2018 Outlook for Tech


Hundreds of biz and tech leaders registered for the North Carolina Technology Association's annual kickoff event Outlook for Tech, a fast-paced luncheon and tech expo featuring important info on Tech, Industry and Employment Trends including a briefing from Gartner. This year was especially important as we celebrated the Association’s 25th anniversary and  unveiled a new look/brand for the organization and launched a brand new website.

Attendees were the first to hear how NC measures up in the data and findings from the fourth annual NC State of the Tech Industry release and receive goodies including the 2018 Tech Directory, Membership Brochure with this year’s lineup and some items with the new organizational logo. 


Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 East Third Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Date and Time

February 2, 2018
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM EST


10:30 am - Registration/Tech Expo
11:30 am - Lunch/Program 
NC TECH Business Meeting
Tech Executive Outlook
Industry Trends Outlook
Employment Outlook
Annual NCSTIR Briefing
2:30 am -Adjourn

Featured Presenters

david ulmer

 Tech Executive Outlook
 Strategic Technology Trends & Skills Needed to Be Successful
 David Ulmer, Executive Partner - Gartner

adie shwartz

 Employment Outlook: Women in Tech
 The Time is Now: Gender Diversity and Your Business
 Addie Swartz, CEO - ReacHIRE


Increasing the ratio of women in the workforce is not just the right thing to do, it is a business imperative. Nowhere is that more true than in the technology sector where women leave at twice the rate as men. reacHIRE CEO and serial entrepreneur Addie Swartz will speak to the impact that gender diversity has on your business, as well as a solution on how the newly formed partnership between NC TECH and reacHIRE can help you hire more great women into your companies.


david ulmer

 Industry Trends Outlook
 Fjord Trends and the Vision for the Future of Business, Technology and Design
 Olof Schybergson, CEO Fjord - part of Accenture Interactive

Across society and technology, we’re encountering polarizing opinions, ideas, and ways of doing things. Digital vs. physical, human vs. machine, speed vs. craft, traceability vs. anonymity. How can we navigate these tensions and design for positive, long-lasting change? Olof will discuss how we can turn tension into opportunity and seven trends he thinks will impact business, technology, and design in 2018 and beyond. 


ted abernathy

 Annual NC STIR Briefing
 Where does NC rank in tech?
 Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner - Economic Leadership, LLC


state of tech

Outlook for Tech included the annual release of the State of Technology Industry Report! The research includes a compilation of valuable information and analysis on how NC is doing in areas such as year-over-year growth in tech establishments as well as core IT and tech sector employment. The data also highlights a variety of indicators and areas that reflect the strength and opportunity of NC's tech sector and how we match/measure up to other states.


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Current Attendees

Click below to view a full list of our current attendee roster for Outlook for Tech.


Interested in sponsoring future Outlook for Tech events? Contact Tracy Sternberg to learn more. Click the sponsor button below to view the 2018 Outlook for Tech sponsor menu.

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