Visionaries to Debate the Future of Technology in the Midwest at the Illinois Annual Technology Conference

Technology Community Also Invited to Participate in Online Survey At

www.ilatc.com



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Porter Novelli Convergence Group

    CHICAGO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois Coalition, Levenfeld
 Pearlstein and the Porter Novelli Convergence Group, today unveiled final
 plans for the Illinois Annual Technology Conference (ILATC), which will be
 held on Wednesday, April 25, from 2-6 p.m. at the Standard Club, 320 S.
 Plymouth Court, in Chicago.  This year's "Future of Technology" conference
 will identify how technology and the changing economy are affecting business
 both now and in the future.
     Following a keynote address by Graeme Booth, CEO of
 PricewaterhouseCooper's (PwC) E-security business, beTRUSTed, there will be
 two interactive discussions, where esteemed panelists from a wide range of
 industries will debate the future of technology in the Midwest region.  The
 first panel discussion will examine emerging technologies and their impact on
 the business community, while the second will focus on technology developments
 across a broad range of industries.
 
     Panel One "Emerging Technologies in the Business Community":
 
     Wireless: Tim Krauskopf, VP & GM, Core Solutions, Internet Software
               Content Group, Motorola, Inc.
 
     Financial Services: Keith Bank, Managing Partner, KB Partners
 
     Academia: Joel Mambretti, Director, International Center for Advanced
               Internet Research, Northwestern University
 
     E-commerce: Jim McKeighan, Managing Director, Lante Corporation
 
     Government: Paul Myrda, Executive Director, NASA Illinois
                 Commercialization Center
 
 
     Panel Two "Real World Implications of Technology":
 
     Wireless: Walter Evanyk, Business Development Manager, Strategy and
               Solutions, Ericsson
 
     E-commerce: Paul Cooper, Co-Founder and CEO, Perceptual Robotics, Inc.
                 (PRI)
 
     Healthcare: Pat Skarulis, Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
                 Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center
 
     Telecommunications: Gordon Reichard, CEO, Telenisus
 
     Marketing: James Crouthamel, Founder, CEO and President, Performics
 
     Government: Dan Berglund, Executive Director, State Science and Technology
                 Institute
 
     The panelists, who represent Midwest-based businesses, as well as
 worldwide corporations, will be sharing their expertise and insight on the
 regions's technology future within diverse industries, such as academia,
 economics, finance, healthcare, e-commerce, public affairs and
 telecommunications.  Following the discussions, ILATC participants will have
 the opportunity to network among technology movers and shakers from 5 - 6 p.m.
     "This year's panelists are visionaries in their respective fields.  Their
 in-depth knowledge and pulse on their industries will be thought-provoking and
 will give the tech community a chance to look at the future of technology from
 various perspectives," said Robert G. Goldstein, Co-Managing Partner of
 Levenfeld Pearlstein.
     "This year's conference will take a realistic approach to what Chicago is
 doing, and can do, to facilitate prosperity in the local technology market,"
 said Erica Swerdlow, partner of Porter Novelli Convergence Group/Chicago.
 "The panelists have been chosen because of their ability to evaluate and
 discuss the present landscape and provide a visionary direction for the
 future."
     The founders of ILATC have also developed an online survey at
 www.ilatc.com for the technology community to share their thoughts and
 opinions on the future of technology as it applies to the region and changing
 economy.  The results will be revealed to the media and ILATC participants
 during the event on April 25t.
     "Building on last year's successful event, which included Governor Ryan,
 ILATC is continuing to provide qualified and insightful resources for the
 Midwest technology community," said Shaye Mandle, President of The Illinois
 Coalition. "The 2001 program will be even more dynamic and we are proud, along
 with the co-founders, to lead this influential event."
     Organizers expect the more than 1,000 attendees to represent the full
 spectrum of Midwest technology firms, as well as the politicians, lobbyists,
 educators, service professionals and venture capitalists who support the
 technology community.  Registration is $50 per person in advance of the
 conference and $75 at the event.  To register online and obtain more
 information about the conference, visit www.ilatc.com .
 
