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AFCEA hosts TechNet expo

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THE Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Marianas Chapter is hosting its fourth annual Marianas TechNet 2012 technology conference and expo today through Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The conference theme is “New Focus on the Western Pacific: Convergence of Strategy and Technology for the 21st Century,” which refers to the recent changes in strategy and focus within the military and throughout the federal government.

In its conference website, AFCEA Marianas Chapter explained that the goal of the event is to address relevant topics of interest to the community and to bring together leaders in the field to help improve understanding of future opportunities.

The conference will bring together industry, government and military representatives to participate as panelists or guest speakers.

“The national and international press has recently highlighted topics related to our theme this year,” the AFCEA Marianas Chapter stated. “Article subjects have ranged from the military buildup on Guam to improved economic performance in the region and the emergence of new business opportunities, both on Guam and in the surrounding countries. It appears that world interest is shifting from other regions in the world to the Western Pacific. Our island’s location and status as the communications hub of the Western Pacific enhances our ability to support the communications requirements resulting from these new developments.”

Exhibitors

More than 30 exhibitors from local and global companies will demonstrate the very latest in communications and technology tools available at the two-day technology expo, which runs today and Wednesday at Hyatt.

Keynote speakers for the event include military and local government officials such as Col. Robert Loynd, Marine Forces Pacific Forward; Col. Diron J. Cruz, Guam Army National Guard; Mark Calvo, Guam Buildup Office director; and Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio.

In addition to the discussion forums and exhibits, attendees have the opportunity to network at special social events, such as the Opening Night Reception on Wednesday and the TechNet Island Fiesta to be held at Two Lover’s Point on Thursday, where the committee will announce the recipients of the S.T.E.M. Grant awards.

Both events are open to the public. Tickets are available for sale through committee members and at event registration.

For more information about Marianas TechNet 2012, the conference agenda and panel topics are available for viewing and registration here. Conference fee is $35.

The AFCEA Marianas Chapter is one of more than 120 AFCEA chapters around the world, hosting more than 100 engineers, programmers, managers, industry leaders, government officials, and military personnel as members.

The chapter meets monthly to listen to experts in the field, engage in discussions and educational platforms, and exchange ideas.

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