IT Summit set for May 27-28 at UT Pan American
Posted: 05/04/2004
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Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) in conjunction with The University of Texas-Pan American Computing and Information Technology Center (CITeC), will host the 2004 Information Technology (IT) Summit, May 27-28, to bring the vision of the IT corridor into the Rio Grande Valley and make it the next Silicon Valley.

To make the Valley "Silicon Rio," Hinojosa has dubbed it, the first step is to start with the IT Summit, which is part of a comprehensive effort to prepare South Texas to become a key player in the global economy.

At left, Dr. Richard Fowler, CITeC director, speaks about the IT Summit during a press conference May 3 at the International Trade and Technology Building. Looking on via satellite is Congressman Rubén Hinojosa.
"Technology increasingly frees us from the confines of time and space. It enables us to connect with all parts of the world and gives true meaning to the term globalization. Our goal is to make South Texas a key destination in the global marketplace," Hinojosa said.

Hinojosa said education, workforce development and investments in infrastructure will play an important role in taking the region to the forefront of the world marketplace.

The objective of the IT Summit, titled "Knowledge Leverage," is to network with IT professionals; view and learn the latest computing technologies; gain knowledge about existing initiatives that are being utilized by cities and towns in the Valley to foster economic growth; recruit new clients; and help identify and develop educational programs and initiatives that can produce a competitive IT workforce in the Valley.

The IT Summit will bring together IT professionals, researchers and educators. The long-term goal of the Summit is to foster regional partnerships to facilitate the development of the Valley into a nationally competitive IT and biotechnology corridor.

"The Summit will initiate the development of a nationally competitive information technology and biotechnology corridor and explore the 'high technology' employment opportunities for Valley residents, especially students receiving degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, biotechnology and computer information sciences," Hinojosa said.

CITeC organized the IT Summit to bring together groups from the University, economic development and manufacturing sectors, said Dr. Richard Fowler, CITeC director.

"Those three sectors together are the sectors that drive economic development. They are all closely interrelated and the goal of the IT Summit is to provide a forum which is reached across the Valley and able to let these people begin talking," Fowler said. "The IT Summit realizes Congressman Hinojosa's goal of bringing economic development to the Rio Grande Valley through the information technology and other hi-tech employment."

Dr. Kai Koong, CITeC associate director and conference program chair, is inviting Valley citizens to the two-day conference, which will feature four major presentations focusing on the history, progress and future of economic development initiatives in the Valley; grant writing strategies; emerging developments in publishable research and best practices with total quality techniques such as 5-S and 6 Sigma.

In addition, IT Summit will offer 16 panels made up of 50 experts and community leaders covering a broad range of issues from information technology to community enhancements. Also, two keynote speakers will address attendees May 28.

"This Summit is for all of us and we want every one of you who are interested in attending to register and participate," Koong said. "Together let us make history. The proliferation of information technology is essential as well as having information technology as a major industry in the Rio Grande Valley."

For more information on the IT Summit or to register, call 381-7343 or visit