ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The most unique attribute of Dox Electronics’ HACKERFEST - which takes place in Rochester on October 8th - isn’t that the event is one of the largest IT conferences in the Northeast.
It isn’t that HACKERFEST features exclusive information on security, business continuity, and E-Discovery topics and new technologies from vendors like IBM, HP and Microsoft.
It also isn’t that HACKERFEST attracts hundreds of business leaders, upper management and senior Information Technology personnel from businesses large and small.
Finally, the uniqueness of HACKERFEST isn’t that it plays host to world leaders in IT- including Chris Nickerson, a world-renowned security expert and this year’s keynote speaker.
What’s unique about the 11th annual Dox Electronics HACKERFEST Conference (www.hackerfest.com), staged at the downtown Hyatt Regency Rochester, is that it is free to invitees.
“I come here each year to see what’s new in information technology and security, stuff that I haven’t seen yet,” said Jack Lockard, IT manager for Erdman Anthony, a civil engineering firm with offices in six cities in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.
“Typical IT solutions usually require more than one technology resource - networking & security, disaster recovery, data storage, and thin clients,” said Louis DeCarolis, Director of IT, of DeCarolis Truck Rental. “HACKERFEST brings many of the resources together, so you can build your solution going table to table. Each year I leave HACKERFEST with at least one IT issue solved.”
Ken Michael, Vice President of Dox Electronics, sponsors of HACKERFEST, says the conference offers IT decision makers a chance to get mission critical information on the IT industry in a quaint, pressure-free, interpersonal environment.
“The advantage of HACKERFEST is that attendees don’t have to compete with large crowds to meet face-to-face with key vendors,” Mr. Michael said. “The event is within easy driving distance of most Northeastern cities, so companies can save significant costs on time and travel for their staff to attend,” he said.
Dox Electronics has sponsored the event for the last 11 years, over which time Mr. Michael says it now encompasses all new IT technology issues rather than a strict focus on security. Mr. Michael says hosting the conference is his way of giving back to the IT community.
“With HACKERFEST, no one needs to go to New York City, Boston or Chicago to learn about industry trends,” Mr. Michael said. “At HACKERFEST you can surround yourself with 400 of your peers from Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo.”