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MSU Extension hosts National Extension Technology Community conference

August 13, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Information technology specialists from land-grant universities across America are gathered at Big Sky this week for the National Extension Technology Community conference, “Mountains of Code: Technological Transcendence under the Big Sky.”

NETC began in 1986 as an annual conference to support information technology professionals who work within and on behalf of the Cooperative Extension System and at land-grant universities throughout the U.S. According to Millie Veltkamp, Montana State University Extension communications and technology coordinator and co-chair of the event, technology plays an increasing role in fulfilling the outreach mission of land-grant universities by connecting place-bound citizens, as well as researchers and field faculty, with the most current, unbiased information available. This year’s conference, hosted by MSU Extension, features keynote speakers Jeff Kaufman, Rob Irizarry and Ken Dunham.

Kaufman is a Montana native who was a teacher and coach before excelling in a 35-year corporate career with Allstate Insurance Corporation. He and his wife, Susan, founded the Full Circle Foundation to provide scholarships to students from rural cities of less than 3,000. Kaufman’s presentation is called “Full Circle Leadership.”

Irizarry has spent more than 30 years working in the hardware and software technology sector in finance, garment and automotive industries. He was a manager at RightNow Technologies prior to its acquisition by Oracle and has founded several startups since. Irizarry’s presentation is titled “Montana Students and STEAM: The roadmap to a better future.”

Dunham is currently a principle incident intelligence engineer for iSIGHT Partners and the CEO/founder of Rampart Research. In 2014 he achieved the status of international distinguished fellow from the Information Systems Security Association, one of only one percent of members so honored. He is an author and consultant who works regularly with Fortune 500 companies and U.S. government agencies on matters of security. Dunham will speak on “eCrime, Espionage and Cyber-War Emergent Threats and Trends.”

Featured sessions of the conference include VOIP phones, cyber security, multi-state planning and reporting application development, content hubs and social media, IOS management, mobile web apps, online accessibility requirements and more.

The conference is made possible through the support of MSU Extension, Alabama Extension, the Gianforte Family Foundation, Acano, Bomgar, MSU IT Center, Advanced Systems Group, Innovative Solutions Unlimited, Mississippi State Extension, MSU College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the MSU Office of the President. Numerous local businesses have provided services and product donations.

Nearly 150 participants from 40 states are attending the conference. In addition to the networking and formal schedule, many participants will enjoy tours of the Museum of the Rockies, Nevada City and Virginia City and Yellowstone National Park.

More information may be obtained from the conference website, http://www.netc2015.org.

Contact: Millie Veltkamp (406) 994-4291 or veltkamp@montana.edu