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.

View Google Doc | Download PDF

Groups Represented

  1. Scott Bratcher (Creatives)
  2. Jason Klein (MATA, H4G, AWS)
  3. Jordan McAdoo (WIT)
  4. Nathan Gregg (Creatives)
  5. Heath Rust (DreamIT, TIO)
  6. Dave Sharon (AITP)
  7. Beth Young (SpfdSec, BSides Spfd)

February Agenda

  • Recap 02/08 Startup Weekend Springfield
  • Recap 02/20 Momentum State of Workforce Luncheon
  • 02/28 Excellence in Technology Awards
  • 02/28 eFactory Accelerator Deadline
  • TBD Spin66
  • 11/01-11/03 Hack 4 Good Weekend
  • Review Annual Event List (attachment)
  • Group Updates
    • MATA (User Group Support, News Postings, Job Postings, Speaker Bureau)
    • O-STEAM (Dream Big Movie 02/26)
    • GDG Co-Coordinator

Agenda Discussion

Recap 02/08 Startup Weekend (Tylor Hindery, Heath Rust)  bit.ly/swspringfield

Recap 02/20 Momentum State of Workforce  springfieldmo.gov/2321/MOMENTUM-2019

02/28 Excellence in Technology Awards  biz417.com/techawards

  • AITP hosts 3rd annual event with Biz417. Tickets $75. Sponsorships available.
  • This event recognizes top individuals and companies in 6 categories through nominations, applications, out of area judging, and awards ceremony.
  • Please consider recognizing and promoting any Category Finalists/Winners associated with your groups.
  • Finalists and Winners: matasgf.com/news/2019/excellence-in-technology-award-winners-2019/

02/28 eFactory Accelerator Cohort 4 Deadline efactory.missouristate.edu/accelerator/

  • Transformational twelve-week program designed to jumpstart emerging companies with $30,000 in capital and unparalleled resources

eFactory Spin66 (Paige Oxendine)  spin66.org

  • Transitioning to a Pitch Competition. Tentative Date is May 15th. More details to come.

11/01-11/03 Hack 4 Good Weekend  https://hack4goodsgf.com/

  • Please let us know if you are interested in joining our organizing team.
  • View list of current H4G volunteers @ hack4goodsgf.com/contact/
  • Follow planning discussions in #hack4good channel in MATA Slack matasgf.com/slack
  • Goal – Growing from 100 to 200 attendees.
  • New Cyber Defense Competition w/ Shannon McMurtrey.

Review Annual Event List (attachment)

  • Spin66 tentative 05/15
  • Missouri School Counselor Conference 11/03

Group Updates

O-STEAM (Deb Wilson)  osteam.org

Women in Tech (WIT) (Jordan McAdoo) meetup.com/Springfield-Women-In-Technology/

  • 03/15 – WIT/GDG International Women’s Day Celebration w/ Social, Workshop, Panel
  • Dave sending AITP San Diego women’s event details to Jordan

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

  • 03/11 – Internet of Things Cloud Study Jam @ Lindberg’s

SpfdSec (Beth Young)  spfdsec.org

  • 02/27 – Monthly Social @ SBC
  • 03/27 – Monthly Social @ SBC

BSidesSpfd (Beth Young)  securitybsides.com/w/page/131729835/BSidesSpfd%202019

  • Saturday 07/13 @ Drury University
  • 02/27 Logo Contest Deadline – See website for logo rights/info/ideas and logos received.
  • Going to post logo rights/info/ideas to website. Will also post logos received to date.
  • Call For Papers (CFP) deadline 05/15. Prefer more local presenters. 50/50 mix last year.
  • Submit Papers @ goo.gl/forms/r4Wynd1CR9KhklBE2
  • 2 hour Security Education sessions – Python, Splunk, AWS

AITP (Dave Sharon)   aitpozarks.org

  • 02/20 Generational Differences w/ David Liss  80 RSVP, 46 Attended
  • 02/28 3rd Annual Excellence in Technology Awards
  • 03/12 Cybersecurity Group – Virtual Private Networks w/ Scott Crawford
  • 03/20 March Meeting Topic TBA
  • 05/15 9th Annual IT Executive Panel
  • 09/16 7th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
  • 10/17 10th Annual Tech IT Out Expo

Biz417 Think Summit  biz417.com/think

1 Million Cups   1millioncups.com/springfield

  • Recap 02/13 – 5 Year Anniversary Event
    • Many past presenters as exhibitors
    • Keynote speaker Jack Stack (SRC)
    • Very well attended with 40-50 exhibitors and 150-200 attendees.

Springfield Creatives (Scott Bratcher)  springfieldcreatives.com

  • January transition of the board. New board members. Strategic planning session.
  • Recap 02/20 Panel – Social Media as a Livelihood @ Transformation Gallery
    • Great turnout with 60-80 attendees?
    • Panelists: Emma Chapman @emmaredvelvet (A Beautiful Mess @abeautifulmess), Erin Booher @erinmbooher (stylist), Josh Tenneson and Gabriel Tenneson @gabrieltenneson (Transformation Gallery @transformationgallery), Tim Shelburn @tshelburn (Backyard Grillmaster)
  • 03/20 Rated SGF(C): Behind Springfield’s Newest Film Festival

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

  • Looking for a Committee Member. Watch for updates on website and Facebook. facebook.com/dreamitmakeitspace/
  • April – Coffee Crawl Fundraiser. Two Weeks. Shops offer discounted/free drinks.
    • Last Year – Pay $10 for card. Shop pays to participate.
    • This Year – Pay $15 for card. Shops are free to participate.
  • 03/07 Intro to Machining at Tuthill Vacuum

MATA (Jason Klein)  matasgf.com

  • Looking for Board Members – Community Outreach, Business Outreach
  • Looking for Business and Individual Member Support. matasgf.com/join/
  • Speaker Bureau – Beth still interested in helping out
  • News Postings
    • Weekly Events  matasgf.com/news/
    • Share Major Tech News, Publish Press Releases
    • Job Postings  matasgf.com/jobs/
    • Writing code to auto-import local tech jobs into new Job Board
    • Initial support for companies listed on MATA Career Page (matasgf.com/jobs/)
    • Suggestions included City Utilities and Central States Industrial (CSI)
  • Forward Springfield Tech Calendar fwdsgf.com
    • Add links to local community calendars
    • Encourage media to link to calendar? Biz 417, SBJ, KSMU
    • Stats: Tech Calendar had 250K hits in January 2019. Average 1K+ unique visitors/month, 4K visits/month, over 100K hits/month (automated calendar sync)
    • Push current events to Twitter?
    • Promote subscribing to calendar?

Adjourn 1:04pm

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

Next Meeting: Thursday March 21st 2019 (12-1pm) @ The eFactory – Reply to Calendar Invite: “YES” to sign up for lunch, “MAYBE” if you are bringing your own lunch.