May 29 - 30, 2012

"Attending GTC provides IT practitioners an opportunity to hone their skills and to focus on those elements that are absolutely needed during these times - building capacity, providing service and collaborative leadership - a must for the 21st century generation of IT professionals and leaders."

- Carlos Ramos, Secretary of Technology and Director, California Technology Agency

GTC West 2012 Overview

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Keynote Speakers

International explorer, photographer, author, and television host Josh Bernstein has traveled more than 1,000,000 miles by train, plane, bus, bike and camel to over 65 countries, exploring the biggest mysteries of our planet in pursuit of knowledge and discovery.

Josh has traced the Ark of the Covenant from the caverns of Jerusalem to the mountains of Ethiopia, searched for the Holy Grail in the bowels of Nazi Germany, and communed with tribal chiefs in the darkest jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. He has ventured deep underground with NASA scientists to explore the origins of life on Earth and has hunted with alleged cannibals by moonlight in the forests of Papua New Guinea--all in a quest to uncover some of the most fascinating mysteries of our planet.

Josh's television career began when he debuted as the host of a new adventure-archaeology series called Digging for the Truth on The History Channel. The series quickly became the highest-rated original series in the network's history. Later, Josh moved to Discovery Channel, where he served as host and executive producer of Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein. Josh is currently developing a number of new projects.

In addition to his work on television, Josh is also the president and CEO of the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, the oldest and largest wilderness survival school in the world. Josh is a fellow of The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society and a patron of the American Museum of Natural History.

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As the CTO of the US Consulting firm, he is responsible for helping drive technology research and development, define and evangelize Deloitte's vision and messaging for technology services, identify and communicate key technology trends affecting our clients' businesses, and help shape the strategy for Deloitte's new and existing services and offerings.

As the Global Lead of Deloitte Digital, he is responsible for mobile, social, web, commerce, content, and digital ERP offerings. Organized around ten global studios, the 1000+ practitioners in Deloitte Digital represent a mix of creative, strategy, design, UX, and deep engineering talent.

Throughout his career at Deloitte, Mr. Briggs has served as overall program lead, chief architect, or technology lead on dozens of transformation programs for global Fortune 100 organizations. His eminence areas include emerging technologies, IT strategy, mobile, service oriented architecture, business process management, enterprise architecture, and the Postdigital enterpriseTM. He has served clients in Health Care, Consumer Business, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Public Sector and other industries.

Mr. Briggs earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.

Bill lives in the suburbs of Kansas City with his wife and two young daughters - whose nascent love of Star Wars makes him proud. A passionate (mediocre) golfer, Bill also enjoys squash, is a recovering gamer, plays guitar, and is an avid reader and film buff.

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"We're all practical futurists now. The future happens so quickly that we need to make plans here and now for what will happen next." These are the words of technology pioneer Michael Rogers, the author and futurist who completed two years as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times. He is a columnist for, and as a practical futurist he helps businesses and organizations worldwide think about the future.

Rogers began his career as a writer for Rolling Stone and went on to co-found Outside magazine. He then launched Newsweek's technology column, winning numerous journalism awards including a National Headliner Award for coverage of the Chernobyl meltdown. For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company's new media division, guiding both the newspaper and its sister publication Newsweek into the new century, as well as serving as editor and general manager of where he won the Distinguished Online Service Award from the National Press Club for coverage of 9/11.

His work in interactive media ranges from the first Lucasfilm computer game and interactive CD-ROMs to Prodigy, America Online, and finally the Internet. In 1999 Rogers received a patent for the bimodal spine, a multimedia storytelling technique, and is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering. In 2007 he was named to the Magazine Industry Digital Hall of Fame, and in 2009 he received the World Technology Network Award for Lifetime Achievement in Media and Journalism.

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Wednesday May. 30 9:15AM

Keynote - Digital Lifestyle

The future of technology promises a host of opportunities and challenges for government IT. Managers are contending with virtual work forces, a new generation of... more

Sander has worked extensively with federal, state and local government since the early 1990s to improve public service though the use of information technology. He has served as Chief Information Officer/Assistant City Manager for the City of Tucson, Deputy CIO for the State of Washington and worked as a consultant in support of the Department of Defense, national intelligence communities and multi-state law enforcement agencies. He has received several national honors including the 2003 National Public Technologist of the Year by Public Technology Incorporated.

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