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What’s geekier: Tech geeks or doctoral students who study tech geeks?

on June 22, 2011

Here’s some of my coverage from the 2010 ICIS Conference in St. Louis. I was covering the event for Dice and Dice News.

Last December, in St. Louis, I attended the ICIS conference, an annual meeting of university and college-level educators in the tech industry. These are people who study the industry of technology and the people in it. I’ve been to a lot of tech conferences, and this one might be the driest and geekiest of them all. Luckily, this crowd embraces it with a sort of Rodney Dangerfield “I get no respect” bashfulness. Luckily, they make up for it by delivering some really fascinating information. Almost every session is a series of doctoral students and professors giving presentations on studies they’ve been conducting over the past year.

Here are my top 5 favorite videos from the ICIS Conference. The interview subjects are a mishmash of doctoral students, professors, and also CIOs who were invited to speak at the conference. Below, I have 18 more great videos.

My 5 favorite videos from the 2010 ICIS Conference

What does your ideal job candidate look like? What does your ideal job candidate look like?
Viral product design is far more effective for product adoption than email marketing or banner ads Viral product design is far more effective for product adoption than email marketing or banner ads
The best IT people have business savvy and they don't even realize it The best IT people have business savvy and they don’t even realize it
What's your killer job interview question? What’s your killer job interview question?
How does an IT worker get the inspiration to quit their job and become an entrepreneur? How to force a moment of entrepreneurial epiphany

18 more great videos from the 2010 ICIS Conference

Secrets to legitimizing information systems projects Secrets to legitimizing information systems projects
Boeing Needs Young Blood to Replenish Its Retiring IT Staff Boeing Needs Young Blood to Replenish Its Retiring IT Staff
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is looking for the best athletes to run IT Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is looking for the best athletes to run IT
CIO of Scottrade: 'Past behaviors show us what you're going to do in the future' CIO of Scottrade: ‘Past behaviors show us what you’re going to do in the future’
The secret to completing technical projects on time
If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking enough risks
Interview question: What kind of animal would you be and why? Interview question: What kind of animal would you be and why?
Centene reduces IT staff turnover by investing in IT Centene reduces IT staff turnover by investing in IT
How do you handle situations of stress? How do you handle situations of stress?
Grooming IT people to be leaders at Barry Wehmiller Grooming IT people to be leaders at Barry Wehmiller
Corporations need versatile tech workers to fill the void of retiring baby boomers Corporations need versatile tech workers to fill the void of retiring baby boomers
Warning signs that your company will become the next Enron Warning signs that your company will become the next Enron
Is your CIO an advocate, facilitator, or traditionalist? Is your CIO an advocate, facilitator, or traditionalist?
You don't have to update your IT skills to get a job: Surprising research on IT job obsolescence You don’t have to update your IT skills to get a job: Surprising research on IT job obsolescence
If your company has low IT-business alignment, expect high turnover of IT employees If your company has low IT-business alignment, expect high turnover of IT employees
Prohibiting leisure blogging of employees has a negative effect on productive blogging Prohibiting leisure blogging of employees has a negative effect on productive blogging
The larger your team, the greater the loafing The larger your team, the greater the loafing
For online collaboration to work, forget internal corporate structures, just build human relations For online collaboration to work, forget internal corporate structures, just build human relations

Creative Commons photo credit to friendly terrorist.

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