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The Summit on Information Technology


Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

The Summit on Information Technology

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Breakfast: LEAN IN Columbia
LEAN IN Columbia is a local circle inspired by Sheryl Sandberg's autobiography and the LeanIn.org non-profit that supports it. We are partnering with IT-ology for this special private breakfast event that begins at 7:30am right before the Summit! Please join us for a continental breakfast and a panel discussion featuring 3 ladies that are leaders in the world of technology and innovation. We expect to make a difference in the lives of women business professionals in Columbia.
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Why: The purpose of this daylong event is to inform and educate attendees about what’s currently being done across the state, to gather input from attendees in each industry vertical, and to exchange ideas. Networking opportunities will be plentiful. This is a must attend event for IT, education and policy leaders throughout South Carolina.

Who should attend:

  • IT leaders across all industry verticals, to include CTOs, CIOs, CEOs, IT Directors, IT decision makers of all types in education, state and municipal government, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, banking, and entrepreneurship (the start-up community).
  • Elected officials at all levels
  • Economic development officials at all levels

What’s happening:

Join technology, business and education leaders as well as elected officials from across South Carolina for a discussion on the state of Information Technology (IT) in the state. Information technology is driving innovation and impacting job creation and growth across all sectors of our economy. More than 67,000 people across South Carolina are employed in technology-related occupations at an average salary of $64,693, and the numbers of these jobs and their economic impact will only increase in the future. 

  • Is South Carolina competitive on a national and regional level?
  • What incentives and innovations are being implemented here and elsewhere and what best practices should we pursue?
  • How does IT impact economic development?
  • What are we doing to stay competitive with an educated workforce?
  • What role does public policy play in making South Carolina a progressive and more IT/business friendly state?

If South Carolina is to remain competitive we MUST establish benchmarks, understand the issues involved, and develop a comprehensive strategy and work together moving forward. Please join us as we attempt to do these things.

 Information technology is in everything we do, every business we run and every job we pursue in 2014 and beyond. Will we be at the forefront or will we merely react and fall behind others? The choice is ours.


7:30 am  Registration and Coffee – Lobby

8:45 am -  9:15 am  Welcome and Overview – Theater

Governor Nikki Haley, State of South Carolina

Mayor Steve Benjamin, City of Columbia,

Otis Rawl, President and CEO, SC Chamber of Commerce,

Ed Sellers, Chairman, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina


9:15 am -10:00 am Keynote address

Matt Gardner, Senior Fellow for Innovation at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute

10:00 am – 10:25 am Lowcountry Patrick Bryant, Tom Wilson

10:25 am – 10:50 am Upstate  Peter Barth, Frank Mobley

10:50 am -  11:05 am  Break

11:05 am – 11:30 am Midlands Greg Hilton, Joyce Vonada

11:30 am – 11:55 am Rock Hill David Warner, Matt Dosch

 11:55 am – 12:10 pm South Carolina’s Innovation Community

Amy Love, Director of Innovation, South Carolina Department of Commerce


12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Columbia Chamber ITC Lunch


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Think Tank Sessions by Industry Verticals

Banking Moderator: Lee Fryland, Panelist: Mike Brenan

Entrepreneurship/Innovation Moderator: Bill Mahoney   Panelists: David Warner, Peter Barth, Andy Kurtz, Greg Hilton, John Warner

Healthcare  Moderator: Nick Patel, MD Panelists: Ed Sellers, Michael Randall, PhD

Professional Services Moderator:  John Warner

Panelists: Joyce Vonada, Thomas D. Pietras, Mike Kirton


2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Reports from Think Tank Sessions, Theater

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Wrap up  Todd Lewis

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IT-oLogy Theater
1301 Gervais Street, Suite #100
Columbia, SC 29201

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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IT-oLogy is a non profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession.

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