Square


    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Registration | Grand Ballroom Foyer


    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Excursions & Networking


    12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

     CTA Vehicle Technology Meeting - Open to CTA Members | Telegraph Hill


    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open | Grand Ballroom C


    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    TechCo Startup of the Year Round One Judging - Semifinalists Only |

    Russian Hill/Potrero Hill/Nob Hill/Laurel Hill/Cathedral Hill


    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    CTA Video Division and Content & Entertainment Council Meeting - Invitation Only | Telegraph Hill

    CTA Small Business Council - Open to CTA Members | Union Square


    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Opening Party | Press Club SF | 20 Yerba Buena Lane


    8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open | Grand Ballroom C

    Tuesday, Oct 10

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Registration | Grand Ballroom Foyer


    7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

    CTA Foundation Meeting | Telegraph Hill

    CTA Communication Meeting - Open to CTA Members | Union Square


    8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

    Breakfast & Networking


    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Main Stage (Keynotes, Panels) | Grand Ballroom A&B


    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    1:1 Mentor Sessions | Marina


    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Networking & Lunch | Pacific Terrace

    Mentor Circles | Mission


    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open | Grand Ballroom C


    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Main Stage (Keynotes, Panels) | Grand Ballroom A&B


    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open | Grand Ballroom C


    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    CTA Member Appreciation Happy Hour - Open to CTA Members | Spa Terrace


    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    TechCo's Startup of the Year Party | Pacific Terrace


    8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open | Grand Ballroom C

    Wednesday, Oct 11

    8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

    Registration | Grand Ballroom Foyer


    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    CTA Division Executive Board Meeting - Open to CTA Members | Telegraph Hill


    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Breakfast & Networking


    9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

    CTA Annual Member Meeting - Open to CTA Members | Grand Ballroom A&B


    9:20 AM - 10:00 AM

    Hot Tech Trends for the Holidays | Grand Ballroom A&B


    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Main Stage (Keynotes, Panels) | Grand Ballroom A&B


    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Top 5 Finalists for Startup of the Year Pitch Competition | Grand Ballroom A&B


    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Main Stage (Keynotes, Panels) | Grand Ballroom A&B


    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) Top 25 Announcement | Grand Ballroom A&B

    TechCo's 5th Annual Startup of the Year Announcement | Grand Ballroom A&B


    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Hospitality Lounge Open | Grand Ballroom C


    12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

    Celebration Champagne Lunch | Pacific Terrace


    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    CTA Drone Policy Working Group - Open to CTA Members | Telegraph Hill

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  • Can't attend the entire Conference? You can still join us for the 5th Annual Startup of the Year Celebration!

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

  • Top 100 Startups Listed

    Every single Semifinalist competing in TechCo's Startup of the Year competition is listed here for you to learn more.

  • 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


    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 Celebrate in the Press!

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

    ~ Forbes


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

    ~ Washington Post


    “(TechCo 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

    “(TechCo 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

    Are you Media looking to cover Innovate 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


    **NOTE: The Innovate Celebrate group rate is currently sold out for the nights of October 10 and 11; however, there are still rooms available at the hotel. If interested in booking a room, please reach out to the hotel housing contact - Liz Githuka at Elizabeth.Githuka@ihg.com or 415.616.6904, and mention you are with Innovate Celebrate.


    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 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.