For immediate release


Cat Chapman, Board member
Innovate Lynchburg


Innovate Lynchburg to Co-Host Panel Event on Artificial Intelligence 

at Randolph College Sci-Fest on March 20


Lynchburg, VA, February 15, 2024 — Innovate Lynchburg and Randolph College will be co-hosting a panel presentation on artificial intelligence, AI: Opportunities and Challenges, on Wednesday, March 20 in Wimberly Recital Hall in Presser Hall which is at the intersection of Rivermont and Norfolk Avenues. There will be a reception at 3:45 p.m. with the panel beginning at 4:15 p.m. and set to last one hour. The panel is part of Randolph College’s Sci-Fest and is free and open to the public.

Panel members include representatives from K12 and higher education and business and include:

  • Brad Spendlove, Randolph College Assistant Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Spendlove’s research area is computational creativity, a research field that seeks to develop autonomous agents that exhibit creativity.
  • Catherine Phillips, Instructional Supervisor for Technology & Science, Lynchburg City Schools.
  • Robert Turcotte, Senior Systems Consultant, Entré Computer Center
  • Karen Jackson, former Virginia Secretary of Technology
  • Randolph College Associate Professor of Physics Katrin Schenk will moderate the panel.

With daily news reports regarding artificial intelligence and its potential benefits and drawbacks, the panel will discuss these topics and then open the floor for questions and discussion. 

About Innovate Lynchburg

Innovate Lynchburg is the Technology Council of Central Virginia. It is committed to educating, informing, growing and uniting the region’s growing technology community and to actively connecting and enabling the community, supporting our region’s companies and actively pursuing positive changes.