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.

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.

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