November 15, 2019 07:00 am - 12:15 pm
Amplify Oshkosh Ethical IT Conference
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Culver Family Welcome Center 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh, WI

About the Ethical IT Conference

$69 Registration, $79 At the Door, $5 First 50 Students then $10 for Students.

Ethical IT: Who is responsible for what guides our decisions in how, why, and where we advance technology?

While technology advances at an exponential rate, people are making decisions that stretch beyond what has been created in policy, regulation, and current best practices to protect and care for humanity. Participants in Amplify's Ethical IT event will come with questions and leave with questions - but will without a doubt, be aware of how to approach technology from an ethical and values mindset.

Keynote Speaker

David Ryan Polgar

David Ryan Polgar is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for the hotly-debated issues around Facebook, AI ethics, unintended consequences, digital wellbeing, and what it means to be human in the digital age. He has appeared on CBS This Morning, BBC World News, Fast Company, SiriusXM, Associated Press, the Washington Post's "Can He Do That?" podcast, and many others. An international speaker with rare insight into building a better future with technology, David has been on stage at Harvard Business School, Princeton University, The School of the New York Times, TechChill (Latvia), The Next Web (Netherlands), FutureNow (Slovakia), and the Future Health Summit (Ireland).

David is the founder of All Tech Is Human, an organization that is shifting the process of how technology is developed and deployed to one that is more inclusive, multidisciplinary, and participatory. The organization unites a broad range of technologists, academics, artists, advocates, policymakers, and students to co-create a more thoughtful future towards technology. He is a frequent consultant, co-host of the podcast Funny as Tech, and an advisor for Hack Mental Health, the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) program, and #ICANHELP--all committed to using tech for good.

Agenda

07:00 - 07:45
Registration and Networking Breakfast

Brought to you by Fox Valley Technical College

07:45 - 08:00
Welcome from Amplify Oshkosh

Amplify Consortium Member, Michael Patton, welcomes everyone to the Amplify Oshkosh Ethical IT Conference.

Michael Patton
Michael has been a technology professional in the Fox Valley for over 20 years. During that time, he has led IT teams in small and large companies, been an in-demand IT leadership and strategy consultant, and is now a full-time lecturer for the College of Business at UW Oshkosh.
08:00 - 09:00
Keynote Presentation - Ensuring a Bright Tech Future: Getting Big Tech, Policymakers, and the Public Involved in Making Tech More Ethical

With great power comes great responsibility. Has Big Tech stepped up to the challenge? Technology is developing at a much faster rate than our ability to create necessary safeguards, best practices, and proactive policies. In order to ensure a bright tech future, now is the time to engage a broad range of stakeholders in considering how we design and deploy technologies. This presentation will offer attendees a better sense of the overall landscape and the hurdles we face, along with actionable ways of moving towards a better tech future. How can we ensure that Big Tech, which has often been accused of being ethically-challenged and focused on profits over people, is capable of handling this immense power with integrity? Will the process of how these emerging technologies are developed and deployed be transparent to the public? What is the role of policymakers and the general public? Led by pioneering tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar (founder of All Tech Is Human), this timely discussion will look at how we arrived at the juncture, the current status of Big Tech's ethical responsibilities, and where we are likely headed in the future.

David Ryan Polgar
David Ryan Polgar is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for the hotly-debated issues around Facebook, AI ethics, unintended consequences, digital wellbeing, and what it means to be human in the digital age. He has appeared on CBS This Morning, BBC World News, Fast Company, SiriusXM, Associated Press, the Washington Post's "Can He Do That?" podcast, and many others. An international speaker with rare insight into building a better future with technology, David has been on stage at Harvard Business School, Princeton University, The School of the New York Times, TechChill (Latvia), The Next Web (Netherlands), FutureNow (Slovakia), and the Future Health Summit (Ireland). David is the founder of All Tech Is Human, an organization that is shifting the process of how technology is developed and deployed to one that is more inclusive, multidisciplinary, and participatory. The organization unites a broad range of technologists, academics, artists, advocates, policymakers, and students to co-create a more thoughtful future towards technology. He is a frequent consultant, co-host of the podcast Funny as Tech, and an advisor for Hack Mental Health, the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) program, and #ICANHELP--all committed to using tech for good.
09:00 - 09:20
Networking Break and Sponsor Expo

Brought to you by Bank First and Rise & Grind

09:20 - 10:20
Rules of Engagement | a panel of local and regional experts discuss how they make values-based decisions about IT development, security, policies, and practices.

