Interop ITX Announces RSA and Code for America as First Round of Keynotes for 2018 Conference

Posted by on December 13, 2017

Event to feature program enhancements that address the evolving innovations within the IT industry

Interop ITX, the independent conference for tech leaders, announces its first round of keynote speakers and program enhancements for the 2018 event in Las Vegas. The 2018 keynote lineup will feature top IT leaders Niloofar Howe, SVP and Worldwide Chief Strategy Officer of RSA, and Jennifer Pahlka, founder and Executive Director of Code for America, along with additional industry thought leaders that will be announced in the coming months. The event also offers an all-new Security Pro Summit, IoT Theater & Demo Showcase, Government Track and more.

Interop ITX will take place April 30 – May 4, 2018 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, NV.

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“The new developments within the conference demonstrate Interop ITX’s ability to adapt to an evolving industry and offer modern content that is pertinent to today’s IT professional,” said Meghan Reilly, General Manager, Interop ITX. “This is exemplified through our expert keynote speakers and all-new event features that span relevant industry topics such as artificial intelligence, IoT, cybersecurity and more.”

Interop ITX 2018 keynote lineup:

  • Niloofar Howe – SVP and Worldwide Chief Strategy Officer, RSA Niloofar has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry. Before RSA, she was the Chief Strategy officer at Endgame where she was responsible for driving market and product strategy, as well as leading marketing, product management, corporate development and planning. Prior to Endgame, she served as Managing Director of Paladin Capital Group, a $1 billion private equity fund focused on investing in the national security sector. Previously she worked at Zone Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Los Angeles, as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and as a lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers.
  • Jennifer Pahlka – Founder and Executive Director, Code for America Jennifer is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a national non-profit that aims to make the government work better for the people who need it most. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she architected and helped start the United States Digital Service. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and is the recipient of several awards including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award.

New for Interop ITX 2018:

Security Pro Summit: May 19 AM – 5 PM

Produced by the Dark Reading editorial team, the Security Pro Summit is an opportunity for IT security professionals to take a deeper dive into cybersecurity defense and learn from experts about advanced methods for detecting and responding to new threats. Attendees will go beyond cybersecurity basics to learn about practical, usable methods for detecting and responding to online attacks in an enterprise. To learn more about the Security Pro Summit, please visit:

IoT Theater & Demo Showcase, May 1 – 3

Located in the Business Hall, the IoT Theater gives attendees the opportunity to hear real world case studies and strategies that provide valuable insight into what their companies need to be doing with IoT over the next 1-3 years. The companion IoT Demo Showcase will allow attendees to have docent-led demos of IoT initiatives, providing them a first-hand view on current technology while also opening their minds to the possibilities for their future enterprise. To learn more about the IoT Theater & Demo Showcase, please visit:

Government Track

The new Government track is the first Interop ITX track tailored especially for attendees working in a particular vertical, and will cater to IT professionals who work in local, state or federal governments. For more information on Government Track sessions, please visit:

AI Summit: April 30 – May 19 AM – 5 PM

This summit will explore how AI and machine learning have the potential to transform the way we interact with our existing and future enterprise systems. Attendees will learn about the practical applications of AI, deep learning, and machine learning for traditional businesses, and will explore how to move from theorizing about what you might do with AI to integrating it as part of day-to-day business. To learn more about the AI Summit, please visit:

Hands-on Sessions: May 2 – 4  

Each 90-minute hands-on session will give attendees the unique opportunity to learn about the newest innovations within the IT industry in an interactive format. These sessions allow for attendees to practice key skills and will focus on relevant IT topics such as tracking ransomware, building Kubernetes and effectively using IoT and cognitive services. For more information on hands-on sessions, please visit:

Track Chairs

Interop ITX Track Chairs use their extensive knowledge and experience in their fields to plan content that stays ahead of the curve in IT. This year’s Track Chairs include Ben Kepes, Technology Evangelist, CloudKaren Lopez, Senior Project Manager and Architect, InfoAdvisors, Data & AnalyticsJayne Groll, CEO, DevOps Institute, DevOpsJonathan Feldman, Chief Information Officer, City of Asheville, North CarolinaGovernmentKeith Townsend, Enterprise Architect and Founder,, InfrastructureKaty Tynan, Managing Director, CoreAxis Consulting, Leadership & Professional DevelopmentSara Peters, Senior Editor, Dark Reading, SecurityFor more information, please visit: