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TechFest is a biennial summit designed to bring together technology professionals for learning and networking. Attendees will have opportunities to explore economic development avenues for their businesses, connect with regional and national IT leaders, and learn about emerging technology.

TechFest educates, connects, and entertains the audience of CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, VIPs, CEOs, entrepreneurs, business and tech professionals, programmers, data analysts, designers, IT managers, makers, government officials, and more by bringing national and regional speakers and vendors together.

This year's key tracks are:

  • 5G & Broadband
  • Cybersecurity
  • Workplace Transformation
  • Cloud & Edge Computing
  • Healthcare IT

DAY 1: THURSDAY, AUG. 26th

  • 11 AM Tradeshow Setup

  • Noon Lunch & Networking for All Attendees

  • Concurrent Sessions Begin (This means that sessions will be running at the same time.)


  • 1 PM Session Title: “Re-Inventing the Wine and Spirits Industry: A Look at A Simple Labs Startup”—Speaker: Mike Slone, Founder & CEO, Simple Labs
  • 1 PM Session Title: “Mobile Access & 5G” Speaker: Arvin Singh, Managing Director of Verizon 5G & Edge innovation, Verizon

    • 2 PM Session Title: “The Techfest 2021 Zero Trust Panel.” Moderator: Da-Wyone Haynes, Cyber Product Owner, Custom Data Solution–Data Analytics and Monitoring, Aegon Global Technology Operations. Panelists--Colin Glover, Cybersecurity Advisor, Region IV, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; Jay Rollins, Founder, CloudNexus IT.
    • 2 PM Session Title: “Lionfish Cyber Security on Registered IT Apprenticeships-- Exploring the Opportunity” Speaker: Jeremy Miller, Founder, Lionfish Cyber Security.

      • 3 PM A Candid Conversation: “Cloud & Edge Computing Virtues & Angst”—Speakers: TB + Arvin Singh, Managing Director of 5G & Edge innovation, Verizon & Tyler Smith, Cloud Solutions Consultant of RapidScale.
      • 3 PM “Understanding Cyber Steps for Every Business.” Speaker: Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate, KnowBe4.

        • 4 PM A Techfest Panel: “A Look At Broadband & 5 G in Kentucky: Issues, Solutions, & Progress.” Moderator: Dawn Yankeelov, CEO of TALK. Panelists: Tom Ferree, Chair & CEO of Connected Nation; Phillip Brown, Government Affairs Manager, Central Area, Crown Castle; and Bryan Eugene, Channel Sales Manager, Spectrum & Participant in the City’s Digital Inclusion broadband plan.
        • 4 PM Session Title: “A Look in the World of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) for Art & More”—Speaker: Courtney Rogers Perrin, Attorney At Law, Frost, Brown & Todd.

          • 5 PM Cocktail Hour Begins – Outdoor Pavilion onsite
          • 7 PM Cocktail Hour Concludes. Event Ends for the Day.

          DAY 2: FRIDAY, AUG. 27th

          • 11 AM Tradeshow Setup

          • Noon Lunch & Networking for All Attendees

          • Concurrent Sessions Begin (This means that sessions will be running at the same time.)



            • 1 PM University of Louisville Trager Institute Panel: “Combatting Social Isolation: Tech Solutions Underway.” Moderator: Dr. Anna Faul, Ph.D. Executive Director, PhD. Panelists: Dr. Joseph D’Ambrosio, PhD, JD, LMFT, CSW, Director of Wellness & Behavioral Health; Dr. Pam Yankeelov, Director of Research, PhD; Barbara Gordon, Director of Community Engagement.

            • 2 PM Session Title: “A Reflection on the Workforce Transformation in the Age of Digital Transformation” Speaker: Eric Satterly, CIO of Bellarmine University.
            • 2 PM Session: "A Candid Conversation on AI and Data" with 2 Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Panelists: TBD

            • 3 PM Session Title: “Shadow IT: Where is IT Hurting You?”—Speaker: Jay Rollins, Founder, CloudNexus IT & Eric Satterly, CIO of Bellarmine University.
            • 3 PM Session Title: “A Cotiviti Case Study: Understanding Predictive Modeling in Healthcare” Speakers: Austin Henry , Director of Strategic Consulting, Cotiviti, and Jimmy Rickert, Sr. Solutions Design Director for Network and Risk Analytics, Cotiviti.

