7 AcceleRISE Sessions That Will Boost Your Industry and Tech Knowledge

Are you a young professional in security? Get ready – AcceleRISE 2022 is coming Aug. 1-3 to Austin, Texas! AcceleRISE, hosted by SIA’s RISE community, is the ultimate conference for young talent and newcomers to the security industry who want to take their careers to the next level. With an all-star speaker lineup, unique and interactive sessions, connections galore, after-hours fun and an exciting destination to explore, AcceleRISE is a must-attend event for the industry’s rising stars.

Among the robust agenda of conference sessions are a variety of offerings on cutting-edge technology and security topics that will help you sharpen your industry knowledge. Here are seven sessions you won’t want to miss; make sure to add them to your calendar!

Why the Metaverse, NFTs and All Things Web3 Mean It’s Your Time to Lead

The metaverse, web3, NFTs and DAOs…there are a ton of buzzwords in today’s tech world. But what do they all mean? Is it hype? And what does it matter to the security industry and, more importantly, to you? In this fast-paced presentation on what many believe is the future, you’ll hear from Paula Balmori, design consultant and onboarding specialist at Northland Controls, and Lee Odess, senior vice president, business and operations at Latch. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of Web3, the potential and real impact and the opportunities, but all with a twist.

A Tech Evolution: How the Security Industry Is Shifting From Guards and Gates to Digital Protective Intelligence

A digital transformation is happening in the security industry: protection teams are moving away from the “guns, guards and gates” approach and seeking technology to help them proactively monitor threats. Now more than ever, having a holistic view of threats is a business imperative. This session, led by Lukas Quanstrom, CEO and co-founder of Ontic, will discuss strategies the industry should embrace related to people, processes and technology solutions to gain an advantage in their security and protection efforts. Attendees will develop a working knowledge and understanding of protective intelligence and its intersection with technology, which will give them a leg up in their career advancement.

How Buildings Are Born – Navigating Construction Delivery Methods

You already know the construction process can be complex, but did you know there are multiple delivery methods by which buildings can be designed, quoted and built? Why are the different methods, and what attributes are important to distinguish between them? How does it impact our industry in terms of serving customers? This session, led by Ryan Roberts, sales manager at Allegion, will summarize key things to know regarding the different construction delivery methods and share how he identified his passion for the industry and the career development lessons he has learned along the journey.

The Industry Is Changing – How Mergers and Acquisitions Affect the Industry

New entries in the security industry, such as private equity groups who have seemingly endless amounts of money, have altered the terrain of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) marketplace. Why is this happening now? Who are the private equity groups? How much are they paying? This session, presented by Kelly Bond, partner at Davis Mergers and Acquisitions Group, will answer these questions and many others. As the M&A marketplace evolves, this is your opportunity to learn how to overcome these and other future challenges.

Everyone Needs More Dancing Giraffes in Their Life and Less Dry Turkey

Is your product brand foreboding or friendly? Do your users find value and joy, or do they encounter friction and frustration? How do you know? Presenter Christine Rhinehart is a senior product manager on Netflix’s User-Focused Security Engineering team. In this session, Rhinehart will explain what it means to be user-focused and how it is put into practice to build security products that respect our end users.

Let’s Debate! Channel vs. Direct Sales

In the ever-changing industry we are in, we’re seeing some companies change their sales models to be more direct with the customer, while others won’t stray away from channel sales. In this session, AcceleRISE attendees will be treated to a lively debate featuring perspectives from Jon Harris, senior product manager at HiveWatch; Kabir Maiga, co-founder of PassiveBolt; and Taylor May, national sales director at Rekor Systems. You’ll hear all about the benefits and drawbacks of each model and be invited to provide your input!

How To Accelerate Your Company’s Move to SaaS

Software as a service (SaaS) is making its way in the security industry. Learn how you can personally influence and navigate the move to SaaS in your company. In this session, featuring insights from Derek Arcuri, manager XaaS transformation at Genetec, and Kevin Wilhelm, country manager at Sharry, we’ll dive into the technology and business components of the SaaS transformation and discuss how it is impacting the industry.

View the full AcceleRISE agenda here.

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