Fort Gordon, AFCEA team up for TechNet Augusta 2013
The U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon joined with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association in presenting TechNet Augusta 2013, held Sept. 10-12 at the Augusta Marriott Convention Center.
More than 2,000 people registered to attend the event, which featured nearly 1,500 key decisionmakers from many of the largest federal contracting corporations in the USA to Augusta, Ga., seeking new and innovative ideas and government requirements. Presentations, panels, and track sessions were held with an overall focus on Army ground forces, including joint component interface, other Department of Defense organizations, private industry, and academia.
“The AFCEA hosted TechNet, by all indications, was a major success and well worth the incredible time and effort put in by so many, to make it happen,” said Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general. “My personal thanks to AFCEA, multiple industry representatives and all attendees for taking the time to participate, show off their IT solutions, discuss IT challenges, and share lessons learned. The spirit of collaboration and open communications by all was noted and appreciated. We look forward to making this superb event a reality again next year, here in the great city of Augusta and the Army’s home for Signal.”
According to Joe Yarversky, AFCEA local chapter member, this event was the culmination of several years of effort.
“This used to be an event called the Signal Symposium,” he said. “It was the second largest event in the area next to the Masters, but it ended in 2004.”
Since 2008, the local AFCEA chapter and Fort Gordon have been working to re-launch the Signal Symposium, beginning with small industry days held annually.
“The idea was to grow it a little more every year, until we could make it a national event again,” Yaversky said.
By all accounts, that plan has worked out exactly as envisioned. Yaversky said the event has been so successful; exhibitors are already reserving spots for next year.
“Looking around the nation, at all the various possible locations, it just made sense to bring the event back to Augusta,” Yaversky said. “And it really worked out. The city has been great. Fort Gordon has been fantastic. All the vendors are happy, and many are already asking to set up booths again for next year.”
According to Lt. Col. Scott Armstrong, Signal Center of Excellence G3 (plans and operations), TechNet was an opportunity for military and civilian organizations to come together and share technological innovations and ideas.
“ The conference is supposed to assist leaders in both the military and industry share ideas and increase knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to organizations associated with information technology, communications, and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities,” he said.