Join us for a panel discussion on Technology Trends for 2010. Moderating the evening will be BusinessWeek.com technology reporter Arik Hesseldahl. On our panel will be Alfred Spector, VP of Research and Special Initiatives at Google, Bill Zach, Architect Evangelist with Microsoft, New York City Council Member Gale A. Brewer, and other guests to soon be announced.
Arik Hesseldahl is a technology writer for BusinessWeek.com. In addition, he writes the Byte of the Apple column. Previously, Hesseldahl was a senior editor and technology columnist at Forbes.com. Before that, he was senior editor at Electronic News, a contributor to Electronic Business Asia, and a reporter, columnist, and business editor at Idaho State Journal. Hesseldahl is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Alfred Spector joined Google in November of 2007 and is responsible for the research across Google and also a growing collection of special initiatives — typically projects with high strategic value to the company, but somewhat outside the mainstream of current products. Previously, Alfred was Vice President of Strategy and Technology at IBM`s Software Business, and prior to that, he was Vice President of Services and Software Research across IBM. He was also founder and CEO of Transarc Corporation, a pioneer in distributed transaction processing and wide area file systems, and was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in highly reliable, highly scalable distributed computing. Alfred received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford and his A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM, and the recipient of the 2001 IEEE Computer Society`s Tsutomu Kanai Award for work in scalable architectures and distributed systems.
Bill Zack is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft where his current focus is architecting applications for the Microsoft Cloud. He comes to this role after serving as a Solutions Architect in the Financial Services Group of Microsoft Consulting Services. His experience includes developing, supporting and evangelizing .NET/SOA based frameworks used to jump-start development projects for financial services companies. Prior to joining Microsoft he acted as a Consultant, Architect, Administrator, Developer, and System Integrator. He has also authored several computer books and white papers. He is the Founder and President of the New York chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) and a member of the IASA Board of Directors. He is also Co-Moderator of the New York City .NET Developers Group and founder and past president of the New York Enterprise Windows User Group.
Council Member Gale A. Brewer has been representing the Upper West Side and Clinton in the New York City Council since 2002. She was re-elected in the November 2005 general election with over 80 percent of the vote, receiving nearly 10,000 more votes than any other incumbent.Council Member Brewer chairs the Committee on Technology in Government, where she works to make better use of technology to save money, improve City services, and bring residents, businesses and non-profits closer to government and their communities.