CompTIA ChannelCon 2017

July 31 - August 2 - Texas JW Marriott Austin

Welcome, IT Pros!

ChannelCon Is Everything


2017 Registration Cost

IT Professionals, New CompTIA AITP Member, Non-members: $799

Includes one year of free membership in CompTIA AITP, effective at launch (a $99 value)

Existing AITP Members: $649

20% member discount

Students: $199

Must provide proof


Bring 3 attendees and get the 4th in for free!

Full registration includes:
Access to all sessions; one year of free membership to CompTIA AITP; $40 Amex gift card; all meals, snacks and drinks at the conference; and plenty of CompTIA swag.

The live music capital of the world!

ChannelCon 2017 is being held at the JW Marriott Austin, located in the heart of the city and just minutes away from the best attractions and entertainment Austin has to offer!

Whether you’re new to the IT workforce or an industry veteran, you’re sure to benefit from the vendor-neutral programming, innovative sessions, expert speakers and top-notch networking that ChannelCon offers.

Prepare to live like kings and queens as we give IT pros like you the royal treatment.

Why YOU Should Meet us in Austin for ChannelCon 2017:

  • Expert-led Content and Training – Earn CEUs! Designed specifically for “hands-on” technology professionals and led by industry experts, the Tracks4Techs sessions cover the top technical challenges and opportunities facing IT pros today. Get new skills to improve your job performance while earning CEUs toward the renewal of qualifying CompTIA certification(s).

  • Hot Tech Trends: Gain valuable insight and stay ahead of the game with two days of Tech Trends sessions that cover the topics and developments most relevant to IT pros today, from smart cities and artificial intelligence (AI) to data and software.

  • Nonstop Networking – Starting Today! Create invaluable connections with your peers, IT industry experts, employers and potential mentors who can provide long-term career support. Once you register, you can join the online community to meet other attendees, view their profiles and interests, discover which contacts from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are also attending, build a personalized schedule of talks to attend, download hand-outs and materials, and schedule 1:1 meetings with other attendees.

  • 12 Months of Membership Our New Association for IT Pros, CompTIA AITP! Your registration for ChannelCon includes a full year of membership to the industry’s most exciting association for IT pros, CompTIA AITP, when it launches this summer (a $99 value)! AITP member perks include: exclusive access to the most robust IT career portal and online resume builder, TechTalent; job search and interview best practices; rewards program with special discounts and savings; interactive soft skills training; local chapter and event networking opportunities, plus more!

  • $40 AMEX Gift Card, All Meals, Drinks, Snacks and More: We’ve got you covered! Each IT Pro attendee will receive a $40 Amex gift card to help offset the cost of ground transportation or parking. Registration also includes all of your meals, snacks and drinks at the conference as well as plenty of CompTIA swag. 5 Ways to Save When Traveling for Work.

#WeLoveITPros and can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for you in Austin.

ChannelCon Is Everything


What’s in Store?

Check out the following conference tracks and perks designed specifically with you in mind.

Track4Techs – Earn CEUs

Led by top IT experts, these sessions provide critical understanding of technical challenges and opportunities facing IT pros today. As an added bonus, you’ll earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) toward the renewal of your CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certifications.

Tuesday, August 1

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Edge Computing: Data Center on Wheels

The next big thing for enterprise IT could be edge computing – a paradigm where compute moves closer to the source of data. Learn how edge computing addresses many challenges that enterprise IT faces when running data-centric workloads in the cloud, and how it reduces the amount of data that flows back and forth between the datacenter and the public cloud.

CEU-approved for A+, Network+, and Cloud+ recertification.

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Skills Required to Implement the Cloud: A Report from the Industry 

Hiring managers and companies around the world have complained for years that they lack skilled workers to implement cloud solutions. What are those skills? How has “the cloud” morphed over time, and what are the essential skills and job roles today? Learn more about practical skills that the cloud worker of tomorrow needs

CEU-approved for A+, Network+ and Cloud+ recertification.

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Threat Hunting: The Advent of Modern Information Security?

Let’s talk about the activity of “threat hunting,” and deconstruct it a little bit. The idea behind threat hunting is to proactively look for adversaries and for traces of their activity. So, is threat hunting all that it’s cracked up to be? Is looking for trouble really the best approach today? Learn the benefits and drawbacks of “active defense,” and where it fits in with other security activities.

CEU-approved for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, CSA+, and CASP recertification.
Wednesday, August 2

9:45 – 10:45 AM

Tools of the Trade: Security Analyst Skills for IoT, the Cloud, or Any Network

Unsecured IoT devices are creating havoc for organizations. Enterprises have migrated to the Cloud, creating new cybersecurity challenges and vulnerabilities. We’ll discuss how security analytics tools can be used to find and combat vulnerabilities common to IoT, the Cloud, or any network. See how Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools are used to monitor devices in real-time to identify attacks and stop them as they occur.

CEU-approved for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, CSA+, and CASP recertification.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

IoT Tools of the Trade for IT Pros

As more and more IoT solutions are being developed and implemented into organizations, what are the enabling technologies that IT Pros need to understand? Join us to discuss existing technologies such as Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA), as well as the processing and storage devices used today. We’ll also cover emerging technologies like 5G networks, and the key technologies and promises it may bring.

