Day 1 - May 29

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm   /   Registration at Graduate Hotel - 141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   /   Sponsor booth setup at Graduate Hotel

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm   /   VIP Speaker/Sponsor Reception  (VIP invite only)  -  Sponsored by HUDL

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm   /   Opening Party - Rule G - 350 Canopy St. Suite 300 (3rd Floor on the Roof in the Railyard)

Open to the public.  Connect with the best and brightest innovators to kick off the Summit.


DAY 2 - May 30

8:00 am - 9:00 am   /   Registration & Networking - Graduate Hotel - 141 N 9th St

8:00 am - 9:00 am   /   Sponsor booths open

9:00 am - 9:30 am   /   Event Kickoff

Brian Ardinger - Founder & CEO of InsideOutside / NXXT, Inc

The Inside/Outside Imperative: Preparing for a Faster Future

The Honorable Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska

Christopher Kingsley - CCO of Firespring & Emcee

Innovation in Unexpected Places

9:30 am - 10:00 am   /   Sean Ammirati - Author & Founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Corporate Startup Lab

Maximizing ROI for Corporate Innovation

Sean and his team at CMU increasingly believe companies are systematically but inadvertently under investing in innovation.  In this presentation, he will explore best practices around how to setup and value transformational innovation projects in established enterprises. 

Two hundred attendees will have the opportunity to receive his book The Science of Growth,  

10:00 am - 10:30 am   /   Steve Glaveski - Author and Cofounder & CEO of Collective Campus

The Business Case Alternative: How to Support Disruptive Innovation at a Large Company

10:30 am - 11:00 am   /   Nicole Rufuku - Cofounder & CEO of Bonsai Hiring

Hiring for innovation: transforming job interviews

11:00 am - 11:30 am   /   Break   /  Sponsor booths open

11:30 am - 12:00 pm   /   Wendy Lea - CEO of Cintrifuse

Diversity + Collaboration = Innovation

How Communities Benefit from Startup + Corporate Collaboration

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm   /   Jack Elkins - Cofounder of the Orlando Magic Innovation Lab

Survive and Thrive

Do you want to thrive when change comes? Do you want to be so confident in your ability to innovate that you actually go looking for change? Yeah!  Bummer because our brains have a different plan. They are wired for survival. What can we do? We’ll share directly from the Orlando Magic Innovation Playbook and look at the skills, lenses and language to use to be the one who helps your company thrive. Included is a bonus giveaway to help you well after the talk is over.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm   /   Jeremy Lockhorn - VP, Experience Strategy - Mobile + Emerging Technology - SapientRazorfish

Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution

A year after the 10th anniversary of the launch of the original iPhone, it is clear that while mobile has disrupted nearly everything, we’re just getting started. What happens at the intersection of mobility, artificial intelligence, conversational interfaces, IoT, and more? How should brands be thinking about innovation in this new complex environment? How do we separate the parlor tricks from the paradigm shifts? Jeremy Lockhorn, mobile lead at SapientRazorfish, shares his point of view on where we (as an industry) have been in mobile - and where brands need to go next.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   /   Lunch & Table Talks (hosted by industry experts) - Graduate Hotel

  • The Future of UX Design - Zeljka Hassler - Nelnet 
  • Balancing Innovation Resources Inside and Out - Derek Chin - The Nerdery
  • Intellectual Property - Matt Poulsen - Suiter Swantz
  • Category Design  - Emir Plicanic - Vosaic - Category design is a business strategy and discipline that helps companies create, develop, and dominate new categories of products and services.
  • Building a Startup Brand -  Micah Yost - Method Mark
  • Nebraska Startup Resources - Carlos Estrada, Christina Oldfather and Dan Hoffman - NMotion/LPED/Invest Nebraska -  Lincoln Startup Ecosystem & Resources and Community Discussion
  • Barriers to innovation that exist in large corporations - Taylor Dawson - GE/ - Giddy's purpose is to provide a path for large corporates looking to make a transformation in their innovation teams/programs by engaging in open innovation.  Taylor will discuss GE Appliances’ transformation when they decided to build a microfactory that uses lean startup principles to ship MVP products to real customers.
  • Agile Marketing - Tyler Hakes -  Optimist
  • Innovation Ecosystems - Julie Maurer - Arch Grants
  • Blockchain - An Emerging Technology - Heath Roehr - PaymentSpring

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   /   Sponsor booths open

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm   /   Startup Showcase open to exhibiting startups only for set up

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm   /   Sunayna Tuteja - Head of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation at TD Ameritrade

It takes a tiger team: How big companies need to be thinking about innovation

Established organizations have to think about innovation holistically. You can’t just try to cultivate a broad culture of innovation – you also have to form dedicated teams focused on building emerging experiences and bringing them to market quickly. In this session, Sunayna Tuteja will discuss how dedicated teams can speed up the innovation engine and be a magnet for driving innovation across the enterprise. By cornering off a tiger team from legacy processes you can expose the barriers and impediments that exist in your organization and apply the lessons learned to the broader ecosystem.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm   /   Andrew Erlick - Director of Innovation Solutions, Enterprise at Indiegogo

