IT Martini and TechColumbus Team Up for Largest Gathering of CIOs in the Midwest

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For the third year in a row, IT Martini is the premier reception event for the TechTomorrow Conference

IT Martini, a company that creates events for IT professionals to network, review early stage technology companies and contribute to local charities is partnering once again with the TechTomorrow Conference to host its 23rd signature event - IT Martini 23: Consumer Affair on September 27, 2012 at COSI (333 West Broad, Columbus Ohio) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. http://www.ITMartini23.eventbrite.com

The IT Martini event brings IT Pros from a variety of industries together to network and engage each other under a common theme, that’s why the partnership between IT Martini and TechTomorrow is a perfect fit.

“IT Martini and TechTomorrow are a great combination," Branndon Kelley, CIO of American Municipal Power and TechTomorrow conference chair said. "IT Martini reaches an enormous audience, and delivers the thought leadership to them. At the end of the TechTomorrow event they will throw a party for all of us to continue the conversation, reflect on the conference, and celebrate another successful event."

"This year the theme is a direct result of a CIO survey completed by TechColumbus," Kelley said. "Myself and the planning committee took the results and the top 4-5 results were around how the consumer (internal or external) has changed. We have 4 top speakers in Bob Hammer, Paul Heller, Michael Schrage and Craig Krenzel. But the thing that most sets this years event apart is the aspiring CIO track. As the chairman I wanted to open this years conference up to those up and coming leaders who are aspiring for the senior most leadership position."

TechColumbus’ TechTomorrow event this year hosts more than 30 national and regional IT leaders to share their perspective on technology and its effects on consumer behavior. The event unites leaders from a variety of industries and experiences to discuss common problems and share solutions.

"I believe the TechTomorrow event, since its beginning in 2002, is the glue that has held the technology community of Central Ohio together," Angelo Mazzocco, president of Pillar and chairperson for the inaugural TechTomorrow event in 2002. "When senior technology executives meet together to exchange wisdom, build community, and learn from some of the best minds in the business, magic happens. So many other good things have resulted from this event including Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the CIO Forum, and non-profit support for those charities who need it."

"It is no wonder that TechTomorrow has been modeled by other communities," Mazzocco said. "When I look back over the 30 years I have spent working with great technology people in the this community, it is clear that TechTomorrow is one of our shining stars."

Following the TechTomorrow conference attendees will attend the IT Martini reception to relax, connect and raise money for the Buckeye Ranch. To date, IT Martini and its attendees have raised almost $30,000 for local charities in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Indianapolis.

In addition to a conference retrospective that provides valuable feedback to TechColumbus that helps shape each year’s event, IT Martini attendees will also review early stage demos from local technology companies. The winner - decided by popular vote - will receive the coveted IT Martini Voice for the IT Community Choice award. Past award winners include Janova, eEvent and eCycle.

TechColumbus is the presenting sponsor of IT Martini 23: Consumer affair and is joined by top shelf sponsors Peak 10, US Signal and Compuware. Register today for the event at http://www.ITMartini23.eventbrite.com

About IT Martini:

John Bishop and Aladin Gohar founded IT Martini because IT Professionals in Columbus were not socializing as a community. In the summer of 2008, nearly two hundred IT Pros attended the very first IT Martini event. Hundreds of IT Pros began participating in the IT Martini Hour format featuring panel discussions, DEMOs and local charities. IT Martini has held events in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Indianapolis with plans to expand into other markets.

IT Martini By The Numbers: 16 Charities supported | 19 IT Martini Community Choice Awards given | 30+ Top Shelf Sponsors | 90+ IT Leaders participated in topical discussions | 100+ Early stage start-up companies featured |10,000+ Social network participants | 10,000+ Event registrants | $27,000+ Raised for local charities

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