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By Michelle Bakels

Guest Blog | ‘Reflecting on 5 Years of Growth’ (Michelle Bakels)

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Written By Michelle Bakels

I came across a video I made four years ago filming some of the first lines of code I ever ran, followed by the camera turning to me downing a huge gulp of wine. All of my early tests in the clip had passed, but my patience was clearly worn. Making the transition from a career in the art industry to the tech industry was so much more difficult than I could’ve imagined — as they say, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Looking back at that video instantly conjured up memories of frustration, fatigue, and endless fights with my compiler.

 

Shortly after starting my degree in Computer Science, it became evident to me that if I were going to succeed I was going to need to find someone, anyone, who I would be able to talk to about my struggles and ideas. What I found instead was an entire community. After yelling out into what felt like the void, what came back was a phone call from Joe Russo, founder of Palm Beach Tech. “I heard you’re looking for help. What do you need?” Joe and I had never met or spoken to each other before this and yet, after a 10 minute conversation, he introduced me to Chris Cabrera, at the time, Director of Engineering for a local fintech company, who from that day on became a life long tutor, mentor, and friend.

If that experience was all that resulted from my connection with Palm Beach Tech, I would still be singing their praises today. But four years later, they have offered myself and our community so much more. In the last few years I have participated in startup weekends, developer meetups, tech talks, community coffees, and hackathons. I have become the Vice Chair of the Palm Beach Tech Women’s Council and through PBT, the Vice Chair of Code Palm Beach, a software developer for NextEra Energy Resources, and a speaker at the South Florida Software Developer’s Conference. I’ve met amazing people in the community who I now talk to on a daily basis or get advice from (in fact I’m meeting with Todd Albert in five minutes to talk about React as I’m writing this!) And in between all of this, there have been innumerable events, experiences, and moments that I know are completely unique to the community Palm Beach Tech has built here.

As we celebrate the five year anniversary of Palm Beach Tech I think about if someone were to show me five years ago what my life were going to look like today. I probably would have thought this were some sort of parallel universe. I live near my family in a beach town working for a company I admire, connected to my community, and meeting amazing people in tech all the time. It’s not undue to say that I owe so much of that specifically to Palm Beach Tech and the culture of inclusivity and community that they have fostered here over the past five years. If this is what Palm Beach Tech can do in five years, we can only imagine the amazing future ahead for the newly minted South Florida Tech.

Happy 5th Birthday, Palm Beach Tech – Cheers to the future of South Florida Tech and #BuildingSoFlo!

 

By MonicaRojas

Member Spotlight | Sloane Staffing

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Fresh paint, comfy new chairs, and walls that are still bare in the CEO’s office. – This is the current scene at Sloane Staffing. 
 
The startup recruitment firm opened in May of 2019 with just a couple staff members. In less than a year, they needed additional employees and soon grew out of their tiny single office. Palm Beach Tech recently sat down with former Enterprise Account Executive and now Founder & CEO, Max Spanier, to learn more. 
 
On January 1st, 2020 Sloane Staffing moved into their new larger office space located right in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. Sloane Staffing can be found on Clematis Street, Suite #806 of the gorgeous historic Comeau Building that was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The firm works within the martech space to fill roles such as software engineers, digital marketing managers, and web developers and designers. They have placed just over 150 candidates to date and 40 current open positions!
 
“Sloane Staffing is a white glove recruitment service that specializes in making the perfect match between companies who are having challenges finding talent and candidates who aren’t looking for jobs. We are more than just a hiring agency, we are partners. The secret to our success is positioning ourselves as your internal recruiter, and leveraging our expansive network of potential candidates to source talented individuals who will fit both your business needs, your company culture and growth plans, ” says Spanier.
 
Shay Berman, Owner & CEO of Digital Resource, a quickly growing creative digital marketing firm, says that “Sloane Staffing has worked closely with us so much that they understand our technical needs, as well as, what will fit our internal culture. They have practically hired our entire staff by helping us fill 30+ positions out of about 50 total.”
 
The team which now consists of six full-time staff were hard at work during our visit this past week. We were able to catch up with one of their new hires, Shivan, who recently moved back to South Florida and says that he is “happy to be with a growing company that values his experience and is ran by an owner who treats his staff like a real family.” Employees are offered salary, commission, bonuses, 100% covered health insurance, 401k, opportunities to work from home, and monthly team outings. They will be opening up two additional roles for new hires within the quarter!
 
