Canadian Cloud Council Announces Interzone, an 'Un-Technology' Conference

The Canadian Cloud Council, in conjunction with Factori, have announced a three-day enterprise "un-technology" conference called Interzone slated for March 11 to 13 next year at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

Interzone will discuss the rapid convergence of internet technology, art, science and commerce and bridge the gap between technology startups and enterprise. The three-day exhibition is the largest of it’s kind in Canada and the Canadian Cloud Council’s fifth major conference.

One of the highlights of the program is a fireside chat titled “The End of A Silicon Valley Bedtime Story” featuring Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple; Adam Messinger, CTO of Twitter; and Arne Jofesberg, CIO of GoDaddy. The panel will address technology’s rapid evolutionary continuum and whether or not we are on heading towards a monumental turning point in human history or rather a near extinction event. The fireside will be moderated by Peter Coffee, VP Strategic Research at and mark Steve Wozniak’s first public appearance in Canada.

Other speakers at Interzone include: Bruce Croxon, Founder of Lavalife and Star of “Dragon’s Den”; Tom Georgens, CEO of NetApp; Mark J. Barrenechea, Chair and CEO of OpenText; Janet Kennedy, President of Microsoft Canada; Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer at McAfee; Jonathan Reichental, CIO of City of Palo Alto; and James Barrese, CTO of PayPal. Kirstine Stewart, Head of Twitter Canada and Former EVP at CBC will act as Interlocutor.

“As the internet has become a ubiquitous life form, the term cloud computing has become not only redundant, but also irrelevant. In this day and age, there simply is no other type of computing. The new order of information technology is prevailing,” commented Robert Brennan Hart, Founder and CEO of the Canadian Cloud Council and Factori and Interzone chair.

“Lines between disruptive startup subculture and enterprise technology are blurring fast. Once precious, expensive and scarce IT resources, controlled by a cartel of machines and processes, are now immediately and widely available to the common consumer. Innovation is now less about access to technology and more about the rapid convergence of art, science and global socio-economics," he added.

Interzone will challenge the role of technology in the modern enterprise and promises raw, explosive and unfiltered discussion at every turn. “This is quite simply one of the most compelling and anticipated technology events in recent history, commented Chris C. Kemp, Founder of OpenStack and Nebula and host of Interzone panel ‘Masters of the OpenStack Universe.' “A conference of this caliber has never existed in Canada. You simply cannot miss it.”

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