TechniCLE Speaking is a half-day series of short talks, panel discussions and public debates generated through audience participation.

Founded in 2015 as a joint initiative between Cleveland City Council, local media, and Jones Day, TechniCLE Speaking is a civic advocacy event conceived in response to the recurring concerns that Cleveland's public sector and technology sector were not communicating with one another effectively. The 2015 TechniCLE Speaking summit focused on bridging the divide between the region's technology sector, local government, local capital sources ,and community thought leaders in the interest of facilitating the growth and success of fledging tech in the area.

TechniCLE Speaking 2016: Fostering Innovation, will be a continuation of last year's discussion focusing on issues surrounding bolstering local tech education, meeting the professional, political, and lifestyle demands of Millennial and post-Millennial Clevelanders, and how to best support, position, and leverage the local tech industry in the ongoing revitalization of Northeast Ohio's economy.

TechniCLE Speaking is a forum that is intended to break down barriers and inform public policy. This candid discussion will promote entrepreneurship, educate public officials, and start a hundred relationships between the tech industry, civic leaders, and local government. We want you to be part of this continued dialogue. We hope to see you on the afternoon of April 14th.

Program Panels & Speakers

Panel 1 – From the Ground Up - The Obama Administration’s recently proposed Computer Science for All Initiative is just the latest attempt to facilitate fuller access to, and better educational practice in, computer sciences in our country’s schools. Alignment of standards, curriculum, and educator training with industry and pedagogical best practice is a work in progress – and access to computer sciences resources and experiences remains a challenge. Much of this work must be done locally and in partnership with the region’s technology community. This panel will endeavor to outline the challenges faced, describe the efforts being undertaken (including notable successes), and, to the extent possible, provide turnkey opportunities for corporate involvement.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen, CEO of Great Lakes Science Center
  • Chelsey Cook, Principal at John Marshall School of Information Technology (CMSD)
  • Kate Grootegoed, Director of Technology Enhanced Learning at Breakthrough Schools
  • Anthony Hughes, Co-Founder and CEO of Tech Elevator
  • Mel McGee, CEO of We Can Code It
  • Robert LaSalvia, Chief, Office of Education, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Frank Sullivan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RPM International Inc. 

Panel 2 – Autopsy – Staying Relevant in the Millennial / Post-Millennial Era – 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ed Buchholz, CEO of Expense Bot
  • Kevin Goodman, Managing Director at Blue Bridge Networks
  • David Hurt, Co-Founder of Prototype1
  • Courtney Kishbaugh, Venture for America
  • Andrew Konya, CEO of Remesh
  • Shannon Lyons, Executive Vice President of Flashstarts and StartMart
  • Paul McAvinchey, Director of Client Services at DXY (& Tech Pint Chair)
  • Tim Needles, CEO of Onix
  • David Neundorfer, CEO of LineStream Technologies
  • Richey Piiparinen, Director of the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State
  • Brian Verne, CEO of Phenom

Panel 3 - Industry Leadership and Open Source Government: Transparency, Accountability, Partnership, and Connectivity.




  • Justin Bibb, Fix 216/ Hack Cleveland

  • Joe Cimperman, City of Cleveland Councilman and President-elect of Global Cleveland

  • Toby Fallsgraff, Senior Ambassadors Communications Manager at SolarCity 
  • Lee Fisher, CEO of CEOs for Cities
  • Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston
  • Russ Mitchell, Managing Editor, WKYC

  • Joe Roman, Greater Cleveland Partnership

  • Chris Ronayne, President of University Circle Inc.

  • Jill Zimon, Co-Founder of OpenNEO