Learn how Sloane Staffing can save hiring managers time and money at www.sloane-staffing.com
Check out more photos from last week’s Sloane Staffing visit here.📷

By MonicaRojas

Member Spotlight: LexisNexis Risk Solutions

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“She IS Tomorrow’s Technologist”

 

Business: LexisNexis Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. The company provides data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare and government.

South Florida Head Quarters: Boca Raton, FL 

Palm Beach Tech Member, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, hosted its 2nd annual “She IS Tomorrow’s Technologist” event last week at the Embassy Suites in Boca Raton. Female students currently studying in a field of technology/engineering/computer science were invited attend the event, which featured female leaders from LexisNexis Risk Solutions and others. It was a day of mentorship, leadership and open discussion empowering women in technology. The event was attended by more than 50 guests including students from Florida Atlantic University, Olympic Heights High School, American Heritage School, Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, Nova Southeastern University as well as teachers and staff.
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Jo Portlock, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, for the Risk and Business Analytics Division of RELX which includes LexisNexis Risk Solutions, was the event’s keynote speaker who discussed the struggles that women face in technology careers, the statistics of women in technology, and different strategies on how to diversify your internal team and how to build support for one another.
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To learn more about LexisNexis Risk Solutions and all of their women in leadership initiatives and internship programs please visit: lexisnexisrisk.com

By MonicaRojas

PC Lan Techs Acquired by ImageNet Consulting

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PC LAN TECHS Acquired by ImageNet Consulting

We are thrilled to announce that PC LAN TECHS has been acquired by ImageNet Consulting, a leading nationwide provider of Managed Services and Office Technology with over 500 employees and local ownership.

In 2001, PC Lan Techs began helping businesses manage their IT services. Along the way, they solved a big problem for small businesses in becoming their IT Department. Eventually, PC Lan Techs became one of the top leading Managed Service Providers in Florida. It was then when helping small-to-medium businesses thrive in today’s complex digital economy became their mission.

This was also ImageNet Consulting’s mission. ImageNet Consulting is a 60-year-old, family-owned business specializing in office technology with 20 offices in 6 states, 7 of which are located in Florida. In addition to West Palm Beach, there are offices in Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, and Vero Beach. In addition to Managed IT, ImageNet is an industry leader in managed print solutions, document management, and electronic content management. They are also one of the nation’s largest authorized HP and Canon copy/print/scan solutions dealers. They are indeed a “one-stop-shop” for all office technology needs. https://www.imagenetconsulting.com/

Founder of PC Lan Techs, Johannes Csonka, is also the Founder and CEO of another organization called AV-Worx, which is a highly trusted specialist in Commercial Audio and Video Integration, with larger clients such as NASA.

Csonka made the decision last year for PC Lan Techs to join forces with a company as passionate about their client’s success as they are. ImageNet Consulting will take PC Lan Techs into the next chapter in their storybook. Moving forward, PC Lan Techs will slowly transition its name and services under the ImageNet Consulting Brand. The companies are extremely excited about what this acquisition brings to both customers and their employees. Stay tuned to see where the growth and innovation take them from here.

For more information visit https://www.pclantechs.com/about-us/news/  

 

By MonicaRojas

Event Spotlight | Tee Off 2020

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Presented by Crown Castle , Palm Beach Tech hosted our inaugural TEE OFF at the new hi-tech Drive Shack West Palm BeachThe members-only event included lunch, a special presentation, and golf.

This was an opportunity for the Palm Beach Tech community to come together and learn about PBT’s mission, vision, and what was been accomplished to date, as well as, what’s planned for 2020.

With this being Palm Beach Tech’s 5th year, 2020 will be focusing on offering more educational workshops, industry specific events, leader drive discussions, opportunities to give back to our future tech generations, as well as, networking with peers that will ultimately aid in building.

The “Tee Off” had 75 members in attendance with over 50 companies being represented. Attendees traveled from all over South Florida including Martin County and Miami-Dade County. Check out the Tee Off’s photo album!

Joe Russo, President & CEO of Palm Beach Tech, kicked off the event with an overview of the organization’s mission and vision, as well as introductions. He later reviewed the 2019 Annual Review with data showing the nonprofit’s growth and local reach.

