Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tech Companies Impressed With Inland Empire

Craig Hinkley of Cisco, keynote speaker for Day 1 of IE Tech Week

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.)  The first day of Inland Empire Tech Week attracted a gathering of leading local and national technology companies, according to Steve Reneker, executive director of Smart Riverside.

“The companies were impressed that we have a venue like the Riverside Convention Center here in the Inland Empire,” Reneker said. “The first event of IE Tech Week was well attended and it shows there is a lot of interest in the technology industry in the Inland Empire.”

The keynote presentation was given by Craig Hinkley of Cisco Systems.  “His presentation was about ‘Cisco on Cisco,’ he talked about the internal architecture that Cisco uses to make its company run more efficiently,” Reneker said,

Reneker said the Tech Expo, Tech Week's first main event, attracted about 75 of the Inland Empire’s top technology companies such as ESRI, Jaguar Systems, Conduit Networks, MarquisNet and Safeway Security Systems.

One of the main highlights of Tuesday, May 12, the second day of IE Tech Week, was Google’s Workshop For Local Governments, from 1:30-3:30 the Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St., Riverside. 

Reneker said the aim of the workshop was to show government workers how they can use Google apps to share information online.

Google is the creator of the world’s largest search engine. Founded in 1998, Google is valued at $23 billion. Millward Brown, a leading global market research company, named Google as “the most powerful brand in the world.”

The Google presentation also featured a discussion on, the U.S. government’s interactive web site featuring social media links, contacts for the president and his cabinet, video and information on the Obama administration’s major issues. uses Google Moderator, hosted on Google AppEngine, a tool that managed an online town hall meeting hosted by President Barack Obama.

Tech Week features five days of events created to help high-tech companies grow. IE Tech Week companies include:  Google, Motorola, Cisco Systems, IBM, AT&T, ESRI, Pivot 3, ShoreTel, Robert Half Technology, The Press Enterprise, SmartRiverside, Dameron Communications, ITT Technical Institute and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

Local government agencies including Riverside County, the City of Riverside, the City of Redlands, the City of Diamond Bar, the City of Big Bear Lake, California State University, San Bernardino and the University of California, Riverside are promoting the Inland Empire as a great place for technology companies to relocate and grow.

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IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, is five days of events bringing together technology companies, entrepreneurs and government and business leaders. The goal of IE Tech Week is to promote the Inland Empire as a region for technology companies to relocate and grow.