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HI-TEC Conference a Success

 

July 21-22, 2009, the first High-Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) was held at the fabulous Fairmont resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

HI-TEC gathered educators from across the country to learn and benefit from a wide variety of efforts by National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers and Projects.

NSF had provided an initial grant to seed the conference, with the understanding that the event needed to become self-sustaining. It met that goal with more than 600 paid attendees, who teach more than 25,000 students in a year, and next year’s HI-TEC conference will take place in Orlando, FL.

 


The event included two days of pre-conference activities, including a workshop exploring the intersection of ICT and biosciences jointly produced by BATEC, Biolink and CSSIA.

That workshop visited the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute and observed how advanced bioscience and biotech research and practice are utterly dependent on ICT for productivity. Participants explored opportunities for converged educational offerings that meet the needs for a workforce with both ICT and bioscience knowledge and skills.

MPICT participated in event planning, contributed as an event Producer, manned a Technology Expo booth and presented the benefits of industry/NSF/ education collaboration with the story of how we collaborated with Juniper Networks to offer Juniper courseware for the 1st time in North America at a public educational institution. That collaboration has become the global Juniper Academic Alliance.

The presentation is available on MPICT’s website as MP3/4 downloads or as an Elluminate session.

Mike Qassaunee, who taught iPhone Programming at MPICT’s 2009 Faculty Development Week, was awarded HI-TEC’s Educator of the Year by Gordon Snyder, Executive Director of the National ICT Center, which partnered with MPICT to produce our Winter 2009 ICT Educator Conference in San Francisco.

Attendees networked, socialized and made valuable connections that will benefit their efforts to improve technical education in America.

Other ICT related conference sessions included:

 

• “Green IT”
     o by the Convergence Technology Center


• “Introduction to Computer Virtualization”
     o by Valencia Community College


• “New and Emerging ICT Technologies”
     o by the ICT Center


• “Information Security/Information Assurance”
     o by CyberWatch


• “Information Storage and Management”
     o by EMC

 

Three great keynote presentations inspired attendees:

• “Tapping In: How to Use Social Media to Reach and Get the Best from Your Students and Colleagues”
     o Retha Hill, Director of the New Media Innovation Lab at Arizona State University

• “Education Challenges in the 21st Century”
     o Cathleen Barton, U.S. Education Manager Intel Corporation

• “The Future Is Here: Emerging Technologies, Emerging Jobs and Educational Strategies”
     o Jim Brazell, Technology Forecaster Ventureramp, Inc.

For 2010, HI-TEC’s mission is “To create, implement, and sustain an annual event that is national in scope, technically focused, and industry endorsed, providing the tools and knowledge required to be a guiding force for the new American workforce.”

MPICT’s James Jones will chair the HI-TEC 2010 Business Committee.

MPICT benefits from association with a large, national conference focused on NSF ATE funded efforts.

 


 

Photos:

 

Arizona was hot, but we cooled down in the pools.

 

Families enjoyed opportunities for fun and escape.

 

MPICT had great interactions and visibility at its booth.

 

Mike Qassaunee, who taught iPhone Programming at MPICT’s 2009 Faculty Development Week, was awarded HI-TEC’s Educator of the Year by Gordon Snyder, Executive Director of the National ICT Center, which partnered with MPICT to produce our Winter 2009 ICT Educator Conference in San Francisco.

 

Attendees networked, socialized and made valuable connections that will benefit their efforts to improve technical education in America.

 

Attendees

 

 

 

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