 

 

Sheldon Jordan, VP of Engineering & Operations for Crown Castle, gave the keynote of the afternoon. Sheldon is responsible for coordinating annual business plan deliverables for the Network Engineering and Operations organization, while also helping to shape the direction and execution of longer range goals.
A 23-year industry veteran, Sheldon has most recently worked as the Director of Network Operations for Small Cells.

 

Michael Fowler, CIO of FPL and Palm Beach Tech Board Chair, spoke on the importance of an organization like PBT from both an individual member and corporate member standpoint. He gave examples of his own experience showing the value in areas such as talent and education.

 

 

Nikki Cabus, VP of Development for Palm Beach Tech, introduced the new 2020 initiates and gave an overview of upcoming events and educational workshops. She also spoke about the importance of giving back to the future generation of tech through the Code Palm Beach program. Nikki urged all members to attend an event, volunteer, and get involved in growing our South Florida Tech ecosystem.

 

 

Thank you to all our members for coming out to Friday’s event and to our additional sponsors, BD Liberator Medical and AppleOne Employment Services.

Want to get more involved? Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming events, or reach out to VP of Development nikki@palmbeachtech.org

Check out Palm Beach Tech’s  2019 highlight video for a recap of the year, inside scoop from the PBT staff and how Palm Beach Tech is helping South Florida’s Tech Community!

 

 

By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech forms Strategic Alliance with CompTIA

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The Palm Beach Tech Association and The Computing Technology Industry Association “CompTIA” have signed a Strategic Alliance to better serve the South Florida Tech industry.

“We look forward to working with CompTIA to expand our efforts in supporting the South Florida Tech Industry,” said Joe Russo, Executive Director of Palm Beach Tech.

Founded in 1982, CompTIA is a non-profit trade association, issuing professional certifications for the information technology (IT) industry is one of the tech industry’s top organizations. With more than 2,000 members, 3,000 academic and training partners and tens of thousands of registered users, its the world’s leading tech association.

The partnership will focus on public policy and workforce development, was brought about by continued work with the Technology Councils of North America “TECNA”.

By Nancy Dahlberg

Talking Tech with Merging Traffic

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HQ: Orlando (A.J. Ripin is based in Palm Beach County)

Business: a global capital formation engine catalyzing growth, investment and access to capital in emerging technologies.

Management team: Dr. David Metcalf, chairman; Dr. Max Hooper, managing director; A.J. Ripin, COO.

Employees: Under 10

Website: MergingTraffic.com

Talk to A.J. Ripin about his adventures in tech and you’ll soon find out this is really a story about his passion for accelerating high-tech clusters in his home state of Florida.

For starters, the serial entrepreneur is COO of Merging Traffic Inc., a global capital formation engine that uses its unique ecosystem to bring the best of Florida to the world; and the best of the world to Florida. Merging Traffic, launched in 2015, is not a broker dealer; it connects investors with early-stage ventures.

“The founders have had personal and professional success and we really think of Florida as our home and are looking to help Florida compete and grow for future generations,” said Ripin, a Lake Worth resident who has two daughters, 6 and 8, and hopes that his contribution will help their generation grow up to find meaningful opportunities in a thriving economy.

“We are playing our part to contribute to the state to help companies born in Florida, stay in Florida, and companies outside Florida to discover and select Florida to grow. We think of ourselves as the future of private equity.”

Merging Traffic, which includes prominent Florida technology and business leaders David Metcalf and Dr. Max Hooper at the helm, currently works with dozens of startups, sometimes making direct investments. It partners with the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at the University of Central Florida and serves as a conduit to the private sector looking to advance R&D in the state.

 “We connect the parties together,” Ripin said.  “It’s about planting the seeds for future early stage ventures.”

Merging Traffic supports Florida Angel Nexus, which has also been working to connect early stage companies with funders on a statewide level. Ripin is on board of directors of Palm Beach Tech and the Florida Opportunity Fund. He is a mentor for UCF’s i-Corps, which promotes the Lean Startup methodology to promote innovation. Ripin formerly co-founded Mem-Cards, a card-based learning system, and is working with several startups. He commutes to Orlando a couple of days a week (yes, he is looking forward to Brightline’s Orlando leg) and works the rest of the week in various South Florida co-working spaces.

