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Innovative Technologies Symposium


The Office of Innovative Technologies is excited to announce its inaugural IT Symposium at the Knoxville Convention Center. Symposium attendees will hear from OIT leadership about the State of OIT, participate in sessions dedicated to the University’s IT community, and support its mission for continuous growth and engagement with emerging technologies.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Join us for this inaugural event!  

Plan to Attend

We hope that you will spend the day learning, sharing, and connecting with colleagues from across campus in an exchange focused on the innovative uses and practices of technology at UT.

If you have not registered before the close of registration on 01.26.2024 but still want to attend, please check in at the registration desk on the day of the event with a valid UT ID.

Who Can Attend

All full- or part-time UT staff, faculty, and graduate students involved in information technology work, learning, or research are eligible to attend.


Tuesday, January 30, 2024


Knoxville Convention Center
701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
(Facility Map)

Parking Options for the Symposium


Admission and lunch are free to current UT faculty, staff, researchers, and graduate students


  • Networking begins at 8:00 a.m. (all sessions ET)
  • Welcome and opening remarks from 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Morning breakout sessions from 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Keynote session – State of OIT from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon breakout sessions from 1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wrap-Up: Networking, Community Fair, and Raffle from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

15-minute breaks between sessions to provide you with time to visit vendors and UT Partners and converse with peers.


The Inaugural UT IT Symposium invites you to a dynamic convergence of ideas, expertise, and innovation. Prepare for a full day where the latest IT developments take center stage, presented through a mix of formats designed to foster interaction, collaboration, and community.  

As the symposium unfolds, it’s not just about the discussions you’ll witness, but the community you’ll become a part of. Prepare for an experience where every conversation could lead to new insights, every encounter could spark a future collaboration, and every moment is an opportunity to broaden your IT horizons. We invite you to be an integral part of this inaugural event—your presence is the key to its success. Join us in creating an energizing and memorable day that celebrates the collective genius of IT professionals at UT. Come for the knowledge, stay for the community, and leave with a wealth of experiences that extend far beyond the final session.

Anticipated Sessions and Activities

While the final agenda is a canvas still being painted, anticipate a selection of sessions that will range from technical deep-dives to explorations of the human elements in IT. Stay tuned as we shape an experience that caters to a variety of interests and fosters every attendee’s professional growth.


Secure your spot and join a network of IT professionals eager to share and learn together. Keep an eye out for updates on session selection and event specifics, as we draw closer to the event.
Register online through K@TE

Catering and Comfort

We’re planning to provide nourishment to keep you energized throughout the day. Expect convenient and tasty meal options to complement your symposium experience. Details will be confirmed, ensuring we cater to a variety of tastes and dietary needs.

The Application for Proposals is now closed.

Presenter information is now available under the UT IT Symposium Schedule

We invite you to share with others at UT what excites you, what has challenged you, and what has propelled you forward. We recognize that in the world of IT, everyone has something valuable to contribute. Whether it’s a newfound tech passion, a life skill honed in the digital trenches, or a quiet triumph in making things work, your experiences are the pearls we seek for the inaugural UT IT Symposium.

We appreciate the vast array of talents within our community and we’re eager to learn from you— whether that’s through a meticulously crafted presentation, an engaging workshop, a casual poster chat, or a quick-fire lightning talk. Name what works best for you.

Your level of comfort is our priority; your insights, a gift. If you’ve uncovered a better way to navigate project management, found joy in a new programming language, or want to discuss the human element of tech, we’re all ears—and we promise an audience that’s just as enthusiastic.

Please consider this your official call to action: bring your discoveries, your stories, and your expertise to a symposium that thrives on the diverse contributions of its community.

Proposals are welcomed with open arms until December 11th. The event itself is scheduled for January 30th so there’s time to prepare.

Let’s join forces to forge a symposium that’s a mosaic of wisdom and ingenuity, where every IT experience enriches the tapestry of our collective learning and creativity.


For questions about this exciting symposium, please email the IT Symposium Committee at