UC IT Blog 2023: The Year Ahead

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By Duong Mai. In the last year, the UC Tech community has had many notable accomplishments, making extraordinary advances across all UC campuses. 

In the year ahead, we seek to grow the UC Tech community of 9,755 members with more opportunities to gain experience, cultivate a network of engaged readers, and expand representation. The general themes we will focus on are technology, diversity, and business with blog posts highlighting stories, events, news and resources from members across locations, experience levels and interest groups. Whether you like to read up on the latest technology news regarding accessibility, cybersecurity, user experience, and AI or management topics such as leadership, project management, data analytics, and finance, there will be a wide range of informative and exciting content to look forward to in 2023. 

The UC IT Blog will be leading each month for the next year by embracing a unique diversity theme. Here is the breakdown month by month highlighting what the UC IT Blog and newsletter have in store: 


We kicked off the year by researching trending topics like ChatGPT and engaging in insightful conversations with people in the UC Tech community. In an interview with James Seddon, the Enterprise Network Operations Manager of Information Technology Services at UC San Diego, we discussed what inspires him and how his military background helped shape his work. With events like The University of California User Experience (UCUX) Usability Workshop and National Data Privacy Week, there have been plenty of opportunities to learn more. 


February is Black History Month. The Council of UC Staff Assemblies is hosting a Black Staff Leadership Panel on February 1st. There will also be many technology-related events and articles coming out regarding EdTech, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and IT Policy & Security. We are also planning to cover the topic of customer service and what drives success in this important management topic. 


March is Women’s History Month, and we will spotlight Women in Tech from each UC campus. Technology and business management topics that will be explored include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Project Management. Earth Hour opens the critical topic of sustainability and the role of tech leaders in supporting the environmental implications of our decisions. We hope to see you at Process Palooza, a signature UC tech community event, March 28-29, 2023 at UC San Diego.


When was the worldwide web created? April 1993 (30 years ago this month)! In April, there will be information on Data and Analytics, and we will continue the conversation regarding sustainability as Earth Week unfolds. Listening organizations will inspire our business conversations this month. It is also Diversity Month, a great time to look at this important topic with renewed drive for positive change. We hope to see you at a signature UC Tech community event, Cyber Secururity Summit on April 19, 2023 at UCLA.


In the month of May, we celebrate Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jewish-American Month, Older Americans Month, and Military Appreciation Month. We will explore accessibility in technology and leadership, and hope you join the UC Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) webinar on Thursday, May 18,


We celebrate Juneteenth and LGBTQ Pride Month in the month of June. There will be a range of technology topics discussed this month including Infrastructure / Network / The Cloud. In management this month, our focus will be the art and science of Marketing, and will roll out the 2023 UC IT Blog survey. We also hope to see you at two important UC Tech events, UCUX Usability Workshop Summit 2023 on June 6 and Information Security Symposium on June 20.


The month we are all waiting for! Join us July 17 – July 19 at UC Berkeley for this year’s UC Tech Conference. This represents the largest UC tech community event of the year, with nearly 800 participants in 2022. We will continue to post updates and communicate through our UC Tech Ambassadors at each campus location along with sharing announcements on the UC IT Blog and UC Tech Slack channel.  The last Friday in July is also National System Administrator Appreciation Day. Time to spread-the-word about the backbone of digital excellence.


In August, we will celebrate Worldwide Web Day, and explore technology themes such as Research IT Computing along with R&D/Innovation and Legal as our business topics.  


National Hispanic American Heritage Month and Filipino-American Month are celebrated in the month of September. The exciting topics of this month include design/user experience (UX), customer experience, student success, and productivity. 


In October, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the UC IT Blog! It is also Cyber Security Awareness Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and Diversity Awareness Month. The business management theme of the month is engagement and satisfaction, and we will cover disability employment. For those who can make it, we hope to see you either in-person or online at the EDUCAUSE 2023 Conference.


In November we celebrate Electronic Records Day. We will also travel back in time to review UC Tech in history. Improving business literacy has been important throughout this year and this month’s focus is finance and the art of employee engagement. Looking forward to celebrating Native Americans, veterans, and Thanksgiving. 


To wrap up the year, we will recognize National Human Rights Day in December and learn more about Health IT, AIDS, and the business topic focus will be Human Resource Management.  

With so many exciting events and articles coming, there is so much more to look forward to this year! Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest updates on events, news, and jobs:  

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Here is to a fantastic year with more opportunities for growth, collaboration, and engagement! 

About the Author: 

Duong Mai
UC IT Marketing Intern
Undergraduate Student at UC Berkeley