5:30pm - 6:30pm Social Hour / Networking
6:30pm - 7:15pm Announcements and Dinner
7:15pm - 8:15pm Keynote Speaker and Q&A
8:15pm - Adjourn
$50 per member. Includes meal and cash bar.
$70 per non SIM member. Includes meal and cash bar.
*Must be accompanied by a SIM member and is limited to two visits per program year
About the Speaker
Chief Digital Officer and State CIO - Illinois
Hardik is a transformational leader with tremendous acumen in both strategy and execution for large transformations. Hardik has moved seamlessly between private and public sector.
After working for TCS in India and Oracle in the US, he became the CIO of the City of Chicago in his early 30’s.
He pioneered the Smart Chicago program and built it as a national model.
He went on to work as a senior executive for Cisco. He lead global business development for Cisco’s Smart & Connected Communities as well as Internet of Everything business. In that capacity, he worked with 30+ global cities, including Barcelona, Dubai, Copenhagen, Hamburg, San Francisco and many others.
In March 2015, he was recruited by Governor Rauner as the CIO for State of Illinois, to lead State’s digital transformation. In last two years, Hardik and his team have brought Illinois from bottom 4th to top 3rd in national digital rankings by creating a consolidated Department of Innovation & Technology with 1,700 people and $1B budget, building state’s first comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, increasing state’s mobile presence by 500%, launching state’s data practice and pioneering the Smart State concept by making Illinois the first state to have a clear Smart State vision and roadmap.
Beyond his day job as the State CIO, Hardik is an angel investor and a board member for two IoT companies, a non-profit charter school network serving predominantly Chicago’s Hispanic community and the Chicago Innovation Awards.
Hardik has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from India and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management