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)
  2. Bob Graham (AITP, MATA)
  3. Nathan Gregg (Creatives)
  4. Jordan Griffin (WIT, GDG, DevFest)
  5. Jenn Gruener (Splunk)
  6. Emerald Hindery (Startup Weekend)
  7. Tylor Hindery (Startup Weekend)
  8. Jason Klein (AITP, H4G, AWS)
  9. Heath Rust (DreamIT, TIO)
  10. Eric Warakomski (ISACA)
  11. Deb Wilson (O-STEAM, Maker Faire)

Agenda (Annual Events)

  • 10/24 – Tech IT Out Booth Recap
  • 11/02 – Hack 4 Good Recap
  • 12/03 – Week of Code
  • 12/05 – Google DevFest 2018
  • 12/10 – WIT/GDG Holiday Party
  • 12/11 – CSI Springfield
  • 02/08 – Startup Weekend – Sponsor
  • FEB – LinkedIn Local – Sponsor
  • 02/28 – Technology Awards – Video
  • Review Annual Event List

Agenda (Group Updates)

  • MATA – Board Positions
  • AITP – Board Positions
  • Creatives – Board Positions
  • Geek Foundation – Curriculum
  • Creatives – Outreach
  • Group Updates

Annual Event Discussion

10/24 – Booth Recap @ Tech IT Out Exp  techitoutexpo.com

  • Great opportunity to tell tech students/professionals about local groups and events!
  • Played slideshow loop with one photo of each group and text describing group.
  • Distributed tech group brochure and annual tech events flyer
  • Distributed informational handouts on behalf of individual groups

11/02 – Hack 4 Good Recap  hack4goodsgf.com

  • View the Hack 4 Good Annual Report (DRAFT) @ goo.gl/MXHP5H
  • Attendance increase 2X for high school and weekend events. 2X goal again in 2019.
  • Weekend event benefitted Borrow My Angel. Teams contributed 1000 hours!
  • Looking for committee member or additional co-chair to help oversee logistics.

12/03 – Week of Code  ozarksjobpath.org

  • Missouri Career Center events during Computer Science Education Week (12/3-12/7)
  • See attachment with event details and week schedule
  • Looking for volunteers to speak (3 topics)
  • Looking for volunteers to monitor “Hour of Code” lab. SIGNUP @ goo.gl/xajumz

12/05 – Google DevFest 2018 @ The eFactory  devfestsgf.com

  • FREE Software Developer Conference hosted by Google Dev Group and Web Devs
  • Promote to Developers. FREE RSVP @ devfestsgf.com
  • Day Conference includes breakfast/lunch and 5 talks
  • Evening Social includes dinner/drinks, Watch a live developer competition!

12/10 – WIT/GDG/AWS Holiday Party @ The eFactory

  • Hosted by Women in Technology, Google Developer Group, Amazon Web Services
  • Promote to Developers. FREE RSVP @ goo.gl/CnuSNm
  • Open to all. Join us for food, drinks, and door prizes.

12/11 – CSI Springfield (Middle School Computer Science Day) @ OTC

  • Introduce Middle School students to Computer Science
  • Looking for Several Speakers, Several Companies for Career Fair, and Lunch Sponsor

02/08 – Startup Weekend Springfield  bit.ly/swspringfield

  • Arranging for winner to receive an automatic entry into a local Startup Pitch Event
  • Looking for a speaker. Success story from prior Startup Weekend? Eagle Speak?
  • Looking for Sponsors. See attached sponsor details.

FEB – LinkedIn Local *NEW*

  • Greg Johnson planning to host this new event in February. Looking for sponsors.

