Walt Mossberg, technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, kicks off the annual InfoTech program today.

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s day-long conference starts with Mossberg’s keynote speech at 9 AM at the Sheraton Imperial in RTP.

Kristina Johnson, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, will speak at noon.

In addition to a series of panel discussions, more than 20 companies were selected to showcase their new products and services.

For more details, see: www.cednc.org/conferences/infotech/2005/agenda/

A summary of events:

  • 8:00am — 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00am — 10:00am Keynote Speaker, Walt Mossberg (Wall Street Journal technology columnist)

  • 10:00am — 11:00am Concurrent Sessions (topics include disaster recovery, international sales and semiconductor performance)

  • 11:15am — 12:15pm Concurrent Sessions (topics include intellectual property, broadband technology and the convergence of advanced technologies)

  • 12:15pm — 2:00pm Lunch and Featured Speaker: Kristina Johnson, Dean, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering

    (NOTE: People’s Choice Awards announced at 1:30 p.m. — recognizing conference attendees’ favorite technology demos)

  • 2:00pm — 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions (topics include cellular technology and financing options)

  • 3:00pm — 4:00pm Concurrent Sessions (topics include serious gaming and outsourcing)

  • 4:00pm — 6:00pm Closing Reception