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May 01, 2012

Best-selling Author Steven Berlin Johnson Selected as Business Keynote Speaker for CompTIA Breakaway 2012

IT channel’s premier education event set for July 30 through Aug. 2 in Las Vegas

Downers Grove, Ill., May 1, 2012 – CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, announced today that Steven Berlin Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation and other best-selling books, is set to deliver the business keynote speech at Breakaway 2012, the IT channel’s premier annual education event.

Registration is now open for the 2012 conference, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 2 at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Steven Berlin Johnson to Breakaway 2012,” said Kelly Ricker, senior vice president, events and education, CompTIA. “His perspectives on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience are compelling and unique. Breakaway attendees can expect to hear an exciting and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society and our culture forward.”

Johnson’s keynote address, scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, will examine the events and factors that spark brilliance and cause groundbreaking innovations to happen. Johnson will identify seven key principles to the genesis of such ideas, and trace them across time and disciplines. His conclusion is that with today's tools and environment, radical innovation is extraordinarily accessible to those who know how to cultivate it.

Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation was a finalist for the 800CEORead award for best business book of 2010, and was ranked as one of the year’s best books by The Economist.

Each year more than 1,000 IT channel leaders gather at CompTIA’s Breakaway conference to share insights into where the IT industry is headed, and to experience new learning opportunities to prepare them to successfully navigate a future course for their businesses. The 2012 conference will cover the markets, solutions and technologies impacting the IT channel today, including cloud computing, cybersecurity, mobility, social business and unified communications.

All CompTIA members receive free unlimited registration to Breakaway 2012. Non-members pay just $250 to attend the conference and receive a full, one-year CompTIA membership. Visit CompTIA Breakaway 2012 for more information.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/comptia.

Steven Ostrowski
Director, Corporate Communications