UCTech Descends on UC Santa Barbara

UCTech Welcome Dinner at Manzanita Village Monday night July 15

See photos from the UCTech conference and read the recap from the UC Office of the President

The UCTech Planning Committee continues to sort and publish the session videos. Please be patient and stay tuned; we plan to have the videos available in the next few weeks. 


After more than a year of planning, more than 700 IT professionals, 90 volunteers, and 29 sponsors united July 15-17 at sunny UC Santa Barbara for UCTech 2019, themed “IT Uncorked: Unleashing the Potential of Our Ingenuity.” 

While attendees expressed apprehension at first about Monday’s heavy fog, the Santa Barbara climate revealed itself with pleasant 60s and 70s temperatures, abundant sunshine, and ocean breezes. 

Monday, July 15

The conference unofficially began in the morning with pre-conference sessions for various workgroups, including the AWS and DocuSign User Groups. 

Registration kicked off at 5 p.m., followed by the Reception Dinner hosted by Cisco in the Manzanita Village Courtyard. The dinner featured live classic rock and pop hits from local band The Academy. The night ended with dancing under the stars, a great start to the conference. 

Tuesday, July 16

Tuesday, the first full day of the conference, featured a morning jog or walk to Coal Oil Point, yoga near the campus lagoon, 80 different presentations in four sessions, and several different activities including data center and campus tours and the Sponsor Fair. The UCTech Planning Committee from UCSB held the conference’s first prize drawing and Systemwide Chief Information Officer Tom Andriola announced the winners of the Larry L. Sautter Awards.

The day’s highlight came from Dr. Kyle Lewis as the day’s Distinguished Speaker. Dr. Lewis is a Full Professor and Department Chair in Technology Management at UCSB. 

Her talk discussed how to create organizations that “leverage our expertise, promote equity and fairness, and create meaning.” Dr. Lewis talked about how to diversify IT, starting with the environment in which people work to the language recruiters use in job descriptions.

The day ended with a mixer provided by our sponsors, and dinner provided by UC Santa Barbara Conference services. Dinner also featured a performance from a second live, local band, Killer Kaya. The evening ended with a Movie and Game Night, during which the planning committee showed “Galaxy Quest.”

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday kicked off with more yoga, followed by breakfast and a keynote from Distinguished Speaker Dr. Joe Incandela

Dr. Incandela, the Vice Chancellor for Research, Distinguished Professor of Physics, and the Joe and Pat Yzurdiaga Chair in Experimental Sciences, discussed his work with the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle and what it means for life on this planet. 

The day also included five more breakout sessions, UCSB Library and Campus REEF tours. Participants could also get a Bingo card stamped by all of our sponsors to be entered into a prize drawing. A UCTech planning committee member and the representative from Ricoh also selected the first, second, and third-place winners of the UCTech 2019 Photography Contest. 

The day wrapped with a gelato bar provided by Tondi Gelato in Santa Barbara.

“Best dang UCTech ever!” said UCSB Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer Matt Hall. “Go UCSB!”

“The planning, execution, and attention to detail were just outstanding,” said Tom Andriola, UC Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “It just represents another great example of the talent and dedication we have in the UC to pull off such an amazing event.” 

See photos from the UCTech conference.  

Thank you again from the UC Santa Barbara UCTech Planning Committee for your attendance, sponsorship, or volunteer time. We hope to see you at UCTech 2020 August 17-19 at UCLA!

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