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Winkler gets Digitized
By Matthew Shewchuk, Grade 12, Garden Valley Collegiate, Winkler, MB

Garden Valley Collegiate, in association with Mindset of Winnipeg, will be setting up the first-ever Southeastern Manitoba Digitized Conference on November 26, 2002 at the Winkler Berghtaler church.

For those who have never heard of the Digitized Conference, it is a technology conference that provides high school students with information that well may increase their Information-and-Technology-related careers. For the last three years the Digitized Conference was held at the Winnipeg Convention Center in May. This year the Winnipeg organizers decided to move it to Winkler because they want more students in the rural areas to be able to participate in the conference. Mindset, Manitoba Network for Science and Technology, has also realized that many rural high schools are using interesting technology.

The technology and information sessions offered at the conference will be broken up into three categories; Hardware/Software, Career and Training, and Social/Ethics Issues. In the Hardware/Software category, sessions will include the Future of Internet, E-commerce, Wireless, Multimedia, and Computing. In the Career and Training category, there will be Hot Technology Careers, Generic Technology Skills, the Future of Work, and Setting Up your IT Business.

The Social/Ethics Issues will have sessions on Women in Technology, Social Issues on the 'Net, and Telecom Security. Although the keynote speakers have not been formally organized yet, organizers hope to get the federal Secretary of State for Science, Research, and Development to speak at the conference.

Among the sponsors of the Winkler Digitized Conference will be MERLIN, TRLabs, MTS Mobility, Manageworx, De Vry Institute, the RCMP, and Wired Women, as well as local sponsors, Friesen's of Altona and 3M of Morden. Trade show displays at the conference will be presented by the Red River College, the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and MTS Mobility.

Conference organizers hope to attract around 200 students from all over Southeastern Manitoba. Students will be invited from places such as Winkler, Morden, Altona, Carman, Emerson, Miami, and maybe Pembina.


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