ND Tech Forum

The Notre Dame Technology Forum is hosted periodically by the ND Founders Club and Amy Guarino, an alum active in tech business. Tech Forums are attended by University Notre Dame alumni active in the tech and biotech industries in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

The primary goal of the ND Tech Forum is to create and foster a community of professional sharing among Notre Dame alums and friends of Notre Dame. We host evening events throughout the year that focus on relevant topics of interest to the tech community.

Since September 2020, Tech Forums have been hosted virtually, via Zoom, making them available to everyone in the Notre Dame community.

Register for upcoming events:

December 13, 2022

2022 Meetings

November 8, at 5:30 PM Pacific

ND Demo Day

Featuring brief pitches and presentations from ND alumni startup founders and leaders

September 13, 5:30 PM Pacific

All about Marketplaces (private stocks; student athletes, branding and universities)

Two small talks about marketplaces:

1) B2B marketplaces for private stock

2) B2B2C marketplaces for student athletes, brand and universities

August 9, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Career Development with the ND Manager of Regional Engagement in Northern California

Allison Gagnon, the new Manager of Regional Engagement at Notre Dame, gives an update on Career Development programs and initiatives. She offers her vision for expanding the success of the career placement model for students and young alumni in California.

April 12, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Sustainability and Impact

Two great presentations on Sustainability and impact at thisTech Forum, featuring Jun Frank and Patrick Murphy. Hosted by Lyonna Lam. Register at link below

March 8, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Notre Dame Student Demo Day with the Notre Dame Venture Capital Club

Exciting demo pitches by talented student entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs who present about their companies and talk about their visions and biggest needs.

February 8, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, DeFi, and DAOs + The Future of Work

We're joined by 2 industry leading experts, John Gibbon and Mike Nevens. John, a FinTech executive, presents, "A few central concepts around Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, DeFi, and DAOs." Mike, a retired Partner at McKinsey and active board member at multiple companies, presents on the future of work.

January 11, at 5:30 PM Pacific

ND-California 2022 Program News and Updates

The first Tech Forum of the new year features an update on the Notre Dame-California program with a discussion about our new initiatives, expanding student programs, and exciting plans for 2022!

2021 Meetings

December 14, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Conor Holahan and Alex Tullman, hosts of the Silicon Street Podcast

Conor and Alex founded Silicon Street, a podcast on venture capital, technology, and entrepreneurship that is geared toward college students and young professionals. The hosts share insights about what their audience wants to know about investing and tech and discuss what they've learned from their dozens of discussions with entrepreneurs and tech leaders.


July 13, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Building a Software Product: Product Management from Strategy to Sales

John Gibbon is President & COO at Mercatus (Past GM/Product at SFDC, SAP Concur and Marketo). John talks about product management and some of the most important things to consider when growing a software company: company strategy, product/market fit, marketing and communication, customer success, KPIs, and people.

March 9, at 5:30 PM Pacific


featuring 6-minute presentations from leaders at 9 alumni-led companies:

Connor Toohill -- Ritual
Max Towey -- RocaNews
Jude Ash -- BrainDrive
Conder Shou -- Brevy
Duncan Swezey -- HelloDivorce
Jacob Wenger -- Shortwave
Ryan Destefano -- NEWCO women's sports network
Evan Wray -- Mavely
Amy Guarino -- Ironclad

Moderated by Pablo Cruz Pou

February 9, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Learning from Each Other: 5 Participant-Led Topics

An opportunity to engage in a participant-driven speaking event. Based on the surveys and interest from speakers, we'll hear from experts within our community on the following topics:

Amy Guarino: ND Tech News
Brandon Hardy: Influencer Marketing
Tom Wrappe: 5G Trends
Mike Precobb: Digital Disruption in Democracies
Dave Iuppa: Leadership during the Pandemic

2020 Meetings

September 2, at 6:30 PM Pacific

The Effects of COVID on GTM, engagement, and tech organizations


Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research

Carilu Dietrich, CMO and former head of marketing at Atlassian

Matt Thompson, VP of global sales at Rakuten Ready

Katie Georgi, Organizational change consultant at Accenture

Presentation deck

Balancing school and office in the age of COVID-19

COVID Org agility white papers

October 13, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Scott Berg '90, Managing Director of 10X CEO and former CEO of ServiceMax
How you make the best decisions you can as a CEO
5:30 PM - Presentation | 6:30 PM - Networking breakouts

November 10, at 5:30 PM Pacific

ND Founders' DEMO DAY

Featuring 10-minute presentations from 6 ND alumni founders

Hosted by Michelle Carlos McCauley, VP, Global Renewals, at Salesforce

Presentation lineup:
Rian McDonnell → CEO/Founder → FloWaste
Heather Eaton → CEO/Founder → Frankly Apparel
Roy Stillwell → CEO/Founder → NearWave
Heather MacKenzie → President/Chief Content Offices → BestReviews
Greg Stewart (CEO) and Tom Digan (President) → Co-Founders → Ladder
Tom Loarie → Co-Founder & CEO → BryoLogyx 

December 8, at 5:30 PM Pacific

Design Thinking Workshop

with Dennis Boyle, partner and founding member at IDEO

Dennis will lead an interactive presentation focused on solving one of the world's toughest challenges. We will work together to employ strategies and design solutions to the problem. Join us for a great event with an innovative industry leader.