The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and Snohomish County have planned a virtual conference set for Sept. 15 aiming to develop new ways to foster sustainable growth for the tech sector, Snohomish County, and the Pacific Northwest. The free event will focus on exchanging ideas and taking action, according to an announcement for the event.

FullConTech will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and registration is now open.

FullConTech focus areas include healthcare during COVID-19, workforce development, IT in government, rural broadband access, AI to support racial justice, and agritech.

Speakers include Michael Schutzler, CEO, WTIA; Dave Somers, county executive, Snohomish County; Ranveer Chandra, chief scientist, Azure Global, Microsoft Research; Jacob Colker, managing director, Allen Institute for A.I., Startup Incubator; Nathan Johnson, vice president (strategy and innovation), Premera Blue Cross; Jennifer Carlson, founder, executive director, Apprenti; Russ Elliott, director, Washington State Broadband Office; and Viggo Forde, CTO and IT director, Snohomish County.

Conference attendees have the opportunity to make a real impact in the tech sector, Snohomish County, and the Pacific Northwest, according to the announcement. Impact and action are major outcomes of the conference, so WTIA will develop playbooks for each area to help Snohomish County learn and advance strategies to solve relevant, timely problems, it says.

Michael Schutzler, CEO at WTIA.

“Sometimes all it takes to solve our most complicated problems is a new perspective,” Schutzler said in the announcement. “By bringing together attendees from different backgrounds and challenging traditional ways of thinking, 2020 FullConTech is poised to spark real change and drive actionable results in our community.”

Somers added, “As leaders in government and business, we must ensure that everyone has access to technology and opportunity. By gathering with thought leaders, we are better able to identify potential solutions for ensuring our families, students, and entrepreneurs are not left out of a recovering economy or remote education. The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color should make us work that much harder for tech equity.”

The conference, focused on Snohomish County’s connections to tech innovation, follows five other FullConTech events in King County and one in Leavenworth since 2015. Last year’s conference was held at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond.