NorTech UnConference – September 24
Apr 1st, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

From our friends at NorTech, a technology-focused organization that strengthens Northeast Ohio’s economic vitality by accelerating at the pace of innovation in the region’s emerging industries…

NorTech Innovation UnConference

September 24, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cleveland Convention Center

What is it?

The NorTech Innovation UnConference is the first of its kind for entrepreneurs and innovators in Northeast Ohio’s technology-focused industries. A flexible, participant-driven answer to a traditional conference, the UnConference facilitates discussion, debate and interaction on transformational trends, cutting-edge technologies and innovative business approaches.

Forget about panels, keynotes and PowerPoints! At the Innovation UnConference you set the agenda, lead the discussions and make the connections.

Who will be there?

Northeast Ohio’s most innovative executives, entrepreneurs and organizations from a variety of technology-focused industries including, but not limited to, advanced energy, biotech, flexible electronics, IT, manufacturing and water technologies.

The UnConference will bring together a diverse mix of professionals, including:

  • Innovative entrepreneurs
  • Executives and chief technology officers of small, medium and large companies
  • Investors
  • Public and private funders
  • Manufacturers, including suppliers, OEMs and system integrators
  • Representatives of regional, state and federal agencies
  • Economic and workforce development professionals
  • Members of industry associations
  • Faculty members and administrators of higher education and research institutions
  • Northeast Ohio’s top students


Meet Our Mentors

At the Innovation UnConference you’ll meet an impressive line-up of innovative thinkers, entrepreneurs, executives and investors. You have the unprecedented opportunity to sit down with these leaders one-on-one to share your ideas, discuss trends and get advice to take your business to the next level. Click here to view confirmed mentors as of today!

Why should you attend?

Because you are in charge! UnConference attendees set the agenda on the day of the event with the assistance of a skilled facilitator. As a result, all sessions become relevant and engaging. Attendees participate in sessions that matter most to them and exchange creative ideas.

Because you’ll meet great mentors! While sessions are running, UnConference attendees get the unprecedented opportunity to meet privately with experts. Share your business ideas and get feedback from executives of major companies, serial entrepreneurs and successful investors.

Because you’ll make meaningful connections! UnConference attendees will network with the “Who’s Who” of Northeast Ohio’s innovation economy – from C-level executives to young entrepreneurs, from experienced business leaders to the region’s future stars.

NASA Space Apps Challenge – April 11 – 13
Apr 1st, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

My NEOSA contact Brad Nellis has asked that I pass this along – definitely check it out if you can!

NEOSA is proud to host a Space Apps challenge site for the 2nd consecutive year!  Join us for a fun, enthusiastic weekend and take the opportunity to participate in a global hack-a-thon working on real NASA Challenges.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11  5:30 – 7:30 pm We’ll open the Challenge with a networking get together and special guest speaker, Geoff Landis from NASA Glenn.  Dr. Landis is a NASA scientist currently working on Mars mission projects who is also an award-winning science fiction author; he’ll share insights into Mars exploration projects and discoveries.

Heavy appetizers, beer and wine will be provided.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12  8:00 am Our venue opens and teams can arrive anytime after that to begin working on Challenges.  Teams are welcome to stay in the venue as long as they’d like, we’ll keep the building available to teams overnight. Continental breakfast, lunch and a pizza dinner will be provided.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Teams will continue their Challenge work.  We’ll close project work mid-afternoon and then convene all the teams to make presentations on their project work and make awards to participating teams.  We’ll also determine which teams to elevate for NASA award consideration.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided

Here’s the link to the local NASA Space Apps Challenge details:


Great Lakes Oracle Users Conference (GLOC) – May 13 & 14, 2014
Mar 6th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

Learn from Steven Feuerstein, Tom Kyte, and many more Oracle experts at the largest Oracle users conference in the Midwest region.  The Great Lakes Oracle Conference is scheduled for May 13-14, at Cleveland State University and is co-sponsored by several regional Oracle users group including the Northeast Ohio Oracle Users Group, the Northeast Ohio Oracle Applications Users Group, the Greater Cincinnati Oracle Users Group, Southeast Michigan Oracle Professionals Group, and the Toledo Metro Oracle Users Group

Pre Conference workshops offered on Monday May 12, for an additional cost.  Go to for more information on the Conference and workshops.

To register, see:

Linking IT Talent to Opportunity – April 16, 2014
Mar 6th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

While browsing through Facebook postings for one of the groups that I recently did a presentation for, I came across this.  Whether you’re a business looking to hire talent or a student or professional looking to be working at some of Cleveland’s finest employers, this event is worth checking out!


Linking IT Talent to Opportunity – Career and Professional Development Event

Presented by

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA), and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Middleburg Heights Community Center
16000 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130


This is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals to meet with leading Northeast Ohio companies to discuss career paths and job opportunities in Information Technology and Computer Science. This event is part of “TechWeek 2014, NEOSA’s annual initiative to promote and support the IT industry in Northeast Ohio. A partial list of exhibitors is below, but check back often as new companies are signing up daily!


There is no cost for job and internship seekers to participate, but advance registration is required. Scroll down to register now!

