After numerous invitations to do so, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has agreed to be the opening keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Chicago on Mon., June 25 at the McCormick Place convention center.
The keynote will begin at 8:30 AM CST in the McCormick Place General Session Hall B1.
“Mr. Jobs has never spoken to NECC and we’re very excited to have him speak to many of our 13,000 attendees,” Barbara Hewick, a representative for NECC, told MacCentral Friday.
Apple has made a concerted effort over the past four months to refocus its energies on education sales, with the hiring of Cheryl Vedoe as vice president of Education Marketing and Solutions.
NECC is a three-day conference, with pre-conference workshop on June 23-24. The focus is to educate and inform educators on developments in computing and technology for the classroom offering workshops, speakers, 400 exhibitors and 1,300 booths.
Advanced registration for US$100 ends March 30. Registrations placed between March 31 and May 4 receive their full three-day registration for $125. Registrations placed after May 4 are $150.
Additional Keynote Speakers will be Motorola Internet executive Janiece Webb on Tues., June 26; NASA Classroom of the Future’s Hilarie Davis on Wed., June 27; and Teacher Educator and humorist Debbie Silver on Wed., June 27 for the afternoon luncheon.