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Tech Talk Spotlights Michigan Visionaries Featuring Dug Song, Exciting New Format

August 22, 2023 Press Releases

Tech enthusiasts and industry leaders are eagerly anticipating the upcoming Tech Talk speaker spotlight, set to take place on Tuesday, September 19 at the Michigan Theater. Part of a2Tech360 and organized by Ann Arbor SPARK, this year’s event introduces a fresh format designed to enhance the learning and networking experience for participants.

Attendees will be treated to a lineup of four exceptional speakers, each a trailblazer in their respective fields, kicking off with a keynote presentation that is sure to leave an indelible mark on the minds of all who attend.

“We’re thrilled to witness the evolution of Tech Talk. This event serves as a testament to the exceptional talent that resides here, showcasing their innovative spirit and contributions. Tech Talk has become a platform for fostering meaningful conversations and connections, embodying the essence of our vibrant tech community,” said Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO.

Keynote of the Event: Dug Song

Dug Song, a true luminary in the tech world, will keynote Tech Talk. As the co-founder and former CEO of a renowned cybersecurity company, Song’s influence on the industry is unparalleled. With his visionary ideas and transformative insights, Song’s keynote address is poised to captivate and inspire attendees.

“Change is inevitable, growth is a choice, and execution does not equal innovation. It’s important that we collectively try different approaches and combinations to shape our future,” said Dug Song of the Song Foundation. Song’s talk will touch on his personal journey, the importance of startups to Michigan’s economic future, and what ecosystems look like. 

A Fresh Approach

Breaking away from its traditional agenda, this year’s Tech Talk introduces a captivating new format. The event will commence with Song’s keynote, followed by four distinguished speakers, each bringing unique perspectives on emerging technologies, industry trends, and the exciting challenges that lie ahead. 

  • Connie Chang, ONL Therapeutics
  • Julie Cruz, Julie Cruz Studio
  • Alex Simmons, Boon
  • Marvin Yates Sr., National Security Innovation Network

Following the presentations, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to connect and engage with the speakers and fellow participants over food and drinks. This convivial environment encourages the exchange of ideas, the forging of new partnerships, and the exploration of collaborative opportunities.

Event Details and Registration

Registration for Tech Talk is now open and the ticket cost is $20. Learn more about a2Tech360 and view the week-long schedule of events at

Ann Arbor SPARK is grateful to our Tech Talk sponsors Wacker Chemical and the LDFA.