The University of Washington Tacoma is the host for the 20th Annual Conference for the Special Interest Group for IT Educators. The campus is located in downtown Tacoma Washington and has revitalized the downtown area. The campus is within walking distance of the Conference site and the conference hotels. The campus has grown to 5500 students since its founding in 1990. The Information Technology Program is the 37th ABET accredited program in the United States and has 210 students. Graduates of the program work for tech giants Microsoft, Amazon, T Mobile, Expedia, Infoblox, Boeing and many other companies throughout the South Sound.
The conference runs from October 2 – 5, 2019 and will take place at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, Washington.
The theme for SIGITE 2019 is “Transforming IT Education.” IT Is a combination of Programming, Human Computer Interaction, Networking, Databases, and Web Technologies with an overarching security component. This unique blend of subjects is constantly changing, which makes for a unique challenge for IT educators to produce graduates ready for today’s workforce. 70% of our students come from our local community colleges, thus there will be a community college component to SIGITE 2019. Community colleges play a vital role in IT Education and improved interaction is needed.
SIGITE is the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Information Technology Education. Our members include information technology faculty (teachers and researchers), students, and industry professionals.
With over 400 members worldwide, SIGITE drives the creation and dissemination of the computing discipline of information technology. The organization has created a model undergraduate curriculum and helped create accreditation guidelines for IT programs, and is now defining and promoting IT research.