State of Technology Conference Speakers Announced

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Organizers of North Carolina’s annual statewide tech conference, State of Technology, have released an initial roster of speakers.  The conference, hosted by the North Carolina Technology Association, is slated for Friday, May 15 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, with 500 leaders expected to attend. The event will open with a keynote from a top global IBM executive, John Kelly, SVP of Solutions Portfolio & Research, who will share how organizations are driving transformation through the integration of big data, cloud, ecommerce, mobility, security and social technologies.

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Six breakout sessions will follow, each focusing on how one of these topics impacts process improvement, along with how it integrates with the others.  An impressive lineup of leaders will be featured from companies including Bandwidth, BlueCross and BlueShield of NC, Credit Suisse, Red Hat, Samsung, Thomson Reuters and more.  For a complete list of speakers by breakout session, visit

A popular feature introduced last year will return as a highlight of the conference.  The Startup Showcase will feature eight startups that each get six minutes on stage during the event to deliver their pitch.  Audience members will vote on “Best Presentation” and “Best Investment.”  These startups are emerging companies headquartered in North Carolina and that have a standout product or service.  A complete listing of presenting companies can also be found at the conference website.

“This annual event highlights North Carolina leaders, companies and organizations that distinguish our state as a leading innovation center,” said Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s president.  “A compelling lineup of executives from across industries and disciplines will discuss how their organizations are mashing-up technology to gain a competitive advantage.”

Early bird pricing for individual registration is available through Thursday, April 30.

The title sponsor for this year’s event is IBM.  Additional sponsors to date include:  EMC, Cisco, Sentinel Data Centers, SAS, Fidelity Investments, Workday, Video Guidance/Acano, CSpring, iContact, Time Warner Cable Business Class, ServiceNow, Entrinsik, Nimble Storage, DataChambers, Railinc, OnEvent Services, Beacon Technologies, CommScope, Alphanumeric Systems and MCNC.

For information on how to attend or sponsor the conference, visit, or contact Marc Montoro at or 919-890-0773.

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