REGISTER now for GigEast2018: The Future of Work Outside the Metro
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
9 a.m. until 12:20 p.m.
Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street, Wilson
9 a.m. Check-in & Networking in Lobby
9:30 a.m. Theatre Open for Seating
9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks – Grant Goings, Wilson City Manager
10 a.m. Keynote – Gary A. Bolles
Gary A. Bolles is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of work and the future of learning. His focus is on the strategies for helping individuals, organizations, communities, and countries to thrive in the transition to a digital work economy.
10:40 a.m. Panel Discussion: Blockchain, emerging technology, and its impact on work
It’s been said that Blockchain will do for transactions what the internet did for information. Blockchain is often linked to currency transfer transactions, but it has the potential to be used for any kind of ledger transaction. Blockchain has the potential to redefine processes across many different industries. Our Blockchain panel will include a basic primer followed by a discussion of Blockchain’s uses from the public sector, business and banking perspectives.
Moderator: Tom Snyder, NC RiOT
Terry Yates, Tech Services Infrastructure and Network Manager, Town of Cary (public sector)
Steve Harrington, Corporate Information Security Officer, BB&T (banking)
Sam Penfield, SAS
11:20 a.m.: Break
11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: Preparing for the future of work
This panel will discuss the needs of employers, the perspectives of educators, and how entities such as US Ignite and NC IDEA are helping create an environment that supports our next generation of workers and entrepreneurs.
Moderator: Gary Daynes, Provost, Barton College
Krystal Cox, WAAT Academy
Sarah Updike, BB&T
Tom Ruhe, NC IDEA
Scott Turnbull, US Ignite
12:20 p.m. Closing Remarks – James Amato, WRAL TechWire
Gig East is Wilson’s home for technology and innovation networking. Our events focus around gigs – whether its conversation around our gigabit network, Greenlight, or creative conversations inspired by the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. Wilson is leveraging Greenlight broadband technology to foster startups, attract new businesses and employ cutting-edge agribusiness and industrial techniques. We bring eastern North Carolina together to explore next generation technology. Join us for our bi-monthly meet ups and our annual technology summit, held the first Friday in November.