About the Summit
This two-day event, which took place November 27-28, 2013, in Banff, Alberta, featured international keynote speakers describing the potential of technologies — such as cloud computing — and how innovation can come from the most unexpected places.
Parallel session tracks were devoted to educators and entrepreneurs. These two groups received specialized tips and guidance on IT operations: from data management and regulations, to cloud computing, to human resource management.
A hands-on workshop also built expertise on high-speed networking.
Author of “An Optimist’s Tour of the Future”, Mark Stevenson, is a successful writer/comedian. He is an expert in future narratives, institutional innovation, engineered serendipity and learning, and sits on the advisory boards of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge.
Technology evangelist, Ben Kepes, is a commentator on the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility — all enabled by cloud computing. Named as one of the most influential technology thinkers globally, Ben is also an active member of the Clouderati.
Lori Stewart is a software startup business geek, angel mentor/investor, and Founder of the Awesome Foundation Calgary. She led the International Product team at eBay. Lori is currently Senior Strategy Advisor at Innovate Calgary.
Diane Mueller is RedHat’s Cloud Ecosystem Evangelist and OpenShift Origin Open Source Community Manager. She is a thought leader in cloud computing, open source community building, and cat herding. Diane has been designing and implementing for mission critical systems for over 20 years.
Mike Rugnetta is the host of the Webby Award winning PBS Digital Studios’ Idea Channel, a weekly web series which posits and explores unexpected connections in art, technology, philosophy, internet and popular culture.