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Confluence speakers announced

03/19/17 12 p.m.

The Rome Floyd Chamber is pleased to announce the return of its two-day innovation and Technology Conference, Confluence, in the heart of downtown Rome. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, April 13th and Friday, April 14th 2017 at the Historic DeSoto Theatre, 605 Broad Street. 

Confluence is a two day conference of inspiration, technology and motivation for business leaders, manufacturers, technologists, educators, entrepreneurs and students. Confluence promises to provide the latest trends in innovation and technology, as presented by local, regional and national leaders. 
Confluence is a product of the Chamber’s Future Industries Initiative, a committee working to make connections between the county’s medical community and its K-12 and post-secondary educational system to support and grow local jobs.
This year’s Confluence includes world-renowned speakers recognized by national media sources and investors positively impacting our society with innovation and ideas that change the world. 
Tickets can be purchased through the event website at Sponsorships are also available. 
The 2017 keynote speakers are: 
G.P. “Bud” Peterson, PhD — Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson is the eleventh president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this capacity he oversees a top-ten public research university with more than 21,500 students and research expenditures of more than $730 million. 
Throughout his career, Dr. Peterson has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on numerous industry, government, and academic task forces and committees. A distinguished scientist, Dr. Peterson was selected in 2008 by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Science Board through 2014. The Board oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advises the President and Congress on national policy related to science and engineering research and education.
Janet Echelman — Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experimental sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. Using unlikely materials from fishnets to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on four continents.  
Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fullbright Lectureship and the
Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views.                                                                  
Additional speakers include:
Lee Hanson – Owner of Guardian Innovations Company
John Grout, PhD – Chair of the Department of Creative Technologies at Berry College 
Bill Rader – Founder and CEO of Efferent Labs
Christopher McKinney, PhD – Vice President of Augusta University
Steve Damon – President and CEO of 4P Therapeutics
Suresh Sharma – Author of “The 3rd American Dream”
Jeff Jahn – Founder of Dynamix Web design
John Cowan, MD – Inventor of “Flip Table”
Students from Darlington’s STEM program
Students from Caps and Grounds at Pepperell High School
Tickets can be purchased on the Rome Floyd Chamber’s website at on the Events Page. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at the Rome Floyd Chamber, 706-291-7663. 
Please visit the website to learn more,