Mid-America Technology Alliance (MATA) hosts monthly Tech Group Leader meetings to help local tech-focused groups discuss activities happening in the tech community, and to encourage groups to collaborate, cross-promote, and coordinate efforts to build a stronger tech community.


  1. Jason Arend (MATA, Web Devs)
  2. Nathan Gregg (Creatives)
  3. Tylor Hindery (Startup Weekend)
  4. Jason Klein (Hack 4 Good, AITP, AWS)
  5. Paige Oxendine (eFactory, Spin66)
  6. Maranda Provance (Geek Foundation, Women in Technology)
  7. Heath Rust (DreamIT MakeIT)
  8. NK Shrivastava (Agile)
  9. Dave Sharon (AITP)
  10. Eric Warakomski (ISACA)
  11. Deb Wilson (O-STEAM, Maker Faire)
  12. Beth Young (BSides, SpfdSec, Splunk)


  • Tech Community Flyers
  • Tech Community Promotion
  • Tech Community Calendar
  • Workforce Project Updates
  • Hack 4 Good (11/02-11/04)
  • CSI Springfield (12/11)
  • Startup Weekend (02/08-02/10)
  • Springfield Creatives (Outreach)
  • Group Updates

Technology Group Discussion

Tech Community Flyers (goo.gl/RR21uz)

  • Promote all local technology groups together on one printed item.
  • Review MATA Tech Community flyer and send corrections to Jason (ALL)
  • Overdue for a redesign. Briefly discussed new MATA website and booklet concept.

Tech Community Promotion

  • MATA working to promote tech community at more annual events.
  • Need to coordinate efforts with others who promote local tech (eFactory, ISACA, etc)
  • Distribute Tech Community Flyers and other local tech group/event promo items.
  • MATA needs to receive 50+ promo info/items from your group for TIO by 10/23
  • No objections to distribute #sgfflag stickers at booth    sgfflag.org
  • Working with SGFC and Geek Foundation to prepare printed items.

Tech Community Calendar    fwdsgf.com

  • Publish 2019 events based on Community Flyer and Annual Events (Jason) DONE

Workforce Project Updates

  • Missouri Job Center actively working to make tech jobs more accessible to workforce
    • Hosting Springfield Technology Roundtable (12/05) – Details and RSVP @ fwdsgf.com/event/it-roundtable-discussion-2018/
    • Hosting “Week of Code” (see attachment)
    • Connecting with Geek Foundation (11/01) and CompTIA “IT Ready” Program
  • Join discussion in MATA Slack #workforce channel

Hack 4 Good (11/02-11/04)    hack4goodsgf.com

  • Annual Coding Weekend includes High School Contest and Hackathon for Non-Profit
  • Planning going well. 75% sponsorship goals and 65% registration goals to date.
  • Looking for items for attendee gift bags and techie gifts for winning teams.
  • H4G needs to receive promo items from your group by 10/31
  • Free registration for high school contest (11/2), weekend hackathon (11/2-11/4)

CSI Springfield (12/11)    fwdsgf.com/event/csi-springfield-2018/

  • Annual Computer Science Fair for SPS Middle School Students
  • Moving from Jarrett Middle School to OTC so they can accommodate more students!
  • Looking for several developer-focused companies to host booths at “career fair” and/or speak to students.

Startup Weekend (02/08-02/10)    communities.techstars.com/usa/springfield-mo/

  • Annual Startup Competition – Work with Team/Mentors to Build Concept into Startup
  • Trying new registration model. $20 per person, refundable on Sunday.
  • Looking for Sponsors ($250-$1500) and Mentors. See website.

Springfield Creatives (Outreach Program)

  • Adopt organizations each year to assist with a basic creative need (logo or branding)
  • Partner with a local college to adopt the project. Professionals mentor students.
  • Looking for introductions to creative/art directors at local colleges.

Technology Group Updates

MATA (Jason Arend)  matasgf.com

  • Open Board Position – Education Outreach – What are businesses or schools missing?
  • Open Board Position – Marketing and Social Media
  • CS Fundraising Efforts at State Level ($7M)
  • Working on Sponsorships – Allow us to fund programs and promotion of tech groups

SGF Web Devs (Jason Arend)    sgfwebdevs.com

  • 10/25 – TIO Expo – Hosting Development Track with 5 sessions
  • 11/07 – Monthly Meeting – Introduction to Firebase
  • 12/?? – Annual Party – Live Coding Competition (based on SGFC Yule Duel)

O-STEAM (Deb Wilson)    osteam.org

  • Working on grant for preschool STEM Outreach. Train teachers to setup preschool.
  • Give 5 – Volunteering time to Workforce Development. Working with Reed Elementary to setup Maker Space for their students. Hope to give students a place to spend time.

