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Free tech event at JBLM designed to showcase advances

Northwest Guardian

Published: 05:19PM June 19th, 2014

Keeping up with the speed of technological advances is a job in and of itself.

To help government workers, contractors and military members keep up with technology, the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Pacific Northwest Chapter is hosting the 16th Annual Technology Day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Nearly 200 people are expected to participate in the free event, designed to showcase a growing industry. Technology Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Morale Welfare and Recreation Fest Tent.

Dennis O’Neill, special events coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Chapter, said the goal is to promote the latest in technological advancements.

“It’s kind of like saying ‘hey, technology changes every six months and these are the updates, so come and check out the latest and greatest, and maybe it’s an improvement to what people are doing,’” O’Neill said.

Attendees will learn about the latest advancements in cyber security, cloud computing, virtualization, unified communications, two-way radio advancements, data storage, networking, mobile solutions, notebooks and tablets, fiber optics, test and measurement instruments, training, office automation, ergonomics and much more.

O’Neill said more than 25 industry and government groups would be represented, including IBM Corporation, Dell Cloud Client Computing, Iron Bow Technologies, Lexmark Government Solutions and Panasonic.

In addition to sharing technological developments, O’Neill is promoting the AFCEA while signing on some new members.

“It’s a worldwide nonprofit organization promoting technology communication within the Department of Defense,” O’Neill said. “The goal is holding forums and events that people get a better understanding of the latest technology trends and best practices”

The AFCEA is open to anyone and touts more than 35,000 individual members and 2,000 corporate members worldwide. The Pacific Northwest Chapters’ membership includes industry and military personnel from Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, JBLM, Bremerton Navy Shipyards, Bangor Naval Submarine Base, Whidbey Island Naval Station and surrounding cities.

“There is a membership fee, but it depends on if you’re government or a contractor,” O’Neill said. “I think rate wise it is $29, but then again it can be less depending on your affiliation.”

More information on how to register will be available at the event.

The MWR Fest Tent is located at 2272 Liggett Ave. on Lewis Main next to Bowl Arena Lanes.