CEU-approved for A+, Network+, and Cloud+ recertification.

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Building a Resilient Network

With our ever-expanding network footprints and digital toddlers entering the environment every day, how can we protect ourselves and our customers? Join us for an overview on building a foundation for a safe and resilient digital world.

CEU-approved for A+, Network+, and Cloud+ recertification.

3:30 – 4:30 PM

The Irreplaceable Help Desk

In order to support cloud, mobility, IoT and other technologies, IT Service Management is evolving. But the need for support isn’t going away. How have these new technologies and automation impacted the help/service desk worker the past five years, and what can you expect in the next five years?

CEU-approved for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, CSA+, and CASP recertification.

To read the complete session descriptions and speaker bios VIEW AGENDA


Tech Trends

Boost your career by merging your IT acumen with the unique insights featured in Tech Trends, covering the latest technologies influencing the IT industry – including big data, artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities and cybersecurity.

Tuesday, August 1

10:45 – 11:45 PM

Smart Cities: The Future is Now

Smart Cities is no longer science fiction. They’re being developed today by leading cities across the US. Join us for a look inside smart city initiatives, strategies, and implementation plans. We’ll discuss some of the underlying technologies, opportunities, and potential challenges.

CEU-approved for A+ recertification.

1:00 – 2:00 PM

The Biggest Trends in Data: From the Stone Age to the Golden Age

We are undeniably on an exponential curve in respect to the volume of data we are producing, but what trends are emerging to help us deal with this deluge of data? How can we better convert this raw data into information, then knowledge, and eventually wisdom? Join us to discuss the most meaningful trends in the data landscape and hear examples of how people are tackling the hardest and most important problems in their data work. Find out about new data workflow paradigms where context, metadata, and derivative works live alongside the data to enhance its understanding, efficiency, and value.

CEU-approved for Network+ recertification.

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Impact of AI on IT

A recent Forrester survey of business and technology professionals found that 58% of them are researching AI, but only 12% are using AI systems. Will AI change the nature of work? Will it create a new relationship between humans and machine? Hear about cutting-edge developments in AI that could be coming to your business in the near future.
Wednesday, August 2

9:45 – 10:45 AM

When Developers are King: The Shifting Application Development Environment

The world of application development is shifting dramatically. Developers are no longer just coders in the background but are front and center of an organization’s digital transformation efforts. This is partially driven by the need for businesses and government to move faster than ever to deliver digital-native experiences and services to internal and external customers. Technology is also driving the change, with open source, new developer tools, public cloud and SaaS environments making it easy for developers and their business partners to develop, deliver and manage applications without ever interfacing with the official IT organization. In this session, we will have a lively discussion on how IT and their technology partners can find relevance and embrace this new world of modern application development.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Future of Technology

Join us for an interactive conversation about emerging technology trends and their impact on businesses and the IT professional. We’ll discuss how these technologies may change the way SMBs function, the impact of the digital transformation, and the future economic realities of these trends. From IoT and cloud to data analytics and AI, what are the implications for the technology job market and running or working for a tech business in 2020?

CEU-approved for A+, Network+ and Cloud+ recertification.

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Industrial Networks: Improving Connectivity Between Equipment & Networks

Major market sectors are transforming as vehicles, robots, and industrial control systems connect to the Internet. This trend is enabling unprecedented levels of automation, not just at the factory level, but throughout business processes. We’ll discuss the underlying technologies needed to support industrial networks to connect and integrate devices, machines, and vehicles with traditional enterprise networks.

CEU-approved for A+, Network+, and Cloud+ recertification.

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Cybersecurity 2020 – Tech’s Roaring 20s or an Electronic Wasteland?

The explosion of tech in all aspects of our lives is stretching cybersecurity to the breaking point. With childlike abandon, every imaginable thing is becoming network enabled and smart, but as digital toddlers are we laying the groundwork for a cybersecurity wasteland? Join the IT Security community as we take a hard look at the future of Cybersecurity and what it will take to usher in a golden era for tech.

CEU-approved for A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, CSA+, and CASP recertification.

To read the complete session descriptions and speaker bios VIEW AGENDA


Thought Leadership

Featured keynote and executive interview speakers offer a big-picture perspective and thought leadership:

  • Scott Belsky, entreprenuer and best-selling author of Making Ideas Happen

  • Sanjay Castelino, Vice President, Revenue Operations and Marketing, Spiceworks

  • Alyssa Fitzpatrick, General Manager, Worldwide SMB Sales, Microsoft Corporation

  • Jay Hallberg, President & CEO, Spiceworks

Extraordinary Networking

From our Technology Vendor Fair and nightly receptions to our all-day Think and Drink Lounge, you’ll have ample opportunity to meet fellow IT professionals and executives. Take advantage of the available peer power! Talk through the goals and challenges you’re facing in your job, and be the expert voice to your fellow attendees as they noodle through similar issues. You’ll also have access to myChannelCon, our online conference community site, where you can meet and chat with other attendees and build connections before you even get to Austin.

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