SOURCE: Washington Technology Industry Association

Washington Technology Industry Association

September 09, 2013 11:00 ET

WTIA's TechNW Returns This Fall; New Format Debuts With Cloud and Big Data Sessions on September 25

Fourth Annual WTIA Conference Features Three Parts: Cloud and Big Data on September 25; Gaming and Mobile on October 9; and Automotive Tech and New Technologies on October 23

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Sep 9, 2013) - The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) (, one of the largest and most respected statewide associations of technology companies in North America is hosting its fourth annual TechNW: North to Innovation conference. This year, TechNW features a three-part series, each detailing specific industry topics and providing highly focused networking opportunities. Part one of the series on September 25 brings together leading experts on cloud and big data to share their insights on these important trends that are helping reshape the technology landscape, both in the Northwest and beyond.

What: TechNW is the region's high-profile, must-attend forum for learning, business development and strategic networking. Join the WTIA for the TechNW kickoff event, featuring some of our region's foremost experts on cloud and big data.

Cloud isn't just for your favorite CRM application anymore. Today's cloud offers significant gains in speed-to-deployment, business agility, scalability and cost savings that can benefit both large enterprises and small-to-medium sized businesses. Cloud infrastructure and solutions can be implemented holistically across the enterprise, or as a way to rapidly address specific time-sensitive needs. This panel session will address the latest in cloud-based trends, solutions, applications development, security and more. Get beyond the buzz words, and learn how to make the cloud work for you.

  • Frank Artale, Partner, Ignition (moderator)
  • Simon Crosby, CTO and Co-Founder, Bromium, Inc.
  • Thor Culverhouse, President and CEO, Skytap, Inc.

Big Data: The Successes and Real Opportunities
The hype around big data is tremendous, but the opportunity is real. Businesses across all industries are challenged by how to best access and make use of big data. We are at a unique point in time where sources of data are abundant, innovation in hardware and software is increasing, and cloud infrastructure is more stable. So now what? Attend this session to hear from some of the major players in big data on where they see real progress, opportunities, innovations and next steps are for companies.

  • Ted Kummert, Venture Partner, Madrona Venture Group (moderator)
  • Dave Campbell, CTO, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft
  • Carlos Guestrin, Founder and CEO, GraphLab
  • Matt Wood, General Manager, Data Science, Amazon Web Services

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
3:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Northeastern University - Seattle 
401 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

This event is open to anyone with an interest in the Northwest tech community.

$50 for WTIA members; $75 for non-members. Complimentary passes available for members of the media.

Registration for all three events is available here:

  • September 25:
    • Cloud Panel
    • Big Data Panel
  • October 9:
    • Gaming Panel
    • Mobile Panel
  • October 23:
    • Automotive Tech Panel
    • New Technologies Chat with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction

About the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
The WTIA, founded in 1984, is one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies in North America. With more than 500 members representing more than 100,000 employees in Washington State, we're passionate about promoting Washington as a desirable place to start and grow successful technology companies amid a strong and connected community. The association's global sponsors are F5 Networks, HTC, Microsoft, Regence BlueShield, Verizon Wireless, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. The association's funding sponsors are AH&T Insurance and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. For more information, go to

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Chris Warfield
    Sterling Communications, for WTIA
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