Annual Education Conference 2018

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  •  May 22, 2018
     11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Potawatomi Bingo and Casino – Conference Hall

May 22, 2018 – Starting at 11am

Our Rich Digital World :: Digital Intelligence, Digital Interface and Design, and Digital Architecture

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Shepard

For more than 30 years, he’s worked in the technology world, initially in telecom and then expanding into IT technology and media. In a typical year, he visits more than 50 countries, and the work he does is as diverse as the places he goes. In the First World, he works with executives to develop competitive strategies for organizational success, and with their employees to sharpen their technical sales and marketing skills.

Dr. Shepard specializes in international issues in technology with an emphasis on the social implications of technological change, technology infrastructure development, strategy creation, technical marketing and strategic technical sales; the social implications of technological change; the deployment of social media as an organizational collaboration tool; the development of multilingual educational programs; and, through the Executive Crash Course Company, the effective use of multimedia.


Registration Opens at 11am

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Shepard

Track 1: 1:40 – 2:30 (50 minutes)

  • Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, & Machine Learning – Asif Naseem

Session Description:

AI and Machine Learning…sounds like a science fiction movie.  Join Asif Naseem as he take us on a path of learning the difference between Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning….two very hot buzzwords often used interchangeably but not quite the same.


  • Blockchain – Mark Unak

Session Description:

Dive into the depths of blockchain, learn about the history, what blockchain is, and how it can be applied in the business world.  You will hear real world case studies on how blockchain is being utilized as Mark brings us through his current experience with this evolving technology.


  • Adaptive Security – Bob Bassett

Session Description:

As we move through our information age, we are in an arms race with respect to security.  Threat actors device ways around (or through) our safeguards, we make better safeguards, and the cycle repeats.  Are we doomed to this endless cycle?  Perhaps… but we can make approaches to security more effective and efficient.  Let us explore the architecture of security rather than the technology itself.


Track 2: 3:00 – 3:50pm (50 minutes)

  • Intelligent Applications and Internet of Things – Joseph Ribbich

Session Description:

IoT..we’ve all head the rage over IoT and Intelligent Applications but what does this all mean for you?  IoT is bigger than me and you and allows for data to be transferred over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.  Joe Ribbich will help us understand a little better and how we interact with it in our daily lives.


  • Digital Twin – Kerrie Hoffman

Session Description:

Digital twin refers to a digital replica of physical assets, processes and systems that can be used for various purposes.  Join Kerrie Hoffman as she explains to us what digital twin is and how we are affected by it on a daily basis without even knowing!


  • The Cloud, The Mesh, and Digital Service Ecosystem – Sam Aten

Session Description:

Cloud services make it easier than ever for a customer to find what they want on the fly or make an informed decision from their smartphone.  These services even share data with one another and can be integrated into a single platform. Yet there are dangers that pose a risk to a company’s data security, and a user’s privacy. Recent events like the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal are only a keyhole into this rich and uncertain world.


Leadership Panel: 4 – 5pm

  • Ron Gilson – VP & CIO at Johnsonville Sausage
  • William Caraher – CIO at vonBriesen & Roper
  • Asif Naseem – President & CEO at PDS
  • James Hischke – Director of Technology Advancement and Outreach at Northwestern Mutual


Closing Remarks/Networking & Social Hour: 5pm – 7pm



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