Tech Community Gathers at Colorado Tech Summit to Boost State’s Momentum

Gov. Hickenlooper, top experts lead a day of insight, innovation and collaboration

The Colorado tech community gathers today, October 19th, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center for the annual Colorado Tech Summit produced by Colorado Technology Association (CTA). Participants will be fully immersed in tech, learn about emerging trends that will shape the future and engage in thought-provoking discussions.

Top tech leaders from across Colorado’s tech community will share their expertise and insights on topics such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Smart and Safe Cities, and Prescriptive Analytics. The agenda will include a special address from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper regarding the state’s central role in national cybersecurity. Undoubtedly, tech is transforming and strengthening the Colorado economy, and continual collaboration across our community is key to maintaining the atmosphere.

“We want to connect our state and accelerate the tech industry’s progress here,” said Andrea Young, CEO, Colorado Technology Association. “The Tech Summit provides an access point for individuals and companies to come together and create a dialogue of growth and vitality through technology into 2017 and beyond.”

CTA plans to announce new member programs, launching in 2017, designed to advance Colorado’s tech industry by strengthening the intersection between emerging and enterprise companies. This includes a first-of-its-kind tech association partnership with POPin - a real-time crowd-solving platform - that will help emerging companies leverage insights from seasoned enterprise executives and proven entrepreneurs to bring new products to market.

New to this year’s Summit, a Youth Innovation Showcase will highlight the work by teams of high school students through live demonstrations, including drones and robotics, of their STEM-focused projects. They carry forward our momentum as the tech workforce of the future.

The voices represented at Tech Summit are from across Colorado, including Page Tucker, CEO at ProStar Geocorp in Grand Junction and Ed Rios, the newly announced CEO for the National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs. Other notable speakers and panelists include:

  • Eric Marcoullier, Partner, Cloudspace
  • Suma Nallapati, Secretary of Technology & CIO, Governor’s Office of Information Technology – State of Colorado
  • Deborah Blyth, CISO, Governor’s Office of Information Technology – State of Colorado
  • Dave Mahon, Chief Security Officer, CenturyLink
  • Jim Deters, Founder & CEO, Galvanize
  • David Gold, Managing Director, Access Venture Partners
  • Tomer Alpert, CEO, Felt
  • Avishkar Misra, Chief Data Scientist, Oracle
  • Bijal Shah, Vice President of Analytics and Data Products, Ibotta
  • Paul Lehman, CIO, Optiv
  • Anna Ewing, COO, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
  • Hayes Drumwright, Author and CEO, POP Inc.
  • Dianne Kingsland, Executive Director, STEMsCO
  • Mike Freeman, CEO, Innosphere

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About Colorado Technology Association
Colorado Technology Association (CTA) represents Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the state. Colorado ranked second for its high-tech business concentration and the nine-county metro region ranked tenth out of the 50 largest metro areas in software employment concentration. CTA works locally and nationally to ensure Colorado’s technology voice is heard and is a member of TECNA, a coalition of technology associations across the United States and Canada, as well as with CompTIA, a national lobbying organization for federal issues. Since 1994, Colorado Technology Association has been involved in legislative issues and public policy to represent the technology industry in Colorado. The Association provides more than 50 programs, events and connections to support the industry. For more information on Colorado Technology Association please call (303) 592-4070 or visit


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