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IT Matters

The IT Matters speaker series examines current trends in IT policies and regulations affecting business practices, investment considerations and funding opportunities. Experts from organizations such as NSF, NIH, FCC, FTC, Defense, Budget Office, etc. are invited to present the future challenges and directions that government policy-makers are considering. Two programs have been held one featuring Vint Cerf, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist; the other featuring Robert Cervanti, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology.

Calit2 calls upon the members of its national advisory board and academic affiliates with strong ties to these agencies to identify and invite appropriate presenters in this arena. This expert will join a presentation panel that would also include an appropriate industry and academic representative to offer a richer perspective on the topic. 
 
Series attendees from local companies will have a better understanding of the impact of new and impending policies on their business practices and bottom line. The academic audience will gain increased appreciation for the direction research funding is taking and opportunities for industry collaboration.
 
The first two programs in this series were sold out, with overflow viewing in the building's atrium. We are currently seeking a gold level sponsor in order to expand IT Matters into a signature speaker series.