Aug. 20-21: Two-Day TechFest Conference at the Henry Clay Building, Features a Healthcare Track

(July 13, 2015)—Amidst the four mini-tracks at the first inaugural Techfest hosted by our local tech council in Louisville at the Henry Clay Building on Aug. 20-21, is one specific to healthcare giving a glimpse of the new horizons challenging the journey to optimal aging, and restorative practices in medicine and managing its compelling data, pointing at solutions. The Health Enterprise Network (HEN), an affiliate of Greater Louisville Inc., and the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK), our local tech council, have partnered to bring you an engaging intersection of healthcare IT, population health trajectories, and a forwarding scientist’s look at regenerative medicine.

At 9 AM, on Thursday, Aug. 20, Healthcare Keynote Dr. John Barker, MD, will kick off Techfest Healthcare track with his session on “Regrowing Hands and Faces, The Final Frontier in Reconstructive Surgery.” In 2010, Dr. Barker moved to Frankfurt, Germany from Louisville, KY. At the JW Goethe University he established the Frankfurt Initiative for Regenerative Medicine (FIRM). In Frankfurt, his research targets patients suffering with hand amputations and severe facial disfigurement. His current research applies regenerative medicine and tissue engineering approaches to regrowing limb and facial tissues. In Louisville, Dr. Barker is best known for establishing and running Louisville’s first life-science business accelerator, MetaCyte Business Labs. He also co-founded the Louisville-based, medical diagnostic device company, Neuronetrix, Inc., and continues to serve as board chairman. In our Louisville market, he was also a University of Louisville Professor of Surgery, Anatomy, and Immunology, where he established the Plastic Surgery Research Laboratories and lead teams laying the scientific and clinical foundation for landmark surgical treatments in hand and face transplantation.

At 10 AM on Aug. 20, Vipin Gopal, Enterprise Vice President for Clinical Analytics at Humana (recently merged with Aetna), will speak on “The Analytics Revolution in Healthcare.”

A free public event on Aug. 21 at 2PM will also be a part of the TechFest agenda for all those interested. “Over 70 and Connected: Tech Tools That Work,” will focus on optimal aging with Facilitator Joseph Steier from Signature HealthCARE coordinating discussion and example mobile apps and software from: Joe Steier, President and CEO, Signature HealthCARE; Dr. Anna Faul, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging, University of Louisville; John Reinhart, CEO of Innovate LTC; Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality and Legislative Affairs, Signature HealthCARE; and Barbara Gordon, Director of Social Services, KIPDA.

For more information on how to register and secure tickets, please go to: and go to pricing.

Special discounts and combination packages are available through July 31. $99 a day per person, including meals, are available for bulk pricing starting with a minimum of 10 tickets to corporations, via checks made out to TALK, or by Paypal or credit card online. College student pricing is also available for per day rates, with a valid college ID presented at the door. Through July 31, the individual attendee day rate is: $124 per person, including available meals. The two-day rate with meals, per person, is $224.

There is also special VIP luncheon ticket available for a discussion of a youth Techtown model for Louisville with Speaker Paul Cummings on Aug. 21 at 8UP in the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown for $35 per individual ticket.


Corporate checks can be mailed to: TALK Treasurer Norman Schippert at Bluegrass.Net, 321 East Breckinridge Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203. For general questions on Techfest, email

About TALK
TALK stands for the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky, our local technology council which focuses on economic development, workforce development, networking, education, advocacy, and talent identification. TALK, a 501C3, is one of more than 50 tech councils in the US and Canada that are members of TECNA (Technology Councils of America). For more information, go to, and TALK’s Executive Director is Dawn Yankeelov, president of Aspectx, and TALK’s Techfest Chair is Dave Mattingly, a member of the IT team in the Baptist Health Louisville.

About Health Enterprises Network
Health Enterprises Network (HEN) is a statewide healthcare network focused on business development, leadership and education. Founded in 2000, HEN has 1,300 individual members representing more than 200 organizations. HEN serves the entire state of Kentucky and portions of Southern Indiana. For more information –