January 11 & 12, 2018 | Whippany, NJ

Registration now open, come be part of the NJEdgeCon2018.

The NJEdgeCon2018 focuses on Digital Leadership and Enterprise Transformation and spans two days January 11-12, 2018 in Whippany. Join in discussions, demonstrations and learn about technology solutions, educational and instructional technology, cybersecurity, big data analytics and industry trends relevant to decision makers, educators, IT specialists and librarians from NJEdge’s membership.

We’re delighted to announce internationally-recognized digital economy leader, Amber Mac, as our Keynote Speaker.

Amber Mac’s keynote speech is a fitting contribution to the NJEdgeCon2018 with its focus on Digital Leadership and Enterprise Transformation.

Please join us Thursday evening, January 11, 2018 to welcome this outstanding innovation and technology leader to the NJEdge stage. Hear Amber in her own words discuss her role in the NJEdgeCon2018 and what you can expect to hear from her keynote.

Early Bird Registration, Call for Speakers and Sponsorship Opportunities now available.

Join us and let us help you gain your edge!

Agenda:

Big Data & Analytics  –  This track delves into the proliferation of HPC and DMZ infrastructure among the members throughout the state as they relate to the interests and advantages to interconnect them via NJEdge. The track sessions also explore what the future holds for Big Data in the New Jersey landscape and the engagement of higher educational institutions and businesses.

Education & Technology – This track explores best practices, innovations and the effectiveness associated with current learning management systems and online learning tools. Presenters discuss and share situational examples of effective infrastructure, sharing of resources, sustainability models and integrated assessment tools.

Networking & Data Security – This track examines national security standards and data security threats as they relate to the organizational action plans and security solutions best suited to meet the needs of NJEdge members.  This track will be chaired by Christina Klam, Network Engineer at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Christina has been the Network Engineer at the Institute for Advanced Study for over a decade. She designs and manages the LAN, WAN, WLAN, and Data Center. She is also part of the network security team.

Customer Support & Service Excellence – This track appraises different approaches for addressing today’s technologically-sophisticated and smartphone/device-focused student populations, changing institutional realities and the need to do more with less. Methods of use from the IT, classroom, academic program and professional development perspectives are highlighted in the sessions.

Aligning Business & Technology Strategies

The NJEdgeCon2018 Aligning Business & Technology Strategies track ponders the growing business concerns and dilemmas presented by connected devices that impact all facets of daily activity — everything from data capture and storage, to accessibility requirements, to the necessities of universal design, to the ethical dilemmas and challenges related to having a smart campus. The concept of ecosystem-based thinking is a focal point for this track as it acknowledges that IT has transcended the information tecnology group of the enterprise and necessitates strategic thinking from across the organization. This track is chaired by Susan van Alstyne, Library Director, Berkeley College.

Susan has been a librarian at Berkeley College since 2008.  Mrs. Van Alstyne started her career at the Woodland Park NJ campus in 2008; a promotion to Library Director for the Newark Campus followed in 2009, and Mrs. Van Alstyne returned to the Woodland Park Campus as Library Director in 2016.  She is also currently a doctoral student in the Educational Technology Leadership program at New Jersey City University.

Transformation Products & Services – This track explores a wide range of topics to reflect the complex reality of IT transformational products and services in our enterprises.  Sessions range from efforts to convert literary works to useable data, digital manipulation, adapting to technology as well as the cultural shift, pedagogic implications and sustainability planning.

Explore schedule details for each track:

THURSDAY

Creating a Data Informed Culture: Paving the Road to Big Data and Analytics - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Presenter: Richard Riccardi, Sc.D., Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Libraries, Rider University

Summary: Data-driven.  Predictive analytics.  These buzzwords appear in everything from the news to our hallway discussions to our strategic plans to our accreditor’s reports.  In this era of “big data,” the ultimate question has become: “How are we using data to make good decisions?”  Universities collect boatloads of data, so why are we drowning in data but starving for information?  To be successful, we need access to quality, timely information, but many lack both the knowledge and resources to address their critical issues.  This presentation will examine the terminology and its impact on the institution, describe the challenges and benefits of its implementation, illustrate the resources/skill-sets needed, and offer real-world examples of analyses that help to predict future student demand by identifying the data elements necessary for success.  In this age of “doing more with less,” this presentation will offer methods and metrics that target roadblocks and red flags to student success and faculty productivity, providing best practices in creating a culture informed by data and not driven by anecdotes.

Outcomes: How to leverage big data insights for improving business processes and research opportunities.

Panel: Data Access - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Panelists: TBA

Panel Moderator: Richard Riccardi, Sc.D., Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Libraries, Rider University

Outcomes: Industry experts discuss data standards, including responsibilities of security companies in storing data. Deepen your knowledge of how data is being used, your data dependencies and risks.

A Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem to Support Research - Scaling from Local to National - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: James Barr von Oehsen, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC), Rutgers University

Summary: This session features a focus on the research and data DMZ landscape highlighting Rutgers’ statewide three campus funded project as the use case exemplar. With a proliferation of HPC and DMZ infrastructure among the members throughout the state, discussion includes interests and advantages to interconnect them via NJEdge.

Outcomes: NSF Grant Opportunities, Understanding of the national landscape, Possibilities for Science DMZ collaboration

New Jersey Big Data Alliance: Providing leadership and driving transformation in advanced computation - 2 :00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Co-founder and President, New Jersey Big Data Alliance

Summary: The session provides an overview of the NJBDA programs and resources designed to fulfill the organization’s goals to serve New Jersey academia, industry and government. Discussion is welcome on the future of Big Data in the New Jersey landscape and the engagement of higher educational institutions and businesses.

Outcomes: Overview of NJBDA programs, Discussion on the future of big data, Opportunities for engagement of higher educational institutions and businesses with the NJBDA.

Big Data and Analytics Community of Practice - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presenters: Roundtable Format:

    

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Co-founder and President, New Jersey Big Data Alliance.

Edward Chapel, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NJEdge

Summary: Big Data & Analytics Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth the Big Data & Analytics COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJBDA.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Big Data & Analytics Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

THURSDAY

Online Student Retention and Recruitment: Integrating Technology and Stem - 9:15 AM - 10:00 PM

Presenters:

     

Kathleen Michell, Ph.D., Director of Allied Health, Raritan Valley Community College.

Beryl Stetson, Associate Professor of Nursing and Chairperson of the Health Science Education Department, Raritan Valley Community College

Summary:

The session examines workforce, stackable curriculum and e-learning that encourages sequential accomplishments and employability, highlighting the example of the Smart Start program.

OutcomesThe session focus has particular interest for community college healthcare and online educators as well as those interested in increasing recruitment.

A Bridge to Everywhere: Learning Space Design and Immersive Cloud Learning - 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Presenter: Joshua Gaul, Director of Educational and Emerging Technologies in the Division of Information Technology Services, SUNY Empire State College

Summary: This session has a focus on how innovative institutions nationwide continue to search for leading-edge takes on distance learning and cloud-based instruction. In a practical manner, learn how one institution with 35 remote campuses across the state of New York optimizes instructional resources and extends its reach to locations previously unavailable.

Outcomes: Innovations for online learning for K-12 and higher ed, including a national perspective with concrete suggestions.

