This week in the Orlando region, more good news of tech jobs on the horizon and one of the region’s most beloved innovation events is back in a new way. 

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Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair

Members of the Orlando Tech Community,

Happy Friday. Last week we shared the story about Orlando Tech Council member EA’s announcement that the college football title would be coming back, along wit insight that the Orlando studio was prime to do the work that would result in new high-paying tech jobs. The good news keeps rolling in, “The EA Tiburon studio in Orlando will be responsible for delivering EA SPORTS College Football and will continue to leverage our talent here and around the world,” EA vice president Daryl Holt wrote to the Orlando Sentinel. Congratulations to the Orlando EA team, we can’t wait to see what’s next.  

The Orlando Tech Council leadership team has been in workshop mode refining how we can best deliver impact to our community and are thankful for all the great support. Our next meeting is March 2 on Zoom and if you’re interested in learning more about what we’re doing, allow me to invite you to sit in on a meeting. Just email Lindsey we’ll get you signed up. Lindsey.Sandrin@Orlando.org

Stay tuned for more news, events and ways to connect with the Orlando region’s tech and innovation economy. 

Cheers, 
Rajiv Menon 
Founder/CEO, Informulate
Orlando Tech Council Chair 

Profiles in Tech

Rajiv Menon, Founder/CEO, Informulate

In addition to being the Chair of the Orlando Tech Council, Rajiv Menon is an entrepreneur, speaker and mentor. Originally from India, Rajiv has called the Orlando region home and HQ of his company, Informulate, for over 15 years. Read more about Rajiv’s story here.

Headlines

Orlando’s Otronicon embraces the future with hybrid online and in-person event this weekend

Otronicon, the Orlando Science Center’s annual showcase of interactive technology with a focus on STEM education, returns as a hybrid online and in-person event from Friday February 12 through 15. Unity, Microsoft, EA, Lockheed Martin, NASA and more have talks designed to inspire curious minds of all ages. And check out this story on the panel Orlando Tech Council member Black Orlando Tech is hosting at the event. Click here for more information on Otronicon.

To close the STEM gender gap, we need to encourage girls to study science

With the International Day of Women and Girls in Science having just occurred on February 11, it’s important to reflect on the reality of the gender and diversity gap in STEM industries. The statistics are staggering with only 29% of the scientists in the workforce being female and an even more drastic 11% being women of color. Programs like the non-profit Tech Sassy Girlz based here in Orlando are critical to introducing math and science in an engaging way early in their lives. Laine Powell, founder of Tech Sassy Girlz, offers a commentary on how we need to encourage girls to study science to close the STEM gender gap. Read more here.

AdventHealth University using VR to teach nursing students amid pandemic

In partnership with Full Sail University, AdventHealth University created a custom training VR experience to aid the training of nurses on equipment often not touched in person until their first day on the job. This is another great example of how innovation soars in the Orlando region when we start to re-think how to leverage regional expertise like game development and virtual reality experiences in new applications. It’s also a prime example of why the Orlando Tech Council’s Tech Connect program exists – to connect local enterprise companies with scaling companies and other resources that are prepared to meet their needs. Read more here.

Save the Date | Upcoming Events

Events for the Week of February 15

Tuesday, February 16
3 p.m., Full Sail University – Tech Tuesday: Women in Tech

Wednesday, February 17
8 a.m., UCF Technology Ventures Symposium
9 a.m., 1 Million Cups (1MC)
9 a.m., SBDC at UCF – Cybersecurity: The New DFARS Interim Rule
7 p.m., Central Florida Android Developers Group – February Meetup: Return of the Android

Thursday, February 18
11 a.m., GrowFL – Florida Companies to Watch
1 p.m., General Assembly – Tech and Space

Events on the Horizon

February 6-March 14 – Creative City Project – Down the Rabbit Hole
March 3-4, 2021 – Florida Venture Forum
March 8-11, 2021 – Synapse Summit
March 18, 2021 – Avalon Park Group – The 5th Floor co-working space grand opening

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