In addition to helping homegrown startups, Ripin is founding member of StartUp Nation Ventures, which supports Israeli companies looking to base their U.S. operations in Florida.

Ripin cites a Massachusetts study showing that Israeli tech innovation represented 4.2 percent of that state’s GDP and thousands of tens of thousands of jobs. 

“My hypothesis is that Israeli tech innovation will really advance certain technology clusters, which would be good for the entire market of Florida. Florida has a lot to offer and as Israeli tech companies discover Florida, that will in aggregate serve as a catalyst for the state’s technology clusters.”

Ripin says clusters are developing around Florida, including Orlando, Miami, Palm Beach County and Tampa. Miami’s strength is as the gateway to Latin America and Ripin also sees a lot of activity in drones. Although Palm Beach’s identity is still being developed, HR-tech is an interesting vertical emerging. Orlando is developing clusters in heath-tech and cybersecurity, he said. A recent global entrepreneurship report cited ad-tech and health-tech clusters emerging in Tampa Bay.

The challenge is supporting the advancement of clusters across Florida that is so spread out, Ripin said. “We think there is a rising tide that will lift all boats.”

By Joe Russo

Local Coding Classes beginning this month

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Palm Beach Code School and TK2 Academy coding classes starting this week

 

 

TK2 Academy is a coding bootcamp in Boca Raton with a mission to transform the lives of students through the power of computer education. Whether your goal is to develop a new skill set, get a jump start on higher education or undergo a complete career change, we believe in harnessing the gifts of each student to decode their potential. Our students are engineers, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, financial analysts, folks just out of college and the world’s future coders.

The Web Developer program begins November 13th with classes from 6:00pm to 10:00 pm.

 

 

Palm Beach Code School prepares students for careers as Jr. Web Developers. The Web Developer Program teaches the foundational coding languages and technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, PHP, MySQL and more.
Their next Web Developer Program evening cohort starts on October 30th 2017. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm-10:00pm for 16 weeks. The tuition is $3,850.
The next step is to visit the school to check out a class, pick up some information, take an assessment test and get all of your questions answered. It’s free and takes about an hour.
If you’re interested, please contact  jim@palmbeachcodeschool.com soon as they only have 3 seats available in this cohort.
 

By Vanessa Calas

Alta Planning: A Coworking Space Success Story

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Here in Downtown West Palm Beach we have a vibrant community of entrepreneurs looking to make their mark not only on Palm Beach County, but on the world at large. Coworking communities like ours support the growth of start ups through collaboration and continuing education, and provide resources to budding satellite offices for more established organizations.

Alta Planning + Design, a design firm based out of Portland, Oregon, learned this when they were looking to get their Florida office off the ground. With the help of Palm Beach Tech Space, they established a firm presence in the West Palm Beach area.

Here’s their story, and how Palm Beach Tech has helped.

Who is Alta Planning

Alta Planning believes in making urban spaces more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Their transportation planning and design efforts have spanned dozens of US cities, with over 30 offices and 200 employees. They work toward what they call “complete streets,” by creating spaces for pedestrians and bikers in existing streets, and on more elaborate walking and biking projects. At the end of the day, their primary goal is to turn bustling cities into safer and more accessible cultural hubs.

In the Palm Beach Tech Space, let’s meet Brad Davis and Brian Ruscher. Brad had opened Alta’s Atlanta office several years ago before moving back to the Palm Beaches, where he grew up. He and Brian, a recruit out of Florida State University, set to work starting up Alta’s office in West Palm Beach. Things moved quickly as they soon won a contract with the City of West Palm Beach, planning strategies for improving mobility and quality of life downtown.

They had their hearts set on West Palm Beach, a downtown that with its SkyBike program and the upcoming Brightline train, exemplified the morals and mission of Alta Planning.

Enter Palm Beach Tech

Thanks to Palm Beach Tech, Brad and Brian were able to get office space quickly. The Space gave them the flexibility and affordability they needed to hit the ground running. The Space is conveniently located downtown, so Brad and Brian can get around the city and take advantage of community support, amenities, and activities.

Palm Beach Tech provides the Alta team with varied opportunities to connect with other businesses in the area. They have networked with others involved with the larger West Palm Beach community, which has provided them with insight into the interests and needs of the people they were working to serve. The exposure to other businesses and individuals through Palm Beach Tech has been an effective way to keep their finger on the proverbial pulse of West Palm Beach.

