Emerging Technologies Conference March 10

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ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Community and Technical College will hold the 2nd annual Emerging Technologies Conference on March 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Technology Drive Campus.

The free conference will include presentations on technologies that are changing our business and industrial processes as well as the way we communicate and learn.

Keynote presenter Bryan Johnson is president and CEO of SynTech Creative. His goals is to generate revenue for persons with disabilities while creating tech jobs in our area.  SynTech provides services in web and graphic design, web and applications development, IT systems, VOIP services, augmented staff solutions, marketing and search engine optimization.

The host and emcee will be Scott Martin, chief of development & special projects at SynTech Creative. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing and sales and works with numerous nonprofits in building awareness and support.

actc-logo-2“Industry 4.0” will be presented by Meredith Howard, sales consultant for Bluegrass Educational Technologies Kentucky. He will talk about how as modern information and communications technologies are changing traditional industrial processes.

“Mechatronics” is the topic for Dr. Jorge Ortega-Moody, assistant professor of engineering technology at Morehead State University. He will talk about virtual laboratories that allow pre-testing of industrial components and processes.

“Telepresence Robotic Technology” is the topic for Chris Boggs, ACTC associate professor of computers and information technology. Telepresence robots allow people to “be” in two places at once. He will also discuss a variety of developing technologies demonstrated in ACTC’s Mobile Technology Lab.

ACTC, the Kentucky Innovation Network and Ohio University Southern will have exhibits of new technologies and educational opportunities.

The conference is supported by a USDA Rural Development Grant as well as IdeaFestival and the Kentucky Innovation Network. USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.

IdeaFestival explores ideas and innovations that are shaping the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy and education. The Kentucky Innovation Network works to develop Northeastern Kentucky’s economy through the creation of knowledge-based businesses.

The conference at the Technology Drive Campus is open to business representatives, community leaders, students, teachers and others interested in the technologies they will be using soon.

To register or for more information, email: as_workforce@kctcs.edu, or call 606-326-2130.