2018 Special Interest Sessions

SATURDAY, June 23

11:00 AM GWCC A304
Envision Your Career as a Technologist Explore the many career options in the tech industry and how you could have a great future doing what you love. Whether it’s sports, fashion, music, movies or cars- you can marry it with tech. Every industry has technologists, people who use tech to create solutions that improve lives and businesses. Presented by Victor Johnson, President, Johnson IT Consulting, Chair, CompTIA Future Leaders Community.

12:00 PM GWCC A307
Navigating the Ocean of Tech Jobs Participants will learn which states and industries are offering the best tech jobs, what kind of skills they are looking for, how much you can earn and how to build a resume using a tool called TechTalent powered by CompTIA. Presented by Colleen Loeffler Phonwiang, Director, CompTIA AITP; Spencer Bone, Director, CompTIA AITP Marketing.
 

1:00 PM GWCC A303
Learning the Lesson of the Chair Knowing how humans operate can position you for becoming successful in furthering your education and in the workplace. Learn approaches to avoid unwanted conflict, the Lesson of the Chair, whether you are more like a novel or a movie—and how “soft skills” at work and in life can make a difference. This is for those who have high ambitions for their future and don’t want anything to hold them back.Presented by Eric Larson, Senior Director, IT Future Labs, Creating IT Futures.

1:00 PM GWCC A304
Humanoid Robotic National Championships: Robotic Dance and Storytelling
Programming teams will compete for the SES/Aldebaran Humanoid Robotics National. Finalists will demonstrate their programs of a robotic dance or story and the National Champions will be announced. Learn how to use humanoid robotics to teach programming and compete in next year’s national competition at no cost to them or their school. Presented by Robert Stokes.

2:00 PM GWCC A315
New High School Events 2019-2020 This interest session will address specific changes for high school events, as well as give a preview of new events included in the high school competitive events guide for 2019-2020. Presented by Natalie Norman and Dale Moll.

3:00 PM GWCC A307
21st Century Leader Learn how to identify unique leadership strengths, communicate fundamental values and beliefs, align actions with values, and help convey an image of the future that will inspire others to share and follow your vision. Presented by Paul Cronin, Founder, Cronin Corp, Board of Directors, Creating IT Futures.

3:00 PM GWCC A304
Success in the Tech Economy Our digital world is expanding so quickly that it’s creating IT jobs and openings faster than the right people can be found to fill them. CompTIA certifications are the launching pad for a career in IT. See what it takes to be successful in IT and how CompTIA certifications can help you get started. Presented by Brian Matzelle, Senior Manager, Skills Certification, CompTIA.

4:00 PM GWCC A307
Cyber Tales from the Crypt(o) World As the world becomes more interconnected, cyber-crime possibilities increase exponentially. A cyber-expert as he shares tales of cyber-crime, what the next wave will look like, how to keep personal data secure and what kinds of jobs may be in store to keep the world safe from cyber crime. Presented by Victor Johnson, President, Johnson IT Consulting, Chair, CompTIA Future Leaders Community.

 

SUNDAY, June 24

12:00 PM GWCC A315
Set Your Sights High: Drones and Our Aerial Future From agriculture to entertainment, construction to first responders, drones are offering individuals and businesses new ways of looking at the world, solving problems, and getting business done. An expert shares how drones are being used and how you may be working with them in the future. Presented by Douglas Spotted Eagle, Director Commercial Sales/Product Development, Sundance Media Group, CompTIA Drone Advisory Council.

 

1:00 PM GWCC A315
How do I get a Tech Career? The Center for Technology and Workforce Solutions (CTWS) is focused on getting more people into and retained in tech and tech-enabled careers. Explore the many pathways to a career in tech; the debate over degree vs. skills; and the role of young people in shaping the discussion. If you had a chance to sit with influential educators, employers, and policy-makers to talk with them about a tech career, what would you say? Those people may not be in the room, but we can get your message to them. Presented by David Hyman, President, CTWS.
 

4:00 PM GWCC A315
AEOP: Engaging ALL in STEM This session will highlight STEM educational opportunities, careers, and technologies available through the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Presented by Jerry Crabb and Brian Leftridge.

 

MONDAY, June 25

11:00 AM GWCC A303
Chief Architect - 3D Home Design User-Friendly 3D design software for the following areas: Drafting/Architecture; Construction Trades; Landscaping/Horticulture, FACS; Plumbing/HVAC; Cabinetry; Electrical; Criminal Justice. Trial Versions, ready-to-use curriculum ideas and opportunities for certification. Presented by Debbie Gray.
 

1:00 PM GWCC A315
New High School Events 2019-2020 This interest session will address specific changes for high school events, as well as give a preview of new events included in the high school competitive events guide for 2019-2020. Presented by Natalie Norman and Dale Moll.
 

4:00 PM GWCC A303
Junior Solar Sprint Come and learn about JSS from TSA advisors who have been hosting races for 20 years. Presented by Bob Walters and Dave Buchner.