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State of Tech Agenda

Registration + VIP Breakfast + Exhibit Showcase | 7:30-8:30 am      

REGISTRATION + EXHIBITS (GRAND BALLROOM LOBBY)
VIP BREAKFAST (JUNIOR BALLROOM B)               

Arrive early and enjoy a light breakfast while perusing the Exhibit Showcase.  VIP attendees  (including speakers, sponsors, and NC TECH leadership) are invited to a special private breakfast.

Welcome | 8:30-8:40 am

GRAND BALLROOM

Brooks Raiford, President + CEO - NC TECH

Opening Keynote Presentation | 8:40-9:10 am

GRAND BALLROOM

Martin Fleming, Chief Analytics Officer + Chief Economist – IBM

As the Chief Analytics Officer, Martin leads IBM’s initiative to become the world’s premier Cognitive Enterprise. A Cognitive Enterprise is a business model transformation that employs machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive systems to improve decision making and, as a result, financial performance. Martin also leads IBM’s data science profession with the mission to drive the growth and expertise of IBM’s skilled data science professionals.

Morning Startup Showcase | 9:10-9:40 am

GRAND BALLROOM

The first three startups selected to participate in the Startup Showcase will each get 6 minutes on stage to pitch + demo their product or solution.  Attendees will be asked to vote for the startup in which they'd most likely invest.

Break & Exhibit Showcase | 9:40-10:00 am

GRAND BALLROOM LOBBY

Attendees will break for light refreshments, networking, and time to visit the Exhibit Showcase before transitioning to Breakout Sessions.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I | 10:00-11:00 am     

      Choose to attend one or more of the following three sessions:

Integrating AI Into Your Organization – Can Every Company Integrate AI?

BALLROOM A

Sponsored by Silver Tree Consulting & Services

Listen to experts in the field talk about ways that organizations both large and small can integrate AI into your business operations using different technologies and applications

The Intersection of AI and Blockchain – Can One Exist Without The Other?

BALLROOM C

Decentralized Intelligence Networks are quickly becoming more and more prolific through the use of technologies such as blockchain. Hear more about this and how these two concepts complement one another.

The Future of Work and AI – Will We All Be Replaced? 

BALLROOM D

Sponsored by NorthState Technology Solutions

There is a frenzy about technology taking over jobs that people have done for decades.  This panel will discuss the shifting job market and how AI is impacting it. 

 

VIEW SPEAKERS

 

Break & Exhibit Showcase | 11:00-11:15 am

GRAND BALLROOM LOBBY

Attendees will break for light refreshments, networking, and time to visit the Exhibit Showcase before transitioning to Breakout Sessions.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions II | 11:15 am-12:15 pm       

      Choose to attend one or more of the following three sessions:

AI in Healthcare – How Is AI Improving Medicine and Patient Care? 

BALLROOM A

Sponsored by SAS

Many of the most practical applications of AI have been in the healthcare industry.  Learn more about the simple and complex ways that AI is improving our health and well-being. 

Ethics in AI – What About Privacy? 

BALLROOM C

Privacy is critical to all of us, personally and professionally.  Hear experts talk about how the convergence of AI and privacy and what ethical dilemmas it raises. 

Unintended Consequences of AI – What Are We Teaching Our Bots?

BALLROOM D 

Sponsored by Lenovo

While the algorithms are working through more and more data at faster speeds, it is still the human that is the creator of those algorithms.  Join the discussion about some known unintended consequences and others that might arise.

 

VIEW SPEAKERS

 

Transition to Lunch | 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Attendees will make their way back to the ballroom for lunch and the afternoon presentations.

Luncheon + Afternoon Startup Showcase | 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

GRAND BALLROOM

Attendees will enjoy lunch while the last three startups selected to participate in the Startup Showcase each get 6 minutes on stage to pitch + demo their technology product or solution.  Attendees will be asked to vote for the startup in which they’d most likely invest.

 

Closing TECH Talk Segments | 1:20 pm - 2:30 pm

GRAND BALLROOM

Attendees will hear from three North Carolina Tech Executives in a ‘TED’ style TECH Talk format.

 

Showcase Winner Announcement/Adjourn | 2:30 pm

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