3 BIG things to look forward to at Sloss Tech 2018 on July 13, including ‘Up And Vanished’ creator Payne Lindsey

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Sloss Tech speaker Payne Lindsey hosts the podcasts “Up and Vanished” and “Atlanta Monster”.  Photo submitted

Here’s me giving an internal round of applause to the 2018 Sloss Tech lineup. (Wowza!) Get your tickets now for the Southeast’s premiere tech festival at the Lyric Theatre on July 13.

Big names are headed our way, people! Trust me—Sloss Tech will sell out, just like it did last year.

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Featured Sloss Tech speaker Bozoma Saint John is the chief marketing officer at Endeavor, the entertainment conglomerate. Photo via Teknoformat-Teknoloji-Haberleri, Flickr

As Birmingham continues to fuel its startup scene , it also continues to grow Sloss Tech, the annual conference that’s paired up with Sloss Fest, Birmingham’s two-day music and arts festival held at Sloss Furnaces.

Here’s why you don’t want to miss Sloss Tech this year:

1. The Speakers

In 2016, when she stole the show at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Buzzfeed called Bozoma Saint John the “coolest person to ever go on stage at an Apple event.” She’s your Sloss Tech headliner!

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She’s the lady in tech who stole the show at the 2016 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Photo via Instagram

You may have heard about Saint John’s recent departure from Uber for entertainment giant Endeavor. The high-profile exec has also worked for PepsiCo and Apple.

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Producer Donald Albright, Payne Lindsey and Jason Hoch with HowStuffWorks. Photo via Atlanta Monster
The Podcast You All Know

He’s a writer, a director and a filmmaker, but you probably know him best as the host of the wildly popular podcast “Up and Vanished”.

Yep, he’s the guy who helped solve one of Georgia’s coldest murder cases. His podcast made it into Apple’s top 20 for downloads in 2017, and in early 2018, Lindsey launched a new podcast in a partnership with HowStuffWorks. It’s called called “Atlanta Monster”.

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2. The Big Shift

Look out for local movers and shakers discussing ways to uplift Birmingham’s tech scene to the next level. Mayor Randall Woodfin will be speaking, and these all-stars will be, too:

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Shipt is a big part of Birmingham’s startup scene. Photo via Shipt
  • Shipt CEO Bill Smith
  • Mixtroz Founder Ashlee Ammons
  • Innovate Birmingham Executive Director Bob Crutchfield
  • Director of Economic Development for the City of Birmingham, Josh Carpenter

Ammons, Carpenter, Crutchfiled and Smith will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Anthony Hood of UAB’s Collat School of Business.

“Each year is a different narrative,” said CEO & President of TechBirmingham Deontée Gordon. “But, it’s always about growing Birmingham’s tech scene and establishing us as the Southeastern hub for startups.”

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Scenes from last year’s Sloss Tech. Photo by Saeed Gaston
3.  Priceless Networking

“The Southeast’s premier tech conference brings together the best and brightest of today’s tech entrepreneurs, both nationally and locally.” -via Sloss Tech

So many new ideas to share! At Sloss Tech founders, startups and technologists can hear from leaders in their industry while building relationships. The goal? To push the boundaries of innovation and grow Birmingham’s tech ecosystem.

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Tech Festival + Birmingham = Happy Startup Scene

The whole week is going to be bananas, since Birmingham Innovation Week starts on Monday, July 9.

That leaves you with Friday (the 13th) for Sloss Tech and the weekend for Sloss Fest (14th and 15th). Do you know how many connected people you’re gonna meet? Lots!

What’s Happening:

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  • Sloss Sport on 7/12: More big names! This time from the sports world.  The headliner is Benjamin Alamar, director of sports analytics at ESPN, AKA The Inside Man. He’s the man who made big data cool.
  • imerge is returning! This year’s event will be held at the new EDPA headquarters. Last year the event brought over 20K guest from 10 states to Birmingham.

Check out the entire schedule for Birmingham Innovation Week! That leaves 7/13 for Sloss Tech and the weekend for Sloss Fest. Get ready!

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