Breakout Session Tracks

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Cybersecurity Track

Discover how Iowa companies are keeping their organizations safe from cyber attacks and how you can do the same.

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Cloud Technology Track

Learn how Iowa companies are embracing digital transformation and defining the future of cloud computing.

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UI/UX Track

Explore the latest trends in strategic UX and design from Iowa based user experience leaders.

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Technology Innovation Track

Peek into the future of Iowa technology, and learn how you can apply emerging technologies to your business.

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Leadership Track

Discuss leadership development and hear inspiring stories and insight from Iowa technology leaders.

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Keynote Speaker

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.

About the Keynote Speaker

Anders Sörman-Nilsson is a Swedish-Australian futurist and has shared the stage with Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureates, and European and Australian heads of state.

He is an active member of TEDGlobal, has keynoted at TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2015, and was the keynote speaker at the G20’s Y20 Summit in Australia.

His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience, which is why clients like Apple, Cisco, Mercedes Benz, Hilton, SAP, Gartner and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years.

 
 

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION TRACK Speakers


 
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Shea Daniels

Lead Software Engineer at Dwolla
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Moving Beyond the Ping-Pong Table: Building a Company Culture For Today’s Workforce
(Panel)

 

 
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Kirsten Bosch

Accenture Industry X.0Regional Delivery Manager at Accenture Industry X.0
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Moving Beyond the Ping-Pong Table: Building a Company Culture For Today’s Workforce
(Panel)

 

 
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Izaah JB Knox

Executive Director at Urban Dreams
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Moving Beyond the Ping-Pong Table: Building a Company Culture For Today’s Workforce
(Panel)

 

 
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Michele Palmer

HR Director at Microsoft
Chicago, Illinois

Session Title:
Moving Beyond the Ping-Pong Table: Building a Company Culture For Today’s Workforce
(Panel)

 

 
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Brad Dwyer

Founder at roboflow.ai
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
AI and the Future of Human Creativity

 

 
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Lee Robinson

Software Engineer II at Hy-Vee
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Building Component Libraries with a Monorepo


 

Andy Brudtkuhl

Director of Emerging Technology at National Pork Board
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Blockchain in the Food Chain


 

Leadership TRACK Speakers


 
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Erin Rollenhagen

Founder & CEO at Entrepreneurial Technologies
Urbandale, Iowa

Session Title:
The Trust Code

 

 
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Matt Koch

Senior Electrical Engineer at Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Sheffield, Iowa

Session Title:
Being Right

 

 
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Chandler Steffy

President at Superstorm Restoration
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
A Tale of Technology in an Archaic Industry, Oh The Places You’ll Go!

 

 
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Aaron Horn

Chief Operating Officer at NewBoCo.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Session Title:
Using IT Apprenticeships To Handle The Tech Talent Crunch (Panel)

 

 
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Igor Dobrosavljević

CEO at Grand Consulting
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Using IT Apprenticeships To Handle The Tech Talent Crunch (Panel)

 

 
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Britton Langdon

President at MSUITE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Session Title:
Using IT Apprenticeships To Handle The Tech Talent Crunch (Panel)

 

 
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Kate Pine

Business Marketing Specialist at IowaWORKS
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Session Title:
Using IT Apprenticeships To Handle The Tech Talent Crunch (Panel)

 
 

cloud technology TRACK Speakers


 
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Scott Warren

Director - Cloud Architecture at Sogeti
West Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Petabytes of Data & No Servers: Corteva Scales DNA Analysis to Meet Increasing Business Demand

 

 
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Ryan Smith

Bioinformatics Cloud Architect at Corteva Agriscience
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Petabytes of Data & No Servers: Corteva Scales DNA Analysis to Meet Increasing Business Demand

 

 
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Michelle Bates

Chief Innovation Officer at Involta
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Session Title:
Achieving Scalability and Growth in Today's Technology-Driven Business World

 

 
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Jason M. Smith

Vice President of Technology at MediRevv
Coralville, Iowa

Session Title:
Achieving Scalability and Growth in Today's Technology-Driven Business World

 

 
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Ryan Bergman

Lead Product Engineer at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group
Urbandale, Iowa

Session Title:
Walking Into Mordor: The History and Future of Devops

 

 
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Jim Sherlock

Director, Information Security and Data Privacy at Pearson
Iowa City, Iowa

Session Title:
From Bubble Forms to Botnets: Scaling High-Stakes Online Testing Platforms in the Cloud

 

 
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Ryan Olsen

Director, Global DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure at Pearson
Iowa City, Iowa

Session Title:
From Bubble Forms to Botnets: Scaling High-Stakes Online Testing Platforms in the Cloud

 
 

CYBERSECURITY TRACK Speakers


 
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Meg Anderson

VP-CISO, Principal Financial Group
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Cybersecurity Survey Says ... Insights from TAI CISO Survey
(Panel)

 

 
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Linda Betz

CISO at Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Cybersecurity Survey Says ... Insights from TAI CISO Survey
(Panel)

 

 
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Thien La

VP-CISO at Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Cybersecurity Survey Says ... Insights from TAI CISO Survey
(Panel)

 

 
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Alan Grau

VP of IoT / Embedded Solutions at Sectigo
West Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Security Inside the Device – Protecting the IoT for Business, Factory and Home Users

 

 
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Andy Neller

Cybersecurity Operations Manager & Security Official at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
Digital Hapkido: Redirecting the Attacker’s Energy

 

 
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Beth Tinsman

President & CEO at Twin States Technical Services
Davenport, Iowa

Session Title:
Cyber Threats

 

 
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Jeff Huber

FBI Special Agent - Cyber Threats
Davenport, Iowa

Session Title:
Cyber Threats

 
 

UI/UX Track Speakers


 
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Andy Van Fleet

Partner & UX Strategist at Visual Logic
Waterloo, Iowa

Session Title:
Why Human-Centered Design Is an Expectation

 

 
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Jennifer Ross

UX Team Leader at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Des Moines, Iowa

Session Title:
UX Research for Establishing Organizational Trust

 

 
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Edward Cupps

Director of User Experience at Workiva
Ames, Iowa

Session Title:
Growing UX at Workiva

 

 
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Kayla Byington

Director of UX Engagement at Visual Logic
Waterloo, Iowa

Session Title:
What to Look for in a Great UX Hire? It Starts with Empathy