 

 Consider Coworking

Whether you’re a brand-new startup or a remote office, a coworking space will give you the tools and flexibility you need to get started. The convenient location and networking opportunities of Palm Beach Tech make it an ideal spot for anyone looking to get involved and get their business off the ground.

By Joe Russo

Celebrating Palm Beach Tech’s 2nd Birthday!

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In 2012 I was first inspired by the idea of building a tech community; In 2013 Startup Weekend began my journey; on July 7th of 2015 Palm Beach Tech was officially founded; and today we celebrate our 2nd Birthday!

My story was simple… I wanted to build the Palm Beaches into a tech hub. At the time, we weren’t focused on the technology, startup, nor entrepreneurial capacities of Palm Beach County. Today, that’s different thanks to our efforts and the commitment of our community.

In the early days, it was me on a laptop at Subculture Coffee meeting with board members, startup founders, and technology executives. And I put a lot of miles on my Hyundai too.

In two years since, we’ve accomplished so much together:

Association: Today we count 2671 People & 127 Companies as members, with many beyond that involved in our programs.

Coworking: Developed a 3,500 square foot coworking space, thanks to the generous $150,000 in grants from the Knight Foundation, City of West Palm Beach, and Achieve.

Meetup: Had 1,787 attend 22 Meetups, with keynotes from PayPal, Uber, Magic Leap, TEDx, & 500 Startups, among many others.

Web Monday: Partnered with the oldest tech event in the Palm Beaches, working with Aaron Wormus (aguyonclematis) to bring monthly workshops downtown.

Mentor Day: Launched in 2017, our newest event has already matched 47 founders with 12 mentors once a month.

Team: With Brian Dapelo, Stephanie Buzano, and the best interns in the world, our awesome team has grown exponentially, while expanding our impact to the community.

 

We started with a crazy idea encapsulated into a 6 page plan researched with caffeine, and written by an eternal idealist. And Palm Beach Tech would be no where without you, our community!

So Happy 2nd Birthday all you crazy, brilliant, amazing people – and thanks for helping my dreams come true! I sure hope I’ve helped you along the way.

In Service,

-Joe

By Nate Hendriksen

Guidewell Innovation Presents Health+Accel

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Welcome Entrepreneurs

Health+Accel, presented by GuideWell Innovation, is a five-day event that facilitates the innovation of Aging Well solutions and prepares entrepreneurs for success by combining powerful market insights, meaningful business coaching and strategy, and access to a network of influential executives and innovators. After a four-day workshop, participants in Health+Accel compete in a pitch competition for a $20k cash prize in front of potential investors.

Health+Accel supports GuideWell’s mission to advance the transformation of the health industry by rapidly accelerating innovation.

What is Aging Well?

Aging Well is the idea that healthy living and increased longevity can be achieved without sacrificing independence or autonomy. Aging Well solutions allow individuals to age with dignity on their own terms and remain in the homes and communities of their choice for as long as possible.

Solutions should empower individuals to take control of their health on a personal level as well as within their homes and communities through both B2B and consumer-facing products, programs and services that focus on maintaining a sense of connectedness, productivity and safety.

Focus Areas

Health+Accel is looking for innovative solutions related to Aging Well within the healthcare space that focus on one or more of the following key areas:

  • Wellness & Vitality
  • Digital Health
  • Caregiver Support
  • Intelligent Homes & Communities
  • Social Engagement
  • Spirituality & Mindfulness
  • Individual Health Management

Why should you apply?

Powerful Insights

The healthcare and insurance industry is an ever-changing environment that can be difficult to navigate. Learn more about the dynamic needs and relationships between payers and providers, discover unique opportunities within the space, and explore best practices from experienced industry leaders.

Actionable Coaching

Success in the market is much more than creating a quality product. Entrepreneurs must equip themselves with the tools and resources necessary to distinguish themselves from competitors and communicate value to customers and investors alike. Receive expert-level coaching that aligns with the needs of the healthcare industry as you refine your Business Model Canvas and pitch.

Meaningful Connections

Accessing capital and industry resources can be all that stands in your way of taking your product to the next level. Connect with likeminded professionals as well as GuideWell’s talented team of innovators and executives through daily networking events and pitch your product to a room full of some of the region’s top investors in the healthcare space.

