OSHEAN forum to highlight tech disruption

PROVIDENCE – OSHEAN Inc., a nonprofit coalition that provides tech services for Rhode Island’s health care, government, educational and other community organizations, will hold its 2017 member forum on Friday, June 23.

The theme of this year’s event is “Disruption: The Opportunity of Threat or Otherwise,” as it relates to cybersecurity, video services, cloud computing, health care technology and other topics of vital interest to groups and businesses with an investment in the tech sector.

In a blog update posted Tuesday on OSHEAN’s website, OSHEAN president and CEO David Marble explained the notion of “disruption” as a matter of gauging of a business’s attitude toward dealing with the unknown.

“I am enamored by the analogy to the rumble strip on the side of the highway that jolts a driver who nods off,” wrote Marble. “Certainly disruptive but potentially in a life-saving way. In a business context, I have certainly witnessed disruptive events that act like the rumble strip, jolting a company from complacency and making them better for it. At the conference, you will hear about both sides of the coin.”

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Karl Aspelund, a researcher for Dr. Mae Jemison’s 100 Year Starship initiative to make human space travel possible with 100 years, will present the forum’s keynote address titled “A Tale of Two Worlds: What We Learn by Leaving Earth.” Aspelund is an assistant professor of textiles, fashion merchandising and design at the University of Rhode Island, with a focus on the design of clothing for long-term space exploration.

A series of “lighting talks” designed to give attendees a quick-and-dirty introduction to specific topics will highlight disruptive themes in areas such as student data privacy, competency-based education, disaster recovery and anti-plagiarism technologies.

The 2017 OSHEAN Member Forum will be held at the Providence College Ryan Center for Business Studies from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23. More than 135 people have registered to attend

To view a complete agenda of the forum’s planned break-out sessions and expert panels, or to RSVP for the event, visit www.oshean.org.

Kaylen Auer is a reporter for PBN.