innotechlogoThe 13th annual InnoTech Austin, one of the city’s longest running technology conferences, takes place next Thursday at the Austin Convention Center.

The conference organizers announced finalists for its 2016 IT executives of the year awards. The winners will be announced at an awards reception Thursday afternoon at the conference.

The finalists for corporate IT executive of the year include Everett Plante, vice president of IT and Chief Information Officer of Silicon Labs, Christine Rose, Chief Information Officer and head of e-commerce for Kendra Scott, Jeff Smedley, Chief Information Officer of J&J Worldwide Services and Charles Valentine, vice president of technology services of Indeed.

The finalists for public IT executive of the year include Mike Bell, Chief Information Officer of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Brad Englert,
Chief Information Officer of the University of Texas at Austin and Blake Holman, Chief Information Officer of St. David’s Foundation.

The finalists for Information Technologist of the Year include Ben Doherty, co-founder of Favor, Mark Magnuson, CTO of Concepture, Thomas Quintana, director of Next Generation Technologies at Inteliquent and Ben Bentzin, founder and CEO of Interactive Health Technologies LLC.

To register for InnoTech Austin, use the discount code NOV6C to receive 20 percent off registration prices for InnoTech or any special event including Women in Tech Summit, HealthTech ATX, DevOps CD summit and more. Check here for the complete agenda.

InnoTech Austin expects more than 1,500 attendees for the one-day conference, sponsored by Austin-based DoubleHorn, a leading cloud services brokerage.

Another highlight of the conference is the “Beta Summit” featuring six standout Austin startups presenting live demos.

“With technology evolving faster and faster all the time, we work hard to ensure that INNOTECH Austin remains relevant for attendees,” Sean Lowery, Director, Innotech, said in a news statement. “This year’s conference has exciting, new sessions on hot topics such as drones, the future of cloud technologies and mobility, cyber security issues like ransomware and the dark web, and much more. Our speakers are among the best and the brightest from organizations at the forefront of technology in their industries – Dell Medical School, RideScout, Charles Schwab, Amazon and Austin Technology Council, to name a few.”