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.
- Jason Arend (MATA)
- Bob Graham (AITP, MATA)
- Nathan Gregg (Creatives)
- Jordan Griffin (WIT, GDG, DevFest)
- Jenn Gruener (Splunk)
- Emerald Hindery (Startup Weekend)
- Tylor Hindery (Startup Weekend)
- Jason Klein (AITP, H4G, AWS)
- Heath Rust (DreamIT, TIO)
- Eric Warakomski (ISACA)
- 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.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
- 12/01 Accelerator Cohort 4 Deadline APPLY@ efactory.missouristate.edu/accelerator/
- 12/06 (4-7pm) eFactory Holiday Party RSVP@ efactory.missouristate.edu/events/
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/
- 12/06 (6-8pm) – Monthly Meeting Project Night @ South Library Center
RSVP @ 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.
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.