2012 ACE Innovation Event Schedule


12:10 - Welcome to ACE Innovation
12:15 - Dr. Janek (Scott & White Research)
1:20 - Mayoral proclamation
1:30 - Kevin Koym (Tech Ranch Austin)
2:30 - Brewster McCracken (Pecan Street Project)
3:45 - Announcements
4:00 - Alex Fontani (distinguished ACE student)


Dr. Hania Wehbe - Janek Scott & White
Dr. Hania Wehbe-Janek is the Director of the Office of Medical Education and Research at Scott & White Healthcare Center. She will discuss the use of virtual simulators in medical training.

Kevin Koym - Tech Ranch Austin
Kevin Koym is the co-founder of Tech Ranch Austin, an organization that supports technology ventures by accelerating entrepreneur success. Kevin cut his teeth in the tech startup world as an engineer, CTO, CEO, and VP of Sales for over seven start-ups including NeXT (now part of Apple), Praxsys, and Pencom. Kevin's first dollar earned as an entrepreneur was a peso in Mexico. Since that time he's supported tech start-ups in Mexico, Chile, and the U.S. Now Kevin shares his scar tissue by pairing vibrant tech start-ups with the people, processes, and materials needed to accelerate their success. Learn more by visiting www.techranchaustin.com.

Brewster McCracken - Pecan Street, Inc.
Brewster McCracken is executive director of Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid research and commercialization consortium headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. McCracken was one of three global smart grid project leaders invited by the government of Japan to present at the one-year anniversary conference for the reconstruction of Fukushima in March 2012, and he was the lead author of Pecan Street's successful smart grid stimulus application in 2009. He was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council, serving in a city-wide at large position. Through his elected position, he served as a board member of Austin Energy, founded and chaired the city council's Emerging Technologies Committee and led the city's collaboration with The University of Texas to establish technology incubators in bioscience and wireless technologies. Prior to holding elected office, he practiced commercial litigation for nearly a decade with two large international law firms. He is an honors graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and of Princeton University, and he holds a Masters in Public Affairs from UT's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.