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This is an open invitation to join us in helping form the Northwest Arkansas Technology Council.  The discussion for the inaugural meeting will center on who and what we are and the beginning phases of our purpose.  If you feel you have something to contribute to our pioneering efforts, or know of someone who can, please consider joining us, or forward the following information on.

Randy Walker

You are invited to participate in the formation meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Technology Council (NWA Tech Council), set for March 10th, 2009 from 6-8pm at the Arkansas World Trade Center (3300 Market Street, Suite 400, Rogers Arkansas 72758).  The NWA Tech Council’s purpose is to encourage business growth of the technology sector in Northwest Arkansas.

Originally several of us set out to put on an event called the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit, a broad based event connecting all aspects of technology that appeal to the larger firms in this area including Wal-Mart, JB Hunt, Tyson, small and medium businesses, and vendor communities. The event was originally scheduled for June 2009 at the John Q. Hammons Center. After further review, it was decided that in order to put on an event of the quality and magnitude that was envisioned, more time and planning would be needed.

The vision for the Northwest Arkansas Information Technology Summit includes the following aspects:
•    To be a nationally recognized event that pulls not only a regional, but national attendance. Goal: 1400+ attendees
•    To be sponsored by national recognized manufacturers (i.e. HP, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Dell, etc.)
•    To focus on new technologies and trends within the IT Community (i.e. Virtualization, Sustainability, etc.) and encourage vendors/manufacturers to showcase their latest and greatest
•    To have breakout sessions with 12 unique tracks. Some of the suggested tracks include: Retail Link, Project Management, Database Management, Software Development, Web Development, Infrastructure, Small Business, Digital Graphics, and Marketing
•    To have keynote speakers that can speak to how technology not only effects but empowers all business, from local small business to large worldwide enterprises

There is an open invitation for the first NWA Tech Council’s meeting March 10th, 2009 from 6-8pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the overall scope of the Technology Summit and start the process for creating a steering committee.  As you consider coming and joining the Council, please think about how you can help achieve the Council’s goals.  Below are areas of experience we are looking for in Council members.  Please send a confirmation email to where we can send you details of the meeting.

Chamber of Commerce
Executive Level Leadership
Civic Committees & Organizations
Convention and Event Planning
Marketing & Advertising
Technology Consulting
Corporate Technology Leadership
Leaders within Walmart, Tyson, & JBHunt
Technology Based Businesses
Small Business Leaders

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009 1:14 PM | Back to top

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Please consider adding Instructional Technology because it plays a major role at Walmart, and lesser roles at Tyson and J.B. Hunt, for example.
Left by Mike Chance on Mar 17, 2009 8:28 AM

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What does Instructional Technology emcompass? I'm not very familiar in this arena.

Our next meeting is on March 31st, please come join us, participate, and give your input. We've created a LinkedIn group.
Left by Randy Walker on Mar 17, 2009 1:47 PM

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