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2018

June 4-6, 2018
The Mirage, Las Vegas
Technology Changes Everything

UBTECH ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT

At UBTech, you're family
Annual conference connects campus technology leaders and
solution providers in friendly, innovative space

Ray Roberts
Multimedia Manager
for the College of
Southern Nevada
Office of Technology
Services

Three years ago, Ray Roberts was at the first
session of his first UBTech conference when he
heard something exciting yet confounding. "Are
you ready for AV over IP? Because this is the
direction we're going in," the presenter said.

It's also about tech, as in the technology
of recording conference sessions for later
playback. "That removed so much stress from
trying to decide between two really great
sessions going at the same time," Roberts says.

"I thought he was crazy! The technology
was still brand new," recalls Roberts,
multimedia manager for the College of Southern
Nevada Office of Technology Services. "Now
my university is implementing it. With the
technology I learned my first year at UBTech,
I'm able to take one classroom presentation and
broadcast it across eight campuses."

Adding to that low-stress environment are the
folks representing companies in the Exhibit Hall.

This kind of cutting-edge information is just
one reason Roberts looks forward to attending
UBTech each year. He also looks forward to
seeing conference friends, who gather a day
early to review session topics and the exhibit
layout to develop a game plan. The friendships,
he says, are a natural outcropping of the
UBTech scene.

This laid-back approach allowed Roberts to
meet a vendor who wound up leading a recent
refresh of CSN's 300-plus classrooms. "It's all
because I had a chance to really talk to them at
UBTech and find out what kinds of products and
services they have."

"UBTech has this informal, family vibe you
just don't get from the bigger conferences. It's
what I've always loved about it," Roberts says.
"Everybody knows what I'm going through, and
we can brainstorm and help each other out.
These are my people!"
The conference attracts campus
technology leaders who explore topics such
as cybersecurity, distance learning and
communications. For the past two years,
Roberts has led sessions on promoting smart
classroom technology among the most resistant
of faculty.
"I don't really present," he says. "I share my
trials and tribulations helping veteran staff get
across the hump in the age of digital. Then I open
it up to the floor, so we're all teaching each other.
This collaboration is what UBTech is all about."

"I've never attended a conference like this,"
Roberts says. "The vendors are very friendly
and approachable. They just tell me about their
product and answer my questions. And if they
can't help me, they suggest another vendor
around the corner who might be able to."

"These are my people!"
UBTech is also about innovation, as in the app
that created buzz for UBTech 2017 by awarding
points for activities such as playing social media
games or posting conference-themed pictures.
"It was fun, and by the time I got to the show
floor, I'd already seen half the people through
the app," Roberts says.
"UBTech is not the biggest conference I
attend, but the material and the edge I get are
immense," Robert adds. "I take back more and
more each year I attend. And it is constant
networking, constantly having a good time. I
almost feel guilty when I request to go to this
conference, because I know I'm having fun at
the same time I'm learning."

Register now for UBTech 2018, June 4-6 at the Mirage, Las Vegas.
ubtechconference.com/register


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