ITPalooza 2014!


For those of you that read this blog, you may have come across a recent post that encouraged people in the South FL technology community to participate in the event known as ITPalooza.  This year’s event happened on December 4th and was bigger and better than ever!  The event hosted more than 2,000 attendees representing all aspects of technology and featured hackathons, a hiring fair, speaker sessions on tracks from Bitcoin to startups, and a great holiday party at the end with live music from  the ITPalooza house band.

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The Expo Floor was hopping with tech companies and user groups of all kinds!

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The Hiring Fair boasted more than 25 companies looking for IT Talent.

The ITPalooza Band rocked into the night!

In fact, the event has grown so large that the organizers went to a social voting process to select speakers and I was honored to be chosen as one.  The topic of my presentation was “The 5 Tech Trends that will Impact Business” and in it I covered some trends that in my opinion will alter how businesses perform and how work is done.  I was delighted to see that the talk was well attended and that the audience seemed to be engaged and interactive.  In fact, a portion of my talk was even featured in a Miami Herald article on ITPalooza by Nancy Dahlberg.  You can read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article4286090.html

ITP3ITP4Our newly formed AIS Student Chapter even participated by having a table in the expo and the online members provided a “Twitter Help Desk” to answer questions about presentation times and locations.

ITP7All in all, it was a great event that highlights the vitality of the technology ecosystem in South Florida and allows us to give back to our community.  I am looking forward to it being even better next year!

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