The AITP National Collegiate Conference continues to be the single largest event produced by AITP annually and the 2010 event was no exception. The conference was held March 25-28, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri at the downtown Millennium St. Louis hotel literally across from the famed St. Louis Arch with a total attendance of 674, up from the 2009 event in Oklahoma City with 611 attendees but ironically, matching the total 2008 attendance of 673 in Memphis!
The conference was chaired by Boeing's Ron Taylor and Healthlink's Larry Friedlander with local advising provided by Southwestern Illinois College's CIO Chris Leja. Attendees were welcomed to St. Louis and hosted by our super host committee crew which included:
Co-Hosting AITP Student Chapters:
Eastern Illinois University
Missouri State University
Missouri Western State University
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Southeast Missouri State University
Southwestern Illinois College
Co-Hosting AITP Professionals:
St. Louis AITP Chapter
Capitol AITP Chapter (Springfield, IL)
AITP Region 5
Conference sponsors/exhibitors included returning Diamond Sponsor Robert Half Technology along with the Foundation for Information Technology Education, State Farm, Microsoft, the ICCP Education Foundation, GITCA, and ITsymbiotics. Additional conference exhibitors included Air National Guard, American Airlines, DataDash, Dell, ICCP, Kaplan University, KPMG, SEA Group/Xiotech, USAA. Conference contributors included Boeing, ecfirst, ERSI, ITT Technical Institute, AITP Region 5, Windy City/Chicago AITP Chapter!
The conference continues to deliver true value and opportunities to the AITP student & faculty and unique opportunities to hear leading IT organization speakers through keynotes and breakout sessions. The keynote panel moderated by Robert Half Technology got the event off to a huge success Friday Morning with tons of tips for obtaining that cool job in the field of IT and was followed by an impressive breakout session speaker line-up including the returning "Best Tech-Geek" video contest sponsored again by ITSymbiotics that literally had the Friday lunch crowd cheering for more! We learned about dressing for success during the Saturday luncheon and the conference concluded with yet another super awards banquet wherein we enjoyed a super meal, did the Cha Cha Slide and eagerly awaited the announcement of the RHT/AITP scholarship winners, recognitions and which teams won the contest events!
Attendance: 488 Student Attendees 70 Faculty Attendees 12 IT Professionals 65 Sponsors, Speakers and Exhibitors 16 Committee members, AITP officers and Region 5 attendees 27 Volunteers, Guests and Region 5 meeting attendees ---- 678 Total "pre-audited" Attendance 69 Colleges & Universities Represented
Diamond Sponsor: Robert Half Technology
Contest Sponsors: The Foundation for Information Technology Education, ICCP Education Foundation, Microsoft, State Farm
Conference Sponsors: Dell, GITCA, ITSymbiotics, Inc.
Exhibitors: Air National Guard, American Airlines, DataDash, ICCP, Kaplan Higher Education, KPMG, SEA Group/Xiotech, USAA
Contributors: Boeing, ecfirst, ESRI, ITT Technical Institute, AITP Region 5, Windy City/Chicago AITP Chapter