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RALEIGH, N.C. – The announced its lineup of presenters this week for the organization’s annual conference next Wednesday at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham.

The event, titled “State of Technology: Transforming the Way We Live, Work and Play” will feature presentations from companies whose solutions are revolutionizing their respective industries.

The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Executives from the following companies are confirmed as speakers: Gigabeam, NWN Corporation and Sony Ericsson in communications; Accenture, Elster Solutions, and Progress Energy in energy/smart grid; Cisco Systems, Raytheon and SAS in government solutions; Allscripts, CSC and d-WISE in healthcare; and Flextronics, GXS and Inmar in supply chain/logistics.

The conference will explore how technology is improving processes and increasing efficiencies in five key industries: communications, energy/smart grid, government solutions, healthcare, and supply chain/logistics. The event also provides a forum for technology executives to network.

Dr. John Kelly, senior vice president and director of IBM Research, will provide the opening keynote and discuss IBM’s smarter planet agenda and what it means for the future of business and society.

"IBM is applying its deep research skills to help our clients address some of the world’s most formidable and exciting challenges,” said Kelly. "As the ability to monitor and analyze the physical and natural systems that run our world increases, technology holds new promise to make the world work better. IBM scientists and engineers are working on these things around the world."

Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s president and CEO, said technology plays such a key role in nearly every aspect of our daily lives and the five presentation areas being focused on during this year’s conference are industries that are especially important in North Carolina.

"We are pleased to have executives from some of the leading companies in these industries to present and discuss ways in which technology will continue to shape the way we do business and live in North Carolina,” added Raiford.

NCTA is a not-for-profit, membership-driven trade association, and the primary voice of the technology industry in North Carolina.