HTCIA 2011: A recap of the fun stuff

In recent weeks we’ve provided snapshots of several of our labs and lectures. We’ve got a lot of high quality training, most of our labs are filled and we’re excited about the learning which we know will be happening. However, with the conference just one week away, we also wanted to provide a recap of the fun stuff you can expect when you arrive in Indian Wells!

Sunday morning: Golf Tourney

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Bronze sponsor CRU-DataPort/WiebeTech will be sponsoring a tournament at the Indian Wells Golf Resort starting at 8:00am. The tournament fee is $75 per player and includes green fees, cart and deluxe golf and digital forensic prizes.

For more details, see our earlier blog post!

Sunday night: Movie Night

Silver Sponsor Vound (makers of Intella email forensics software) is sponsoring a Movie Night on the Rose Lawn. Co-founder Peter Mercer asked for a movie with kangaroos, and/or cricket. Will we deliver?

Monday morning: Keynote Speaker Cliff Stoll

A quirky but charismatic speaker, Cliff Stoll is known for his “restless energy,” as the TED Talks site notes:

You may not be sure where he’s going, but the ride is always part of the adventure.

An astronomer (though his astronomy career took a turn when he noticed a bookkeeping error that ultimately led him to track down a notorious hacker), researcher and internationally recognized computer security expert — who happens to be a vocal critic of technology — Stoll makes a sharp, witty case for keeping computers out of the classroom. Currently teaching college-level physics to eighth graders at a local school, he stays busy in his spare time building Klein bottles.

Monday night: Northeast Chapter Party

What would an HTCIA annual conference be without the traditional Northeast Chapter Party? This is still tentative on our schedule, but we can’t imagine going without this year. Even if we do, the Renaissance Esmeralda has informed us of their desire to have their nightclub open for Monday Night Football. Either way, see you there!

Tuesday: Awards Banquet with Comedian Craig Shoemaker

Our Tuesday evening dinner is an opportunity for us to recognize our association’s biggest contributors. Here we bestow our Chapter of the Year, Case of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year, meet our winners: our Southern California chapter, Central Valley chapter members James Eichbaum and Jim Cook (and maybe, the detectives and deputy DA they assisted), and Ken Citarella of our Northeast chapter.

The evening’s entertainment will come courtesy of Craig Shoemaker, ABC American Comedy Awards’ Comedian of the Year in 1998. An actor and voiceover artist as well as stand-up talent, Shoemaker has worked in stand-up comedy for 20 years. Viewers voted his half-hour Comedy Central special as one of the network’s Top 20 stand-up specials of all time, and his forum, Laughter Heals, serves people suffering from life-threatening illnesses along with their families.

Our lectures form the core of our training and education efforts, but we’re also known for the networking that can only come when new friends and good friends alike come together to share, eat, drink and have a good time. Join us in Indian Wells – we think it’ll be the event of the year!

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