The theme of IFBG in 2014 was “Creativity and Innovation.” The nine session speakers were all superb examples of the innovation that is happening in Kentucky. Speakers from Hitcents, Fruit of the Loom, Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Alltech, Connected Nation, and Kentucky Space addressed topics from product innovation to satellite design to economic collaboration.
Dana Bowers, founder of iPay Technologies, explored her entrepreneurial journey and urged the dreamers in the crowd to start their own businesses.
Chris Young and Andrew Swanson, the director and executive producer, respectively, of a Kickstarter-funded TV pilot called Alone Down There, explained how a TV show gets made in 2014.
Kim Huston, author of Small Town Sexy, touched on the movement back toward smaller towns like Bardstown, KY, which was named the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” by USA Today and Rand McNally.
The keynote speaker was Bill Capodagli, who presented Dreams and Dreamers: How to Innovate Like Walt Disney and the Pixarians.