James Meeks

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@james-meeks-182aa73

“James Meeks is Co-founder and Chairman of webAI, the Grand Rapids based company behind Navigator, a fundamentally new artificial intelligence platform that empowers enterprises and developers to solve real-world challenges through multi-modal AI Vision, Audio, and Language. As Chairman of webAI, James drive enterprise strategy and helps direct the company’s approach to the ethical use of AI for a human centric approach.

James is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Rapids Venture, where he oversees a portfolio of companies that include artificial intelligence, renewable energy, clean air, and food distribution solutions.James is a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran, having served two tours in Iraq. He is also the Co-founder and Chairman of 2Seeds Network, an international non-profit supporting economic development projects in East Africa. James graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received an MBA in global management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sessions

Catch the speaker at these sessions

October 9, 2023
AI for Everybody: How Deep Learning is Democratizing AI Deployment

Artificial Intelligence is taking center stage across all industries. Learn the potential for AI in our society and how its use is being made more accessible through the development of new deep learning infrastructures, such as that of WebAI by Grand Rapids based Iris Technologies.

Sessions

Catch this year's 70+ speakers at MTW 2023 from October 9-12.

Where’s the event?
MTW 2023 will take place at the University of Michigan football stadium - Big House! - on Oct 9-10 and at Venue 4M on Oct 11-12. Doors open at 8:00 am and the event programming experience will run from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST.) 

Food & Drinks will be provided!

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 9
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
Speakers:
October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Sharon Matusik

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Peter Walker

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Kathryn Snorrason, David Woessner, Sasi Prabhakaran PhD, Rahul Gayam, Rasmus Bendvold

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Carla Walker-Miller, Lisa Lunsford, Maria Thompson

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Charles Hudson

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Jenn Onwenu & Tim Lewis

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lara Pender, Alison Accavitti, Edi Demaj, Kevin Heras

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Priya Gogoi, Chase Lee, Ben Chehebar, Matthew Burns, Adrian Fortino

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Lunch October 10
12:30:00 PM - 1:30:00 PM
Speakers:
October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

James Meeks

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Priya Gogoi, Margarita Hernandez, Kalyan Handique, Roger Newton, Len Middleton, David Bloom

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lisa Katz, Sarah Gretter PhD, Maragarita Hernandez PhD, Tom Steward, Joe Thiel

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Chris Yeh

October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
FIELD TOUR (Optional)
4:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
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October 9, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 10
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Hilary Doe, Mayor Christopher Taylor & Mayor Mike Duggan

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Corporate Networking Suite
10:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Stacy Brown-Philpot, Greg Schwartz

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
VC Networking Suite (Morning)
11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Lunch & Networking October 10
11:40:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Devon Townsend & Mike Vichich

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Johnnie Turnage & Hill Harper

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
VC Networking Suite (Afternoon)
2:30:00 PM - 4:30:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Justin Turk, Chelsea Plant, Kurt Baumgarten

October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
FIELD TOUR (optional)
4:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 10, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Wednesday October 11 Lunch
11:30:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
Speakers:
October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Austin Yarger, Vanessa Lane, Natalie Fang, Ben Kvalo, Fred Schmidt

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Terrance J.L. Reeves, Ashton Keys, Shalanda Armstrong

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Fireside Chat with Dhani Jones
2:15:00 PM - 3:00:00 PM
Speakers:

Dhani Jones & Ted Velie

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Kelly Sexton, Jeni Olney, Kristen Wolff, Stewart Thornhill, Kurt Skifstad

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Michigan Entrepreneuer Summit
4:00:00 PM - 5:15:00 PM
Speakers:

Ryan Morrison, Michael Meadows, Melanie de Vries, Jonn Behrman, Ian Washington

October 11, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
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October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Breakfast October 12
8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
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October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:
October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Mobility EXPO
9:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
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October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Meagan Ward

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Nia Batts & Sophia Bush

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Ryan Landau, Chening Duker, Deirdre Roberson, Terra Osman

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
Keynote
Speakers:

Lindsey Kilbride, Will Fung, Alison Todak, Jim Tenzillo, Chris Thomas, Joe Kaiser

October 12, 2023
10-11:00am
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MTW 2023 Now On Sale

Body: Tickets are on sale now until October 8. Tickets will be available at the gate.

Student Ticket
$99
Purchase Ticket
General Ticket
$199
Purchase Ticket
Want to attend Michigan Tech Week but concerned about the price tag?

Good news! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarship tickets for individuals to attend MTW 2023. If you would like to request a scholarship ticket, please complete this form and our selection team will contact you if you are eligible for a scholarship ticket.

If you’re interested, tell us about yourself by submitting a scholarship application by 10/4!