UC Tech Conference Starts Next Week

UC Tech 2022-40 Years of Connections-UC San Diego August 15-17

By Van Williams. UC Tech, our largest community gathering of the year, is coming up next week. I, along with the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from across the system, look forward to welcoming you to San Diego and online. For me, like for many of you, UC Tech is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about each other and to collectively set the stage for the year ahead. The year’s incredible UC Tech Conference steering committee has created several program tracks that are sure to inspire and invigorate you all.  

In addition to continuing to serve as executive sponsors the conference, the UC CIOs will also be attending the conference in force this year. Learn more about the CIO’s attending the conference and be sure to say “hi!” if you see them in the wild.

If you were considering registering, online registration is still open. Please register and tag me on LinkedIn or Twitter to let me know. I can’t wait to see you there! For details about the conference schedule and updates, please bookmark the 2022 UC Tech Conference landing page.

  1. Monday, August 15 at 5 or 6 pm:  the conference begins with a virtual (5-6 pm) and in-person (6-9 pm) reception. 
  2. Tuesday, August 16, from 9-10:45 am: we kick off UC Tech Conference sessions both virtually and in-person at the Price Center Theater at UC San Diego. We will start with the 40-year tradition of welcome by our venue host, who is Vince Kellen, CIO, UC San Diego. Following this, the ITLC and I will provide an update on the state of UC tech community and the road ahead in our annual CIO address, “The New-New UC Tech.” The kick-off will conclude with our honored keynote speaker.
  3. Tuesday, August 16, from 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm, a CIO Meet & Greet, offering in-person participants an opportunity to network and enjoy lunch together in the Matthews Quad.
  4. Throughout the conference, the CIOs will be presenting and/or attending sessions and meetings where we will learn and exchange insights with all of you.
  5. Tuesday, August 16 starting at 6:00 pm: The ITLC will host the UC Tech Awards ceremony reception at the Birch Aquarium. The Awards Ceremony will be live streamed as well for all conference attendees and their guests. The annual UC Tech Awards program, sponsored by the Information Technology Leadership Council ITLC*, recognizes achievements in IT that advance the university’s missions of teaching, research, public service and patient care; or that improve the effectiveness of university processes. This year, we expanded awards to include a total of six categories. In addition, we will be naming two of these categories after two very special individuals this year. 
  6. On both Tuesday, 8/16, from 10 am to 5 pm and Wednesday, August 17 from 8 am – 12 noon: the UC IT blog team will be available at a booth on the Price Center West Ballrooms A/B. Please stop by so we can learn more about you and your stories. There will be gifts and a chance to exchange important news that won’t want to miss! 
  7. For those attending online, we hope to be in touch digitally via email and our LinkedIn Group. Feel free to search and/or use the hashtag #UCTech to share UC Tech conference-related posts. 

If you see me at this year’s conference either in person or online, please do be sure to say hello. If I miss you at this year’s conference I look forward to saying hello whenever our paths may cross. 

Van Williams
Van Williams is Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology at the University of California. Read more about Van Williams on the UCOP web site, in this blog article, and on LinkedIn.

*The University of California Information Technology Leadership Council (ITLC) is an organization of chief information officers (CIOs) and other senior information technology (IT) leaders from the UC campuses, Office of the President, medical centers, and UC managed national laboratories. To learn more, visit the ITLC landing page.

About the UC Tech Conference: The UC Tech Conference fosters an inclusive and collaborative community of IT professionals that continually improves services that place the University of California system at the forefront of higher education, research, and patient care.  

Who Attends the UC Tech Conference: The UC Tech Conference welcomes all UC staff and faculty who are associated with or interested in information technology. Topics for presentations cover those targeting IT professionals, but numerous sessions cover broader topics: project management, service delivery, procurement, etc. Participants include technical support staff, system administrators, unit directors and managers, librarians, information security experts, service managers, and others. The conference welcomes all interested in learning how other campuses address technology issues and challenges and in building a network of professional IT colleagues from the UC system. Online registration is still open. To learn more, please visit the 2022 UC Tech Conference Website.

To Contact Van Williams, feel free to write to UCITblog@UCOP.edu