Compute Midwest to bring array of tech experts to Kansas City stage

Compute Midwest will take place this week in Kansas City | Courtesy of Compute Midwest Facebook
Compute Midwest returns Thursday and Friday. It will be held for the first time at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium arena. | Courtesy of Compute Midwest/Facebook

A crowd of tech experts and enthusiasts will converge in Kansas City on Thursday and Friday for the Compute Midwest conference, an event billed by founder Michael Gelphman as “a collision of remarkable ideas and people.”

Now in its fourth year, the conference will feature two days of speakers, rather than one day like in years past.

The 14 speakers slated to present include Andy Grignon, a former senior manager at Apple who was involved in the creation of the iPhone; Marco Villa, former mission ops director for SpaceX; and Jenny Lawton, former chief executive of 3D printing company MakerBot.

“When you bring together remarkable ideas, along with this community, amazing things can happen,” Gelphman said. “(Compute Midwest) is a chance to be inspired by incredible speakers who have built world-changing ideas.”

Gelphman is also the founder of Disruption Institute, an accelerated training program for people interested in learning to code, and Kansas City IT Professionals, a networking group for the city’s tech professionals.

Although much of Gelphman’s work is focused on growing Kansas City’s tech scene, he said Compute Midwest has been successful attracting people from outside of Kansas City.

“Now we’ve got people coming in from Chicago, St. Louis, Wichita, Cincinnati and more,” he said. “It’s exciting to see things grow.”

Last-minute tickets to the event cost $549 and are available for purchase through Wednesday.

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