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Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Microsoft Corporation Hosts Second IT Summit

Tuesday, February 22, 2000

Kathleen McMahon
(517) 335-4590

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Microsoft Corporation will host the second Information Technology Summit on Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at the Dearborn Hyatt Regency. Over 900 representatives from Michigan IT companies are expected to attend the event featuring keynote presentations from Peter Boit, Vice President, e-Business Solutions Group, Microsoft Corporation; Flint Brenton, VP of e-Commerce, Compaq; Colin Evans, Director, e-Business Strategy, Intel Corporation; Mark Hogan, VP of e-GM; Brian Kelley, VP of ConsumerConnect, Ford Motor Company; John Cross, Executive VP, Strategy Consulting, AppNet; and Amir Hartman, Managing Director, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco Systems. The 1998 Summit attracted 750 attendees to consider the "vision of the future" for Michigan IT. The theme of this year's event is "the vision becomes reality," representing the overwhelming IT activity in Michigan.There will be breakouts on such topics as business to consumer e-commerce, business to business e-commerce, venture capital, web development, automotive suppliers, web selling and professional development as well as updates on how Michigan's leading IT communities are using the growth and innovation of the Internet as an economic development tool. Speakers include: Charlie Hopper, an inspirational IT speaker from Pasty.com; Glen Roberts, who will lead a session regarding security and privacy; Dan Gillmor, IT writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Marcia Stepanek, IT writer for Business Week, Mary Kramer of Crain’s Detroit Business and Doron Levin of the Detroit Free Press who will lead a discussion about the image of Michigan as an IT state; and Isiah Thomas, former professional basketball player, who will speak about his on-line venture, I-gift.com.In addition, the first ever "ITTY BYTTY" awards will be presented for IT excellence in several categories, including young entrepreneur, best economic development initiative, lifetime achievement, best IT educational program and best small business solutions.This year's summit will also focus on how e-commerce is transforming the auto industry, which in turn is causing dramatic changes in how business throughout Michigan is being conducted. Crain's Detroit Business, WWJ, ITE@M and PR Newswire will provide media sponsorship for the event.The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Microsoft Corporation will host the second Information Technology Summit on Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at the Dearborn Hyatt Regency. Over 900 representatives from Michigan IT companies are expected to attend the event featuring keynote presentations from Peter Boit, Vice President, e-Business Solutions Group, Microsoft Corporation; Flint Brenton, VP of e-Commerce, Compaq; Colin Evans, Director, e-Business Strategy, Intel Corporation; Mark Hogan, VP of e-GM; Brian Kelley, VP of ConsumerConnect, Ford Motor Company; John Cross, Executive VP, Strategy Consulting, AppNet; and Amir Hartman, Managing Director, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco Systems. The 1998 Summit attracted 750 attendees to consider the "vision of the future" for Michigan IT. The theme of this year's event is "the vision becomes reality," representing the overwhelming IT activity in Michigan.There will be breakouts on such topics as business to consumer e-commerce, business to business e-commerce, venture capital, web development, automotive suppliers, web selling and professional development as well as updates on how Michigan's leading IT communities are using the growth and innovation of the Internet as an economic development tool. Speakers include: Charlie Hopper, an inspirational IT speaker from Pasty.com; Glen Roberts, who will lead a session regarding security and privacy; Dan Gillmor, IT writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Marcia Stepanek, IT writer for Business Week, Mary Kramer of Crain’s Detroit Business and Doron Levin of the Detroit Free Press who will lead a discussion about the image of Michigan as an IT state; and Isiah Thomas, former professional basketball player, who will speak about his on-line venture, I-gift.com.In addition, the first ever "ITTY BYTTY" awards will be presented for IT excellence in several categories, including young entrepreneur, best economic development initiative, lifetime achievement, best IT educational program and best small business solutions.This year's summit will also focus on how e-commerce is transforming the auto industry, which in turn is causing dramatic changes in how business throughout Michigan is being conducted. Crain's Detroit Business, WWJ, ITE@M and PR Newswire will provide media sponsorship for the event.Co-sponsors include: Arthur Andersen, Ameritech Michigan, Dykema Gossett, Automation Alley, EDS, Intel, Compaq, Great Lakes Technologies Group, AppNet, bps Corporate Training and Conference Center, PR Newswire, Crain's Detroit Business, WWJ.950 News Radio, WXYT 1270 Talk Radio, The Ann Arbor IT Zone, Fry Multimedia, The Internet Ramp, Think & Do Software, Holland Systems Corporation, Cisco Systems and WorkWired.com.Co-sponsors include: Arthur Andersen, Ameritech Michigan, Dykema Gossett, Automation Alley, EDS, Intel, Compaq, Great Lakes Technologies Group, AppNet, bps Corporate Training and Conference Center, PR Newswire, Crain's Detroit Business, WWJ.950 News Radio, WXYT 1270 Talk Radio, The Ann Arbor IT Zone, Fry Multimedia, The Internet Ramp, Think & Do Software, Holland Systems Corporation, Cisco Systems and WorkWired.com.For more information about the event, follow the link below.Cost for the event is $75 for early registration and $100 for late registration after March 27.