This month, the Orlando Tech Hub takes off, regional project announcements and more in the last Tech Roundup of 2021!
Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair
Happy Friday, all.
It is hard to believe this is our last Tech Roundup of 2021. Despite a challenging year facing the vagaries of COVID, the Orlando Tech Council has flourished. From the great success of Synapse Orlando to successes in our Ecosystem and Programming committees and most recently the release of the Orlando Tech Hub, we’ve achieved great things despite working virtually most of the time, and it’s all because of you, our members, and this community. I am so proud of what we have achieved together this year and am thankful to each of our members for your commitment to and support of the OTC. And we have greater things to achieve yet.
Speaking of the Tech Hub – if you haven’t visited the site and created a profile, be sure to do so, and share with friends and colleagues. Filled with thousands of resources, discussion boards, an events page, job board and more, it is a fantastic way to find people, companies and info you may be looking for to assist you in your business growth. You can also list yourself as a resource for other entrepreneurs to reach out to for your expertise. It has already proven to be a great way to interact with peers from across the region. Use it and share it – we’re excited to hear about all of the connections made through the platform. Read more below in the headlines as well.
In 2022, I will hand the reins of the OTC over to Charlie Lewis. We, together with the Partnership, have been working on new goals and more structure for the Council in the upcoming year. Our success this year allows us to be more ambitious and the improvements are aimed at making the OTC the central convener of tech and innovation events and programs in the region. We will have new member benefits, more opportunities for our members to lead initiatives, a full schedule of events – and of course we need your continued support to do so. Be on the lookout for news on this and join us for our next full (virtual) Council meeting on Tuesday January 11 at 1 p.m. to learn more. Reach out to Lindsey if you’re not currently a member and would like to attend.
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.
Orlando Tech Council Chair
A new hub for Orlando’s tech and innovation community
The Partnership has launched a new tool that will help unify the Orlando region’s tech community resources, leaders, employees, students, businesses, events, news and more. The Orlando Tech Hub is a centralized digital platform where all our region’s innovation and technology enthusiasts can learn, share, connect and thrive. The hub allows users to create customized profiles, participate in discussions, search through a library of nearly 2,000 resources to help any business, stay up-to-date on regional news and wins, see all upcoming events in our region, and much more. But its biggest impact on the community will be its ability to connect startup founders with mentors and investors, both of whom are vital to ensuring the successful growth and scaling of new companies. This is just a glimpse of what is available on the platform and its potential to foster growth in our region’s tech community. The more connections we create, the stronger our results and ecosystem will be. Please explore Orlando Tech Hub, create a profile and share it with relevant co-workers and talent. Check out Spectrum News 13’s feature on it as well.
The best of what’s new is developed in Orlando
Red 6, the firm at the forefront of synthetic air combat training that recently opened a new technology hub in Orlando, announced at this week’s I/ITSEC conference here in Orlando that its Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) been awarded a 2021 Popular Science “Best of What’s New Award” in the Aerospace category. The company, which recently chose Orlando to house its core technology function thanks to our region’s internationally renowned MS&T industry cluster, just expanded its space and began a search for larger offices to accommodate 100 new employees. As Orlando continues to gain momentum and recognition as one of the world’s emerging technology hubs for AR/VR/XR and MS&T, we look forward to continuing to support the innovation of cutting-edge tech companies like Red 6 here in our region. Learn more.
Orlando regional companies make up a third of I/ITSEC booths
All this week, leaders from industry, academia and the U.S. Military gathered at the Orange County Convention Center for the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). The world’s largest MS&T event, the conference showcases the latest technologies, much of which is being created and engineering right here in the Orlando region. Of the 160 exhibitor booths on the show floor, 120 have operations in the seven-county Central Florida region. One of the major reasons Orlando is recognized as the MS&T capital of the world is because its companies secure billions in military and defense contracts involving these technologies. On an annual basis, $6 billion in MS&T contracts flow through the region – many commissioned for the Army, Navy and Air Force simulation command centers that are stationed in Orlando. I/ITSEC remains a staple touchpoint for the MS&T sector as well as a significant asset for local innovative companies to connect and do business with the Department of Defense, and we look forward to its continuation at our world-class convention center in years to come. Learn more about Orlando’s burgeoning MS&T cluster here.
International software company announces first U.S. office in Orlando
eloomi, a global cloud-based people development software company, will open its first U.S. office in the City of Orlando’s central business district with plans to create 50 new high wage jobs over the next few years. Orlando’s diverse and welcoming culture was the perfect fit for eloomi, which sought a city on East Coast time that featured a substantial young and diverse talent base, an inclusive culture and enough of a “cool” factor to appeal to employees and customers both in the U.S. and internationally. The region’s easy access to talent, established ecosystem of training centers, corporate learning environments and many relevant industry conferences hosted at the Orange County Convention Center also played heavily in the company’s decision. The Partnership helped secure this community win by showcasing to eloomi Orlando’s technology ecosystem, coworking location options, employee travel and relocation support and by helping to facilitate connections with local businesses. eloomi’s decision to open its first U.S. location in Orlando underscores major developments that our community leaders have invested in over the years, including our robust talent pipeline and world-class convention center. Please join me in welcoming eloomi to Orlando’s innovation ecosystem. Read the full release here.
View some of the coverage that resulted from our media relations efforts:
- Orlando office search, hiring spree boots up for Danish software firm – Orlando Inno
- International tech firms finding homes in Central Florida – Spectrum News 13
- Tech companies opening offices in Orlando – Spectrum News 13
Save the Date | Upcoming Events
January 11 – Orlando Tech Council Meeting
Please visit the Events section of the Orlando Tech Hub for upcoming events.
ICYMI | News from the Orlando Region
- Full Sail University announces plans to build one of the most cutting-edge on-campus virtual production studios in the nation – Full Sail University
- Lake Nona honored for advancing automated mobility technologies – Orlando Business Journal
- UCF downtown Orlando incubator and Starter Studio moving to new home – Orlando Inno
- New program to facilitate growth at Central Florida businesses operating in high-tech ‘clusters’ – Orlando Inno
- Military taps into Orlando’s gaming sector for needed simulation talent – Orlando Inno
For more industry news, visit the News section of the Orlando Tech Hub.
*Have a story you would like OTC to feature? Email Lindsey.Sandrin@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.