FEBRUARY 26, 2016

Best of Tech

Featured Event

10th Annual Best of Tech Awards

Nominations are still open for the 10th Annual Best of Tech Awards, taking place during Tech Week on April 21.

Award categories this year are:

Most Promising Start Up
Best Website
Best IT Services Company
Best Big Data Application
Best Healthcare Tech Product
Best Software Product
Tech Team of the Year
Tech Company of the Year

Want to nominate your company? Click here for the Best of Tech Awards application before nominations close on Friday, March 4!

Director's Column

Director’s Column

I know it’s hard to believe but spring is almost here. And that means it’s time to start looking ahead to Tech Week, which this year is taking place from April 13th to the 24th.

It’s amazing to me how much the event has grown since we launched it back in 2011. That first year we had 500 participants. And last year? Try 4,300! That’s a credit to the work and enthusiasm of the OHTec Board, Brad Nellis and all of you that have supported the event! Among the thousands who will take part in this year’s various Tech Week events are a diverse group of audiences: entrepreneurs, mid- and large-size companies, CIOs and other IT executives, and students, too.

If you look at this year’s Tech Week, you will see some of our most popular events are back – Best of Tech, CIO of the Year, the NASA Space Apps Challenge and GCP’s Linking IT Talent to Opportunity event. Make sure you get to at least one of the events focused on the tech industry that week – it’s by and about you!

The numbers of attendees have been terrific and Tech Week has become a must-attend event on the calendars of many in the tech industry around Northeast Ohio. And it’s not too late for you to get your message out in front of this group. If you’re interested in learning about the sponsorship opportunities that are available, I invite you to contact Dan Roman at 216-592-2364 or via email. Dan and his team can customize a plan that gets your company out in front of the Tech Week crowd and lock in your association with Ohio’s premiere tech-focused event. It not only provides you some visibility, but it helps us to continue to be able to invest in the increased visibility and connectivity of the tech industry that is so important to all of us!

We do hope you’re able to take in at least some of the festivities surrounding the event. You can check out a calendar of events here

Thanks as always for your support—I look forward with talking to you there!

To your success,

Steve Millard
President and Executive Director, COSE


Talent Services

Volunteer Opportunity with CMSD

We are asking for your help in building a strong talent pipeline for our region by providing your industry expertise to the “Academies of Cleveland,” a high school career academy initiative within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). There are two upcoming opportunities for business community participation:
  • Business Panels: We invite you to be a part of an industry-focused panel discussion from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. on February 29th at one of the Academies of Cleveland high schools. 
  • Ninth Grade Career Experience Fair: Companies are needed to provide interactive, career exposure experiences for Academies of Cleveland students at the Ninth Grade Career Experience Fair on March 18th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the CMSD East Professional Development Center. 
Interested in participating in these volunteer opportunities or want additional information? Contact Angela Finding via phone (216) 592-2385 or via email.

Tech Elevator Lunch and Learn Events

Tech Elevator continues to go from strength to strength and is getting a lot of attention in the media. The 14-week coding bootcamp, which teaches students to become junior software developers in the .NET and Java languages, expects to graduate 120 students this year and more than 1,500 by 2020 to meet the developer shortages we are seeing here and beyond our region.

Employers interested in learning more are invited to attend a "Lunch and Learn" where they can tour the facility, meet instructors and educate themselves on the emergence of the Coding Bootcamp. Spaces are limited for their March 2nd and March 23rd events set up in anticipation of the upcoming graduating cohort. Sign up here to be a part of our growing talent base!

Mentors, volunteers and teachers needed for TECH CORPS

Being a TECH CORPS volunteer brings an opportunity to serve as a role model and resource for elementary, middle and high school students. You will have the opportunity to introduce and equip these students with technology concepts and skills that are necessary for success in today’s classroom and tomorrow’s workplace.

Last year, TECH CORPS volunteers and programs directly impacted more than 800 students. Through their interactions with TECH CORPS volunteers, these students began to make connections between the technology they love to use and the educational and career opportunities associated with the creation of this technology.

If you or your team are interested in volunteering for a TECH CORPS program or learning more about how you can get involved, please contact Carla Easley.

Mentors, volunteers and teachers needed for CLETeen Hack

A collaborative effort from leading organizers: AT&T; We Can Code IT; Cuyahoga Community College; Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland; Cleveland State University; Destination Cleveland; and the Schools and Students of Greater Cleveland; CLEteen Hack is looking for mentors and volunteer teaching assistants to help greater Cleveland high school students learn about programming and web development while creating a civic minded web application.

For more information, please click here and if you know any others interested, visit www.CLETeenHack.com.

Featured Tech Week Event

Get IT Here Summit is a place where businesses, higher education partners and students meet in one place

The Get IT Here! Summit has become recognized as the premier regional event for the stakeholders of the region’s IT talent development system.

The one-day event brings together in one venue IT leaders and professionals, educators and students from regional public and private schools for an opportunity to meet, increase knowledge, and celebrate successes. Summit programs and workshops offer professionals a means to discover ways to improve the region’s collective capability to expand the pipeline, ensure world-class preparation for today’s IT roles, and facilitate connections between employers, students and jobseekers.

The Summit also serves as the venue for RITE’s signature high school program – the Passport to IT Careers. If you are a high school representative – faculty, counselor, student or parent – and wish for your school to participate, act now! To learn more and to register for the Passport program, visit this link.




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