Technology Conference Brings Together Georgetown MBA Students and Industry Leaders

November 05, 1999

On Friday, January 21, 2000, the Georgetown MBA Program plays host to leading global technology companies at the 2000 Georgetown MBA Technology Conference. MBA Tech 2000 marks the third year for this student-run event, and promises to build upon the success of the 1999 Conference.

The purpose of the event is to bring together students and industry participants to discuss the latest trends and future state of the many segments of the industry while showcasing the Georgetown MBA Program. "The primary objective," says Ayesha Hussain (MBA '00), Co-Chair of MBA Tech 2000, "is to create awareness among these leading technology firms of the potential we, as students, can offer in helping build the future of the industry. At the same time, we want to increase student awareness of the many strategic issues facing these companies."

The conference is an afternoon event featuring a keynote address, functional and topical panel discussions on the latest industry happenings, and a networking reception that provides students the opportunity to interact with firm representatives on an individual basis and discuss issues and careers opportunities in the technology industry. We are excited to announce that the CEO of MicroStrategy, Mr. Michael Saylor, will deliver this year's keynote address. MicroStrategy, based just outside D.C. in Vienna, Virginia, is a leading intelligent e-business company, providing software, consulting, education and support services that enable businesses to manage and optimize their internal corporate, business-to-business, and business-to-consumer information resources. MicroStrategy has received numerous industry awards and is recognized throughout the industry as a pioneer in data warehousing and decision support systems (DSS).

The panels for this year's event promise to offer enlightening discussions on major trends and topics in the industry. The first group of functional panel discussions will address recent market trends in the areas of consulting, marketing, operations, and finance. After a short break, the conference reconvenes for topical panel discussions covering areas such as technology in emerging markets, entrepreneurial start-ups, interactive media, telecommunications, and competition in the electronics industry. The panels give students the opportunity to hear directly from industry participants on the latest trends and happenings in the industry from multiple viewpoints. Panelists from last year's event included representatives from many prominent local, national and global companies including Apple, Microsoft, Intel, America Online, Concert Communications, AMS, and The Gartner Group.

To conclude the afternoon's activities, the information reception allows students and company representatives the opportunity to mingle, network, and discuss career opportunities and the latest technology developments. Last year's event included company representatives and information booths from Microsoft, Oracle and Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, among others.

MBA Tech 2000 represents a wonderful opportunity for both 1st and 2nd year students to gain greater insight into the technology issues that will undoubtedly be encountered as you head into internships and full-time employment. "The Technology Conference is a student-led, student-created event that enhances awareness of the importance of technology on our campus and in our curriculum, and brings us closer to the technology community," says Christopher Puto, Dean of the MBA Program at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. "I am extremely proud of what our students have accomplished in this field, and I am looking forward to even greater success as we charge into the 21st Century."

The Technology Conference also offers Georgetown the opportunity to reach out to the many local tech companies flourishing in our own backyard in the suburbs of Virginia and Maryland. "The conference is a way for us to help promote Georgetown and, in particular, the business school as a willing institutional partner with the high-tech corridor in the advancement and promotion of technology," says Associate Dean Larry Abeln. "We can be a partner by helping companies recruit our MBA students, collaborating on research, sponsoring executive or training programs, and building the visibility of the Northern Virginia/D.C. area as a region of opportunity for the high-tech industry."

As this is a student-run event, first and second-year students are encouraged to participate in the planning, promotion and logistics of the Conference. Interested parties can contact Ayesha Hussain, Sara Ghaith (MBA'00) or Paul Kunzer (MBA'00) for more information.

Again, the date for this event is Friday, January 21, 2000. It will be held in the Leavey Conference Center. Mark your calendars! MBA Tech 2000 promises to be an event you won't want to miss.