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    Florida Technology Summit

    2019 Theme: "Evolutionary Technology for 2020: Enter the 4th Industrial Revolution"

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The Florida Technology Summit will be held in Tampa, FL on November 19, 2020 at the Marriott Tampa Airport.

The theme for 2020 is “2020: The Age of SkyNet”. Our summit will focus on the IoT Disruption, -Ops, Agile, Next Generation Data Management, Bots, AI, SAP, Blockchain, Decentralization, Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity, and other evolutionary concepts.

This B-B event is targeted for the Technology and Security community.  Attendees consist of IT/IS Executives and Direct reports across all verticals within the state of Florida interested in Networking, Researching/Learning, Career Advancement, and Purchasing. Attend the Florida Technology Summit to get the right tools and make vital connections to best prepare your company for the broad spectrum of ever-changing technology trends.

Governing Body Members

Glen Armes
Old Republic Title

Larry Blakely
Director, VP of IT
Company - Confidential

Keyvan Bohlooli
Former Senior VP & CIO
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings LTD.

Russell Haupert
CIO/CTO, Director of Technology & Innovation
City of Tampa

Renata Kobylinkski
Director of Hosting & Engineering Services
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Sridhar Kocharlakota
IT Director
Energy Insurance Mutual

Joe Kwo
Chief Information and Technology Officer

Marcus Session
VP of Information Technology Services
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

Melissa Wykle
Exploria Resorts


We would like to thank our all of our sponsors for being a part of this year's Florida Technology Summit. From being a sponsor, you will be recognized for the education and mission your company contributes to our tradeshow, panels, and sessions. Many of our sponsors have been a part of our summits for many years and we are proud to support them. See below for all of the sponsors for the Florida Technology 2019 event.

2019 Sponsors


CenturyLink is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.


Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 3,000 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. This includes insider threat, industrial espionage, IoT compromises, zero-day malware, data loss, supply chain risk and long-term infrastructure vulnerabilities. The company has over 900 employees, 40 offices and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.


DataCore Software is the authority on software-defined storage. Its patented technologies empower IT organizations to achieve a highly-efficient, high-performance, always-available software-defined storage infrastructure by providing ultimate flexibility and eliminating vendor lock-in. An industry pioneer in software-defined storage, DataCore has extended its technological innovation to hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to broaden the possibilities of what organizations can do with ultra-efficient data systems in traditional, hyperconverged and hybrid cloud environments. DataCore’s proven, mature and reliable solutions help more than 10,000 customers worldwide eliminate downtime and increase storage utilization at higher performance while reducing costs by 50 percent or more.


GFI develops right-sized, smartly engineered IT solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Our solutions enable IT administrators to easily and efficiently discover, manage and secure their business networks, systems, applications and communications wherever they exist.


Veeam® is the leader in backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™. Veeam Availability Platform™ is the most complete backup solution for helping customers on the journey to achieving success in the 5 Stages of Cloud Data Management. Veeam has 355,000+ customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 67% of the Global 2,000, with customer satisfaction scores at 3.5x the industry 9 average, the highest in the industry. Veeam’s global ecosystem includes 66,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, NetApp and Lenovo as exclusive resellers; and 22,500+ cloud and service providers. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries.


Zadara is agile, secure enterprise cloud storage, built to meet the demands of hybrid IT. We help organizations eliminate the cost and complexity traditionally associated with enterprise data storage, by providing industry-leading enterprise data storage solutions as a fully-managed service, with a 100%-uptime SLA and consumption-based pricing. Zadara uses a combination of industry-standard hardware and patented Zadara software to deliver the power of enterprise-class data storage and management — with the convenience of the cloud. Any data type. Any protocol. Any location. Zadara is available via public clouds (AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, and more), managed service providers, data centers, colocation partners, and on premises in customers' data centers.

Florida Technology Summit Agenda

Tuesday, November 12 2019

7:30 AM


Registration Open / Light Breakfast Served in the Exhibit Hall

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Tech Theater II

How to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset (Your Data)

Jean-Claude "JC" Lortie, Senior Systems Engineer - CSDNET
KC Santos, Sales Director- DataCore Software
Sponsored by: DataCore Software

9:30 - 10:30 AM

VIP Theater

CIO Forum: Successful Strategies as an IT Leader

Abe Homan, President - Machaon Corporation

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall

Networking / Tour Exhibits

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Main Stage

Cloud Migration Strategies: Best Practices

Sridhar Kocharlakota, IT Director- Energy Insurance Mutual

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Tech Theater II

Cyber AI: Adapting to Fight Back

Kathryn Eckhart, Regional Manager - Darktrace
Sponsored by: Darktrace

11:00 - 12:00 PM

VIP Theater

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Exhibit Hall

Complimentary Buffet Lunch Served

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Main Stage

Smart Cities: AI is Taking Over

Gary Lowe, CEO and Founder - Think IT Ai

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Tech Theater II

A Strategy for Success: Digital Transformation via Cloud Data Management

Tim Myers, Business Solutions Architect - Veeam
Sponsored by: Veeam

12:30 - 1:30 PM

VIP Theater

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Happy Hour (Complimentary Drinks Provided) / Networking / Tour Exhibits

1:50 - 2:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Vendor Giveaways: You must be Present to Win!

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Tech Theater I

Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation

Sridhar Kocharlakota, IT Director - Energy Insurance Mutual
Joe Kwo, Chief Information and Technology Officer - Bisk
Marcus Session, VP of IT - HCAA
Gary Lowe, CEO and Founder - Think IT Ai

3:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Grand Vacation Giveaway & Conference Wrap-Up