Schedule & Agenda


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

6:00 pm

Opening Party Powered by LightEdge Solutions 

Registration includes an invitation to the Iowa Technology Summit Opening Party. Connect with Iowa's technology leaders at The Republic on Grand in Des Moines’ historic East Village and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

 
 

7:30 am

Registration

Location — Grand Concourse at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

 

8 - 8:30 am

Wellmark Student Reception

Kick off the day with an introduction to Wellmark's tech department and their tech leadership team. This reception is exclusively for college students attending the summit.

 

8:40 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

 

8:50 am

Keynote — Anders Sörman-Nilsson

In a constantly changing world, Sörman-Nilsson will inspire Iowa technology leaders to think of a business strategy that is as flexible as a GPS. He will show leaders how to cope with changes, enthusiastically embrace the future, and turn research into foresight that will impact their business.

 

10:05 am - Noon

Morning Breakout Sessions

Hear from a diverse group of thought leaders and experts that will share real-world insights and ideas that transcend industry sectors.

 

12:15 pm

Lunch

Location — Main Ballroom

 

1:20 - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Hear from a diverse group of thought leaders and experts that will share real-world insights and ideas that transcend industry sectors.

 

3:35 pm

TechBrew:PM

Download the day’s key takeaways and information with a beverage in the Grand Concourse sponsored by Kingland Systems.

 

 
 

Breakout Sessions


10:05 am breakout sessions


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Cloud Technology

Petabytes of Data & No Servers: Corteva Scales DNA Analysis to Meet Increasing Business Demand
Scott Warren, Cloud Architect, Sogeti USA
Ryan Smith, Bioinformatics Cloud Architect, Corteva Agriscience

Learn how Corteva Agriscience replatformed their complex DNA analysis pipeline from on-premise to a cloud native architecture in AWS.
Room: 319/320

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Cybersecurity

CISO Survey Says ... Insights from TAI CISO Survey
Meg Anderson, VP & CISO, Principal
Linda Betz, CISO, Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines
Thien La, VP & CISO, Wellmark

In a fireside chat format, the speakers will cover key results from the TAI CISO Roundtable member survey including trends, top priorities, interactions with the Board, shared challenges, investment levels and emerging cybersecurity technology and approaches.
Room: 317/318

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UI/UX

UX Research for Establishing Organizational Trust
Jennifer Ross, UX Team Leader, Wellmark

Learn methods for conducting low-cost, low-effort user research to quickly establish trust and ensure your organization views your UX Design team as a strategic partner instead of simply a team that makes pretty designs.
Room: 315/316

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Leadership

The Trust Code
Erin Rollenhagen, Founder & CEO, Entrepreneurial Technologies

Learn about the sneaky ways we erode trust, how to avoid them, and how to actively strengthen trust.
Room: 309/310

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Innovation Technology

AI and the Future of Human Creativity
Brad Dwyer, Founder, Roboflow.ai

Recent breakthroughs in machine learning have led computers to start making creations of their own imagination. This talk will survey how we got here, where things are going, and our place as humans in it all.
Room: 307/308

 
 

11:20 am breakout sessions


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Cloud Technology

Achieving Scalability and Growth in Today's Technology-Driven Business World
Michelle Bates, Chief Innovation Officer, Involta
Jason M. Smith, Vice President of Technology, MediRevv

As MediRevv experienced significant growth, they outgrew their on-premise data center and began the search for a new solution. Learn about their experience through evaluation, strategic planning, and implementation to a cloud-hosted VDI with Amazon Workspaces.
Room: 319/320

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Cybersecurity

Security Inside the Device – Protecting the IoT for Business, Factory and
Home Users
Alan Grau, VP of IoT/Embedded Solutions, Sectigo

IoT devices are increasingly targets of cyber-attacks. Learn about the unique challenges of IoT security and solutions that can protect you.
Room: 317/318

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UI/UX

What To Look For in a Great UX Hire: It Starts With Empathy
Kayla Byington, Director of UX Engagement, Visual Logic

Skills can be learned, but people make or break an organization. Learn what to look for and what to look out for when it comes to making your next UX hire.
Room: 315/316

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Leadership

Being Right
Matt Koch, Senior Electrical Engineer, Sukup Manufacturing Co.

