Harvard University IT Summit 2015

Jun 4, 2015
Cambridge, MA


The CIO Council at Harvard University hosted the Fifth Annual IT Summit at Harvard University on June 4, 2015. This event  offers an opportunity for a broad gathering of colleagues – University IT staff, key partners, and faculty – to come together to discuss technology trends, innovations, and best practices in administrative, instructional, and research computing technology.


During this event, Harvard faculty and staff presented on a wide variety of IT projects and initiatives and share their challenges and lessons learned. External industry practitioners participated in an exhibition space and lunchtime educational sessions to share information and demonstrate on industry trends and practices.

Logistical, registration, and production support for the IT Summit is provided for by the Center for Digital Education, an external national research institute specializing in higher education technology trends.

We encourage participants to discuss the Summit via Twitter. #itsummit15

Thank you,

The Harvard University CIO Council


Morning Keynote

Larry_Bacow_headshotDr. Lawrence S. Bacow, President Emeritus, Tufts University

Dr. Bacow is President Emeritus of Tufts University, having served from September 2001 through July 2011. During his tenure at Tufts, he championed academic excellence, closely engaged with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and became well known as an advocate of broader access to higher education. A lawyer and economist, Dr. Bacow is an internationally recognized expert on non-adjudicatory approaches to the resolution of environmental disputes. Prior to his time at Tufts, he spent 24 years on the faculty at MIT, serving as chair of the MIT faculty and subsequently as chancellor. After stepping down as president of Tufts, Dr. Bacow served as president-in-residence in the Higher Education Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He is currently the leader-in-residence at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He is also a senior advisor to Ithaka S+R and a member of the Lincoln Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a member of the Harvard Corporation.


Afternoon Keynote

Frances_Frei_headshotFrances Frei, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Planning and Recruiting, Harvard Business School

Frances Frei is a professor in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School and the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Planning and Recruiting. She is the best-selling author of Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business and has published dozens of case studies across a variety of industries. She has also developed an elective course on Managing Service Operations, which investigates organizations’ efforts to diagnose and improve service experiences. Professor Frei recently led the development of the new FIELD curriculum at HBS, which focuses on experiential and immersive learning experiences. In addition, Professor Frei teaches in Executive Education programs throughout the university and has received the HBS Student Association Faculty Award for teaching excellence on multiple occasions. Professor Frei’s work on service excellence, leadership, and strength helps her to advise organizations on issues of customer focus, organizational change, and how to scale inclusively and effectively.

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Rob Oatman
Chief Information Officer
Graduate School of Education

Stephen Ervin
Assistant Dean for Information Technology
Graduate School of Design

Gabriele Fariello
Assistant Dean for Computing and Chief Information Officer
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Rainer Fuchs
Chief Information Officer
Harvard Medical School

Stephen Gallagher
Chief Information Officer
Harvard Business School

Ben Gaucherin
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Harvard University Information Technology

Christian Hamer
Chief Information Security Officer
Harvard University Information Technology

Dan Hawkins
Director of Information Technology and Media
Divinity School

Anne Margulies
Chief Information Officer
Harvard University

Taso Markatos
Chief Information Officer
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Don Oppenheimer
Associate Dean and Chief Information Officer
Harvard Kennedy School

Pratike Patel
Acting Chief Information Officer
Harvard Law School

Tracey Robinson
Managing Director, Library Technology
Harvard University Information Technology

Jim Waldo
Chief Technology Officer
Harvard University Information Technology

Sue Walsh
Managing Director, Communications
Harvard University Information Technology

Bob Wittstein
Managing Director, Administrative Technology
Harvard University Information Technology

Industry Representatives

Eduardo Acosta
Cisco Systems

Joseph Flynn

Account Executive

Thomas Phelps
Chief Information Officer & Chief Corporate

Milo Speranzo
Director Strategy & Compliance

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2016 Exhibitor opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Center for Digital Education
Phone:  (916) 932-1435
E-mail:  hearney@centerdigitaled.com


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Cambridge, MA 02138