Georgia Technology Summit/ Top 40



March 17, 2016 - Cobb Galleria Centre

The Georgia Technology Summit reinforces the significance of innovation and recognizes leaders in technology. TAG’s goal is to build, connect and enable; people, company and community. GTS draws over 1,500 attendees from across Georgia that includes CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, technology entrepreneurs.  In addition to the great speakers and networking we recognize the Top 40 most Innovative Companies in Georgia. 

Come celebrate all that our industry has accomplished and Georgia's visionary technology leadership for the future...a one-of-a-kind gathering that brings together our industry's best and brightest to share the insights of the nation's top authorities.

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  • 6:45AM - 8:00AM Networking and Registration
  • Opening Remarks - Chairman, John Trainor
  • Speaker:  Bob Picciano, SVP IBM
  • Top 10 Announcement
  • Speaker:  Vice Admiral Ted N. “Twig” Branch
  • Break
  • Top 10 Announcement
  • Speaker:  Kevin Ashton
  • Top 10 Announcement
  • Lunch
  • Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia Induction Ceremony
  • 2:00 pm Conclusion


Kevin AshtonKevin Ashton is a visionary technologist. He coined the term "the Internet of Things," co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT, and is the author of How To Fly A Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, described by the Toronto Post as "the last book about creativity you’ll ever need to read." He has led three highly successful tech start-ups, including Zensi, which he co-founded and sold to Belkin in 2010, and his writing about innovation and technology has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico, and Quartz.


Vice Admiral Ted N. “Twig” Branch, a native of Long Beach, Mississippi, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 and earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
A naval aviator, he’s had operational command at the squadron, ship, aircraft carrier, and Strike Group levels. He’s flown A-7s and F/A-18s in combat, completed Navy Nuclear Power Training, and commanded USS Nimitz on an Arabian Gulf combat cruise. As Carl Vinson Strike Group commander, he led initial Navy/Marine Corps relief efforts following the Haiti earthquake. His previous assignment was as Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet.
Admiral Branch was appointed to the rank of vice admiral in July 2013 upon assumption of his current duties as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2N6) and as the 65th Director of Naval Intelligence.
He also serves as the Navy’s Chief Information Officer, as the Director of Navy Cybersecurity, and as the leader of the Information Dominance Corps.


Bob Picciano


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