Central Florida is known for a few specific areas of industry on the global level, and our high-tech industry is at the top of that list. Big companies like Electronic Arts, Siemens, L-3 Communications, Raytheon and Voxx International are in our backyard. Did you know that Florida, specifically Orlando, is the number one destination for Modeling, Simulation, Training in THE WORLD? Just as Florida has a Tourism Corridor, we also have a Tech Corridor that is on top of the game and ever expanding. Great news for our community, right?
Want to hear more great news? The White House (you know, the big one in Washington, D.C.) is having its first ever Tech Meetup this Friday and our own Orlando Tech Association has been personally invited to attend by Megan Smith, our United States Chief Technology Officer! Currently, there are over 30,000 tech meetups across the country, so to be handpicked as one of them is a pretty big deal.
Ok. It’s a HUGE deal!
Orlando Tech Association is a community-built organization made up of Orlando’s top technology entrepreneurs and leaders with the purpose of connecting, promoting and fostering the growth of technology companies in Orlando. Through its monthly meetup events, hackathons and developer days dedicated to demonstrate the latest and greatest innovations in hardware and software, OTA is quickly becoming THE tech community catalyst.
They even host a week’s worth of informational sessions, demonstrations, networking opportunities and parties called Orlando Tech Week – and the #TechTakeover is happening THIS WEEK, around Downtown Orlando! Check out the schedule here: http://week.orlandotech.org/#schedule.
Top 5 Recommends:
- Bloggers, Starters and tech – Oh my! A blogger meetup at Aku Aku this Thursday, 7-8pm
- Orlando Tech Week’s Ts and Ties Party at Dr. Phillips Center this Friday, 7-10pm
- BarCamp Orlando at Church Street Exchange this Saturday, 9:30am – 6pm
The White House’s inaugural Tech Meetup has a few goals, a Top 5 list of questions if you will, to collectively ponder:
- Share best practices
- Scale outreach and inclusion efforts
- Find ways to help more Americans join in on our #InnovationNation
- Brainstorm on how to engage more young people
- “Upgrade” the ability to include everyone generally in tech and innovation
Chief Technology Officer Smith says, “We also know that more Americans need to plug into the new interconnected ecosystems we live in, to surface their talents, and connect them to opportunities they deserve, and we know that there are more ways than ever to leverage networks and technology to improve lives. We have a lot of work to do to bridge connections and ensure all of our neighbors can participate.”
Can’t make it to the White House? You can still join the conversation on social media through the hashtags #WHMeetup and #orlandotech, as well as watching LIVE this Friday, 9am to 12pm, via WhiteHouse.gov/Live.