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Innovation Day 2018

August 9, 2018 @ 12:00 am


Get Invited Schedule Venue Exhibition

August 9, 2018

Innovation Day will host the Who’s Who in FHE from NextFlex members, subject-matter experts, government partners, and dignitaries, with over 300 people celebrating how NextFlex and its 85 members around the country are delivering on the promise of “electronics on everything.”

Innovation Day 2017


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2244 Blach Place, Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95131

For information on hotels, please click here.


All NextFlex Members (Tiers 1, 2, 3, and Observer), Dignitaries, and Invited Guests


Innovation Day features the latest and greatest collection of FHE-enabled products, devices, components, and materials. Members are invited to exhibit by clicking here.

A complete list of exhibitors can be found here.


8:30 AM         Check-in Opens

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM         VIP and Press Preview

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM       Doors Open for Guests to be Seated

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM     Honored Guest Speakers

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM       Lunch

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM        Innovation Demonstrations



NextFlex Malcolm Thompson - Innovation DayDr. Malcolm J. Thompson
Executive Director

[showhide type=”Thompson” more_text=”Bio” less_text=”Bio” hidden=”yes”]Coming soon.[/showhide]



Sam Liccardo NextFlex Innovation DayThe Honorable Sam Liccardo
City of San Jose

[showhide type=”Liccardo” more_text=”Bio” less_text=”Bio” hidden=”yes”]Since Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in 2015, San Jose has thrived. In his very first year, Sam settled intense battles over pension reform with 11 unions, saving taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades and enabling the restoration of San Jose’s police force. Since then, he has led the most successful period of economic growth in the City’s history, announcing major expansions from employers like Adobe, Apple, Broadcom, Google,. Sam has also implemented innovative approaches to reduce homelessness—such as converting motels, expanding work-first programs, and building “tiny home” villages—while working with community partners to house more than 1,000 homeless veterans.

Furthermore, Sam has helped broaden prosperity in San Jose by launching after-school programs in less affluent neighborhoods, providing jobs for 2,000 at-risk teens, teaming with community colleges to eliminate tuition for low income students, and lifting the minimum wage across the region. Sam has also co-led successful measures to bring BART and other transit improvements to San Jose, and protect our hillsides and open spaces from sprawling development.

In 2018, San Jose residents overwhelmingly re-elected Sam, with 76% of the vote.


Mr. John Dunn
Assistant Secretary
California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

[showhide type=”Dunn” more_text=”Bio” less_text=”Bio” hidden=”yes”]John Dunn is the Assistant Secretary for Apprenticeship and Worker Training at the Labor & Workforce Development Agency, primarily focused on apprenticeship policy implementation and increasing access to apprenticeship programs statewide. John leads the Apprenticeship Task Force comprised of the various governmental agencies which are involved in multiple projects which impact the apprenticeship training environment. Through this Task Force, John is identifying existing policies which require updating and new policies to implement to successfully increase the number of new and innovative apprenticeship opportunities in non-traditional industries. John previously coordinated apprenticeship funding and policy while at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and California Department of Education.[/showhide]


The State of the Institute – Dr. Malcolm J. Thompson, Executive Director, NextFlex

Next Generation Electronics for Defense

NextFlex Innovation Day Speaker Robert Gold, DASDMr. Robert Gold
Director of the Engineering Enterprise, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE))

[showhide type=”Gold” more_text=”Bio” less_text=”Bio” hidden=”yes”]Bio coming soon.[/showhide]


Workforce Innovations

NextFlex Innovation Day Speaker Chancellor Byron BrelandDr. Byron Clift Breland
San Jose City College Evergreen Community College District

[showhide type=”Breland” more_text=”Bio” less_text=”Bio” hidden=”yes”] Dr. Byron Clift Breland has served as the President of San Jose City College since spring of 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer economics and a Master of Science degree in family studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also has a Master of Science degree in education and a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling psychology, both from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Clift Breland has held administrative positions at the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Southern California where he successfully led community development, outreach, and student success initiatives. Throughout his educational career, he has served as an Assistant Dean, Director of Judicial Affairs at the University of California, Irvine, Associate Dean of Student Development at Santa Ana College and Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Vice President at Long Beach City College.

Dr. Clift Breland was a Presidential Fellow at the University of Southern California and developed a broad base of academic interests. A few of his publications and presentations include: “Factors influencing the educational and career transitions of African American and Latino community college students,” “How Mental Health Influences Degree Attainment among African American Community College Students,” and “Using Civic Engagement at a Community College to Develop Community Leaders.”

As a leader working in the field of education, Dr. Clift Breland has always known the importance of being engaged in the broader community, having served on a number of boards to promote equity in housing and economic opportunities, as well as gains in educational outcomes for traditionally underrepresented groups. Moreover, he has an extensive background leading and working with programs that create strategic community partnerships, particularly in urban environments, which have successfully served the needs of students who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education, such as African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islanders, or who are the first in their family to attend college.[/showhide]


Innovation for Manufacturing

Dr. Nelson Pedreiro
Acting Vice-President, Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin

[showhide type=”Pedreiro” more_text=”Bio” less_text=”Bio” hidden=”yes”]Dr. Nelson Pedreiro is the Acting Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, he is responsible for leading an organization of approximately 500 scientists and engineers in advancing space science and technology. The ATC mission is to create novel capabilities for our nation and customers and technology discriminators for Lockheed Martin. Pursuing that goal, Dr. Pedreiro leads the ATC’s world-class team across its rich technical portfolio to deliver impactful innovation and growing the organization’s capabilities and reputation as a R&D center of excellence. The ATC has broad areas of expertise, including: Space sciences and instrumentation; phenomenology and sensors; optics and electro-optics; telecommunications and photonics; guidance, navigation and control; modeling, simulation and information sciences; thermal sciences; and materials and nanotechnology.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Pedreiro was the Chief Engineer for the Strategic and Missile Defense (SMD) line of business, leading a collaborative team of cross-functional engineers across all programs focused on designing, developing, integrating and delivering flight missile systems across the SMD suite of programs. In that role, Dr. Pedreiro engaged in architecture definition, technology development and technical trades for systems that include strategic missiles, advanced interceptors, directed energy and hypersonic systems.

Dr. Pedreiro completed post-doctoral studies at Stanford University and has a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.[/showhide]


Flawless Execution

LTC Tracy “JackieO” LaTourrette, Ret.
Former F-16 Fighter Pilot, USAF
Afterburner, Inc.

[showhide type=”LaTourette” more_text=”Bio” less_text=”Bio” hidden=”yes”]Tracy “JackieO” LaTourrette, one of the first female fighter pilots in the world, has flown missions globally as a combat mission-ready F-16 fighter pilot. JackieO has flown over 3300 hours as an F-16 fighter pilot, C-21 Learjet pilot, and AWACS Air Weapons Controller. She served on the Colorado National Guard’s Joint Staff as the Deputy Director of Current Operations and retired after 22 years of Air Force service as a Lieutenant Colonel. She is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate with a coveted appointment by President George H.W. Bush. Post 9-11 JackieO flew Presidential protection missions, and flew in a classified location in Operation Iraqi Freedom.[/showhide]

Technical Council

A Technical Council meeting (Tier 1, 2, and 3 members) takes place August 8, 2018.

Hotels Near NextFlex

Sonesta Hotel – $199 block rate, expiring July 18th.


Book soon; limited rooms at this rate are available and rates rise quickly in this area.

  • Complimentary shuttle service 7am-10pm; service area includes SJC airport and NextFlex
  • Room service
  • Business center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Heated outdoor pool with sun deck and lounge chairs
  • Fitness center
  • Full-service restaurant
  • Complimentary parking
  • The Pantry – available for grab and go snacks

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August 9, 2018
12:00 am