Friday, March 8, 2013
Jody Randall, an instructor in the computer network and information systems security program at Clover Park Technical College, will be a speaker today at the 13th annual South Sound Technology Conference.
The event is touted as the premiere technology gathering for Tacoma and the South Puget Sound region. It will be held in Phillip Hall at the University of Washington Tacoma Campus.
Randall will be participate in a breakout session titled “Building a Cybersecurity Workforce.”
Additional breakout sessions and panels will cover topics ranging from technology in healthcare, the building of a big data research center, securing big data, and hiring for a future cybersecurity-educated workforce. The morning featured panel, led by Ankur Teredasai, the director of the Center for Web and Data Science at the Institute of Technology, will put specific focus on Big Data.
In a unique turn, one afternoon breakout will be an unstructured meet-up of people interested in building more opportunities for budding entrepreneurs to start and support their business ideas in the South Puget Sound.
The South Sound Technology Conference provides a forum that increases the awareness of technology’s impact on our personal and professional lives, and the role it can play in the development of our South Sound economy through technology. More than 250 civic and industry leaders, government representatives, university faculty and students will come together to hear about solving problems with technology solutions, building a technology company, and network with others in the industry.
Speakers will include business people, research scientists, government officials and students. Those persons confirmed for the event include Dr. Les Reed, VP of Quality at Multicare, Jason Aston and Erik Stockwell, from growing Tacoma technology companies Internet Identity and Optic Fusion respectively, and educators Dr. Bryan Goda and Jody Randall among others.
The yearly event is made possible by the hard work of many volunteers, the generosity of corporate and community sponsorship such as the Economic Development Board of Pierce County, Workforce Central, Optic Fusion, Internet Identity, Pierce County IT, the City of Tacoma, the UW Tacoma Institute of Technology, and the support of honorary co-chairs Congressmen Adam Smith and Derek Kilmer.