 

Cyber forensics project and education program - 11:15 AM -12:15 PM

Presenter: Cynthia Roemer, Ph.D., Senior Professor – Math, Chair of the Mathematic Department, Union County College

Summary: TBA

Outcomes: Pedagogic and practical insights on teaching cyber forensics, how to stay on top of changes and prepare tomorrow’s workforce.

Transforming Teaching and Learning at PCCC with Open Educational Resources (OER) - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenters:

        

Martha Brozyna, Ph.D.

Alexandra Della Fera, Professor, English Department, Passaic County Community College

Gregory Fallon, Associate Dean of Learning Resources, Passaic County Community College

Jennifer Gasparino, Human Services Instructor, Passaic County Community College

Kenneth Karol, Technology Resource Specialist

Summary: To date, PCCC has developed nearly 50 OER courses, including a Z-degree (zero textbook cost) in Liberal Arts (A.A., Humanities option). Discussion in this session highlights student savings of nearly $100,000 in textbook costs in Fall 2017 by taking OER courses and the faculty-developed innovative pedagogies through collaboration with librarians, instructional designers and fellow faculty members.

Outcomes: Exemplar leadership of the need for OER with concrete examples of effective infrastructure, sharing resources, sustainability and assessment for all educational technologists.

Education and Technology Community of Practice - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Facilitator: Brynn Deprey, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement, NJEdge

Summary: Education and Technology Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth the Education and Technology COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members from higher education institutions, K-12s and industry partners.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Education and Technology Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

 

FRIDAY

Developing a Distance Learning Course: Faculty Satisfaction Levels and Self-Perceived Barriers - 9:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Presenters:

          

Robert Adelson, Academic Technologist, Saint Peter’s University

Nicole Luongo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, Director of Distance Learning, Saint Peter’s University

Sara O’Brien, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Saint Peter’s University

Summary: Their joint session draws on their face-to-face, hybrid and online course teaching experience to present best practice lessons learned from teaching from a distance. During the presentation, they welcome discussion regarding best practices and challenges of designing and teaching an effective distance learning course. Additionally, they showcase findings from a study completed with distance education faculty at the university, including methods of designing and providing professional development opportunities for higher education faculty members.

Outcomes: Latest thinking on online learning and faculty satisfaction in higher education with design methods and professional development examples.

Screencasting for Improving Student Learning - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter: Douglas Harvey, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Faculty Development, Stockton University

Summary: This session provides attendees with a new perspective on the use of screencasting technology for improving student learning and assessment of learning outcomes. The session discusses why using student-created screencasts can be effective for engaging learners with course content, both individually and in collaborative groups. Special attention is given to modeling tools and methods for teaching students to create screencasts as well as prepare faculty for assessing screencasts to measure student learning. Attendees are guided through the process of designing assignments and assessments of screencasts.

Outcomes: Robust instructional or how to on screencasting for faculty and students.  This is ideal for educational technologists or anyone interested in online learning tools.

More than a Plan: SOP in Action - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: Natalie O’Neil, Instructional Design Specialist, Rutgers School Nursing and team member of the Rutgers School of Nursing IT Department

Summary: This session demonstrates ways to effectively create and implement an action plan to design and re-brand an IT/Instructional Design department with a focus on sharing best practices, success and failures while providing samples that can be easily turn-keyed. Using Design Thinking and the iterative process, Natalie’s discussion combines methods of innovative creation with business solutions while bringing humor to an often-stressful task.

Outcome: Design thinking is used to bring creative IT innovations to business practice in higher education. Audience members will depart with material that is both relatable and usable to create successful enhancements within their own departments.

What Effect Does the Hybrid Class Format Have on Classroom Interactions? - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Alice Seneres, Director for Integrated Academic Support Programs, Rutgers University

Summary: This session focuses on the hybrid (or blended) class model that moves direct instruction out of the classroom by assigning course-content videos for homework. Sharing results from a recent study that compares the hybrid section and one traditional format section taught by the same professor. A sample excerpt from the hybrid course transcript illustrates both how students assist each other with the material and how the professor becomes the ‘guide on the side’ to student learning.

Outcome: Specific take away points are shared with the audience on best practice and implementation suggestions for hybrid classrooms in your institution with a pedagogic focus.

THURSDAY

Cybersecurity and Strategic Issues for the Enterprise - 9:30 AM -11:00 AM

Presenter: William J. (Joe) Adams, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Cyber Security and Executive Director, Michigan Cyber Range/Merit Network

Summary: TBA

Outcome: Learn key insights from a veteran industry expert that can guide simplify the cybersecurity challenges for your enterprise for future planning.

Cloud storage and computing: Current design of the NJEdge network - 11:15 AM -12:15 AM

     

Presenters:

Jim Stankiewicz, Principal Network Architect, NJEdge

Bruce TyrrellSenior Director, Programs and Services, NJEdge

Summary:  TBA

Outcome: NJEdge members and industry partners learn about NJEdge’s network capabilities.

Networking Community of Practice - 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

Roundtable with Facilitator: Jim Stankiewicz, Principal Network Architect, NJEdge

Summary: The Networking Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth the Networking COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members and industry partners.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Networking Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

The Enemy Within - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presenter: Steve Gold, Regional Sales Director, Varonis

Summary: This session focusses on ransomware as both a scourge and savior. Join Steve and learn how organizations are using ransomware to identify and confront vulnerabilities that expose them to rogue employees, abusive administrators and hackers.

Outcome: For everyone looking to protect against insider threats and ransomware, take home a well-defined, concrete action plan for defending your organizations.

 

FRIDAY

Understanding Cybersecurity Risk for School Administrators: Concerns about Information Security - 9:00 AM -10:00 AM

Presenter: Robert Costanza, Principal Architect, DynTek Services

Summary: Join Robert for a discussion on security issues that specifically concern schools. He provides an example of a practical program to simplify the cyber risk management process for K-12 executives. Additionally, he explains how to develop security safeguards, incident response plans and communication plans to enable schools and districts to responsibly address these risks. Lastly, he provides a simplified process, with templates to assess your current state and to plan and architect for a future state.

Outcome: Gain an example of a practical program to simplify the cyber risk management for K-12 executives within the backdrop of realistic staffing, operational and capital budgets.

State of Cybersecurity - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter: Matthew Schneider, Senior Director – Government, Education, & Healthcare – Networking and Security, VMware

Summary: This session features a focus on the state of Cybersecurity and VMware’s outlook on the trends they see along with corresponding security measures.

Outcomes: The latest on trends and security measures currently being put in place.

EdgeSecure Briefing -11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: Michael Reekie, Director of Network and Security Operations, NJEdge

Summary: TBA

Outcomes: Learn about security solutions available to you as an NJEdge member.

Security Community of Practice - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

     

Roundtable with Co-chairs as Facilitators: 

Michael Reekie, Director of Network and Security Operations, NJEdge

Demetrios Roubos, Assistant Director of Information System & Security Administrator, Stockton University

Summary: The Security Community of Practice convenes to set forth the Security COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members and industry partners. This group’s focus is on workflows and cybersecurity processes to prevent losses and how to efficiently utilize resources and strategies to maximize the ROI on security-centered applications and infrastructure investments. An added emphasis is on the adoption of national standards to inform local policy and development of metrics and common threat indicators to monitor risk.

Outcome: Security community of practice members meet to lay out their priorities for the year ahead and in line with promotion of national security standards. Group is open to NJEdge members.

