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Thursday, October 15th

851 West Cypress Creek Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Parking available.

Learn from the innovators of technology in education. From the beginnings of a dorm room startup in Cornell in the late 90’s listen to how Dan Cane developed the technology to connect professors to students for the first time and then grow the $ Billion business to the global leader in Tech Ed. Chris Harrison the CTO of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) will describe the initiative to transform how Technologies like IoT, remote and social can be leveraged to improve student outcomes and position NSU as a national leader leveraging tech in education. Plus, learn how online learning is effecting the future of education.

Chris Fleck, Citrix VP of Emerging Solutions will host these distinguished Speakers:

Dan Cane – The co-founder of Blackboard, the leading Learning Management System used in K-12 though Higher Ed. Dan is currently the CEO of Modernizing Medicine the Boca Raton company revolutionizing the Electronic Medical Record industry. Dan is also a Board of Trustee’s member at FAU and an active member of the tech community driving improvements in education.

Chris Harrison – The CTO of Nova Southeastern University in the Office of Innovation and Information Technology. Chris has extensive experience leading technology teams and initiatives, including inception though launch of the disruptive online education platforms.

John Edelson – Founder and President of VocabularySpellingCity and Science4Us which are used nationwide in elementary schools and two products Time4Learning, and Time4Writing which are primarily used by homeschoolers. John Edelson spent 15 years in the high tech and video game development industries in Silicon Valley and London. He serves on the FAU College of Education Advisory Board.

Robert Grillo – Florida International University ( FIU ) Vice President and CIO, Mr. Grillo has over 20 years of leadership experience in IT management and strategic consulting. He currently leads a division of more than 250 information technology professionals. Mr. Grillo is the 2013 winner of the Education category of the South Florida Digital Alliance Awards.

Pre-event Workshop:
The Mind of a Leader: Strategies for Building Emotional Resiliency
Everyone is doing more with less and asking their people to do the same. This is the new normal and it’s creating an environment where top talent leaves and others who are burnt out stay but retire in place.


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Registration and Networking
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: The Mind of a Leader
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: The Future of Tech in Education
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Meet the Speakers
8:30 pm – Conclusion

Highlights from some past impactful events:
The Web Just Turned 20, Learn From the Internet Pioneers

30 Years of South Florida Innovations That Changed the World

20 Years Ago the First Smartphone was Developed in Florida, What’s Next for Mobility

Fees to Attend:

  • Non-Member Online Registration: $45.00 per person until Oct. 13
  • Non-Member Day-of-event Registration: $55.00 per person after Oct. 13
  • SFTA Members: $25.00 per person
  • Student Members: $10.00 (must use .edu email address when registering)


Have your logo on the SFTA website advertising this event. Sponsorship includes a display-table and 2 attendees. SFTA will announce Silver Sponsors at the beginning of the presentation, and your Logo will appear on the presentation before the event. Contact Doug Saenz for your Silver Sponsor promotional code to register.

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About the SFTA

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) promotes the growth, success and awareness of the regional technology community. Through events, networking, programs and education, we provide south Florida’s technology-related companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, governments and related organizations with an active forum to grow the business of technology in our region.


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