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Second Annual Heartland GreenUp Symposium & Expo

Des Moines, Iowa USA
June 2, 2011

Des Moines, IA (January 12, 2011) It’s with great excitement that the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) officially announces a call for speakers for the second annual Heartland GreenUp conference. TAI is looking for professionals utilizing technology to harness the benefits of green practices to speak at the conference on June 2, 2011, in Des Moines, IA.

The Heartland GreenUp will promote best technological practices in helping to reduce the overall energy consumption and carbon footprint for businesses. This conference seeks to highlight and educate business, public officials, and IT professionals in making wise decisions that will harness business growth while lessening a negative environmental impact.

Keynoting the event is Harris M. Warsaw, vice president, General Business, North America - IBM. The event will include six tracks, 12 speaking sessions and two keynote addresses over the course of the conference. Interested speakers and panelists are encouraged to visit to submit a speaking abstract. Submissions will be accepted through February 10, 2011.

The various tracks throughout the conference will include Green Basics, a where to start and how to look for opportunities to implement and sustain change. The Green IT 2.0 track will investigate the latest green information technologies. Programs that provide assistance for companies to green their operations will be covered during the Incentives track. There will also be a Regional Showcase to highlight companies and innovators from across the Midwest, along with a Best in Class track that will allow industry members to share their own green stories to increase corporate sustainability. And the Building and Planning for Sustainability track will explore technology’s future impact on society in 2020.

“Our goal is to host an industry conference focusing specifically on how technology is affecting the green revolution,” says Louise Billmeyer, Conference Chairperson and Division CIO at Principal Financial Group. “The midwest is using technology practices to help reduce carbon footprint so it makes perfect sense to bring the discussions to the heartland. People and businesses are doing some amazing things to reduce energy consumption, and this conference serves as a platform to highlight them while educating others.”

TAI is again offering virtual attendance available to qualified professionals and key thought-leaders from coast to coast and around the world.  Virtual attendees will get full benefit of Heartland GreenUp's presentations, panels and seminars, as well as opportunities to network with other virtual attendees, virtual speakers and sponsor representatives. This allows for a first-hand look at how technology is expanding the 'event horizon,' while adding only minimally to Heartland GreenUp's carbon footprint. Virtual GreenUp registrants can attend two ways: through a simple Web interface providing realtime session video, popup slides and interactive text-chat or in a fully-immersive, 3D convention center in Second Life.


Event Details:

Where: Meadows Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa

When:  June 2, 2011

Cost;   $99 per person for Real-World event

            $49 per person for Virtual World event