 

Easing Enterprise eDiscovery, Ransomware, & Sensitive Data Loss Challenges - 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Presenter: TBA

Summary: Explosive data growth present a unique set of challenges to Public sector agencies – availability, compliance, regulation, discovery, cost, continuity, data dislocation, consolidation, federation, sovereignty, locality, identification, retention, retrieval and protection are complicated enough before considering the introduction of cloud infrastructures.   Join us to learn how other organizations are leveraging internal, external & hybrid cloud as well as other “cloud native” services to address their data management challenges – meet discovery demands, manage costs, etc. – while facilitating and accelerating digital transformation and modernization efforts. This session will help shape a strategy addressing these key considerations, becoming an integral part of an agency’s tool kit while also helping to support digital transformation and modernization efforts.

Outcomes: Challenges for Public sector in using  cloud infrastructures and data management are identified along with strategies to overcome them.

THURSDAY

Automating package management in Windows with Chocolatey - 9:15 AM -10:00 AM

Presenter: Dan Franciscus, Systems Administrator, Institute for Advanced Study

Summary: This session addresses how Chocolatey helps reduce complexity by automating and transforming the way users manage and deploy Windows software packages.

Outcomes: Learn how using Chocolatey can help reduce complexity by automating, saving time and money.

 

Research and Education Network Panel - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Panelists:

Jennifer Oxenford, Director of Community Engagement, KINBER

Summary: A conversation between research and education networks to glean a national perspective on the commonalities facing organizations like NJEdge and regional examples of best practice.  The audience is encouraged to engage with these groups to better understand the national landscape.[ /toggle]

Presenter: Perry Heliger, Senior Solutions Architect, Integration Partners

Summary: Over the past 15 years, the business demands for bigger, more secure and more resilient enterprise networks have resulted in additional network protocols, equipment and support being implemented to deliver on these demands.  Unfortunately, often the fixes and changes to secure these networks have trended toward infrastructures that are more complex and require more staffing to address the new risks as a whole.  Where do we go from here? Today’s session focuses on reversing the “complexity” trends associated with network security with discussion on how businesses, transportation authorities, service organizations and educational institutions are using an innovative Ethernet technology to deliver on their network requirements for scale, network resiliency and simplicity while enhancing their overall security and management capabilities.  This technology is based on the industry standards-based Shortest Path Bridging (SPBm) and is flexible enough to be implemented into any Ethernet-based enterprise.  As part of this session, we give real-world examples of how networks using SPBm have shifted the paradigm from networks that are complex and inflexible to simplified and resilient infrastructures.  This shift drives virtualization to the network and allows for organizations to expand and deploy new network services with minimal effort and decreased risk to the organizations that have chosen to depend on it.  

Outcomes: Learn how this technology is capable of securely extending network-wide, end-to-end services from the data center(s) over the campus into geographically dispersed locations while providing secure service segmentation for applications including PCI, HIPPA, DSS.

 

FRIDAY

Next-Generation Collaboration in Higher Education: A Case Study from Fairfield University - 9:00 AM -10:00 AM

     

Presenters:

Joshua Elliott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Educational Technology and Secondary Education Programs, Fairfield University

Jay Rozgonyi, Director of Academic Computing & Director of Learning Technologies, Fairfield University

Summary: This joint session explores the rich collaboration features today’s smartphone-wielding students have come to expect, yet don’t receive with current learning management systems such as Blackboard or Canvas. Enter Quip, a collaborative authoring and communication tool that is well established in such major companies as 21st Century Fox, Electronic Arts, Facebook, and Dell, but not in use for teaching and learning. This session traces Fairfield’s implementation of Quip as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the application, and features examples of its use in from the IT, classroom, academic program and professional development perspectives.

Outcomes: For those using LMS, learn about a new tool that allows for rich collaboration features for today’s smartphone-wielding students and learn examples of its use from the IT, cost savings, classroom, academic program and professional development perspectives.

Purchasing Pitfalls: Learn from the experts about procuring the best solutions at the best prices - 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

Presenter:  Joe Rearden, Chief Financial Officer, NJEdge

Summary: This session covers  NJEdge’s lead agency status as an educational research and services corporation under N.J.S.A Section 18A. To find out how your organization can avoid some of the fear and frustration inherent in acquiring highly technical and complex products and services while leveraging the group purchasing power of the consortium, join this discussion.

Outcomes: Learn how your organization can avoid fear and frustration inherent in acquiring highly technical and complex products and services while leveraging the group purchasing power of the consortium.

Why Most Schools are NOT Prepared for a Lockdown - 2:00 PM -3:00PM

Presenter: Paul Jenne, Sales Manager, Eastern DataComm

Summary:  When developing a comprehensive plan for school safety and technology, schools must understand all of the various components and how they best work together. Without this, a school will not be fully prepared to effectively lockdown in a crisis event.  From this session, you learn how Delaware Valley Regional High School, Midland Park School District, Weehawken Township School District, Warren Hills Regional High School District and other schools improved their day-to-day communications and school safety – all within budget. With a comprehensive technology plan, schools are able to upgrade and save money, improve communications between students, teachers and staff and most importantly improve school safety and prepare for a crisis event.

Outcomes:  Learn the three  principles for school safety and security technology solutions and walk away with actionable ideas to improve school safety.

THURSDAY

Programmatic Approaches to Improving Accessibility and Faculty Commitment to UDL- 9:15 AM -10:00 AM

Presenter:

Emily Ravenwood, Senior Instructional Designer for Teaching and Learning with Technology, Rutgers University

Summary: This session’s core focus is on accessibility. Accessibility is an increasingly urgent issue, but many schools still face difficulties, both with educating faculty sufficiently in accessibility and with motivating faculty to create accessible materials. This session suggests some programmatic solutions to these difficulties, transforming the common legality-centered approach to a faculty-as-learner approach. Faculty are learners of accessible design, as well as content creators. Therefore, successful programs will provide rich content in multiple formats to educate faculty; will provide rewards and encouragement such as micro-credentials and award dinners; and will prioritize the steps of ensuring accessible online content to help prevent faculty rejection and apathy. In this session, participants: Analyze the ways in which faculty can be assisted and encouraged as learners of universal design and accessibility requirements; List some resources available to create rich accessibility education and rewards for faculty accomplishment; and Discuss how to prioritize accessibility improvements for each participant’s school.

Outcomes: Aimed at faculty to improve usage of universal design and accessibility requirements including how to prioritize accessibility improvements for each participant’s school.

Who Secures Our Security? Ethics, Responsibilities & Privacy Concerns in Managing InfoSec - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter:

Sara Czareck, Log Rhythm

Terry Herbert, Administrative Supervisor, Office of Attorney Ethics, NJ Supreme Court

Philip PanajonLog Rhythm

Summary:

This session is intended to provide participants with a macro view of the inherent challenges in ethically and responsibly safeguarding the data and metadata screened by, monitored by and stored in our IT Security and forensics systems and services.  In an era of Big Data, Machine Learning, Social Networks and the Internet of things, methods for gathering information about our lives—and the threat vectors by which such information could be compromised—grow at a staggering rate.  Professionals in the Enterprise must not only secure and protect their user and endpoint bases, but also the very solutions that are put in place to secure and protect them.  Encryption, obfuscation, sanitization, digital chain of custody and internal auditing processes will be explored, and we will discuss appropriate considerations for effectively producing information, such as in response to legal obligations or public records requests.

