Technology Summit 2021

The Georgia Technology Authority thanks all who attended its virtual 2021 Technology Summit on May 4 and 5.

The recorded sessions are available on the session descriptions page.

A diverse and dynamic group of summit speakers and panelists provided in-depth insights as well as actionable and practical tools in cybersecurity, digital disruption, and more.

Participants and speakers combined to make this year's event productive, engaging and educational. GTA hopes you'll participate in its future events.

About the 2021 summit

Inching father into digital government? That kind of cautious advance turned obsolete last year. The pandemic hurtled us down the tracks like a runaway train. Now, we're deep into digital territory, and this year's GTA-hosted virtual Technology Summit explored not just what it takes to keep the train on the rails, but also what you can expect on the digital horizon.


Day 1

  • Cybersecurity: hacking the hacker's mindset
  • Digital futures and trends

Day 2

  • Remote work done better
  • Gotta have broadband in Georgia

Keynote speakers

Here's a quick summary of our keynote speakers:

  • Cybersecurity expert John Sileo, CEO of a cyber think tank, shared his cautionary tale about falling victim to cybercrime and almost ending up in jail himself. He shared his own experience to encourage organizations to make sure their cybersecurity culture is robust enough to stand up to today's widespread remote work, increased reliance on online services, and ever present cyber threats.
  • Daryl Plummer, a Gartner distinguished analyst and fellow known for his compelling presentations, dug deep into digital disruption, and he gave us his top strategic predictions for 2021 and beyond. Here's a hint: They involve resetting everything.
  • Mark Keith of Merlynn Intelligence Technologies teamed with Emory University professor Dr. Karl Kuhnert to discuss "cloning" human wisdom and using AI to create "digital twins" for an organization's key decision makers. If that sounds a few steps ahead of today, you'd be surprised to learn what's already possible.
  • Greg Sparrow of CompliancePoint drew from wide-ranging cybersecurity work for his remarks. His experience spans the payment card industry, healthcare, banking, retails, transportation, and even professional sports. He helped bolster cyber defenses for Mercedes-Benz Stadium right here in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII in 2019. (Didn't seem to help the Rams against the Patriots.)


This year's agenda featured industry leaders discussing the latest trends that are igniting and driving innovation today in state government IT. More information can be found within the session descriptions.


Special thanks to our event sponsors CompliancePoint and Merlynn Intelligence Technologies.


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