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C Spire hosts tech conference on information security, workforce development

C Spire is hosting a technology conference featuring nationally acclaimed speakers, cutting-edge demonstrations and informative workshops for students, consumers and businesses on some of the latest innovations, trends, and applications driving the 21st-century digital economy.

The day-long C Spire MVMT 2018 conference is taking place Tuesday, May 8 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Convention Complex in downtown Jackson.

“As the region’s technology leader, we want individuals to step out of their comfort zone and experience for one day a technology-filled future that C Spire and its partners are helping bring to life right here in our state,” said C Spire CEO Hu Meena.  “It’s a future you’ve got to see to believe.”

The event will include a half-day information security summit for businesses from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring thought leaders and industry experts from C Spire, Apple, Cisco, Hitachi Vantara, Horne Cyber, RSA and Dell Technologies in a series of talks and breakout sessions about the latest network and security trends and threats in the information technology world.

“Technology workforce development and recruiting more IT workers for Mississippi businesses are crucial factors in the future growth and diversification of our state’s economy,” said Scott Waller, president, and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council.  “With the growing importance of network management and cybersecurity, this summit will help businesses of all sizes and stripes get the answers they need.”

While growing connectivity in the modern business industry is a good thing, it can also leave businesses exposed and at a greater risk of being targeted by hackers.

“We are bringing all of these speakers in to give attendees information so that they can take away some best practices to go back to their businesses and operate with to make sure that they are secure so that they are not facing those threats that you hear about every day,” said Joel Deer Major Initiatives Leader with C Spire Enterprise Marketing.

An interactive technology expo aimed at consumers and high school students also is scheduled at various times in the day starting at 9 a.m. and featuring 3D food printing from Sue’s Tech Kitchen, virtual reality technologies from Exit Reality, Intel and Lobaki, a connected car demonstration from Nokia and much more.

“Technology is transforming the way we live, work and play,” said Tony Jeff, president, and CEO of Innovate Mississippi.  “We’re excited that C Spire is giving consumers and students an opportunity to get up close and personal with applications like robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, virtual reality and the Internet of Things.”

The afternoon session, which begins at 12:30 p.m., will feature renowned speakers who are at the forefront of technology and culture, including Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media and in association with Sue’s Tech Kitchen, Sarah Bond, general manager of business development for Microsoft and Richard Green, director of ventures and business development for the Intel Sports Group.

Ticket prices are $45 per person for the afternoon session speakers and exhibit access or $89 per person for all-day access, which includes the Information Security Summit.  Admission to MVMT 2018 is free for students and teachers.  For more details on ticket availability and registration, visit cspire.com/mvmt or follow C Spire on Twitter or Facebook.

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