What it is
A?new conference in the works and it’s called the Environmental Tech Summit. ?It’s mission is to put a bunch of software developers/vendors and environmental consultants into the same room and see what happens. ?Ok, so maybe not quite like that, but the idea is simple: to?promote the use and development of software technology in the environmental sector.
Why it’s important
I’m not alone in believing that the use of software technology?particularly smartphone and mobile tech?is lagging within our industry as compared to almost every other industry. I’m not entirely sure why, but I have some theories. ?Inertia comes to mind. Fear of job or revenue loss also comes to mind. But let’s face it: from the long view, all of us that have been working in this industry for 20+ years will inevitably?retire, and?younger folks?will take our places. ?And with that will come sweeping changes, technology acceptance among them. ?So this particular conference is being held in the hopes that it can serve as a catalyst to make this happen sooner rather than later.
Since this will be the first annual event, it’s success or failure will depend greatly on the quality of the speakers we can get. ?So we are currently looking for two basic types of folks as speakers for this event:
- Environmental consultants that have used software technology in an innovative way. ?Examples:?improvement of a process in a unique way through software or hardware, use of?a tool to do something that couldn’t have been possible without that tool,?use of? a tool to speed up report completions and/or data quality and completeness, etc etc.
- Software developers and vendors. ?This includes developers that have created software specifically for the environmental industry and those who have created software in use in a different industry but which can ben adapted for use in the environmental industry.
How you will benefit as a speaker
Exposure, new customers, advocates, respect among your peers, networking opportunities…you never know where all the small threads will lead. ?So what are you waiting for, click the button?below and tell us about that?awesome software tool, product, or online service.