Since its inception in 2007, the WICT Rocky Mountain Tech It Out Conference has grown to become the must-attend technology event in the Rocky Mountain Region, winning the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) Beacon Award in 2007, 2012, and 2013. Conference attendance exceeds 400 industry leaders including executives from Comcast, Charter Communications, Starz, CableLabs, Liberty Global, SCTE, The Cable Center, Turner, Canoe, Wide Open West, and more.
2016 Keynote Speakers & Highlights
She Started It: The Intersection of Women, Tech, and Innovation
Tech It Out will showcase clips from the Industry premiere of She Started It, a feature length documentary film about women tech entrepreneurs. Shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Europe, Vietnam, Mississippi & more, She Started It aims to highlight successful role models for young women and is the first film to show the behind the scenes of women running tech start-ups. Nora Poggi, Director and Producer, will discuss the intersection of women, tech, and innovation.
Rockin’ Tech (WICT Touchstone of taking risks/being fearless, which can carry across all aspects of our lives)
Whether it be the rocks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Rocky Mountains or an actual rock band, this panel will discuss how their personal life adventures inspire them to reinvent their tech careers. We’ll explore their adventures, careers and the technologies each panelist is focused on today.
- Laurel Werner. Founder & Chairman of KiliTech Foundation.
- Cynthia Carpenter, VP Product Mgmt Charter/WICT RM President.
- Tom Gorman, Founder & CEO opXL/President SCTE RM.
- Maria Popo, President Ubee Interactive
Moderator: The 2016 winner of the School of Mines, Grace McDermot full scholarship for women in engineering : Sophia Becker (who chose engineering due to a TIO event).
Novelist, Professor, Humorist, and Women’s Speaker Gina Barreca
Dr. Gina Barreca is a best-selling author, academic, humorist, and Professor of English literature and Feminist Theory. She has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor.
Her B.A. is from Dartmouth College, where she was the first woman to be named Alumni Scholar, her M.A. is from Cambridge University, where she was a Reynold’s Fellow, and her Ph.D. is from the City University of New York.
She will end the day on a humorous note, speaking to men and women in Corporate America, the different generations in the workplace, the pay gap, what to do now that we’ve leaned in, and more!
2016 Conference SpeakersGina Barreca: An American academic, humorist, and Professor of English literature and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut
Judy Batenburg: Senior Vice President of IT Services, Starz
Sophia Becker: 2016 winner of the School of Mines, Grace McDermot full scholarship for women in engineering
Sherry Brennan: Senior Vice President, Sales Strategy & Development, Fox Networks
Keely Buchanan: Sr Manager, Technology Services & Executive Communication, Charter Communications
Cynthia Carpenter: VP Product Management, Voice & Home Security, Charter Communications
Sherita Ceasar: Senior Vice President, National Video Deployment Engineering, Comcast
Anne Davies: Digital Media Supervisor, Comcast
Rich DiGeronimo: EVP, Product & Strategy, Charter Communications
Sara Dirkse: OTT Lab Guru, Translation-Please.com
Renie Dugwyler: OCE Community Outreach Coordinator, Colorado Department of Law
Tom Gorman: President, opXL, LLC
Melody Jones: Founder & CEO, Social Media Management Services
Neill Kipp: Distinguished Engineer, Comcast VIPER
Gary McMahel: Senior Recruiter, Comcast
Nora Poggi: Director and Producer of She Started It
Maria Popo: President & Chief Business Officer, Ubee Interactive
Jodi Robinson: SVP User Experience & Application Development, Charter Communications
Maria Rothschild: Executive Director, National Video Deployment Engineering, Comcast
Josh Seiden: Executive Director, Comcast Innovation Labs
Bill Warga: Vice President, Technology, Liberty Global
Laurel Werner: Founder and Chairwoman of Kilimanjaro Technology Foundation
Additional speakers and panels in development!
Support the Event as a Sponsor
The success of Tech It Out is largely dependent on sponsor participation. The proceeds support the event and fund the student scholarships which enable students from local high schools and colleges considering a career in cable to attend. Please note that it is not a fundraiser for the chapter.
Please join us in making this year’s WICT RM Tech It Out another success!
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We will need Student Ambassadors for the Tech It Out program.
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