Connectivity 2021: McMaster’s IT Forum has concluded a week-long program of celebrating successes, sharing experiences and learning with McMaster IT professionals from across campus. Held virtually for the first time ever, the IT Forum was opened by keynote speaker, Brian Keating. The week also included speed-learning sessions covering various IT projects, a networking session (with a virtual escape room!), well-being sessions, an insightful panel of past McMaster Women in Tech Changemakers and capped off with an update for the McMaster IT Strategic Plan.
Over 200 attendees joined 24 sessions with 11 winners of door crashers, random draws and a complimentary lunch for the IT Showcase attendees! Special guests also made appearances. The keynote speaker, Brian Keating, is a Canadian explorer who drew parallels to the COVID work experience, and Debra Christmas from Gartner Canada moderated the McMaster Women in Tech Panel event, an engaging discussion on equity in the tech landscape.
The McMaster IT Forum, and tech more broadly, aims to leverage the newest ideas and latest IT tools. Microsoft Teams, a new tool for many, was the virtual platform of choice to host. Whether you attended the IT Forum or missed out, the Teams group will remain open for all McMaster IT professionals. See knowledge sharing session on McMaster IT projects past, present and future — all right in the Teams group.
Connectivity 2021 was an enormous undertaking and an even greater success. And none of this would have been possible without the many volunteers, presenters and, of course, you — the McMaster IT community. The IT Forum would not be what it is without an engaged community eager to learn. Until next year!