Tech Forum June 2017 Update
A Note from the Board

I have received positive feedback and comments on our joint event with PADLA last week on the Technologies Behind Sustainable Competences.  Having just recently completed my continuing education requirements for my State of Delaware CPA permit, I couldn’t help but think how these technologies will affect our CPA and other professions.  Gamification, micro learning and confidence based testing will be sure to impact us and our companies going forward.  I also wanted to thank Scott Shaw and our friends at Wilmington University for hosting the event and providing a tour of their technologies and labs.

Our goal at the Technology Forum of Delaware is to provide our region’s technology business leaders with knowledge, resources and connections needed to be successful.  To achieve this goal, we are expanding our Board of Directors, adding new Members and securing new Sponsors.  If you are interested in learning the benefits of becoming a member or sponsor please contact us

I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Summer BBQ at Twin Lakes Brewery on July 19th (yes it is always the third Wednesday of the month).  This is always a fun informal event and one of our most attended.  Cheers!

Rick Sommer
President, Technology Forum of Delaware

Tech Forum in the News

Our view: The mind-blowing
world of 'edtech'
  Learning competencies topic
of Tech Forum event

   2017 Open Data Challenge

Last night’s Technology Forum of Delaware event highlighted an area that is little known in many business circles. (See story at right). Along with the buzz surrounding financial technology “fintech,” is a sector that focuses on education.

Two prominent figures in that area, John Royer of Insitehub and Scott Shaw, who heads gaming and other technology programs at Wilmington University, were on hand to take us through a world that includes virtual and augmented reality.

Years ago, Delaware played a role in educational technology, with the former Early Stage East venture capital fair  putting together venture capital support for Blackboard, an industry leading company based in Washington, DC.​​​​​​​

Both Royer and Shaw have been part of work on apps that can be used in training and education. For example, imagine for a moment a group with virtual reality gear learning about the insides of a human body through a 3D image in the room. It can get weird, the dreadlocked Shaw admits.

On a more down to earth note, we are all part of this new learning environment whenever we go online and view a YouTube video on how to fix the toilet. Royer said the potential for educational technology is vast. An individual with the right coding experience can set up an enterprise platform by renting Amazon server space for $100 a month.

The Wilmington-Newark area is already home to student lender Sallie Mae and Navient as well as online lender College Ave. Meanwhile, the future of "edtech" comes with lots of mind-blowing stuff that needs to be part of any discussion about education and the economy.
​​​​​​​As always, your thoughts, observations, and criticisms are welcome.
Doug Rainey, Publisher, Delaware Business Now!

Members of the Delaware Technology Forum took a dive into the world of sustainable competencies at its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

John Royer, founder of northern Delaware -based Insitehub and Scott Shaw, department chair of the Game Design and Development Program and the Video and Motion Graphics Program at Wilmington University offered a look into the present and future of learning.

The term sustainable competencies refers to gaining competence in specific areas and having credentials that let teams members know the skills are in place, Royer told the group at the event at Wilmington University.

A local example of credentialing cited by Royer is Zip Code Wilmington, an intense coding “boot camp” that has seen most of its graduates placed in technology slots at area companies.

The event was co-sponsored by PADLA, the Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association.

Through Insite Hub, Royer, a veteran of AstaZeneca, has focused on training of sales forces in the pharmaceutical business. Of late, the company has moved into areas such as online universities, gamification, and apps.

The event was co-sponsored Wilmington University and PADLA, the Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association.

The need for credentials is growing in a world where we will see “fewer AstraZenecas and Bank of Americas,” Royer said.

Instead, teams will form to start projects and perhaps the companies of the future.

Read more at Delaware Business Now!
Tech Forum's partnership with Open Data Delaware, the Government Information Center and the Secretary of State's Office, culminated with the 2017 Open Data Challenge hackathon on the weekend of June 2-4. The theme of "Access to Hope Through Innovation" carried through from our Idea Challenge in March.

