TechFest 2010

By Stephanie Martin

Sun Star Intern

The fourth annual technology conference, TechFest 2010, was held in the Wood Center Oct. 6-8. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) hosted the event that showcased technology innovation for both higher education and research. TechFest 2010 included presentations, exhibits and prizes.

The presentations incorporated training workshops, demonstrations, and panel discussions on a variety of topics.

Exhibitors ranging from AT&T, GCI, and Chariot Group were invited to attend the conference and showcase new technology. Employees of the companies were on hand to answer questions and provide students with a chance to see the products. The keynote speaker for TechFest 2010 was Steve Benson, a sales manager with Google.

Drawings were held to win first class airplane ticket upgrades, 25,000 miles from Alaska Airlines and various forms of technology. One participant, Nina Schwinghammer, won an iPad.

“TechFest gives the university community a chance to see how technology such as Blackboard is involved in higher education,” said Karl Kowalski, Executive Director of User Services for OIT. At future conferences, Kowalski hopes to see greater student participation and student presenters.

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