KTech Pulse: Technology Summit

Presented by the Knoxville Technology Council In partnership with the Innov865 Alliance and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. RSVP here

About this Event

This is the virtual event of 2020 that you don’t want to miss!

The first 250 registrants from KTech member companies will get a swag bag!

Join us to hear from technology thought leaders and celebrate the achievements of the tech industry in the Greater Knoxville region and throughout the State of Tennessee. This online summit will feature lively Q&A on the latest developments happening across the country and the impact they’re having in our region.

SPEAKERS

Majid Khan – As Managing Director of Strategy & Business Development for Network Engineering & Technology, Majid leads Verizon’s corporate strategy, deal development, negotiations, and partnerships with cities and municipalities at a national level. He works closely with city governments to drive opportunities for economic development and business transformation with wireless, 5G, and Smart Cities innovation.

Alberto Arechiga – As Enterprise Account Executive with the Google Cloud Platform, Alberto works with industry leaders in our region to implement cloud-based solutions that enable them to be proactive problem solvers and transform their IT organizations from a cost center to a profit center. A Presidential Award winner, Alberto provides a consultative approach that helps to reduce the complexity of IT for his clients.

Brandon Bruce- Co-founder | Knoxville Technology Council

Stephanie Flood – Chief Information Officer | Clayton Homes and WIT Committee Chair

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about the latest developments made by companies in our region, and the technologies and partnerships that will continue to drive innovation in Knoxville and beyond.
  • Brandon Bruce, co-founder of KTech, will emcee.
  • Majid Khan will present on Verizon 5G and the Future of Everything with a Q&A on the state and local impact of 5G.
  • Alberto Arechiga will present on the Google Cloud Platform and why it’s the fastest-growing cloud provider.
  • Stephanie Flood will share about the launch of KTech Women in Tech.
  • Get the inside scoop on where we’re headed next, and how you can be a part of it.

Inc 5000 Celebration!

A Virtual Conversation with Knoxville’s Inc. 5000 Businesses. RSVP here

About this Event

Bring your beverage of choice and join the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center for a virtual happy hour conversation honoring the Knoxville area’s Inc. 5000 nominated businesses!

There will be time set aside for introductions from each of the businesses, as well as round table discussions led by Brandon Bruce, co-founder of Knoxville Technology Council and Startup Knox. Brandon also co-founded Cirrus Insight, which ranked #41 on the Inc. 500 list in 2016.

Companies from our region that are on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list include:

  • Arsenal Strength
  • Axle Logistics
  • Boston Government Services
  • Four Seasons Inc.
  • ICC International
  • K&P Enterprises
  • Karen Coffey Coaching
  • KaTom Restaurant Supply
  • MAC’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions
  • Ole Smoky Distillery
  • ONE Business Solutions
  • Priority Ambulance
  • RCN Technologies
  • RDI Technologies

Guest Blog: Meet the Knoxville Technology Council, how they support entrepreneurship

Authored by: Brandon Bruce, Co-founder of the Knoxville Technology Council

The Knoxville Technology Council (KTech) connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, and resources.

KTech is an industry-led and membership-driven organization. Our members are companies and organizations across all industry sectors that have technology professionals located in the Greater Knoxville region or that do business here.

John McNeely and myself co-founded KTech with the support of its founding board of directors and its founding members. We officially launched at Jewelry TV on August 15, 2019. The launch event featured presentations by a dozen technology companies, swag bags that included Discovery Shark Week sharks and cans of Bush Beans, and a rooftop happy hour for 300+ attendees.

What are KTech’s priorities right now as it relates to entrepreneurship, and how have those shifted in light of COVID-19?

Entrepreneurship is the driving force of our local, regional, and national economy. KTech is focused on supporting technology companies – including innovative startups – that make the Greater Knoxville region a great place to work and live.

We decided in March that we didn’t want to cancel any of our scheduled Lunch & Learn or Happy Hour events. KTech was an early adopter of the Lunchpool platform, a startup led by local entrepreneur Alex Abell that produces virtual events that feel like the real thing. We’ve had a series of successful virtual Lunch & Learn events on Lunchpool on topics including DevOps, Intellectual Property, Healthcare Technology during COVID-19, Tech for Good, and ManagedIT. All have been very well attended by our members and the community. 

We’ve also hosted a series of monthly Networking Happy Hours including an entrepreneurial presentation by Sugarlands Distillery about producing sanitizer for frontline workers. For that happy hour, we had a popular social media giveaway. Winners received a delivery of moonshine and sanitizer in time for the event.

What are KTech’s goals this year?

Events will continue to be key for connecting our members and the community. We have a great schedule of events through 2020, and we’re in the process of planning a big virtual event in the fall to celebrate KTech’s one-year anniversary. 

We will continue to build out our technology jobs board and our volunteer opportunities board in partnership with Volunteer East Tennessee. 

We’ve also published a list of business resources during COVID-19 and a list of online educational resources for students, parents, and teachers

What does KTech’s future look like?

