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Oktane18: Welcome to Beyond

Okta Ryan Carlson Blog Author

It’s almost time for thousands of our customers, partners, and industry leaders to join us in Las Vegas for Oktane18. Which means it’s almost time to talk about the big things you’re doing to drive innovation in your organizations. In other words, it’s almost my favorite time of year.

This year, Oktane18 is all about going beyond. We’ve put together a great line-up of influential speakers, opportunities to network with professionals across industries, product updates and integrations to make your life easier, and plenty of breakout sessions and labs sessions throughout the conference.  You’ll get hands-on experience with our products, hear directly from our team and learn how other companies are using technology to move their businesses forward. Here’s a sneak preview:

We’re rolling out the red carpet
The full Oktane18 agenda is now live and features seven tracks this year, including two all-new ones: Customer Identity Access Management and Okta Integration Network. You’ll be busy, to say the least. A top-notch lineup of guest keynote speakers is in store for you as well.

We are also thrilled to welcome technology leaders to the Oktane stage, including Patty Morrison, Executive Vice President of Customer Support Services and Chief Information Officer at Cardinal Health; Eash Sundaram, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Chief Digital and Technical Officer at JetBlue; and Melody Hildebrandt, Global CISO 21st Century Fox.

Overcoming adversity throughout her life, we are humbled to be bringing actress, Paralympic athlete and fashion model Aimée Mullins to the Oktane stage this year.  From being on the Emmy-nominated Netflix series “Stranger Things” to having over five million views of her multiple TED talks, Aimée is no stranger to success.

We’ll also be welcoming Kumail Nanjiani, an Oscar-nominated writer, as well as a critically acclaimed actor and comedian. Nanjiani is well known for his starring role on season five of the Emmy Award-winning HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley.” As a fan of “The Big Sick,” Nanjiani’s talk is one I’m especially looking forward to.

The man needs no introduction, but I’ll take this opportunity to give him one anyways – Barack Obama served as the 44th President of the United States and will be speaking on the keynote stage at Oktane18. We're thrilled to have him join us-- it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear him speak.

We’ll reveal what we’ve been working on behind the scenes.
You will be the first to hear our latest product announcements and see them in action with live demos. This is your chance to learn about new technology that will help you work smarter and get more done.

You’ll make connections and up your Okta game.
With plenty of networking opportunities throughout the week, you’ll build relationships with plenty of new faces. Spending time with Okta experts and fanatics alike will help you learn how to get the most of your Okta experience.

Plus, Oktane18 is fueled by some great partners who you can hear from in the Expo Hall including Box, Optiv, Fuze and more. Check out the full list here.

These are only a few of the reasons why you need to register today for Oktane18. Plus, our early bird pricing expires this Friday, March 30. I can’t wait to see you in Vegas!

 
Okta Ryan Carlson Blog Author

Ryan Carlson is the CMO of Okta, overseeing demand generation, brand, customer marketing, public relations, analyst relations, partner marketing, and corporate communications. Ryan has worked in technology and startups for more years than he cares to tell everyone reading this blog post. Before joining Okta (back when the team was just a few dozen strong), he ran product for Redwood Systems and he has held various product and marketing leadership roles at Xilinx, Velio, and Cypress.

Ryan holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two young daughters. A few of the hobbies that he has given up include backpacking, fly-fishing, and exercise.

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