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Innovation Week 2017 in Full Swing!

August 22, 2017

Birmingham Innovation Week has officially started.  As if the excitement surrounding the solar eclipse was not enough,  we still have 4 more days of informative, exciting and innovative events focused on showcasing, facilitating and encouraging innovation in Birmingham.

On Tuesday, August 22nd, there is a full line-up of events, including the Innovation Week Edition of TechTuesday, Startup Drinks, and the Bold Speaker Series.

You can see the full Innovation Week schedule HERE.

If you are looking for something different, check out Tech Innovation in Hospitality- A Panel Discussion led by Delect Technologies at Cahaba Brewing Company from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

We caught up with Serge Amouzou, Founder and CEO of Delect, to learn more about the event, the service Delect provides and his thoughts on Birmingham.

 

What can attendees expect to learn from this event?

Attendees will learn about changes in technology and tools restaurateurs are making available to better serve consumers. Attendees will also learn what restaurateurs are doing to keep up with the growing restaurant scene in Birmingham and technology that is helping them keep up with the changes.

What are your thoughts on Birmingham’s growing food and beer scene and how it can help spur growth in the tech sector?

As the restaurant scene grows, there is fierce competition for restaurateurs because people now have many choices on where to go to eat. The growing food scene allows for growth in the tech sector where we can now predict consumer behavior and allow restaurants to target consumers based on their eating preferences. Because of the spur in growth, restaurants rely on technology to run efficient operations that help to also bring in consumers.

What about Delect do people need to know?

Delect mobile app helps consumers find restaurants based on location and eating preferences. At restaurants and bars, Delect helps consumers pay from their mobile phones. Consumers can tell waiters/servers they’re on Delect and do not have to wait for bills. Additionally, Delect helps consumers split bills once they’re confirmed with the waiter.

Delect provides iPad point of sales systems that enable restaurants to manage marketing, operations, enable mobile payments, take orders for delivery and in-house dining, and reservations.

Why are you growing your company in Birmingham?

Birmingham is a growing restaurant and tech city. As a company that went through the Velocity Accelerator, a program by the Innovation Depot, we feel the community is invested in seeing us grow through investments and a growing tech workforce, as a result, we decided to grow the company in Birmingham.

To register for the event or to get more details go HERE.

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Innovation Week Reflects Maturity of Birmingham’s Tech Scene

August 16, 2017

Originally posted from Startup Southerner on August 16, 2017.

On Friday, TechBirmingham will open its fourth annual Innovation Week, which has evolved from a three-day event in 2014 to 10 days of programming this year. We talked to Jennifer Skjellum, president of TechBirmingham, to discover what readers need to know about this event—and what it says about the growth of the Magic City’s tech scene.

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Meet our member company – Tier4 Advisors with Jordyn Adams

August 1, 2017

TechBirmingham would like to welcome Tier4 Advisors into our member company community. Today we are joined by Jordyn Adams of Tier4 Advisors. Check out what Jordyn has to say about Birmingham’s tech community.

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Skjellum Plans to Step Down as President

July 24, 2017

Jennifer Skjellum announced she will step down as President of TechBirmingham at then end of October,

marking five years of service to the nonprofit. Skjellum was named President of TechBirmingham in September 2012. She had served on the board since 2004 and was TechBirmingham’s Chairperson in 2008.

“I’m incredibly proud of what we have accomplished, and I am optimistic that the next leader of
TechBirmingham will be able to build on the momentum created to take the organization to the next level. There are still so many opportunities for positive change in the Birmingham technology community with TechBirmingham as a catalyst for growth,” Skjellum said.
Under Skjellum’s direction, TechBirmingham has:

● Completed a comprehensive rebrand to communicate TechBirmingham’s value
proposition to the business and tech communities in the Birmingham region.
● Grew membership to more than 250 businesses in 3 years
● Created a financially secure organization that hosts two signature annual events,
including the highly successful SlossTech event, as well as monthly meetings to engage,
connect and foster collaboration in the tech community.
● Implemented multiple programs focused on encouraging kids ages 8-18 to learn about
STEM and computer programming.
● Launched a girls-only coding program to educate, inspire, and provide hands-on
experience to girls interested in technology.
● Helped the City of Birmingham earn the designation of a “TechHire City.”
● Formed TechAlabama, a complementary 501-C- 3 organization to focus on long term
STEM initiatives for the state of Alabama.

“Jennifer really took charge, taking TechBirmingham from an all volunteer-led entity that hosted small community meetings to a true association of technology professionals who coordinate efforts to help the tech scene in Birmingham thrive. During her five-year tenure, the rebranding campaign has made TechBirmingham a well-known entity, our membership has grown, and the caliber of our events routinely exceeds expectations,” said Jay Brandrup, TechBirmingham board chairperson.
Skjellum plans to relocate to Chattanooga, where her husband starts a new position at University of Tennessee Chattanooga in August. She is still evaluating opportunities and has made no announcement as of yet about her future career plans.

“Birmingham’s loss is Chattanooga’s gain, as I know Jennifer will be very active there as well,” says Brandrup. “It’s just part of who she is: a true leader with passion and drive,” he said. A TechBirmingham personnel committee will begin a national search to fill the role as soon as possible.
If you have suggestions for TechBirmingham’s next visionary leader, contact Jay Brandrup at
careers@techbirmingham.com.

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Meet our member company – Boo Digital with Billy Boozer

July 18, 2017

Tech Birmingham would like to welcome our new member company Boo Digital. Today we have Billy Boozer, CEO of Boo Digital. Check out what Billy has to say about Boo Digital and the Birmingham Tech scene.

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Sloss Tech is just around the corner

July 12, 2017

Sloss Tech is just around the corner. This year’s rendition of Sloss Tech will be showing off all that the tech industry has to offer while also providing a productive environment for the tech community to network, collaborate, and see everything that the Birmingham tech scene has to offer.

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Meet John Mark Norton, TechBirmingham’s Intern

July 7, 2017

With a staff of only three employees, TechBirmingham relies heavily on volunteers and interns to help make the association a success for its members and the tech community. This summer, John Mark Norton is serving as an intern with us and we thought you might like to learn a little more about him!

Name: John Mark Norton

Age: 20

Always lived in Birmingham?: Yes

Education: Junior Marketing major at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

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Meet our member company – RAM Networks and Network Engineer with Derek Gray

June 30, 2017

Tech Birmingham would like to welcome Ram Networks and Network Engineer to the Birmingham tech community. With us today is Derek Gray, the founder of Ram Networks and Network Engineer. Find out what Derek has to say about Birmingham’s growing tech industry.

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Meet our member company – Forge with Kim Lee

June 23, 2017

Tech Birmingham is happy to announce our new member company, Forge. Today we are featuring Kim Lee, Forge’s CEO and founder. We, at Tech Birmingham, feel that Forge has a lot to offer this community as it grows. Learn more from Kim about Forge and their plans to expand Birmingham’s tech community down below.

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Meet our member company – Vulcan Solar Power with Rob Ozols

June 16, 2017

We are happy to announce our new company member, Vulcan Solar Power. Today we would like to introduce and welcome to the Tech Birmingham family, Rob Ozols, the CEO of Vulcan Solar Power. Having lived in Birmingham for half a decade, Rob believes his company will be able to have a strong impact on tech companies in the growing Birmingham tech ecosystem.

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