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IT Hot Topics Conference 2016 moves to RTP with new format and venue

Carolina Advanced Digital announces its annual conference will move from Greensboro, North Carolina to the Raleigh-Durham area for 2016, sporting a new venue and format.

The IT Hot Topics Conference 2016 will run Thursday and Friday, May 5th and 6th at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham. The hotel has a Durham address but is nestled in the RTP area, at the intersections of Raleigh, Durham, and Morrisville, making it easily accessible for attendees traveling from other parts of the state and those flying in. “The changes made for 2016 are the result of collective attendee and sponsor feedback,” says Susan Jabbusch, VP of Carolina Advanced Digital, “We go through feedback with a fine-toothed comb multiple times a year to make sure we’re shaping the conference for our attendees.”

The Greensboro location was originally selected when the company’s headquarters were in Siler City, NC. “For years everyone has appreciated the scenic environment of the Grandover Resort,” added John Jabbusch, President and Chief Engineer of Carolina Advanced Digital, “but the event centers around our customers and attendees, and as their interests change, we continue to adapt the conference to meet their needs and expectations.” Moving to a new city and venue is the largest in a series of tweaks for 2016. Other changes include the shift from a Wednesday-Thursday conference format to Thursday-Friday, with the Hot Topics Golf Tourney moving from Friday to Wednesday. “This new format lets us really focus on the meat of the conference, deliver great value, and increase networking opportunities for attendees,” noted Carolina Advanced Digital’s Julie Allen.

The new venue offers many benefits for the IT Hot Topics Conference attendees including more flexible meeting spaces that are closer together for easier access to breakout sessions, free hotel shuttles, affordable per diem rates for public sector attendees staying at the hotel, more room for sponsors and demos, and recently renovated rooms. And of course everyone’s favorite feature- the onsite Starbucks coffee shop.

The Conference’s Advisory Committee, comprised of attendees, shares the enthusiasm. “We’ve received ecstatic feedback from our Conference Advisory Committee members,” Jennifer Minella, VP of Engineering says, “There’s no doubt we made the right decision for our attendees.” And for the conference team at Carolina Advanced Digital, now headquartered in Cary, NC, the RTP venue makes logistics and planning much easier.

The Cyber Security Student Track which debuted in 2015 as a trial basis will be continued and expanded for 2016, offering North Carolina high school students participating in the CyberPatriot Challenges an opportunity to attend the conference with custom content designed for their interests.

Sponsorship opportunities for the IT Hot Topics Conference and the 2016 Cyber Security Student Track will be announced soon. In the meantime interested sponsors are encouraged to contact the conference team at or emailing

IT Hot Topics Conference
May 5-6, 2016
Sheraton Imperial
Durham, NC

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