Keynote speakers

Lev Gonick

Keynote speaker for Monday

Lev Gonick
Vice President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

“From Digital Campus to Connected Community”

Most great universities reside within a broader city ecosystem. The long-term well being of our universities is dependent on the health of the cities within which they reside. How can campus technologists provide university and civic leadership the means to meet the goals of good neighbors, contributing to the vitality of the inner city? OneCleveland now known as OneCommunity has been informed by a mission to be a big, bold 21st Century community-oriented project that delivers advanced information technology capabilities to achieve community priorities for economic development, learning, job training, research support, preeminence, and distinction. Today, OneCommunity connects 15 counties in NEOhio, 17 healthcare systems, more than 300 public schools, dozens of libraries, museums, and all of higher education institutions both in our urban centers and rural communities. Case’s wireless mesh project is a layered service on top of the OneCommunity network and extends to five sq miles around university circle. In collaboration with other OneCommunity partners, wireless services are being architected and deployed across the region.

Lev Gonick has been teaching, working, and living on the Net since 1987.

Today, Lev Gonick is Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Case is one of the nation’s leading independent research universities. Case’s technology infrastructure and reputation for innovation and cutting-edge applications is recognized across the country and around the world. This turn around effort since 2001 has been recognized by peers and has led to numerous presentations and consultations on IT Governance, new forms of IT leadership (open-source leadership) and strategic technology investing addressing community priorities. Case has been ranked number #1 in the nation among private, independent universities for wireless technology deployments. Today, all data, voice and video services at Case run over its IP network. Gonick is chair of the CIO Executive Council’s higher education committee. He is also President of the Board of OneCleveland, the award-winning metropolitan-wide project to create a connected community through high speed wired and wireless network connectivity addressing community priorities in Northeast Ohio. Gonick also serves as President of the Board of the New Media Consortium based in Austin Texas. In 2006 Gonick has been recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier100 IT leader and by CIO magazine’s CIO100 group. He also sits on the Board of the National Lambda Rail (NLR), the nation’s next generation advanced networking research effort.

Previously, Lev Gonick served as Chief Information Technology Officer for Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB). CSUMB is the Cal State’s “Bullets to Books to Bytes” campus built on former Fort Ord as the Cal State’s first 21st century campus. From 1996 through 1999 Gonick was University Dean for Instructional Technology and Academic Computing at Cal State Polytechnic University in Pomona.

Gonick’s national reputation includes a series of major duties and responsibilities related to technology integration in education. Among his board services and consultations:

  • New Media Consortium, President of the Board
  • Museum of Contemporary Art — Cleveland, Board Member
  • Northeast Ohio Software Association, Board Member
  • Adobe Higher Education Advisory Committee
  • Dell Platinum Council Member
  • Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau, Board Member
  • Ohio-Israel Chamber of Commerce Technology Chair
  • Internet Streaming Media Association Content Management Advisory Group
  • Internet 2, InCommon Executive Committee
  • National Lambda Rail, Board Member
  • Consultations to more than 40 Universities and Colleges across the U.S. & Canada

Gonick’s international efforts in education and technology are extensive and date back to 1985.

He has consulted and lectured at nine universities in Australia, five universities in Japan, four in South Africa, and spoken to audiences in England, Sweden, Germany, Israel, India, Cote d‘Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Cuba, Mexico, and Botswana and across the United States and Canada. Sixteen years ago Gonick supported the development of HealthNet and Mango, one of Southern Africa’s first internet nodes in facilitating connectivity between healthcare professionals and NGOs in the field in Southern Africa. He has been involved in designing and implementing Digital Learning Network project in West African countries and another Multimedia Learning Network initiative called Seeds of Peace in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Palestine.

Lev received his PhD in International Political Economy from York University in Ontario Canada. He is married to Barbara Weltman-Gonick. They have two children and live in Beachwood, Ohio.

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Keynote speaker for Tuesday

Professor Gary Chapman
LBJ School of Public Affairs
University of Texas

“Community Wireless Around the World”

In 2006 the Internet passed one billion users, a significant milestone. The next billion users are likely to be quite a different group than the first billion. We can expect to see new users with lower incomes, from areas with less communications infrastructure, and representing an explosion of different languages online. But the demand is already there — in emerging markets, including in the most under-developed nations in the world, growth in wireless communications is far outpacing the rest of the world. Experts expect, for example, that 2007 will be the first year in which the mobile phone industry will sell a billion handsets in one year. The next step is Internet-based community wireless solutions, which are also spreading around the world. From Uganda to Laos, or from remote Patagonia to the Arctic Circle, community wireless projects are transforming the lives of people around the globe.

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