02/28 – Technology Awards  biz417.com/techawards

  • AITP and Biz417 host Excellence in Technology Awards to feature local best of tech
  • Asked MATA to consider co-hosting event with AITP and Biz417 in 2020.
  • Asked MATA to consider sponsoring a table and showing a 90 second promo video.
  • May be too short notice to prepare/afford video. Looking for production suggestions.
    • Sony Hocklander (Give Five Videos), Double Jump Media, Central High School

11/05-11/07 – Missouri STEM Summit  mochamber.com/stem-summit/

  • Deb Wilson attended this event promoting STEM in Missouri Schools
  • Many great speakers – Presidents of Code.org, FIRST Robotics, Project Lead the Way

Review Annual Events

  • See event list on Page 5

Technology Group Discussion

Technology Group Board Positions (Jason Klein)

  • MATA (Marketing)    Nominate by 12/04 @ bit.ly/matali18
  • AITP (Membership)    Send Nomination by 12/12 @ president@aitpozarks.org
  • Creatives (President, Membership)    Nominate by 12/01 @ bit.ly/sgfcli18

The Geek Foundation (Jordan McAdoo)  thegeekfoundation.org

  • Geek Foundation working with Career Center on Workforce Development Curriculum
  • Looking for 8-12 week curriculum to prepare candidates for entry IT or software jobs
  • Learn more about their Aspire to Learn program @ www.aspireozarks.org/
  • Geek Foundation researching curriculum options and discussing with local companies.
  • Deb Wilson will ask other groups if they can recommend any curriculum or programs

eFactory (Paige Oxendine)  efactory.missouristate.edu

Mid-America Technology Alliance (MATA) (Jason Arend)  matasgf.com

  • Missouri K12 Computer Science Legislation Passed (HB3)
    • Develop K-12 standards for computer science education
    • Develop academic requirements for High School Computer Science courses
    • These standards will be in place for schools beginning in 2019–20 school year.
    • MATA Previously lobbied with KC Tech Council and Code.org in Jefferson City
  • Looking for Business Engagement board member
  • Looking for Marketing Director board member to oversee Social, Newsletters, Website

Splunk Users (Jenn Gruener)  bit.ly/sgf-splunk

  • 11/20 (11:30-1:30pm) @ Alamo Drafthouse
    • Presenter from Phantom (latest Splunk acquisition)
    • Security Orchestration, Automation, Response. Python based.
    • Register on Splunk Group Site (splunk.com) FREE RSVP @ bit.ly/sgf-splunk
  • January – TBD
  • March – Machine Learning with Beth Young

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

  • Moved insurance to Hartford. Saved several hundred dollars. FYI for other groups.
  • 09/28 – “Rethinking Third Party Risk” Low attendance. Only 20 attendees.
  • 10/25 – Hosted Capture the Flag @ Tech IT Out Expo
  • 12/07 – Annual General Meeting @ eFactory  FREE RSVP @ goo.gl/dPKjEZ
    • Going through election process. Board members will be nominated at AGM.
    • Includes 2 Hours CPE, coordinated by Education Director (Eric Warakomski)
  • Current Membership: 80

AITP of the Ozarks (Bob Graham)  aitpozarks.org

  • 11/08 – Board accepted proposal to redesign website.
  • 11/14 – Annual Business Meeting. Low attendance. About 20 attendees.
  • 12/06 (5-8pm) – Holiday Social @ Touch  RSVP @ aitpozarks.org/meetinginfo.php
  • 01/16 – Ensuring Security in the World of SaaS

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

Springfield Creatives (Nathan Gregg)  springfieldcreatives.com

  • 11/14 Remotely Possible – Remote Workers and Freelance Employee Panel
  • 12/19 Yule Duel #2 @ 4×4 Brewing – RSVP @ facebook.com/springfield.creatives/
    • Eight Contestants for Live Graphic Design Competition
    • Beer, Wine, Food, Awards
  • January – Joyce King Thomas– MasterCard Priceless, Staples Easy Button
  • Future – Gillian Flynn – KC native. Author of “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects” Novels. Partner with other groups to cover costs and bring her to SGF?

Springfield Creatives (Scott Bratcher, Jason Klein)  springfieldcreatives.com

  • Outreach Committee – Looking for contacts in local colleges to adopt design projects for local non-profits.

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 December 20th 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.