2006 Georgia Technology Summit

Technology – it’s our profession and our passion. Whether you have ever attended one of TAG’s Georgia Technology Summits or not, the 2006 program, INNOVATION ON THE EDGE is the one you will not want to miss. Your participation will allow you to play an important role in focusing attention on the Georgia technology community’s exceptional track record in bringing innovative, breakthrough, and disruptive technology products and solutions to the world.

The Technology Association of Georgia invites you to take a journey with Ray Kurzweil and an all-star lineup of speakers to the edge of innovation. Called “the restless genius,” by the Wall Street Journal and the “ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes, Kurzweil is an extraordinary developer of innovative technology including the first optical character recognition product and the first print-to-speech reading machine, among others. A prolific writer, he has written five ground-breaking books, including “The Singularity Is Near, When Humans Transcend Biology,” published in September. Kurzweil received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT award, the nation’s largest award in invention and innovation, and was inducted in 2002 into the National Inventor Hall of Fame. He also received the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology.

Joining Kurzweil are Mike Volpi, Cisco Senior Vice President; Randy Spratt, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Office of McKesson Corporation; and Chris Klaus, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaneva, Inc. The speakers will lead us on an exploration of new, exciting technological innovations that could change the future. A highlight of the day will be the presentation of TAG’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim McDonald Chairman, President and CEO of Scientific Atlanta.

About TAG’s Georgia Technology Summits

TAG’s Georgia Technology Summit series is much more than compelling events. Technology is all about innovation and Georgia’s technology is second to none. The technology summits are a major component of a collaborative/cooperative initiative that involves the entire technology community of Georgia in an effort to tell our story in a dramatic way.( I don’t like this part of the sentence) Our purpose is much more than PR. It’s about bringing together companies, customers, employees, investors, media, CEO’s and industry newcomers in an effort to further (build?) Georgia’s technology community. The State Department of Economic Development, ATDC, the chambers of commerce of Georgia, and academic institutions… everyone who has a vested interest in the advancement of the technology industry in Georgia… agree that Innovation is in Georgia’s DNA.

We hope you will join us and the more than 700 expected attendees at the Summit to be part of TAG’s long standing tradition of recognizing Georgia’s technology innovation. Your registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register for Innovation on the Edge or to contact TAG for further details or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.tagonline.org or call (404) 817-3333.

The Top 10/Top 40 Most Innovative Companies in Georgia

In addition to Kurzweil and our exciting lineup of outstanding speakers, the Summit will also feature the second edition of TAG’s Top 10/Top 40 Most Innovative Companies in Georgia. The Top 40 Most Innovative Companies are being chosen based on a number of criteria, including: degree of innovation; scope and financial impact of innovation; likelihood of success; and promotion of Georgia’s innovative efforts nationally and internationally. The 40 companies will participate in an exhibition at the Summit.

At this time the TOP 40 Application submission deadline has now passed. Thank you for all of your submissions; we can see that Georgia really is on the edge of Innovation. Those who have applied will hear back from the Summit committee after the review process has been completed. Good Luck!

From the Top 40, the Selection Committee, chaired by Dennis Zakas, a partner with Hunton & Williams, will also choose the Top 10 Most Innovative technology companies, which will make presentations to the Summit’s attendees. Discover what has propelled these unique organizations to stay ahead of the technology curve and made them exemplary leaders in their respective industries. Members of the Selection Committee include Ron Dolinsky, President of MARKETQUEST; Stephen Fleming, Chief Commercialization Officer of Georgia Tech; Zulfiqar Ali Qazilbash, Chief Strategy Officer of iVivity; Knox Massey, Executive Director of Atlanta Technology Angels; Kathy Harris, Senior Vice President of Noro-Moseley Partners; Buddy Ray, Executive Editor of Innovations Publishing; Jeff Muir, Managing Partner of Chatham Capital; Sig Mosely, President of Imlay Investments; Chris Mangum, Managing Principal of Venture X Group; and Don House, Chairman of Version One.

Special Thanks to our Georgia Technology Summit Committee:

Our 2006 Georgia Technology Summit committee was chaired by Patrick Gaul; CEO of VIA Networks. Members of this committee include; Jim Boone, Managing Partner of Windship Partners; Kelly Gay, CEO of KnowledgeStorm; Bill Marks, President of GCI Group Atlanta, Dennis Zakas; Partner of Hunton & Williams, Mylle Mangum; CEO of International Banking Technologies, Ann Franks; CIO of Lanier Worldwide, Sanjeev Tirath; CEO of Pyramid Consulting, Kim Humphries; Director of Corporate Communication of Air Defense, Ron Dolinsky; President of MARKETQUEST, and Frank Baia; CEO of Globalspeak.

Cheers, and see you there!

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