Internet & Technology Summit Tampa Makes Impression
Yesterday I participated in the first Internet & Technology Summit in my backyard – Tampa, FL. I travel around the country to similar events so it was a pleasure to drive 30 minutes from my home to a quality event.
The producer of the this event is David Glass, a local entrepreneur. David is a well known publisher of print and online media outlets which focus on business and technology in Florida. The event began at 7:30 am and ran until almost 1pm. In addition to a great line up of speakers, more than twenty sponsors exhibited. About 300 people attended the event made up of small and mid-size business executives and a healthy showing of local entrepreneurs. Here are some highlights of the event.
Brent Britton (attorney 2.0) kicked off and hosted the event, serving as the emcee throughout the morning. Brent is uniquely gifted in this role. His wit and style of humor combined with his edgy and geeky intellect make him a model emcee for technology events. Brent’s introductory remarks provided anticipation for the content, learning experience and networking opportunities for the enthusiastic attendees. He kept the pace moving and the audience engaged.
Mike Volpe, V.P. of Inbound Marketing at HubSpot was the keynote speaker. Mike set the tone for the event with an inspiring presentation which challenges the status quo of marketing. Below is an excerpt of Mike’s keynote.
There were three topical tracks with panel based speakers on each topic. The tracks were:
Quote of the day: “I’d rather be a developer acting like a marketing guy than a marketing guy acting like a developer.” Greg Wilson, Adobe Systems
Clearly, there is a hunger in our community for technology business conferences to discuss the impact of innovative technologies, best practices and ideas among business leaders and entrepreneurs. I think we’ll see more events like this in Tampa in the future.
If you attended, please add your comments below.