This is TALK’s 10 – Year Anniversary
and We are Celebrating!

August 22-23, 2024

Location: Bonnycastle Club
1951 Bonnycastle Ave
Louisville, KY 40205

With this 6th TechFest Louisville, our conference will include music and networking both nights, designed to bring together business and technology professionals for learning, community, and collaboration. Attendees will have opportunities to explore workforce development avenues for their businesses, connect with regional and national IT leaders, and deep-dive into emerging technology.

The event is hosted by the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK). TALK is Kentucky’s tech council and a member of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA).

TechFest educates, connects, and entertains the audience of CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, VIPs, CEOs, entrepreneurs, professionals, programmers, data analysts, designers, IT managers, makers, government officials, and more by bringing national and regional speakers and vendors together to cover topics.

Schedule for Thursday August 22

9:30 AM

Trade show set up

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Trade show

10:00 AM

“CRM:  Highlighting the Best of Salesforce” – Josh Neisler, Director of Growth, Pylons Cloud Innovations.

10:30 AM

A Farm Bureau Case Study: “Taking the Cloud Further for Your Data Modeling” – Herb Lane, Enterprise Data Architect, Farm Credit Mid-America.

11:00 AM

Keynote Speaker:  Madison Gooch, VP, WatsonX

“On Generative AI: Becoming an AI Value Creator.”




12:00 PM

A pizza lunch will be served for Attendees.

“How to Think About Your Cybersecurity in 2024” — A Panel Discussion. Panelists include:

Moderator – Sean Weisenburger, Fractional IT Sales Engineer, Technology Advisory Experts


1:00 PM

“Avoiding All Types of Data Loss:  A Look at Recovery, and Steps To Building Cleaner Data”–Siddharth Patel, Founder, Rey Info Tech.

1:30 PM

“Elevating Analytics: Transitioning to Google & Leveraging Advanced Business Intelligence” – Justin Tindle, Director of Software Development, E-Blu Solutions.

2:00 PM

“Designing A Connected Workforce:  Leveraging Your Career for a Better Life”  — Jonathan Erwin, Founder & CEO of Workrede.

2:30 PM

“Stepping Up in Your Career: What Recruiters Look For.”  Michael Newkirk, Professional Services Representative & Recruiter, Patriot Talent.

3:00 PM

“A Deep Dive:  Discussing Tips & Best Practices for IT Project Management” – Randy Syring, CEO of Level 12.

4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Cash Bar, Networking, and Live Music featuring vocalist Desiree Thayer and Little Band. All Bonnycastle Club members welcome.

5:00 PM

Tradeshow Ends.

BBQ Dinner Served Plus More Networking & Music.

Schedule for Friday August 23

11:00 AM

Panel Discussion:
“AI Use Cases for the Enterprise”



12:00 PM

Keynote with Luncheon / Networking.
Keynote:  Pat Bodin, Global AI Architect, Cisco.

Trade show continues until 5:30PM.



1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Louisville’s AI World Cafe

Breakout groups led by TALK Board Members.

Discussion Tables – All to Participate in Small Group Discussions.

  1. AI & Cybersecurity.
  2. AI at Work.
  3. AI Trust & Privacy Concerns.
  4. Future AI Threats.
  5. Collaboration between AI and Humans.
  6. AI and Education.
  7. AI’s Impact on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
  8. AI Predictions from Futurists.


3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Music & Networking. Light Snacks. Cash Bar.  Music provided by Kathleen Hoye & Friends.


TechFest Louisville Sponsors for 2024

Friends of Techfest

Wrap-up Video from Techfest 2023

Our Mission

Our mission:   Workforce and economic development
Goal:  To create opportunities for job growth, job training, STEAM curriculum, plus public policy and advocacy around technology subjects at the state and federal level.

  • One of 65+ tech councils in North America, including Canada.
  • Member of TECNA (Tech Councils of America)
  • Independent, non-profit educational organization
  • Registered 501C3.
  • Established officially April 22, 2014. First official meetup February 2013.
  • In short:  Create and identify jobs. Train people.