After an extremely successful early bird campaign, tickets are limited.
JOIN THE CONFLUENCE FEB 21-22, 2013
Join us for two days of inspiration, innovation, and motivation for leaders, small business owners, technologists, educators, entrepreneurs, students, and artists.
Confluence is conceived from the ground up to be the must-attend event for anyone from the executive of the largest organization to a small business owner to marketing professional to engineer, solopreneur, student and everyone in between.
Every ticket or sponsorship level includes a copy of the book, "Makers: The New Industrial Revolution" authored by our kickoff keynote, Chris Anderson.
Thursday, February 21
Chris Anderson: Author, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution and Long Tail; Former Editor-In-Chief, Wired Magazine; CEO, 3D Robotics
- "Infrastructure & Public Innovation"
- “Creativity & the Arts”, an exploration of creative economies, new products to create music, and a piano demonstration.
- Teach, Make, Heal Breakout Discussions around innovation within education, manufacturing, healthcare
- Maker Bazaar: Wander the 7Hills Makerspace to see creations ranging from devices to error-proof infection control, light and software-powered home furniture, new tools created for heavy manufacturing, and enter the interactive geodesic dome that may be the future of home entertainment.
Friday, February 22
Featured Keynote: Amy Cortese, author of "Locavesting" and award-winning journalist on crowdfunding, JOBS Act, and other community-centered approaches to business growth.
- "Innovationas in Marketing" Danielle Herzberg, HubSpot
- "5 Must Watch Trends in 2013" Stephen Fleming, Vice-President, Georgia Tech
- "Rules of Innovation within Enterprise" Earl Robinson, Boeing Moonshine Shop
Click here to review the full agenda.
The event will be held at the Historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome, Georgia. With its Art-Deco marquee, French mirrored entrance hall, and Georgian interior design, the DeSoto's inventive architecture and inspiring history make it the perfect backdrop for this year's Rome Confluence event.
The historic DeSoto Theatre was the first theater in the southeast to display Sound Movies. Named for Hernando DeSoto, who was thought by many historians to have passed through the area that is now Rome in 1600, the DeSoto Theatre was completed at a cost of $110,000 and opened in August 1927. The theater seated 1,500, making it one of the seven largest movie venues in Georgia at the time.
In 1982 the DeSoto closed as a movie theater, but soon reopened as the venue for Rome's local amateur theater group. The theatre has hosted dozens of plays over more than 25 years, and it serves as one of the venues for the annual Rome International Film Festival. The DeSoto continues to be a source of entertainment in the Greater Rome area and a source of pride for Romans.
Historic DeSoto Theatre
530 Broad Street Rome, GA 30162-1063 (706) 291-7663 x313
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
From Atlanta take Interstate 75 North to exit 290. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp onto GA-20 and follow the signs to Rome. At the 3rd light, turn left. Then make immediate right and turn up the ramp onto GA-411. After 4th traffic light, take the exit on the right onto GA-411S to Rome. Continue on GA-411 for approximately 25 miles. When you reach the Rome Bypass “Loop 1,” continue straight for approximately 2 more miles. At the junction, merge right onto US-27N/GA-1N/GA-20W toward Rome. Continue for approximately 2.2 miles (becomes Turner McCall Boulevard). Then turn left onto Broad Street (at the Georgia Power building). The Historic DeSoto Theatre is approximately three blocks down Broad Street on the left (look for the marquee). Parking: Turn right at the 3rd light (shortly before you reach the DeSoto Theatre) onto W. 6th Avenue. Parking will be available at the Law Enforcement Parking Deck straight ahead for $2.00 per day.
From Birmingham take I-20 East to US 27 North. Continue on Highway 27 North to Rome. Take the Rome exit. Turn left onto Broad Street. The Historic DeSoto Theatre is approximately three blocks down on the left (look for the marquee) Parking: Turn right at the 3rd light (shortly before you reach the DeSoto Theatre) onto W. 6th Avenue. Parking will be available at the Law Enforcement Parking Deck straight ahead for $2.00 per day.
From Chattanooga take Highway 27 South to Rome. Just past Berry College, turn left onto Loop 1. Take your next right onto Riverside Parkway. At the next traffic light continue straight, crossing over Turner McCall Boulevard. At the second light, turn right onto Broad Street. The Historic DeSoto Theatre is one block down on the left (look for the marquee). Parking: Turn right at the next light (shortly before you reach the DeSoto Theatre) onto W. 6th Avenue. Parking will be available at the Law Enforcement Parking Deck straight ahead for $2.00 per day.
Click here for lodging options in the Rome area.
MORE ABOUT THE ROME COMMUNITY
Few southern cities can boast the beauty and charm of Georgia’s Rome. Tucked in the foothills of the ancient Appalachian Mountains, Rome’s three rivers, Etowah, Oostanaula & Coosa, frame the downtown district for recreation & relaxation.
History remains alive for everyone to experience in the many historical buildings, sites and cemeteries pristinely preserved throughout the city and county. Our classic town has grown in sophistication and seasoned in character over the decades to become a unique portrait of southern heritage and hospitality.
We look forward to having you visit Georgia’s Rome, where the rivers meet and the mountains begin!
To learn more about the Rome Community, click here.
MORE ABOUT CONFLUENCE
Formerly known as the Spectrum of Technology Symposium, Confluence will be the eighth event of its kind held in Rome. This symposium was initially created by the Future Industries Initiative of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce. The initiative is the result of Rome-Floyd 20/20, our community-wide strategic plan, and serves to identify innovation- and technology-related opportunities for the community. Click here to visit the Confluence website for more information.
Staff: Director of Entrepreneurship/Innovation, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce