Technology Summit Expands, Likely to Draw More than 1,500

The Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit scheduled for next month will involve more than 60 speakers and events. The annual event has expand with events occurring over the three-day period of October 15-17.

Jeremy King, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Walmart US, and Fred Argir, vice president and chief digital officer for Barnes and Noble, are the keynote speakers for the main event on Oct. 17 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers.

Organized by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the NWA Technology Council, the summit drew about 400 participants in 2014, its first year. It's continued to grow as it involved more than 1,500 people last year. Registration can be made at this link.

The three days of activities start with a social coding event on Oct. 15 at the University of Arkansas Global Campus in Fayetteville.

A Women in Technology conference and Arkansas Maker Summit will be held Oct. 16 at the Hammons Convention Center.

In addition to King and Argir, the more than 60 speakers participating in the Oct. 17 technology summit include business and technology leaders from Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Walmart, Sam’s Club, IBM, Oracle, Roku, Intel, Digimarc, AT&T, Teradata, Rockfish and several others. 

Local startups such as Lauren James, CaseStack, James + James, WhyteSpyder and Junk Brands will be participating, describing how technology plays a role in their success.

In the health-care category, there will be presentations by the University of Arkansas for Medical Services, Mercy, Highlands Oncology and Tracking Pharma.