Meaningful and sustained progress in business is based on mutual respect, intentionality, humility, and vulnerability. But many leaders accidentally compromise these ideals when they get hung up on "being right." Learn how to avoid becoming one of the many.
Room: 309/310

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Innovation Technology

Moving Beyond the Ping-Pong Table: Building a Company Culture For Today’s Workforce
Shea Daniels, Lead Software Engineer, Dwolla
Kirsten Bosch, Regional Delivery Manager, Accenture Industries X.0
Izaah JB Knox, Executive Director, Urban Dreams

Michele Palmer, HR Director, Microsoft
Moderator: Gilmara Vila Nova-Mitchell, Equity/D&I Consultant, Heartland Area Education Agency

It has been proven that a more diverse workforce leads to improved employee job satisfaction, stimulates creativity and innovation, and ultimately increases profits. This panel will address what the right policies are, how to implement them, and how to communicate them to employees, providing attendees with tools and tips to help enable a more inclusive workplace.
Room: 307/308

 
 

1:25 pm breakout sessions


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Cloud Technology

From Bubble Forms to Botnets: Scaling High-Stakes Online Testing Platforms in the Cloud
Jim Sherlock, Director, Information Security and Data Privacy, Pearson
Ryan Olsen, Director, Global DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure, Pearson

Hundreds of accounts, thousands of instances, and millions of users...oh my! Find out how one organization is providing governance at-scale while also encouraging innovation in the cloud.
Room: 319/320

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Cybersecurity

Digital Hapkido: Redirecting the Attacker’s Energy
Andy Neller, Director Cyber Security Risk & Operations, Wellmark Inc.

See practical adversary obstruction, learn current adversary methodologies in use, and discuss how to leverage the home-field advantage to flip the script on hackers giving their organization the upper hand.
Room: 317/318

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UI/UX

Building Your UX Team: A Workiva Case Study
Edward Cupps, Director of User Experience, Workiva

No longer limited to the consumer space, UX is being prioritized in enterprise software as a key differentiator. This talk will discuss Workiva's experience and takeaways from building their team.
Room: 315/316

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Leadership

Using IT Apprenticeships To Handle Your Tech Talent Crunch
Aaron Horn, COO, NewBoCo
Igor Dobrosavljević, CEO, Grand Consulting
Britton Langdon, President, MSUITE
Kate Pine, Business Marketing Specialist, IowaWORKS

Your peers are seeing great results from the US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships program for IT careers. Learn first hand how and why you should use this program as another tool in your hiring strategies toolbox.
Room: 309/310

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Innovation Technology

Building Component Libraries with a Monorepo
Lee Robinson, Software Engineer II, Hy-Vee

Learn why your organization needs a component library and discover the best practices for building, scaling, and adopting it across all platforms.
Room: 307/308

 
 

2:40 pm breakout sessions


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Cloud Technology

Walking Into Mordor: The History and Future Of DevOps
Ryan Bergman, Lead Product Engineer, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group

DevOps tooling is overly complex and too much of a cognitive load to be sustainable, given current demands. In this talk, we'll explore the history of how we got here and look to the future. We'll pay special attention to how this impacts society as a whole and rural America in particular.
Room: 319/320

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Cybersecurity

Cyber Threats
Beth Tinsman, President, Twin States Technical Services
Jeff Huber, FBI Special Agent-Cyber Threats

This talk will discuss case studies of actual hacks, responses to those incidents, and recommendations to the audience in working with the FBI and law enforcement partners.
Room: 317/318

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UI/UX

Why Human-Centered Design Is An Expectation
Andy Van Fleet, Partner & UX Strategist, Visual Logic

The current state of technology has enabled companies to rapidly define new business opportunities and grow into spaces they’ve previously overlooked or avoided. Using a human-centered design approach is helping these businesses gain loyalty, grow their customer base, and realize revenues like never before.

For companies to stay ahead, they need to adjust processes that have previously been focused on better, faster, cheaper, and start practicing curiosity, empathy, and testing to drive quality and better experiences. We have entered (and are somewhat stumbling) into the Era of the Customer.
Room: 315/316

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Leadership

A Tale of Technology in an Archaic Industry, "Oh the Places You'll Go!”
Chandler Steffy, President, Superstorm Restoration

After two decades in the traditional construction industry, an investment in new technology has led Superstorm Restoration to new opportunities, new revenue streams, and to higher growth than ever imagined.
Room: 309/310