This week in the Orlando region, summer is already coming to a close and a new report works to re-imagine Orlando’s talent supply. That and more in this edition of the Tech Round Up.

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Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair

Happy Friday, all.  

It’s hard to believe that summer is already drawing to a close. My kids are back to school next week as are many in the region, signaling the return of our “new normal” routines. I hope you and your families have enjoyed these past months and were able to enjoy some precious quality time together. My best wishes to all students and teachers returning to the classrooms in the coming weeks.  

The Foundation for Orlando’s Future, a core component of the OEP, released a new report this week, Re-Imagining Orlando’s Talent Supply, A Business Perspective on In-Demand Skills. This report sheds light on the most important, emerging capabilities in our economy and supports the integration of the skills language used by employers across the talent supply value chain. With input from more than 15 of the region’s top employers, you’ll see that many of the most in-demand skills are classified as technology solutions, positioning our region’s tech and innovation ecosystem and this Orlando Tech Council to be at the forefront of the region’s growth.  

I hope you all have signed up for Orlando Inno’s twice-weekly newsletter. Our decision to become a Founding Partner was a strategic one, as we wanted to ensure that the Orlando Tech Council not only continues to pave the way for continued growth of our ecosystem but also amplifies our region’s stories. Orlando Inno provides opportunities on all these fronts. If you have any questions or stories to share, please reach out to Lindsey

Also, check out our new podcast, O The Innovation, which features conversations with the Orlando region’s top startup founders, entrepreneurs and business leaders. It’s a great resource to learn about tech trends, impactful ideas, and stimulating stories. Help us spread the word about Orlando’s tech & innovation ecosystem by subscribing at Orlando.org/techpodcast. And if you enjoyed it as much as I did, please share it on your favorite social media accounts. 

We’ve decided to change the Tech Council’s weekly newsletter to be a monthly periodical. Starting today, our Tech Round Up will be sent the first Friday of each month.  

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

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

Profile in Tech: Isabella Johnston, Intern Pursuit

This edition of Profiles in Tech, Isabella Johnston, founder of Intern Pursuit, details how the collaborative spirit of the local tech and innovation ecosystem has helped her business grow, and what she thinks makes Orlando the ideal place to live and work. Read more here.

Headlines

UCF selected to receive two planning grants from NASA

Earlier this year, NASA released a new opportunity for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to submit proposals for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research planning grants. Called M-STTR, “the initiative aims to foster partnerships between SMIs and small business to prepare them to submit technology proposals to NASA’s annual STTR Phase I solicitation,” the release states. From 11 proposals selected, UCF will receive two and is the only University with more than one proposal selected. Click here to read more. 

Businesses’ role in public safety and economic recovery

The first meeting of Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ reconvened Economic Recovery Task Force that took place this week reinforced how crucial it is that our region’s employers make the right choices to protect the health and safety of our community. We are in a different phase of the pandemic and, unfortunately, our mayor doesn’t have all the tools he once had to help. All of us, especially our region’s employers, need to contribute to creating a safe environment by implementing mask-wearing and social distancing policies, getting vaccinated and encouraging co-workers, employees, friends and family to follow suit. Our economy depends on it. Learn how you can help keep Orlando Safer, Stronger, Together here.

Don’t miss this must-attend event for women in business

The Orlando Regional Chamber’s 2021 AWE Impact Forum sponsored by Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies is fast approaching and you don’t want to miss keynote speaker Quibulah Graham, corporate director, Diversity and Minority Business Development at Orlando Health. Graham will share how she is leading through the COVID-19 pandemic and recount lessons learned through the Pulse tragedy. Plus, attendees will be immersed in the regional resources that help propel women forward from more than 18 different organizations, including 100 Women Strong, Athena PowerLink, City of Orlando Executive Office – MBE Division, Orange County Minority/Women Business Enterprise and more. Stick around afterward for a private “watch party” live stream of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 2021 State of the City address. Join us on August 19 at the Orlando Museum of Art from 8:30 – 10.30 a.m. Click here to learn more and register.

Save the Date | Upcoming Events

Events for the Week of August 9

Monday, August 9
4 p.m. – General Assembly – Tech For Good: Using Tech for Social Justice

Wednesday, August 11
9 a.m. – 1 Million Cups

Thursday, August 12
7 a.m. – General Assembly – What Does a Data Scientist Actually Do?
11 a.m. – General Assembly – Celebrating 10 Years: Building Diversity in Tech

Events on the Horizon

August 8-15 – North America Championship and Programming Camp (NAC-NAPC)
August 17 – GrowFL – East Central Florida Finalist Celebration
August 19 – Orlando Regional Chamber – All Women Empowered (AWE) Impact Forum
September 16 – GrowFL – East Central Florida Chapter Membership Mixer
September 29-October 1 – VR/AR Global Summit
October 9-15 – Innovation Week
October 15 – Synapse Orlando
October 15-17 – Creative City Project – Immerse
October 22 – GrowFL – Statewide Membership Meeting

ICYMI | News from the Orlando Region

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