Wharton Business Technology Conference 2009: Future Unleashed

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The 13th Annual Business Technology Conference (http://www.whartonbiztech.com) will be held at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia on February 27, 2009. Our conference theme is Future Unleashed. Keynotes to be Delivered by Three Prominent Executives: President of Microsoft Business Division, CIO of AMD and MD, Business Operations, BT.

The Student Leadership Committee of the Wharton Business Technology Conference announced today that the 13th Annual Business Technology Conference (http://www.whartonbiztech.com) will be held at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia on February 27, 2009. The conference will feature keynote talks by Mr. Stephen Elop, the President of Microsoft Business Division, Mr. Ahmed Mahmoud, Senior VP and CIO of AMD and Mr. Clay Van Doren, MD, Business Operations, BT. The conference will feature more than 40 senior executives and prominent global business leaders, who will share their insights on the present state and future prospects of evolving areas in the technology industry, including open innovation, beyond web 2.0, mobile technology and cloud computing.

The 2009 conference will focus on future developments and evolutions in the ever-changing technology landscape. Specifically, the conference will address challenges that companies face by adapting to the pervasive nature of new trends and technologies. The audience will comprise of leaders in the technology industry (e.g., Microsoft, Google, RIM, SAP) as well as numerous startups and midsize companies.

Key discussion topics will be addressed by several panels comprised of prominent panelists, such as:
•Open Innovation: Michael Chui, Senior Manager, Senior Expert, McKinsey Technology Initiative
•The future of Online Video Monetization: Saul Berman, Global &Americas leader for IBM strategy & Change consulting group, Tim Gorke, VP, MTV Networks
•The Impact of Cloud Computing on Business: Barry Lynn, Chairman and CEO, 3Tera inc
•Startups: Entrepreneurship in Future Technology: Steven Woda, Chairman, buySafe inc
•Mobile panel: the future is in mobility: Christopher Smith, Senior Director, RIM
•Venture Capital: Funding in the eye of the storm: Phillip Bronner, General Partner, Novak Biddle
•Beyond Web 2.0 - The Future of Social Networking: Mareza Larizadeh, CEO, Doostang
•E-commerce panel: Geoff Atkinson, SVP of Marketing, Overstock.com
•Media meets new tech: the challenges of transformation: Jesse Haines, Founder, Head of Marketing, Google Traditional Media

Please visit http://www.whartonbiztech.com for a complete list of the conference speakers and panels and more information, as well as to register for the conference online.

With more than 40 panelists, moderators and keynote speakers, the Wharton Business Technology Conference 2009 is one of the world's premier MBA conferences and the biggest technology event in the Philadelphia area. Sponsors of the Wharton Business Technology Conference 2009 include Microsoft Corporation, RIM, Doostang and others. The conference is held by a student run organization of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

About the Wharton School
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania -- founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school -- is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The school has more than 4,700 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 10,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of more than 84,000 graduates.

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