NCTA’s annual State of Technology Conference is Friday in Durham. A key point of emphasis this year is cognitive technologies. Plus, six startups will be pitching for potential investors.

The event opens at 7:30 a.m. at the Durham Convention Center.

“Similar to previous years, this conference will feature two breakout segments, each with three concurrent panel discussions for a total of six sessions,” NCTA says.

“The first segment will have a technology theme, with panels exploring how analytics, infrastructure and security integrate with cognitive technologies.

“The second segment will look at how the energy, healthcare and retail industries are leveraging cognitive technologies.”

Confirmed speakers and panelists include:

  • Keynote: Ed Harbour, VP Watson Solutions, IBM
  • Keynote: Roger Stiles, CIO, Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments
  • Keynote: Mark Slaga, CEO, Americas, Dimension Data
  • Executives and leaders from SAS, Facebook, LexisNexis, ABB, Toshiba, Quintiles, Duke Energy, Allscripts and more.

Startup on stage

The startups featured at the State of Technology Event include:

  • InsightFinder Inc. (Raleigh, NC)
  • Lapetus Solutions (Wilmington, NC)
  • Likeli, Inc. (Wilmington, NC)
  • Performance Culture (Wilmington, NC)
  • Petrics, Inc. (Wilmington, NC)
  • Taste Analytics (Charlotte, NC)

Says NCTA: “With the exponential growth of data being generated by the Internet of Things, business are faced with the challenge of not only collecting, but curating that data to derive insights into their products, services and customers. In addition, this conference will explore how technology is being leveraged to interpret the flow of data, respond immediately to feedback and make real-time decisions to stay ahead of the competition. Breakout sessions will focus on specific technologies and industries where cognitive computing has made an impact.”

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