This week in the Orlando region, much needed funds were distributed to black-owned businesses both locally and across the U.S. by Fiserv and Siemens. We also catch up with the immediate past chair of the Orlando Tech Council, Adam Scheinberg in a new feature, while welcoming incoming chair Rajiv Menon.
Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair
Members of the Orlando Tech Community,
From the transition in government that our nation experienced this week, to the transition in leadership within the Orlando Tech Council, the New Year portends change. It is my great honor to take over as Chair from Adam Scheinberg, who has done yeoman’s work in realizing the vision of this Council. Every transition is a time to solidify accomplishments, explore new ambitions, and craft new strategies.
Last year, it was thanks to the extraordinary commitment of community leaders that formed the Orlando Tech Council that we now have several initiatives ready to launch. This year, I’m proud to serve alongside this amazing leadership team and take that vision forward:
- Chair-Elect: Lilian Myers, Executive Director of Starter Studio
- Programming Committee: Chair – Chris Morton, Operating Partner, Orchid Black and Co-Founder, NanoPhotonica
- Programming Committee: Chair Elect – Charlie Lewis, Founder and CEO of BlueWave Resource Partners and Project Orlando
- Ecosystem Committee: Chair – Andrea Wesser-Brawner, Chief Innovation and Emerging Technologies Officer for Orange County Government
- Ecosystem Committee Chair Elect – Renuka Sastri, Co-Chair of 100 Women Strong
- Marketing Task Force: Co-Chair – Matthew Broffman, Director of Innovation & Digital Platforms and Service Design for the City of Orlando
- Marketing Task Force: Co-Chair – Kelly Trace, Founder of Reach and Headquarters Coworking
Many of us share the dream of seeing the Orlando region mature its innovation economy and we are acutely aware that even more disruptions loom on the horizon. We have tremendous resources at our disposal: great educational institutions, exceptional talent and leaders, innovative grassroots efforts, world-leading enterprises, a growing population, several clusters of technical excellence and so much more. Next week, we will gather outgoing and incoming leadership for a workshop that will ensure continuity while accelerating new ideas.
One more thing – during this time when anger, disillusionment, cynicism and distrust are rampant – let’s make optimism cool again. That said, we need your help. This is your opportunity to tell us what impact you want to make and how you want to partner with this Council to make it happen. Bring us your ideas, wish list, and/or some of your time. And in so doing, let’s find out how we can all pull together to make a real difference.
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: Adam Scheinberg, VP of IT at Massey Services, Inc.
The Orlando Tech Council kicks off its new Profiles in Tech series with past chair, Adam Scheinberg. Read more here.
Why it’s the right time to support the next Central Florida success story
Orlando Tech Council member Rob Panepinto delivers an op-ed to the Orlando Business Journal on recent tech successes’ impact on the Orlando tech community. Read more here.
Call to Action: Volunteers Requested to Serve as Business Advisors to Student STEM Case Challenge
From Orlando Tech Council Member Paul Sohl, CEO of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council:
When you’re thinking about your workforce in 10 years, what do you see? One thing we know is that the need for an educated workforce is growing substantially, while the students entering STEM related fields is not growing at the same rate, particularly from our most diverse schools where there is huge potential! Think about it.
I need your help – kids need to be able to see themselves in fields that they may not have ever heard about. Our partnering organization (3DE by Junior Achievement) knows that 56 percent of their students will enter the field of their Business Advisor/Volunteer. And that’s where you come in.
I need 8 people ~ people who look like these students and who they can imagine coming from a similar background ~ to come with me on an amazing journey for a few hours. High impact/direct contact (all virtual)/reasonable time commitment (3-4 hours) to be Business Advisors to student teams working through a Case Challenge (like the Harvard Case study concept). Are you in? Know someone who fits the bill? I’d love to chat with you about it.
It’s a tech business challenge which is why I thought of this wonderful group.
Just 8…that’s all I need.
In your service, Paul
If interested, please reach out to:
Paul A. Sohl, Rear Adm. USN (ret)
CEO, Florida High Tech Corridor Council
Save the Date | Upcoming Events
Events for the Week of January 22
7 p.m., Headquarters Coworking – Founders Night
4:30 p.m., Synapse – Libate & Learn: Trending Now: How Your Media Habits Are Changing the Rules
7:30 p.m., Nerd Nite – Nerd Nite Crossover
Events on the Horizon
January 25-29, 2021 – General Assembly Career Camp
February 12-15, 2021 – Otronicon
February 17, 2021 – UCF Technology Ventures Symposium
February 18, 2021 – GrowFL Companies to Watch
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
- Siemens to Award $140k in Grants to black-owned businesses across seven U.S. metropolitan cities to build more resilient supply chains – Siemens
- Fiserv gives back to help small businesses get back to business – Orlando Economic Partnership
- Synapse announces the Inaugural Synapse Innovation Awards – Synapse Florida
- Tech Firms Rethink, Retool, Rise to the Challenge – Spectrum News 13
- Sports event organizers tackle how to create new revenue streams during pandemic – Orlando Business Journal
- Best products from CES 2021 – Orlando Sentinel
- Texas and Florida could become the next business hubs as employers look to fee San Francisco and New York City – Business Insider
- College Census publishes aggregate ranking of the best online bachelor’s in game design for 2021 – PR Newswire
- UF startup Shadow Health is going big and staying home – UF Innovate
- Elon Musk to offer $100 million prize for ‘best’ carbon capture tech – NBC News
*Have a story you would like OTC to feature? Email Sheena.Fowler@Orlando.org
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.