IE Tech Week

05.11.2009 IE Tech Week Comments Off on Google, Motorola and Cisco Come to IE Tech Week

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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05.05.2009 IE Tech Week Comments Off on Tech Week Promotes IE Software Business

Tech Week Promotes IE Software Business

“The goal of IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, is to bring technology events to the Inland Empire that show what government and financial resources we have available,” said Steven Reneker, executive director of SmartRiverside, an organization formed to attract and retain high-tech companies. “We also want to show that technology spending in the Inland Empire is strong and this is a great place to relocate a technology company.”

(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) Once renowned for its cheap land and picturesque landscape, the Inland Empire is going after a new image. Businesses and government leaders working are branding the Inland Empire as a great place for technology companies to grow.

“The goal of IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, is to bring technology events to the Inland Empire that show what government and financial resources we have available,” said Steven Reneker, executive director of SmartRiverside, an organization formed to attract and retain high-tech companies. “We also want to show that technology spending in the Inland Empire is strong and this is a great place to relocate a technology company.”

IE Tech Week features five days of events geared towards technology/software entrepreneurs. IE Tech Week sponsors include The Press Enterprise, the City of Riverside, AT&T, ESRI, Pivot 3, Dameron Communications, ITT Technical Institute, Shoretel and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

The events include:
• The Tech Expo on May 11 at the Riverside Convention Center. This SmartRiverside-sponsored event brings together high technology companies and information technology professionals to discuss specific issues affecting their industries. The Tech Expo will also attract some of the 100 technology companies based in the Inland Empire.

• IE Tech Employment Trends, May 12, at the Riverside Convention Center. This will be a presentation on local IT hiring trends. The presentation is by Robert Half Technology, a leading a leading provider of IT professionals, and Protiviti, a global business consulting and internal audit firm.

• Tech Horizons, May 13, at the University of Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering. This event features panel discussions and demonstrations on sensor and networking systems, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

• The IE Fast Pitch Contest, May 14, at the Hilton Ontario Airport Hotel, features a discussion with angel investors and concludes with a competition where 12 entrepreneurs pitch their business plans to a group of investors.
• The IE Software Summit, May 15, at Greer Pavilion, Riverside City Hall. The theme is “Getting Ready for the Smart Phone: How to make your websites ready for Smart Phones, PDAs, and iPhones.” The conference shows e-commerce companies how to make their websites compatible with mobile Internet devices. There will also be a panel featuring angel investors and funders.

“The Inland Empire is a great place to live, but residents often face three-hour commutes to jobs that pay them enough to live here,” said Carl Dameron, president of Dameron Communications, a leading public relations and advertising company. “By attracting jobs in the technology and software sector, IE resident can live and work in the same community, thus reducing congestion and increasing their quality of life.”

Reneker added that the large number of local colleges provide a great pipeline of potential technology workers. “There are about 60,000 higher education students in this area, who are a great source of intellectual capital for high-tech companies looking to grow,” Reneker said.

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

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