Iowa Tech Summit connects tech community members from around the state

Dr. Charlie Miller delivers the keynote to a sold out crowd at the Iowa Technology Summit on October 2. Photo courtesy of TAI.

Members of Iowa’s tech community spent last Tuesday at the Iowa Technology Summit hearing from other Iowans on security, innovation and leadership in the tech industry.

“It’s very important for us to get our technology community together, to share ideas, to innovate together so that we build a greater whole technology industry across Iowa,” said Paul Hlivko, Vice President and CTO of Wellmark Blue Cross and Shield. “Because talent is as vitally important to our organization as well as many other organizations.”

It was the second time the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) put on an event of this kind with 16 panels in four tracks: leadership, innovation, security and the cloud. 645 registered attendees signed up to attend the event.

“In 2018, The Iowa Technology Summit we focused on delivering better content in the sessions with a more technical deep dive into topics,” said Brian Waller, President of TAI.

The day-long event started with a 45-minute keynote and Q&A with Dr. Charlie Miller—Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect at Cruise Automation—who talked about security, hacking vehicles and the internet of things.

“Events like these are a great opportunity to unite Iowa’s tech, to connect and share best practices,” Waller said. “This is very healthy for the ecosystem to have a highly connected group of industry professionals.”