11.05.2009 IE Tech Week No Comments

Google, Motorola and Cisco Come to IE Tech Week

Craig Hinkley, vice president-information technology, Cisco Systems, was the keynote speaker at the Tech Expo, which is part of Inland Empire Tech Week from May 11-15.  Steve Reneker, executive director of SmartRiverside, said IE Tech Week attracts companies such as Google, Cisco, Redland-based ESRI, the world’s leading geographic information systems provider, Johnson Controls and Motorola.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.)  IE Tech Week, which kick’s off at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 11, with a Tech Expo at the Riverside Convention Center, is drawing some of the biggest names in the software world.

Major technology companies are eager to collaborate with the cities and counties in the Inland Empire, said Reneker, executive director of SmartRiverside, an organization formed to attract and retain high-tech companies. “Bringing together all the IE’s major players is creating an awareness about the economic power of this region,” Reneker said. “Companies are now realizing that Inland Empire’s buyer power is equivalent to coastal areas such as San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles.”

Reneker said that IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, has attracted companies such as Google, Cisco, Redland-based ESRI, the world’s leading geographic information systems provider, Johnson Controls and Motorola. “Craig Hinkley, vice president-information technology, Cisco Systems, is giving the keynote speech at the Tech Expo,” Reneker said.

Google presents a Workshop For Local Governments, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.,

Tuesday, May 12, at the Riverside Convention Center.  “The workshop is specifically designed for local governments and agencies in the Inland Empire,” Reneker said. “People attending this seminar can see how Google applications are being used to share information online.”

Google is the creator of the world’s largest search engine. Founded in 1998, Google is valued at $23 billion. Millward Brown, a leading global market research company, named Google as “the most powerful brand in the world.”

Local governments across the country are using Google Enterprise IT services to better communicate, encourage collaboration, and significantly reduce costs during this time of tight budgets. In this special workshop, attendees will hear how the cloud computing paradigm (business applications provided from a web browser with software and data stored on a server) is driving new use cases and operational models through live demonstrations of Google’s latest technology.

The Google presentation also feature a discussion on whitehouse.gov, the U.S. government’s interactive web site featuring social media links, contacts for the president and his cabinet, video and information on the Obama’s administration’s major issues. Whitehouse.gov uses Google Moderator, hosted on Google AppEngine, a tool that managed an online town hall meeting hosted by President Barack Obama.

Tech Week features five days of events created to help high-tech companies grow. IE Tech Week companies include:  Google, Motorola, Cisco Systems, IBM, AT&T, ESRI, Pivot 3, ShoreTel, Robert Half Technology, The Press Enterprise, SmartRiverside, Dameron Communications, ITT Technical Institute and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

Local government agencies including Riverside County, the City of Riverside, the City of Redlands, the City of Diamond Bar, the City of Big Bear Lake, California State University, San Bernardino and the University of Riverside, California are promoting the Inland Empire as a great place for technology companies to relocate and grow.

Currently in it’s second year, Tech Week has already doubled in size according to Reneker. “The Tech Expo is sold out and attendance numbers are the highest we have seen,” Reneker said. “There is still expansion and growth in the tech industry, even in a down economy.”

For more information about IE Tech Week e-mail smartriverside@riversideca.gov or go to http://www.riversideca.gov/ietechweek/

IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, is five days of events bringing together technology companies, entrepreneurs and government and business leaders. The goal of IE Tech Week is to promote the Inland Empire as a region for technology companies to relocate and grow.

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