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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
ICYMI | News from the Orlando Region
- EA Sports College Football will be built in Orlando, perhaps bringing more jobs – Orlando Sentinel
- Chopra Global partners with Lake Nona Performance Club to create first Chopra Mind-Body Zone and Spa – PR Newswire
- Orlando software exec: Set goals, not quotas, to hire more diverse leadership – Orlando Business Journal
- Orlando-based tech firm launches crowd-sourcing microloan app – Bungalower
- Business accelerator Burnout to triple its video game projects in 2021 – Orlando Business Journal
- Black Workers are underrepresented in this industry. Here’s why that’s changing. – Orlando Business Journal
- The VHA Innovators Network is growing – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Foundation Partners Group disrupts $28.7 billion deathcare market with strategic focus on cremation & innovation – PR Newswire
- Psych drug maker KemPharm to add jobs if FDA OKs new ADHD treatment – Orlando Business Journal
- Navy engineers developing augmented reality headsets to revolutionize maintenance and repair worldwide – Naval Air Systems Command
- Jill Golder rejoins IZEA Board of Directors – StreetInsider.com
- Volvo Cars & Luminar open up long-distance lidar dataset – Clean Technica
- Smart Cities Council announces 2021 Readiness Challenge winners – SmartCitiesWorld
- AVRA Medical Robotics, Inc. 2020 year-end CEO update letter to shareholders and the investment community – StreetInsider.com
- Cascade offers innovative solution for remediation of chlorinated solvent contamination – EIN Presswire
- LG Electronics headlines Net Zero Showhomes: ‘New American Home’ and ‘New American Remodel’ – PR Newswire
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The Orlando Tech Council is composed of private industry, resource organizations and public partners that work to develop new programs with the core objectives: strengthen the Orlando region’s innovation resources, create new opportunities for companies to scale, and to amplify the region’s success stories, raising the global profile of Orlando as a leading community for entrepreneurship and innovation.