WITX Schedule - April 8

2:00 p.m. - Keynote

Building a Thriving Tech Community
Ernest Andrade

Founder and director of the Charleston Digital Corridor

3:00 p.m. -
Learning eXchanges

  • Analytics: Transforming Data to Information to Insight
  • Impact of BYO Cloud (Bring Your Own Cloud) on Organizations
  • IaaS – build or buy?  The evolution of IT to the Hybrid Data Center
  • How to Use Bootstrap to Create Modern, Professional Websites WITHOUT a Web Designer

4:00 p.m. -
Learning eXchanges

  • Big Data Panel: What should you know?
  • How to "Make it Rain" on a Startup Budget
  • Navigating the Business of Social Media
  • Bootstrap (Part B)

4:30 p.m. - Exhibits Open

Students, faculty and local technology companies present their latest research and technology tools. Network with local IT professionals in a casual environment

5:30 p.m. - Ignite - WITX

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Coordinator: Bryan Reinicke

Analytics: Transforming Data to Information to Insight (3 p.m.)

Businesses gather enormous quantities of data for purposes such as accounting, taxes, payroll, customer satisfaction surveys, etc. For the most part, this data is only used for the original purpose of its capture. However, embedded in this data is additional information that can be used to make predictions and guide decisions that go beyond the original intended purpose of the data. In this talk, we will describe how businesses can make use of this readily accessible data to decrease cost and improve revenue, improve customer service, and make better predictions about their companies’ future.

Curry Guinn

Dr. Curry Guinn - Computer Science

Dr. Curry Guinn is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at UNC Wilmington conducting research in natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Recent work has focused on sentiment detection and personality type analysis. Dr. Guinn served as co-Principal Investigator on a NSF grant leading the development of interactive virtual humans with emotions that affect their body and facial gestures, decision-making, and language generation. His work has been supported by research grants and contracts from U.S. Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and commercial businesses such as IBM, Michelin, Lexxle, and John Deere. Dr. Guinn received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University and his B.S. degree from Virginia Tech

Stephen Hill

Dr. Stephen Hill - Operations Management

Dr. Stephen Hill is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the Cameron School of Business at UNCW. He teaches courses in Business Analytics, Big Data Analytics, Operations Management, and Supply Chain Management. Dr. Hill is particularly interested in applications of analytical techniques to real-world problem and conducts research in a variety of areas. Dr. Hill received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Alabama in 2008.

Impact of BYO Cloud (Bring Your Own Cloud)
on Organizations
(3 p.m.)

Jeff Crume

Jeff Crume - IBM

Jeff Crume is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and IT Security Architect with 30 years' experience in the IT industry. He is the author of a book entitled "Inside Internet Security: What Hackers Don't Want You To Know" and has written articles on cryptography, cloud computing security, virtual private networking and identity management. He holds Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Information Systems Security Architecture Professional security industry certifications as well as Distinguished Chief IT Architect credentials from The Open Group.

IaaS – build or buy?  The evolution of IT to the Hybrid Data Center (3 p.m.)

As IT evolves from the "build and operate" model to becoming a broker of services, everyone has to think like a "Service Provider". Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) will be a key part of the hybrid data center combining on-premise private cloud with capabilities from Cloud Service Providers (CSP's) and Hyperscale Public Cloud providers. This session will examine the changing role of IT professionals and the CIO as cloud provides new economic and technology models to change the delivery of IT to the business. As part of the new model, data will need to flow to, from and between cloud providers whilst still being able to provide the requisite controls required to store, manage and protect critical information. Whether as a cloud consumer, or as a provider, a focus on the state-ful nature of data will drive key decisions in the next generation of Infrastructure.

Richard Hardy

Richard Hardy - NetApp

Richard Hardy has over 15 years of Enterprise IT experience and is a senior member of the NetApp pre-sales Technology group. Richard has been at NetApp since early 2000 and currently is Chief Architect for the Americas Service Provider Organisation. As part of this team, he is driving the adoption of NetApp technology in 'Cloud Services' and is a regular speaker and contributor on the topic of how IT is evolving to be more dynamic and cost-transparent as a result. Prior to joining NetApp, Richard was both a customer and a consultant, managing a broad spectrum of open systems environments for a variety of companies in the software, technology and oil & gas spaces. In August 2008 he transferred from NetApp UK to the NetApp facility at RTP in North Carolina. Richard holds a BSc.(Hons) degree from the University of Sheffield, UK.

WITX Learning eXchange underwritten by: Net App

How to Use Bootstrap to Create Modern, Professional Websites WITHOUT a Web Designer (Workshop from 3 to 5 p.m.)