Outcomes: State and national perspectives on how security concerns and privacy law affect our data management.

Internet of Things (IoT), Ethics and the Smart Campus - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: Florence Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2

Summary: As IoT represents the integration of physical systems or Operational Technology (OT) with Information Technology (IT), it requires ecosystem thinking. Join this session to discuss the salient points considered on the challenges and opportunities in leveraging IoT while protecting citizens, data and critical infrastructure and consider what this means for your organization, students and citizens as connected devices proliferate our daily lives – both professionally and personally.

Outcomes: Update on Princeton/ Internet2 recent IoT Ethics Summit to get the audience to consider the ethical dilemmas of the Internet of Things especially on a smart campus. Suggestions are given to protect citizens, data and your critical infrastructure and specific examples shared as to what this means for your organization, students and citizens.

Interconnection Bandwidth Growth Projected to Outpace Public Internet by 2020 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Ron Guida, Sales and Business Development, Equinix

Summary: This session shares the results of the Global Interconnection Index, run by Equinix, the first study of its kind to take a detailed look at Interconnections role as an essential building block of the global digital economy. The Global Interconnection Index is an in-depth review of the insight needed by industry to deliver strategies for digital transformation and business success. Deeper understanding of Interconnections fuels digital transformation by unlocking the ability to scale multicloud, providing proximity to digital services and reducing cybersecurity risk.

Outcomes: Insight on digital transformation and business success with technical underpinnings regarding the ability to scale multicloud, providing proximity to digital services and reducing cybersecurity risk.

Data Security for the Cloud Era - 3:00 PM - 3:55 PM

Presenter: Mike Ainsworth, Director Public Sector Engineering at Skyhigh Networks

Summary: Rapid growth of cloud adoption and “cloud first” initiatives have created security and compliance issues for many organizations.  As educational organizations adopt cloud technology, a host of data security issues have arisen. Technology is changing how schools and universities deliver IT, but these changes have also led to a loss of visibility into how faculty and staff access and use sensitive data. Moreover, universities looking to foster collaboration between themselves, their departments and faculty have adopted cloud storage and collaboration services. Gain complete visibility into data, context, and user behavior across all cloud services, users, and devices. Take real-time action deep within cloud services to correct policy incidents and stop security threats. Apply persistent protection to sensitive information wherever it goes inside or outside the cloud.

Outcomes:  In this session, you will learn how a cloud access security broker uncovers cloud application usage, including the use of unsanctioned and high-risk applications.

 

FRIDAY

The Libraries of Tomorrow - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

               

Panelists:

Linda Dempf, Librarian, The College of New Jersey

Mark Lewntal, Director of Library and Media Technologies, College of Staten Island/CUNY

Kate McGivern, Media Librarian, Bergen Community College

Kurt Wagner (Panel Moderator) , University Librarian, Monmouth University

Summary: The panel includes fellow university librarians for a discussion about the advantages and challenges of digital media management on the cloud.

Outcomes: Best practices, common pitfalls and emerging technologies take center stage with this presentation.

 

In Case of Emergency, Move to Higher Ground: Madonna University’s Transition to Cloud Media - 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

Presenters: 

Edward Chapel, Ph.D.,  Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NJEdge

Beth Hoffman, Blackboard System Administrator, Madonna University

Summary: The session discusses a situation wherein Madonna University’s successful navigation of a massive hardware meltdown results in cut costs, reduced IT demand and increased student digital engagement by transitioning their digital media to the cloud, using the digital media platform provided by illumira®

Outcomes: Learn how to cut costs, reduced IT demand and increased student digital engagement by transitioning digital media to the cloud.

Record, Tag and Share: illumira - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

   

Presenters:

Grant Hansen, Engagement Engineer, NJEdge – illumira

Purva Thakur, Business Analyst & DevOps Manager, NJEdge – illumira

SummaryJoin us in a workshop that leads you through the entire process of uploading and managing your digital media on illumira. Bring your own internet-connected device (we recommend a laptop or tablet), and we’ll bring our team to show you how it’s done.

Outcomes: From this hands-on workshop, you will learn how easy it is to upload and maintain an online digital library. Subscription management and cost savings advantages are also highlighted.

The Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Certification Program - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Jeremy Reich, Program Coordinator, Future Ready Schools-New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Summary: Future Ready Schools – NJ, a coalition of the New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Department of Education, and New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a certification program designed to provide support, guidance, and resources to schools who are dedicated to fostering successful graduates in college, career, and citizenship. The program is based on the national Future Ready framework and the successful design of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. In this session, attendees will learn about the mission and vision of the certification program, how their schools and districts can get involved and benefit from the program, as well as the process for being certified as Future Ready.

Outcomes: K-12 schools can learn how to become Future Ready Certified.


Record, Tag and Share: illumira - 03:00 PM - 03:45 PM

   

Presenters:

Grant Hansen, Engagement Engineer, NJEdge – illumira

Purva Thakur, Business Analyst & DevOps Manager, NJEdge – illumira

Summary: Come learn how to leverage the more advanced features of illumira’s digital media platform. We’ll be covering user permissions, closed captioning, reports and analytics, and LTI integration with LMS systems. If you have a basic understanding of illumira and are hungry for more, this session is for you!

OutcomesIncrease your understanding of the illumira platform and learn new ways to leverage its features within your institution.


THURSDAY

Digitization of the Jane Addams Papers - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Presenter: Cathy Moran Hajo, Ph.D., Editor and Director, Jane Addams Papers Project, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Summary: This session’s focus is on the digitization of the Jane Addams Papers, a historical editing project that works out of Ramapo College to digitize and publish as a digital edition all of Jane Addams’s correspondence and writings (1901-1934 for the time being). Addams was an important Progressive figure, chiefly associated with the settlement movement and social work, woman suffrage, and peace. In explaining the process of converting microfilm edition of her papers to digital images and creating metadata for each item, dates, creators, subjects, and also identifying all the people, organizations, and events mentioned in the documents. This session gives a concrete case study of efforts to make the data useable and shares ideas on further digital manipulation in bridging archival work with technology

Outcomes: For librarians and archivists converting literary works to useable data, shares ideas on digital manipulation in bridging archival work with technology.

Why Digital Transformation? - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter: Kris Subramaniam, Practice Director – Smart Process Applications, Global Solutions, Inc.

Summary: This session explores digital transformation from an individual and enterprise perspective with case study examples relevant to education and technology sectors.

Outcomes: Learn about digital transformation from an individual and enterprise perspective with examples relevant to education and technology sectors, taking a smart process application approach.

Service Desk & Customer Support Community of Practice - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

     

Roundtable with Facilitator: 

Bruce Tyrrell, Senior Director, Programs and Services, NJEdge

Karen Kemp, Associate Director, IT Support Services, Montclair State University

Summary: Service Desk & Customer Support  Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth this COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members and industry partners.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Service Desk & Customer Support Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

 

FRIDAY

How to Build a K-12 STEM Lab: Tips for School Leaders - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Presenter:  Deborah Nagler, Adjunct Professor, New Jersey City University and Gratz College (Philadelphia, PA)

SummaryDeborah presents a template for developing a school-based Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab based on the successful example of the Alexander D. Sullivan School in Jersey City. In her session, she describes how to address the challenges of stakeholder engagement, administration, budget development, curriculum integration and professional development for faculty. This is a practical approach that can be replicated in schools aiming at a more powerful STEM-environment supported by the presence of a STEM Lab.