Gather, Gauge, Generate - 3 Gs of Innovation Validation

Early Adopters for Innovation Validation

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm   /   Ryan Jacoby -  Author & Founder of MACHINE

Leading Innovation : Taking responsibility for progress

If you’re accountable for innovation and new product development in your organization, it’s likely you’re viewed with skepticism and your job description doesn’t cover what you actually have to get done. How can you overcome those obstacles? Ryan, a practitioner and the author Making Progress: The 7 responsibilities of innovation leaders, will share advice to help you based on his work over the years in the innovation trenches and boardrooms including themes like:

- Battling the “I’m not sure what they do over there, nice office space though” perception

- Avoiding the “hey are we working on AR?” executive cocktail party project brief

- Kickstarting post-it note inundated and frozen teams

- Surviving to keep working on the most important problems

After Ryan's presentation, 200 attendees will have the opportunity to receive his tactical guide.  Stay after to talk with Ryan and have your book signed!


3:30 pm - 6:30 pm   /   Startup Showcase and Innovators Mixer - Grand Manse - 129 N 10th St

(Across the street from the Graduate Hotel.  Enter door next to Hurts Donuts)

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm   /   VIP Angel Innovator Mixup  (VIP invite only)  -  Sponsored by U.S. Property


DAY 3 - May 31

8:00 am - 9:00 am   /   Registration & Networking -  Graduate Hotel - 141 N 9th St

8:00 am - 9:00 am   /   Sponsor booths open

9:00 am - 9:30 am   /   Kickoff

Brian Ardinger - Founder & CEO of NXXT, Inc. 

Christopher Kingsley -  CCO of Firespring & Emcee

9:30 am - 10:00am   /   David J Bland - Founder & CEO of Precoil

Thinking Big, Testing Small.  Creating teams that build stuff.

10:00 am - 10:30 am   /   Doug Durham - Co-Founder & CTO of Don't Panic Labs

Alternative approaches to executing corporation innovation projects

Traditional approaches to executing corporate innovation projects often include the use of in-house product development resources. This presents challenges for several reasons. This talk will outline these challenges and discuss alternative approaches using a review of case studies for these alternatives.

10:30 am - 11:00 am   /   Andi Plantenberg - Innovation Consultant

3 Approaches To Innovation That Fail

Big companies all over the world are trying hard to act more like startups and often failing. In this talk, we'll examine 3 common approaches to innovation that fall down. Then we’ll identify what has been working and outline the tactical components for standing up true innovation in your organization.

11:00 am - 11:30 am   /   Break   /   Sponsor booths open

11:30 am - 12:00 pm   /   Bart Foster - Managing Director of Sanitas Advisors

Are Strategics the new Angels? How to accelerate revenue & profits through strategic partnerships

Hear stories about how Bart Foster has built several businesses leveraging the resources, capital, and expertise of strategic partners including Novartis, Proctor & Gamble, Walmart, Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield, RedBox, etc.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm   /   Peter Gardner - Founder & CEO of Startgrid

A Future of Connected Networks

Local startup ecosystems are flourishing outside of the traditional tech centers, from Lincoln to Boise to Des Moines. But connecting them to global markets and capital can be tough. Let’s talk about how technology can help break down geographic barriers and link ecosystems into global networks.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm   /   Natalie Fratto - Vice-President at Silicon Valley Bank

The Adaptability Quotient: Why AQ may be more important than IQ and EQ in Tech

As technology evolves at an exponential rate, our ability to adapt to change is becoming a differentiating factor that dictates success or failure within individuals and organizations. In this talk, Natalie Fratto explores how adaptability may be the missing key to redefining smart in a digital age.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   /   Lunch

Explore lunch on your own in the amazing and numerous restaurants in the Haymarket and Downtown Lincoln

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   /   Sponsor booths open

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm   /   Bernard Moon - Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Group

Trends from Silicon Valley and Beyond

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm   /   Megan Elliott - Founding Director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts

Innovation Design: Disclosing, Deviating, and Emerging

How world-building and the emerging media arts lead to disruptive innovation.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm   /   Break  /  Sponsor booths open

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm   /   $120K Startup Investment Pitch Competition + $25K LNK Launch Grant

Sponsored by Nelnet, Allo Communications, Spreetail, Assurity, and Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

The following six teams have been chosen as finalists to pitch.  Up to four more teams will be chosen from the Showcase Floor.  For more information about each Showcase company see

  • Equity
  • Savr
  • Re-sure
  • Regard
  • MakuSafe
  • Pawlytics

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm   /   RSM Closing Happy Hour at FUSE Coworking -  151 N 8th St - 2nd Floor


FREE COWORKING AT FUSE | RSM Basecamp sponsored by RSM

Summit attendees can take advantage of free coworking at FUSE | RSM Basecamp sponsored by RSM on May 29-31, 2018 from 8am-5pm.  

FUSE Coworking is located at 151 N 8th St - Fifth Floor.  Must show badge for admittance.