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C Spire Ramps up Efforts to Transform Mississippi Through Technology


Firm to host major technology event in May for students, consumers and businesses

Ridgeland, Miss., (April 20, 2018) – C Spire is convening a major technology conference next month that will feature nationally acclaimed speakers, cutting-edge demonstrations and informative workshops for students, consumers and businesses on some of the latest innovations, trends and applications driving the 21st century digital economy.

The day-long C Spire MVMT 2018 conference, the flagship event which is bringing to life the company’s tech movement initiative designed to help transform the region for future success, is set for Tuesday, May 8 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula Street, in downtown Jackson.

“As the region’s technology leader, we want individuals to step out of their comfort zone and experience for one day a technology-filled future that C Spire and its partners are helping bring to life right here in our state,” said C Spire CEO Hu Meena. “It’s a future you’ve got to see to believe.”

The event will include a half-day information security summit for businesses from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring thought leaders and industry experts from C Spire, Apple, Cisco, Hitachi Vantara, Horne Cyber, RSA and Dell Technologies in a series of talks and breakout sessions about the latest network and security trends and threats in the information technology world.

“Technology workforce development and recruiting more IT workers for Mississippi businesses are crucial factors in the future growth and diversification of our state’s economy,” said Scott Waller, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council. “With the growing importance of network management and cybersecurity, this summit will help businesses of all sizes and stripes get the answers they need.”

An interactive technology expo aimed at consumers and high school students also is scheduled at various times in the day starting at 9 a.m. and featuring 3D food printing from Sue’s Tech Kitchen, virtual reality technologies from Exit Reality, Intel and Lobaki, a connected car demonstration from Nokia and much more.

“Technology is transforming the way we live, work and play,” said Tony Jeff, president and CEO of Innovate Mississippi. “We’re excited that C Spire is giving consumers and students an opportunity to get up close and personal with applications like robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, virtual reality and the Internet of Things.”

The afternoon session, which begins at 12:30 p.m., will feature a trio of renowned speakers at the forefront of technology and culture, including Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media and in association with Sue’s Tech Kitchen, Sarah Bond, general manager of business development for Microsoft and Richard Green, director of ventures and business development for the Intel Sports Group.

MVMT 2018 is part of a broader C Spire Tech Movement initiative designed to leverage the company’s technology leadership and investments to help transform its service areas. Other elements of the program include creation of a state-of-the-art digital customer care platform for customers and team members, massive deployment of broadband internet for homes and businesses and other leadership initiatives to drive innovation and development of a 21st century technology workforce.

Ticket prices are $45 per person for the afternoon session speakers and exhibit access or $89 per person for all-day access, which includes the Information Security Summit. Admission to MVMT 2018 is free for students and teachers. For more details on ticket availability and registration, visit or follow C Spire on Twitter or Facebook.

About C Spire
C Spire is a leading technology company committed to transforming Mississippi through the C Spire Tech Movement, which includes the massive deployment of broadband internet to homes and small businesses, a state-of-the-art digital experience for customers and team members, technology innovation leadership and the creation and retention of a 21st century technology workforce in its region. This news release and other announcements are available at For more information about C Spire, visit or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter at