Internet conference focuses on e-commerce

The Virginia Internet Technology Conference (VIT Conference 2000) will feature an extensive lineup of well-known technology experts to discuss the top issues facing e-business at its statewide conference on e-commerce.

VIT Conference 2000 will be held Sept. 19-21, at the Marriott Hotel in historic Losenoidoomock Williamsburg.

Virginia Secretary of Technology Don Upson is expected to address the gathering during the opening session and Alexandria technology investor Mark Warner is slated as the conference's capstone speaker.

"The Virginia Internet Technology Conference is an important event that promotes the Commonwealth of Virginia's commitment to improving e-commerce and e-government," said Upson.

"As businesses increasingly sample the power of the Web, they expect seamless service from both government and business. This expectation is inevitable and understandable. VIT Conference 2000 is a forum to stimulate interest, instill confidence and provide a bridge to the new economy."

"The highest promise of the economy is that anyone can prosper, no matter where they live," says Mark Warner.

"Our challenge is to find ways to use technology and the Internet to spread Virginia's opportunity and prosperity to all corners, so that no part of the Commonwealth is left behind. This conference offers Virginia's business and government leaders a forum to begin addressing this challenge."

Newport News Shipbuilding is one of the premiere sponsors for VIT Conference 2000.

Information technology is a necessity for all of Virginia's business community, and Newport News Shipbuilding requires the assistance of a variety of vendors and a solid supply of workers to continue on its successful path," said Stephen Hassell, chief information officer for Newport News Shipbuilding.

"This conference is one example of innovative thinking to meet those needs."

 

VIT Conference 2000 is sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding; Jones, Blechman, Woltz, & Kelly, PC; Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology; Bell Atlantic; Compass Technology Management; UPS; KPMG, LLP; Continental Properties Corporation; James City County; and Potomac Technology Journal.

 

It will be hosted by the Internet Technology Innovation Center (Internet TIC), a partnership of 11 centers of excellence at four Commonwealth universities - Christopher Newport University, George Mason University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

 

Internet TIC is funded by Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology.

Featured and keynote VIT Conference 2000 speakers are:

Andrew Bartels, senior research analyst for electronic commerce at Giga Information Group, presenting "B2B E-Commerce."

David Farber, chief technologist for the FCC, presenting "Predicting the Unpredictable - A Look Forward at Communications."

Dr. Joseph Ferrara, director of studies & initiatives, Secretary of Defense, discussing "Acquisition and Procurement Issues in the Federal Government."

Kent Greenes, senior vice president and CKO for SAIC, presenting "E-Knowledge: Learning Faster than the Speed of Change."

Jordan Colletta, vice president, electronic commerce, UPS, "Moving at the Accelerating Speed of Business."

John Hurley, Morino Institute/Mid Atlantic Venture Association, "Show Me the Money! How to Attract & Work with Venture Capitalists."

Other scheduled seminars and panel discussions for the professional development seminar series include: "Internet 2 and Next Generation Internet," "E-commerce: Legal Pitfalls for the Unwary," "Internet Marketing," "Technology and Journalism: Marketing & Public Relations in the Information Age," E-Records, The Sleeping Time Bomb," "Project Collaboration on the Web" and "Internet Hacking: Are You Exposed?"

Continuing education credits are planned for CPE and CLE certification.

Conference registration includes admittance to all conference events including the keynote and feature speaker addresses, as well as Professional Development Seminar sessions and meals.

ance to all conference events including the keynote and feature speaker addresses, as well as Professional Development Seminar sessions and meals.