About The Event
Executives from across sectors and functional roles will gather at the North Carolina Technology Association’s flagship tech conference for a day of engaging keynotes, interactive panel discussions, fast paced pitch competition from tech startups and an Exhibit Showcase. Included with your registration is our Cinco de Mayo-themed pre-conference reception on the evening of May 4th (5:30PM – 7:30PM).
400+ Biz and tech leaders from companies, organizations and institutions, representing all sizes, stages and industries. C-level, VPs, Directors of Marketing, Technology, Innovation, Operations, Finance.
Durham Convention Center
Thursday to Friday
May 4 & May 5, 2017
Digital transformation demands that organizations of all types and sizes and from every industry segment move from traditional tools and methods to those that enable innovation, drive performance and live and breathe the customer journey.
The digital transformation race promises to establish yet another characterization of winners and losers; those who embrace and accelerate their digital transformation journey and those who hesitate.
We put out a search for NC headquartered tech-startups with an innovative product or service making waves in the area of Digital Transformation.
Tech-startups were encouraged to apply to receive: six minutes on stage for a shark-tank style demo in front of all attendees; (2) complimentary registrations to attend the event and pre-conference reception; and TONS of visibility in event promos and social media. Conference attendees will vote via NCTA’s mobile app for the startup they think would be the Best Investment.
State of Tech Agenda
What better way to kick off the State of Technology Conference than with a Cinco de Mayo themed reception! Join us and other professionals for a great evening of networking, food and drinks.
Registration / Breakfast / Exhibit Showcase
Breakfast Sponsor - Hitachi Data Systems
Registration Sponsor - Dynatrace
President and CEO, NCTA
VP Cognitive Enterprise, IBM
Chief Digital Experience Officer & GM of Digital Platforms, IBM
Sponsored by IBM
Startup Showcase I - Opening Session
Break & Exhibit Showcase
Break Sponsor - Railinc
Concurrent Breakout Sessions I
PANEL A: The Digital Talent Shortage – How Can We Bridge The Gap?
Presented by Rural Sourcing Inc.
Emilyanne Atkinson CEO - Wilmington Technology Guild
Odile Ducatez Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Operations - Ahold Delhaize Retail Business Services
Monty Hamilton CEO - Rural Sourcing Inc. (MODERATOR)
Dan McGurrin Director of Executive Education - NC State University
Jeff Zirker Chief Experience Officer – The Select Group
PANEL B: Getting To Market Faster – How To Accelerate Innovation
Presented by DataChambers
Joe Bastante Chief Technology Officer - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Rob Mann VP Innovation & Growth – North Highland
Katherine Manuel SVP, Innovation - Thomson Reuters
Marc Montoro General Manager, DataChambers (MODERATOR)
Patrick Turner CTO - Small Footprint
PANEL C: Modernizing Legacy Systems – How To Transform Existing Systems
Presented by SAS
Keith Collins Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer - SAS (MODERATOR)
Danny Baker AVP, Claims Software Engineering - MetLife
Abhijeet Pradhan Vice President Software Engineering - Optum
Brijesh Solanki Managing Director - Credit Suisse
Keith Werner Carolinas Public Sector Leader - EY
Break & Exhibit Showcase
Break Sponsor - Data Network Solutions
Concurrent Breakouts II
Panel A: Digital Transformers – New Type Of Leadership Required?
Presented by Zerto
Greg Boone President - iCiDIGITAL
Todd Olson CEO & Co-Founder - Pendo
John Castillo Account Executive, Eastern NC - Zerto (MODERATOR)
Becky Scott Senior Program Manager - Cisco Systems
Murali Vridhachalam Director and Distinguished Engineer – IBM Chief Analytics Office
Panel B: Digital Transformation – What Are Lessons Learned?
Presented by Earthlink Windstream
Scott Byers President & CEO – EDM Americas
Nolan Combs Practice Leader, Digital Advisory - Skookum
Scott Yelton Director of Product Management - Windstream (MODERATOR)
Prem Ranganath Senior Director, IT Delivery Excellence & Assurance – QuintilesIMS
Rob Simora CTO - Cengage
Panel C: Privacy & Protection – Are You Ready For General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
Presented by Veritas
Patrick Bland Information Governance Strategist - Veritas (MODERATOR)
Elizabeth Johnson Partner, Head of Privacy & Data Security Practice – Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton
Rick Statile Corporate Counsel - Red Hat, Inc.
Lewis Winning Vice President, Global Presales Engineering - Hitachi Data Systems
Transition to Lunch
Lunch Sponsor - AVAILABLE
Luncheon & Luncheon Keynote
Josh Stein, NC Attorney General
TOPIC: Leadership Briefing
Startup Showcase II - Closing Session
Durham Convention Center
- 301 West Morgan St, Durham, NC
- 8:30 – 5:00