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2016 Summit: Technology Trends Accelerating the Power of Industry

Friday, August 19 | Sheraton Hotel Uptown Charlotte

The 4th annual Charlotte Chamber Technology Summit convened on Friday, August 19 with a sold out audience. Attendees included CIO's, technologists, education partners, and a diverse cross section of business and non-profit leaders. With more than 44,000 information technology professionals working in the Charlotte area, the field is ripe for opportunity and primed for growth. The region is expected to add an additional 8,000 information technology jobs by 2025. Summit chair, Kevin Murphy, set the stage for the day with an overview of technology in the Charlotte region. Murphy, Chief Technology Officer at TIAA, reminded attendees about the challenges, opportunities and trends emerging in information technology. He highlighted Charlotte’s intersection of old and new with technology innovations in industries such as financial services and healthcare. Murphy also shared that more than 1,700 technology related degrees and certificates are awarded each year in the Charlotte MSA, and the average salary for core technology occupations is $90,000.

Erika Carney, Chief Marketing Officer for Skookum, shared with attendees how improving your bottom line can be successful with data analytics, but it cannot be the only indicator driving your business optimization. She detailed examples of getting into the field with your customers and employees as a compliment to innovation and analytics to really understand how technology can improve your core business functions.

Attendees also heard from a panel on the changing landscape around the internet of things (IoT). Speakers shared about this space being one of the biggest disrupters in technology innovation, and the opportunities that exist to change every aspect of our lives – from safety and security to how we move around. Speakers also noted that with the emergence of IoT, an entirely new talent pipeline will need to be created and educated in collaboration with higher education and industry partners. Ben Stagg, CEO and Co-Founder of Halo Smart Labs said, “There aren’t people with decades of experience in IoT – 10 years ago this space didn’t exist. So we’re learning every day and we must develop talent in this area”.

John Pesavento, Managing Director with Accenture, highlighted 5 trends in technology. The trends included intelligent automation, platform economy, digital trust, liquid workforce, and predictable discussion. It is predicted by 2020 43% of the workforce will be freelance, creating a need for companies to source talent and leverage technology to remain globally competitive.

Attendees left the summit with a wealth of knowledge, connections and resources around technology trends accelerating the power of industry.

New to the summit this year was the use of an app called Guidebook which allowed attendees, speakers and sponsors to connect during the event, but also allows them to continue the conversation in the weeks and months ahead.


7:15 - 8:00 a.m. 
Registration, Exhibits, Networking, Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
State of Technology in the Charlotte Region
Kevin Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, TIAA

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion
A Mindful Experience: How to Use Innovation and Analytics to Deliver Results and Improve Your Bottom Line
Jeff Camm, Wake Forest University, Associate Dean of Business Analytics
Eric Christian, Vice President and CTO, Carolinas HealthCare System
Erika Carney, Chief Marketing Officer, Skookum
Mirsad Hadzikadic, Executive Director, UNCC Data Science Initiative
Stephen Rohrer, Data Scientist | Enterprise Analytics, TIAA

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Changing Landscape: Internet of Things
Sherrell Dorsey, Founder, ThePLUG
Joe Topinka, Chief Information Officer, SnapAV
Steve Butkovich, Chief Technology Officer, CPI Security
Ben Stagg, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Halo Smart Labs
Stuart Higgins, Lead Healthcare Architect, Cisco loT Healthcare

10:15 - 10:35 a.m.

10:35 – 11:35 a.m.
Thriving on Change: Building a Culture of Agility
John Pesavento, Managing Director, Accenture
Odile Ducatez, Vice President Office of the CIO, Delhaize America
Paul Cavnaugh, Chief Information Officer, AvidXchange
Suhas Yerra, Chief Information Officer, Global Head of Commercial Application Delivery, AIG
Chris Heck, Chief Information Officer, Duke Energy

11:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Future of “Reality”: Digital Transformation 
Janet-Lee Hatt, Genesis 10, Managing Director | Southeast Region
Reinye Bridges, Information Security Controls Leader, GE Energy Connections
Hadas Kasher, Chief Revenue Officer, GamEffective
Shikha Kashyap, Chief Technology Officer, Syntelli
Mike Fuhrman, Chief Technology Officer, Peak 10

12:30 p.m.
Kevin Murphy


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