Funding and Recognition

Behind every business is a story, it just needs a platform to be told. Participating entrepreneurs will have their stories featured by GuideWell and the opportunity to speak directly to investors and executives within the space. Those selected to participate will receive a travel stipend to cover the costs of attending and the winner of the pitch competition will be rewarded with a $20,000.00 cash prize.

Application Process

Eligibility

To be eligible for Health+Accel, qualified entrepreneurs should possess the following:

  • A team of qualifed individuals committed to the long-term success of the venture
  • An approved, revenue-generating product already in the market
  • A business model that supports growth
  • A strong desire to expand within the healthcare space

By Vanessa Calas

Mentor Day: Providing Benefits to Local Entrepreneurs

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Palm Beach Tech strives to create a welcoming and collaborative environment for tech industry startups and freelancers throughout the Palm Beach area. Our members enjoy a wide variety of benefits from coworking spaces to special networking events.

We are particularly proud to offer our members access to Mentor Day, bringing together local entrepreneurs and industry professionals on the first Friday of every month. Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including business planning, software development, growth strategy, branding, legal, and more.

To see a full list of our mentors and learn how to apply to Mentor Day, visit our site.

Make Connections

Mentor Day is an excellent way to network with successful professionals. Many of our community members have benefited from connections made through our program. John Calloway, founder of Halo Technologies, a local 3D printing company, started by working with some of our mentors.

Dan Condro worked closely with mentor Robert Wells, CEO of Allocable, on his way to building Blyz, a high-quality laundry service. Wells guided Condro in making local connections and meeting potential investors.

Sometimes the real key to success is meeting the right people along the way, and Mentor Day facilitates these connections.

 

Business Planning Guidance

A successful business is more than just a good idea. Visionaries who dream of founding their own organizations must first learn how to structure those organizations for success. That means developing a business model that sells and learning the nuts & bolts of business management.  

Wells and Clay Williams, CEO of Achieve Agency, have both worked closely with members of our community on business planning, leadership, and developing effective growth strategies. Clay advised Dan Condro on planning his business, and provided him feedback on his investor pitch deck. Wells worked with John Calloway on his company structure and even guided him in pivoting his company’s business model for a more ideal focus. Even Eddie Garcia,  Founder & CEO of Vivid Arts, credits Mentor Day with providing valuable feedback on bringing his app to market.

 

Financials and Legal

Dan Condro had what he described as a “very insightful meeting about fundraising” with Robert Wells. As we mentioned above, Robert guided Dan in identifying and appealing to investors as well as identifying other funding opportunities. Eddie of Vivid Arts also found the financial and legal advice offered through Mentor Day helpful after working with Matt Kissner, Associate Attorney with Broad & Cassel, on protecting is company and developing equity packages for employees.

With legal and financial professionals available, Mentor Day provides a well-rounded approach to analyzing and improving new businesses.

 

Building Your Business

What do John Calloway, Dan Condro, and Eddie Garcia all have in common? For one thing, they have businesses that work. What’s more, those businesses have seen success in part thanks to the resources provided by Mentor Day.

By Joe Russo

The SilverLogic Wins 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon – Visa Category

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The SilverLogic, a Boca Raton software engineering company won first place at the 2017 eMerge Americas Visa Developer Hackathon. This is the 3rd year the team wins big at the annual tech conference.

TSL developed an augmented reality app within 24 hours. The Real Deal app was created to enhance and augment the consumer shopping experience, the application finds exclusive deals around you powered by the Visa Offers Resource Center. Users simply scan a storefront or nearby location with their iPhones, once the Real Deal app recognizes your location it will display animated pop ups showing customers deals available at that location. The Real Deal App can also be used from home with Amazon’s Alexa, shoppers can ask Alexa to tell them deals from the merchants around their location.

See exactly how it works—-> Watch

According to David Hartmann, a member of the winning team “the Hackathon gave them an opportunity to try some awesome new technologies like ARKit, Google Vision API, Amazon Alexa, facial recognition, and machine learning”. The Real Deal app is a completely functional native iOS/Alexa/Django app featuring the brand, new Apple ARKit, Visa Merchant Offers Resource Center, Visa Merchant Locator, Google Vision, and Amazon Alexa.

