The future of various industries is about to drastically change with the invention and increased usage of quad-copters. Quad-copters, also known as quadrotor helicopter or drones, are becoming more commonly used for many applications including university research, law enforcement, and some commercial usage. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are, in some instances, replacing the need for helicopters, which reduce costs associated with hiring a pilot and fueling the craft. Come learn more about how quad-copters are going to change our lives within upcoming years and what you need to know about FAA regulations regarding operating vehicles such as these.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Students from kindergarten to college will benefit from a $3 million state grant presented to Florida State University and Florida A&M University by the board of Governors. This grant was awarded to increase the number of students who graduate in computer technology fields in order to keep up with the increased demand for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
CEO of Paul Consulting Group, Marc Paul, assisted with the attainment of this grant. As Chairman of a 501(c)(3) technology non-profit organization, Taltech Alliance, Paul wrote a letter to Florida State University explaining the necessity of the grant in Florida. “Computer technology is crucial to the advancement of the economy. Tallahassee will become a mecca for STEM field students who wish to excel in this ever growing industry.” Paul said. “The TEAm Grant will assist Florida keep up with the demand for IT jobs and careers.”
Larry Dennis, Dean of Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information says “It’s in our best interest to ensure that most of the great young talent remains in Florida to help Florida’s economy.” Dennis hopes to develop pipelines with K-12 for the next generation of students who will major in STEM fields.
Eric Swanson and his team presented on the MyFloridaMarketPlace eProcurement system that helps businesses bid on state-term contracts. Please click on the attached link to see the presentation.
What is the FITC Alliance?
The Florida IT Career (FITC) Alliance works with high schools, colleges, and information technology employers across the panhandle of Florida. Through a partnership between Florida State University and Florida A&M University, we are developing IT Career Pathways that will engage the K-20 education system in recruiting, retaining and placing qualified graduates into IT and computing professions (and keeping them in the Panhandle). This effort will take advantage of the comprehensive suite of technology related academic programs already available and focus on IT, Computer Science and Engineering. The Alliance is funded by a State Board of Governors (BOG) TEam grant. Check out
http://fitc.cci.fsu.edu/ for more information.
What will we do?
The BOG funding will enable the members to expand their network and engage educational institutions and companies throughout the North Florida region. Our long-term goal is to expand the Alliance to institutions across the state. During the first stage of the project, companies participating with the Alliance will coordinate with Florida State University on engaging students in the benefits of pursuing an IT, computer science or engineering career. This will be done by inviting you into the classroom (in high schools and colleges), working with you in focus groups to determine your employment needs, connecting you to our career services experts, and providing details on our programs.
In addition, the Alliance will visit various technology conferences across the state, as well as host two Information Sessions/Career Fairs in October 2014 and February 2015 focused on IT, Engineering and Computer Science careers. These events are designed to connect you with college students, with high school educators, and with career service professionals. The Alliance will work in combination with educational institutions as well as technology companies to decipher the following issues:
- What is the best way to approach a relationship between your company and local educational institutions? (i.e. Guest Lectures, Career Fairs, Hosted Employer Events, etc.)
- What qualifications are intern/job applicants missing that are fundamental for a career at your company?
- What is missing from the current educational and employer pipeline?
- What is the best way to educate high school and college students about your organizations?
How can you participate?
If you are interested in partnering with the grant, visit fitc.cci.fsu.edu/employers to apply to become a part of the Alliance. The Alliance encourages all information technology, computer science and/or engineering companies across North Florida to join. Applicants will be invited to the October and February Career events. We will also share your information with high school students as part of our outreach to Panhandle schools.
TalTech Alliance invites you to attend TechExpo 2014 “TE3: Entrepreneurship, Education, Enlightenment,” to be held on May 8 at the Florida State University Turnbull Center in Tallahassee, Florida. TechExpo is the only annual technology conference in Tallahassee dedicated to bringing the techie community new industry developments, time and money-saving techniques and tools to optimize your organization’s productivity and profitability. This is your opportunity to network with other technology-based business leaders and interact with our knowledgeable speakers and exhibitors. Whether you are already a business leader, want to start your own business, or you’re in college; TechExpo 2014 will guide you through your journey to enlightenment with various tech-centered topics ranging from entrepreneurship to education. We encourage you to register early. Space is limited.
Our speaker at this month’s luncheon is Micah Widen. He will be discussing DOMI Ventures, a local incubator opening May 1st, 2014.
Micah is a social entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in a vast array of industries. Most relevant as a partner and CEO of Domi Ventures, LLC; a new startup incubator in Tallahassee, FL. Micah has an unyielding passion for creating relationships that drive growth in communities and is currently serving as a board member for Capital City Youth Services.
The mission of DOMI Ventures (www.domiventures.co) is to create an environment where high-growth entrepreneurs can develop and become sustainable companies by providing education, mentoring, a network of resources, capital, a collaborative working environment (Domi Station) and business services aimed at accelerating business success.
Come to the TalTech Luncheon on April 16th to hear more about DOMI Ventures.
Yesterday’s luncheon was all about the future of 3D Printing. Ken Baldauf from FSU gave us a glimpse of what to expect in the future as a result of 3D printing, which he called the ABCs of XYZs. To see media coverage of the event, please visit: Luncheon Coverage on WCTV, Luncheon Coverage on Democrat, Luncheon Coverage on Tallahassee Talks
Join us at Madison Social by FSU on March 3rd from 5-7pm as we host our fundraising event for TalTech Alliance and a charity to honor the life of Curtis Clifford. Amanda Kuff and Shelby Howard will be bartending the event and 100% of the tips will be donated. The event time is concurrent with their great happy hour specials! Hope to see you there! For more information or to RSVP, please email AmandaKuff@Taltech.org