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Twenty-first annual Statewide IT Conference to explore data-driven decision-making

Revamped conference format also features tech expo, lightning talks, keynote from renowned data expert

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—For all of the discussion surrounding “Big Data” these days, how many of us understand how to effectively apply it to our daily lives? The focus of the 2016 Statewide IT Conference will be just that—using data to make more informed and strategic decisions.

The 21st annual event, taking place Tuesday, September 20, at Indiana University Bloomington, features a revamped format. Themed “Decisions, decisions,” the conference will again unite nearly 1,000 colleagues from IU’s eight campuses to exchange information about the latest in technology, university initiatives and developments in the field.

“We look forward to the Statewide IT Conference every year, and especially this year as we look closely at the role of technology and data to support decision making,” said Brad Wheeler, IU CIO and vice president for IT. “We have the data and the tools to help faculty, staff and students more deeply understand the many decisions that they confront each day, but we have much work to do in refining those tools for IU. The Statewide Conference is our premier annual gathering to quickly inform on many IT-enabled efforts at IU.”

Guests will convene in the IU Auditorium for the opening keynote from Wheeler at 9am, followed by:

  • A 10:30am keynote from Harper Reed, PayPal senior director of software development and the chief technical officer for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. In that role, Reed drew widespread praise for creating Project Narwhal, a centralized electoral database, and for hiring staffers from tech companies, rather than political pros. Reed’s keynote is sponsored by Matrix Integration.
  • An 11:45am luncheon featuring an infoshare on Duo, the two-factor authentication process IU has adopted. IT professionals are the infoshare’s intended audience, but all registered attendees are welcome to attend. There will be a separate luncheon for other guests.
  • From 1pm to 5:15pm, lightning talks on a wide range of topics will take place in 15-minute intervals. From cybersecurity and leadership to updates on the HathiTrust Research Center and how video is increasingly part of the learning experience at IU, attendees will receive practical information on subjects relevant to the present and future of IT.
  • Running concurrently with the lightning talks will be a tech expo, featuring a demonstration of the Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality smart glasses, and IU-centric topics like Enterprise Decision Support.

To complement the informational aspect of the conference, there will be many networking activities for attendees to participate in and build meaningful relationships outside of work, including:

  • The annual staff appreciation celebration, with the new additions of an artists showcase from IU IT employees and a performance by the “UITS Musical Family”
  • Post-conference communities of practice meetings and training sessions on Wednesday, September 21

For more information about the 2016 Statewide IT Conference, visit