UW TechConnect 2015 Covered Future of IT, Offered Unique Chance to Learn and Network

Hadi Rangin presenting on Incorporating Accessibility/Usability in Your Project Process
With so much going on at the UW TechConnect Conference on March 24, participants’ social networks were abuzz with 171 event-related tweets. The one-day conference attracted 400 members of the UW’s information technology community. They came together from 28 different UW departments to make connections and catch presentations on business continuity planning, the future of the UW’s classroom and collaboration tools, enterprise architecture, HR/P Modernization Intersections, server strategies and much more.

The keynote panel of technology-steeped UW academic leaders, along with Vice President for UW-IT and CIO Kelli Trosvig, opened the day with a range of topics on the future of IT—from Bring Your Own Device implications, to defining innovation, to usability to funding.

The event was organized through a partnership of UW-IT and the TechConnect Advisory Board. Board member Roland Lai, Director of IT for UW Medicine Surgery, said “The energy and engagement at the conference was contagious. I appreciated the chance to learn, to nurture existing relationships, make new ones and discover new opportunities to collaborate.”

“People had such a good time, with lots of learning and sharing and connections with new people and new groups. I think it was really quite an inspiring event,” Trosvig said.

“I’ve been with UW-IT for just five months, so I was glad for a designated day to learn more about technology issues and trends around the UW, and meet lots of new people.”
— Kyle Walker, UW-IT
“I was interested in more of UW-IT’s opportunities to learn and collaborate after hearing Anne McDonough present on Agile development in higher ed in January, then joining the Agile Community of Practice. Seven or eight of us from UW Bothell were able to attend TechConnect.”
— Jeane Marty, UW Bothell IT
“As a volunteer, I really appreciated how exceptionally well-run and organized the event was!”
— Jen Heron, UW School of Medicine

Faces of the 2015 TechConnect Conference

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