Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 2:50pm

Tech Forum
The registration site for Tech Forum 2014 is now open, and all University of Iowa IT professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend. Tech Forum will take place Monday, June 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City.

The annual event draws hundreds of technology professionals from across campus and serves as a valuable community building and learning opportunity. Tech Forum is free and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, but registration is required to attend. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27. Register now and view the full agenda at http://techforum.uiowa.edu

This year's theme is "Living in a Digital World" because everywhere we look, the world is becoming increasingly digital, and huge amounts of digital information are being generated and stored. TF14 will give you a sense of how the University of Iowa is preparing for the digital future--the latest initiatives in "big data," informatics, next-generation communications, and IT security, to name a few.

The TF14 Planning Committee has put together a great lineup for this year, including:

  • A keynote, "The Future of Computing-Mediated Research and Innovation," by Dan Reed, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and University Computational Science and Bioinformatics Chair
  • "The Impact of Informatics at Iowa," presented by Ben Rogers, Senior Director of Research Services, Information Technology Services
  • Three UI researchers describing their work in geoinformatics, bioinformatics, and personalized genomic medicine
  • Six breakout sessions: "The Great Race: Data Security Edition;" a panel discussion on the use of Microsoft Lync on campus; a pilot project to transform large lecture courses into more active learning environments; challenges and breakthroughs in virtual reality; a business intelligence tool that will be used to monitor energy consumption on campus; and a "dancing robots" course in which computer science and dance students team up to program and choreograph.

The planning committee would like to invite UI tech professionals to participate in the poster session at Tech Forum. It's a great opportunity to network, showcase your project or service, and share information with IT professionals from all across campus. For details and to register a poster, visit: http://techforum.uiowa.edu/tf14-poster-sessions.

You can also find information about TF14 on social media: Twitter (@Uitechforum), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/uitechforum), and Instagram (http://instagram.com/uitechforum).

A few notes about the event: Please notice that the location for this year's Tech Forum has changed from previous years. This year it will be held at the conference center in the lower level of the Sheraton Hotel. Parking is available at the Sheraton Ramp and the Court Street Ramp at regular city rates. Guest wireless will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to charge laptops and other devices in advance, but charging stations will be available for those who need to power up during the day.