Leveraging regional resources to juxtapose speakers on the forefront of tech trends against a backdrop of rugged yet refined Ozark beauty, Northwest Arkansas Tech Summit is a magnet for top talent across the country; serving as an experiential marketing vehicle for our region to tell its story, showcase its amenities and economic opportunities while elevating and evolving the perception of NWA globally.

SUNDAY, OCT 20

NWA TECH SUMMIT WELCOME PARTY

An intersection of Art, Technology and Mountain Biking

“Scientists have found plenty of connection between exposure to outdoor spaces and people’s well-being. Nature stimulates reward neurons in your brain. It turns off the stress response, which means you have lower cortisol levels, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and improved immune response,” Harvard physician Eva M. Selhub, coauthor of Your Brain on Nature.

 

Where: Crystal Bridges – The Amazeum - Slaughter Pen Trail System | Bentonville, Arkansas

 

What

  • A one of a kind trailhead cookout with local music, food and drink.

  • TED style talks from speakers driving tech in the MTB industry.

  • Guided MTB rides from BuckyBall Field through Slaughter Pen Trail System to the World’s Best Trailhead (Downtown Bentonville) and back.

  • Experience the forest as you never have before as nature, art and technology are woven together.

MONDAY, OCT 21

NWA TECH SUMMIT

DAY ONE

What’s next…after next? It’s not a question, it’s a mindset

Northwest Arkansas is home to JB Hunt (#354 of Fortune 500), Tyson (80) and Walmart (Fortune 1.) 

400 of the Fortune 500 have locations here to serve these three local entrepreneurs. 

We have witnessed the growth of an economic ecosystem of over 1400 vendors and service providers.

We convene a conversation with the businesses, and the talent that will fuel them for years to come, each year at the NWA Tech Summit.

 

Where: John Q Hammon’s Event Center | Rogers, Arkansas

When: 9:00-3:00

What:

  • Three Keynotes and 6 Breakouts from thought leaders and game changers

  • Consider the future of how we will live, work and play; from what we fund to how we pay.

  • Business bending topics at the epicenter of entrepreneurship in the center of supply chain.

 

Where: 8th Street Market and the Greenway Campus | Bentonville, Arkansas

When: 5:00 - Till close

What:  A Community Collision for the Creative

  • Food

    • The Wall Street Journal named Bentonville as one of its up and coming culinary scenes in 2014 and Zagat listed it in its 16 Under-the-Radar Southern Food Destinations.  Enjoy offerings James Beard nominated chefs to food trucks.

  • Music

    • Local songwriters, local live music, local DJs.  With 64% of us “locals” being new to Arkansas, you never know what to expect.

  • Gaming 

  • Art

 

What: Sponsors Reception | At the table with founders and funders

            Contact Graham Cobb for more information

Tuesday, OCT 22

NWA TECH SUMMIT

DAY TWO

What’s next…after next? Investigate to innovate, at the unconventional convention

Talented entrepreneurs and leaders investigate the latest trends and have robust conversations about what lies ahead of us and what is at a further distance.

 

Where: Downtown | Bentonville, Arkansas

When: 9:30 – 3:30

What:

  • Industry experts showcase radically disruptive ideas that will help pave the way to a future only constrained by our imaginations.

  • Focused tracts that will address trends in AI, Machine Learning, Retail Tech, Supply Chain Management, and E-Commerce. 

  • Dev workshops on Azure, Kubernetes and MEAN applications. 

Where: Coler Mountain Bike Preserve

When: 3:30 - ?

What: Epic Party Experience

  • Music

  • Drinks

  • Talks

Wednesday, OCT 23

WOMEN IN TECH CELEBRATION

DAY THREE

Day 3 Details coming soon!

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