MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 400 statewide leaders will come to Morgantown Wednesday, March 27 for Focus Forward: West Virginia’s Digital Destiny. The event will be held at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sixth annual event is hosted by the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and will explore what it means to become a digital West Virginia. Registration is required.

Presentations will highlight to technologies coming online that will revolutionize all aspects of society and how we communicate with one another — at home, at work and at school. Presenters will provide insight into what your digital identity really is and the state would benefit from digitization.

When the conference ends, a special reception hosted by Discover the Real West Virginia is planned with Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Executive Director Dr. Ali Rezai. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Featured speakers include:

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Amazon Web Services Director of Strategic Engagement and Innovation Kimberley Williams
West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee
Marshall University President Brad D. Smith
Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Executive Director Dr. Ali Rezai
Major General James Hoyer
Vantage Ventures Executive Director Sarah Biller
Marshall University Director of the Cyber Forensics and Security Graduate Program Josh Brunty
West Virginia Department of Education representatives
Academia specialists from Carnegie Mellon University, Marshall University, University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University
Industry leaders in finance, health care and manufacturing, and many more