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TechWizard Feature: Utah Celebrates Tech Sector at Silicon Slopes Summit and StartFEST

TechWizard Feature: Utah Celebrates Tech Sector at Silicon Slopes Summit and StartFEST

This is a big week for the Utah tech community. Silicon Slopes returns to the Delta Center for its annual Summit on September 27th and 28th. Silicon Slopes Summit is Utah’s premiere tech event each year. It attracts thousands of the brightest minds in tech, both from within Utah from outside the state. And it always serves up an impressive speaker line up. This year is no different. Summit 2023’s power-packed keynote list includes many influential leaders across multiple diverse parts of society, including:

  • Tony Robbins, the global entrepreneur, investor, NY Times # Best Selling Author, Philanthropist and “The World’s #1 Life and Business Strategist.”
  • Clint Betts, CEO and Co-Founder of CEO.com and Silicon Slopes, who sat down with TechBuzz recently, said about Robbins’ participation at Summit, “We’re in for a rare treat to hear Tony Robbins speak. Typically, people would spend well over $1,000 to have an opportunity to hear him speak at a live event. It is really a bargain for Summit attendees to hear an address by a person of his caliber.”

In addition, Summit attendees can expect to gain actionable insights and valuable wisdom — not to mention first-class entertainment — from top speakers, business leaders, entertainers, journalists, and unusually, LDS Church leadership, each with a unique perspective on the world of business and technology. This year’s line up is one of the best ever, said Betts, and will offer something for everyone:

  • Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO, Vaynermedia
  • Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN
  • Jim Kwik, Founder, Kwik Brain, NY Times Best Selling Author, Celebrity Brain Coach
  • Reed Hastings, Founder and Executive Chairman of Netflix, and new owner of Powder Mountain Resort, a wintersports gem of the Ogden Valley that offers some of Utah’s finest powder skiing.
  • Marlon Wayans, Actor, Producer, Comedian, Writer and Film Director
  • Jim Lanzone, CEO, Yahoo
  • Kate Rooney, CNBC Technology Reporter
  • Prashanth Chandrasekar, CEO, Stack Overflow
  • Jesse Itzler, NY Times Best Selling Author, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Owner, Atlanta Hawks
  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta
  • Gayle Troberman, CMO, IHeartMedia
  • Max Levchin, Founder and CEO, Affirm
  • Will Grannis, CTO, Google Cloud
  • Joanna Burkey, Chief Information Security Officer, HP
  • Pablos Holman, Hacker, Inventor, Tech Futurist
  • Matt Mullenweg, Co-Founder, WordPress
  • David A. Bednar, Quorom of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Dean Graziosi, NY Times Best Selling Author
  • Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City Mayor
  • Michael L. Good, MD, CEO, University of Utah Health
  • Brandon Henderson, CEO, Legends Motor.; Co-Owner, Boxcar Comedy Club
  • Steve Starks, CEO, Larry H. Miller Company
  • Erin Alberty, Reporter, Axios
  • Bobby Bones, Host of the Bobby Jones Show, NY Times Best Selling Author
  • Jonathan Johnson, CEO, Bed, Bath and Beyond/Overtock
  • Pres. Taylor Randall, President, University of Utah
  • Adam Edmunds

Summit kicks off on Tuesday, September 26 with StartFEST, an event focused on Utah’s startup ecosystem, filled with connection, celebration, and fun. This year’s StartFEST will take place at Kiln Gateway (26 S Rio Grande St., Unit 2072, Salt Lake City) and is free to attend. It features three workshops:

  • 11:00 AM – The Future Of Work by Arian Lewis (Kiln)
  • 11:45 AM – How to Fund Your Business by Kat Kennedy (Kickstart)
  • 12:30 PM – The Entrepreneurial Journey by Jeff Burningham (Peak)

Silicon Slopes is known for power-packed, well-attended events such as StartFEST and SUMMIT that are taking place this week. In addition, Betts and his team also host a regular podcast featuring many of Utah’s best-informed thought-leaders. Thomas Wright, owner, president, and principal broker of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, based in Park City, and former candidate for Utah Governor, speaks with Betts on the war in Ukraine and the importance of implementing policies that…