Pikes Peak Center hosts 2nd Annual Colo. Technology Summit

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The Pikes Peak Center is the place to be on August 10 when about 2000 people from across the country are expected to attend the 2nd Annual Colorado Technology Summit. Co-hosted by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Intel CEO Craig Barrett will serve as keynote speaker.

“It’s a real kudo that the Chamber was able to land that event,” said Lynn Pelz, vice president of communications and public relations for the Chamber. “They always say be careful what you ask for … and we got it.”

Preceding the invitation-only summit that begins at noon and lasts until 5 p.m. is an invitation-only luncheon to be held at the Antlers Adams Mark Hotel from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Nearly 750 people are expected at this event. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Samuel L. Venneri, the associate administrator of the office of aerospace technology and NASA chief technologist.

This year’s attendance at the summit will fall about 728 people short of last years due to lack of adequate space, said Bob Balink, vice president of the Chamber’s Technology and International Trade. Technology executives, government officials, educators and students from across the state are expected to attend this year as well, he said, including Colorado Gov. Bill Owens. Last year’s summit, held in Denver, featured speaker Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect for Microsoft Corp.

“The point of the whole thing is an annual gathering of leadership from the technology, education and government communities,” said Balink. “We all know the challenge of providing (qualified workers) through the educational system that meets the needs of our employers. There is always a challenge.”

Included in the afternoon’s agenda is a six-person panel who will discuss trends in technology. Rick Hellweg, senior editor of Business 2.0 magazine, will be the moderator.

The summit is one of Gov. Owen’s four initiatives since taking office. The remaining three include the creation of a commission on science and technology — which now boasts a membership of nearly 100, the Colorado Technology Alliance — which will debut a new magazine at the summit, and the Colorado Institute of technology.

The sponsorship pricetag varies, said Balink. The fee to sponsor a booth at the summit is $5,000 while plenary sponsorship, which includes a sponsor’s booth, advertising and admission to the luncheon, costs $25,000. After honoring the expenses of the luncheon, space at the Pikes Peak Center, renting of audio visual equipment, cost of mailings, the speaker’s expenses and other expenses, most of the remaining proceeds will go toward other Colorado initiatives, such as the Alliance or the Science and Technology Commission. A small portion will be given to the local Chamber of Commerce.