2018 South Sound Technology Conference

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The 2018 South Sound Technology Conference was held on Friday, March 9, 2018. 

Honorary co-chairs:
Congressman Denny Heck
Congressman Derek Kilmer
Congressman Adam Smith

2018 Topics:
Cybersecurity Panel
Pacific NW Cybercollegiate Challenge

Recruiting and Retaining Women in the Tech Industry
Launching your Entrepreneurial Initiative in the South Puget Sound
Student Research and Poster Sessions

Sponsored by:


Featured Vendor Tables:

Institute of Technology

SURGE Tacoma and Union Club Tacoma

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9 a.m.

Welcome and Thank you

Dr. Raj Katti, Dean of the Institute of Technology

Andrew Fry, Director of Industry Partners and Lecturer, Institute of Technology

9 – 9:15 a.m.

Congressman Derek Kilmer

Addressing the Conference

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.

Protecting the Enterprise Roundtable


Matt Knox, CIO of Sound Physicians

Terry Gifford, Manager over Operational Systems and Critical Infrastructure Protection for TPU

Eric Eid, CTO Columbia Bank,  Moderator

9:50 – 10:45 a.m.

Cyberdefense as a College Sport – The Pacific Rim Cybercollegiate Defense Competition


Daniel Massie, Security Manager for Continuant (former PRCDC participant)

Mary Jane Kelly, Privacy Engineer,  HP (former team captain, red team)

Don McLane, Lab Support Engineer, UWT (organizer)

Amelia Phillips, Faculty, CIS/CS, Highline College (Regional Director of PRCCDC)

Peter Chu, Secretary of Grey Hat Group


Moderator: Bryan Goda, Professor, Founder of Masters of Cybersecurity and Leadership Program, UWT

10:45 – 11 a.m.


11 – 11:55 a.m.

Makers Spaces, Robotics and the Internet of Things


Stephen Tibbits, CEO of FabLab,

Clarissa San Diego, Founder and CEO of Makerologist

Randy Steele, Olympia School District. K-12  STEM/Robotics experts in the Greater Puget Sound

Andrew Sloss, Senior Principal Research Engineer. Arm Research


Dr. Matt Tolentino, University of Washington Tacoma Professor.  Moderator

11:55 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Congressman Denny Heck video

12 - 12:50 p.m.

Lunch Keynote Panel

Recruiting and Retaining Women in the Technology Industry


Sharon Wong, Former Director of Business Development, Cisco Systems

Patty Thumann, Project Manager and Former Director of Systems Integration, MorphoTrak

Beth Whitezel, Lead Developer at SouthSound911

Jami Goers, Branch Head - Computer Scientist, NUWC Division Keyport

Michelle Su Shan Lee, Student at the Institute of Technology UWT

12:50 – 1:30 p.m.

Breakout Workshops

Student projects and panel follow up.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Launching your Entrepreneurial Initiative in the South Puget Sound


Thomas Kuljam, Director of VIBE (Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship)

David Hirschberg, Founder & CEO, RAIN (The Readiness Acceleration & Innovation Network)

Amy McBride, Arts Administrator at City of Tacoma, Spaceworks Incubator Steering Committee Co-Chair

Stasha Moreno, Operations Manager, Union Club Tacoma

Lee Reeves, Co-Founder of Startup253


Moderator: Andrew Fry, Director of Industry Partners/Lecturer, Institute of Technology/Entrepreneur

2:30 p.m.

Birds of a Feather and Conference Close