What will the technology and business world look like in 2020? How can you bring that futuristic technology into your company, your presentations and your events – right now, today?

You can answer both questions May 21 at the Fillmore in Detroit when BlueWater Technologies presents its sixth annual TechExpo.

The event is a showcase for Bluewater’s 300-plus vendors of hardware and software to show off the best of the best in technologies for collaboration, communication and presentation.

“It’s a showcase for the company as well, to show the technology we can bring to the whole live event industry in terms of interactivity and lead generation,” said Kim Hale, BlueWater’s vice president of strategy. “We’ll tell you where business technology is going and how you can prepare.”

The theme of the event is “Journey to Innovation.” Using the latest technology, BlueWater will transform the Fillmore into a starship with huge screens everywhere showing various cosmic destinations.

“We want to create a fully immersive experience where you can learn about the latest technology for your business and your live events,” Hale said.

TechExpo14 is also a chance to learn from some of the best minds in the industry. At 9 a.m., MSNBC-TV’s “Practical Futurist,” Michael Rogers, will speak on “Business Technology By 2020: Science Fiction Becomes Reality.” Rogers says the future will be a place of omnipresent high-speed connectivity, customized information, and display screens everywhere, a place where we’ll have to explain to disbelieving children the concept of being offline.

And throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fillmore’s State Bar, there will be a series of 45-minute tech talks. Topics include “omni-screen” marketing, 4K displays, IT and AV collaboration in education, the latest tech for live events, measuring tech ROI and more.

Programs conclude with a 4 p.m. Innovation Forum on the topic “The Digital Natives Are Coming! Now What?!” It’ll be moderated by BlueWater digital media division vice president and general manager Kevin Gillespie. Panelists include Matt Roush, communications director of The Engineering Society of Detroit; Melissa Price, CEO of dPOP and director of facilities at Quicken Loans; and Jeff DeGraff, professor of business administration at the University of Michigan.

A strolling cocktail reception from 5 to 7 p.m. closes out the event.

The event is free to BlueWater clients, and $55 to the public. Admission includes breakfast, lunch, drinks, valet parking, and all events and presentations.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.bluewatertechexpo.com/. For a video interview with highlights and past attendees’ comments, visit www.bluewatertech.com/techexpo14.


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