This week in the Orlando region, tech salaries reach new heights, eSports tackles human performance with a new partnership and a UCF technology is recognized as a 2021 World Changing Ideas. Read about these stories and more in this week’s Orlando Tech Council Weekly Tech Round Up. 

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Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair

Happy Friday, all. 

Another little flurry of major media focused on the growth of Florida’s tech market.  

This week, Orlando was recognized in a new study as the second-fastest growing market for tech wages, only behind Charlotte, N.C. As tech talent from across the globe migrates to the Orlando region, many of them are bringing with them the competitive tech salaries previously held exclusively by traditional tech hubs including San Francisco and Austin. According to Dice and as reported by Forbes, Orlando saw a tech salary increase of 13.4 percent between 2019 and 2020. 

Additional headlines feature health-focused technology across an array of platforms. From whole-health care for professional gaming athletes to new readability technology with numerous life-changing implications, Orlando continues to be a leader in ground-breaking technologies with global implications. If you’re looking to be part of the health-tech movement, leAD Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Academy are now accepting applications to their next cohort. You can read more on all of these stories below. 

Stay tuned for more news, events, and ways to connect with the Orlando region’s tech and innovation economy. Also, feel free to share this newsletter with friends and colleagues who can get on our mailing list here.  

Rajiv Menon 
Founder/CEO, Informulate
Orlando Tech Council Chair 

Profiles in Tech

Steven Botwinik, Director of Advanced Programs at Lockheed Martin

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This week’s Orlando Profiles in Tech features Steven Botwinik, Director of Advance Programs at Lockheed Martin. He describes one of the most “only in Orlando” moments we’ve come across and discusses the importance of community across the region. Read more here.


Orlando Ranks No. 2 in Forbes List of Where U.S. Tech Salaries Are Growing Fastest 

Long plagued as a community best known for low wages, Orlando is starting to see an uptick in salary for tech jobs. According to the Forbes article, the average U.S. tech worker salary climbed 3.6 percent between 2019 and 2020 to reach $97,859, even though organizations tightened their budgets. “Charlotte in North Carolina, saw the highest growth in tech salaries between 2019 and 2020 with a 13.8 percent spike. Orlando, Florida, wasn’t far behind and it also saw impressive salary growth of 13.4 percent.” Read more here.

Magic Gaming and AdventHealth team up to bring whole-health expertise to Esports players and fans

With the launch of the 2021 NBA 2K League season, Magic Gaming announced this week AdventHealth as its official health care provider to focus on human performance. Like traditional athletes, Esports players are subject to injuries including the risk of back and neck pain, eye strain. “Magic Gaming is thrilled to have AdventHealth join our partnership family,” said Orlando Magic Senior Vice President of Strategy & Innovation Jay Riola. “AdventHealth is one of the most forward-thinking, innovative health organizations, and we are eager to learn from their expertise to help improve our players’ performance and health. Just like in traditional sports, we believe developing healthier habits is key to building success in Esports, and we look forward to strengthening and energizing our community and our team.”  Read more here.

‘Fast Company’ Magazine Recognizes Readability Technology at UCF Among its 2021 World Changing Ideas

Fast Company magazine named a developing technology pioneered at UCF as one of its 2021 “World Changing Ideas.” A panel of editors and reporters selected the winners from more than 4,000 nominations. The potential applications are far reaching, especially during a pandemic. Read more here

leAD Lake Nona Sports & health Tech Academy now accepting applications

Do you have a promising solution in sportstech or healthtech? Are you looking to truly accelerate your startup growth? Applications for our next cohort are still open and we would love to hear from you! During our program, we help our startups reach new highs and open doors to strategic investors and partners in this industry. Are you ready to start your journey at leAD? Apply now: “The leAD Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Academy drives growth through smart investment, premier network access, and expert training. A group of carefully selected sports tech and health tech startups is able to take advantage of Lake Nona’s Verizon 5G broadband capacity, enabling testing of innovative technologies and solutions, and helping talented individuals bring their businesses to the market. We provide ongoing advice, pitch training, workshops, 1-on-1 sessions to ensure that our startups are investor-ready by the end of the program.” 

Save the Date | Upcoming Events

Events for the Week of May 24

Monday, May 24
12 p.m., General Assembly – Careers in Female Technology: Who’s Hiring What
10 p.m., General Assembly – Creating Business with Impact

Tuesday, May 25
8:45 a.m., Defense Strategies Institute – Military Virtual Training & Simulation Summit
9 a.m., UCF Innovation Districts – SBIR/STTR: Commercialization Planning & Protecting your Data Rights
12:30 p.m., General Assembly – Audio Matters: How to Grow a Powerful Brand Through Podcast
8 p.m. – General Assembly – Parents at Work in Tech

Wednesday, May 26
8:45 a.m., Defense Strategies Institute – Military Virtual Training & Simulation Summit
9 a.m., 1 Million Cups (1MC)
9 a.m., Orlando Economic Partnership – 2021 Florida Legislative Update
4:30 p.m. GrowFL – 2021 Statewide Membership Mixer

Thursday, May 27
9 a.m., GrowFL – The Profit Recipe Webinar: Are you running your business, or is it running you?
11:30 a.m., NDIA/WID – Central Florida Bi-Monthly Luncheon

Events on the Horizon

June 2-4 – VR/AR Global Summit
June 15-16 – 23rd World Aviation Training Summit (WATS)
June 23-25 – 2021 Serious Play Conference
August 17 – GrowFL – East Central Florida Finalist Celebration
October 15 – Synapse Orlando
October 15-17 – Creative City Project – Immerse

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