Foster collaboration and communication among leaders of local technology-oriented groups and events.

Upcoming Events

Women in Technology (Jordan Griffin)

eFactory Accelerator Demo Day (Paige Oxendine)

Springfield Creatives (Nathan Greg)

  • Wed Aug 15th – Accounting for Artists
  • Anyone who does freelance/contract work should attend.BKD will present.
  • Register @ facebook.com/pg/springfield.creatives/
  • Watch for 5 year celebration announcement in coming months. Keynote speaker Joyce King Thomas, creator of the MasterCard “priceless” ad campaign, “Easy Button”, etc.

Making 101 Class for Educators (Deb Wilson)

  • Fri Aug 24th @ White River Conference Center
  • Designed to help educators understand how to create an effective maker space in their schools, and resources available to them.
  • Refer teachers to Deb Wilson. Many teachers will be present at this event.
  • Looking for Main Sponsor $5000

Ozarks Maker Faire (Deb Wilson)

  • Sat Aug 25th @ White River Conference Center
  • Tickets and Exhibitors register online @ theozarks.makerfaire.com/
  • Needing technology exhibitors! Signup online!
    • Vendor/Exhibitor Pricing: Hobbyist FREE, Non-Profit $150 (covers actual cost of booth), Business $400 (helps subsidize various event costs)
    • Tech Groups – Exhibit hardware, software, app projects at event
  • Needing volunteers!Contact Deb Wilson
  • Everyone – Please like/share event on Facebook@ https://www.facebook.com/events/739466002876125/
  • Expecting 2500 attendees. Had 2000 last year.
  • Expecting 80-90 vendors/exhibitors.

Google Developer Group (GDG) – Cloud Next 2018 (Jordan Griffin)

  • Wed Sept 12th 5-8pm @ TBD
  • Event is looking for Speakersfor talks related to Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes, BigQuery, App Engine, Firebase, and other Google products or services.
  • Group is looking for Co-Organizer(s). Contact Jordan!
  • Eagle Speak (Jason Arend) received $20K Google Credits
  • Register @ meetup.com/GDG-Springfield-Google-Developers-Group-Springfield/
  • Please share at developer meetups!

IT Scholarship Golf Tournament (Dave Sharon)

  • Mon Sept 17th (8am-1pm) @ Highland Springs
  • Teams and Sponsors register online @ aitpozarks.org/golf

Tech IT Out Expo (Dave Sharon, Robin Byler)

  • Thu Oct 25th @ Oasis Convention Center
  • Groups provide any flyers, information, or goodies you would like to distribute at MATA Community Booth
  • Updated date. Previously Oct 18th. New date is Oct 25th.

Hack 4 Good – Annual Competition (Jason Klein, Greg Johnson)

  • Fri-Sun Nov 2nd-4th 2018 at The eFactory
  • Sponsors and Teams register online @ hack4goodsgf.com/
  • Discuss who may be able to assist with 7 software project ideas we are unable to accept for competition.
    • Quarterly Hack Nights
    • Students at GO CAPS, SBU, MSU, OTC
    • Springfield Creatives Rogue Agency
    • Startup Weekend ideas

Startup Weekend (Tylor & Emerald Hindery)

  • Tentative: Feb 8th-10th 2019 @ The eFactory
  • 54 hour event that encourages entrepreneurship. All participants encouraged to pitch project ideas on opening night, judges narrow down projects, participants form teams around top projects, plan/design/develop project, demo project to judges on Sunday.
  • Encourage people with various skills to participate. Programming is only 1/4th of the team. Need to attract design, business, marketing talent as well.
  • Organizers – Ask each group to delegate someone.Need about 6 organizers to help with planning and multiple mentors to help the weekend of the event. Must be available entire weekend of 02/08-02/10 (not just one day).
  • Sponsors – Looking for event sponsorships.Contact Tylor/Emerald.

Group Updates

eFactory User Groups (Paige Oxendine)

  • Updated user group policy more accommodating for user groups.
  • Student workers onsite to monitor traffic and keep doors open for first 30 minutes of group meeting. Doors lock after that. Recommend posting note with phone number at front door for any late arrivals.

MATA – Planning New Website (Jason Klein, Jason Arend)

  • New website will be much more community focused. Discuss features that would be useful to community, user groups.
  • Recruiting editors to assist with upkeep of content/information.
  • Groups are looking for help with hosting costs. Will look into recommending specific hosts or working to establish hosting plan that multiple groups can use.

Python (Jason Klein)

  • Chad not available to host. Helping him reboot this group and transition leadership to 3 new co-organizers: Tim Baynes, Stephen Biston, Miguel Solano
  • If you are interested in Python, complete Python Survey @ https://goo.gl/forms/FawNZlYReFRXhmoi1

Robotics Meetup (Deb Wilson)

  • New group hosted by Zach Allen. First meeting was well attended.
  • Contact Zach Allen about Tech Group Leaders (Jason) DONE

SpfdSec – BSides Springfield (Bethany Young)

  • Sat July 14th @ Drury University
  • Attendance 120-130 people
  • Event ran very smoothly. All vendors and speakers showed up.
  • Looking at July 2019. Need to stay two weeks ahead of Black Hat and Defcon in LV
  • Breakfast (Artisan Cafe) sponsored by Revolution Security
  • Lunch (Big Slice Pizza) sponsored. 25 pizzas plenty.
  • Facilities – No problems with Drury Science Building. Same day setup/cleanup.

Web Devs

  • 08/24 Topic: Agile @ SGF Dot NET
  • 09/01 Topic: OAuth @ SGF Web Devs
  • Exploring local Web Developer conference or presenting a developer-focused track at Tech IT Out Expo this fall.

Next Meeting: Thursday August 16th 2018 (12-1pm) @ Springfield Brewing Company