Highlights and Presenters

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Mark S. Benno The Digital Age: Teaching and Learning for Tomorrow Today
Dr. Mark S. Benno, Education Development Executive for Apple Computer 
Businesses today are looking for students who can do much more than physical labor or data crunching. Students need to be prepared with a new suite of skills for the Digital Age. To meet the needs of tomorrow’s businesses, they need to be able to manipulate the tools of multimedia and the Internet, and to be engaged in evaluation and synthesis through project design and implementation. [more]
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm in room 2150
  • Attend this session for your chance to win an Apple iPod Nano, Apple-exclusive goodies, Adobe Creative Studio software ($1200 value) and more!
 

Break-Out Sessions

Moodle Moodle Your Noodle
Scarlett Hollingsworth, CCEonline Training
Come learn thy e-learning works for students and instructors. Learn the benefits of e-learning for students and instructors. Learn about new tools for learning online. And how to maximize your online course experience.
  • 10:00am-10:45am in room 1302
  • Attend this session for your chance to win a "Geek is Chic" TGF shirt or a Sheek Geek exclusive!
Library Library 2.0: Connect, Educate, Communicate
Steve Osler, Librarian at CPCC Harper Campus
CPCC Libraries’ showcases new technologies that are being used in innovative ways to better serve our learning community. Learn how to avoid plagiarism with an interactive Flash animation! Search and view articles from nearly every New York Times ever printed! See how the library is using instant messaging and blogs to communicate with you! [more]
  • 10:00am-10:45am in room 1307
  • Attend this session for your chance to win a "Geek is Chic" TGF shirt or a Sheek Geek exclusive!
No Photo Educators Of The Caribbean
Farhad Javidi, CPCC
Multimedia files can be enormous in size. It takes a long time to download these files from a single server, no matter how fast your bandwidth is. BitTorrent is an open protocol for sharing large files and filesets. It's super easy to use. To begin BitTorrent downloads, one simply clicks on small .torrent files or hyperlinks which are then opened with the user's choice of BitTorrent client. Downloaders get pieces of filesets from the original server and from other downloaders. The more people downloading the same file, the smaller the burden on the central server and the faster the download. The more, the merrier! The key to scalable and robust distribution is cooperation. During this session, participants will learn all about BitTorrent Technology and how to use it.
  • 10:00am-10:45am in room 1408
  • Attend this session for your chance to win a gift certificate from GameStop or a Solderless robot kit from Sheek Geek ($49.99 value) + more!
THIS SESSION CANCELLED
How to Mediasite Your Presentation

