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IT Summit Slated For May 8
DETROIT — The Michigan IT Summit 2001 will be held Tuesday, May 8, at the Cobo Center in Detroit.
This year’s theme, “Defining the Next Economy,” will highlight Michigan’s role in merging new economy technologies and communications with the strengths and power of its old economy manufacturing base.
The IT Summit, now in its third year, is Michigan’s only statewide information technology conference featuring both state and national IT business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
The event, which will be hosted by i-TEAM, the Information Technology Association of Michigan, has the backing of nearly 65 sponsors, said Ann Bruttell, conference coordinator.
Bruttell said about 1,200 people attended Michigan IT Summit 2000 and some 1,500 are expected this year.
A dozen breakout sessions involving more than 50 panelists are planned for the day and will focus on a variety of topics, such as venture capital, entrepreneurship in Michigan, wireless enterprise solutions, electronic contracts and customer relationship management.
Six keynote speakers and more than 50 panelists will be featured.
Keynote speakers will be: Steve Akers, chief technical officer, InterNetworking Systems Division, Lucent Technologies; Brian Fontes, vice president for federal relations, Cingular Wireless; Marius Hass, vice president, worldwide e-business, Compaq; John Sifonis, managing director, Internet business solutions, Cisco Systems; Ray Warmbier, DowNET program manager, Dow Chemical; and Marc Andreessen, chairman and co-founder, Loudcloud.