The two winning teams from the 2017 Idea Challenge — Network Delaware (Judge's Choice) and Food Bank of Delaware (Audience Favorite) — presented the nine teams with a coding challenge utilizing data in the Delaware Open Data Portal.

Read about the hackathon and meet the winning team below:

This year’s Open Data Challenge did not disappoint

With a $12,500 grant from the state, the Community Coders team will continue to develop the winning project. It aims to connect volunteers with nearby social impact efforts

This year’s Open Data Challenge at 1313 Innovation featured a major new incentive: $17,500 in grant money from the Delaware Department of State.

The winning team, Community Coders, was awarded $12,500 ($5,000 went to the runners up) on June 4, the final day of the hackathon. The team was made up of five coders: Mikaila Akeredolu, Kyle McLaughlin, Molly Arant, Vidya Chandrasekhar and Jennifer McGinty.

Since many coders enter by themselves, the group connected during the open floor on the first day of the hackathon. Each of the nine teams had a choice of two coding challenges utilizing public data — one for Network Delaware and one for The Food Bank of Delaware.

The theme for the challenge was “Access to Hope Through Innovation.”

Read more at Delaware

Join the Tech Forum on July 19th for our annual summer networking mixer at Twin Lakes Brewing Co. We're providing the barbecue - all you have to do is show up for the party! Dress is casual.

Don’t miss Tech Forum's last event of the summer. We look forward to seeing you!

 When:  Wednesday, July 19, 2017                                             
 Time:  5:30 - 7:30 PM
 Where:  Twin Lakes Brewing Co 
 405 E Marsh Ln #7
 Newport, DE 19804

Register Here!

Welcome New Board Members

Justin Dunn
 Avie Silver
 Helen Stimson

The board of the Technology Forum of Delaware recently elected three new directors to help lead the organization in its mission to help the region’s technology business leaders acquire the knowledge, resources and connections needed to complete and succeed in a global economy.

Joining Tech Forum’s board of directors are Justin Dunn, Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing for WSFS Bank; Avie Silver, Advertising Director for Delaware Business Times; and Helen Stimson , President of the Delaware BioScience Association.

Bob Dayton and Jennifer Kmiec are cycling off the Tech Forum Board. We thank them for contributing their time and talents to the growth of the organization.

Sponsor Spotlight

Wilmington University is a private, non-sectarian university committed to excellence in teaching, relevancy of the curriculum, and individual attention to students. As an institution with admissions policies that provide access for all, it offers opportunity for higher education to students of varying ages, interests, and aspirations.

Wilmington University provides a range of exemplary career-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs for a growing and diverse student population. Visit to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Is Your Data and Network Secure?

Join MySherpa and the University of Delaware Office of Economic Innovation & Partnership for a special presentation focusing on mitigating your cyber risk, and protecting your company data.

RSVP: Kelly Van Horn - or 302-433-6882

When:  Thursday, July 13, 2017
 Networking: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM  Presentation: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Where:  2060 Limestone Rd., Suite 204, Wilmington, DE 19808

Sixth Annual Summer BBQ

Join the Tech Forum on July 19th for our annual summer networking mixer at Twin Lakes Brewing Company. We're providing the barbecue - all you have to do is show up for the party! Dress is casual. Don’t miss Tech Forum's last event of the summer.

Register today!

When:  Wednesday, July 19, 2017                                                                
 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where:  Twin Lakes Brewing Co, 405 E Marsh Ln #7, Newport, DE 19804

Invention-Con 2017

Invention-Con 2017, The Place for Inventors, Makers and Entrepreneurs, is USPTO's FREE Independent Inventors Conference.. During this two day conference, attendees can attend plenary talks, participate in topic specific small-group breakout sessions,and hear from USPTO officials and experts who will present information on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) matters and topics of interest to small businesses.

Register today!

When:  August 11-12, 2017                                                                
Where:  600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Fall Back into Networking - SAVE THE DATE

As the weather gets cooler, join us for our Fall Back Into Networking mixer to make new connections and strengthen existing relationships

When:  Wednesday, September 20, 2017                                                                
 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where:  TBA

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