            • 4 PM Session Title: “Cyber Risk Management As Witnessed in Fintech”—Speaker: Ross Bobenmeyer, CISO, Republic Bank.
            • 4 PM Session Title: “Reducing Time Spent on Work Flow—Knowledge Management for All” Speaker, John Antill, MS, KM, MCKM, CKS, IA, KT, Kent State MS KM Advisory Board Member.

            • 5 PM The Last Word—TALK’s Ransomware Panel 2021—A Look at Current Events. Moderator: Dawn Yankeelov, TALK’s Executive Director. Panelists: Ross Bobenmeyer, CISO, Republic Bank; Da-Wyone Haynes, Cyber Product Owner, Custom Data Solution–Data Analytics and Monitoring, Aegon Global Technology Operations; Eric Satterly, CIO of Bellarmine University; Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate, KnowBe4, and Jay Rollins, Founder, CloudNexus IT. For those staying through this panel, there will be a Special Toast to Tech Talent in our Communities.

            Teacher Workshops FREE

            August 26, 2021 4-5 pm - TechGirlz for Middle School Teachers

            Location: Room 110 at the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences Building, 901 S 3rd St, Louisville KY 40203 on the Spalding University campus

            To register for Professional Development, click here.

            Join Alicia Park, National Outreach Manager at TechGirlz, as she reviews the nonprofit and their TechShopz in a Box program built on the dual philosophies that teaching technology should be fun and engaging and that technology involves writing code but is also so much more. TechGirlz has created over 50 short, interactive tech workshops which cover a wide variety of technology topics. These free, easily downloadable workshops are packaged in a virtual box, allowing anyone, anywhere to run a workshop. Alicia will discuss how TechGirlz has worked with thousands of volunteers around the country, empowering teachers, IT professionals, and college and high school students to teach over 25,000 middle school girls.

            Get an inside look into a few of our TechGirlz topics and learn how you can utilize this free curriculum in your classroom or school, to inspire middle school girls and all students to explore the endless possibilities of technology in the present and to empower their future careers.

            Register for PD


            August 26-27, 2021 4-7 pm includes dinner - Teach Cyber for High School Teachers with Melissa Dark, CEO of Teach Cyber.

            Location: Room 120 at the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences Building, 901 S 3rd St, Louisville KY 40203 on the Spalding University campus

            To register for Professional Development, click here.

            Why Cybersecurity Matters Workshop

            This technical, hands-on workshop will focus on the big picture of Cybersecurity, and why it's such an important field of study in today's world. Specifically, attendees will:

            • Become familiar with what the CIA Triad & McCumber Cube are and why they are the frameworks for how we investigate cybersecurity.
            • Understand the importance of cybersecurity as a field with regard to both the micro and macro level issues.
            • Understand how the notion of trust is an interplay and overarching idea to the world of vulnerabilities, threats, and managing risk.
            • Recognize ethics is at the core of cybersecurity, yet also often complicated and woven deeply into the fabric of societal norms.

            Agenda

            The workshop covers the following topics:

            • Introduction to CIA & the McCumber Cube
            • Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Risk
            • Managing Risk: Controls
            • What is Trust?
            • US Cyber Range: DoS Attacks Lab
            • US Cyber Range: Address Spoofing
            • Impacts of Cybersecurity
            • Careers and Cybersecurity

            There are hands-on activities and US Cyber Range throughout.

            Register for PD


            STEAM Workshop

            A two-day event - Rad Science SkateBoard Build (click here for details)

            Friday, August 27, 2021 1-5pm
            Saturday, August 28, 2021 9am-1pm

            Location: University of Louisville Engineering Garage

            $185 for two half-day sessions
            An additional third half-day of art on August 29th is optional! (+ $40)