Outcomes: A highlight of the session is tips about how to maximize funding through partnerships with  businesses, universities, museums and nonprofit organizations.

 

Transforming Teaching and Learning with mobile devices in Elizabeth Public Schools - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

          

Presenters:

Tracy Espiritu, District Instructional Technology Coach, Elizabeth Public Schools

Alberto Marsal, Coordinator, Computer & Network Services, Elizabeth Public Schools

Bruno Tirone, Founder, CEO and President of MRA International

Summary: EPS is known as a creative, fearless leader in transforming teaching and learning for all of its students through innovative approaches in all levels and areas of district organization and strategic partnerships such as MRA International, HP and Microsoft Education. The systematic distribution of 18,000 mobile devices for individual students in grades 2-12 and electronic devices for Pre-K through 1 classrooms; the installation of Wi-Fi in every building and interactive whiteboards in every classroom; and the creation of Microsoft Office 365 accounts for every EPS teacher, staff member, and student solidified EPS’ commitment to innovation. Guided by extensive research on the implementation of one-to-one initiatives in school districts throughout the United States, EPS developed a one-to-one instructional technology model that enhances teaching and learning while optimizing the probability for student success. The adoption of new instructional models that personalize instruction, the implementation of a web-based assessment system and upgrades to the digital infrastructure has deepened their commitment. EPS’ value to the education community are its experiences, motivation to collaborate, enthusiasm to try new ideas, and drive to be a leader of innovation in teaching and learning.

Outcomes: Learn about large (18K) mobile deployment and also the cultural shift, pedagogic implications and sustainability planning needed in a K-12 school setting.

The Importance in Managing Cultural Change Friday - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: Milos Topic, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Saint Peter’s University

Summary: TBA

Outcomes: Enterprise transformation requires cultural change and this ultimately is harder to implement than IT upgrades. This session will give suggestions borne from practical experience.

 

Registration:

Early Bird Registration Pricing Until December 1, 2017 – $100 in savings off regular conference admission!

There are three options for participation at NJEdgeCon2018 (prices shown are without early bird discount – all are eligible for discount):

  1. Full Conference Attendance (Both days of the conference + One evening of overnight accommodation at the conference venue, the Hanover Marriott.) $695
  2. Conference Attendance Only (Both days of the conference. No hotel.) $595
  3. One-day Conference Attendance. $495

The conference begins at 9:00 on Thursday January 11, 2018 (with breakfast being served at 8:30).  Breakout sessions will run throughout Thursday and Friday and details will be shared as speakers are confirmed. The keynote, Amber Mac will speak Thursday evening at 5:00 pm preceding dinner. The conference will conclude on Friday January 12th at 4:00 pm.

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Presenters:

Amber Mac, Keynote

AMBER MAC talks about relentless adaptation and the accelerating pace of corporate culture in the digital economy. At the forefront of the digital revolution, she helps companies adapt to, anticipate, and capitalize on lightning-quick changes—from leadership to social media to the Internet of Things, from marketing to customer service to digital parenting and beyond. It’s not about innovation, she says; it’s about adaptation.

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Amber Mac began her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish agency and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. During this time, she was also a judge for The Webby Awards, an international organization that recognizes the best of the web.

Amber Mac left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. While continuing to work for the software giant, Amber Mac spent two years coaching people on television about building their businesses online with G4TechTV titan, Leo Laporte. In 2006, with her brother, she started her own agency called Konnekt. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins, who has this to say about Amber Mac work: “Amber Mac understands how important it is for all of us, both as individuals and as businesses, to be able to use social media to connect with people. I think she is a leader in this space.”

Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services, and many more leading organizations. In 2010, Amber Mac wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York). Her new book, released in May 2016 and co-authored with Michael Bazzell, is Outsmarting Your Kids Online: A Safety Handbook for Overwhelmed Parents.

Amber Mac has keynoted more than 300 events across the USA and Canada, and as far away as Australia, in which she addresses the topic of business innovation and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Sirius Radio. In December 2015, she served as an entrepreneur advisor on new reality TV series Dream Funded: Let the Crowd Decide, created by Mark Burnett. She also hosted a one-hour holiday special of Bloomberg Brink for Bloomberg TV.

While building her own business brand as President of Konnekt, she has amassed more than 100,000 followers on Twitter, 450,000 fans on Facebook, 1.6M friends on Google+, and 10,000 followers on Instagram. “With few equals,” writes YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, “Amber Mac continues to demonstrate a keen insight towards the continually evolving fabric of the social web.” As a child, Amber Mac went to a one-room country schoolhouse and shared a party telephone line. She is now recognized internationally as an innovation and technology leader.

Wayne Brown, Ph.D., Featured Speaker

Lunch Thursday January 11 12:15-2:00

  • Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Center for Higher Ed CIO Studies (CHECS)
  • The Higher Education Technology Executive in 2017

Wayne’s featured session focuses on longitudinal higher education CIO research and the importance of technology leaders aligning technology innovations and initiatives with the needs of the higher education institution. Wayne’s unique two-part survey methodology enables him to compare and contrast multiple perspectives about higher education technology leaders. The results provide essential information regarding the experiences and background an individual should possess to serve as a higher education CIO. In collaboration with NJEdge, Wayne will collect data from NJEdge higher education CIOs and will compare the national results with those of the NJ CIOs.

Greg Davies, Featured Speaker

Lunch Friday January 12 12:15-2:00

The Power of Mobile Communications Strategies and Predictive Analytics for Student Success and Workforce Development

The technology that has been used to transform, to both good and bad ends, most other major industries can connect the valuable resources available on campus to the students who need them most with minimal human resources. Technology has been used to personalize the digital experience in such industries as banking, retail, information and media, and others by reaching consumers via mobile technology. Higher Education has, in some cases, been slow to adapt innovative and transformative technology. Yet, its power to transform the student engagement and success experience has been proven. With the help of thought leaders in industry and education, Greg discusses how the industry can help achieve the goal of ubiquity in the use of innovative student success technologies and predictive data analytics to enable unprecedented levels of student success and, as a consequence, workforce development.

Session Presenters:

William J. (Joe) Adams, Ph.D.


Vice President for Research and Cyber Security, Michigan Cyber Range/Merit Network

In his role, Joe places an emphasis on understanding the inherent risks associated with IoT devices and ways that users can safeguard their privacy and information. Joe joined Merit Network after retiring from a 26-year career in the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Colonel. Adams was previously CIO of the National Defense University. He has also served as a Professor and research scientist at West Point, and Network Engineer for the Supreme HQ, Allied Powers Europe.

Mike Ainsworth

Director Public Sector Engineering at Skyhigh Networks

Mike Ainsworth has been serving US Defense, Federal/State/Local Gov’t and large enterprise customers for over a decade and a half in the ever-changing and rapidly evolving task of securing and managing cloud, datacenter and mobile infrastructures.  He has dedicated his career to helping industry understand the unique requirements of public sector and bringing the best of breed technology to bare.  Mike has published several papers on defending cloud and critical infrastructure networks on FDCC, CIPv5 and FedRAMP.

