“Every year we’ve grown in attendance” said Dave Coover, AIM’s Director of IT Thought Leadership. “[This year] is the most adult attendees we’ve had yet.”
Last year Infotec had 300 high school students attending as part of a grant, so it was technically larger than this year.
Infotec was started in Omaha by the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) in 1973 as a hardware trade show for IT enthusiasts.
“The trade show concept has given way to a more learning and sharing environment,” said Coover. “We’ve tried to move Infotec more toward creating a 2-day tech community that fosters relationships.”
One example of that is this year’s Peer2Peer sessions which were small, topical, open-ended round table discussions about what IT professionals are dealing with in their companies.
“It’s like having a whole think tank here,” said Coover. “It’s been very popular. People are walking away with real solutions.”
This year’s event also included a popular activity center from last year, the TryIT Zone, where attendees can play with the latest gadgets like the Oculus Rift and 3D printers.
Although the event mainly attracts a corporate IT crowd, local tech entrepreneurs had a presence, including breakout sessions led by Tyson Stewart of Hudl, Alex Gates of What Cheer. and Doug Durham from Nebraska Global.
Don’t Panic Labs, a Nebraska Global company based in Lincoln, also had a booth.
“It’s been a great opportunity for us to come up to Omaha and make connections with new companies and expand our scope,” said Brian Zimmer, general manager at Don’t Panic Labs.
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