     CONTACT:  Brian Pitts of Porter Novelli Convergence Group, 312-938-3911,
 brian.pitts@pnicg.com; or Holly Dumond of Levenfeld Pearlstein, 312-551-2215,
 hdumond@lplegal.com
 
 

SOURCE Porter Novelli Convergence Group
    CHICAGO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois Coalition, Levenfeld
 Pearlstein and the Porter Novelli Convergence Group, today unveiled final
 plans for the Illinois Annual Technology Conference (ILATC), which will be
 held on Wednesday, April 25, from 2-6 p.m. at the Standard Club, 320 S.
 Plymouth Court, in Chicago.  This year's "Future of Technology" conference
 will identify how technology and the changing economy are affecting business
 both now and in the future.
     Following a keynote address by Graeme Booth, CEO of
 PricewaterhouseCooper's (PwC) E-security business, beTRUSTed, there will be
 two interactive discussions, where esteemed panelists from a wide range of
 industries will debate the future of technology in the Midwest region.  The
 first panel discussion will examine emerging technologies and their impact on
 the business community, while the second will focus on technology developments
 across a broad range of industries.
 
     Panel One "Emerging Technologies in the Business Community":
 
     Wireless: Tim Krauskopf, VP & GM, Core Solutions, Internet Software
               Content Group, Motorola, Inc.
 
     Financial Services: Keith Bank, Managing Partner, KB Partners
 
     Academia: Joel Mambretti, Director, International Center for Advanced
               Internet Research, Northwestern University
 
     E-commerce: Jim McKeighan, Managing Director, Lante Corporation
 
     Government: Paul Myrda, Executive Director, NASA Illinois
                 Commercialization Center
 
 
     Panel Two "Real World Implications of Technology":
 
     Wireless: Walter Evanyk, Business Development Manager, Strategy and
               Solutions, Ericsson
 
     E-commerce: Paul Cooper, Co-Founder and CEO, Perceptual Robotics, Inc.
                 (PRI)
 
     Healthcare: Pat Skarulis, Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
                 Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center
 
     Telecommunications: Gordon Reichard, CEO, Telenisus
 
     Marketing: James Crouthamel, Founder, CEO and President, Performics
 
     Government: Dan Berglund, Executive Director, State Science and Technology
                 Institute
 
     The panelists, who represent Midwest-based businesses, as well as
 worldwide corporations, will be sharing their expertise and insight on the
 regions's technology future within diverse industries, such as academia,
 economics, finance, healthcare, e-commerce, public affairs and
 telecommunications.  Following the discussions, ILATC participants will have
 the opportunity to network among technology movers and shakers from 5 - 6 p.m.
     "This year's panelists are visionaries in their respective fields.  Their
 in-depth knowledge and pulse on their industries will be thought-provoking and
 will give the tech community a chance to look at the future of technology from
 various perspectives," said Robert G. Goldstein, Co-Managing Partner of
 Levenfeld Pearlstein.
     "This year's conference will take a realistic approach to what Chicago is
 doing, and can do, to facilitate prosperity in the local technology market,"
 said Erica Swerdlow, partner of Porter Novelli Convergence Group/Chicago.
 "The panelists have been chosen because of their ability to evaluate and
 discuss the present landscape and provide a visionary direction for the
 future."
     The founders of ILATC have also developed an online survey at
 www.ilatc.com for the technology community to share their thoughts and
 opinions on the future of technology as it applies to the region and changing
 economy.  The results will be revealed to the media and ILATC participants
 during the event on April 25t.
     "Building on last year's successful event, which included Governor Ryan,
 ILATC is continuing to provide qualified and insightful resources for the
 Midwest technology community," said Shaye Mandle, President of The Illinois
 Coalition. "The 2001 program will be even more dynamic and we are proud, along
 with the co-founders, to lead this influential event."
     Organizers expect the more than 1,000 attendees to represent the full
 spectrum of Midwest technology firms, as well as the politicians, lobbyists,
 educators, service professionals and venture capitalists who support the
 technology community.  Registration is $50 per person in advance of the
 conference and $75 at the event.  To register online and obtain more
 information about the conference, visit www.ilatc.com .
 
     CONTACT:  Brian Pitts of Porter Novelli Convergence Group, 312-938-3911,
 brian.pitts@pnicg.com; or Holly Dumond of Levenfeld Pearlstein, 312-551-2215,
 hdumond@lplegal.com
 
 SOURCE  Porter Novelli Convergence Group