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Release: Nov. 11, 1999

UI to host Dec. 2 computer software conference

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In an effort to stimulate discussion about the growing computer software industry in Iowa, the University of Iowa will host the first annual "Iowa Software Summit" Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Co-sponsored by the new UI center called Software@Iowa and the Iowa Software Association, the all-day symposium will be an opportunity for private industry, government and academic representatives to highlight the increasingly important role of software in Iowa's economy and discuss ways to enhance the state's workforce of software professionals. Also, in cooperation with the Software Summit, Gov. Tom Vilsak has declared December Computer Software and Information Technology Month in Iowa.

Keynote speakers will include Mark Lang, executive director of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania, and Steve Johnson, co-director of global e-commerce programs at Andersen Consulting.

Potential cooperative ventures between the state, academia and industry will be one of the main discussion themes of the meeting, according to Software@Iowa co-directors Jon Kuhl, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the UI College of Engineering, and Roger Schultz, clinical professor of management sciences in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Software@Iowa is an Industry-Education Resource for the State of Iowa. It is supported by industry affiliates including National Computer Systems, Rockwell Collins, and Diversified Software Industries. For more information visit the web site at

Symposium registration is available by contacting the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes. The afternoon session, which includes an industry exhibition and student/industry reception, is free and open to students. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes in advance at 319-335-4141 or at 800-551-9029.