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First Pitch: Aerospace, Drones and Advanced Materials

Industries from utilities to agriculture to real estate are being disrupted by drones. How will these advances lead to new services, hardware and systems? What will advances in the robotics field do to disrupt other industries? Can light metals and fabrics change even the most established supply chains? How is commercial space flight re-shaping the aeropsace industry? Join the CTC for this inside look at the most promising research in academia, hear from leading investors and see demos from startups in aerospace, drones, and advanced materials.


1:00pm Welcome Remarks: CTC and Citrix Startup Accelerator
1:10pm Raja Sengupta, Civil + Environmental Engineering Professor, UC Berkeley
1:40pm Harry Partridge, Game Changing Technology Division, NASA
2:00pm Matt Sommer, Co-Founder, Alanax Technologies
2:15pm Donn Walklet, Founder + CEO, Terra-Vista
2:30pm Ravi Belani, Director, Alchemist Accelerator
2:45pm Brian Lee, Senior Electrical Engineer, Highway1
3:00pm Michael Harries, Chief Technologist, Citrix Startup Accelerator
3:15pm Jeff Bergman, Project Engineer, Acellent Technologies
3:30pm Pete Lynn, Engineer, OtherLab
3:45pm Robert Morris, Founder + CEO, TerrAvion
4:00pm Mike Ritter, CEO, SlantRange
4:15pm Samamtha Wai, Farm2050 Intiative Lead, Innovation Endeavors
5:00pm Concluding Reception

For more information and to register, click here.

Applications to present were evaluated by a panel of experts including:

  • Ravi Belani, Director, Alchemist Accelerator
  • Lisa Ellman, Unmanned Aerial Systems Practice Lead, McKenna Long and Aldridge
  • Dr. Moira Gunn, Host, Tech Nation
  • Dr. Michael Harries, Chief Technologist, Citrix Startup Accelerator
  • Gareth Keane, Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures
  • Michael Marlaire, Director, Special Projects, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Dr. Harry Partridge, Game Changing Technology Division, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Todd Rumberger, Vice Chairman, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • John van den Heuvel, Advisor, Netherlands Office of Science & Technology
  • Dean Wiberg, Manager, Commercial Technology Partnerships, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (Caltech)

Learn more about our First Pitch commercialization and business development initiative.

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Earlier Event: June 5
Ambassador Meeting
Later Event: June 25
Clean Acres Tour: Levi's Stadium