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Tech360 Taps into Big Data, Cyber Security, Tech Education, and Innovation

On Friday, November 11, the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG) and Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n), both initiatives of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), held their annual Tech360 event. This full-day event, focused on tech education, leadership development, innovation, and networking was held at Penn State Great Valley.

Technology leaders from the area’s top companies gathered to discuss how to best leverage the latest technology in today’s business climate specifically big data, cyber security, innovation, robotics, Agile development, mobility and hiring tech talent. CTOs, IT managers and architects, project leaders and anyone who works with technology gained valuable knowledge that is immediately applicable.

One panel discussion featured six women in technology from Citadel Bank, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Vanguard Group, Unisys, and LoanLogics. The women shared their career choices, as well as thoughts and ways to attract, mentor and retain women in the IT field.

The Tech360 keynote was a Real Tech Talk panel discussion focusing on business, leadership and people. A panel of CIOs and CTOs from LoanLogics, Pegasus Technologies, and Unisys tackled the latest trends and observations in data security, hiring talent, change and innovation, leading technical people and the biggest challenges and opportunities.

Returning this year was the Innovation Showcase, highlighting several regional innovative companies who each gave a brief description of their products and/or services. The Innovation Showcase wrapped up with a networking lunch where the presenting companies had exhibit tables.

Tech360 is at the very core of the VISTA2025 goal for Chester County to establish an innovation culture that supports entrepreneurship and business growth. “The focus of the day is to bring spirited like minds together to learn, share and cultivate new ideas to form new commerce opportunities that will continue the economic health of Chester County,” said Gary Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chester County Economic Development Council. ITAG is funded in part by the private sector and the Chester County Workforce Development Board. i2n is funded in part by private sector support and educational partners.

Tech360 was sponsored by New Horizons Computer Learning Centers and VISTA Today.

Security Breaches – Hot Topic in the News Today – Learn more at Tech360

Attend Tech360 to learn about the biggest opportunities and challenges from area technology leaders!

Network and data security breaches are HOT TOPICS in the news today:

“a new report…says that one in six companies were victims of DDoS attacks in the past 12 months. The majority of those attacks were aimed against construction, IT and telecommunications companies”

“attackers will often only move against the data center after they have successfully compromised the perimeter”

Register for Tech360 today to learn, from the area’s experts, how to better protect your company’s information systems.

Dress Up and Dash 5K Race/Walk

DRESSUPDASH

October 15, 2016 – Eagleview Town Center
Exton, PA

Grab your running shoes and come out for the Dress Up & Dash 5K Run/Walk! ITAG, along with the other Industry Partnerships of the Chester County Economic Development Foundation is hosting a 5K Run/Walk on October 15, 2016 through the scenic Eagleview Corporate Center. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit ITAG youth career exploration events to build the pipeline of the information technology and communications industry workers as well as training opportunities for our partners.

COMPETE AGAINST OTHER COMPANY TEAMS

Save up to $10 per person when you sign up with your coworkers, family, or friends as a team for the 5K Run or Walk. Overall male and female 5K runners will be awarded with a $100 cash prize each, second place overall male and female runners will be awarded $50 each. Medals will be awarded to the top male and female winners in eight age groups, ranging from 12 and under to 70 and over.

Since the event welcomes participants to wear Halloween costumes, there will also be a Costume Contest with winners awarded in three categories – Funniest, Most Creative, and Best Group.

This is an event you will not want to miss!! Guaranteed race t-shirt if you register before September 30th, pre- and post-race refreshments provided, raffle baskets, activities for the whole family, and more!

REGISTER NOW

Interested in volunteering? There are LOTS of fun ways to help out on race day!
• Volunteer with family or friends to share a fun morning together
• Volunteer as a group from your office/company
• Do you know of a community group, sports team or student looking for community service opportunities?

For a complete list of all volunteer opportunities available, click on the link below.

VOLUNTEER – Group Volunteer Options Available

Questions?
Please contact Ashley Allgyer at aallgyer@ccedcpa.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Training Funds Available

If your company has trained any individuals in these areas since January 1, 2016, or has plans to do so by September 30, 2016, don’t miss the opportunity for ITAG to reimburse up to 50% of the cost of training through its Department of Labor and Industry training grant.

APPROVED TRAININGS:
o SQL
o Technical Project Management
o .NET
o Business System Analysis
o Agile Development
o Java (Certified Sun Java Associate)
o Network Administration and Security (CISCO), (CCNA), (MCSA)
o Business System Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery

The first round of training grant allocations will be completed by July 29, 2016. Don’t miss this deadline! Need more information? Contact Marianne Stack at mstack@ccedcpa.com.

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