Tech Summit Announces Impressive List of 60 Speakers

More than 60 speakers will be presenting at this year’s Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit organized by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the NWA Technology Council.

The Summit, which enters its fifth year and will occur on Oct. 23 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, has grown from 400 participants in its first year to more than 2,500 attendees last year.

Two other aspects of the summit — the second annual Women in Technology Conference and the first MedTech Healthcare Conference — will occur the day before the summit itself starts. The events are also at the convention center.

Among the summit’s 60 speakers will be Craig Harper, chief operating officer at J.B. Hunt Transport Services; Kim Keating, vice president of data science and machine learning at AT&T; Rachel Mushahwar, general manager of global sales at Intel; Yazdi Bagli, senior vice president of global business services and emerging technology at Walmart; and Martin Hitch, chief business officer at Bossa Nova Robotics.

The impressive group of additional speakers come from companies such as Tyson Foods, Salesforce, Microsoft, Teradata, Cox Communications and IBM. The full list of speakers is on the summit's website.

The Women in Technology Conference on Oct. 22 will have its own group of speakers who will discuss leadership, innovation, and women in today’s technology environment. The speakers include Dawn Drewry, vice president of IT Center of Expertise at Tyson Foods;  Stephanie Lampkin, founder and CEO of Blendoor; and Kim Keever, chief information security officer for Cox Communications.

Speakers at the new MedTech Healthcare Conference include Tony Buettner, who is a national spokesman for BlueZones, an organization focused on helping people live longer; and Dr. Bradley Schaefer, a genetics and pediatrics professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Tickets to any of the three events can be purchased at the technology summit website.

Pictured at the top: Guests at the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit liked checking out some of the unique gadgets made available at the event in 2016.