Press Release

NASA Holds It Summit In San Francisco Aug. 15-17

By SpaceRef Editor
August 11, 2011
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More than 1,700 people have signed up to attend NASA’s second annual IT Summit. It will feature technology leaders from government, the private sector and academia. The event will take place at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco on Monday, Aug. 15 – Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Keynote and featured speakers’ presentations will be streamed live online in conjunction with a chat forum. Participants can join an online discussion via phone and talk with presenters and other participants in the chat forum, which will not be streamed. You can view the NASA IT Summit remote engagement schedule, select sessions and register at:

Speakers will cover topics including security, open government, future work force, and the role of IT in space science and exploration. The keynote speakers include:

— Tim Campos, CIO, Facebook, Palo Alto, Calif.
— Andy Jassy, senior vice president for Web services,, Seattle
— LaVerne Council, corporate vice president and chief information officer, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J.
— Lynn Tilton, CEO, Patriarch Partners LLC, New York
— Kaplan Mobray, author, motivational speaker, career and life coach

To highlight one of the summit’s tracks, “Tomorrow’s Work Force,” NASA’s Associate Administrator for Education and former astronaut Leland Melvin will address more than 200 high school students. These students also will get hands-on technology demonstrations and meet with private industry representatives to encourage enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math programs.

To schedule interviews at the conference with NASA participants, reporters should contact Eldora Valentine at One-on-one interviews will be available with NASA Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton, Deputy CIO Deborah Diaz and Melvin.

For more information and to stay updated on various summit activities, follow NASA’s CIO on Twitter and the #nasait hashtag:

For more information about the summit, including the full agenda, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.