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2023 State of Tech Agenda


We live in a world that’s smarter, faster, and more innovative than ever and it is important to keep up with the advances in technology and how they are impacting our businesses, community and the world. State of Tech EXPONENTIAL will give you a sneak peek at technology innovations and human capital trends that can influence your work and life.

This content-packed, one day technology conference includes engaging keynotes, interactive panel discussions, a tech expo and a startup showcase where early-stage tech companies pitch creative innovations.

Monday, June 12

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Pre-Conference Reception + NEXT TECH Awards Celebration in concert with Business North Carolina Magazine

9:00 PM

Optional Meet-up

Tuesday, June 13

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration / VIP Breakfast / Exhibit Showcase

9:00 - 9:10 AM


9:10 - 9:35 AM

Opening Keynote Presentation - Observations from the Edge
Rob High, Vice President, IBM Fellow, CTO Edge Computing, IBM

9:35 - 10:00 AM

Break + Exhibit Showcase

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

  • Breakout Session A: Environmental, Social, Governance, and Sustainability Sponsorship Available
  • Breakout Session B: Datafication: Data Use, Analytics + AI/ML Sponsored by AHEAD
  • Breakout Session C: The Value of Data Privacy - Exploring the Cost + Benefits Sponsored by Brooks Pierce

10:50 AM - 11:05 AM

Break + Exhibit Showcasee

Tuesday, June 13 (cont.)

11:05 - 11:35 AM

Concurrent Subject Matter Expert Sessions

  • SME Presentation I - Outsystems/Noesis
  • SME Presentation II - MetLife
  • SME Presentation III - WGU NC

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM

Break + Exhibit Showcase

11:55 AM - 12:45 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

  • Breakout Session A: Cloud Native First Sponsored by RapidScale
  • Breakout Session B: Productivity + Automation Sponsorship Available
  • Breakout Session C: Cybersecurity Sponsored by Accenture

12:45 - 1:20 PM

Transition to Ballroom/Lunch Service 

1:20 - 2:05 PM

Startup Showcase

2:05 - 2:25 PM

Closing Tech Talk - "Generative AI"
Dr. James Lester. Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University

2:25 PM

Showcase Winner Announcement | Closing Remarks

2:30 PM



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