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10.18.18 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center

BusinessTech is THE must attend event for technology leaders and their teams.  Join MCPc and OHTec, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership for a day filled with presentations from prominent keynote speakers, workshops focused on innovative thinking and solutions for CIOs and IT professionals, an exhibit hall full of resource providers, plenty of networking time, and an awards ceremony honoring impactful leaders in the industry.

The conference is designed for CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, Health, HR, Legal, Marketing executives and decision makers from companies of all sizes. We are confident you will walk away with new ideas and concepts, stronger connections, and a renewed perspective on how you build and advance your technology strategy. 

We will also feature the 7th RITE “Passport to IT Careers” program exposing more than 300 high school students to IT as a career field and focusing on why Northeast Ohio is a great place to launch and build their career path.  The event will focus on connecting students with educators, business leaders, and employers.

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 500 paid registrants will receive a complimentary hard-bound copy “Dawn of the Code War” by John Carlin, our luncheon speaker, which will be released to the public October 16.

This is an event experience you won’t want to miss. BusinessTECH18 features more than 50 sessions, vendor exhibits, nationally acclaimed plenary speakers and experts from Dell, Apple, Lenovo and HP on what to expect in technology.  

Your ticket includes – and helps cover the cost of – breakfast, lunch, a cocktail reception, snacks and the venue – historic Public Hall.

Most important, your ticket supports OHTec, RITE, and many other tech organizations that will be a part BusinessTECH18.

Online registration for BusinessTECH2018 is now closed. There will be walk-in registration at the door with a valid credit card. We look forward to seeing you there!


7:30 - 8:00 a.m. 
8:00 - 5:00 p.m.    
 Exhibit Area Open
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Plenary Breakfast featuring Bernie Moreno, and a panel of experts discussing Blockchain
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.  Concurrent Workshops 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
 Concurrent Workshops
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
 Lunch and Plenary Luncheon: The Dawn of the Code War – John Carlin 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
 Concurrent Workshops
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
 A Live Demonstration on How Hacking happens by a “White Hat” Hacker - Michael Calce
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
 Special Recognition Awards, Reception and Networking


john carlin

John P. Carlin is a former Assistant United States Attorney General for National Security and Chief of Staff to then F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller. He also serves as chairman of the Aspen Institute's Cybersecurity & Technology Program. His forthcoming book, "Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat", is due to be released October 16, 2018






calceMichael Calce was a high school student from Quebec who launched a series of highly publicized denial-of-service attacks in February 2000 against large commercial websites, including Yahoo!,,, Dell, Inc., E*TRADE, eBay, and CNN.  He also launched a series of failed simultaneous attacks against nine of the thirteen root name servers.









bernie morenoBernie Moreno’s meteoric rise to one of Greater Cleveland’s most successful and admired business leaders began in 2005 with his purchase of a small, underperforming Mercedes-Benz dealership on the city's west side. In just one year, the reborn North Olmsted dealership earned the prestigious “Best of the Best” award from MercedesBenz. It would go on to win the award for 10 consecutive years, an accomplishment no other dealer has achieved.

Moreno has been named Distinguished Business Executive of the Year by Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland, Hispanic Dealer of the Year at the Detroit International Auto Show and Midwest Region Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He was one of only 50 dealers in North America to be named Time Magazine/Ally Financial Dealer of the Year. He was also recognized as the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year. He is an engaging and sought-after speaker on a number of topics, including improving corporate culture and client satisfaction.





David Gilbert took over the top spot at Destination Cleveland, the region’s convention and visitors bureau, in 2011. He simultaneously serves as president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, which pursues amateur athletic events.
Earlier in his career, Gilbert helped plan and market Cleveland’s lakefront district as executive director of North Coast Harbor, Inc. He also worked as director of corporate development for The Cleveland Play House. During an earlier stint at the visitors bureau, Gilbert developed two new, full-service visitor information centers and a nationally recognized welfare-to-work, hospitality career training program.
He serves on numerous boards, including for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.








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The Innovation and Leadership in Technology Awards:

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is pleased to announce the honorees of the First Annual Innovation and Leadership in Technology Awards presented by the GCP’s technology program OHTec.  
The Innovation and Leadership in Technology Awards recognizes individuals who have been pioneers in the technology ecosystem in Northeast Ohio. 
These people are innovators, connectors, collaborators and downright geniuses when it comes to creating solutions and opportunities that forge the tech industry and our community ahead. 

Join us as we will pay homage to these leaders for the work they have done and continue to do to make a difference. The ILTAs will be presented at the conclusion of the BusinessTECH18 Conference

Your ticket also gains you access to the 3 p.m. keynote speaker Michael Calce.  

This year’s honorees are:

Legacy Award
The Legacy Award is presented to a business leader who has had a lasting and important impact on the tech industry in Northeast Ohio. 
Their incredible focus, heart and ambition to promote real change and create new opportunities in technology secures them a spot in our hall of fame. 
Our 2018 Legacy Award recipient is Dorothy Baunach, Chief Executive Officer, Digital C.  

Talent Development Award
The Talent Development Award is presented to a leader who is actively engaged in organizational and regional efforts to drive transformation in the IT talent development system in NEO, including efforts to build the pipeline and innovate new IT workforce solutions.
Our 2018 Talent Development Award recipient is Bill Blausey, SVP and CIO, Eaton. 

Innovator Award
The Innovator Award is presented to individuals who saw a challenge and seized the opportunity to create a solution by thinking bigger, broader, and smarter.  These individuals are risk takers, they challenge conventional thinking, and they have a great ability to rally others around a big idea.  
Our 2018 Innovator recipients are Steve McHale and Charlie Lougheed, Co-Founders, Explorys and The Unify Project.
Next Generation Award – Women in Tech
The Next Generation Award is presented to a business leader who is nurturing and supporting the next generation of tech with a focus on women and minorities.  This year’s winner is actively engaged in direct efforts to provide girls and women access to and information about IT career pathways.  
Our 2018 Next Generation – Women in Tech Award recipient is Jodi Tims, PhD, Chair, Computer Science Department at Baldwin Wallace.
Community Contribution Award
The Community Contribution Award is presented to an individual who used technology as a tool to provide support or solutions for the betterment of our community.  This person used their expertise, resources and clout to create new initiatives to advance people, businesses and our region.  
Our 2018 Community Contribution Award recipient is Ray Voelker, retired CIO of Progressive Insurance and Founding Chair of DigitalC.
Entrepreneurship Award
The Entrepreneurship Award is presented to a leader or entrepreneur who is providing their time and talents to help new technology startups to launch, grow and thrive.  These experienced business people will forever be key players in the many success stories of technology firms in our region.  
Our 2018 Entrepreneurship Award recipient is Jim Cossler, Former CEO and now Entrepreneur in Residence, Youngstown Business Incubator.

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