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Join the IT Sector Dialogue on June 10

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Join Us June 10th


An Organizing Committee Workshop

A Framework for Collaboration in the Region's Information Technology Sector

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center

One Memorial Drive

Cambridge, MA


Earlier this year, Governor Patrick called for the establishment of a collaborative framework between industry, academia, and government to advance policy and an action agenda to improve the IT sector's competitiveness.


The Organizing Committee of this emerging effort invites you to participate in the development of this important work on June 10th.  This meeting is the start of an extended dialogue that will bring together industry and academic leaders to embrace the challenge of expanding the region's preeminence in the innovation sectors.


Attendees must register for this event.  Space will be limited with participation provided on a first come, first serve basis. Directions to Microsoft can be found here with parking available onsite.  We encourage as many participants as possible to use public transportation.  In the event that the garage becomes full, additional parking can be found off of Ames Street in Cambridge Center.

For more information, please contact Melissa Ablett, IT Collaborative Coordinator, at



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7:30 - Registration

8:00 - Welcome: Sara Spalding, Senior Site Executive, Microsoft & Chris Goode, Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, EMC

8:15 - Keynote: Rodney Brooks, Founder, Chairman, & CTO of Heartland Robotics, Co-Founder of iRobot

8:45 - The IT Sector - Emerging Results from Analysis, Surveys & Interviews: Dr. Michael Goodman, Director of Economic & Public Policy Research, UMass Donahue Institute

Rebecca Loveland & Kate Modzelewski, UMass Donahue Institute

Chaired by: Donna Cupelo, Region President - New England, Verizon

9:15 - Breakout Sessions:

Community Dialogue to Reveal the Stories & True Identity of Today's IT Sector

Communications working group Co-Chair Emily Green, President & CEO, the Yankee Group

Collaborating to Meet the Talent Needs for Growing the Digital Sector

Talent & Workforce working group Co-Chairs Jim Kurose, Interim Dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, UMass Amherst & Steve Vinter, Boston Site Director, Google

Understanding Our Digital Sector Going Forward

Dr. Michael Goodman, Rebecca Loveland & Kate Modzelewski, UMass Donahue Institute



10:15 - Fifteen Minute Break


10:30 - Beyond Venture Formation: A Dialogue About Growing Massachusetts Enterprises to Scale

Desh Deshpande, Co-Founder & Chairman, Sycamore Networks

Bob Hower, General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures

Paul Sagan, President & CEO, Akamai

Scott Savitz, Founder, President & CEO,

Brian Shin, Founder & CEO, Visible Measures

Moderated by Entrepreneurship working group Co-Chairs Michael Greeley, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners & Andy Ory, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Acme Packet


11:30 - IT Collaborative Organizing Committee: A Report to & Conversation with Governor Deval Patrick & the IT Community


12:10 - Looking Toward the Horizon with Secretary Greg Bialecki


12:45 - Closing Remarks: Pat Larkin, Director, MTC's John Adams Innovation Institute, Sara Spalding & Chris Goode


1:00 - Networking Lunch



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Microsoft New England Research & Development Center
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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