NCET Special Event – Artificial Intelligence – July 24

Artificial Intelligence:
Transforming the World Around Us

Reno-Sparks Convention Center
Wednesday, July 24 | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

For many of us, the term Artificial Intelligence has gradually grown in meaning from one of science fiction and technological foreboding to a buzz-worthy, problem solving designation tied to everything from who (or what) is making your fast food, to aiding businesses in employee retention.

NCET is excited to invite you to a special Panel Discussion centered on highlighting the truths and debunking the myths of AI.  Our expert panelists will tackle some of the most prominent and futuristic applications of artificial intelligence, and what they could mean for your personal and professional lives. 

While sinister robots set on world domination may not be in our future, here’s a look at what might be, and what we’ll discuss:

  • Machine Learning and Personalization
  • Implications for the workforce
  • AI and Web Browsing
  • Which Industries are currently using AI?
  • Much more!

Our panelists include:

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NCET members may bring an unlimited number of guests at member prices. Join before you RSVP for this event and your savings will pay for some or all of your membership!  Join NCET now and save.

Wednesday, July 24 Register Now

Networking:  11:00 am – Noon
Lunch and Program:  Noon  –  1:30 pm

•  Prices:  $45 – NCET members  /  $55 – non-members

Tables for 8 – includes premium location at front of room, table signage and recognition from the podium during the luncheon.

•  $360 – NCET members  /  $440 – non-member

All NCET luncheon events must be paid for in advance.  Unpaid reservations will be cancelled automatically.

NCET events have been selling out! RSVP early so you don’t miss this great event.

The Fine Print:

  • Advance reservations required. (Walk-in registration is not available.)
  • No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Reno-Sparks Convention Center
4590 S. Virginia Street
Reno NV 89502 (Map)

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Emily Hand

Emily Hand is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Dr. Hand received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland, College park in 2018. She has held research positions at NASA Ames, NASA JPL, the Naval Research Laboratory and Diffbot Inc.

She is a member of the UNR Computer Vision Lab and her research focuses on machine learning with applications in computer vision and natural language processing. Specifically, her work lies at the intersection of machine learning, computer vision and human cognition and perception. Her research goal is to help the visually impaired and those on the Autism spectrum improve social interactions using wearable technology.

Matt Jamison

Matt is a Enterprise Architect with The Gunter Group, a management consulting firm headquartered in Portland, OR with offices in Bend, OR and Reno, NV.  With 18 years of functional information technology experience, Matt has end-to-end IT knowledge from layer 1 networking to application API interaction. Matt’s experience spans multiple industries, including healthcare, telecommunications, and security and software.

Having worked through a large variety of industries and business issues Matt brings a common sense approach to innovation and technology with the ability to translate the seemingly byzantine and complex into tangible business solutions.

Outside of work Matt is either chasing around his two kids, experimenting with anything fermented or racing any type of bike he can get his hands on.

Meg VanDeventer

As Blockchains’ partner engagement lead, Meg cultivates and oversees key business relationships for the company. She represents Blockchains and its strategic initiatives at various community events, including conferences, seminars, and meetups.

A longtime member of the blockchain space, she has played an integral role in the development of several projects, ranging from Cambridge Blockchain to Quantstamp. She obtained her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Prior to receiving her business degree, she served in the Peace Corps’ Belize arm, where she helped improve student literacy, ignited fundraising efforts, and piloted a technology initiative, among other accomplishments.

Tom Van Ruiten

Perspective is usually a very good thing to have and Noble’s Digital Marketing Manager, Tom Van Ruiten, brings plenty of it to his role.

Having worked in nearly half a dozen industries – from financial services to B2B consumer products to sports nutrition to the insurance industry, among others – Tom has learned the ability to adapt to his surroundings and bring an awareness to detail that serves Noble Studios’ clients very well.

As DMM, Tom spends his days thinking about how to enhance strategies to meet client objectives. It’s a continuous assessment that includes researching and implementing new trends in digital marketing along with out of the box solutions. With a focus on CRO and website personalization, Tom is at the forefront of digital strategies aimed at leveraging data to create unique, personalized experiences that provide the right content, to the right user, in the right context, with the right opportunity to convert.

With a background in electrical engineering and economics, Tom took a love for data and process, and combined it with a natural creativity to build a career in marketing and business development. “In between studying engineering at UC Davis and economics at CSU Stanislaus, I took a year and a half to explore my adventurous and creative side, cooking, brewing beer, writing music, skateboarding, snowboarding. The juxtaposition of my analytical and creative side has been the defining characteristic of my career and made marketing a natural choice.”

After moving to Reno in 2011, Tom worked as Director of Marketing for two local companies before partnering in a natural-food sports nutrition company. With that product launched in 2017, he turned his attention to Noble Studios.

He says his diverse background has helped him to see commonalities from one industry to another, which has helped widen his perspective.
“Something that works effectively in one industry often works well in another,” Tom says.

When not working, Tom spends his days mountain biking, backcountry skiing, songwriting, cooking, and brewing. Tom is married and has three dogs.