The twelfth annual Georgia Technology Summit went off without a hitch on March 17, 2016. What may be St. Patrick’s day to most, is a day to focus on how how technology impacts our community and lives for those in the technology universe in the state of Georgia. The theme this year was “Innovation Adventures” and that in itself kept attendees on the edge of their seat for the better part of the day. The Georgia Technology Summit always brings out the C-level tech players, entrepreneurs, academia, business professionals and the media for a day of celebration. All of this was put on by the great staff at the Technology Association of Georgia.
With the theme for 2016 being “Innovation Adventures”, it was the perfect time to build upon TAG’s campaign to promote Georgia’s technology industry. Through the 1,500 plus attendees at the Georgia Technology Summit, TAG can promote its mission to build, connect and enable; people, company and community.
When it comes to technology in the state of Georgia, communications, health IT and finance are the tech sectors that dominate the landscape. Keynotes and presentations were made on Thursday by the likes of U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, Ted N.Twig” Branch, Kevin Ashton, author of “How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation Invention and Discovery” and Arthur Blank, Chairman and Owner of the Blank Family of Business, including the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Blank gave an update on his health and that he was recently proclaimed, cancer-free by doctors along with a status report on the construction of the new football stadium his football and soccer teams will be playing in very soon.
“Innovation is about disruption,” stated Cameron Clayton of The Weather Company in the opening keynote. “We need to know how to take control of our data, that is overwhelming us.”
Clayton gave the opening keynote today giving a recap of what his company, which was recently acquired by IBM is up to. He stresses that people, like the attendees in Atlanta today are just as or more important than technology. In fact, 88% of all data today is “dark”, meaning computers cannot understand it. That means there needs to be a partnership between people and technology.
The event also spend the better part of the day showcasing and honoring local startups, top-40 tech companies in Georgia as well as honoring Jim Kennedy of Cox Enterprises with a spot in the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia. March 17, 2016 was a day to brag about Georgia being one of the top states when it comes to technology and fostering growth in the sector, but it was also a day to realize that things change quickly and one must stay up-to-date and keep up with the trends to be successful and relevant. Innovation really is an adventure and millions of workers across Georgia benefit and use these innovations each and every day. All of the attendees are looking forward to the 2017 Georgia Technology Summit, so let’s see how far things will come in 12 short months.