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Upstate Manufacturing and Tech Conference brings Facebook’s “Employee Number 25” to Syracuse to discuss the future of Technology and Cybersecurity

By Karly Grifasi | NEXT 2018, Event Manager

NEXT Conference, November 15, 2018Chris Kelly, former Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook and Silicon Valley investor, will speak to an audience of 250 members of the CNY technology and manufacturing community this November at NEXT 2018.

This one-day conference held in Syracuse each fall features the latest trends in business and technology with a focus on manufacturing excellence, law and commercialization as well as innovations in biotech. The event features keynotes from global thought leaders, a technology showcase of cutting-edge research and innovation, and workshops where attendees gain an up-close view of state-of-the-art technologies and strategies, learning from experts and one another.

With cyber-security trending in international news, Kelly’s appearance in Syracuse couldn’t have better timing. His keynote will address the latest challenges and advances in cyber-security, as well as paint of picture of the future of technology from his unique perspective as an active investor in companies looking to move the mark in media, finance and technology. NEXT 2018 will also feature Rob Shepherd, from Cornell’s Organic Robotics Lab. Shepherd’s work with 3D prosthetics offers the potential for “soft” robots that can feel, change color and interact safely with humans.

NEXT is a collaboration between four organizations focused on expanding economic opportunities in Central New York: Syracuse University’s CASE (The Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering), NYS Science+Technology Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law, CNY TDO and CNY Biotech Accelerator. Robert Kocik, Director of CNY TDO’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership views the event as a complete package that offers attendees the chance to engage with next-generation companies and products and develop new channels for growth and innovation. “The NEXT event is always an exciting and inspiring day for the attendees and our four NYSTAR designated centers. It brings together all the elements needed to support our joint mission to help CNY companies drive regional innovation, growth, and competitiveness.”

Through generous sponsors and grant funding, the full day event costs only $25 to attend. For more information and to register, visit next-syr.com.

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