Orlando Tech Association would like to thank everybody who attended our very first meetup of the year! Our inaugural 2017 meetup event was prefaced with our first Town-Hall-style meeting, and we’d like to take a moment to share some of the ideas participants shared with us.
The evening kicked off with a town hall forum where community members had the opportunity to make their concerns heard and to ask questions to the incoming leadership. Many perspectives were brought to the table to provide input as to OTA’s values and direction as an organization, and we appreciate everyone who took the time to come and add their voice to the conversation.
One key element participants emphasized was a renewed and continued focus on the engineers, the technologists, and the creatives in technology. These people are the foundation of our community, as their efforts are the very thing that drives innovation. We are always looking for new ways to support these people, from helping them connect with others who can give them new directions for career development and growth to providing opportunities to increase their skill sets to developing stronger relationships among themselves.
We also heard that we don’t want to lose sight of the individual who has a great idea and who then wants to build a company around it. It was reassuring to hear that OTA is a part of a supportive community that has made these moves possible, as a technology association in its own right but also in conjunction with programs such as Starter Studio and coworking spaces like Canvs and Catalyst and Sbrubbles among other emerging spaces. We are happy and proud that these organizations have made a difference for people who have been seeking opportunities, and that these people have been able to come back and support the Orlando talent pool as their businesses have continued to grow.
We heard a firm commitment to bringing support to the range of tech meetups enriching our ecosystem with unique programs of their own, giving a space to organize and learn for people with diverse backgrounds. We also heard interest in strengthening the Orlando community’s connection with communities in other cities, from Cleveland to Atlanta to Pittsburg to Austin and the West Coast.
All of the above gives us some exciting direction to build upon as we move forward. If you didn’t make it out or have a chance to speak we would still love to hear from you; please fill out our survey (found here) if you would like to give us feedback about what we’re doing and where we are going. Your opinion is very important to us!
We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup.