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2024 Agenda

Early Morning 

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7:30am – 8:30am

Main Ballroom

Registration, Breakfast, and Vendor Tables

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8:30am – 8:40am

Main BalLRoom

Welcome 

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8:40AM – 9:05AM

Main Ballroom

Breakfast Keynote

By Kristina Walter, Director, National Security Agency – Cybersecurity Collaboration Center

Breakout Session I

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9:15am - 10:00am

Appalachian Room A

Business Impact of Technology

The Crucial Role of Dataset Design in Data Science Business Success

By Renee M. P. Teate, Senior Director of Data Science, HelioCampus

Machine Learning and AI tools only perform as well as the datasets used to power them...

Therefore, to deploy advanced analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities at your organization, you will need team members who sit at the intersection of data engineering, data science, and business expertise to design analytical datasets tailored to meet your business needs. In this session, we will explore dataset design concepts and pitfalls to avoid, and discuss tips to help you hire or develop data practitioners who can design these high quality datasets and grow with your organization as you navigate today’s quickly-evolving technology landscape.

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9:15am - 10:00am

Appalachian Room C

Artificial Intelligence

Higher Education and AI:  Ethics of New Technology

By Emily Salmon, SCHEV. Paul Smith – Moderator

Breakout Session II

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10:15am - 11:00am

Appalachian Room A

Business Impact of Technology

Vulnerability Management and You

By Bud Ritchie and Edna Reid

The number of attacks against small business and local governments are at an all time high. The threat landscape continues to grow...

and can be daunting to try to figure out a way to keep your business assets safe from cyber incidents. This talk will cover actions an organization can take to increase their knowledge of the threat landscape as well as protect assets by developing a vulnerability management program.

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10:15am - 11:00am

Appalachian Room C

Artificial Intelligence

Productive AI Agents Among Us

By Aram DiGennaro and Sven Brueckner

Envision a grid where every task your organization tackles is plotted—accuracy required on the horizontal axis and level of abstraction on the vertical...

Think about where your team’s skills land on this grid, and where your current software tools fit in. Now, imagine reorganizing this map with the integration of AI. With generative AI entering the workspace, the parameters shift dramatically. Complex tasks are redefined, and the sequences of work evolve. Have you considered how generative AI transforms these dynamics? Are you prepared for the reality where AI doesn’t just support, but actively participates in decision-making? Join us this fall for ‘Productive AI Agents Among Us,’ where we’ll dive deep into these questions. Our talk will not just discuss the integration of AI—it will demonstrate it, featuring actual AI co-workers alongside us, showcasing real-time collaboration and the transformative potential of AI in our work environments.

Breakout Session III

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11:15am - 12:00pm

Appalachian Room A

Business Impact of Technology

Empowering Remote Work: Leveraging Technology for Effective Virtual Collaboration

By Tammy Bjelland, Founder, Workplaceless

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11:15am - 12:00pm

Appalachian Room C

Artificial Intelligence

AI and Transportation Systems

By Dr. Hala Nelson, Professor of Mathematics, James Madison University

This session will explore the impact of AI is having (and will have) on transportation systems in terms of opportunities, feasibility, adoption, available technologies, implementation, and challenges, hurdles, and concerns.

Networking Lunch 

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12:15pm - 1:30pm

Main Ballroom

Networking lunch

Network with your conference peers and catch up on some work.

Breakout Session IV

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1:45am - 2:30pm

Appalachian Room A

Business Impact of Technology

Unlock the Power of Technology to Propel Your Business Forward!

By Judy Marchand Hampton, President, LMH Consulting, LLC

This workshop is designed for business leaders and technologists, where you will discover how to develop a technology strategy that is not only aligned with but driven by your business strategy...

This session will equip you with the insights and tools needed to navigate the digital transformation landscape successfully. During the workshop, attendees will: learn why aligning your technology initiatives with your business goals is crucial for achieving enhanced efficiency and competitive advantage; gain a step-by-step approach to creating a technology roadmap that prioritizes initiatives based on business impact; explore case studies from large enterprises, medium-sized companies, and small businesses that have effectively harnessed technology for digital transformation; and discover how to enhance workforce productivity, facilitate continuous employee development, and foster a culture of innovation through targeted technology strategies.

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1:45am - 2:30pm

Appalachian Room C

Artificial Intelligence

Harnessing AI: Transforming Marketing Strategies for Business Success

By Peter Denbigh, Entrepreneur & Instigator, Innovation Management, Inc.

Delve into the transformative world of AI and discover how it can revolutionize your marketing strategies. Implementing AI can lead to more effective marketing strategies, heightened customer engagement, and superior operational efficiency...

This session will provide a dynamic exploration of AI tools, real-world applications, and practical advice on integrating AI into your marketing toolkit to thrive in today’s digital landscape.

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