February 14, 2014

Extreme Networks To Rock With Panel At SXSWedu

South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the largest and best known film, interactive, and music festivals anywhere in the world. The event draws over 82,000 participants and takes place every spring in Austin, Texas. Begun in 1987, and named in homage to the Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest, SXSW has continued to build momentum every year. Over 2,000 artists are now featured at the SXSW Music festival. Companies ranging from Foursquare to AirBnB and Twitter have been catapulted to success at the SXSW Interactive Festival. The third event leg, the SXSW Film Festival has proven to be one of the best launching pads anywhere for indie films. Taken as a whole, the SXSW gala at times approaches the transformative communal experience of events like Burning Man.

As SXSW has grown, it has diversified and added events, including SXSW V2V for start-ups, SXSW Eco for sustainability initiatives¸ and most importantly SXSWedu for education stakeholders and practitioners. This year, SXSWedu takes place at the start of SXSW, March 3-6 in Austin. Over 4,500 attendees, drawing from all 50 states, are expected.

EDUP19407Extreme Networks is hosting a panel that will be of special interest to higher education CIOs and IT staff members, entitled CIOs: the Catalyst for Innovation in Higher Education. The members of the panel include Dave Waldron, VP IT at St Edward’s University; Joanna Young, CIO at University of New Hampshire; Phil Komarny, VP of IT & CIO Seton Hill University; and moderator Michael Krigsman, industry analyst and strategy adviser at Asuret. During the session, these CIOs will address ways to harness the economic, technological and market forces that challenge how higher education recruits students, raises money, and delivers services. If you are unable to attend in-person, you may still follow the session on twitter hashtag #SXSWCIO.

To be selected for inclusion at SXSWedu, panel and session proposals must pass a highly competitive crowd-sourced PanelPicker process. The Extreme Networks session proposal came out on top based on votes and further backed up by the judgment of the SXSW advisory boards and the SXSW staff.

Extreme Networks CMO and author Vala Afshar has been invited to host a book signing for his The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence, immediately after the panel at 11:40-12:00 pm in the SXSW Convention Center Bookstore.

Panel Session
CIOs: The Catalysts for Innovation in Higher Ed
Date: March 6, 2013
Time: 10:30- 11:30 am
Location: Room 17B

Book Signing
Vala Afshar; The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence
Date: March 6, 2014
Time: 11:40- 12:00 pm
Location: SXSW Bookstore in Convention Center

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Bob NilssonDirector of Vertical Solutions Marketing

Bob Nilsson is the director of vertical solutions marketing at Extreme Networks. In this role, Mr. Nilsson leads the Extreme Networks strategy and programs for vertical markets including Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Federal Government, and Hospitality. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at Digital Equipment and HP. Bob holds an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School.

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