TechNite forum to celebrate its `believers'

Power of technology to create jobs stressed

`What we can become'

October 21, 2002|By Stacey Hirsh | Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF

Just who the believers are is being kept secret - for now.

But at TechNite tomorrow, the event's organizers will explain their "believers" theme by unveiling a few examples of people in the region who inspire the technology community to forge ahead despite economic challenges.

"This is all about the people who continue to believe in this, who continue to believe in the power of technology and how it's going to change how we do business ... and be an extraordinary driver of the economy," said Penny Lewandowski, who is executive director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.

TechNite - with its "believers" theme - is a way to drive home the message that technology is something to believe in, she said.

The evening is also designed to pump energy into the technology community, Lewandowski said.

The Greater Baltimore Technology Council is host for the event - which begins at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center - and is sponsored by KPMG LLC and other area companies and organizations.

Tickets cost $110 or $135 per person, depending on whether the guest is a member of the technology council, which expects about 900 people to attend. Last year's event drew almost 1,000 people.

"Things are different," Lewandowski said. "But these people still believe in the potential and what we have and what we can become, and that story is very important."

At TechNite this year, Phillip A. Singerman, executive director of Maryland Technology Development Corp., is to receive the Baltimore's Extraordinary Technology Advocate (BETA) award.

Singerman said the award indicates the success of the Maryland Technology Development Corp. and the potential of partnerships between the public and private sectors.

"For those people who have worked with us, it's an indication that we are adding value, that we are contributing to the growth of the region's technology community," he said.

Kevin Hall, a partner with KPMG, which has been TechNite's main sponsor for three years, called the evening a celebration of what Baltimore and the surrounding area have accomplished when it comes to technology.

"The technology jobs that have been created in this community have helped replace those jobs that we lost through manufacturing and financial services," Hall said.

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