TechMGM alongside several community partners looks forward to hosting several activities to expose the Montgomery community to computer science. We will celebrate National Computer Science Education Week with a variety of activities for K-12 and college students, young and seasoned IT professionals and anyone interested in learning more about the diverse areas in computer science. Please see a calendar of events and links to register below.
“Grass Roots/Tech Community Driven Workforce Development Models”
Most technology oriented workforce development models involve a top-down approach where traditional educators, economic development teams, etc work towards implementing mentoring, training and job placement programs. But what if technology workforce development initiatves were driven by the actual members of a regional tech community – software developers, network engineers, database administrators, system engineers and the like. What if seasoned technology “fishermen” actually designed, developed and implemented the methods utilized to teachand mentor others to “technologically fish.”
This presentation will discuss the motivations, strategies, and lessons learned from such an effort that is being executed and carried out by tech/software developer community members in Chattanooga, TN.
Presenter: Bruce Tate, Founder – Groxio
For those of you NOT INTERESTED in the particulars of this presentation, no worries. As always, we will have a quiet space for you to build silent camaraderie by simply hacking away at some code with members of
your primary tribe. 8^)
Calling all young IT professionals…MSgt James “Guideaux” Crocker will discuss “Training the Future Digital Warrior” for our next Young AFCEAN Advisory Council Business Over Breakfast. As BESPIN continues to grow so does it’s workforce and the AF must create and train an organic workforce qualified to tackle the complexity and variety of applications coming its way. Drudonna, a new look at training the organic workforce will be discussed as well as the lessons learned and challenges in educating and preparing the workforce to successfully compete in today’s agile software development environment.
Stratice is bringing “Tech@NITE” to the Montgomery Community. Partnering with TechMGM, Alabama Power and DBA to re-engage the local tech scene and exposing local college students to all the IT career opportunities Montgomery has to offer.
Join the Montgomery Young AFCEANs as they get fit by running the Jingle Bell 5K Run in Montgomery. While we’re all busy working and sitting at our computers, this is a great time to work on our fitness.
Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation invites all Educators to our Google Applied Digital Skills Workshop, hosted by MGMWERX. Google Applied Digital Skills is a free project-based curriculum that equips your students with practical tech skills, including how to make digital presentations, do online research, work with spreadsheets, and more. This self-paced, blended curriculum is appropriate for teachers in K-12 and higher education. There will be two sessions available on December 10, 2019, from 8:00-11:00 or 1:00-4:00. Space is limited so please register early! This event will be a BYOD, so please bring a device as this will be a hands-on activity.
MGM Esports and Gaming is happy to announce the next tournament hosted at MGMWERX and sponsored by TechMGM and AFCEA! We’re holding this 3v3 Rocket League tournament due to popular demand and as a friendly tournament for High Schools involved in the PlayVS esports platform to compete against other skilled players and to encourage more schools to consider starting an esports team at their school. As schools prepare for the Alabama PlayVS playoffs in January this is a great opportunity to get in some practice. The competition is open to students, civilians, military, everyone!
D.A.D.S. is a local organization focused on dads and daughters spending quality time. This second Saturday in December, dads and daughters will focus on STEM and have an opportunity to learn about great STEM and computer science activities they can do at all ages to encourage math and science throughout their lifetime.
Women in AFCEA has partnered with the Girl Scouts in Montgomery to host a cybersecurity badge event for brownies and daisies in the local area. Young girls will learn about protecting data, being safe on the internet and basic cybersecurity skills.
TechMGM hosts with ALFA, CGI and MGMWERX an exciting opportunity for students to use their creativity and technical skills to develop a system using the latest Raspberry Pi. Each student team will have an opportunity to pitch their system to a panel of judges and the highest scoring team will win a classroom set of Raspberry Pis for their school! All River Region high schools are welcome to participate and each student team will be assigned a technical mentor to assist them in developing their system alongwith a Raspberry Pi and camera system. Only one team per school may register and you must register by Friday, November 15th at 12PM to receive your Raspberry Pi on Monday, November 18th. Each team will pitch their system on Sunday, December 15th at a blowout Raspberry Pi Pitch Party, which kicks off at 2PM at the new state of the art MGMWERX facility located at 41 Commerce St. A panel of judges from across the tech community will evaluate each of the pitches.
Music, door prizes and refreshments will help us celebrate the great ideas pitched at the competition. Friends, families, teachers, students, the whole community is welcome to join in on the fun to see what our community creates.
TechMGM is a collaboration of local industry, educational and government entities working together to connect and leverage Montgomery’s unique technology related assets.
This initiative will maximize the community’s diverse technology talent pipeline and promote the city as an emerging and innovative technology hub to enhance the workforce and grow the regional economy.