The Denver Technology Partners set out to make the 2014 Denver Biz Tech Expo — an event that connects business decision makers with IT solutions providers — bigger and better. This year’s expo, “Integration, Mobility, Security … Get in front of what’s next,” on Oct. 9 at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver has an agenda filled with can’t-miss features sure to wow the record number of registrants.
Sponsor Fortinet brings Derek Manky, Global Security Strategist, to the cybersecurity panel along with Isaac Barnes, U.S. Secret Service Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge; Thad Odderstol, Director of the Industry Engagement and Resilience Program within the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications; Jon Boyens, Senior Advisor for Information Security in the Information Technology Laboratory within the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); and Steve Fox, CEO of Security Pursuit. Greg Avery of the Denver Business Journal is the panel moderator. John Maddison, VP of Marketing at Fortinet, says, “We are thrilled to sponsor and be a part of this year’s cybersecurity panel with other leading security experts discussing the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape and strategies to help protect companies.”
The expo also includes a mobility panel sponsored by Samsung that will focus on security, mobile device management, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, integration, optimization, procurement, and the consumerization of IT. Panelists are Erik Peterson, Mobile PC Specialist with Samsung; Brent Allshouse, Co-Founder and CFO of Platte River Networks; Bryan Von Axelson, Senior Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft; Mike Saxby, Vice President of Cellular Optimization; Renee Carroll, Sales Manager for Windstream; and Christopher Landgrebe, Business Sales Executive with T-Mobile. Erik Peterson of Samsung is the panel moderator.
Last year’s most attended feature at the expo, the Public Town Hall panel is a forum for businesses to learn from and connect with representatives of government agencies at all levels. This year’s panelists are Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Anthony Knight, acting Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Erik Mitisek, CEO for the Colorado Technology Association; Donna Evans, President and CEO of The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce; and Brandon Rattiner, U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Denver Area Regional Director. The moderator is John Hart, the Region VIII Advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Both local and global companies are on the list of exhibitors at the expo, showcasing technology hardware, software, and services. David DeCamillis, president of Denver Technology Partners, says exhibitors are encouraged to have their technology on the show floor for people to see and try, and he adds this year Microsoft is “bringing the store,” selling devices on the expo floor.
Keynote speaker for the expo, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says, “It’s my honor to keynote the event and a wonderful opportunity to highlight how this city fosters ingenuity and innovation every day by helping entrepreneurs and tech companies turn concepts into reality.”