Orlando Tech

Orlando Tech is a nonprofit organization supporting the Orlando technology community

image Starter Studio Series: Joicaster

 

Our destiny is often not entirely up to us. We have bosses, obligations, families, bills to pay, etc. These things all put limitations on how we spend our time.

Rudiger Ellis, the founder of Joicaster, was no stranger to this fact of life. Before he became an entrepreneur, he was stuck at a position that he wasn’t particularly passionate about because his old department had been phased out. Eventually, he decided to pursue something that he was more passionate about, so he left that position. Soon after he left, he made another decision that would ultimately give him more control over his own destiny: he decided to become an entrepreneur.

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image Orlando Tech Association Announces Tech Week, a Week- Long Showcase of Orlando’s Technology Community

The Orlando Tech Association, along with over a dozen community partners, has begun planning for Tech Week, a collection of events hosted by organizations and businesses from across Orlando’s technology industry. Partners range from the Orlando Science Center to local grassroots Meetup groups, and topics include programming; big data; space technology; gaming; laser and photonics; STEM education; medical technology; simulation; and tech business development, among others.

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image Starter Studio Series: TROBO

Jeremy Scheinberg and Chris Harden, co-founders of TROBO, drew their inspiration for the company from a moment with which we are all very familiar:

That moment when you hear a problem described on a nightly newscast and think to yourself,
“Seriously? Why isn’t anyone doing something about this?”

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image Starter Studio Series: FLBlogCon

If I had more twitter followers than 4Rivers and Sonny’s BBQ combined, I would probably move to an ancient temple (with wifi) and declare myself a social media guru. Bess Auer does in fact have more twitter followers than 4Rivers and Sonny’s (that’s over 10,000), and she’s way humbler (and smarter) about her achievement than I would be. When I offered to locate a temple for her new guru headquarters, she said,

“I would never use the term ‘social media’ guru to describe myself (or anybody else) because the technology is moving way too quickly for people to truly become ‘gurus.’” More…

image Starter Studio Series: Outhouse Games

Awesome games usually come from passionate gamers, and the founders of Outhouse Games, a company that was recently accepted into the second class of Starter Studio, have a surprising passion for games. Case in point: I recently asked Chris Borden and Phil Bias, the founders of Outhouse Games, “What’s the most challenging part about being an entrepreneur?” I expected some sort of platitude about the difficulty of designing an MVP or acquiring users or something like that. Instead, he said, “The most challenging part about being an indie developer is finding time to play video games.”

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image Main Street Inclusion Made Official: Orlando Tech To Receive Annual Funding and Hire Executive Director

At today’s city council meeting, newly-formed nonprofit Orlando Tech was approved as the City of Orlando’s first E-Street, a designation through the City’s successful Main Street program. As an E-Street, Orlando Tech will receive annual funding from the City and will hire a full-time executive director. More…

image CareSpotter and imediaReach To Present at Venture Forum Conference

Two Orlando-based companies have been selected to participate in this year’s Florida Venture Forum Early Stage Conference. CareSpotter and imediaReach will present to a room full of investors and entrepreneurs at the annual conference dedicated to promoting early-stage companies looking for equity financing.   More…

image Young Technopreneurs Showcase Features Student Entrepreneur Pitches

Tomorrow, Thursday May 8th, from 5:30 to 8:00pm, tech learning groups Inner Potential and Iridescent will host student entrepreneurs at a Technovation pitch event being held at the Melrose Center.  More…

image Orlando Data Science to Host Hadoop User Group Sessions

Starting in June, Orlando Data Science will host an intensive 6-week training course in Hadoop, an open-source software framework for data storage and processing. The course, Hadoop User Group Sessions, or HUGS for short, will focus on collaborative learning of Apache Hadoop, which has become a standard in map-reduce techniques for large data sets. Participants will listen to lectures, work together on assignments, and engage with experienced Hadoop users who will serve as coaches. More…

image One Million Cups Moves to Rollins College

The Orlando chapter of One Million Cups, the weekly event at which local entrepreneurs can pitch their startups to a well-caffeinated group of mentors, entrepreneurs, and interested community members, is moving to the Rollins College Bush Auditorium. The move is a result of the event once again outgrowing its meeting space. More…