InterNETworking 2019 Showcases Innovative Technology for Public Sector
2019 Post-Event Press Release
LONG BRANCH, NJ – MRA International, an HP Platinum Partner located in Long Branch, NJ, held its 3rd Annual summer luncheon and professional learning event on July 18th, 2019 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa. Attendees from all different backgrounds came together to network and learn about cybercrime prevention, virtual and augmented reality, instructional innovation, and many other topics. Keynote speakers included Dr. Tom Ryan from the Santa Fe Public School District, Herminio Rodriguez from the City of Sarasota, Stefani Pautz from Digital Promise, and Eric Klopper from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Event sponsors HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Qualified Supplies Partner, Intel, Microsoft, H&H, Bretford, Veeam, Ingram, Sharp, and Tech Data attended the event and participated in collaborative discussions and networking with attendees within the industry.
The event was emceed by Maria Grimes, Bruno Tirone’s, the CEO and President, of MRA International, daughter. Being a schoolteacher, Grimes related greatly to the topics of instructional innovation and security.
Grimes opened the event by introducing Tom Ryan, the Chief Information & Strategy Officer from the Santa Fe Public School District. Ryan spoke primarily about K-12 innovation series and trends. He discussed innovating the learning environments primarily for K-12 by exploring instructional technology, digital transformation, blended and distance learning, and a combination of educational technology trends, strategies, techniques, and tools that are practical and actionable for educators. He has 39+ years of expertise and experience in fields pertaining to education, leadership, technology, technology integration and blended online/learning program development.
Up next was Herminio Rodriguez. Rodriguez is from the city of Sarasota, Florida and was the mastermind behind stopping a vicious ransomware attack against the city in 2016. The cybercriminals behind this ransom attack were demanding $34 million in exchange to give the city the key to the millions of encrypted files they had accessed. He educated attendees on cyber-attacks, cyber safety, and why going above and beyond for your cybersecurity is one of, if not the most, important things you can do for your business.
After we were informed about cyber security, Stefani Pautz from Digital Promise lead a discussion panel with four HP New Jersey teaching fellows to discuss how their teaching has evolved with technology and how they design learning experiences that are personal and accessible; authentic and challenging; collaborative and connective; and inquisitive and reflective.
Closing out the presentations, Eric Klopper, a professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and the Education arcade at MIT, spoke about how educational games, technology, and computer simulations can be aids in teaching complex systems and developing cognitive and computational thinking skills, especially for children.
In between each speaker, Grimes told anecdotes that resonated with everyone in the room. President & CEO, Bruno Tirone, also shared a few words, highlighting the success of his company and his employees who play a vital role in the growth of the business. He detailed how he has built MRA International from the ground up, starting out of his basement in 2000 to what has now become a thriving business with over 50 employees, and still growing.
To make the event even more exciting, the MRA raffle winner was drawn after the presentations concluded. One lucky winner received a HP ProBook 440 G5. The raffle served as a fun incentive to everyone to go and talk to and learn from the professionals at each table.
InterNETworking targeted all public sector professionals due to the topics of discussion being geared to instructional innovation, teaching and learning with AR and VR, and all other major trends in technology and curriculum, which captivated the attendees. This event allowed public sector professionals to not only learn, but to network with others in fields related to their own. On top of that, InterNETworking provided a relaxing and fun space for learning located right on the beach.
MRA International is a New Jersey contract-authorized HP Platinum Partner that provides hardware, software and technology solutions to government agencies, public and private schools, universities and non-profit organizations.