Information technology conference slated for Friday

By John McPhaul

The Puerto Rico Information Technology Cluster (PRITC) announced over the weekend that this Friday the organization will hold, for the first time virtually, its summit event, CIO & IT Leadership Virtual Conference.

The conference has stood out for being the most important and popular main platform for the computer industry on the island.

One of the main issues that at the moment has much prominence and that will be discussed in detail in different panels is how many industries, both locally and internationally, have benefited from technology by being able to streamline work processes in companies during the coronavirus pandemic by providing better reach and accessibility to employees and employers.

An example of this topic is the event itself which, thanks to advances in technology, this year it was decided to transition from face-to-face to virtual so that all people, companies and main presenters who had participated in the conference in previous years, can do so this year and enjoy it in a safe, interactive and innovative way.

This was reiterated by G. Antonio Sosa-Pascual, and Juan Carlos Chipi, who have taken the reins of the PRITC as co-presidents.

“Having had to postpone this event last year since it coincided with the onset of the pandemic, we decided that, for this year, if the conditions were not suitable to do it in person, we would do it virtually by putting into practice the technologies that we talk so much about and we discuss at events like this one,” Sosa-Pascual said.

Chipi added that “this modality gave us the opportunity to explore and analyze other issues that we will be discussing at this conference.”

“That is why we include important figures from the public sector, including the Chief Executive Officer of Invest Puerto Rico, Rodrick T. Miller, who will be presenting the panel ‘Economic Development & Emerging Tech Trends in Puerto Rico: How Emerging Tech Trends Can Power Puerto Rico’s Economic Development,’” Chipi said. “Similarly, the designated chief innovation & information officer of the Puerto Rico government, Enrique Volckers, will participate with the panel ‘Digital Government’ with the participation of the governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia.”

From the private sector, Miri Rodríguez, head of the Global Internship Program at Microsoft, will participate with the theme “Empathy: Rise Against the Machine.” The event will also feature the telecommunications panel: “The Impact of the Pandemic on the Telecommunications Infrastructure in Puerto Rico,” moderated by Eduardo Díaz, president of the Puerto Rico Broadband Task Force. Liberty Puerto Rico CEO Naji Khoury and the engineering and planning director of WorldNet Puerto Rico, Eduardo Santos, will also participate.

Among the topics most highlighted by other keynote speakers in the technology industry are: “Artificial Intelligence: The Keystone of Digital Transformation,” Carlos Meléndez, COO of Wovenware; “Security and Resilience of the Internet Ecosystem,” by Norberto Cruz Córdova, president of the Internet Society Puerto Rico Chapter; “Microservices: What You Need To Know,” by Isaías Martínez from Cloud Architect Intech; “Anatomy of a Cyber Attack,” by Carlos Pérez from Practice Lead, TrustedSec; “Puma Pay/Shell Pay Success Stories, Seize the Moment: Fast Application Development in Times of Crisis,” by Arnaldo Rivera, president of Artisoft Laboratories; and “Google Research -- Combining IT Savvy, Great Management and Coaching,” by Chris Ranney, executive coach of BetterManager.

Another attraction that this year’s conference will offer is the inclusion of the academy in three main panels.

“At the beginning of the year, the ‘Call for Papers’ was held to promote the presentation of works of academic and professional rigor in a more creative and dynamic way,” Chipi said.

“We received more than 15 submissions, of which eight were chosen and will be presented in the panels. Among these are the panels ‘Smart Cities and GIS Technologies in Puerto Rico,’ ‘Knowledge Economy’ and ‘Data Science.’”

Also participating in the ‘Health IT’ panel are Juan José Díaz, CIO of MCS; Pedro Aponte Gil de la Madrid, CIO of Triple S; and Juan Arill, vice president of technology of MMM Healthcare.

Meanwhile, the PR IT Innovation Awards will be handed out during the event.

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