Event Profile

IT Conference

Date(s):
April 23 — 25, 2024
Venue:
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
Description:

Who Should Attend:

IT professionals and others who are responsible for information technology programs as well as members of the operations and engineering functions who would like to build a stronger relationship with IT.

Conference Overview:

Join us for the annual IT Conference! This event brings together public power IT professionals to explore the latest advancements in the field as well as share experiences, recommendations, and lessons learned about key IT issues. This year’s conference will be two and a half days in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska.

Conference Agenda*:

Tuesday, April 23

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration, breakfast buffet, and vendor café

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

    Marvin Super, IT Conference Chair, Information Technology Manager, Homer Electric Association, Inc.

8:45-9:45 a.m. Device Management Made Easy

    Ryan Grelck, Consultant, IVOXY Consulting

9:45-10:15 a.m. Break and vendor café

10:15-11:15 a.m. Cybersecurity

    Mark Breunig, Cybersecurity Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

11:15 a.m.-noon Columbia REA Network Switch Transition From Cisco to Arista: Why, How, Experiences, and Results

    Andy Kinney, Senior IT Architect, Columbia REA; Joe Lentz, Systems Engineer, Arista Networks

noon-1 p.m. Lunch and vendor café

1-2 p.m. TBD

    Caleb Cain, Project Developer, The Planet Group

2-2:45 p.m. IT Challenges in the Last Frontier

    Marvin Super, IT Conference Chair, Information Technology Manager, Homer Electric Association; Kris Klunder, Cybersecurity Specialist, Homer Electric Association; Nick Huff, Operational Technology Manager; Homer Electric Association

2:45-3:15 p.m. Break and vendor café

3:15-4:30 p.m. VMware and Software Licensing Roundtable

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

5-6:30 p.m. Reception

Wednesday, April 24

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and vendor café

8:30-9:35 a.m. Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)

    TBD, Nutanix

9:35-10:05 a.m. Break and vendor café

10:05-11:10 a.m. Topic TBD

    TBD, BPM

11:10 a.m.-noon Threat Hunting with Intelligence

    Paul Holgate, Cybersecurity Engineer III, Benton PUD

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch and vendor café

1-2 p.m. Securing the Unsecured: Bridging the Gap between IT & OT

    Kris Klunder, Cybersecurity Specialist, Homer Electric Association; Nick Huff, Operational Technology Manager; Homer Electric Association

2-3 p.m. Phone Systems Roundtable

3-3:30 p.m. Break and vendor café

3:30-4:30 p.m. Tabletop Exercises

    Hoot Royer

Thursday, April 25

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and vendor café

8:30-10:30 a.m. Your Next Colleague Is a Robot: How Generative AI is Transforming Every Aspect of Business

    Matthew Bertram, Senior Consultant, Future Point of View

10:30-11:30 a.m. Records Requests and Data Mining Roundtable

11:30 a.m-noon Closing remarks and door prizes

    Marvin Super, Conference Chair, Information Technology Manager, Homer Electric Association, Inc.

*Agenda subject to change

Conference Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time; the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on days one and two, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on day three. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided every day; lunch will be provided on the first two days.

Conference Location:

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
401 E. 6th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 276-8700

Room rate: $179 per night

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, April 1, 2024, to receive the discounted rate.

Alaska Airlines Discount Code: NWPPA has partnered with Alaska Airlines to provide a 7% discount on your flight. To receive this discount, book through www.alaskaair.com and use group code ECMK428.

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 3/23/2024): $1,060
Utility Member Standard: $1,135

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 3/23/2024): $1,590
Associate Member Standard: $1,665

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 3/23/2024): $2,120
Non-Member Standard: $2,195

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For webinars, virtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please email registration@nwppa.org or call (360) 254-0109.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 15 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

Sponsors:

bpm
Gold Sponsor

 

arista
Gold Sponsor

 

digital boundary
Silver Sponsor

 

nutanix
Silver Sponsor

 

nutanix
Bronze Sponsor

 

ivoxy consulting
Supporting Sponsor

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.