Join Connectivity 2022: McMaster IT Forum
Attend Connectivity 2022: the 5th annual McMaster IT Forum! Join your IT colleagues at this year’s all-virtual forum, hosted by the Office of the AVP and CTO, and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the IT community at McMaster.
From February 22 to 25, Connectivity 2022 brings campus IT professionals, tech practitioners and business partners together as One IT Community.
With 2021 now firmly behind us, we move onward into Connectivity 2022 with the theme of looking to the future. Together, as One IT Community, we’ll share successes, engage with peers, discover new technologies and inspire each other.
Join the MICROSOFT TEAMS to attend Connectivity 2022!
Throughout the four days, various sessions and topics will be presented by many different speakers. We are pleased to welcome McMaster President David Farrar to give opening remarks, alongside AVP and CTO Gayleen Gray and to welcome special guest Takara Small to give the keynote address.
Takara is the lead technology columnist for CBC’s Metro Morning (Canada’s #1 morning radio show) and a contributor to Canada Tonight with Ginella Massa. She is also an entrepreneur exploring diversity and technology. McMaster is thrilled to welcome and to learn from Takara’s personal and work experiences from the tech landscape.
See the full agenda below!
A note on sessions:
McMaster IT Showcase: The McMaster IT Showcase on Wednesday, February 23 will be a series of concurrent speed learning sessions. Members of the McMaster IT community are invited to share information and engage discussion on recent and in-progress initiatives and projects and new trends in higher education IT. Attendees for these presentations must register for topics of interest in advance to ensure you get the best pre-event information.
Lunch and learn!: A free lunch is provided to McMaster IT members who attend the IT Showcase! Attendees and presenters will be able to expense lunch (up to $25.00) for Wednesday, February 23 courtesy of the Office of the AVP and CTO. You will need to submit an expense report with a receipt dated for Wednesday, February 23. A chartfield number will be provided to participants following the IT Showcase.
Want to understand more about what Cloud is? Get Connected!: Join a McMaster IT Engagement & Networking Session on Thursday, February 24. All of McMaster IT is invited to participate in a digital engagement session to be updated and brainstorm on McMaster’s cloud strategy.
Did we mention prizes?: Participants for this year’s IT Forum will be eligible to win various prizes. Further details to be shared during the sessions.
Platform: Please be aware this event is intended for McMaster IT and will take place on Microsoft Teams.
Connectivity 2022 Preliminary Agenda | February 22nd to 25th
|Tuesday, February 22||2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
||Opening remarks and keynote address
McMaster AVP and CTO Gayleen Gray kicks off the IT Forum
McMaster President David Farrar gives opening remarks
Takara Small provides keynote address
|Wednesday, February 23||1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
||McMaster IT Showcase
Various topics and presenters
*Registered participants on this day will be able to submit claim expenses for lunch up to $25.00
|3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by Meghan Kirwin
|Thursday, February 24||12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
||McMaster Cloud Strategy Engagement Session
Hosted by Greg Atkinson
|2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
||Get Connected: McMaster IT networking
Hosted by TRT
Friday, February 25
|10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
||Digital Futures Panel Discussion
Moderated by Gayleen Gray
Guest: John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Guest: Dr. Bruce Wainman, Professor, McMaster
Guest: Jaclyn Winitsky, President, McMaster Artificial Intelligence Society
|11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
||McMaster IT Strategic Plan Update & Closing Remarks
McMaster AVP and CTO Gayleen Gray