MassTLC’s Tech & Innovation Conference:

September 18, 2019


Design Center, Drydock Avenue, Boston


Senior engineering executives, developers, architects, managers, and product professionals


With new and more sophisticated technologies being developed at such a fast pace, developers, architects, product managers, security professionals, and others in the tech industry must parse out the most effective tools, methods, processes, and team building strategies to be successful.

This one-day, hands-on event, will provide a both a glimpse into the future as well as tools and techniques for the here and now to utilize next gen networks, advanced methods in machine learning and AI, optimizing hybrid/cloud, and gleaning ROI as companies make investments and adopt programs.


11:00 – 11:30     Registration, lunch, networking 

11:30 – 12:15     Opening Keynote: Bryan Stiekes, Technical Director, Google Cloud, Google 

12:15-1:15         Accuracy and Ethics in AI Workshop: Slater Victoroff, Indico
Over the past decade AI has continued its steady march of progress. Near-human accuracy has been achieved on a wide variety of tasks from object recognition to natural language understanding, to machine translation. However, these advances have not come without cost. As organizations continue to adopt AI at ever-accelerating rates we can either learn from history or condemn ourselves to repeat it. In this session we’ll explore exactly why even the most technically advanced organizations on the planet struggle with these issues. In a set of short lectures and hands-on exercises you’ll learn to use a basic set of tools that can help to pre-emptively identify and avoid these and other ethical concerns. Topics covered include proper experimental setup, appropriate benchmarking, human-in-the-loop processes, and encoded biases.

1:15 – 1:30         Networking Break 

1:30 – 2:00         A 5G World: Joshua Ness, Verizon 5G Labs
5G is rumored to be a golden solution, the bringer of a “killer app” that will change the way we collectively live, work, and play. But how will this new connectivity standard really impact important advancements across business and consumer industries? In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn what you can expect from 5G in the near-to-mid future and how you can start preparing for it now. You will also participate in a group setting to see firsthand how 5G will impact various layers of front-end and back-end innovations, as well as how business can help their own customers rise to meet the challenges ahead.

2:00 – 3:00        World Class Technology Development: Dr. Andre Sharon, ED, Fraunhofer USA
In this talk, Prof. Sharon will present the activities of Fraunhofer USA CMI, including examples of innovative automation systems developed and deployed in industry. He will also conduct a hands-on exercise on the financial justification required for “Management” to approve an automation investment, so that a “cool” idea doesn’t just die in the Lab.

3:00 – 3:20         Networking Break

3:20 – 4:20         Blockchain: Using today’s tech to impact tomorrow’s success

4:25 – 5:25          Cloud Optimization Workshop: Anusha Dharmalingam, Enterprise Solutions Architect, AWS and Pete Buonora, Enterprise Solutions Architect, AWS
Security in the cloud is much like security in your on-premises data centers, except with more visibility and ability to automate tools and processes. This allows customers to both move more quickly and stay secure.

This AWS workshop is designed to teach users learn how to identify and remediate threats in their environment. The workshop will begin with a review of AWS Security tools followed by a scenario-based break-out discussion where the audience will form teams and define how they would detect security threats and plan automated responses. We will wrap the session with presentation from teams on their potential threat detection and response solutions.


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