Welcome Address & the State of Innovation in Orange County Report

Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

    David Perry
Administrative Partner, K&L Gates
Chairman, OCTANe

Mr. Perry is a partner in K&L Gates’ Orange County office, where he represents individuals and companies involved in a wide array of business and corporate securities transactions, with a focus on complex financial and technology commercialization arrangements. His representation includes the initial financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, as well as ongoing business operational issues and financial transactions. Read More...

   Bill Carpou
President & CEO,

Bill has held many key positions at technology companies such as Xerox and IKON, and created distribution channels and customer solutions for products manufactured by Canon, Ricoh, and H-P. Both companies also provided an opportunity for Bill to lead distressed operations back to profitability and interact with investors, including several Wall Street investment banks. Additionally, he led several acquisitions and the creation of strategic partnerships. Bill was with Merrill Lynch earlier in his career, and more recently, held an executive position within The Blackstone Group, one of the leading global private equity firms. Read More...

   Richard Sudek
Executive Director,
UC Irvine Institute for Innovation

An entrepreneur at a young age, Richard Sudek’s childhood business efforts were non-stop. After receiving his B.S. in Computer Science from University of California at Irvine, Sudek founded his first company with $250 dollars. Nadek, a data networking design, implementation and support firm, grew from a small startup to a successful organization, serving clients like Microsoft, Boeing, ARCO, Universal Studios and SCE. After considering offers from a dozen corporations, in 1999 Sudek sold the business to SAIC, a $10 billion dollar international firm. Read More...

   Paul Symczak
VP Entrepreneurship,

Paul joined the OCTANe team in July 2013.  He is a seasoned senior management executive with diverse experience in the telecom, wireless, online, high tech and broadcast media industries. He is most recently the co-founder and operator of Prism Strategic Consulting LLC and has been actively involved with the CONNECT Springboard mentoring program – a sister organization to the LaunchPadTM SBDC. Read More...

Security Solutions for the Internet of Things
Tuesday, May 5, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Sponsored by:   

Security Solutions for the Internet of Things: A brief look at increasing electronic control and connectivity of today’s systems and the security risks inherent with their usage as well as possible exploit mitigation techniques.

    Paul Pickle
President & COO

Paul Pickle was appointed president and chief operating officer (COO) of Microsemi Corporation in November 2013 and is responsible for overseeing all company operations, marketing and sales, as well as its research and development efforts. He also plays a key leadership role in defining the strategic direction for the company.  Read More...         

Walter O'Brien, The Real-Life Genius Behind CBS' Hit TV Series, "Scorpion"
Tuesday, May 5, 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

The “Scorpion” TV show on CBS centers on an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. The real-life inspiration for the show -  Walter O’Brien - will explain how the real Scorpion company applies high IQ, computer science, and artificial intelligence to mitigate risk, save lives and solve global problems. powered by is a global think tank for hire that provides intelligence on demand as a concierge service for ANY funded need.

    Walter O'Brien
Scorpion Computer Services

Walter O’Brien (aka "Scorpion") is the founder of and, a global think tank for hire that provides intelligence on demand as a concierge service for ANY funded need. Walter was diagnosed as a child prodigy with an IQ of 197 and has mitigated risk for 7 years on $1.9 trillion of investments and has invented and applied Artificial Intelligence engines to protect United States war fighters in Afghanistan. Read More...

How to Turn Your Last $100 Into $100 Million
Tuesday, May 5, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

    Hayes Drumwright
Founder & Executive Chairman, Trace3;
CEO, POP, Inc.

Hayes Drumwright is Co-Founder and CEO of POPin, a SaaS mobile and web solution that​ empowers organizations to make your team’s best ideas actionable by flattening and engaging the team for CrowdSourcing opportunities and CrowdSolving specific initiatives within the enterprise. Hayes  has been a serially successful entrepreneur for over 20 years. His innate ability to grow companies organically was proven at Trace3 where he took the company from idea to revenues in excess of $400M. Read More...