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JUST STELLAR. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, was the featured keynote speaker this year. A former NASA astronaut, she currently leads 100 Year Starship, an initiative to assure human space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years.

Statewide IT 2018 was out of this world!

Check out highlights from IU’s annual tech conference

The Statewide IT 2018 conference just wrapped up and by all accounts, it was a roaring success.

With 800 attendees and more than 2,000 people taking in our keynote address by Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, this year’s conference was definitely one to remember.

The stage is set for this year’s keynote speakers.

Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for IT and CIO and vice president for communications and marketing, kicked things off with opening remarks about the effects of machine learning and artificial intelligence on our individual lives.

Wheeler was joined by Fred Cate, IU vice president for research, for a lively discussion regarding data, privacy, law, and how we can navigate these for the future rather than the frameworks of the past.

Between keynote addresses, attendees had a chance to check out demonstrations from vendors during the Tech Expo.

Dr. Jemison’s speech focused on the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Following her presentation, Dr. Jemison sat down with Brad Wheeler for some informal questions.

Students from local middle schools were invited to Dr. Jemison’s presentation.