NKU – 24 Hours of Mobile Innovation Contest – November 2013

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NKU Griffin Hall


November 2013

24 Hours of Innovation Contest

The event was held at Northern Kentucky University’s Griffin Hall Digitorium on November 15 – 16, 2013. This was the second event of its kind at NKU. The success of it has been made possible by the presence and extraordinary efforts of NKU’s Professor of Business Informatics Dr. Teuta Cata, the Department Chair and Professor of Business Informatics Dr. Ben Martz, and TechAllies CEO Mr. Tony Kelly.

“The event was a tremendous success”. Says Tech Allies CEO Tony Kelly. Encapsulating over 60 passionate students who contributed innovative ideas, knowledge, thought, research and their entire Saturday to their team’s ideas. The event kicked off on Friday night at 6pm with a speech and introduction by Tech Allies founder and CEO Tony Kelly. Guest speakers from companies such as Toyota, SAP, OpEx Leadership, and University of Kentucky proceeded with presentations on current industry solutions, business processes and business cases. The students then disbursed into their groups and began collaborating on their app ideas.

What Happened:

The students were broken into diverse groups based on their discipline of study and were given 24 hours to dream up, expand on and present their mobile app to a panel of judges and students. With and average of three to five ideas per group, there was an abundance of ideas flowing. The apps that were presented ranged in a variety of categories including disaster recovery, productivity, asset tracking, health and wellness, event planning, bar and food, social and recreational.

Two teams were chosen and awarded prizes based on application, idea, business strategy and overall presentation of the app.

Press Releases:
Tech Allies NKU 24 Hours Mobility Press Resease PDF
24 Hours Post Press Release PDF

Mentors and Guest Speakers:

Tony KellyTony Kelly, CEO – TechAllies Consulting

Mr. Kelly, CEO of Tech Allies Consulting, has more than 19 years experience in SAP, 16 years in Small Business Development, 12 years in Mergers and Acquisitions, and 5 years in developing Minority Owned (MBE) organizations. Prior to starting Tech Allies Consulting, Mr. Kelly was founder and CEO of A.F. Kelly & Associates, Inc (AFK). A leading IT Professional Services and e-Learning firm based in Greater Cincinnati, OH. AFK was sold to a larger company in 2002. Mr. Kelly also founded and served as CEO to Kelly-Levey & Associates, an SAP enterprise software integration company that was also sold to a larger company in 1998. Prior to his entrepreneurial efforts, Mr. Kelly spent 8 years with Marion Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals in various Marketing and Financial positions.

Mr. Kelly holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Xavier University, BSBA in Business Management from Xavier University, and a BA in Management from Eastern Kentucky University.

*Finalist for 1997, 2000, and 2002 Entrepreneur of The Year
*Winner of 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Cincinnati, Ohio
*Winner of “Best on Cincinnati 1997″ by Cincinnati magazine
*Winner of “The Emerging 30″ companies of Northern KY in 2001
*Coauthor of “SAP: A Managers Guide to Implementation”


Neel WoodsNeel Woods, Director of Customer Results, Oil &Gas – TechAllies Consulting

Neel Woods, has over 25  years Oil & Gas expertise, with 19 years of service in SAP America, AG and Labs, and 12 years ongoing involvement with SAP’s Oil & Gas community. Business process knowledge in process manufacturing, production operations, hydrocarbon supply chain, commodity trading, enterprise risk management, and regulatory compliance. Neel’s focus is to bring key knowledge and expertise to Tech Allies’ clients in the oil & gas, chemicals, coal & mining and bulk commodities industries.



Mark TusseyMark Tussey, Sr. Director, Strategic Consulting – TechAllies Consulting

Mr. Tussey has a dual role within our growing organization as both a TechAllies Sr. Director and a key strategic consultant. He is but one example of the five key SAP applied business experts who can engage you on the c-level for strategic consulting. He is a recognized international operational excellence expert and has spent the past 23 years helping organizations become more effective by lowering costs, improving quality, and reducing lead times. After spending 10 years with Toyota, including extensive time in Japan, Mark provided exceptional service to a number of elite organizations, helping them achieve sustainable, world-class performance results and international recognition. Through a unique combination of proven lean transformation techniques, the ability to integrate technology with world-class process design and vast experience in plant maintenance, operations leadership, and materials management, Mark helps create transformative changes, which has resulted in measurable performance improvement across entire organizations.

Mr. Tussey holds a BS in Mathematics from Eastern Kentucky University.


Trever WhiteTrever White, Manger Information Systems – Toyota

Trever spent 10 years at Toyota in the IT Infrastructure with his final position being Manager of Network & Telecommunications. After that he went on a long-term assignment at the NUMMI plant in Fremont CA as Manager of IT Operations & Infrastructure. On return, he worked as Manager of Site Services & Relationship Management with focus on Operations framework deployment following ITIL for 3 years. Currently Trever serves as the Manager of Regional Manufacturing & Quality Business Systems & Division Champion for Business Communication & Engagement at Toyota.

Mr. White holds a BBA, Decision Science and Information Systems from the University of Kentucky


Kim ObermiarKim Obermair – Head of Strategic Industries | Enterprise Mobility Services Sales at SAP

Kim has over 20 years experience years as an entepreneur in Information Technology with a focus on business leadership, business development, and sales & marketing.  He is a successful team builder and leader with excellent customer interaction and communication skills and has demonstrated repeated success in improving market share by developing and launching new product and service offerings in North America and internationally.

Mr. Obermair holds a BS in Math, Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA in International Policy at Queens University