IT-ology Connections: June 11

Join us as we explore the latest developments in hardware, software, infrastructure, processes and design across a variety of industries from art to health to manufacturing.

The Cognitive Cloud

Join us as Garima Prasai, Chief Evangelist for the IBM Watson Group, shares the vision for the group helping to commercialize IBM Watson Solutions. Garima joined IBM in June 2013 and has been involved in the launch efforts of Watson’s first commercial product offering, Watson Engagement Advisor and has been involved in market development and sales. As a key member of the core strategy group that productized the Watson Ecosystem, Garima helped build the Ecosystem business model while owning client relationships as Partner Engagement Manager for partners such as Welltok, IBM’s first Ecosystem and capital funded partner. Garima is also a member of IBM’s Blue Spark team, a millennial leadership development program under Mike Rhodin. Garima works with IBM's research and executive teams to leverage cognitive technology to solve complex business challenges and deliver real competitive advantage for clients globally.

Connected Communities: A Model That Works

Connected Nation has been committed to providing extensive broadband planning services for communities and states for more than ten years. These services include Digital Literacy, Research and Analysis, Policy Consultation, and Mapping. Connect South Carolina is a State program of Connected Nation.

Presenter Tom Ferree, Connected Nation’s President & COO, provides vision and leadership for all aspects of Connected Nation operations including policy research, community engagement and digital literacy efforts. Under his leadership, the Connected Nation portfolio has expanded to include 30 states and thousands of communities and is now recognized as the national leader in broadband mapping. Prior to joining Connected Nation, Tom served as Chief of Staff for Kentucky's Finance and Administration Cabinet.

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