Jim Duffy

Jim Duffy, Founder - TakeNote Technologies

Jim Duffy is founder and president of TakeNote Technologies, an award-winning consulting and software development company specializing in .NET software developer training and helping clients create business solutions with Microsoft enterprise technologies. Duffy's experience is with .NET technologies, web-development with ASP.NET and SQL Server. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, 12 year Microsoft MVP Award recipient and an entertaining and popular speaker at regional user groups and international developer conferences



Panel on Big Data: What should you know? (4 p.m.)


Mark Conway, Sr. Program Lead - NetApp

Mark is the Sr. Program Lead for Academic Alliances at NetApp. In this role he works with faculty and colleges and universities to enrich their IS-related programs, curricula, and student learning opportunities with teaching resources on storage, data management and emerging topics such as cloud computing, Big Data and data center architectures. Mark joined NetApp from Oracle in July 2010, where he was a Director for BI Product Marketing and worked in the Enterprise Performance Management Strategy group. Prior to Oracle, Mark led Hyperion Solutions’ Academic Alliances, where he developed and launched Hyperion’s university-partnership program. Mark also developed and led PeopleSoft’s global academic alliance programs for 6 years.


Chris Jordan, Business Development Manager - MTS Services

Chris Jordan manages the design, technical, and estimating staffs of MTS Services Wilmington location. MTS Services specializes in the installation and service of low voltage structured voice/data network cabling systems commonly used in Big Data data centers. Chris has been with MTS Services since 1999, and is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer(RCDD) and a Registered Telecommunications Project Manager(RTPM).


Matthew Magne, SAS Global Product Marketing Manager, Data Management - SAS

Matthew is a technologist, creative problem-solver and connector with a unique blend of business and IT skills. He is currently the Global Product Marketing Manager for Data Management at SAS focusing on Big Data, Master Data Management, Data Quality, Data Integration and Data Governance. Previously, Matthew was an Information Management Solutions Architect at SAS, worked as a Certified Data Management Consulting IT Professional at IBM and has held such consulting and software development positions as Senior Software Engineer, Senior Consultant and Technology Partner in numerous technology firms in the Boston and NC area. Mr. Magne received his BS, cum laude, in Computer Engineering at Boston University, has done graduate work in Object Oriented Development and completed his MBA at UNC Wilmington.
Linked-in: http://www.linkedin.com/in/exrocker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bigdatamagnet

How to "Make it Rain" on a Startup Budget (4 p.m.)

Whether you are part of a small startup team or a growing business, you NEED to attend this session.  Listen to 2 NC based startup founders share where they are finding free resources and how they are utilizing those to grow their businesses on a startup budget.

Justin Beard

Justin Beard, CEO - snapyeti.com

Justin is the Founder/CEO of snapyeti.com After launching in September, SnapYeti has over 20K users and recently won the NC IDEA grant. He will discuss how to leverage free technology tools to create product demos, infographics, and screen recordings to help spread your message!

Alex Vidor

Alex, Vidor, CEO - Social Pathway Solutions

Alex Vidor is co-founder and CEO of Social Pathway Solutions (SPS). He received his B.A. from Emory University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Business at The Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. As CEO of one of the first companies to take root at the new UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he has first hand experience with the benefits of being part of a “start-up community”. His research and business development skills, combined with a natural curiosity about educational technology, led him to co-found SPS. Their flagship product is “H.u.go Network”, a mobile application that helps students and teachers find the best digital content.

Navigating the Business of Social Media (4 p.m.)

Social media has transformed the face of business by engaging customers. This session will explore social media and how to use it for your business. Developing a voice for your brand through social media helps engage customers online. It creates a unique opportunity for customers to interface and communicate with businesses directly, resulting in a strong community of fans and sustaining brand loyalty. Possessing an understanding of how to craft a social media strategy using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and others is crucial to increasing visibility and knowing what your customers want. This session will demonstrate how brands are leveraging these networks to maintain and grow their businesses.

Michael Duncan

Mike Duncan, CEO - Sage Island Communications

Mike Duncan is a third-generation Wilmington native and UNCW alumnus. In 1997 he co-founded Sage Island, an integrated marketing agency. Today, Sage Island has built a powerful reputation through award-winning designs, full-service brand strategy, and internet marketing services. Sage’s clients range from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies, both national and international. As CEO and Creative Director, Mike oversees a staff of 20 talented marketing strategists, graphic designers, and programmers. He is a nationally sought-after speaker for ecommerce, social media, web design, and SEO. Mike, a designer at his core, ensures Sage Island’s process is dynamic and allows creativity to be paramount, leading the way to powerful marketing solutions for its clients. This collaborative approach yields the dynamic, comprehensive, and cutting-edge approach Sage Island is known for.

Sponsored by the Information Systems / Master of Computer Science Information Systems Advisory Board, Information Systems and Operations Management and Computer Science Departments and the
Cameron School of Business

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