Preliminary agenda (subject to change)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
3:30 p.m.  Board Belle of Louisville

4:00 p.m. 

Belle of Louisville Welcome Reception and Cruise

6:30 p.m. 

Dinner, Location TBD

Thursday, October 16, 2014

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Welcome
Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, KY

8:15 a.m.  

Why Entrepreneurship Matters and Maker 101

8:45 a.m.

Manufacturing, the Maker Movement, and Urban Revitalization
The integration of “making” with advancements in manufacturing can be beneficial to cities. This panel will introduce new and innovative ways in which Americans are manufacturing products and contributing to local and economic growth and revitalization, and will outline how cities can work with local corporations to expand innovation.

9:45 a.m.  

Lightning Presentations

10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Supporting Maker Entrepreneurs
Makers and entrepreneurs face several challenges in the process of innovating. This panel will examine the needs of makers and entrepreneurs and will address how cities can support these makers to help them be successful.

11:15 a.m.

Attracting and Inspiring Maker Entrepreneurs
To expand the Maker Movement and entrepreneurship, programs and events should be made widely available. This panel will highlight events and programs that promote making and entrepreneurial activity and will suggest ways to support and promote these programs in your city.


Keynote speaker: Dale Dougherty, founder, president, and CEO of Maker Media, producer of Make Magazine

1:15 p.m. 

Welcoming Entrepreneurial Immigrants
Immigrants are an important source of job creation and economic growth in the United States. This panel will present data behind the entrepreneurial activity of immigrant entrepreneurs and will highlight ways to welcome and support immigrant entrepreneurs in your city.

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.  Lightning Presentations

3:00 p.m.

Campaigning for Entrepreneurship
In the spirit of entrepreneurship competitions and election campaigns, several mayors will give their “stump speech” about the best way for cities to support making and entrepreneurial activity. A panel of entrepreneurship experts will offer suggestions and solicit additional information from the mayors before the audience votes for their favorite idea.

4:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m. Optional Tour of Louisville Entrepreneurship Destinations