2017 Technology Conference

Presented by North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives in conjunction with NCAEC.


August 16 - 18, 2017

Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC




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Conference Schedule       CompactFull
Time Wednesday
7:30AM Vendor Setup
Kensington Ballroom
Registration
Hampton Foyer
8:00AM
8:15AM
8:30AM Conference Kick-off
Windsor Ballroom



8:45AM
9:15AM Systemic Security for Protecting Critical Infrastructure
Windsor Ballroom



10:00AM
10:15AM Break
10:30AM Cyber Security Self-Assessment Roundtable
Somerset



Dashboards, Co-op Style!
Oxford


Your App on the Edge
Eaton



11:30AM Lunch on your Own

1:00PM Golf Tournament
2:00PM
3:00PM
4:00PM
5:00PM
6:00PM Welcome Reception (light hors d’oeuvres)
Location: Exhibit Hall
7:00PM
Time Thursday
7:30AM Registration
Hampton Foyer
8:15AM Awarding Golf Tournament Prizes
Windsor Ballroom
8:30AM Data Analytics
Windsor Ballroom



8:45AM
9:00AM
9:30AM Visit with Vendor Companies and Buffet Lunch



1:00PM Next Gen AMI
Somerset


What is E-ISAC and what do they do?
Oxford



The case for Fiber or 5G?
Eaton



1:50PM Break
2:05PM AI and Impact on Cyber Security
Somerset



Demand Response Technologies/Microgrid Projects
Oxford



Technology "Jeopardy!"
Eaton



2:55PM Break
3:15PM Helping IT Make a Case For Strategic Direction
Windsor Ballroom



4:15PM
5:00PM Special entertainment by the "I.T. Band"
6:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
Time Friday
8:00AM Technology Impact from A Hurricane
Somerset



Best Practices for IT Departments
Oxford



Securing Edge Devices
Winchester



8:45AM Break
9:00AM Developing Cyber Security Culture
Somerset



Two Factor Authentication
Oxford



Troubleshooting Multi-speak
Winchester



9:45AM Break
10:00AM Door Prizes
Windsor Ballroom
10:30AM Physical Security
Windsor Ballroom



11:30AM Closing Comments



Thank you sponsors!





Cooperative Employee Information

If you are a co-op employee and are ready to register for the conference, click this link and you will be taken to the conference registration page.

Now in its 15th year, the NCAEC Technology Conference has grown in content and participation each year. Our conference theme "Tech Assessment and Strategy for Co-ops". Our aim is to equip you with practical and up to date information that is relevant to your cooperative.

Come join your peers from Cooperatives across the South-East for a chance to network and discuss common problems and solutions at this information packed Conference.

Click here for more detailed information about the schedule and agenda.

The 2017 NCAEC tech Conference is once again proud to partner with the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, a 20-story hotel with on-site Sports & Health Club, waterpark and two-room suites featuring their own private balcony, living and dining areas, wet bar, mini fridge and microwave.

Additionally, conference participants and guests are eligible for discounts at the Royale Day Spa.

For more information and to book your room, click here.

If you intend to fly to the conference, there are two (2) airports that are close to the venue.

  • The local airport is Myrtle Beach International (MYR), driving time about 30 minutes to the hotel. See their website at Myrtle Beach International Airport for detailed information about the airport.
  • An alternate airport is Wilmington International (ILM), which is about 90 minutes to the hotel. See their website at Wilmington International Airport for detailed information about the airport.
  • What does the registration fee cover?
    All registered attendees will receive:
    • Welcome packet that includes conference information and complimentary conference polo shirt
    • Access to all General and Breakout sessions
    • Admittance to the Vendor Hall
    • Complimentary admission to conference golf tournament at Arcadian Shores Golf Club
    • Eligible for conference prizes and giveaways
    • Entrance for attendee and a guest to the Welcome Reception in the Vendor Hall Wednesday evening and the special live entertainment social Thursday afternoon.
  • Can my spouse attend the conference with me?
    • Your spouse can participate some conference activities, but if he/she would like to attend any of the conference sessions, they must register as a Cooperative Attendee.
  • Can I register onsite?
    • Yes, but we strongly recommend you register online as soon as possible. Also, rooms are limited and get reserved fast, so try to book your room the same day you register for the conference.
  • Does the conference offer educational credits at its sessions?
    • Yes, North Carolina Electrical Engineers can earn Professional Development Hours at each session. There will be attendee sign-in sheets available at the front table of all the sessions that will record your attendance.
    • Other professionals maybe able to count their attendance towards continuing education credits. We would be happy to work with anyone to provide documentation or attendance verification.
  • What is the cancellation/refund policy?
    • Cancel 30 days or more in advance of the conference, full refund
    • Cancel 8-29 days in advance of the conference, 50% refund
    • Cancel 0-7 days in advance of the conference, no refund
    • Cancellations must be in writing (e-mail or fax is acceptable)
  • Can you bill my Cooperative or do I need to pay at registration?
    • There are two (2) online billing options.
      1. Invoice your Cooperative
      2. Pay by credit card
  • Can I substitute another person if I’m unable to attend?
    • Yes you can! If you find you are unable to attend the conference, you can update the registered Cooperative Employee to someone else using the registration website. If the time is within one week of the conference starting, send an e-mail to TechConference@NCEMCS.com explaining the change and we’ll be glad to help you get that updated.

