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Schedule and speaker lineup for 2022 Iowa Technology Summit

The Iowa Technology Summit will return in-person next month on April 12 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. This year’s summit will be divided into four separate tracks—cybersecurity, technology innovation, leadership and industry 4.0.

Ian Khan, a future readiness pioneer, will be this year’s Keynote Speaker and will lead a discussion on the future of work titled “The Future of Work is Not What We Think it is.”

Tickets for the event are now available for $350 for members and $450 for non-members. Here is the schedule and speaker lineup for the event:

8:30 a.m.

  • Welcome & Keynote Adress with Ian Khan

10:05 a.m.

  • Cybersecurity Track — Session 1
    The Great Alignment: Security, Compliance and Cyber Insurance in 2022
  • Industry 4.0 Track — Session 4
    Living on the Edge of Tomorrow: What the Future Holds for Decentralized Compute
  • Technology Innovation Track — Session 1o
    Low-code Development: Leveraging Microsoft’s Power Platform for Ultrafast Solutions (includes live demo)
  • Leadership Track — Session 1
    Building and Inspiring an Inclusive Hybrid Team

11:25 a.m.

  • Cybersecurity Track — Session 2
    Panel: cybersecurity trends and navigating the cyber minefield
  • Industry 4.0 Track — Session 2
    Speaker TBD
  • Technology Innovation Track — Session 2
    Artificial Intelligence in the classroom
  • Leadership Track — Session 2
    A project in 3 acts

1:30 p.m.

  • Cybersecurity Track — Session 3
    The DevSecOps hype
  • Industry 4.0 Track — Session 2
    Developing a culture for innovation
  • Technology Innovation Track — Session 3
    AI: It’s in ouR roadmaps, but what’s the simplest way to start (includes live demo)
  • Leadership Track — Session 3
    Panel: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2:50 p.m.

  • Cybersecurity Track — Session 4
    GDPR, CCPA, ISO, NIST, SOC 2 – OH MY! How can you do it as a smaller company in the cloud
  • Industry 4.0 Track — Session 4
    How the cloud is relevant for industrial
  • Technology Innovation Track — Session 4
    How wearable tech is keeping people safe iniindustry and reducing work comp claims
  • Leadership Track — Session 4
    Panel: What you as leader can do to win the war on talent in a candidate-driven market

3:45 p.m.

  • Expo / TechBrew
Schedule and speaker lineup for 2022 Iowa Technology Summit | Clay & Milk
A central Iowa ag-tech accelerator has secured more backers and finally has a name. The Greater Des Moines Partnership first announced the accelerator last year, naming four initial investors. On Monday, the Partnership said the program will be called the "Iowa AgriTech Accelerator" and named three new investors. The new investors include Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corp. and Sukup Manufacturing, all Iowa companies. They join investors Deere & Co., Peoples Co., Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. and DuPont Pioneer. Each investor has agreed to put up $100,000 for the first year of the accelerator. Startups entering the program will receive $40,000 in seed funding in exchange for 6 percent equity. Tej Dhawan, an angel investor and local startup mentor, is serving as interim director until the AgriTech Accelerator names a permanent leader. Dhawan held a similar role with the GIA before Brian Hemesath was named as managing director. As interim director, Dhawan said his main job includes hiring the accelerator's executive director, establishing a business structure and initial recruiting for the first cohort. The accelerator will place few filters, such as location and product, on the applicant pool, Dhawan said. "When you’re seeking innovation, innovation can come from every corner of the world so why restrict ourselves," he said. One area the the AgriTech Accelerator won't recruit from is biotech. For its first cohort, the AgriTech Accelerator will work out of the GIA's space in Des Moines' East Village, Dhawan said. A future, permanent home is still to be decided. The accelerator's program will host startups from mid-July through mid-October, ending with an event connected to the annual World Food Prize. The GIA, which the AgriTech Accelerator is based on, also ends with presentations at an industry event. The accelerator has also started lining up a mentor pool. The Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association have agreed to provide mentors, as has Iowa State University. While the AgriTech Accelerator is loosely based off of the GIA, it will differ in its business structure, Dhawan said. The GIA runs through a for-profit model for both operations and its investment fund. The AgriTech Accelerator will have a nonprofit model for its operations and a for-profit setup for its fund. Dhawan said the nonprofit model is being used so the accelerator can better work with other nonprofit partners, such as trade associations. "These are all organizations that are nonprofits and can be amazing stakeholders without ever having to be investors in the accelerator," he said. "It becomes easier to work with trade associations in their nonprofit role when we are also a nonprofit." When it's up and running, the AgriTech Accelerator would be one of a handful of ag-focused startup development programs in Iowa. Others include the Ag Startup Engine out of Iowa State University and the Rural Ventures Alliance from Iowa MicroLoan. Matthew Patane is the managing editor and co-founder of Clay & Milk. Send him an email at
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