Real Deal code is open source and available on Github (feel free to fork):

iOS code: https://github.com/silverlogic/RealDeal
Django code: https://github.com/silverlogic/real-deal-back
Alexa code: https://github.com/silverlogic/real-deal-alexa

About The SilverLogic

The SilverLogic makes ideas happen, whether they require sophisticated apps, websites, business automation, artificial intelligence, or platforms. Collaborating closely with clients, they strive to exceed expectations and are dedicated to delivering the best possible products to their clients and their users. The SilverLogic is excited to be on the forefront of the augmented reality (AR) and machine learning revolution.

By Nate Hendriksen

TechGarage Wins 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon – Kairos Category

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The TechGarage Team

Boca Raton’s TechGarage won the Kairos Category of the 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon, competing against 170 other participants on 34 teams.

Devin, Winston, Zipper and Carson may be high school students, but don’t underestimate them. They represent the tremendous talent of the next generation if you challenge them to be great. This is what we do at TechGarage. Their competitors represented the best of the best from South Florida technology companies who like to get their geek on. They had 24 hours to develop and demonstrate a product using either the Visa payment or Kairos face recognition API.

The Results

TechGarage is proud to announce that their team won the eMerge Americas Hackathon with SmileMetrics a system that monitors in real-time the emotions of customers by integrating an embedded processor and 5 megapixel camera in a name tag worn by the customer service representative. The goal is to allow businesses to measure overall customer satisfaction in the hospitality industry with real-time customer metrics and the ability to resolve a negative customer experience before a review is posted for the world to see.

For the upcoming TechGarage Summer Camp Devin and Winston will be teaching the VR course, Zipper the raspberry PI course and Carson the RoboCode programming course.

Thanks to the sponsors of the Hackathon, eMerge Americas, WynCode, Visa, Kairos and Royal Caribbean Cruises, this was an amazing event for all competing teams and spectators.

For pictures of the 24 hour event
https://twitter.com/wyncode
https://twitter.com/lovekairos
https://twitter.com/hashtag/Miamitech

We couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishment. The TechGarage team is now 2-0 in Hackathon competitions. Their first win came from a high school team that entered the CodeForGood challenge two years ago and won first place.

By Nate Hendriksen

Palm Beach Tech sponsoring ‘Sitting in a Garage with Eric’

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Palm Beach Tech is proud to announce we are now sponsoring Sitting in a Garage with Eric, CallSprout‘s live streaming show featuring tech trends for rapidly growing companies. During each episode, Eric Bucher, Founder & CEO of CallSprout, interviews a successful entrepreneur to share tips and strategies that have helped them create a successful business.

“We’re excited to support Eric’s mission to feature our community’s best and brightest innovators,” said Palm Beach Tech’s Executive Director Joe Russo.

Past guests include Delivery Dudes Co-founder & COO Ryan Sturgis, Modernizing Medicine Co-founder & CEO Daniel Cane, andFit Food Fresh Co-founders Casey Cochran & Stephen Kaiser.

“The tech industry is strong in South Florida” says Eric Bucher. “As I continue to expand my company here, it was important to me to highlight the incredible rapidly growing businesses right here in our own community. I am thrilled that Palm Beach Tech is helping us with that mission by becoming a sponsor of the show.”

Giving back to the community is important to Eric and his guests. In an effort to help spread the word about some of the great causes, a nonprofit organization is featured on the show once a month. Some of these featured nonprofit organizations include Habitat for Humanity, Place of Hope, and our very own Joe Russo of Palm Beach Tech.

For more information about Sitting in a Garage with Eric, contact Kate Volman, kate@katevolman.com

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Member Spotlight | Sloane Staffing
Member Spotlight: LexisNexis Risk Solutions
PC Lan Techs Acquired by ImageNet Consulting
Event Spotlight | Tee Off 2020
Palm Beach Tech forms Strategic Alliance with CompTIA
Talking Tech with Merging Traffic
Local Coding Classes beginning this month
Alta Planning: A Coworking Space Success Story
Celebrating Palm Beach Tech’s 2nd Birthday!
Guidewell Innovation Presents Health+Accel
Mentor Day: Providing Benefits to Local Entrepreneurs
The SilverLogic Wins 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon – Visa Category
TechGarage Wins 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon – Kairos Category
Palm Beach Tech sponsoring ‘Sitting in a Garage with Eric’