Robert Adelson

Academic Technologist, Saint Peter’s University

In his role at Saint Peter’s University, Rob serves as the Blackboard Administrator and Instructional Technology trainer. He supports students, staff and faculty, educating them on the functions and features of Blackboard, Google tools, Smartboards, and other instructional technologies. Additionally, he addresses questions, conducts workshops and training sessions and constantly explores new ways to bring better technology to University community.

James Barr von Oehsen, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC), Rutgers University

James provides strategic leadership in advancing Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements through next generation computing, networking, and data science infrastructure. His interests are in high performance computing, high throughput computing, data science, cybersecurity, smart cities, internet of things, mathematical modeling, parallel programming, campus level distributed cloud environments and hardware architecture.

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Co-founder and President, New Jersey Big Data Alliance

Wayne Brown, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Center for Higher Ed CIO Studies (CHECS).

Edward Chapel Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NJEdge

In his role, Ed is committed to active collaboration with industry partners, peer organizations and higher education institutions. Working closely with illumira users, he guides NJEdge’s team to ensure features and user experiences most relevant to higher education institutions.

Martha Brozyna, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in History at Passaic County Community College

Martha is an Assistant Professor in History at Passaic County Community College where she teaches courses in Western Civilization, U.S. and Latin American History.  She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of Southern California.

Robert Costanza

Principal Architect, DynTek Services

As a DynTek veteran, Rob Costanza has been with the company for over 10 years serving as a senior consultant and now principal architect. He architects and designs solutions for clients centered on Enterprise Networking, Data Center, Security, Wireless and Collaboration.

Sara Czarecki

 Log Rhythm

Greg Davies

CEO, Full Measure Education

Greg founded Full Measure Education™ based on his passion for combining student success initiatives and student outcomes with scalable technologies and predictive data analytics. Full Measure Education helps reimagine and redefine how institutions interact with their students. By developing a flexible and purposeful platform that redesigns the student experience, Full Measure Education enables students to achieve success through comprehensive Guided Pathways Management. Greg’s mission is to improve outcomes for students and enable student success, which ultimately contributes to workforce development initiatives nationwide.

Alexandra Della Fera

Professor, English Department, Passaic County Community College

Professor Fera is a tenured Assistant Professor and the Academic Coordinator for First-Year composition. She recently developed the composition curriculum for the College’s new Honors Program.

Brynn Deprey Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement, NJEdge

In her role, Brynn brings a new level of insight and expertise to NJEdge with her extensive background in the areas of program marketing strategy, communications, relationship management and social media promotion. Combined with her collaborative and outcome-based leadership style, she is uniquely qualified to bring NJEdge’s mission and vision to life through a combination of fully integrated traditional and non-traditional communication, member engagement and marketing mediums.

Linda Dempf

Librarian, The College of New Jersey

Linda Dempf is the Music & Media Librarian at The College of New Jersey, where she oversees the Media Access Services department and develops and maintains TCNJ Library’s media collections. She is the subject librarian for Music and for Women’s and Gender Studies, performing collection development, library instruction and liaison duties in these areas.

Joshua Elliott Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director of the Educational Technology and Secondary Education Programs, Fairfield University

Joshua’s research and teaching goal is to help teachers improve their ability to incorporate technology into their teaching for optimal student learning. As a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, he also conducts professional development workshops structured to provide teachers with strategies for effective technology integration.

Tracy Espiritu

District Instructional Technology Coach, Elizabeth Public Schools

In her role, Tracy coordinates district-wide technology initiatives and professional development on the pedagogy and integration of technology in instruction.

Gregory Fallon

Associate Dean of Learning Resources, Passaic County Community College

In his role, Greg provides leadership in the library, in distance education, and in the writing center, as well as serving as project manager for major federal grant-funded initiatives at the College, the most recent involving general education course redesign.

Dan Franciscus

Systems Administrator, Institute for Advanced Study

Dan is a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) who specializes in VMware, PowerShell and other Microsoft-based technologies. In addition, he is a public freelance technical author.

Joshua Gaul

Director of Educational and Emerging Technologies in the Division of Information Technology Services, SUNY Empire State College

In this role, Joshua helps research and develop tools to support learning development and service management, implement and support new technologies to find new and innovative ways to deliver instruction. In collaboration with ITS and other leaders across the college, he finds ways to utilize educational technology to push the college-wide strategic mission to become a leader in learning space design, online/hybrid education and varied modes of instruction.

Jennifer Gasparino

Human Services Instructor, Passaic County Community College

In her role, Jennifer teaches courses in Mental Health, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and recently developed the Honors capstone course in Leadership.

Steve Gold

Regional Sales Director, Varonis

In his role at Varonis, Steve coves the company’s State, Local & Education (SLED) vertical. Steve’s focus on data security and experience with SLED processes (budgetary constraints, security initiatives, shared services) informs organizations how to protect their largest investment of sensitive information…their unstructured data.

Ron Guida

Sales and Business Development, Equinix

Ron’s expertise is in advanced technology products and services. In his role at Equinix, the leading provider of data center, colocation and interconnection services in the world, he focuses on realizing new opportunities to accelerate business, IT and cloud strategies. Ron has published several white papers on high performance and cloud computing, emerging trends in social and mobile application development.

Douglas M. Harvey

Director, Institute for Faculty Development, Stockton University

In his role at Stockton, Douglas uses screencasts for “flipping” the classroom as well as in his online courses to provide lectures and tutorials. He also has students create their own tutorials on technology tools, reflect on their learning experiences, and present and share their course portfolios.

Grant Hansen

illumira Engagement Engineer, NJEdge

Grant Hansen serves as the primary point of contact for illumira account holders. He helps field questions, arrange demonstrations, and develop relationships between NJEdge’s illumira team and their customers. Grant comes from a background in both educational technology account management and marketing, as a graphic designer.

Perry Heliger

Senior Solutions Architect, Integration Partners

Perry has spent the past five years designing business-critical fabric networks for customers, enabling them to extend their existing server and storage over a virtualize enterprise networks.   Perry’s focus has been on removing fifteen years of industry-driven complexity while enhancing secure segmentation, supportability and the inclusion of hybrid Cloud-based computing over a virtualized network. His current efforts include showing customers and consulting professionals how easy it is to build the next generation networks using the Extreme Fabric Connect/Fabric Extend/Fabric Attach technologies; these are networks with more features, functionality, resiliency and manageability with less complexity.  

Terry Herbert

Administrative Supervisor, Office of Attorney Ethics, NJ Supreme Court

In his role, Terry oversees major technology initiatives, electronic case and document management practices, e-filing, cyber-forensics and other key areas of information processing. He has extensive experience with forensic software tools and the preservation and production of electronically stored information (“ESI”) in both evidentiary and discovery capacities. He has conducted cyber-forensic examinations and provided investigative and litigation support in dozens of ethics cases, and has designed curricula and presented on cyber-forensics at both the State and National levels.

Beth Hoffman

Blackboard System Administrator, Madonna University

In her role, Beth provides all levels of LMS training and support for faculty, staff and students. She also provides support for a variety of software related to classroom instruction including illumira®, polling response units, video capture and synchronous communication.

Florence Hudson

Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2

In her role with Internet2, Florence works with the Research & Education community in the identification, development and deployment of new innovations in areas such as advanced networking, the Internet of Things, End-to-End Trust & Security, Distributed Big Data & Analytics and Smart Campuses.

Kenneth Karol

Technology Resource Specialist

In addition to his role as Technology Resource Specialist, Ken also teaches Comparative Religion as an Adjunct Instructor, is a Librarian as well as Instructional Designer.

