ChaTech Hosts January Connect Event on MegaTrends of 2019

ChaTech Hosts January Connect Event on MegaTrends of 2019

ChaTech hosts January Connect event at EPB

On January 11, 2019, ChaTech (Chattanooga Technology Council) hosted its first Connect event of 2019 at EPB. Sponsored by Ardera, this event focused on the megatrends of 2019.

What are megatrends? Megatrends are global, sustained forces of development that impact business, economy, society, cultures and personal lives; therefore, defining our future world and its increasing pace of change.

This advanced look into the megatrends of 2019 was presented by Thomas (Tommy) Gardner, HP Federal’s Chief Technology Officer. He reviewed how HP uses megatrends in investment decisions, strategy development, and customer engagement. A few of these megatrends involve economic segmentation, energy-data, and quantum information science. They are shaping the future and increasing the pace of change.

“Everything about the program was outstanding. This was one of the best Connect events that I have attended,” Board Member Greg Jackson of UTC.

If you missed today’s event and are interested in learning more about ChaTech’s upcoming events, click here.

About Thomas Gardner
Thomas (Tommy) Gardner, PE, is the Chief Technology Officer of HP Federal – spanning the US Federal Agencies, Higher Education, K-12 Education, State, and local government customer segments, as well as Federal Systems Integrators. His current responsibilities include technology leadership, strategic technology plans, product and technology strategies, sales force technical support, and customer and partner relationships. Previously, Tommy has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor, and ManTech. Earlier in his career, he was a senior technical executive at Raytheon. In the U.S. Navy, he served as the Deputy for Science and Technology for the Chief of Naval Research. He oversaw the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program as well as its Advanced Technology Program. He also commanded the nuclear submarine, USS San Juan (SSN 751). Tommy’s educational background covers multiple disciplines and fields of interest including cybersecurity, data science, blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence, quantum information science, and high-performance computing in government markets. Tommy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, an M.S. in Management of Technology from MIT and a Ph. D. in Energy Economics from George Washington University. He is a Professional Engineer and serves as Chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board. He is an ASME Fellow and serves as adjunct faculty at the Blockchain Research Institute.

About our sponsor, Ardera
Ardera’s mission is to leverage the power of technology to achieve our customers desired outcomes. Ardera provides services and solutions, in conjunction with their vendor partners, to help their clients achieve their desired business outcomes. At Ardera, they believe that data possesses the qualities of energy as defined by Newton’s law for the conservation of energy. They believe that the creation of data is actually a transformation of an event, or action, from one form to the data form. That through these transformations, this energy, in the form of data, will include the insight for change, and if properly understood can affect positive outcomes for those who pay attention. To learn more, go to

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