State of Tech Agenda

DAY ONE AGENDA | THURSDAY, JULY 23

Welcome | 9:00 AM

Brooks Raiford
President + CEO, NC TECH

Opening Keynote Speaker | 9:10 AM


Heidi Lanford
Vice President, Enterprise Analytics + Data at Red Hat

Topic: Uncertainty Opens the Door to a More Data-driven Future

Heidi Lanford, Vice President of Enterprise Data + Analytics at Red Hat, will share a vision of how to build a data culture and the data literacy essential for our professions and our world to thrive. In times of uncertainty, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, decision-makers are hungry for information that can accurately help them make decisions. Collecting and understanding data suddenly becomes a high priority, but in many circumstances the data culture and capability are underdeveloped and both take time to cultivate. We are experiencing an epidemic where everyone is a decision-maker with sometimes life and death stakes. Though the scale of decisions is drastically different, from leaders of nations to individuals who follow containment recommendations, the outcry for trustworthy information amidst so many sources of misinformation is overwhelming. Though we can’t rewind, Heidi will talk about some simple steps and some hard changes we can promote as technologists in our organizations to better prepare us for the future no matter the scope of our current roles. 

Startup Showcase | 9:45 AM

The first three startups selected to participate in the Startup Showcase will each get 5 minutes to pitch + demo their product/solution.  Participants will be asked to vote for the startup in which they'd most likely invest.

Gubernatorial Candidate Segment | 10:00 AM

Both Gubernatorial candidates will provide brief remarks. 

Governor Roy Cooper
Democrat Candidate for NC Governor

Dan_Forest_-_Flag.jpg

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest
Republican Candidate for NC Governor

Break + Tech Expo | 10:20 AM

Break to visit our Resource Showroom.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I | 10:40 AM    

      Choose one of the following three sessions:

  • Conspiracy versus Convenience – Your Data Privacy
  • People, HR and Talent Analytics – How Data Is Impacting Recruiting and Retaining
  • The Power of Visualization – How Can You Use Data For Executive Storytelling

Wrap Up Day One | 11:40 AM


DAY TWO AGENDA | FRIDAY, JULY 24 

Welcome | 9:00 AM

Brooks Raiford
President + CEO, NC TECH

Opening Keynote Speaker | 9:10 AM

Kerri Patterson
Director of Technology, Clinical Decision Support
Optum

Topic: Data and Analytics In Healthcare 

Startup Showcase Two | 9:30 AM

The final three startups selected to participate in the Startup Showcase will each get 5 minutes to pitch + demo their product/solution. Participants will be asked to vote for the startup in which they'd most likely invest. 

Break + Tech Expo | 9:50 AM

Break to visit our Virtual Resource Showroom.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I | 10:15 AM    

      Choose one of the following three sessions:

  • Bias in Data – How Can We Overcome It?
  • Data For Good – How Data Can Be Used To Improve Our World
  • Data Massaging – Let’s Strip It Down 

Closing Keynote Speaker | 11:15 AM

Michael Capps
CEO
Diveplane

Showcase Winner Announcement | 11:45 AM

Wrap Up Day Two | 12:00 PM


SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS TO DATE

Christian-Screen.jpg

Christian Screen
SVP - Data Analytics Delivery
Ai Consulting Group

Patrick Hill
Executive Director
A Cultivated Mindset

Hersh Tapadia
CEO
Allstacks 

Christopher Schultz
Director – Data, Analytics & Automation
Aprio 

Bryce Gartner
Principal, Client Experience
Cherry Bekaert

Eric Jackson
Data + Analytics Program Manager
City of Asheville 

Michael Capps
CEO
Diveplane

Kasey Hobson
Sr. Product Manager
Dude Solutions

Ryan-Odonnell.jpg

Ryan O’Donnell
COO
EmployUs

Melissa Nysewander
Head of Data Science - People Analytics
Fidelity Investments

Eban Scanlan
Director – Global Risk
Deutsche Bank

Phaedra Boinodiris
IBM Academy Fellow
IBM

Rob-Delaney.jpg

Rob Delaney
COO
Infinia ML

Diana Medina
Director - E-Commerce
Inmar

Scott Moody
CEO and Co-Founder
K4Connect

Karl Rectanus
CEO
Learn Platform

Quinn O'Brien
VP - Global Marketing
Lenovo

Steve Cobb
CISO
One Source

Heidi Lanford
Vice President, Enterprise Analytics + Data
Red Hat

Kavi Pandya
Data Scientist
Red Hat

Atrin Assa
Senior Product Manager – Visualization
SAS

Jillian Munro
CTO
Spreedly

Richard Boyd
CEO
Tanjo

Tom MacKenzie
VP - Security Compliance
TCDI

Prem Ranganath
VP Quality, Risk & Sustainability
Trilliant Networks

Ryan Schwiebert
CIO
Wake Technical Community College

Back to Top