Emerging Technologies Symposium for Emergency Solutions

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Concordia University Columbia River Campus

11703 NE Glenn Widing Dr.

Portland, OR 97220

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Technology-based solutions for emergency planning, training and assessments are rapidly being adopted across a broad range of agencies and departments. If you're interested in learning about the benefits and the possibilities, join us on Thursday, November 9, for the Emerging Technologies Symposium for Emergency Solutions. Register now, there's still time to reserve a seat!

This symposium combines panel discussions and presentations from academic and peer experts who will address best-practice usage along with the challenges and benefits of simulations and virtual / augmented reality. There will also be opportunities during the daylong event to view interactive demonstrations of new technologies, and to engage informally with practitioners, developers, academics, researchers, and fellow event attendees.

This event is hosted by Concordia University's Homeland Security and Emergency Management academic department and Concordia's Center for Emergency Solutions as part of our commitment to preparing leaders to protect, serve, and succeed in today's complex, ever-evolving homeland security and emergency management environment.

Be part of the discussion – and part of the future. This free event is one you can't afford to miss!

Keynote Speakers:

Grant Tietje

Grant Tietje is a Senior Project Manager for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He directs the Responder Technology Alliance, which is a DHS-sponsored program, to develop technology for first responders. Grant is a former paramedic and law enforcement officer. Prior to PNNL, he was an emergency manager with the City of Seattle and the Northwest Healthcare Response Network.

Mike Premi

Mike Premi is the VR Software Innovation Manager at Intel Corporation who has been leading development and deployment of Virtual Reality Solutions with Software Partners in industries spanning Education/Training, Healthcare/General Wellness and Retail. Mike holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from USC and a MBA from Babson College.

Panel Discussions:

Panel discussions will encourage dynamic dialogue from a variety of perspectives including:

  • Emergency Management

  • First Responders

  • Standards and Training

  • Research and Development

Symposium Agenda:

9:00am Check in, meet and greet, coffee and continental breakfast

9:30am Keynote speakers

10:45am Panel discussions

12:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:00pm Emerging technology demonstrations

3:00pm Symposium closing remarks

Special Invite: Please stay for a hosted social hour at 3:30 to continue the conversation about the possiblities of VR for emergency management.


Is parking available at the event?

Free parking is available in our on-site parking lot. The Concordia University - Columbia River Campus is conveniently located off Airport Way, near I-205 and close to the Portland International Airport.

Is lunch provided?

Yes, complementary lunch is provided for all event attendees.

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Concordia University Columbia River Campus

11703 NE Glenn Widing Dr.

Portland, OR 97220

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