Steven C Philpott Sr., Managing Director of XtraMedium Communciations, received a Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) Social Venture Fellowship in 2014 and manages the annual Urban Sustainability Apps Competition. Since 2002, Steve has worked to promote new media for community development by working with brands to create public/private development platforms that provide mutual benefit to both brands and distressed communities. Steve has transformed his experience as a successful vice president, product marketing manager and software architect for major enterprise software companies into several civic projects through his own consulting practice, XtraMedium Communications Group. Steve was the architect of Chicago’s Responsible Retailer Initiative in addition to recent projects including Violence Stops Here, CrimeScene: Let Hope Rise, Urban Property Portal and SoundBox Music.

THOMAS D. KUCZMARSKI, Kuczmarski Innovation & Chicago Innovation Awards

Thomas D. Kuczmarski, President of Kuczmarski Innovation, is a nationally recognized expert in the innovation of new products and services. Over the course of his career, he has helped hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations, learn to systematically unlock the value of innovation. Mr. Kuczmarski teaches product and service innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he is Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar in the Center for Innovation and Technology. He is the author of six books and many publications on innovation and leadership.Before founding Kuczmarski & Associates, he was a Principal at Booz • Allen & Hamilton. While there, Mr. Kuczmarski assisted more than 100 U.S. consumer and industrial goods companies in the areas of marketing, new product development, strategic business analysis and organizational planning. In addition, he led the firm’s in-depth research of the best practices employed by more than 700 U.S. firms in their new product management processes.


Melvin Flowers is the Global Director of Legal Services – Strategic Alliance Platforms and Strategic Ventures for Accenture Plc, a leading global Strategy, Digital, Outsourcing, Consulting, and Information Technology firm. He is a U.S. lawyer and a Qualified Solicitor in England and Wales. Mel has global responsibility for managing a team of lawyers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia; providing legal counsel to Accenture Senior Leaders related to Complex global technology transactions, Strategic Alliances, Outsourcing, Offering and Asset Development, Compliance and Corporate Governance. He has extensive experience in negotiating and structuring Telecom Network transactions, Strategic Alliances and Reseller Arrangements, Strategic Ventures, Merger Due Diligence and Post-Merger Integration, Cloud Computing, Software and Technology Licensing, Joint Development, Technology Consulting, Outsourcing and Vendor Investment arrangements.

STEVEN G PARMELEE, Patent Attorney, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP

Steven G. Parmelee is a partner and patent attorney at Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP, a midsized national law firm dedicated solely to the practice of intellectual property law. For over 35 years, Steve has assisted clients with global patent portfolio management, freedom-to-operate issues, complex litigation, and transactions. Having prepared well over 1,500 U.S. patent applications, he has extensive experience in complex patent preparation and prosecution in the U.S. and abroad. Steve is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of IP-related topics and is a founding member of the International Association of Innovation Professionals. Prior to joining Fitch Even, Steve worked at Motorola for 17 years in a number of roles, including as Vice President and Director of Intellectual Property for Nascent and Emerging Technologies, leading the development of various processes to facilitate innovation-on-demand activities and the acquisition of patents for key near-future technologies.

ADAM J. HECKTMAN, Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago, Microsoft Corporation

Adam J. Hecktman is Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago. In this capacity, Adam helps Chicago’s civic leaders – and the communities they serve – use cutting-edge ideas around technology to solve the city’s biggest challenges. Prior to this role, Adam was the Director of the Microsoft Technology Center – Chicago, helping organizations maximize business value and ensure long-term success when facing their toughest business challenges and opportunities. He has been with Microsoft in Chicago since 1991. Prior to Microsoft, Adam was a consultant for Accenture. He regularly appears on television, print, and radio, and has authored numerous articles and serves his community in various capacities and appointments at non-profit, community, and professional organizations.

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