Fireside Chat + Pitch Competition
Grid110, Ground Control, and Gust Launch are coming together to host BotBash! Join us for a two-part night featuring a fireside chat and pitch competition all about AI and machine learning. Industry leaders and budding AI entrepreneurs will take the stage to discuss and share the current state and future visions of AI & machine learning.
Event is free, but spaces are limited. RSVP below.
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Registration + Drinks
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Join Mike Macadaan, Audrey Wu, Natascha French, & Mike Epps for a fireside chat about the current and future applications of AI & machine learning, as well as the human and technical issues to be addressed in this area.
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Watch 8 innovative companies pitch their AI products and services. If you are interested in participating in the pitch competition, click here for more information or apply below. Finalists will have the opportunity to win upwards of $25k in cash and in-kind prizes.
Panelists + Host
Actor + Comedian
Mike Epps, in partnership with Ground Control, is pioneering experiences for voice platforms with the release of Sound Fun, a voice-activated experience.
As Chief Marketing Officer of VNTANA, an Augmented Reality company that created the first scalable and interactive hologram system, Natascha oversees the company’s marketing, sales and communications strategy. Natascha began her career has a journalist for CNN, and worked for various marketing and communications agencies, including Allison+Partners, where she focused on building the startup technology division. She has a successful track record of identifying and sourcing strategic partnerships, and scaling startups through a variety of tools that embraced the latest technology in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, London and China.
Tech Reporter, KTLA-TV Channel 5
Rich DeMuro is the tech reporter for KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles and his “Tech Report” is seen on dozens of Tribune TV stations nationwide. Rich has more than a decade of experience reporting and producing news for TV, radio, print and the internet. Before joining KTLA, Rich was the technology reporter for CBS 2 and KCAL 9 TV in Los Angeles and served as editor at technology websites CNET and Techmeme. At CNET, Rich’s show “The Queue” was a fast and fun way to keep up with the digital world. Rich often lends his tech opinions to various other media outlets. He is often heard discussing the latest tech news with Carson Daly, Kevin & Bean, KFI AM 640 & KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles. He has appeared on G4TV, CNBC, NBC’s Today Show, ABC News, Fox News Channel, the BBC and more. Rich was also a reporter with Channel One News, a daily newscast shown in middle and high schools nationwide. Before that, he was a reporter for TV stations in Washington and Louisiana.
Director of Business Development, Gust Launch
Tina Glickman is the Director of Business Development at Gust Launch, a Company as a Service™ platform built to help transform dreamers into founders and ideas to companies through incorporation and beyond. She develops strategic partnerships within the startup community with those who share in Gust’s mission to help founders take their entrepreneurial ambitions to the next level.
Prior to developing strategic partnerships at Gust, Tina curated corporate art collections internationally, then built a Private Banking book of business serving entrepreneurs in her tenure at Credit Suisse - all the while knowing that she would ultimately serve founders earlier in their company’s life cycle.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Kristian Cardenas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details will be added on our website as we get closer to the event. For any questions regarding the event or the pitch competition, please contact Alex Oh at email@example.com.