Idaho Technology

Martin Hambalek: Come to develop.idaho conference

Information technology director at Memjet and vice chairman of the Idaho Technology Council's Software AllianceApril 16, 2014 

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Martin Hambalek

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One of the factors behind the success of Idaho's software ecosystem has been the level of collaboration that takes place within the community. The 2014 develop.idaho Conference, an annual conference of Idaho software leaders, will again play a crucial role in helping support the needs of Idaho's tech community, as it has for the past four years.

Due to the rapid evolution of the technology industry, Idaho software professionals need to stay on the cutting edge of industry trends by coming together to network and learn from each other. Develop.idaho is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 at Boise State University's Stueckle Sky Center. Attendees are asked to register at www.developidaho.org.

Presented by Perkins Coie for three consecutive years, develop.idaho has created an outstanding track record of bringing together hundreds of software professionals from across Idaho to gain insight from high-profile thought leaders and energize discussions on what's driving software innovation. The theme of this year's conference, "Cracking the Code," surrounds the importance of using software innovation to succeed in an ever-changing world. Idaho technology companies know that they need to stay competitive in the global economy and as a result are shifting their business models to remain a step ahead of their game and work to solve tomorrow's problems today - cracking the code on what is to come versus what has already occurred.

This year, develop.idaho will feature CEOs from two of Idaho's largest and most successful corporations. Both with over $400 million in revenue last year, Bodybuilding.com and Keynetics know first-hand the importance of staying competitive in the technology industry.

Ryan DeLuca, Bodybuilding.com CEO, will deliver the keynote address, sharing how he's used software to follow his passion for helping others transform their lives and become healthier. The conference will close with a frank discussion about data breaches from Brad Wiskirchen, CEO of Keynetics and its subsidiary, Kount.

Under Wiskirchen, Keynetics has become one of the Pacific Northwest's largest privately held technology companies, and Kount is the premier fraud prevention solution for card-not-present merchants and payment platforms.

Develop.idaho exposes technology concepts to developers, designers, entrepreneurs and students. By providing a venue to help Idahoans learn about our software industry and how we are making an impact worldwide, develop.idaho encourages attendees to learn new technical concepts, start businesses or evolve their companies by moving in different directions. Develop.idaho also inspires university students to expand their studies in STEM fields and work to fill the hundreds of open technology jobs in our state.

Thanks to strong support - from sponsors including Boise State University's Computer Science Department as this year's platinum sponsor and host - tickets are free for students from any Idaho school.

Develop.idaho 2014 will conclude with Tech Cocktail Boise, the networking mixer, and Startup Innovation Showcase. Tech Cocktail is a national organization with an impressive record of showcasing new startups and promoting them through its media channels nationwide.

For a full agenda and to purchase tickets, visit www.developidaho.org.

Martin.Hambalek@memjet.com

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