The Nashville Technology Council will use the recently completed Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a promotional tool, of sorts, as its prepares for its annual membership meeting next week.
Dr. Genevieve Bell, a nationally — and, some would argue, internationally — respected figure within the technology industry, is the keynote speaker for the event. To be called The Many Faces of Technology, the event will take place Jan. 25 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena (for more details, visit here ).
Of note, Bell spoke at the CES and was a major hit, according to Liza Lowery Massey, NTC president and CEO. Bell is a mini-YouTube video sensation (at least with tech types), with numerous presentations available for viewing.
Born in Australia and a trained anthropologist and researcher, Bell serves as the director of Intel Corp.'s Interaction and Experience Research. In 2010, AlwaysOn named Bell one of the top 25 women in technology to watch.
In addition, the NTC event will feature Penny Herscher, president and CEO of First Rain, a B2B software analytics company.
Also speaking will be Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Bill Hagerty, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
“For Nashville, that is a testament to the tech community here — its strength and vibrancy,” Massey said of the lineup.
The Nashville-area tech community was well represented in Las Vegas. Griffin Technology captured three  best of show awards, while the following entities with a local office attended or had booths: Absolute Software, HP, Comcast, Intel Corp., Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon.