Science center CEO to MC IoT conference

TROY – Michigan Science Center President and CEO Tonya Matthews will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for IoT TechConnect, an Internet of Things conference set for April 4 at the Troy Marriott.

This one-day event will focus on IoT companies, experts and training in Michigan. PlanetM, a mobility industry initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., is the title sponsor.

IoT TechConnect will feature content tracks to provide attendees with greater familiarity about the opportunities and threats posed by IoT. More and more devices are connecting to the Internet, so making sure they do not become a gateway for hackers to crack home, office and vehicle networks is critical.

Tonya Matthews

“We’re very excited to be working with Dr. Matthews, one of the true experts in Southeast Michigan for science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Mike Brennan, editor and publisher of MITechNews.Com, a co-producer of IoT TechConnect. “She also will help us organize a STEM workshop for high school students to further stimulate their interest in pursuing college degrees and professional training in STEM. There are close to 100,000 STEM job openings in Michigan alone, so getting students interested in these careers is vital to Michigan’s economic future.”

More than 1,000 expected attendees will hear from industry thought leaders during keynote and breakout sessions. IoT TechConnect will address all these topics and more, including augmented and virtual reality, industrial IoT, smart cities, smart homes, and connected tech.

“I’m honored to participate in IoT TechConnect,” Matthews said. “At the Michigan Science Center, we’re dedicated to becoming the STEM hub of Michigan and a premier institution for informal STEM learning. This event is a great opportunity to help prepare the local workforce for the technology of the future.”

Tickets for IoT TechConnect are $20. Call (855) 625-6831 to register.

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