Members of TECNA, an international association that represents technology councils from across North America, will meet July 23-25 in the Madison area for the group’s 25th annual summer conference.
The Wisconsin Technology Council is a member of the Technology Councils of North America and was selected to serve as host organization for the conference, which will attract tech leaders from most of the 50 states, all Canadian provinces and some states in Mexico.
Community members may register to attend parts of the conference, which will be held at several Madison-area venues with working sessions at Epic Systems Corp. in Verona. Visit tecna2019.com to learn more.
“Every state, metropolitan or provincial Tech Council is different, but common issues often bind them,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “Those include public policy at the state and federal levels, workforce development, and connecting young companies and entrepreneurs to resources.”
It will mark the first time TECNA has held its summer conference in Wisconsin. The group’s other major gathering is held each February in Washington, D.C., to discuss federal issues and trends affecting the tech economy. TECNA represents about 50 trade associations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America.
Founded in 2001, the Wisconsin Technology Council is the science and technology advisor to the governor and the Legislature. It is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan board with members from tech companies, venture capital firms, higher education, research institutions, government and law.
“Visitors from TECNA will see why the Madison area is a leading tech hub, and why Wisconsin is an exciting place to live, work and play,” Still said.
Members of the community may register for social events and some of the working sessions. One such discussion will focus on how technology council partnerships can help drive tech economies. That July 24 panel will feature Eric Borgerding, president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association; Lorrie Heinemann, president and CEO of the Madison Development Corp.; Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; and Erik Iverson, managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
The premier sponsor is Epic. Other sponsors include Promega, UBS/The Burish Group, the Consumer Technology Association, Industrious, Alliant Energy, WARF, ModMedia Productions, AT&T, Slavic 401K and Apprenti.
For information, contact Tammy Ehrmann at 608-442-7557 x5.