State of Technology

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Executives from across sectors and functional roles will gather May 4 at our flagship tech conference for a day of engaging keynotes, interactive panel discussions, fast paced pitch competition from tech startups and an Exhibit Showcase. A pre-conference reception will be held the evening prior, on May 3.

Join NC TECH and presenting sponsor IBM at the 2018 State of Technology Conference as we explore Artificial Intelligence and how it is impacting our work, play and world and what we can expect to see in the future.

Theme: Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has progressed from a scientific endeavor to an essential tool in the constant evolution of innovation and business transformation. 

The opportunity is here and now to harness AI as an engine of progress and prosperity, so that people and machines can work side by side in partnership, drawing on the unique strengths of each. 

That partnership will enable us to make smarter and faster decisions based on insights that were previously unavailable. Machines that can learn and derive insights from vast stores of unstructured information have the potential to substantially augment human capability in nearly every profession. 

AI will complement knowledge work in the same way that automation complemented physical labor, redefining the specific tasks that comprise most occupations – ultimately producing better business results.

Current Attendees to Date

Note: We have close to 500 registered for this event. This list represents names that have been submitted for those registrations, while others will be added as they are provided.

Date and Time

Thursday, May 3
Pre-Conference Cocktail Reception
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, May 4
Full-Day Conference
8:30 am
 - 3:00 pm 


Durham Convention Center
301 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701


Interested in sponsoring the 2018 State of Tech event?

All Sponsors receive: Logo on event signage and promotional materials | Attendee roster (name, title, company) | Event registrations (VIP based on level) | Option for exhibit table at $3,000 and above

Click the arrows below to expand the sponsorship levels. Levels marked in red have been claimed. Printable menu included in link below. Please contact Tracy Sternberg to learn more.

Presenting · $25,000 (SOLD – IBM) 
Logo integrated into event logo and used in all promotional materials | provide opening remarks| option to provide and introduce opening keynote speaker | premier exhibit space | option to provide logo item to attendees | 20 VIP registrations, 2 reserved tables 

TECH Talks · $10,000  (SOLD – Dell Technologies) 
Introduce closing speaker | option to provide closing keynote speaker |preferred exhibit space | 10 VIP registrations, reserved table 

Startup Showcase · $6,000 (SOLD - Coastal Federal Credit Union)
A portion dedicated to cash prize awarded to showcase winner, option to contribute additional in-kind services | introduce startup companies on stage | receive contact information for presenting startups| preferred exhibit space | 10 registrations (4 VIP/6 regular), reserved table 

Pre-Conference Reception · $5,000 (SOLD - Google)
Provide remarks at reception | preferred exhibit space | 8 registrations (2 VIP/6 regular), reserved table 

Breakout Sessions · $5,000 (6 available – 3 SOLD – NorthState Technology Solutions, SAS, Silvertree Consulting) Moderate panel of sponsored breakout session (first come basis) | assist with topic selection and panel development | option to display materials in breakout room | preferred exhibit space | 8 registrations (2 VIP/6 regular), reserved table

Luncheon · $5,000 (SOLD - Crown Castle)
Provide remarks at luncheon | sponsor logo on placards on tables | option to provide branded items at table | preferred exhibit space | 10 registrations (4 VIP/6 regular), reserved table 

General Audience Breakfast · $4,000 
Logo on placards at continental breakfast | logo on placards on tables |exhibit space | 6 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 

VIP Breakfast · $4,000 (SOLD - Bandwidth)
Provide remarks at breakfast | logo on placards at VIP breakfast | exhibit space | 8 registrations (2 VIP/6 regular), reserved table 

Conference Bag · $3,000 (SOLD - Sageworks)
Logo displayed with State for Tech event logo on bag given to attendees (NC TECH to provide bags) | exhibit space | 6 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 

Green Host · $3,000
Proceeds from sponsorship to purchase renewable energy credits from NC Green Power to offset the environmental impact of the event | exhibit space | 6 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 

Journal · $3,000 (SOLD - Massey Consulting)
Logo on journal notebook given to attendees at lunch (NC TECH to provide journals) | exhibit space | 6 registrations (2 VIP/6 regular) 

Lanyard · $3,000 (SOLD - Flexential)
Logo on name badge lanyard offered to all attendees (NC TECH to provide lanyards) | exhibit space | 6 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 

Name Badge Insert · $3,000
Logo displayed as header on name badge inserts | exhibit space | 6 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 

Parking · $3,000
Logo on complimentary parking voucher given to all attendees at registration | exhibit space | 4 registrations (1 VIP/3 regular) 

Registration · $3,000 (SOLD - Creating IT Futures)
Sponsor branded placards at registration | Option for display table adjacent to registration to provide materials and/or giveaways and interact with attendees | 6 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 

Wi-Fi · $3,000 (SOLD - RTI International)
Logo on Wi-Fi placards on tables with custom network name and password | exhibit space | 6 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 

Mobile Charging Stations · $3,000 (SOLD - Republic Wireless)
Logo on signage in mobile charging station areas | 2 distinct mobile charging areas set with soft seating in the Exhibit Showcase | 4 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 


 Photog · $2,500
Logo on all printed and/or digital photos | Option to staff the photo booth | 6 registrations 

Startup Showcase Prize Package · $2,500 (SOLD - Cherry Bekaert)
Proceeds dedicated to cash prize award for showcase winner I option to contribute additional in-kind services | receive contact information for presenting startups | exhibit space | 6 registrations (2 VIP/4 regular) 

Gold · $2,500 (Limited Availability - IT People, Access Point, Beacon, Triangle Business Journal, WeWork)
Exhibit space | 6 registrations | Listed as a Gold Sponsor at the event 

Head Table · $2,000
Signage at head table | 4 VIP registrations, 2 seated at head table 

Refreshment Break - $2,000 ·  (2 Available; 1 SOLD - Railinc)
Logo on placards at break stations | 4 registrations (1 VIP/3 regular) 

Silver ·  $1,500 (2 SOLD – Brady Services, Deutsche Bank, Racepoint Global, Wyrick Robbins)
4 registrations | Listed as a Silver Sponsor at the event 

Reserved Table · $1,450
Logo on table | 10 registrations, reserved table


Individual Member Registration:*     $145

Reserved Table w/ 10 Registrations:  $1,450

Individual Non-Member Registration: $250

*Please Note: Members must login to receive member registration rate. Click HERE to see if your employer is a member. Call the office at 919.856.0393 if you need assistance or if you need a login.

Fine Print: All registrations to NC TECH events are final and non-refundable.  Refunds will only be offered if the event is canceled.  Registrations are transferable to another qualified guest.  Please contact NC TECH at 919.856.0393 to request such a transfer.

Not a Member?

Interested in membership? New members receive (1) complimentary registration for this event. Click Here to Join or contact Emily Young for more information. 

Hotel Accommodations

Visit Hotel Storm and take advantage of an NCTECH perk by using code NCTECHPerks upon sign in to get great deals on hotels in the Durham area for the State of Tech Conference.

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