MONTGOMERY, Ala. – November XX – TechMGM, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s initiative to connect and leverage Montgomery’s unique technology assets, is excited to host an array of events for National Computer Science Education Week, taking place December 1-15, 2019. K-12 and college students, as well as young and seasoned IT professionals will have the opportunity to learn about the diverse areas in computer science throughout the week.
“The Chamber’s TechMGM initiative is focused on leveraging partnerships with K-12, higher education and various industries to prepare the community for a higher wage, skilled work environment and to create future leaders,” says Charisse Stokes, executive director of TechMGM. “The events occurring during National Computer Science Education Week will help us continue to expose and encourage tech and innovation in our local community.”
“Montgomery is an emerging and innovative technology hub, and we are committed to raise awareness and give students and professionals opportunities to explore this field,” says Trent Edwards, senior vice president of military and community development. “We’re proud to give our community the opportunity to learn essential STEM skills that will guide them through their careers during National Computer Science Education Week.”
Below are the events taking place in Montgomery for National Computer Science Education Week:
I85 Cyber Corridor Code Jelly, December 1
Coders, designers and developers of all levels of experience are invited to this “Jam Session” at MGMWERX. Anyone interested in tech community building, especially in the workforce development arena will not want to miss this event. Bruce Tate, founder of Grozio, will be holding a presentation to discuss grass roots and tech community driven workforce development models. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2DoLQ5z.
Collegiate Information Technology Pitch Day, December 3 & December 4
Hosted by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) and Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) leaders, this pitch day looks to explore rebuilding and replacing legacy systems through exploitation of modern business and technology needs offered by colleges and universities. Universities will be invited to showcase their information technology expertise and insights with members of BES’s Senior Leadership. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2DlmtBA.
YAAC Business Over Breakfast, December 5
Montgomery’s Young AFCEA Advisory Council will host a breakfast talk on training the digital warrior. Participants will discuss the lessons learned and challenges in educating and preparing the workforce to successfully compete in today’s agile software development environment. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2XS8nRK.
Tech@NITE College Meet-Up Edition, December 5
This meet-up will expose local college students to all the IT career opportunities Montgomery has to offer. Hosted by local IT recruiting and consulting agency Stratice, TechMGM, Alabama Power and Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association, “Tech@NITE” will re-engage the Montgomery’s tech scene. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2rB6LzF.
Get Fit With YAAC, December 7
Join the Montgomery Young AFCEANs as they ‘get fit’ by running the Jingle Bell 5K Run in Montgomery. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2DlhEs9.
Google Innovation Training, December 10
Local educators are invited to participate in a Google Applied Digital Skills Workshop hosted at MGMWERX. Google applied digital skills is a free project-based curriculum that equips students and teachers 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. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/37L3rCC.
Esports Tournament, December 13
TechMGM and MGM Esports will host an esports tournament for Alabama students, airmen, college students and IT professionals. This three-on-three Rocket League tournament will expose local high schools to esports and the ability to launch a program at their school. Esports teams in schools have led to increased courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and also higher test scores. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2KY9Qkr.
Dads and Daughters Saturday, December 14
Dads and Daughters Saturday (DADS) is a local organization focused on dads and daughters spending quality time together. This DADS event will focus on STEM and give participants an opportunity to get involved in a fun Rube Goldberg activity to encourage math and science throughout their lifetime. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2DyNgLb.
Girl Scouts Cybersecurity Badge Event, December 14
Women in AFCEA is partnering 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. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2OnWrnH.
Raspberry JAM, December 15
TechMGM alongwith CGI, ALFA and MGMWERX will host its second annual Raspberry JAM. River Region high school students will use their creativity and technical skills to develop a system using the latest Raspberry Pi. . Each team will pitch their system at a blowout Raspberry Pi Pitch Party. A panel of judges from across the tech community will evaluate each of the pitches and the highest scoring team will win a classroom set of Raspberry Pis. Music, door prizes and refreshments will help celebrate the great ideas pitched at the competition. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/37EWPFX.
TechMGM is a collaboration of local industry, educational and government entities working together to connect and leverage Montgomery, Alabama’s unique technology related assets. This initiative is designed to 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. Montgomery’s unique combination of partners have invested in critical tech infrastructure, including contributions from federal, state and local government, educational institutions and the local business community’s large corporations and small and non-traditional businesses. These collaborations have led to the development of the powerful Montgomery Internet Exchange (MGMix) and the implementation of fiber infrastructure throughout the city that will lead to even more smart city-based initiatives.
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