Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Host & Moderator for the Day, Mark Jeffries
8:00 am – Registration Opens
8:30 am – Welcome
Interim Chancellor Larry D. Sparks
8:35 am – Guest of Honor
8:50 am – Panel I: Broadband: 5G, 10G, and beyond
Rapid advances in connectivity are reshaping our society in ways that were unimaginable even a few years ago. Extensive fiber optic deployments have pushed unbelievable speeds to the farthest parts of the nation. The deployment of next generation wireless networks is challenging long-held beliefs about what is possible through mobility. With these advancements racing forward how will consumers benefit today and five years from now? The discussion will cover the latest innovations in broadband infrastructure including how these over the horizon advances in communications infrastructure will work for consumers, academics, government and beyond.
- James Assey, NCTA — The Internet & Television Association
- Robert Fisher, Verizon
- Mayo Flynt, AT&T Mississippi
- Hu Meena, C Spire
9:30 am – Keynote Speaker
David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation
10:00 am – Panel II: Technology and Society
Building off the advances discussed in Panel I, the tech industry has fundamentally changed our daily lives. The products and services created by the tech industry have altered how we shop, date, order dinner, and affected more serious subjects such as education, accessing government services and workforce development. How will these products and applications of the future benefit society? The panel will focus on all the advances in technology and how they can be a force for good in our country.
- Bill Cook, Cook Infrastructure Consulting
- John Godfrey, Samsung
- Kevin Martin, Facebook
- Milo Medin, Google Wireless
- Brian Xu, LinkedIn
10:40 am – Guest Government Speaker
Chairman Ajit Pai, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
11:10 am – Panel III: Technology and The Workforce of Tomorrow
Technology has disrupted how we educate, train and grow the workforce. How do educators need to adjust to advances in technology to better prepare the workforce of the next generation? What skills do job creators seek when recruiting and how can current employees be retrained to harness technology? The panel will discuss the intersection of government, technology and workforce development.
- Kagan Coughlin, Base Camp Coding Academy
- Alan Sudduth, Chevron
- Jordan Noone, Relativity Space
- Laurie Smith, State Workforce Investment Board
- Dick Scruggs, 2nd Chance MS, Inc.
11:50 am – University of Mississippi Students 3-minute talks
- Anna Katherine Burress & Hannah Newbold
Catalyzing Entrepreneurship in Mississippi Through Virtual Reality
- Olivia Lanum
Extracurricular Leadership and Professional Experience
- Gunner Rhoden & Silvio Valladao
Physiological Responses to Esports
12:15 pm – Fireside Chat
1:00 pm – Adjourn
The Entertainment Software Association will demonstrate a variety of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies in the Ford Center Lobby from 8:30am–1pm.