updated: 9/20/2010 11:56:38 AM

Summit to Examine Cloud Computing, Social Media

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Indiana's statewide technology initiative has released more details about its upcoming Innovation Summit at the Indiana Convention Center. TechPoint says two panel discussions will focus on utilizing social media to communicate with customers and how to best take advantage of cloud computing to lower costs.

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(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., September 20, 2010) They are two of the hottest technology trends affecting businesses today: Harnessing the power of social media to communicate with customers, and taking advantage of cloud computing to cut IT capital costs and licensing fees. Both topics will be addressed by leading experts in panel discussions at the 2010 TechPoint Innovation Summit, being held on October 27th at the Indiana Convention Center.

TechPoint today announced details of these two panel discussions, ‘Innovation in Social Media’ and ‘Innovation in Cloud Computing,’ to be held at the annual Summit.

‘Innovation in Social Media,’ presented by ExactTarget, will explore current trends in social media, address issues like the balance between corporate identity and company personnel identities online, identify best practices for building relationships with customers through social media and highlight social media innovations coming from Indiana companies and institutions. Panelists are:
• Jay Baer, Social Media Consultant, Speaker, and Author of the Convince & Convert Blog
• John Lopes, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Andretti Green Racing
• Chris Baggott, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-founder of Compendium Blogware
• Tim Kopp, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Exact Target

‘Innovation in Cloud Computing,’ presented by BlueLock, will discuss the myths and realities of companies operating in the ‘cloud’ of web-based applications, delving into issues of cost-cutting versus security concerns and predicting how cloud computing will evolve in years to come. Panelists are:
• Mike Rudicle, CIO – Advisory Services of PricewaterhouseCoopers
• David Schroeder, Central Area Director of Systems Engineering for VMware
• Doug Allgood of Milestone Advisors
• Pat O’Day, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of BlueLock

“We’ve assembled all-star panels to dig into these topics, and we’re excited to see where the discussion goes on October 27th,” said Jim Jay, President & CEO of TechPoint. “Social media and cloud computing in particular are very compelling trends in the technology world; we look forward to thought-provoking sessions that will help attendees be more savvy and innovative in these areas in their own organizations.”

Now in its second decade, the annual Innovation Summit brings together hundreds of Hoosier entrepreneurs, high-tech executives and policymakers for learning, dialogue and debate on the central challenge of today’s economy – turning today’s ideas into tomorrow’s business breakthroughs.

This year’s event features a luncheon keynote by influential technology author Nicholas Carr, author of several books with often-iconoclastic ideas that have also been featured in articles in publications like the New York Times, Forbes and Wall Street Journal. His 2008 article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” caused a furor in the tech media when it appeared as a six page cover story in The Atlantic.

Get more details on the Innovation Summit agenda, sponsorship opportunities, and register to attend at www.techpoint.org/summit. Sign up by October 1st to take advantage of early registration pricing.

About TechPoint
Founded in December 2002, TechPoint is Indiana’s only statewide technology initiative, representing industry stakeholders including publicly-traded companies, private businesses, colleges and research universities, and local economic development organizations. The group’s mission is to transform Indiana into a recognized technology leader by developing relevant policy, catalyzing change, and measure the state’s progress towards building a high-tech economy.

Source: TechPoint

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