Paul Jenne

Sales Manager, Eastern DataComm

Paul Jenne provides communication and network solutions to clients that increase productivity while saving them money. By understanding the goals of the organization and how their school or municipality operates, he utilizes the expertise and experience of his team along with “best in class” technologies to deploy customized solutions that streamline business processes for customers, maximizes investments in school safety technology and improves communication.

Karen Kemp

Associate Director, IT Support Services, Montclair State University

Karen is responsible for client (Faculty, Staff and Students) facing operations which includes: Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Desktop Support, Tier 1 Application Support Services and the University IT Call Center at Montclair State University.

Mark Lewental

Director of Library and Media Technologies, College of Staten Island/CUNY

Nicole Luongo

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Distance Learning, Saint Peter’s University

In her role, Nicole teaches a blend of online and face-to-face graduate and undergraduate courses.

Alberto Marsal

Coordinator, Computer & Network Services, Elizabeth Public Schools

Katherine McGivern

Media Librarian, Bergen Community College

In addition to serving as the Media Librarian, Kate also provides reference and instruction services for the college. She holds a Library Science Masters degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a Liberal Studies Master’s degree from Thomas Edison University. She is currently a doctoral student in the Community College Leadership program through National American University.

Kathleen Michell Ph.D.

Director of Allied Health, Raritan Valley Community College.

In her current role, Kathleen successfully designs, plans, implements and administers Allied Health courses and curriculum.

Cathy Moran Hajo Ph.D.

Editor and Director, Jane Addams Papers Project, Ramapo College of New Jersey

In her current role, Cathy teaches an undergraduate course at Ramapo College and co-teaches a one-week institute on digital editions at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and the Institute for Editing Historical Documents.

Deborah Nagler

Adjunct Professor, New Jersey City University and Gratz College (Philadelphia, PA).

Deborah Nagler is a veteran educator, administrator, teacher trainer and lecturer. She teaches Educational Technology to graduate students at New Jersey City University and at Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to her work as an online Instructional Designer for Hebrew Union College, she is an educational technology consultant at the Alexander D. Sullivan School in Jersey City. She is completing doctoral research in Makerspaces.

Sara O'Brien Ph.D.

Professor of Education, Saint Peter’s University

In her role, Sara trains educators on the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also teaches courses in African and Multicultural Literature and is currently learning how to teach online under the mentorship of Dr. Nicole Luongo.

Natalie O'Neil

Instructional Design Specialist, Rutgers School Nursing and team member of the Rutgers School of Nursing IT Department

Natalie has been an educator throughout her career, as a K-12 classroom teacher, technology coordinator and Adjunct Professor.

Emily Ravenwood

Senior Instructional Designer for Teaching and Learning with Technology, Rutgers University

In her current role, Emily is the Office of Instructional Design’s team lead for faculty training and development and also supports Rutgers faculty in developing hybrid, online courses and face-to-face courses. Working with both front- and back-end design has given her considerable experience in how users interact with online material, and how to create effective information architecture.

Michael Reekie

Director of Network and Security Operations, NJEdge

Michael is NJEdge’s subject matter expert who actively manages the organization’s network and security operations. His responsibility includes the programmatic implementation of policies and procedures to conform to NIST security controls, while obtaining operational efficiency and rapid deployment control of new network additions and network integration.

Joe Rearden

Chief Financial Officer, NJEdge

In his role as CFO, Joe takes an active collaboration approach across all facets of NJEdge’s strategic efforts and disciplines. In addition to managing and monitoring the year’s budget, objectives and deliverables, Joe is the liaison between NJEdge’s corporate partners and members. As such, he keeps a sharp eye on everything from licensing agreements to service agreements to federal funding opportunities for the NJEdge consortium.

Richard Riccardi Sc.D.

Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Libraries, Rider University

Prior his role at Rider University, Richard was the Associate Vice President for institutional effectiveness at Southern Connecticut State University, overseeing institutional research and assessment and planning. He served Southern as a Systems Analyst, Assistant Dean for Special Activities and the Summer School, Banner Student Team Leader, Assistant Vice President for Banner Project Implementation, and Director of the Office of Management Information and Research, an office created for him to be the “one-stop-shop” for campus informational needs. He also served on an interim basis as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Library Director.

Cynthia Roemer Ph.D

Senior Professor – Math, Chair of the Mathematic Department, Union County College

In her current role, Cynthia enjoys helping students to appreciate and succeed in mathematics, often implementing service-learning and technology. She was the recipient of the 2003 Union County Woman of Excellence Award in Education and a winner of the 2008 Neblett Prize for Educational Excellence. Committed to making a difference, Cynthia is the founder of the College’s Student Volunteer Organization as well as MSA NJ, a non-profit to support those in our area afflicted with multiple system atrophy, a rare neurological disease.

Jay Rozgonyi

Director of Academic Computing & Director of Learning Technologies, Fairfield University

Jay Rozgonyi the Director of Academic Computing & Director of Learning Technologies at Fairfield University, as well as a faculty member in the Educational Technology program.  Prof. Rozgonyi was  named one of 2015’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, & Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education.

Demetrios Roubos

Assistant Director of Information System & Security Administrator, Stockton University

Demetrios supports his role at the university with certifications as AMX Certified Expert, AMX Certified Designer, AMX Certified Installer, AMX Certified Programmer combined with extensive programming experience ranging from C/C++/C#, to ASP.NET/PHP, to MS/MY-SQL, to Java and The Web.

Matthew Schneider

Senior Director – Government, Education, & Healthcare – Networking and Security, VMware

Matthew leads VMware’s Networking and Security (NSX) Business Unit for the Government, Education, and Healthcare markets. Matthew and his team of sales and engineering specialists support Federal, State, Local, Education, and Healthcare customers to leverage VMware’s software defined networking (SDN) and virtualization technologies. With 20 years of working with customers in networking and security Matthew and his team help address the unique customer mission challenges around security, compliance, operations, and resiliency.

Beryl Stetson

Associate Professor of Nursing and Chairperson of the Health Science Education Department, Raritan Valley Community College

As a registered nurse for 44 years and a nurse educator for 26 years, Ms Beryl Stetson’s experience includes teaching and development of face-to-face- and online credit, noncredit and continuing education courses and curriculum development and revision.

Jim Stankiewicz

Principal Network Architect, NJEdge

Jim leads the technical management team with a future-forward approach that embraces a long-term vision of an integrated K-20 portal for the New Jersey educational community. With responsibility for the NJEdge network infrastructure, Jim guides his team through complex engineering project activities that drive customer performance, utilization, problem resolution and the overall effectiveness of the Edge network.

Kris Subramaniam

Practice Director – Smart Process Applications, Global Solutions, Inc.

In his role, he develops digital transformation marketing strategy, conducts regular webinars and develops Proof of Concepts for clients and prospects. Additionally, Kris drive organizational adoption of Digital Transformation technology, contributes and promotes delivery methodology and best practices to clients and prospects.

Purva Thakur

Business Analyst & DevOps Manager, NJEdge – illumira

In her role, Purva closely works with the faculty, instructional designers, librarians and administrators to design requirements and finding solutions with the illumira platform. She manages illumira platform integration on the client side with existing solutions and services on their campus. She is also responsible for website design and software development teams, testing and monitoring progress and handling client transition after updates and new releases.

