The NJ Technologies annual Tech Day will begin with registration Thursday, November 8, at 9 a.m. and morning panels on smart cities, the future of cities, and Innovation Challenge cities and opportunity zones with the NJ Economic Development Agency. It continues with a lunchtime discussion of “acceleration” and “tech transfer,” preceding a set of afternoon panels on leveraging data, trends in AI and data science, and a “chat” about quantum computing. It will end on a low-tech but possibly much appreciated note: a 4:30 to 6 p.m. happy hour.

Tech Day will be held at the student center on Rutgers’ College Avenue Campus, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. For information visit www.njtc.org, or call 732-634-3600. Among the speakers:

Brett Prescott, director of global partnerships for Facebook and Instagram, who oversees long-term strategic partnerships with advertisers. He is a professor at NYU’s Stern School, teaching Social Media & Mobile Technology and Strategy of Technological Innovation.

Ann Ferracane, general nanager for New York and New Jersey at Lyft, where she has held roles as senior manager of analytics, head of business intelligence, and product manager of experimentation. She previously worked in various data, strategy, and product roles at LinkedIn and Google.

Ann Rosenberg, senior vice president and global head of SAP Next-Gen, described as “a purpose-driven innovation university and community” supporting SAP’s customers across 25 industries in more than 180 countries.

Amy McIlvaine, business development manager, AT&T Smart Cities, working with public sector organizations helping to prepare their communities for the shift toward an ever-evolving digital world. This involves studying what a connected smart city looks like and its impact on operations. She started her career in the public sector working for the City of Philadelphia and the State of New York. Amy earned her BA at Boston College and MPA from New York University.

Ramana Jampala, president & CEO, Avlino Inc. In the past 20 years Jampala has founded, led investments in, or was a board member of numerous technology companies in Silicon Valley and New York/New Jersey. He holds an MBA from London Business School, and graduated with a BS in electronics engineering from Pune University, India.

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