Rules of Engagement | with Tina Schuelke - Business owners and IT professionals are the frontline decision makers when it comes to Information Technology Ethics. Now more than ever, IT professionals have access to confidential data and knowledge about individuals' and companies' networks, systems, and secrets. That access can be abused, either deliberately or inadvertently. Standard training and licensing to assure ethical conduct and security are not required for IT professionals. IT associations and organizations are beginning to address the ethical side of the job, but again, there is no requirement to belong to those organizations. Are ethical guidelines needed? Who determines what guidelines affect your business? Let’s hear from our panel.

Facilitator: Tina Schuelke, Executive Director, Change Management Communications Center LLC
Tina Schuelke is the Owner and Executive Director at Change Management Communications Center LLC. Tina has led individual and organizational change for more than 25 years, serving Fortune 500 companies, community projects, and small businesses. She founded Change Management Communications Center, LLC in 2013 with the mission to advance how leaders address change. That same year Tina joined with a motivated group of business and community leaders in founding and launching Amplify Oshkosh. Connect with Tina to discuss key points about leading successful changes, multi-directional communications, creating a culture empowered by flow, and transforming your business for advancing technologies.
Panelist: Don McCartney, VP – Enterprise Architect and Simplify, Oshkosh Corp.
Don McCartney is the VP – Enterprise Architecture and Simplify at Oshkosh Corporation. Don is a digital business executive improving manufacturing business outcomes by developing and leading a multi-functional, Industry 4.0 team focused on the digitization and integration of vertical and horizontal value chains, product and service offerings, and business models and customer access. The goal is to agilely transform the business by delivering strategic value, optimizing costs and generating new revenue streams through automation and innovation within the organization. 
Panelist: Casey Niemuth, CEO, Co-Founder, PODO
Casey Niemuth is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of PODO. Before PODO even existed, Casey knew he wanted to be on the bleeding edge of the technology industry. Starting PODO from the ground up with co-founder, Chris, they began a journey of finding the best people to share in their vision for the company. Casey’s role is to empower everyone to positively impact the company in their own unique way.
Panelist: Javad Ahmad, President and COO, Smart IS International
Javad Ahmad is the COO of Smart IS International and Chairman of the Board of Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. Javad has been an active member of Amplify Oshkosh since its inception in 2013. He is a strong supporter of Amplify’s passion in bringing together the IT and business sector of Oshkosh to educate on and promote IT awareness. As the Chairman of the Board of Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Javad plays an integral part in organizing and promoting events in growing the IT sector of Oshkosh and its surrounding regions. Through his vast experience and proven track record in the IT/ Business sector, he brings a unique perspective to Amplify.
Panelist: Adam Ellison, Manager of Health, Informatics, and Technology, Advocate Aurora Health
Adam Ellison, Manager of Health, Informatics, and Technology at Advocate Aurora Health has been in health care information technology for over twenty years.  He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.   In his current role, Adam is responsible, at a local and regional level, for HIT Business Relationship Management, Strategic and Growth initiatives, and managing day-to-day operations for all HIT team members in the market.  Among other initiatives, his team is currently working on the integration of the newly acquired Aurora Medical Center Bay Area in Marinette and helping to facilitate the construction of a new surgery center in Kaukauna.   When Adam isn’t working, he likes to spend time outdoors, getting lost in the woods…following a well-trained pointing dog.
Panelist: Steve Sorenson, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Steve Sorenson is a Shareholder with more than 35 years of experience helping clients with a wide range of legal issues. He provides counsel on corporate law, business succession planning and estate planning. He also represents municipalities and with regard to real estate he counsels on land use, zoning, smart growth, water front litigation and nonmetallic mining. Steve is a frequent lecturer on Legal Ethics, Real Estate law and Waterfront rights. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Community Health Network (CHN) and remains active in health care organizations. Steve is a Fellow of both the Wisconsin Law Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Panelist: Dr. David Gundlach, Deputy Superintendent, OASD
Dr. David Gundlach currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for the Oshkosh Area School District. In addition to his Deputy Superintendent duties, he is responsible for all district technology systems and services. He assists learning organizations in developing strategic plans to align standards, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and feedback systems to improve student learning.
10:20 - 10:40
Networking Break and Sponsor Expo

Brought to you by Bank First and Rise & Grind

10:40 - 11:10
Ask the Experts | with David Ryan Polger

Ask the Experts | with David Ryan Polgar - Bring your questions, and explore ethics in IT with David Ryan Polgar and a panel of IT experts. Ask pointed questions and dive into paradoxical ideas that face IT professionals, uses and consumers.

