Macricostas Entrepreneurship lecture to focus on future of technology
Visionary John Patrick to emphasize need to capitalize on the Internet

DANBURY, CONN. — What better place to discuss the future of technology — where it’s headed and where it can take us — than a forward-thinking university.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, a leading Internet expert and former IBM vice president, John Patrick, will share his thoughts, knowledge and experience in a lecture, “A Visionary Look at Where Technology is Headed,” at Western Connecticut State University. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held in Room 125 in the Science Building on the Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The lecture is funded by a grant to support entrepreneurship from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his wife, Marie.

Since the early 1990s, Patrick has dedicated his time to fostering Internet technologies; his successes include his role as senior marketing executive for the launch of the IBM ThinkPad brand.

Business 2.0 named him as one of the industry’s most intriguing minds, Industry Week named him one of the top 30 people who drive innovation and provide the initial spark to economic growth and Network World called Patrick one of the 25 most powerful people in networking.

The founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, Patrick is on the board of directors of WebMediaBrands Corporation, Knovel Corporation, Danbury Health Systems Inc., Founders Hall and OCLC. His book “Net Attitude” paints a vivid picture of the future of the Internet and the attitudes needed to capitalize on it.

For more information, call (203) 837-8754.


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