WICT Rocky Mountain Sets Annual Tech-Fest

‘Tech It Out’ Slated for November 19
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The Women in Cable Telecommunications Rocky Mountain chapter has teed up keynotes, technology demos and panel sessions for its annual, day-long Tech it Out conference, set for November 19 at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, Colo.

The event will highlight women technology leaders and pioneers across the cable and telecommunications industry while also aiming to inspire more women to pursue careers in the field of tech and engineering (women hold just 26% of all tech jobs, per the American Association of Univeristy Women).  

“For our industry, there is a critical business need right now of advancing our technology platforms with strong resources and leadership,” said Maria Rothschild, WICT Tech It Out spokesperson and executive director of national video deployment engineering for Comcast. “Women are the key to this initiative and Tech It Out demonstrates to both men and women how exciting the technology opportunity is today and in the future.”

More detail about the event, including registration information, is available here. Last year’s event attendance exceeded 400 attendees, show organizers said.

Here’s the current schedule (all times Mountain Time):

8:45 a.m. – Welcome

-Maria Rothschild, Executive Director of National Video Deployment Engineering, Comcast

-Maria Popo, President & Chief Business Development Officer, Ubee Interactive Inc.

8:50 a.m. – Show & Tech Panel

From over-the-top video streamers to the vagaries of the Internet of Things, the volume of stuff in our digital gardens continues to grow. This session, back by popular demand, reveals the latest attractions of the “early adopter” crowd. 

-Jodi Robinson, SVP User Experience & Application Development – Charter Communications

- Sara Dirkse, OTT Lab Goddess , Translation-Please.com

-James Shaut, Innovation, Network Engineering and Ops Director, Comcast

-Sherita Ceasar, Senior Vice President/EPS of National Video Deployment Engineering, Comcast (session moderator) 

10:05 a.m. – Tech Talk

-Marti Moore, Vice President of Technology Services, Charter Communications

10:10 a.m. – Keynote Address

-Karen Bailey, Senior Vice President of Original Programming , Star: “Programming with an eye towards the ‘Female Gaze’ — How Premium Television is Evolving Both on Camera and Behind the Scenes”

10:40 a.m. – Trends in Media-Consumers & Technology Panel

Ground breaking application of new technology, data and consumer insights are revolutionizing how brands and consumers engage with each other.  This theme will be explored by industry thought leaders who are setting the course for new media’s future in our industry.

-Carrie Seifer, President, Digital, Data & Technology, MediaVest USA

-Kavita Vazirani, Senior Vice President, Media Strategy & Sciences, Comcast

-Jennifer Sargent, CEO & Co-Founder, Hitfix.com

-Nicole Cassidy, Senior Director, Marketing & Media Strategy, Comcast (moderator) 

11:30 a.m. – Tech Talk

Theresa Hennesy, Senior Vice President of Group Technical Advisor, Comcast; and recognized by Multichannel Newsas its 2015 Woman in Technology in the MSO/national category.

12:25 p.m. – Celebrity Fireside Chat

Vibha Rustagi, CEO, itaas, a Cognizant Company; SCTE, WICT & Cablefax's 2015 Women in Technology Award Winner; and  Anne Trujillo, Anchor – ABC 7NEWS Denver

1:25 p.m. – Tech Talks

Charlotte Field, Senior Vice President of Applications Platform Operations, Charter Communications

2:00 p.m. – Tech Talks

Leslie Ellis, President, Translation-Please.com, and Multichannel News contributor

2:05 p.m. – What’s the Demo? Panel

Cable’s innovators showcase new consumer technology, moderated by Jeff Baumgartner, Technology Editor, Multichannel News

2:40 p.m. – Keynote Address and CODE: Debugging the Gender GapIndustryPremiere

Robin Hauser Reynolds, Director/Producer of CODE - a film inspiring changes in our educational system, start-up culture and the way women see themselves in the field of coding. A featured documentary at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, CODE has earned rave reviews from film critics, national media and technology industry leaders.

3:25 p.m. – Industry Premiere CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

5:15 p.m. – Cocktail Reception