Ozark Maker Faire (Deb Wilson)    theozarks.makerfaire.com

  • Ozark Maker Faire ranked #24 of all Maker Faire groups world wide
  • Considering switching from paid event entry to free entry in 2019
  • May have firmed up new location. Venue and date announcement on the way.

AITP (Dave Sharon)    aitpozarks.org

  • 10/24 Monthly Meeting – IT Horror Stories
  • 10/25 Tech IT Out Expo – CompTIA representatives will be attending this event
  • 10/31 Excellence in Technology Awards – Nominations Due    biz417.com/techawards

eFactory (Paige Oxendine)    efactory.missouristate.edu

  • 10/24 Lunch & Learn – R&D Tax Credits                    efactory.missouristate.edu/events
  • eFactory also maintains a Meetup Calendar              efactory.missouristate.edu/events
  • Several larger office spaces available soon. 100% occupancy for over a year. Restrictions due to grant funding, but available to most types of tech businesses.

ISACA (Eric Warakomski)    isaca.org/chapters2/Springfield

  • 10/25 ISACA CTF hosted by Depth Security (KC) at TIO Expo. 1st place prize $300
  • 12/07 Annual Mtg – Data Loss Prevention – 2HR CE, Free Event, Guests Welcome
  • ISACA Acquires CMMI Platform @ isaca.org/about-isaca/pages/cmmi.aspx
  • ISACA State of Cybersecurity 2018 @ cybersecurity.isaca.org/state-of-cybersecurity
  • ISACA 50th anniversary 2019
  • ISACA Sponsoring MATA for $250
  • She Leads Tech – Lead by Dawn Frank w/ CoxHealth – Contact if interested in helping out or participating. Cross-promote to Women in Technology.   sheleadstech.isaca.org

Springfield Creatives (Nathan)    springfieldcreatives.com

  • 11/21 – Meeting featuring national tech writer JR Raphael (jrstart.com)
  • 12/01 – Board Nominations Due. “Submit Your Nomination” on board page @ springfieldcreatives.com/about/board/
  • 12/?? – 5th Annual Holiday Party – 2nd Annual Yule Duel – Live graphic design competition. Needing location suggestions. Ideally would have 4 projectors (or one very large projector displaying 4 screens). Potential: 4×4 Brewing, Classic Rock Coffee

BSides (Bethany Young)    securitybsides.com/w/page/116970567/BSidesSpfd

  • 07/13/2019 – Date confirmed. Event planning will begin in a few months.

SpfdSec (Bethany Young)    spfdsec.org

  • 10/24 Evening Social (night before Tech IT Out Expo)

Splunk (Bethany Young)    bit.ly/sgf-splunk-users

  • 11/20 @ Alamo Drafthouse – Free event. Food sponsored by Splunk.

Agile Users (NK Shrivastava)    meetup.com/Ozark-Regional-Agile-User-Group

  • Meetings on 2nd Friday – Attendance has not been consistent
  • 11/09 Monthly Meeting – Team Building
  • 12/14 Holiday Party – Success Stories. Great opportunity to learn about Agile.

DreamIT MakeIT (Heath Rust)    meetup.com/Springfield-MakeIT-Meetup

  • 11/01 – Monthly Meeting – Laser Cutting at OTC – Limited space, so limited RSVP.
  • 12/06 – Topic TBD – Considering Project Night or Prop Making Demonstrations

Tech IT Out (Heath Rust)    techitoutexpo.com

  • 10/25 8am-6pm @ Oasis Convention Center
  • Featuring 5 speaker tracks, including 1 developer track organized by Web Devs.
  • Still looking for a few more sponsors/exhibitors. Registration online recommended.

Geek Foundation (Maranda Provance)    thegeekfoundation.org

  • Objectives – Spread “Girls Who Code” after school program to more Boys and Girls Club (BGC) units and area K12 schools
  • Creating online list of curriculum resources for individuals and schools.

Springfield Women in Tech (Maranda Provance)    facebook.com/groups/sgfwit

  • 11/05 – Building Browser Extensions (Open to ALL)

Google Developer Group (Jordan)    meetup.com/GDG-Springfield

  • Exploring possibility of coordinating effort with Springfield Web Developers to host local conference

Adjourn 1:05pm

Save the date! Tech Group Leaders typically meet 3rd Thursday 12-1pm. Join the #TechLeaders channel on MATA Slack!  Request Invite @ matasgf-slack.herokuapp.com

Next Meeting: Thursday November 15th 2018 (12-1pm) @ The eFactory – Refer to calendar invite. RSVP “YES” to signup for lunch (no charge, provided by MATA). RSVP “MAYBE” if you are bringing your own lunch.