Dennis Trinkle receives the Internet 2.0 Conference Outstanding Leadership AwardINDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 28, 2024) — Dennis Trinkle, PhD, TechPoint’s Senior Vice President of Talent, Strategy and Partnerships, will receive the Internet 2.0 Conference Outstanding Leadership Award for helping shape the global landscape of technology and education. He will receive the award and speak at the conference during its three-day run (March 18–20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“Dennis’ dedication to innovation, inclusivity, and leadership within technology and education aligns perfectly with what we celebrate at The 2.0 Conferences. By spearheading the Mission41K initiative, he has significantly contributed to expanding Indiana’s tech workforce, and his work in advancing Ball State University’s IT Graduate Program has set new standards in tech education. These achievements not only embody the values we admire but also distinctly positioned Dennis as the deserving recipient of our award,” commented Amrita Das, Head of Media & Public Relations at The 2.0 Conferences.

TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee said the honor was richly deserved.

“Dennis’ vision in helping strengthen Indiana’s tech talent development and growth efforts will result in generational change for thousands of people – many of whom might never have thought they could succeed in tech careers,” she said.

Trinkle said he was humbled to be recognized.

“This is an area that is constantly evolving and growing in importance to everyone from students to consumers to huge enterprises,” Trinkle said. “I’ve been fortunate to have been in positions where I can dive into the deep end of learning and have extensive platforms to share that knowledge with others.”

Trinkle is a renowned thought leader on advanced tech issues, including Artificial Intelligence. Prior to his work innovating Indiana’s development, support, and retention of its tech workforce at TechPoint, he served as System Chief Executive, Provost and Chief Academic Officer for Harrison College, CEO of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System, CIO and Associate VP for Academic Affairs at DePauw University and Director at Ball State University’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences.

His expertise extends beyond the academic to entrepreneurship. He co-developed the award-winning video game “Fireworks: The Entrepreneurship Experience” and authored influential books including “Recipes for Success: How to Start a Business” and “The Future Disruptors.”

About TechPoint: TechPoint is the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership’s industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s digital innovation economy and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on working with public, private, and industry partners to expand the tech talent pipeline, enhance resource connectivity for enterprise organizations and startups alike, and elevate the industry by activating the community and amplifying stories of success. For more information, please visit