Summit Speakers

Adam Ely

VP of Information Security and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

Adam Ely is a technology entrepreneur and executive having raised over $27 million in VC funding and founded a successful product company which was acquired in 2016.  Additionally, Adam advises startups on fundraising, go to market, and product as well as established enterprises on cyber security.  
Adam has held various operations and security leadership roles including his current role as Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer with Walmart. Prior to this role, he co-founded Bluebox Security where he raised over $27 million in venture capital, acquired in 2016, was the CISO of Salesforce's Heroku business unit, and led security and compliance at TiVo and within The Walt Disney Company.


Closing Keynote

The Emerald Coast is home to innovation, technology, and education.  We have the right mix to make it an amazing place to live, work, and grow an industry. Google's offices in Silicon Valley sit on what was once nothing more than agricultural land, Atlanta's booming tech scene is located in a neighborhood once riddled with violence, Austin went from music to innovation.  Any area can foster growth, innovation, investment, and people development as long as it's true to it's roots, focuses on what it does best, and highlights those strengths without trying to be the next Silicon Valley imitation.  I live in Silicon Valley, I sold a tech startup, I grew up in this area, I know better than most what it takes, and this area has what it takes.

Main Ballroom

Adam Ely - VP of Information Security and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Wal-Mart

CIO Roundtable

A panel where CIO will discuss the issues that will affect their organization.  An opportunity for IT directors, IT managers, Technology service providers, Technology infrastructure providers to hear a frank and open discussion and gain insight into where this industry and market are headed in the near future.  The event will be presented in a panel format with 3 to 5 CIO’s.  The discussion will be guided by a moderator.  CIOs from the following industries have been invited; Military/training, Medical, manufacturing, banking, Gov,  education as well as a ‘Cloud Service” provider.  The panel will be presented with 3 or 4 CIO level issues/challenges.  Each will have an opportunity to discuss their views on how their respective organizations are approaching the issues.  This format will benefit the Gulf Coast IT industry in several ways; provides insight into the larger issues from local CIO’s,  leading industry CIOs can exchange ideas/approaches with their peers.  Industry managers, operators and technicians will hear the directions and concepts of where their CIOs would like to go and service providers and vendors will better understand the types and extent of the services that will be needed as the organizations mature and change to meet the future.  This is also a great opportunity for service providers and vendors to understand what skill sets, services and technology will be need in the future.   Given the current volatility in the economy this type of event offers the opportunity to understand where the market place is headed and what need to be done to remain competitive.