7th Annual Information and Communication Technology Summit Set

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The Information Technology Program, in collaboration with the Five College Consortium, is holding its seventh annual Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit March 23-24.

With the theme “Technology for All,” the summit will explore how IT is being used in the arts, humanities, social and physical sciences.

Thursday, March 23

This career and professional networking event will run from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Union Building Cape Cod Lounge. Representatives from giants like IBM, Dell and Google and from smaller gaming and virtual reality developers will join IT program alumni to explain “how they got where they are and what they actually do.” The evening is primarily for students and interested faculty and advisors.

Friday, March 24

The tech fair and exhibition runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium, with panels and talks from 10 a.m.-4p.m. The exhibitions showcase a wide variety of technologies, from 3D printing to mobile apps, developed by members of the Five College community, as well as innovations from the corporate world.

The day’s presentations and panel discussions cover information technology across the disciplines. Summit workshops will explore virtual reality for design and Web accessibility.

Read details of the ICT Summit offerings and register here.

The Information Technology Program is a campus wide academic program that administers the IT minor, which is available to students from any major in any college. With over 700 enrolled students, the IT Program collaborates with 32 different departments across the UMass Amherst campus.

Patricia Galvis-Assmus, IT Program director, says the summit is not just for the minor. “Anybody in any discipline should be able to go to this meeting and find something,” she said.