Matt McCurdy, Sonic Foundry
Mediasite captures your knowledge as it's naturally shared, when and where it happens - in meetings, training, or class - and delivers that critical information over the web to the people who need it. Instantly. It automatically webcasts you and your materials over the internet, where people can then watch in real-time or later on-demand through any web browser.
  • 11:00am-11:45am in room 1408
  • Attend this session for your chance to win Macromedia Studio 8 ($999 value), exclusive Sonic Foundry goodies and more!
Stephen Young
From High-Tech to Human Touch
Stephen Young, VP of Marketing for Brightcast
"The most exciting breakthrough of the twenty-first century will occur not because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human," said the futurist and author of Megatrends, John Naisbitt. Stephen Young, developer of the first video-based yellow pages directory and Vice-president of Marketing for Brightcast.us will explore ways to use technology (including social networking, interactive resumes, audio and video blogs, and web-based portfolios) to enhance our personal relationships and connect with others.
  • 11:00am-11:45am in room 1306
  • Attend this session for your chance to win authorPOINT software ($300 value), Adobe exclusives and more!
No Photo
Big Brother Is Watching Your Games
Nic Colley, CPCC
The Oklahoma Senate recently unanimously approved a controversial bill that would make it a crime to sell any game deemed violent to children under 18. The video game industry filed suit against the Oklahoma bill two days after the Phoenix ripped the measure, saying, "Oklahoma's new law that prevents the sale of violent video games and material to minors is an example of the state trying to micromanage morality, not violence." During this presentation, we will discus both sides of the argument. There will be an open discussion after the presentation. 
  • 11:00am-11:45am in room 1307
  • Attend this session for your chance to win gift certificates from GameStop and Vitality Computer + more!
ESRI GIS Is More Than Just Maps
Dale Loberger, ESRI
Maps can be a very good way to communicate information, but they can be used for much more than just telling a story. They can help us to understand and study spatial phenomenon whether our interest is in government or business. This presentation will investigate some of the important ways that geographic data can be exploited through a powerful group of analytical tools known as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). ESRI is the world leader in geographic information system modeling and mapping software and technology.
 In Marketing It’s Spelled "Geo Cash!"
Lynne Kilgore, CCE Business & Industry Training Services
  • 12:00pm-12:45pm in room 2150
  • Attend this session for your chance to win Macromedia Studeio 8 ($999 value), a Vitality Computer gift certificate + Adobe exclusives!
Mac The Digital Media Lifestyle
Marcus, Apple Computer
This session is a discussion of the digital media lifestyle and its contributions to teaching and learning. It will include an overview of Apple iLife, Garage Band, Podcasting and more!
  • 12:00pm-12:45pm in room 1408
  • Attend this session for your chance to win an iPod and Apple-exclusive goodies!
No Photo Games For The Visually Impaired
Deanna Lynn Campbell, CPCC
“Michael Feir is an avid gamer. He spent so much time playing games in college he created his own online gaming magazine. But Feir doesn't play the best-selling games and has never seen World of Warcraft -- he's blind” (Wired). During this session, participants will be introduced to a growing library of computer games, built especially for visually impaired gamers, using sound instead of visuals to enable them to play games. [more] 
  • 12:00pm-12:45pm in room 1306
  • Attend this session for your chance to win a gift certificate from GameStop or a Microbric Ibot robot kit from Sheek Geek ($50.89 value) + more!
Dr. Mark S. Benno TGF2006 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
The Digital Age: Teaching and Learning for Tomorrow Today
Dr. Mark S. Benno, Education Development Executive for Apple Computer 
Businesses today are looking for students who can do much more than physical labor or data crunching. Students need to be prepared with a new suite of skills for the Digital Age. To meet the needs of tomorrow’s businesses, they need to be able to manipulate the tools of multimedia and the Internet, and to be engaged in evaluation and synthesis through project design and implementation. [more]
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm in room 2150
  • Attend this session for your chance to win an Apple iPod Nano, Apple-exclusive goodies, Adobe Creative Studio software ($1200 value) and more!
Mac Apple For Educators: Podcasting and Beyond!
Dr. Mark S. Benno, Education Development Executive for Apple Computer 
  • 2:15pm-3:00pm in room 1408
  • Attend this session for your chance to win an iPod and Apple-exclusive goodies!
Do You Conform To SCORM?
David Norris, Microsoft Education
Tom Winterstein, VP of HunterStone, Inc.
Do you conform to the SCORM standard for elearning content? Why and what is the benefit? THESIS is the one and only tool that lets the people in your organization use the entire Microsoft Office suite to create e-Learning content. Leverage productivity of all your personnel, by now enabling them to create eLearning content in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, FrontPage, Producer as well as HTML.
  • 2:15pm-3:00pm in room 2150
  • Attend this session for your chance to win Thesis Professional eLearning SCORM content software ($399 value) and more!
Sakai and The Futures Institute
Butch Porter, CEO of Optimized Learning, Inc.
Sakai and The Futures Institute – how CPCC is exploring opportunities that provide collaboration and customization. OLi will be proudly joined by CPCC’s Sakai Team of Catalina Ramirez and Rebecca Fagan. [more]
  • 3:15pm-4:00pm in room 2150
  • Attend this session for your chance to win one of two licenses of SoftChalk software ($695 value each) and more!
 

Other Attractions, Festivities, Displays, Organizations, Projects, Cooperatives, Fun, Entertainment, Prizes, Randomness and MORE!

Mac Apples, iPods, and iMacs -- Oh My!
Apple Computer
Come see the latest in desktop and lifestyle technologies being offered by Apple Computer. Apple offers a full line of desktop systems, laptops, media devices, accessories, services and more to meet your dynamic lifestyle. Excellent discounts and incentives are available for educators and students. Ask about their TGF sessions for your chance to win an iPod!
 
No Photo Speed Geeks
Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Automotive
The Hendrick group will be in full force at TGF2006 with a display of automotive prowess and technology that is unparalleled in the industry. Come see some of the hottest sports cars, NASCARs, and show cars in the region!
 
get_there.gif Got game? Simulation and Game Design
CPCC Simulation and Game Development
Gaming Competition, Student-made large screen digital image projectors, robots, and more. Stop by and learn about this popular program, compete in games, win prizes!
 
GameStop Video Games and Competitions
GameStop
Come by the GameStop display for video games, systems, discounts, promotions, gaming competitions and prizes throughout the day. Sign-up for the Madden gaming competition for your chance to win handsomely!
 
Metal-Morphosis Metal-Morphosis
CPCC Welding Technology
Welding Technology and both welding clubs, the American Welding Society and the Black and Tan Club, present a creative new way to post things on the web. Students from CPCC’s Welding Technology program have created an artistic metal and wire web-like structure on which information can be captured and displayed. Check out the world’s only spider web geek. [more]
GIS Geo Geeks
CPCC Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
CPCC Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Technology

Check out our latest classes in Geographic Information Systems - Geospatial Technology - The Emerging Technology! Come and Geocache! Use one of our handheld GPS computers to find hidden treasure on the Levine Campus!
 
get_there.gif "Noah’s Ark" Disaster Relief Trailer
“Noah’s Ark” : A Collaborative Effort State of the Art Disaster Relief Trailer coordinated by Dick Henderson and assembled at Harper Campus by welding, carpentry, heating and air, and other CPCC faculty and students with support from the Harper Campus Dean’s office and Security. "Noah's Ark" will be on display outside at the Levine campus during the event.
 
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CPCC Music Department
Works created with the assistance of various computer software programs designed to enhance the creative process and make the workings of sound creation more efficient. Each student will present their unique work using a different program and discuss how the technology assisted in the composition of their work.
 
Guitar Center Geeks
Guitar Center in Matthews
Guitar Center representatives and musicians will be demonstrating the latest in consumer technologies for creating and enhancing your musical masterpieces! Look and listen for great music and innovative technologies at their display throughout the event.
 
Sun Looking at The Sun With CPCC's Astro-Geeks
CPCC Science Department
Physics and Astronomy: Take a look at the Sun through a telescope and learn more about the sun's energy. The combination of rising prices of oil, gasoline and natural gas, fuel shortages, national security anxieties, growth of greenhouse gas emissions, hurricane severity and frequency and global warming are forcing the nation to come to grips with its energy and environmental future. The Earth receives 178,000 terawatts per year of solar radiation if we could exploit only a small portion of this radiation that strikes the Earth our energy problem would be solved.
 
No Photo Design For Geeks
CPCC Advertising and Graphic Design
Graphic Design: Logo and creative design work for THE Geek Fest T-shirts, posters, flyers, projected images, way-finding signage development, and more. Come see the exciting and creative work of our graphic design students.
 
Film Student Films
CPCC Videography Program
Independent student films developed by CPCC's Videography program will be displayed throughout the event. They will be bringing films they've produced, great video technologies and equipment, just in time interviews, telecasts and more! Take a moment to come by the videography table for entertainment and program information.
 
CPCC Engineering Ideas To 3-D Reality
CPCC Engineering Technology
The Engineering Technology Programs at CPCC provide 12 different state of the art learning paths to modern work life in the technical field. All the programs provide a well rounded know-how for students to succeed in today’s competitive job market. We have most modern equipment to take advanced ideas into the reality. Come by their display for some great emerging technologies including 3-D scanning, 3-D modeling, and advanced student projects. [more]
 
AAAF Forensics for Everyone
American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF)
General & Digital Forensics - The American Academy of Applied Forensics is located at the North Campus in Huntersville. The primary market for the forensic academy is comprised of professionals already working in law enforcement, civilian investigative fields and the medicolegal professionals. Many classes are open to the general public. The academy has over 45 general and digital forensic classes.
 
Vitality Get More Bang! For Your PC Buck!
Vitality Computer
Charlotte-based Vitality is the premier supplier of computer hardware to customers nationwide by offering comprehensive computer technology with unparalleled quality and timeliness. Come by their display to see great custom PC systems, system mods, gaming systems, and more!
 
No Photo Amateur Radio
Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Association
CPCC welcomes MARS of Charlotte to The Geek Fest! MARS will be demonstrating amateur radio technologies around the Levine campus. Visit their display area outside.
 
Sheek Geek Robotically Sheek
Sheek Geek
SheekGeek is an online source for educational kits. These kits range from robot kits to craft ideas for students, hobbyists, and teachers. Stop by their display for more information.
 
get_there.gif Special Events Management Class
CPCC Business Administration
We've had a unique opportunity to integrate class participation with real world experience through this year's initiatives. The CPCC Business Administration program's "Special Events Management" class is closely involved with TGF and event-related activities. They have helped plan, coordinate preparation, set-up, decoration, volunteers, and provide on-campus information.
 
get_there.gif Who, What, When, Where, Why, Geek?
CPCC CPCC English Division
Journalism students will be on-site at the event reporting on the day's festivities and geekiness.