Bruno Tirone

Founder, CEO and President of MRA International

Bruno is responsible for the success of MRA International. MRA International has 50+ employees and offers hundreds of products and services to the public sector.

Milos Topic

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Saint Peter’s University

Bruce Tyrrell

Senior Director, Programs and Services

In his role, Bruce’s roots with Higher Education, State Government, K-12, local and county government IT environments have served as a foundation for defined solutions and transformative engagement experience for all NJEdge members. With a keen emphasis on realizing the strategic goals of the consortium, his member-focused approach continues to drive maximum benefit for all NJEdge constituents.

Kurt Wagner

University Librarian, Monmouth University

In addition to his role as University Librarian, Kurt is a member of the Executive Committee of VALE, New Jersey’s academic library consortium and serves on the editorial board of the Atlantic Journal of Communication.

Call for Proposals:

Featuring a new approach to content, a newly enhanced format and a new conference timeframe, NJEdgeCon2018 will focus on Digital Leadership and Enterprise Transformation

Do you consider yourself a digital leader?

Do you seek to drive transformation and push the boundaries of technology? 

If so, put yourself in the spotlight and let your expertise shine at NJEdgeCon18 as a presenter!

Presenters are encouraged to embrace the conference theme of Digital Leadership and Enterprise Transformation – specifically as it relates to the technology centric elements of NJEdge’s member industry verticals of K-20, health care, libraries and municipalities.

As a presenter, you may showcase your digital know-how in any way that suits your topic including Case Studies, Live Demonstrations and In-depth Presentations – to name a few. We seek a vast array of experiences and experience levels for NJEdgeCon18. If you believe your material will deepen attendee understanding, stretch the appreciation of the many manifestations of digital leadership and/or successfully navigate the complexities of a successful enterprise transformation, please submit a proposal. The registration cost for presenters is $200 and includes overnight accommodations at the conference hotel on Thursday evening, January 11, 2018. 

START SUBMISSION PROCESS

To submit a proposal for one of the themed tracks, please adhere to the criteria below. Remember, our goal is to showcase your expert knowledge with our members! Following these steps will ensure your success.

  • Tracks will be held throughout the conference January 11-12, 2018 on topics relevant to our key stakeholders.
  • Tracks will vary in length of presenter interventions with different sessions having different lengths/ formats ranging from one presenter speaking for 15 minutes (taster session), 30 minutes (deep dive) or 45 minutes (master class) increments.
  • No matter the length or format of your session, you must make clear in your proposal to speak the outcomes for the audience. The theme of NJEdgeCon2018 is Digital Leadership and Enterprise Transformation. It is imperative that any submission for a presenting slot indicates clear takeaway(s) that tie into this theme.
  • We encourage “Show and Tell” by members in an open format (several in a room) to encourage sharing of community best practice, including success achieved with an industry partner.

Track Discussion Topics

  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Education & Technology
  • Networking & Data Security
  • Customer Support & Service Excellence
  • Aligning Business & Technology Strategies: Ecosystem Thinking
  • Transformation Products & Services

Submission Criteria
Include how the topic is relevant to the audience, demonstrates best practice and/or relates to the 2018 conference themes of Digital Leadership and Enterprise Transformation. To start the submission process, click the Register button below and choose the speaker registration path.

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We are accepting proposals on a rolling basis with the aim to finalize the conference program by early November 2017. Presentation proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 15, 2017. Once you complete your registration, your status will be pending until the Conference Planning Committee makes the final decisions on the proposals. You will be notified of the Committee’s decision by email. All accepted presenters/chairs will receive 50% off the full registration. Please note that a laptop/projector will be in the room on the day of the session (no need to bring your own). If your proposal is accepted, a PowerPoint presentation is due no later than December 15, 2017. Presenters will have a set time to speak and are asked to keep to their allotted time limit for their session. Chairs will be in each session to ensure this is followed.

Interest in Chairing/ Facilitating?
Chairs serve a facilitating role in the session, introducing the presenters and a brief overview of the session theme, interweaving the presenters’ topics. The chair ensures the presenters keep to time, encourages audience engagement and summarizes the key points from the session. If you wish to lend your expertise to chair the relevant session of your choice, please submit a presenter registration and indicate which session you are interested in chairing. There is no abstract or presentation needed for the role of a chair.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Industry Partner Sponsorship Registration is open.  Allocation is made by sponsorship level and in order of registration.  As space is limited, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Payment is due in full by December 15, 2017. Sponsor registration includes hotel rooms for Thursday evening.

Gold Sponsorship ($13,000) Prestigious gold sponsorship space allocation to ensure maximum exposure, logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app and promoted on social media. Includes up to four registrations and Thursday night hotel stays. Gold sponsors will have their company logo included on conference attendee bags and option to include their corporate collateral in the bags attendees receive at registration. If registered by October 2nd, gold sponsorship also includes exhibit space at the Fall Member Appreciation and Industry Partner Exposition to be held at Montclair State University on October 13, 2017.

Silver Sponsorship ($6,000) Exhibition space allocated after gold sponsors, logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app and promoted on social media. Includes up to three registrations and Thursday night hotel stay. If registered by October 2nd, also includes exhibit space at the Fall Member Appreciation and Industry Partner Exposition to be held at Montclair State University on October 13, 2017.

Bronze Sponsorship ($4,000) Logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app and promoted on social media. Includes up to two registrations and Thursday night hotel stay.

Please note that all Gold/Silver/Bronze Industry Partners receive a 8×8 space that includes a 6 foot table with piping and drape. The table can be removed upon request if you prefer to bring your own exhibit kit; however please ensure it does not exceed your allocated space.

All Industry Partners also receive complementary WiFi access.  Additional needs (such as hard wire internet) are available a la carte and are outlined in the sponsorship materials to be sent to confirmed registrations.

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities: These are intended to complement Gold/Silver/Bronze sponsorships.  The options below do not include exhibit space.

Breakfast Sponsor ($4,000, options for Thursday or Friday meal) Logo recognition for breakfast sponsorship with signage in dining area. Table with your company logo during that meal time where you can invite members to join you for a more targeted discussion. Logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app, website and on social media.

Lunch Sponsor ($5,000, options for Thursday or Friday meal) Logo recognition for lunch sponsorship with signage in dining area. Table with your company logo during that meal time where you can invite members to join you for a more targeted discussion.  Logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app, website and on social media.

Dinner and Keynote Sponsor ($7,000, Thursday evening) Logo recognition for keynote and dinner sponsorship with signage in dining area.  As well as announced sponsor recognition and appreciation,NJEdge will acknowledge and thank the dinner and keynote sponsor during the introduction of the keynote speaker. Table with your company logo during the dinner where you can invite members to join you for a more targeted discussion. Logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app, website and on social media.

Lanyard Sponsor ($3,000) Your company’s logo is on the lanyard for conference name badges. Recognition on social media.

NJEdgeCon2018

is supported by these great sponsors

GOLD SPONSORS

 
Carahsoft / VMware
eplus
PKA
 

 

SILVER SPONSORS

 
Campus Management
Cisco
Full Measure Education
MRA International
Optima Global Solutions
Skyhigh Networks
Varonis
 

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

 
Computer Design & Integration
Core BTS
Cylance
D2L
DynTek
Integration Partners / Extreme Networks
Millenium
NWN Corp