Vendor Information

If you are a vendor and are ready to register for the conference, click this link and you will be taken to the conference registration page.

The links below contain valuable information about services that can help you with booth shipping, setup, and breakdown options.

If you intend to fly to the conference, there are two (2) airports that are close to the venue.

  • The local airport is Myrtle Beach International (MYR), driving time about 30 minutes to the hotel. See their website at Myrtle Beach International Airport for detailed information about the airport.
  • An alternate airport is Wilmington International (ILM), which is about 90 minutes to the hotel. See their website at Wilmington International Airport for detailed information about the airport.
  • Over 100 attendees
  • More than 40 Cooperatives represented
  • Over 50 Vendor Companies attend
  • Diverse attendance covering over 5 states

We are happy to offer our tier-based sponsorships again this year. The information below describes the benefits of each tier. Be sure to claim your sponsorship level when you register for the conference!

Platinum


  • All Gold benefits
  • One (1) extra table to put company giveaways and material on during Thursday’s lunch
  • Two (2) people from your company are invited to a pre-conference dinner
  • Pick the location of your booth (prior to June 30th)
  • Be personally recognized at the opening General Session
  • Add a company-branded gift to Attendee Registration Packet

Gold


  • All Silver benefits
  • Add 1 printed item to Attendee & Vendor registration packet

Silver


  • All Bronze benefits
  • Put company giveaways and material on 1 lunch table during Thursday’s lunch

Bronze


  • All “Other” benefits
  • Logo on hall monitors during 1 segment of the conference
  • Recognition and “Thank You” at 2 of the conference General Sessions

Other


  • Logo in conference brochure
  • Recognition and “Thank You” in the ZPPT show at the beginning of each session

The 2017 NCAEC Technology Conference is once again proud to partner with the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, a 20-story hotel with on-site Sports & Health Club, waterpark and two-room suites featuring their own private balcony, living and dining areas, wet bar, mini fridge and microwave.

Additionally, conference participants and guests are eligible for discounts at the Royale Day Spa.

For more information and to book your room, click here.

  • Where can I find the Vendor Kit?
    • The Vendor Kit and all associated documents are located in the Vendor Kit section above.
  • What does the vendor booth fee cover?
    • The vendor booth fee includes the exhibit space, a skirted table, wastebasket, one (1) 110 volt AC outlet, and two (2) chairs
  • Can my spouse attend the conference with me?
    • Your spouse can participate in some conference activities, but if he/she would like to attend any of the conference sessions, they must register as a Vendor Employee.
  • Can I register onsite?
    • We highly encourage Vendor Companies to register early. By registering early, you will receive many benefits such as ensuring company printed material is included in the attendee packet, secure a booth in the vendor hall, participate in the conference golf tournament, and reserve a room at the hotel.
  • What is the best way to get company materials to the conference?
    • We contract with Convention Makers, Inc., see the link under "Vendor Kit"
  • What is the cancellation/refund policy?
    • Cancel 30 days or more in advance of the conference, full refund
    • Cancel 8-29 days in advance of the conference, 50% refund
    • Cancel 0-7 days in advance of the conference, no refund
    • Cancellations must be in writing (e-mail or fax is acceptable)
  • When can I set up my booth / take down my booth?
    • You can set up your booth either on Tuesday, August 15, between the hours of 1 PM and 5 PM, or on Wednesday, August 16, between the hours of 7 AM and 11:30 AM. The Vendor Hall officially opens Thursday, August 17 at 9:30 AM.
    • You may start to break down your booth no earlier than 3:30 PM, Thursday, August 17 and the breaking down of your booth must be complete by 5:00 PM the same day (August 17).
  • Can I come to the conference as an attendee and not set up a booth?
    • Vendors Company employees should not register as Cooperative Employees. Furthermore, all Vendor Companies must pay the Vendor Booth Fee of $450, regardless of their intent to set up a booth in the Vendor Hall. We strongly discourage Vendors from not exhibiting in the Vendor Hall.
  • Can I attend General and/or Breakout sessions?
    • Of course! Please keep in mind the conference is for Cooperative Employees and seating for all sessions will be given to them as a priority. If there is available seating, vendors are welcome to attend any session.
  • What are the Vendor Hall hours?
    • Tuesday, August 15 (optional setup)
      • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, The Vendor Hall is open for vendor setup only
    • Wednesday, August 16
      • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, vendors have the option of scheduling appointments with customers in the Vendor Hall. ** Note that the Vendor Hall does not officially open until Thursday, August 17 at 9:30.
      • 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, the Vendor Hall will host a Welcome Reception for all Cooperative Employees and guests.
    • Thursday, August 17
      • 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM, the Vendor Hall is open and will host a buffet lunch
      • 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, the Vendor Hall will be open for any Vendor to have meetings they may have arranged with attendees
      • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, the Vendor’s can breakdown their exhibits