PANELIST: SAKILE NEWSOM, CO-WORKING SPACE COORDINATOR, FIT OSHKOSH, INC
Sakile Newsom started her career working in property management and has just recently moved to Oshkosh, WI to continue her education. She began working for Friends of Oshkosh Community Media and volunteering to help coordinate the pilot Co-working Space at Fit Oshkosh, Inc. The role at Fit Oshkosh, Inc became an official position as she took on the duty of marketing the space on social media. This launched her to the realization that she could make a career in Social Media Marketing.
PANELIST: AMY PIETSCH, DIRECTOR, FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE VENTURE CENTER
Amy is an entrepreneur, turned intrapreneur, currently serving as the Director of the Fox Valley Technical College Venture Center. Amy’s passion is assisting entrepreneurs, small business owners, community and business leaders to launch and grow sustainable enterprises. Amy helps them design their business model, develop their marketing and business plans, and secure financing. Amy is a graduate of Alverno College with an MBA in Innovation Leadership.
Panelist: Don McCartney, VP – Enterprise Architect and Simplify, Oshkosh Corp.
Don McCartney is the VP – Enterprise Architecture and Simplify at Oshkosh Corporation. Don is a digital business executive improving manufacturing business outcomes by developing and leading a multi-functional, Industry 4.0 team focused on the digitization and integration of vertical and horizontal value chains, product and service offerings, and business models and customer access. The goal is to agilely transform the business by delivering strategic value, optimizing costs and generating new revenue streams through automation and innovation within the organization. 
Panelist: Casey Niemuth, CEO, Co-Founder, PODO
Casey Niemuth is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of PODO. Before PODO even existed, Casey knew he wanted to be on the bleeding edge of the technology industry. Starting PODO from the ground up with co-founder, Chris, they began a journey of finding the best people to share in their vision for the company. Casey’s role is to empower everyone to positively impact the company in their own unique way.
Panelist: Dr. David Gundlach, Deputy Superintendent, OASD
Dr. David Gundlach currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for the Oshkosh Area School District. In addition to his Deputy Superintendent duties, he is responsible for all district technology systems and services. He assists learning organizations in developing strategic plans to align standards, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and feedback systems to improve student learning.
11:10 - 11:45
What Would You Do? an Ethical IT Challenge Session

Now that you have heard from our keynote, IT professionals, and ethicists, sign in to our secure online polling system to test your ideas and new knowledge. Host, David Ryan Polgar, asks how you would respond to some common and some not-so-common Ethical IT challenges. Together we’ll learn how ordinary people behave when they are confronted with dilemmas that require them either to take action or stop action in real life digital interactions. Various scenarios are created that force people to make split-second -- and often surprising – decisions. There really are no wrong answers in this: the goal is to grow awareness and intentionality while we observe each other’s responses to Ethical IT situations.

11:45 - 12:05
Artificial Intelligence: Untangling Ethical Dilemmas | presented by IBM

M. Ahmad Shahzad will share the ethical twist of responsible usage of Artificial Intelligence and the challenges when implementing this type of technology.

M. Ahmad Shahzad, Cognitive Data Lead, IBM
Accomplished technology executive and industry recognized evangelist in Data and Information Strategy, IoT, Analytics, Cloud & Cognitive Architecture. Experience in leading enterprise initiatives with a focus on assisting business processes and digitally transforming operations. Worked with numerous Fortune 100 companies with a focus on data, analytics, and AI strategy; have successfully established and steered global teams; developed architectures and innovative digital patterns; and is an avid learner of new technology trends. Currently, working as Cognitive Data Lead at IBM.

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