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IIT summit to be held in Chicago this month

September 30
21:14 2012

Tony Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President and Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Government of India

CHICAGO: The Illinois Institute of Technology and local technology professionals have joined together to host the Technology Innovation Summit (TI Summit) in Chicago this October to highlight today’s best practices for deploying technology in the government sector and provide insight into how improving government technology can spur economic growth.
The Summit is slated for Tuesday October 23 from 12-30 p.m. to 5-30 pm at Northern Trust building on LaSalle St in Chicago, and it is geared toward local government. It draws attendees and participants from across Illinois and is anchored by close collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology, according to Ms Poonam Krishnan, Chairperson of the Technology Innovation Summit.
This is the second of its type meet and organizers were enthused by huge success that the first such event had in 2011. This year’s event will include discussions of mobility, data consolidation, data security and cloud computing. The already confirmed speakers include international technology experts and business executives.
Speakers include Ms. Toni Preckwinkle- President of Cook County Board, Sam Pitroda-Technology Advisor to Prime Minister of India , Praveen Gupta- Director of Illinois Institute of Technology’s Center for Innovation Science and Applications; Maria Thompson, Director of Innovation Strategy at Motorola Solutions Inc.; Dr. Jim Treleaven- Board Member at Illinois Technology Association (ITA), Robert Kress- Executive Director and Global IT Audit at Accenture, Arnold Crater- CIO of RTA (Regional Transit Authority), and Lydia Murray- CIO of Cook County.
“This summit is designed to spur discussion among the main stakeholders in local government tech. It came about because of the challenges that several municipal technology managers shared with me. Our goal is to connect governments and vendors and help them design effective projects by highlighting best practices,” said Poonam.
“Many local governments are starting to look at technology implementation as a way of saving money, but they also need to realize that technology infrastructure can improve their communities and make them more adaptable to the changing demographics of the region. The 25-point plan published in 2010 by Vivek Kundra, then the U.S. CTO, has really helped drive attention to government technology initiatives,” said Poonam.

Neeraj Soparawala

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