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About IT Hot Topics Conference

The IT Hot Topics Conference 2016 has been hosted by Carolina Advanced Digital and supporting partners in North Carolina for 13 years this year. Each year the conference is filled with content driven by attendees, presented by hand-picked speakers of national and international recognition.

Our speakers and sessions are being finalized. Past speakers include Howard Schmidt (former White House Cyber-Security Coordinator), Katie Moussouris (creator of Microsoft’s Bug Bounty program), Dr. Uma Gupta (STEM SMART), Christofer Hoff (former CTO of Juniper Networks), Johnny Long (author of No Tech Hacking), Mike Rothman, Jack Daniel, Ryan Linn, John McCumber, and dozens of other internationally-recognized speakers.

The event draws hundreds of regional professionals in IT and cyber security, and features content on emerging technologies in:

  • Wireless and mobile security
  • Networking and infrastructure
  • Cloud and virtualization
  • Compliance and regulation
  • Professional development
  • Physical security and much more

See what we did last year- download the 2015 Conference Booklet

The full 2016 IT Hot Topics Conference will run Thursday and Friday, May 5th and 6th in Durham, NC. This year we are hosting an exclusive invitation-only Cyber Security Student Track on May 5th to support high school students with interests in STEM, information technology, and cyber security.

IT Hot Topics 2016 Activities

  • Wednesday, May 4th - Golf Tournament
  • Thursday-Friday, May 5th-6th - Conference
  • Thursday, May 5th - Cyber Security Student Track
  • Thursday evening - Welcome Reception

To register for the conference and conference events, please click on the blue button at the top right corner to complete your registration. We look forward to seeing you at IT Hot Topics Conference 2016!

Agenda At-A-Glance

*Please visit the "Agenda" and "Speakers" tabs to see what great sessions have already been confirmed! 

8:00-9:00 Breakfast & Registration
9:00-10:15 Intro & Keynote with Dave Kennedy
10:30-11:20 Breakout Sessions & Student Track
11:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:50 Breakout Sessions & Student Track
2:00-2:50 Breakout Sessions & Student Track
3:00-3:45 Afternoon break
4:00-4:50 Breakout Sessions & Student Track
5:00-6:00 Cyber Security Student Reception
6:00-9:00 Welcome Reception
8:00-9:00 Breakfast & Registration
9:00-10:15 Intro & Keynote with Mike Rothman
10:30-11:20 Breakout Sessions
11:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:50 Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:50 Breakout Sessions
3:00-4:00 Tech Challenges
4:00-4:15 Prizes & Wrap-up

Carolina Advanced Digital is a nationally-recognized leader in technology infrastructure and security solutions. Family owned and operated since 1984, the company has been providing exceptional engineering services and products to government, education, healthcare and commercial clients across the United States, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, DoD and civilian agencies. Headquartered in Cary, NC, Carolina Advanced Digital has offices and resources in North Carolina, Florida and Texas.