Creating IT Futures: 2016 Summit

Creating IT Futures (opens in a new window)


You are invited…

Who:  Up to three IT CTC Faculty from each college (Note:  Per diem for each faculty stipend to offset travel costs will be allocated upon delivery of receipts for faculty traveling over 50 miles to get to the event from Central, Eastern, North and South Western Washington .  This is done in order to encourage attendance and engagement at this event for our friends who have to make the trek to get to this event, as well as select IT industry professionals.

Faculty who attended the May 201t IT Futures Summit will be given the two to three slots to attend.  If faculty who did not attend that event register and those slots aren’t filled with the 2015 attendees, then other registrations will be accepted in their place.  Be sure to coordinate with your Academic or Workforce Administrator to ensure this attendance coordination is understood.  If you want to send more than three educators from your college, please contact the Center at or call 425.564.4229.

What:  Will be happening?  This group will take up new and continuing topics including:

  • Industry Panel discuss disruptive technologies impacting workforce and IT programs (robotics, automation, entertainment technology, security, hacking, web design/UX, and data analytics),
  • IBM Research, Dr. Yunyao Li, will present on SystemT: An Algebraic Approach to Declarative Information Extraction
  • Discuss four additional courses to add to the suite of ten IT CTC courses,
  • A robotic presentation by Spokane Valley’s Mark Neufville who will also demonstrate the Center’s NAO robot,
  • IT program marketing materials presentation,
  • Progress on the exploratory research of state robotics/drone workforce demand, curriculum, and academic and career pathways,
  • Hot topics and areas of interest for the IT faculty community,
  • And, assess how the IT Faculty Forum is being used.

The 2016 Agenda (opens in a new window)

Read Dr. Yunyao Li’s biography here (opens in a new window) YunYao Li IBM




Where:  Mercer Island Community & Event Center (opens in a new window) , 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040/tel (206) 275-7609, The Mercer Room.

When:  9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2016 & 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016. (Note: Agenda times subject to change and will be finalized when you receive your final confirmations, for most at the end of March 2016.)

Why:  We are entering a stage of incredibly fast and disruptive technology.  How are our IT programs and CTC IT faculty preparing for these kinds of rapid changes? This is the overarching theme of this two day event.  We will have frank discussions with our panel, brainstorm, and consider how we can best prepare our students in IT as well as attract students into IT as their job prospects look more robust compared to other industry sectors.

1.  After you register (opens in a new window) , you will be sent materials to consider and be ready to discuss.  You will also receive an agenda for the two-day event as we come closer to the May event.
2. Register by April 29, 2016.
3. Review materials that will be sent to you before the Summit and be prepared to discuss, brainstorm, and make decisions.
4.  If possible bring your laptop or tablet.  There is wifi at the event.
Food will be provided (Thursday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, Friday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack).
Recommended hotel:  The Hyatt House (opens in a new window) near Bellevue College (easy access to 1-90, and then you can hop off and reach the Mercer Island Community Center very easily). However, for our out-of-town guests, with the stipend you can decide where you want to stay.  Mention my name, the Center of Excellence, and Bellevue College to get the government rate.

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