Jonathan Kersting Pittsburgh Technology Council

By Jonathan Kersting, Vice President of Communications and Media, Pittsburgh Technology Council

It’s not just the balmy temperatures signaling that spring has sprung in Pittsburgh.

The real true sign of spring in Pittsburgh is the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s (PTC) annual CIO of the Year Awards. It’s one of the PTC’s biggest events drawing nearly 600 people to honor some of the region’s smartest women and men working in the industry. CIOs and CISOs often work way behind the scenes, making technology services appear seamless and easy. So seamless that we often forget all of the hard work, ingenuity and cunning to pull them off. CIO of the Year is that night to honor these special folks!

Speaking of special people, our cover story is a profile of Jinx Walton. She just retired as the CIO of the University of Pittsburgh, and she is the very definition of technology trailblazer. I’m so excited to profile her many accomplishments over what has been an amazing career. Stop reading now and head over to her story this very second. I won’t be offended for leaving me mid article. Her story will inspire you and I hope it will inspire others to charge ahead.

With winter finally gone and CIO of the Year a recent memory, I am looking forward to summer and the next issue of TEQ magazine. We are already working on the 2019 State of Industry issue that tracks the growth of tech across seven clusters in southwestern Pennsylvania. It also tracks investment data, emerging technology and university activity. I’ve seen a first cut of the data, and Pittsburgh keeps trucking forward.

Way too much fun as always to bring you each and every issue of TEQ. So go on and read about the 2019 CIO of the Year winners. Get out there and enjoy spring, too! I truly think that it has sprung!