for 8th annual run on April 2
he IT Summit, one of the most popular technology conferences in the region, returns to Denver on April 2 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
In its eighth Colorado edition, the day-long program this year will feature a host of local and national technology leaders, including Les Berry, Director of Enterprise Architecture for Denver International Airport, Karl Seifert, Assistant Director of Information Technology in the U.S. Government Accountability Office and Erik Mitisek, CEO of the Colorado Technology Association.
This year’s anchor sponsor for the event is Veeam Software, an international company that offers data backup and protection tools for virtual computing environments. With more than 1,000 employees, the company has 73,000+ customers and 19,000 distributors and resellers worldwide. Veeam will be exhibiting its products along with many other companies, including Evault, Cisco, Black Box Network Services, and CommScope, to name a few.
The IT Summit was started in 2004 in Oregon to offer educational and networking opportunities for regional IT communities. It has since grown to host similar events in active tech markets around the country, including Denver, Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego. The first Denver event was held in 2006.
“The purpose of the summit,” according to founder and president Wes Sherman, “is to provide educational and networking resources for IT leaders. It is designed to address real-world opportunities and challenges faced by today's executives.”
Each event is driven by an executive board of regional IT professionals, who direct the conference content. The Denver board consists of 27 area tech leaders, including David Luhan, Director of IT for the State of Colorado; Mark Spencer, President of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association; Dan Maas, Chief Information Officer for the Littleton Public Schools; and Tom Craig, Chief Technology Officer at Rocky Mountain PBS.
While the program is still developing, a number of sessions are already set, including an IT Security Panel Discussion that will feature Dr. Liz Peralez, Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology at Colorado Technical University; Julie Ouska, Chief Information Officer/Vice President of Information Technology for the Colorado Community College System; Karl Seifert, Assistant Director of Information Technology at the U.S. Government Accountability Office; and Jeff Jones, Director of Technology for the Otis School District.
Other confirmed speakers include Ralph Johnson, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer of King County Washington and Stephanie Benitez, a Special Agent for the FBI.
In addition to the conference sessions, the event also offers a variety of local and national technology company exhibitors.
Admission to the conference is free for anyone who is active in the administration of his or her organization’s technology. You can register here. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends with an executive reception at 2:30 p.m.