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Infotec 2017: Featured startup community leaders

Infotec, the Silicon Prairie’s annual business tech community gathering, is right around the corner on Tuesday, March 28.

Infotec merges the best of big tech conferences with the feel of small networking events and creates an exciting experience centered around technology, business and innovation. Infotec’s breakout sessions, keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities provide both seasoned professionals and newcomers with vital information on the industry, geared towards improving careers and the broader tech talent ecosystem of the Midwest.

Infotec’s breakout sessions, keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities provide both seasoned professionals and newcomers with vital information on the industry, geared towards improving careers and the broader tech talent ecosystem of the Midwest.

The conference is a great opportunity for new entrepreneurs, innovators and students to hear firsthand from some of the startup community’s well-known leaders and experts who will be leading sessions.

Here are a few of SPN’s must-attend workshops from leaders and champions in the startup community:

Innovation or Extinction? What Enterprises Can Learn From Startup-Driven Innovation & Tactics
Brian Ardinger, Co-Founder, Econic

This session will explore how larger organizations can learn from the rise of startups and engage/adapt to the dynamically changing marketplace of ideas and execution. Learn about the changing landscape of innovation and how forward-thinking corporations can begin to tap into emerging startup opportunities to think, move and execute at startup speed.
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Machine Learning and Data Science
Gordon Summers, Principal, Cabri Group
Nate Watson, President, Contemporary Analysis

Machine Learning is quickly becoming a barrier to entry for a product. Companies will soon not consider a piece of software or app that does not have machine learning built into it. But Machine Learning skills are extremely hard to find. Many companies are trying to fill the need using a regular data scientist (also hard to find). This session will discuss the necessary skill sets of a Machine Learning data scientist, the parallel data scientist skills which can be cross trained, and how to manage those people once they get the right training.
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Enabling Innovation Through Integrating Agile Software Development and Best Practices
Doug Durham, CTO, Don’t Panic Labs/Nebraska Global

As companies consider software innovation initiatives, it will be critical that these methods are adopted within those efforts. However, agile methodologies by themselves will not create the efficiency and productivity that companies should expect from their innovation teams. At Don’t Panic Labs, we have spent years working on new product development and have achieved success through recognizing that agile processes are just a part of a larger product development culture that also includes the integration of software design and development best practices. In the talk I will discuss how we have integrated these best practices and discuss lessons learned and benefits.
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Predictive Analytics and Data Science Panel: The Practitioners’ Perspective
Ravi Nath. Associate Dean, Creighton University
Kelly Burdine, Data Analyst Lead, Hudl
Branden Collingsworth, Predictive Analytics, HDR
Michael Hemenway, Director Decision Support Center, Union Pacific Railroad

Predictive Analytics and Data Science are emerging as essential business competencies. The panel will discuss how enterprises are deriving value out of data by dedicating resources to predictive analytics and data science. Topics to be discussed include how to set up a predictive analytics team, how to identify pilot projects, critical success factors for predictive analytics projects, trends and fads in technology and software, and the importance of business culture and change management.
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Infotec Details

March 28, 8am
Embassy Suites, La Vista
$229 for general registration, full-time college students are free

For complete registration and schedule information, visit Infotec’s website.