Grow Utah Ventures Pushes the Button on New Digital Media Summit

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Pushbutton 2010, Utah’s digital media event will focus on expanding and growing Utah’s digital media companies, organizations and educational facilities

There is no question that digital media is playing a greater role in the way people work, do business and are entertained.

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Salt Lake City -- Digital media is a booming medium that will continue to grow in 2010. As a result, the State of Utah and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Grow Utah Ventures, and USTAR, announced Pushbutton 2010 Summit (, a two-day event designed to bring together world-class industry and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, students and community executives. Pushbutton, to be held in Salt Lake City on March 9th and 10th, will recognize the successes of Utah’s digital media business, increase understanding and promote support needed to start and grow these businesses.

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The event brings together world-class leaders in these areas for a conference to discuss the future of the industry. The event’s keynote speakers are:

  • John E. Warnock, Founder/Co-Founder of Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Ian McKerlich, T-Mobile, Mobile Internet and Content

Other industry experts scheduled as panelists include:

  • Andrew Braccia, Accel Partners
  • Chris Berger, Integrated Production Director, Publicis
  • Barry Weiss, Former Sony Vice President
  • Peter D. Csathy, President and CEO Sorenson Media

“There is no question that digital media is playing a greater role in the way people work, do business and are entertained,” said T. Craig Bott, president & CEO of Grow Utah Ventures. “What is exciting about this event is seeing the contributions Utah has made to this industry in the past and what the current trends are, specifically how far the boundaries will be pushed in respect to the type of media and images currently underway and the means of viewing and interacting with these productions.”

In addition to the keynote presentations, the Pushbutton 2010 schedule will include panel discussions from experts in a number of key industry fields, including:

  • Emerging trends in media distribution
  • Financing the digital media business
  • Running the digital media business
  • Securing and working strategic partners
  • What’s happening at Utah’s universities
  • Financial incentives
  • The state of 3D animation and gaming
  • Presentation from hot Utah companies

“Utah has always been a big contributor to, and played a significant role in, advancing the digital media industry,” said A. Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank. “It’s an exciting time in the state and the Pushbutton Summit will hopefully influence other leaders in the industry to come to Utah. The Summit is sure to benefit the state, not only in 2010, but well beyond.”

During the event the Pushbutton planning committee will recognize individuals who have made a pioneering contribution to Utah’s digital media industry and will host an evening event showcasing past accomplishments of digital media created and developed in Utah.

“Utah strives to proactively provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah, while also promoting tourism and increasing film production in the state,” Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said. “The Pushbutton Summit offers an ideal opportunity for us to accomplish these goals. We are pleased to partner with Grow Utah Ventures and USTAR, and hope this will be an annual event that attracts national -- and even global -- interest.”

“The digital media industry is an important industry cluster for the State of Utah. Utah has been recognized as having the world’s best Universities for animation training and many leading companies in the marketplace call Utah home. This Summit underscores the fact that Utah currently stands and will remain on the cutting edge of innovation,” said Spencer Eccles, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

“As an entrepreneur the one thing I wish I had when I started out was somebody who had the experience of starting their own business that could mentor me and show me the ropes,” said Alan Hall, Founder of Grow Utah Ventures. “Pushbutton will combine the talent and ideas with the experienced business professionals to ensure that the proper support is given to start and grow these businesses and to facilitate a global forum for industry experts, innovators and technologists.”

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About Pushbutton 2010 Summit

PushButton Summit 2010 is Utah’s premiere Digital Media Summit for digital animation, gaming, mobile distribution, web development, movies and entertainment. The purpose of this two-day event is to bring together world-class industry and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, students and community executives to discuss the latest in what’s pushing the creation and use of digital media. It is also to create awareness in Utah’s digital media and entertainment industry and allow local talent, business leaders, investors and others to share ideas and collaborate around this growing industry.


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