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MISSOULA – Accelerate Montana at the University of Montana will host an evening reception and information technology-focused roundtable on Wednesday, March 1, in the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Building at UM.

The reception will run from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Garden Foyer, and the roundtable will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Auditorium, Room 105. The event is in in partnership with Mansfield Center and the Mansfield Academy of Global Leadership.

The free event will address how information technology innovation is transforming industry, energy and education. Three top international leaders from IBM, Panasonic and Washington Corporation will discuss how advancements in information communication technology and internet of things are transforming energy management, industrial sectors and city management. The panelists are:

  • Nicholas Donofrio, former IBM executive vice president of innovation and technology, IBM Fellow Emeritus.
  • Masato Nakamura, Panasonic director/general manager, International Corporate Affairs, Panasonic International.
  • Chris Warden, Washington Corporation Technology vice president.

The panelists will address the following questions: How are artificial intelligence, big data analytics and sensors tech transforming industries? What is the latest on the smart-city and smart-world concept? What is the next generation of information and energy technologies developments that could be disruptive? What can universities do to better prepare students for this next generation of technology development?

Interested participants can register online at

Accelerate Montana is UM’s center for economic development, entrepreneurship and leadership. It serves Montana businesses through seven programs: Blackstone LaunchPad, the Missoula Regional Small Business Development Center, the Montana Code School, Montana iLEAD, the Montana Technology Enterprise Center, the Montana World Trade Center and the Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

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Contact: Melissa Lacock, marketing and operations associate, Montana World Trade Center at UM, 406-243-5856,

Published February 24, 2017