Technology Leadership Conference 2014

Technology Innovation
community collaboration

Join us for 10th annual Technology Leadership Conference to learn about the latest in technology and network with your peers.

The conference will include:

  • Opening Keynote speaker Chris Hansen of NASA
  • Multiple conference tracks with technology session topics relating to
    • Education
    • Business & Industry
    • Information Technology
  • Test Fest Thursday, September 18th from 9am-4pm sponsored by San Juan College Testing Center and Office of Technology Services
    • Microsoft Office Specialist certification testing
  • Meet and Greet Event Thursday evening 6-10 pm
    • Meet and greet allows the first 150 people signed up to meet all the conference speakers and Keynotes one on one.
  • Vendor exhibits featuring the latest technology products and services
  • The conference is free to the public
  • Continental breakfast and lunch for the conference on September 19th will be provided, sponsored by ImageNet Consulting.

Register here for the Technology Leadership Conference

Technology Leadership Conference expands in 10th year

Information about the latest in technology and hands-on training are just a few things offered at the 2014 Technology Leadership Conference, on Friday, September 19, from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free conference will be held in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall and the 9000 Room adjacent to the hall. Attendees are encouraged to register early.

New to this year’s conference is Test Fest, which will be held Thursday, September 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Test Fest will allow for testing in Microsoft Office Specialist certification at a discounted price of $25. That day will also include presentations by Dell, Cisco and a presentation by Apple titled, “Enhancing Higher Education and Mobile Technology.”

The conference will feature something for everyone with technical, business and education sessions plus so much more. Friday’s sessions will begin with registration and breakfast before keynote addresses from Chris Hansen, Mike Belcher and Carl and Rachel Tucker.

Chris Hansen joined NASA at the Johnson Space Center as a co-operative education student in 1991 where he worked as a structural analyst and designer. He will present Technology into The Future during the morning session of the Technology Leadership Conference. After graduating from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he joined NASA full-time where he worked as a structural analyst for projects including the Shuttle Plume Impingement Flight Experiment and the Space Shuttle Lightweight Seats project. He holds a Masters of Mechanical Engineering degree from Rice University and was also the recipient of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement in the young engineer’s category. In 2000, Hansen became the Mechanical Systems Integration Lead for the International Space Station. In 2007, he became the Chief Engineer for the International Space Station, leading a talented team of technical experts dedicated to flying the International Space Station safely and successfully. He grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico and graduated from High School there in 1988.

Also during the morning session, Mike Belcher will pose the question, are we truly preparing out students to succeed? His address of the same title will be on the topic of preparing students with the skills they need to succeed and the ways do so more efficiently and effectively. Conversations will also focus around some key challenges and pitfalls, like soft skills vs. academics, digital vs. informational literacy and the political turmoil and funding challenges around the new “College & Career Ready” standards & assessments.

Belcher is the America’s Education Strategy Manager for Hewlett Packard. With more than 15 years’ experience building Ed Tech solutions, he led worldwide Education solutions team in the development of a multitude of Learning solutions including HP SchoolCloud, the nation’s first K12 specific Private Cloud solution. In addition, Mike also helped develop HP Classroom Manager, a high value, low cost solution for improving instruction and collaboration.

The lunch session will feature speakers Carl and Rachel Tucker. Carl and Rachel first met during an Introduction to Computer Science course at San Juan College (SJC). They obtained their Associate degrees from SJC prior to transferring to New Mexico Tech (NMT) where they earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Engineering, graduating with high honors. As undergraduates, they published their first research paper on Mobile Applications and presented their work at the ISPAN International Symposium in 2012. Carl’s primary research involves exploiting under-utilized data for uniquely useful purposes, while Rachel’s passions lie in researching and educating people about the conservation of privacy and personal rights on the internet. They are currently finishing up their Masters degrees at NMT and will be graduating in the Fall of 2014.

Break-out sessions will be held in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions will include topics such as Organization Tools for You and Your Work, Guarding Privacy in the Information Age: The Role of Public Policy, QBO: The New Generation of QuickBooks, The Internet of Everything (IoE) is Here, Transforming Teaching and Learning with the Apple Ecosystem. Afternoon sessions will include topics such as The Digital Classroom, Syncplicity – Enterprise Grade Security and Compliance, Digital Lessons for Growing your Business, When to Use What Adobe Product, Grading with Canvas with Your Mobile Device and Electronic Content and Business Process Management – The Irony of Paper.

Educators, tribal leadership, state and local government agencies; community leaders, business and industry leaders; IT professionals and many others can benefit from the content at the Technology Leadership Conference. While in attendance, participants can learn more about the latest in technological products and services from various vendors. Door prizes will be awarded.

For more information about the conference, details about each session or to register, visit or call 505-566-4321.