IT Futures Summit: 2017
With registrations almost double, the Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technologies’ IT Futures Summit took place on May 18/19, 2017 at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. IT faculty from across the state attended for a 1.5 day experience that featured another IT industry professional panel discussing and exploring disruptive technology (focusing on robotics/AI). Small group discussions looked at college’s IT programs, challenges, strengths, and new program and degree developments. Mark Neufville of Spokane Falls Community College presented his current work with the Center’s NAO robot and did a robotic demonstration.
The Center’s director, Maureen Majury, M.Ed., discussed the curriculum development, a robotic/AI survey course, and the work-to-date with the proposed robotic/AI AA/BAS. A special guest was Mr. Albert Lewis, Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Bellevue College, who talked about the process of developing a regional IT committee and its work on strengthening relationships between IT programs and regional IT and IT-enabled companies.
Finally, on Friday, the popular IT Jeopardy returned with a new set of 50 questions, three daily doubles and a final Jeopardy question (topic: The 1%rs: Wealthy Tech Leaders).
Meet our 2017 IT Jeopardy Champions (left to right):
- Arthur Wanner, Big Bend Community College, Computer Science
- Steve Simpson, Tacoma Community College, Networking & Cyber Security
- Gerald Sampson, Walla Walla Community College, Computer Science
- Veronica Waterman, Tacoma Community College, Networking & Cyber Security
- Jeffrey Turner, Clover Park Technical College, Computer & Networking & Information Systems Security
- Rick Dubois, Spokane Falls Community College, Computer Science & Information Systems
- Kevin Burkeland, Bellingham Technical College, Computer Network Technology
- Mike Massey, Bellingham Technical College, Computer Network Technology
- Michele Royer, Bellevue College, Group Facilitator of Winning Team! She also served as scorekeeper for IT Jeopardy.
Mark Neuvfille, Spokane Falls Community College, Computer Science & Information Systems, was also on the winning team, however, he left right before the game ended. He traveled to Bellevue College to teach a module for the Robotics/AI survey course. The students found out all about the NAO robot.
This team won by $100 in final Jeopardy. Everyone get ready for IT Jeopardy: 2018 as it will be another blowout match-up!
Shout out to Greg Rehm, Bellingham Technical College: The answer to “The communication process between devices and networking which enables these objects to collect/exchange data” is not “Voodoo.” It’s “What is the Internet of Things.”
The following are available to all WA State IT Program CTC faculty from the Summit:
- The IT Jeopardy PPT, Question Grid and Final Jeopardy Question
- NAO presentation by Mark Neufville of Spokane Falls College (coming soon)
- Disruptive Technology Presentation by Maureen Majury, M.Ed., Director for the Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology
- Also, don’t forget to listen to the Center’s podcast series, WAInfoTechTalks.org. We now have 11 episodes that explore with our IT industry guests:
- Entertainment and Technology
- Web Development/Design/UX
- Big Data
More information about our Creating IT Futures: 2019 Summit