Education Innovation | Techonomy | Fall 2012

Techonomy Conference Makes Waves in Tech and Business; Kaplan University Hosts Visionary Voices Webinar

by Taylor Cotter |


Techonomy Media annual conference begins today in Tucson, Ariz. The Techonomy three-day conference is a unique multidisciplinary gathering that explores the role of technology in business and social progress. The conference unites innovators, executives, entrepreneurs, academics and thought leaders across various disciplines including technology, business, government, education and design to discuss how technology's progress makes possible a new world and can enable a better future.

“The pace of change driven by technology only continues to increase," said Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick. "We think our annual Techonomy conference is important because it's still so hard for leaders to embrace the scope of the changes facing business and society. We'll be talking about the outcome of the presidential election, but not just because our country's leader may have changed, but also because the conduct of the campaign demonstrated vividly how little grasp our national leaders have on the role of technology in the economy. Even as jobs are being automated away and consumer behavior is being altered in so many ways, technology was barely mentioned by either national candidate."

Companies, countries, and communities are being transformed by tech, and Techonomy seeks to explore as many aspects of that transformation as we can. Techonomy's program will examine the implications of ever-tighter global interconnection; of big data and analytics; robotics; the competition between Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google; geo-engineering; new corporate structures; lifeblogging; the new shape of advertising; 3D printing; gaming; educational tech; Africa; and Facebook's future.

Techonomy's notable speakers include James Barrese of PayPal, Gordon Bell of Microsoft, Erick Brynjolfsson of MIT, and more.

Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation and the official education partner of Techonomy, is hosting its next Visionary Voices webinar live from the third annual Techonomy Conference. The webinar will feature noted cyber expert Art Coviello, executive vice president for EMC Corporation and executive chairman of RSA, the security division of EMC. Coviello is a much sought-after speaker who has been called on to address Congress as a cyber security expert. He has been interviewed by CNN Money, the Washington Post, Forbes and others. Under Coviello’s stewardship of RSA Security, the company became widely known as a leader in authentication and encryption, and identity and access management. He plays a key role in several national cyber security initiatives.

The webinar will be delivered in real-time via Kaplan’s KAPx interactive platform and the one-on-one interview will be conducted by Kaplan University Dean of the School of Information Technology Dr. David DeHaven. DeHaven has more than 20 years of information technology and business experience. He previously served as chief technology officer of Northrop Grumman and is also an active board member for several IT.. 

The one-hour conversation will center on technology’s dual-edged sword — how it improves lives and business functions while also posing increased risks for security vulnerabilities. The webinar will also touch on the growing need for trained, qualified personnel to identify and reduce cyber threats. would like to invite you to join us at this webinar that will prove to have a profound effect on innovation and technology in eduation.

DATE:    Monday, November 12, 2012

TIME:    8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

DETAILS:    You must register to attend this free, interactive webinar. Here’s how:

To register, please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your Internet browser. Log on to Registration will ensure that you receive a reminder to attend. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, please register and we will email you the recording of this event.

To attend the webinar on Monday, November 12, please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your Internet browser. Log on to a few minutes prior to 8 p.m. ET. Log in using your email address and the password you created to register for the event.

Once you register for the webinar, let us know on Twitter @StudentAdvisor and tell us what topics you're most interested in hearing about!

You can follow all of Kaplan University's live coverage of Techonomy here.

Sources include BusinessWire (1, 2)

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