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Emerging Technology Summit - 2018

Strategic Briefings and Real World insights on using the latest in Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise.

This annual event highlights effective strategies and use cases for integrating new, emerging technologies while transitioning to Digital Enterprise to drive growth.

1. Learn from Gartner how to best leverage the Top Emerging Technology trends to look for in the coming year

2. Gain Real World Insights from CIOs and Senior Technology as they share their strategies for integrating both new infrastructures and emerging technologies into their organization.

3. Future Tech today - learn how companies are already using A/I and Robotics, and blockchain today as they gear up for advances in Automation and security

4. The New Tech stack - learn how emerging technologies are changing the tech stack to allow for digital transformation and scale

Conference note

We are now booking our keynote sponsors and panels.

Be sure to register now to ensure a seat. These Summits sell out.

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Faculty & Agenda:
Check back for new Faculty and Sessions as they are added.

    Carl Deal,Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner

    Vivek Bedi, Director Consumer Experience Products, Northwestern Mutual

    Vivek Bedi, Vice President – Digital Products, Northwestern Mutual


    Kevin McMahon, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies , SPR

    Kevin McMahon, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies, SPR


    Biff L. Myre, Director, OnX Managed IT Services & Cloud Solutions (formerly Worknet Inc. now a CBTS company)

    Biff L. Myre, Director, CBTS

Event Agenda

Welcome and Introduction

Session I: Gartner 2018 Technology Trends Forecast  

Carl Deal, Executive Partner, will be coming straight from Gartner's annual Symposium and will share with you the latest and greatest Refresh Technology Trends from Gartner's Annual Symposium. Carl will combine this presentation with key insights from Gartner's annual CIO Trends Survey.          

    Carl Deal,Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner

    Carl  supports CIOs and senior executives across the Global 1000. His primary areas of focus include global technology and business strategic planning, IT business optimization, technology innovation, and business re-engineering.

Session II: Keynote Panel: The New Tech Stack

Learn How area companies are using combination of Cloud, on site, hyperconverged architecture, etc.

Session III: The Next Wave:  Learn how industries are already being transformed through Digital Transformation     
From Ag Tech, Fin Tech, Connected Industry, Distribution and more... learn how industries are already being impacted and Solstice vision of the future   


    Presented by Solstice


Session IV: Trusting New Tech: Is Blockchain ready for your Business?

Blockchain promises major advances in data sharing, security, and overall business collaboration. But still in its early stages, it may not be the best tech for you. In this presentation we’ll explore how to know if blockchain is a good fit for your business, its possible benefits, and the technology’s maturity and lifecycle – so you’ll be ready when the time comes to bet on blockchain.
    Kevin McMahon, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies , SPR

    Kevin McMahon, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies, SPR

    As the Executive Director of Emerging Technologies at SPR, I lead a team that bring an agile, pragmatic, and experienced approach to crafting enterprise solutions utilizing the latest technologies and techniques. I’m a hands-off manager— my management style is to establish objectives and vision for the team and enable teammates to turn those thoughts into action. I have a knack for solving problems and enjoy creating and acquiring skills for both professional and personal pursuits. With extensive experience building custom native iOS and Android mobile applications, Java and .NET based backend systems, I am constantly on the hunt for the big tool or technology. At work, I strive to understand the big picture all the way down to the little details so as to better understand the problems and what it is that we need to do to make projects successful.


Session V: Emerging Technologies in the Tech Stack

The Tech Stack is changing - learn how the newest of emerging technologies has already impacted the tech stack and how future changes will drastically impact your ability to transform and scale.


    Presented by US Signal


Session VI: Cybersecurity, DR & Risk Management in the new Tech Stack

How do you protect your customers identity, your IP, remain compliant while transforming to the new tech stack? Learn how from industry Expert Biff Myre.

    Biff L. Myre, Director, OnX Managed IT Services & Cloud Solutions (formerly Worknet Inc. now a CBTS company)

    Biff L. Myre, Director, CBTS

    Biff is a thought leader in the realm of availability, resiliency, and disaster recovery and business continuity. A consummate professional who works within many regulated industries including financial, insurance, transportation, utilities, and healthcare.

Session VII: Case Study

    Vivek Bedi, Director Consumer Experience Products, Northwestern Mutual

    Vivek Bedi, Vice President – Digital Products, Northwestern Mutual

    As vice president of digital product, Vivek Bedi drives Northwestern Mutual’s digital transformation through the design, development and delivery of world-class digital products and features that enhance the client and advisor experience. This includes all digital aspects of Northwestern Mutual’s client experience, mobile, client website and client services. Bedi joined the company in 2015 from Sterling Solutions, a provider of background-screening services, where he served as senior vice president of digital product and platform, focused on the company’s digital, mobile, web and B2B applications. Prior to his role at Sterling, Bedi spent 13 years as senior vice president of digital consumer communications products at Goldman Sachs. Earlier in his career, Bedi founded a mobile startup that was acquired in 2006 by a leading international exchange company. A graduate of Rutgers College of Engineering, Bedi holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He is an avid soccer, basketball and football fan, loves traveling and exploring new places, and enjoys working out and running.

Session VIII: Keynote Panel: Future Tech Today: How area companies are already using A/I, Robotics and more.

Learn how area companies in a variety of industries are already using A/I and Robotic Automation. Learn also how they see this technology impacting their ability to automate and grow in the future so you can apply this technology to your own business.


    Moderator: Platform9




Questions whether you qualify? Please contact Maria Tuthill at (847) 837-3900 x1

Who Should Attend:

  • CIOs
  • CxOs
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Digital Officers
  • VPs & Directors responsible for driving change




Lake Forest, IL
Oct 25, 2018,
8AM to 5:30PM

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
Conway Park
1905 W. Field Court, Lake Forest, IL 60045

8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Program begins

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Get Sponsorship Information:
Call Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 or email.

How to Register
1. Member Registration


VIP PASS Registration


Nonmembers*: $299

If you have a promo code enter it on the payment screen

*This event is only open to CIOs, Senior Technology Executives, Chief Innovation Officers, CxOs, Digital Officers and their senior team members Director and above.

CIOs, CTOs, and CxOs from established Technology Consulting Firms and Solution Providers may attend and add to the conversation as long as they are NOT in a field sales position.  An established firm is defined as 50 million in revenue or above.

Technology consulting firms, solution providers and other industry service organizations must be sponsors to participate.

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Sponsorship Questions? Contact Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 for information

Pre-registration required. Must be Qualified.

Professional business-casual attire required.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.


What Participants Say About
Our Summits

"The Summit was a great day's investment for any CIO/IT leader to heighten knowledge of technology trends and IT leadership insight."
Tom Hupp, VP of IT Young Innovations, Inc.

"I was so inspired I couldn't wait to get back into the office and start changing the world!"
Julie Garnter, Director of Information Systems & Technology, Kenall

"Amazing how Tec pulls in such high quality presenters and panels.  Great job Alex & Maria!"

"I was so engrossed and interested in the program I didn't check my phone or email all day."  

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"Good insights and examples of management approaches"

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"Outstanding examples and use cases to clarify points" 


Earn Continuing Educational Credits

Earn certification credits while you learn!

We will provide each attendee with a certificate toward continuing education.


Event Sponsors

Solstice mobile


Contact Alex Jarett at 1-847-837-3900 x2.

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest Mettawa
26225 Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, IL 60045
(847) 735-8374

Holiday Inn Express-Vernon Hills
975 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 367-8031

Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills
450 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 918-1400

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