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March 25, 2018 | Tom Ballard

Annual CodeStock conference starts in less than a month

CodeStockBy Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

This year’s CodeStock conference, Knoxville’s annual two-day technology and information exchange, will feature 88 different sessions and another year of the innovative CodeStock Academy for high school students.

“We are expecting 850 to 900 attendees this year,” Brad Miller, Executive Board Member of the CodeStock Corporation, told us recently. He’s also Senior Partner and Director of Operations at CodeTank Labs LLC.

This year’s CodeStock conference is April 20 and 21 at the Knoxville Convention Center. That’s several months earlier than in previous years, a decision made to give attendees more leeway in attending similar events across the state during the summer.

Miller describes the earlier date as “a new place in the spring.” Helping with the organizational matters are fellow Executive Board Members Don Den Uyl II, President; Kathy Watters, Director of Operations; and Kris Ann Hawkins, Community Director.

As previously reported, Paige Bailey, a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, is delivering what Miller describes as an “exciting keynote address.” She specializes in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Stephen Jenkins of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is coordinating the CodeStock Academy. Miller says they expect 75 to 100 high school students to participate in the program that will spotlight on technologies like robotics, virtual reality, 3D printing, and code development.

Registration fee for the Academy is $25 and includes lunch. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. You can register at this link.

For more information on the entire CodeStock program, click here.

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