David Cagigal, the chief information officer for the state of Wisconsin and a leader in public-private efforts to prepare for cyber attacks on the Wisconsin economy, will speak during the April 25 Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha.

Cagigal, who leads the state Division of Enterprise Technology, will discuss “The Internet of (Secured) Things” during a session that will precede a series of speed-dating meetings between major and emerging companies.

The Tech Summit will take place throughout the day Monday, April 25, at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha. Fifteen major companies will meet with emerging companies throughout the day. Watch for details on how to register for Cagigal’s talk, an opening panel discussion, educational seminars and a closing reception at www.witechsummit.com.

In addition to serving as the state CIO, Cagigal manages the state’s information technology assets and provides computer services, voice-data-video telecommunications and other services to state agencies. Cagigal has 25 years of experience in information technology visioning, strategic planning and management. He has held executive IT positions at Alliant Energy, DeVry University, DePaul University, Maytag and Amoco.

Cagigal is helping lead the Wisconsin Cyber Disruption Response Strategy, which involves private and public experts in 16 critical infrastructure and resource sectors.

“David Cagigal understands the Internet of Things brings great promise, convenience and performance advantages, but it also comes with potential vulnerabilities for businesses,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, which produces the Tech Summit. “The IoT is a theme binding large and small companies at the summit, and Cagigal will discuss how they can leverage it while safeguarding their assets.”

Major companies will be able to hear from emerging firms with innovative products or services tied to areas such as “big data,” connected devices and data analytics in sectors ranging from health care to information systems, and from power electronics to telecommunications.

Participating major companies include AT&T, Aurora Health Care, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Dedicated Computing, Direct Supply, GE Healthcare, GenMet Corp., Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Intel, Johnson Controls Inc., Logistics Health Inc., Marshfield Clinic Information Services, Promega, Racine Metal-Fab and Rockwell Automation.

The “speed dating” meetings on April 25 will run about 15 minutes each. Other features of the event will include:

  • An opening panel discussion to help set the stage for emerging companies by allowing major companies an opportunity to talk generally about their goals, needs and emerging markets;
  • Educational seminars, which will be available to all participants during those times in which they are not scheduled for individual meetings;
  • A continental breakfast, networking lunch and onsite reception.

Sponsors thus far include American Transmission Co.; AT&T; BDO; BloodCenter of Wisconsin; Baird Capital; Dedicated Computing; GE Healthcare; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Milwaukee Institute; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; UW-Milwaukee; and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Visit www.wistechsummit.com for more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities.