Foundation, Google Host Event: ‘Georgia’s Digital Economy’

September 9, 2013
Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or

Foundation, Google Host Event: ‘Georgia’s Digital Economy’

Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and Google will co-host “Georgia’s Digital Economy,” a half-day conference at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta on Monday, September 16. 

The 8-11:30 a.m. event will include breakfast and begins with demonstrations of Google products, including Google Glass, Chromebooks and Pixel. 

Leaders in entrepreneurship, education and litigation will share their views on Georgia’s opportunities in the Digital Age, including where Georgia leads and lags in entrepreneurship, how patent trolls imperil innovation and how to personalize education in Georgia. Find the list of participating speakers and the agenda online here. 

Attendance is free and open to the public but registration is required; seating is limited. Information and online registration for the public are at

Media who wish to attend must contact Benita Dodd at or 404-256-4050.

What: Georgia’s Digital Economy
When: 8-11:30 a.m. Monday, September 16 (Continental breakfast available starting at 8 a.m.)
Where: Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Room 236, 84 5th Street NW, Atlanta
: Business, Business Casual


8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast & Registration/Product Demos/Networking
Product Demos include Google Glass, Chromebooks and Pixel

8:30 – 8: 45 Opening Welcome Remarks
Lilyn Hester, Public Policy & Government Relations Manager, Southeast U.S. Region, Google
Representative Ed Setzler, Chairman, House Science and Technology Committee

8:45 – 9:15 Opening Keynote Speaker: The Innovation Ecosystem Fueling Economic Growth
Steve Cross, Executive Vice President for Research, Georgia Institute of Technology

9:15 – 10:15 Entrepreneurship Panel – Where does Georgia Lead and Lag?
Moderator: Dr. Sam Franklin, Sr. Analytical Lead, Retail Industry Chairman, Atlanta Community Affairs, Google
Panelists: Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan, President, TIE Atlanta, Chairman & CEO, Virima Technologies
Dr. Paul Judge, Chief Research Officer & VP, Barracuda Networks
David Cummings, Founder & Owner, Atlanta Technology Village

10:15 – 10:25 Break

10:25 – 11:00 Patent Troll Panel – Threat to Innovation
Moderator: Matthew Levy, Patent Counsel, Computer & Communication Industry Association (CCIA)
Panelists: John Harris, Senior Partner, Morris Manning & Martin, LLP
Dr. Steve Vicinanza, CEO, BlueWave Computing, LLC

11:00 – 11:20 Education and Technology – Personalized Learning for Every Child
Speaker: Bob Swiggum, Chief Information Officer, Georgia Department of Education

11:20 – 11:30 Closing Remarks

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