with the Art of Network Engineering
August 17-19, 2023
Rodefer Moss
KTech CONNECT is a three-day event series to give tech professionals the opportunity to connect in a variety of settings for in-depth conversations, sharing ideas, and exploring ways to contribute to the advancement of network engineering and the tech industry as a whole. In addition, we’ll have a lot of fun together! The summit will culminate with a live podcast, broadcast to a worldwide audience.
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Event Schedule


August 17 @ 4:30pm

VIP Lunch

August 18 @ 12:00pm

KTech CONNECT Golf Night
Golf Night

August 18 @ 5:30pm

Breakfast Mingle

August 19 @ 8:00am

Sponsor Meet & Greet

August 19 @ 12:00pm

KTech CONNECT Live Simulcast
Live Simulcast

August 19 @ 4:00pm

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The Art of Network Engineering

The Art of Network Engineering is a podcast that approaches technical topics with a storytelling format to create informative, entertaining and engaging content. Podcast episodes are released biweekly in audio and video formats across a range of platforms.

Art of Networking Engineering co-hosts come from diverse backgrounds and geographic areas, creating a wide array of viewpoints that make for compelling conversations. Guests have included helpdesk folks trying to get their first engineering job, engineers, architects, trainers, managers, recruiters and authors.


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KTech CONNECT Networking

August 17 @ 4:30pm

Printshop Beer Co.
1532 Island Home Ave.

Join KTech and The Art of Network Engineering team for a night of networking and socializing at a local Knoxville brewery! Get ready to meet fellow network engineers, IT professionals, and tech enthusiasts from the Knoxville area and beyond. Of course, there will be plenty of craft beer & tasty food too!

Printshop Beer Co will be pouring a selection of their brews, crafted right here in Knoxville, including IPAs, a variety of ales, stouts, and a sour or two. Come with an appetite to enjoy Sweet P’s BBQ Nacho Bar with their famous Mac ‘N Cheese and Banana Pudding.

VIP Lunch

August 18 @ 12:00pm

The Chop House
9700 Kingston Pike

This VIP luncheon will give you the opportunity to connect with the Art of Networking Engineering team and a select group of industry professionals, network engineers, and technology enthusiasts from around the country.

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at Chop House while hearing from Edmon Begoli, AI Systems R&D Section Head at ORNL. Edmon will share about the important AI development happening in our own backyard at ORNL and how it’s helping to solve real world problems.

Spots are limited to foster engaging discussions and meaningful networking opportunities in a more intimate setting. $25 reserves your spot for this exclusive event!

Sponsored By

Rodefer Moss

Golf Night

August 18 @ 5:30pm

Topgolf Farragut
11400 Outlet Drive

Get ready to swing into an evening of new connections and great times at Topgolf as we bring together tech professionals from Knoxville and beyond.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a beginner looking to try something new, this event promises to be a hole-in-one! Practice your swing, or sit back and watch the action while enjoying the fun atmosphere, drinks and Fajita Bar.

Highlights of the evening include:

Networking Opportunities: Connect with the Art of Networking Engineering podcast team and tech professionals from a variety of industries, fostering new business relationships and expanding your professional network.

Topgolf Fun: No need to be a pro golfer! Topgolf offers a unique and enjoyable golfing experience suitable for players of all skill levels. Hit microchipped golf balls at targets, track your scores, and enjoy friendly competition.

Drink Tickets: Enjoy 2 complimentary drink tickets to quench your thirst as you tee off and socialize. The fully stocked bar will have a wide selection of beverages to choose from.

Fajita Bar & Dessert Trio: Delight your taste buds with a mouthwatering Fajita Bar, offering a variety of flavorful options for both meat lovers and vegetarians. Finish it off with a sweet treat, including injectable donut holes, lemon bars, and double chocolate chip cookies.

Please note that limited spots are available for this event, so don’t wait to secure your place. Tickets are $25 per person. Get ready to tee up, make connections, and have a swinging good time. We look forward to seeing you there!

Breakfast Mingle

August 19 @ 8:00am

Loco Burro
7600 Kingston Pike

Start your day off right with a power-packed breakfast networking event! Join us on the Loco Burro rooftop as we bring together tech professionals from East Tennessee and across the nation for a morning of meaningful connections.

Enjoy a Tex Mex breakfast buffet while meeting new contacts that could help you in your career journey.

Sponsored By

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Live Simulcast

August 19 @ 4:00pm

Jewelry Television
9600 Parkside Dr.

Get ready for a special event featuring some of the brightest minds in network engineering! KTech and the Art of Network Engineering podcast team, have joined forces to host a three-day summit, culminating in this grand finale event!

Join us for happy hour, networking, and a podcast-style interview with Daniel Pelfrey, Network Engineer for the High-Performance Computing Operations Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Daniel will share about his work on Frontier, the world’s first and fastest exascale supercomputer.

The discussion will be live-streamed to viewers around the globe so that anyone can tune in and join the conversation by submitting questions during Q&A. If you can’t join us in person, register for a virtual ticket to get the Zoom link emailed to you in advance and join us live to submit your own questions!

To keep the excitement going, you’ll have the chance to win prizes from our sponsors! We’ll be giving away a PS5 console provided by Alkira and a XOPPOX Graphics Drawing Tablet provided by Opengear.

We’ll be serving beer, wine, and a tasty selection of hors d’oeuvres. Take advantage of the networking time before and after the Live Simulcast to meet people from all walks of life who share your interests in engineering, technology, and innovation.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready for an engaging time together!

About KTech

The Knoxville Technology Council connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, and resources. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation.


Flights & Accommodations


McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – 14 mi.
Knoxville’s airport is conveniently located and offers direct flights to 30 US cities.

Nashville International Airport (BNA) – 173 mi.
Nashville’s airport is about 2.5 hours from Knoxville with 26 passenger airlines with nonstop flights to 101 airports in North America and Europe.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – 221 mi.
The Atlanta airport is about 3.5 hours from Knoxville. It is the world’s busiest passenger airport with international flights to every continent except Antarctica.


West Knoxville
These hotels are nearby most of the event locations

Drury Inn & Suites

Element Knoxville West

Embassy Suites by Hilton Knoxville West

Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville West/Cedar Bluff

Stay downtown to enjoy the unique personality of Knoxville

Embassy Suites by Hilton Knoxville Downtown

Hyatt Place Knoxville / Downtown

Marriott Downtown

The Oliver Hotel

The Tennesseean