Hatching A Tech Startup


Tech startups have special challenges. Founders need to keep an eye on technology disruption, they have to find, recruit and keep the best talent, and they have to stay ahead of their competition. In the early stages there are no funds and never enough resources or time. In spite of this tech startup founders find a way to stand up their first product and land their first customers.

Join us for an afternoon with tech startup founders Melinda Jacobs, cofounder, Lucent Sky, Maria Karam, Founder, Tactile Audio Displays Inc and the Inventor’s Nest, and Eddy Song Fonder of Inlighten Co as they share their own stories of the early stages of their businesses.

Come and hear how they do it and how they turn their ideas into products customers want.


3:30 Doors Open and Networking

4:00 Welcome and Speakers

4:50 Panel and Q&A

5:30 Closing Remarks

6:00 Close


Melinda Jacobs, cofounder, Lucent Sky (https://www.lucentsky.com/)

LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/melindakjacobs/) , Twitter @melindakjacobs (https://twitter.com/melindakjacobs?lang=en)

Melinda Jacobs is cofounder of Lucent Sky, an application security vendor based in San Francisco and Taipei. Originally from Fredericton, Melinda studied as a Loran Scholar at the University of Toronto and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA). Last year Melinda presented a keynote at the Lean Startup conference in San Francisco and is a frequent presenter on social entrepreneurship, security and risk. She was recently named a Senior Fellow of the Canadian International Council and now resides in Toronto.

Dr. Maria Karam, Founder, Tactile Audio Displays Inc (https://www.tadsinc.com/) and the Inventor’s Nest

LinkedIN (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mkaram/), Twitter @mkaram99 (https://twitter.com/mkaram99)

Dr. Karam is the inventor and President of Tactile Audio Displays inc., and a Senior visiting research fellow at Kings College London UK. Dr. Karam specializes in the research and development of tactile communication systems and multi sensory technology integration in luxury autonomous vehicles, accessibility, and immersive entertainment environments. Maria is also the founder of the Inventors Nest, a new innovation and collaboration hub for artists, scientists, and techies. She has also been a member of the IEEE since 2005.

Eddy Song, Founder, Inlighten Co. (https://inlighten.co)

LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/eddysong/)

Eddy Song is the founder of Inlighten Co. Inlighten makes fashionable clothing from fibre optic textiles. Their first products are popular with the EDM community.

MC and Panel Moderators

Dr. Maryam Davoudpour, Educator (http://toronto.ieee.ca/people/maryam-davoudpour/)

Dr. Maryam Davoudpour received the MASc and PhD degrees from the Moscow State Technical University of Bauman in Information Technology and Control Complex Systems. She also completed a NSERC post-doctoral fellowship. She is a member of the DMZ (Digital Media Zone) at Ryerson University. Dr. Davoupour is with Ryerson University since 2008 and has recently joined Humber College. She has extensive industrial and academic experience, and has been involved in various successful R&D projects.

Dr. Davoudpour’s research interests are in the areas of Nonlinear Modeling, Knowledge-Based Expert Systems, Petri Nets, Modeling Context Aware Systems and Internet of Things. She is an active reviewer of various IEEE publications and conferences.

Dr. Davoudpour is the chair of the IEEE Instrumentation, Measurement, Robotics and Automation chapter in Toronto and she is the Chair of Women in Engineering (WIE) at IEEE Toronto, as well as the WIE representative for Central Canada.

Adriana Ieraci, M. Eng., Founder Get Your Bot On! (http://getyourboton.com)

LinkedIn, Twitter @adrianai (https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriana-ieraci-a3510/)

Adriana is a technology design translator. Her work explores the application of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and robotics, the design patterns and business models they enable. She is a design and technology entrepreneurship lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. She has led multiple institutions in research strategy and business development. She is the founder of Conveyor Built, an innovation skills training and development firm. Her passion for technological literacy and open innovation inspired her to start the Get Your Bot On! Robotics Community. She is a member of the board of the Parametric Human Project. Adriana has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Toronto.


About IEEE Women in Engineering Toronto Chapter

IEEE Toronto is a community for electrical and computer engineers and related professions. We hold professional/technical meetings, tutorials, conferences, etc. for our members and guests, and recognize excellence through our awards program. With approximately 4000 members in the local area, and more than 50 yearly events, we are very active in serving the electrical engineering professionals at all levels. Find out more about the Engineering in (http://toronto.ieee.ca/engineering-in-medicine-and-biology/) Medicine and Biolo (http://toronto.ieee.ca/engineering-in-medicine-and-biology/)gy Society (http://toronto.ieee.ca/engineering-in-medicine-and-biology/) chapter and the IEEE Women in Engineering (http://toronto.ieee.ca/women-in-engineering-wie/) group.

About Get Your Bot On!

Get Your Bot On! is a community of roboticists, engineers, designers and hobbyists in the Toronto area. GYBO! hosts meetups, workshops and hackathons for knowledge sharing and collaboration among its members. Join us for our[masked] Women in Robotics series and our regular Meetup. Find out more at our website (https://getyourboton.com/) or follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/getyourboton).