Speaker Preview: CyArk 500 Annual Summit

by Devon Haynes
July 31, 2014
We are eagerly anticipating this year's CyArk 500 Annual Summit, which will be held October 7-8 at the U.S. National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. The conference theme for this year is "Democratizing Cultural Heritage: Enabling access to information, technology, and we are pleased to announce the first round of distinguished speakers for the three tracks, below. The intent with the conference is to bring together people who are experts in the fields of heritage and technology so there can be an open exchange of information to improve the fields overall. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements in the coming weeks!

At our Annual Summit, government ministers, corporate executives, diplomats, scholars, and heritage professionals gather to learn about the ways new technologies are benefiting and augmenting heritage preservation (see recap from 2013). The Summit will include an update on our progress towards the CyArk 500, the large-scale initiative launched at the Tower of London last October to digitally preserve 500 heritage sites around the world in five years. The Summit will also feature presentations from leaders in democratizing heritage preservation. We had an incredible response to the event last year and look forward to another fruitful conference this year in Washington.

Early bird rates expire July 31, register for your space at the Summit today!

British Museum: Matthew Cock, Head of Web
Mr. Cock has worked on many initiatives to enhance public access to the Museum's collections, including redesigning the Museum's web portals and working with Wikipedia to improve the information on pages featuring artifacts in the Museum's collection. He will be speaking on digital initiatives at the British Museum to share heritage virtually with the public

Microsoft: Roger Capriotti, Senior Director of Product Marketing
Mr. Capriotti leads the Internet Explorer marketing team. He will speak about the importance of developing with web standards to share heritage on the modern web.

Factum Arte: Carlos Bayod Lucini, Architect & Head of Laser Scanning
Recently in the news for precisely replicating King Tut's Tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Factum Arte's staff of artists, conservators, and technicians are dedicated to digital mediation, transformation, and the production of works that redefine the relationship between two and three dimensions. Mr. Bayod Lucini will speak on controlling the means of re-production: from designing the unique tools to capture the original physical state to re-materializing the object as a facsimile.

National Park Service: Robert Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall & Memorial Parks
Mr. Vogel is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the National Mall, including the Washington Monument and the Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, World War II, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War Veterans and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials, as well as the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. He will be speaking on leveraging public and private partnerships to digitally preserve the National Mall.

Trimble Navigation: Allyson McDuffie, SketchUp for Education Program Manager
Trimble will discuss their support of CyArk's work in West Africa and the Americas through a program aimed at delivering conservation benefits as well as educational benefits worldwide through leveraging partnerships and technology. Hear about the project plans, progress to-date, and why Trimble is supporting this initiative.

Join these speakers and more alongside the CyArk 500 Advisory Council and CyArk Founders Ben and Barbara Kacyra at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C. this October 7-8. We look forward to seeing you there! Register Now>>