We will stay focused on our four pillars:

  • Connect members and the community via live and virtual events.
  • Develop talent via education, training, and professional development.
  • Promote members and our technology industry.
  • Advocate for ideas and policies that advance technology in our region.

The vision of KTech is to build an influential community of technology leaders united and committed to helping the Greater Knoxville region grow and thrive. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation.

How can people get in touch with KTech?

For more information about membership, sponsorship, and partnership, please visit our website or email me at brandon@knoxtech.org

KTech Virtual Networking Happy Hour

Join Knoxville Technology Council for our May Networking Meetup & Happy Hour!

Meetup with Knoxville’s Technology and Entrepreneur community! Join us virtually for our May Networking Meetup & Happy Hour! Register here!

Agenda

Come and go, casual networking will take place between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm

About Knoxville Technology Council:

The Knoxville Technology Council connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, resources, and more. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation.

POSTPONED: KTech Networking Happy Hour – March 2020

This event has been postponed.

Meetup with Knoxville’s Technology and entrepreneur community. Join us at Smoky Mountain Brewery in Turkey Creek for our March Networking Meetup & Happy Hour! RSVP Here!

Agenda

Come and go, casual networking will take place between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

About Knoxville Technology Council:

The Knoxville Technology Council connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, resources, and more. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation.

DevOps Lunch & Learn

Join us for a panel discussion with local DevOps leaders where we’ll dive into the philosophies, practices, and tools that drive modern high velocity software development and infrastructure management. RSVP HERE!

Panelists include:

Andy Cowell, discovery

Zachary Kimble, Lirio

Jamie Phillips, BoxBoat Technologies

Joel Parks, RoundTower

 

Agenda

11:15 a.m. – Registration and Networking

11:30 a..m. – Lunch Begins

11:40 a.m. – Welcome & Program

1:00 p.m. – Event Wrap-up

 

Benefits of DevOps include:

  • Spped
  • Rapid Delivery
  • Reliability
  • Scale
  • Improved Collaboration
  • Security

 

DevOps best practices include: 

  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Microservices
  • Infrastructure as Code
  • Monitoring and Logging
  • Communication and Collaboration

Bring your questions for the Audience Q&A!

KTech Women in Tech Happy Hour

Please join us at the KTech Women’s group happy hour, in partnership with Knoxville WIT! RSVP Here!

All across Knoxville women in technology are looking for like-minded individuals who are dealing with the same challenges, craving the same opportunities, and seeking new ways to grow. Use this time to connect with others in the community that believe in and advocate for women in technology.

Agenda

Come and go, casual networking will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

About Knoxville Technology Council:

The Knoxville Technology Council connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, resources, and more. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation.

Women in Tech – Launch Reception

Join us at the KTech Women’s group launch, in partnership with Knoxville WIT!

All across Knoxville, women in technology are looking for like-minded individuals who are dealing with the same challenges, craving the same opportunities, and seeking new ways to grow.

Use this time to learn about the mission of the KTech Women’s group, while connecting with others in the community that believe in and advocate for women in technology.

RSVP Here!

KTech: Cybersecurity in the Cloud Lunch & Learn

Join Knoxville Technology Council for a lunch and learn about cybersecurity in the cloud. A panel of experts from Avertium, Checkpoint, InfoSystems, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Proofpoint will answer your questions about the top security issues for doing business in the cloud.

RSVP Here!

Featured Panelists

  • Adam Forester, Checkpoint
  • Stacy Prowell, ORNL
  • Jeff Sparks, Proofpoint
  • Nick Sweet, Avertium
  • Chad Waddell, InfoSystems

Agenda

11:15 a.m. – Registration & Networking

11:30 a.m. – Lunch Begins

11:40 a.m. – Welcome & Panel

1:30 p.m. – Event Wrap-up

About Knoxville Technology Council:

The Knoxville Technology Council connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, resources, and more. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation.

KTech Launch Event (Knoxville Technology Council)

Join us to launch the Knoxville Technology Council! Hear from tech leaders, and then cheer our industry’s momentum on JTV’s rooftop bar.

Register here!

Join your friends and colleagues in technology on August 15th at 3pm to launch KTech and celebrate the tech industry in Greater Knoxville! You can expect great speakers, a networking happy hour on the rooftop bar, tours of Jewelry TV featuring its state-of-the-art robotic jewelry picker, and a packed swag bag from our founding members for the first 250 attendees through the door.

Agenda

We’ll post the agenda as the date gets closer. The main event will be 3:00-5:00pm in the Jewelry TV theatre, followed by a networking happy hour 5:00-7:00pm on the JTV rooftop bar and tours of the JTV headquarters.

Introducing the Knoxville Technology Council

The Knoxville Technology Council connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, resources, and more. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation.

Membership Information

Everybody is invited to attend the KTech launch event! We’ll share information at the event about the many benefits of joining KTech as a member. Learn more at http://www.knoxtech.org