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The annual Tech360 conference will be held at Penn State Great Valley on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Premier regional tech conference to be held Oct. 18 at Penn State Great Valley

MALVERN, Pa. — Penn State Great Valley will host the annual Tech360 conference from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Now in its sixth year, the event draws IT professionals, thought leaders, and industry innovators from the area’s top companies to discuss how to best leverage the latest technology in today’s business climate. This year’s theme is the societal impacts of technology, and will explore topics including predictive intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality/augmented reality, and the Internet of Things.

“The world is going through rapid change related to technology, and it is critical that we stay on the leading edge,” said Marianne Stack, the project manager for i2n. “Even with all the advances in the past two decades we still have challenges that haven’t been solved; that’s why it’s so important that we come together for the education and networking provided by Tech360, and that it’s reach continues to grow.”

Last year’s event saw more than 200 people representing 85 regional companies, and Penn State Great Valley has been involved since Tech360’s inception.

“We’ve been part of the event since it started,” said Suzanne Cruit, director of corporate and community relations at Penn State Great Valley. “It’s been so exciting to see Tech360 grow into an all-out business technology conference that focuses on the innovation happening right here in Chester County. Hearing from tech leaders from our area’s top companies, coupled with great networking opportunities, make for an insightful, interesting day.”

In addition to a variety of breakout sessions, guest speakers will include Guy Fardone, founder and CEO of Evolve IP, and Russ Kliman, head of strategic programs and innovation at SEI. Panel sessions will focus on technology’s impact on corporate strategy and real-time cybersecurity issues.

The event is presented by ITAG and i2n, two nonprofit initiatives of the Chester County Economic Development Council. ITAG promotes IT, communications, and technological processes to all companies and individuals in southeastern Pennsylvania so they can become more effective in an increasingly sophisticated global marketplace. i2n supports emerging growth businesses throughout the entire life cycle by leveraging the assets of academic institutions and partners to create a network of physical and virtual resources.

Registrations are currently open for the event. More information is available at tech360pa.com.