Montana High Tech Jobs Summit draws 700 attendees

With more than 700 attendees, the second biannual Montana High Tech Jobs Summit is testament to local support of high tech growth and jobs in Montana. The Montana High Tech Business Alliance was proud to work with Senator Daines’ office and the Montana Chamber of Commerce to co-sponsor this event, and many Alliance member companies served as speakers and as moderators.

If you missed the event, you can find recordings of the speakers and panels linked at the bottom of this post.

Alliance members talk with Congressman Greg Gianforte during the Montana Job Creators panel discussion at the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. From left to right: Tom Stergios, Senior VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at ATG; Andrew Hull, President and Founder of Elixiter; Luke Mauritsen, President and Founder of Montana Instruments Corporation; Will Price, Managing Partner with Next Frontier Capital; and Cynthia Bradford Lencioni, COO of Pulsara. (Photo: Missoula Current)

Congressman and former Alliance Board Chair Greg Gianforte opened the event, speaking about the growth and success of RightNow Technologies and the opportunities Montana can provide for dedicated, talented people.

The Montana Jobs Creators panel, pictured above, was composed entirely of Alliance members. The panel discussed how homegrown companies can present unique hiring and growth opportunities in Montana.

Liz Marchi of Liz Marchi Consulting moderated a discussion between SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Director of the Division of Corporation Finance William H. Hinman.

The broadband panel featured Blackfoot CEO Jason Williams and the Alliance’s own Executive Director Christina Henderson and focused on how solving connectivity challenges can remove roadblocks to high tech growth, particularly in rural areas.

Check out this highlight reel of the Montana High Tech Job Summit, produced by Senator Daines’ team.

UM Blackstone LaunchPad Director Paul Gladen moderated a panel on the Internet of Every-Thing, featuring onXmaps Vice President of Product Management Chris Hamilton and Oracle Senior Director of Government Affairs Joel P. Hinzman.

LMG Security Director of Compliance & Advisory Services Madison Iler and Applied Materials, Inc. Chief Information Officer Jay Kerley spoke on the Cyber Crime panel, moderated by Hoplite Industries, Inc. President Anthony Cochenour.


If you’d like to catch up on these panels and other speakers including Microsoft President Brad Smith, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville R. Ray, and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, view the following recordings online.

Summit livestream video, Part 1
Summit livestream video, Part 2

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