5th Annual Technology
Transformation Conference

February 29, 2024 • LIVE! Casino & Hotel in Maryland

Registration Closes Monday, February 26, 2024 at 5:00PM 

This year’s Technology Transformation Conference on February 29, 2024 (Leap Year!) brings Maryland-based technology organizations and professionals together to educate one another regarding the newest and most exciting technologies of the day. You will leave this conference with ways to collaborate and apply this knowledge of emerging technologies to your own business.

While technology transformation will still be in the forefront, this full-day conference will also feature keynote speakers, panel discussion, and a return of the roundtables on topics such as AI, Ag-tech, Energy Tech, Med-Tech, Cybersecurity, Capital and Workforce Development, and other trending technology topics. Copious amounts of networking opportunities are available throughout the conference and at the closing cocktail reception.


7:30 AM

Registration Open | Exhibit Hall Open | Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks


8:40 AM – 8:45 AM


8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Session A

Track 1: Cybersecurity as a Competitive Advantage

When it comes to cybersecurity, it is easy to focus on the negative, such as the threats, the cost, the complexity, and much more. However, a strong cybersecurity posture provides numerous tangible organizational benefits, including enhanced operational precision, well-trained employees, advanced incidence planning, and a data-centric organizational culture. This panel will explore the numerous advantages of a strong cybersecurity posture.


  • Tim Tang, CFE, Business Technologist, Hughes


  • Erek Barron, US Attorney for the District of Maryland
  • Thom Bethune, Vice President, InfoPathways
  • James Crifasi, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer, RedZone Technologies (confirmed)
  • Jonathan Nguyen Duy, Field CISO, Intel Corp.

Track 2: Best Practices for Systems Modernization

As companies look to streamline processes and increase scalability, legacy software applications present a number of challenges, creating significant risk and inefficiency.  To empower sustainable growth, manage labor challenges, improve stakeholder visibility into business performance and proactively manage sunsetting software systems, leadership teams need to migrate to modern, integrated applications.

In this session, attendees will hear from a panel of experienced business leaders who have successfully migrated their businesses to modern systems about:

  • The ecosystem of software applications and the power of integration – ERP, CRM, customer-facing systems
  • Legacy state v. the power of the future state of cloud-based, integrated systems
  • Triggers that indicate it’s time to begin the migration process
  • The importance of a Roadmap to ensure execution doesn’t paralyze the organization
  • Change management
  • Navigating tactical issues like timing, budgeting, and project management


  • Sarah Sedlak, Vice President, SC&H Group


  • Matt Jurchak, Chief Financial Officer, Sterilex
  • Christopher Rodski, CPA, M.B.A., Chief Financial Officer, Fuchs North America, Inc.
  • Chris Rossi, Director, SC&H Technology Advisory
  • Greg Tselikis, Director, SC&H Technology Advisory

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Session B

Track 1: Operationalizing AI for the C-Suite

This session will provide a functional understanding of how AI might be applied across a wide variety of industries today.  A demonstration of AI will be followed by a panel discussion that will include an AI Bot as a panelist!  Topics include distinction between generative AI, RPA, and machine learning, the current status of AI and where in the future it will make a meaningful difference, how can AI be profitable for your business, and where is the disruption of AI.


  • Todd Marks, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mindgrub Technologies


  • Daniel Cohen-Dumani, Partner, Withum
  • Mohamed Khalifa, Head of AI & Innovation, J.P. Morgan US Private Bank
  • Larry Pitts, Director of Customer Service, Procurement Sciences

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM


11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Session C

Track 1: Protecting and Ensuring Resilience in Maryland’s Energy and Agriculture Critical Infrastructure

Who is attacking us and why? What can we do to harden our defenses? What happens if we are attacked? These questions (and others) will be addressed in a straight-forward manner.

Attendees will leave knowing:

  • The current (and emerging) threat actors
  • The current and future means of attack
  • How your employees can be your best defense
  • Other simple ways to harden your business
  • Resources for who to contact and why before/during/after and attack


  • Troy LeMaile-Stovall, Chief Executive Officer, TEDCO


  • Colin Hamill, Founder and IT Solutions Designer, Sentinel Forge Technologies
  • Alexander Núñez, J.D., Esq., Senior Vice President, Governmental, Regulatory & External Affairs, Baltimore Gas and Electric
  • Andrew Rose, Advisor, BIO-ISAC

Track 2: The Trends of MedTech

This session will discuss how investors are making plans for where to invest their money to catalyze the Medtech industry.  What is driving medical device innovation?  Panelists from government, investment, academia, as well as the individuals developing the technology in the field will discuss the trends of Medtech..


  • Deborah Hemingway, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Ecphora Capital


  • Ivan M. George, Assistant Administrative Director, Johns Hopkins University Department of Surgery and Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Amy Jenkins, Ph.D., Director, Health Science Futures, ARPA-H
  • Yoseph Kim, MSE, Chief Executive Officer, OptoSurgical, LLC
  • Bob Storey, Managing Partner, LaunchPort, LLC

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Keynote Lunch Fireside Chat

Profile photo of Katie Savage


Secretary Katie Savage
Maryland Secretary of Information Technology





Kelly Schulz
Chief Executive Officer, Maryland Tech Council

State-Wide Initiatives in Cybersecurity, Modernization, and AI

Prior to being named the Moore administration’s choice to be the next Secretary of the Maryland Department of Information Technology, Katie Savage was the leader of the Defense Digital Service of the Department of Defense, leading dozens of programmers, designers, engineers, and data scientists. Savage helped lead the DOD’s COVID-19 response, including the development of a mobile tracking application used by 200K+ personnel, cybersecurity measures to ensure safe vaccine manufacturing and delivery as part of Operation Warp speed, and the development of emergency communication software toolkit for critical officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She also developed a digital employment verification tool on behalf of the State Department and the Department of Defense to expedite visa applications for 100K+ Afghan refugees and families applying for U.S. asylum. Furthermore, she launched the digitization of the world’s most extensive collection of 50M+ human tissue samples at the Joint Pathology Center, leading to advanced AI/ML research treating cancer and other diseases.

Before working at the DOD, Savage was Director of Operations & Services at the City Tech Collaborative for the city of Chicago, remaking essential city services with tech and digital solutions. She developed Smart Green Infrastructure monitoring software in Chicago, combining Microsoft and University of Illinois technology to decrease urban flooding by measuring water levels. She also led the City of Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, developing initiatives ranging from small business support to major transit corridor revitalization. From 2008-2010, Savage served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi.

In her roles at the Department of Defense and at City Tech, Savage has spoken about government and civic tech at forums around the world, including UN-Habitat in Brussels, the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, Chicago Ideas Week in Chicago, and the Institute for Competitive Inner Cities in Cleveland. She was recognized in 2021 as Tech Champion of the Year and in 2022 as Best Boss in Federal IT by FedScoop, and in 2022 for Government Leadership by CyberScoop. Savage has a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from American University.



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Session D

Track 1: When AI Doesn’t Work (Limits and Liabilities) - Unintended Consequences

This second AI panel of the conference will focus on AI’s functional limitations and legal and ethical implications, as well as the business implication of using AI.


  • Matt Puglisi, Co-Founder and Chairman, Netrias


  • Balaji Padmanabhan, Ph.D., Dean’s Professor of Decisions, Operations & Information Technologies, University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith, School of Business
  • Jason Michael Perry, Chief Technology Officer, Mindgrub Technologies
  • Gregory Stone, Partner and Co-Chair of Intellectual Property and Technology Section, Whiteford

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

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