IT Connect

Internet of Things (IoT)

June 7th, 2018

2:00pm – 8:00pm

IT Connect is a conference that brings together IT professionals who are passionate about the future of networking. This year, IT Connect will be dedicated to the theme Internet of Things (IoT), featuring keynote speakers, workshops, online presentations, opportunities for networking and more! There will also be a related troubleshooting competition for Champlain students and candidates occurring a week prior to the conference – on May 31st, between 5:30 to 9:30pm. The winners will be announced during IT Connect 2018.

Experts predict that by 2020 there will be over 30 billion devices forming the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to the connection of physical devices, home appliances, vehicles and many other systems in a manner that enables them to share information amongst each other. IoT will impact the way we do things not only in IT but across different fields: medicine, industrial, mechanics, arts, etc. Join us at IT Connect 2018 to strengthen your knowledge of this increasingly popular area of IT.

As a public college, Champlain Saint-Lambert has been offering numerous Information Technology (IT) AEC programs over the years, most notably our IT Client Support, Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCNP programs as well as our DEC in IT Network Management. Champlain is also both a Cisco Networking Academy and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy. This conference is therefore an ideal way to keep up to date on the ever-growing field of networking.

Ticket sales will begin February 20th, 2018.

A call for proposals is currently open.

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Workshop and Presentation Formats

The IT Connect Conference Presentation Formats are:
Active Workshop (45-60 minutes)
Active Workshops blend ideas with practice. In this format, participants are led through a series of steps or operations aimed at developing a new skill or the manipulation of a new idea. Most of the work or “talking time” is done by the participants. Workshop leaders are present as facilitators. Please plan to allocate 10 to 15 minutes for questions and answers at the end of your workshop.
Presentation (45-60 minutes)
Presentations are topic-centered. Participants will be interested in attending in order to get new information or attend an inspiring talk. Participants are not asked to participate in an overt fashion. Please plan to allocate 10 to 15 minutes for questions and answers at the end of your workshop.

Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in being a conference presenter or workshop leader, please access the submission form below and complete the required fields. If your proposal is accepted, conference organizers will contact you in order to finalize the details. Please follow these guidelines as well.

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Alex Coqueiro

Alex Coqueiro

Public Sector Solutions Architect, AWS

Session title: Delivering Internet of Things at Scale

Session abstract: In this session, we will discuss how constrained devices can leverage IoT to send data to the cloud and receive commands back to the device using the protocol of their choice at scale. We will use cloud services to demonstrate building a real connected product, securely connect using open protocols like MQTT, and show how developers and businesses can leverages technological innovation impacting people experience linking IoT with disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence using Amazon Alexa.

Biography: Alex Coqueiro is a Public Sector Manager Solutions Architect focused on managing a group of technical teams who design cloud solutions for government & education customers in Canada, Latin America & Caribbean. He is currently responsible for leading a team for helping customers to develop a cloud architecture focusing on mapping Amazon Web Services solution capabilities to business needs.

Sylvain Denoncourt GSEC CISSP

Sylvain Denoncourt GSEC CISSP

Conseiller en architecture IoT / IoT Architecture Consultant

Session title: OT/ICS Cyber-Hacking into Industrial organizations

Session description: Manufacturing, energy, transportation and cities, more often than ever before the IoT / OT sector is being targeted by cyber-criminals. One such famous cyber-incident will be covered and explained: The 2015 and 2016 Ukraine power grid hack.

We will thoroughly investigate the steps and consequences on this attack and then expose the various actions necessary to protect the organization’s assets, mitigate the effects of an attack and more importantly prevent such events. We will demonstrate that “Security by Design” is the only way to “Do It Right”.

Biography: Sylvain Denoncourt is an IoT Solution architect for Cisco specialized in Internet of Things solutions, industrial networks and cyber-security. Prior to joining Cisco Systems in 2005, Sylvain worked for 3Com , Newbridge and UB Networks as a Systems Engineer. McGill University MIS (Mngt Inform. Systems) Bachelor Graduate in 1990, with cyber security certifications GSEC and CISSP, Sylvain is currently responsible for IoT enterprise network design architecture more specifically focused in solutions for utilities power grid, mass transit/connected fleet and smart cities.

Etienne Simard

Etienne Simard

Network Engineering Consultant, Cisco Systems Canada Co.

Session title: Cisco KINETIC – IoT Data Fabric and Use Cases in Manufacturing

Session description: The Internet of Things (IoT) space is a dynamic, fast-paced market where trends are constantly shifting. From Manufacturing and Utilities to Transportation and Smart Cities, digitization is transforming industries and driving new growth and new priorities for firms worldwide.

Join Etienne Simard, IoT Network Engineering Consultant at Cisco for a presentation on how IoT accelerates Digital Transformation. Etienne will demonstrate how Cisco’s IoT strategy helps businesses use the technology to radically improve, transform, disrupt operations and generate greater business outcomes.

This session will cover Cisco’s IoT Network and Data Fabric; an innovative architecture that helps you put compute power where you need it and get the right data to the right applications at the right time to drive better business outcomes.

The session will also cover Cisco’s robust IoT Connectivity portfolio which includes secure products for Network connectivity such as Industrial Switches, Industrial Routers, Firewalls and Access Points. It will also cover technologies such as Fog Computing, Wireless Mesh and LoRaWAN.

This session is a great fit for attendees interested in how Cisco helps business become digital by providing the products and technology necessary to deliver on the promise of the Internet of Things.

Biography: Etienne Simard has over 25 years of experience in large-scale telecommunication networks, including IoT, LAN, Collaboration, DataCenter and WLAN technologies. He attended the Royal Military College in St-Jean d’Iberville where he earned a degree in Computer Sciences.  Throughout his career, he has been involved in many aspects of the business from project engineering, network planning, deployment and testing of complex telecommunication networks. He has been with Cisco for the last 7 years where he occupies the role of Network Engineering Consultant. He is a solution based thinker and uses strategies and innovation to make customers successful.


Free IoT Course

In this 20 hour self-paced course, learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) and the digital transformation of business create new value and new job opportunities.

Course Title: Introduction to IoT

Course Summary: The Introduction to IoT course provides an overview of key concepts and challenges related to digital transformation. The course examines the evolution of the Internet and how the interconnection of people, processes, data, and things is transforming every industry. Note: Introduction to IoT replaces the Introduction to the Internet of Everything (IoE) course.

  • Learn how digital transformation turns information into action, creating unprecedented economic opportunity.
  • Understand how the IoT brings together operational technology and information technology systems.
  • Discover how business processes for evaluating and solving problems are being transformed.
  • Learn the security concerns that must be considered when implementing IoT solutions.
  • Practice what you learn using Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
  • Connect to the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

Cisco Networking Academy self-paced courses are designed for people to take online, at their own pace, at any point in their career journey. They may be available as an instructor-led course at some academies. Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building development program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide.

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