Students listen in B-100 to keynote speaker Dr. Joseph T. Bonivel Jr.
Students listening and taking notes
(Left to Right) Techtopia keynote speaker Dr. Joseph T. Bonivel Jr. from the US Department of Defense and Computer Science &Computer Technology Department Chair Dr. Reginald Metu.

The inaugural Techtopia conference was held at SBVC on May 11, where artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity were in the spotlight.

Organized by the faculty in the STEM-MESA and computer science departments, the first-of-its-kind event for the campus brought together students, faculty, and community members for a full day of hands-on workshops and enlightening sessions, showcasing the remarkable potential of technology inshaping the world of tomorrow.

The conference aimed to prepare attendees for the major transformations on the horizon, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the tech-driven world. It featured an impressive lineup of speakers and experts, including science and technology policy advocate Dr. Joseph Bonivel, Jr. and technology executive Bala Meduri of LTK, who discussed the latest advancements in AI and cybersecurity, highlighting their applications in various sectors, and offering a glimpse of the exciting possibilities that lie ahead in their industries.

The event concluded with a Q&A panel that included SBVC director of campus technology, Uvaldo Sifuentes, and SBVC professional expert Jose Munoz, who discussed the many ways they are already using cybersecurity and AI technologies in their daily computer science and creative work.