**Businesses interested in exhibiting at this event please contact**

  • thunder::tech
  • Hyland Software
  • Snap-on Business Solutions
  • Corporate Technologies Group
  • Expedient Data Centers
  • Vizion Solutions
  • MCPc
  • Western Reserve Systems
Be Prepared to Impress – Dress Professionally and Bring Plenty of Resumes!
PyOhio Call for Volunteers
Jul 15th, 2013 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

From our friends at PyOhio…
The schedule has been posted for PyOhio, you can check it out here:
We need your help! PyOhio remains a free conference due to the generous donation of funds from our sponsors, and of time from our committee, presenters, and volunteers.
During the conference days we’re looking for people interested in helping us with:
  • Registration (help the attendees!)
  • Session Chair (help the speaker!)
  • Videography Assistant (help the videographers!)
  • T-Shirts (sell & distribute shirts!)
  • Signage (update signs!)
Session chairing and the registration desk are great ways to meet new people, and if you are at all interested in learning about professional video production using open source tools, being a member of the video crew is a great way to do it.
We also need some special help with Saturday’s Young Coders class. We’re looking for people willing to serve as ‘teachers aids’ during the class.
We’re also looking for help with setup Friday evening before the conference, including setting up the classroom for Young Coders and helping Carl set up for videography.
If you are interested in helping out, you can sign up here:
Thanks, and we hope to see you at PyOhio 2013.
The PyOhio 2013 Organizing Committee
Site Update – New Requirements for Calendar Entries – Effective July 2013
Jun 18th, 2013 by Cleveland Tech Events Administrator

It takes a lot of time to add an individual group’s events to the calendar, time that I need to dedicate elsewhere.  So here’s the situation, effective July 2013 for existing groups and effective immediately for groups who aren’t already listed on the site:

  • If your group has an iCal feed – be it through Meetup or otherwise – then I probably have you on the calendar and automatically populating.  If I don’t have your iCal feed, please email me at admin at this domain and I’ll get you on the calendar.
  • If you do not have an iCal feed and meet at a consistent pattern (for example – 1st Tuesday of the month), then I’ll set up a recurring event with a link to your group’s site for more details.
  • If you need to link to a specific site for registration (such as Eventbrite) for each event, you will need to designate someone in your group to maintain each entry.
  • If you do not meet at a consistent pattern and cannot be setup as a recurring event, then you will need to designate someone in your group to add your events to the calendar.

While I enjoy providing this site as a community resource, it has become a bit more time consuming for just 1 person to manage, and as such, I need to set these guidelines in place.


If you have any feedback on this, please email me at admin at this domain and I will respond.  As many people can tell you, I do read your emails and take your feedback into consideration.  I’ve acted on a lot of the feedback that has come in.  And I will continue to do what I can to support the tech community here!  As always, thank you for your support!

Introducing… Akron Programming Languages Meetup
Jun 18th, 2013 by Cleveland Tech Events Administrator

Our friend G in Akron has started a programming languages meetup.  More details:

Calling all programmers!

Programming languages don’t get enough <3.

In this group attendees can expect to join a forum where any and all features of a language are open for discussion, with the end goal of improving the groups knowledge as a whole.

At last count, there are hundreds of programming languages on wikipedia:…

This group aims to cover most of them (eventually), thereby providing a way for sharing knowledge of their existence.

Some languages need legacy hardware. All attempts will be made to provide resources to attendees to witness these languages on any legacy hardware they might require.

We meet alternate Thursday’s of the month at SYN/HAK: The Akron Hackerspace (21 W North Street, Akron, Ohio 44302) at 6pm beginning June 20, 2013. The meetups will be 1-2 hours, depending on how much time attendees have.

Their meetup is at:

TechPint – Networking for Techpreneurs
May 1st, 2013 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

Between emails from NEOSA and hanging out at LaunchHouse, I’ve been hearing about some awesome buzz in the tech world here in Cleveland.  One of the upcoming events is TechPint - an event that helps tech entrepreneurs and investors.  This is what I’ve heard…

What’s TechPint?

On Thursday, the 20th of June, the first TechPint event will be held in Cleveland. This new event series will then be held every 3 months in drinking establishments across the city. TechPint will feature speakers that will shake things up for you and give you a chance to see how fellow innovators are progressing with new ventures. Pints will be flowing freely, and undoubtedly new ideas and connections, too.


TechPint will take place in the Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City from 5:30PM until they kick us out. But you can expect most of the action to take place between 6PM and 9PM. Make sure you get there early for drinks and heavy appetizers.

What you’ll experience

At TechPint we are celebrating the startup, with positive attention brought to failing as well as success. So expect to hear from people speaking about very specific challenges that they are working through such as finding the right people for a startup, growth hacking and recent failures (and subsequent learnings!). TechPint is primarily focused on Internet tech (web, apps etc.), but with most businesses having to leverage online in some way, there will be something for all.

Who’s it for?

TechPint is exclusively for active entrepreneurs and investors. (So if you wish to sell something, this isn’t the event for you.)

For more details, check out

Announcing the Software Craftsmanship Guild
May 1st, 2013 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

One of the goals I have for this year is to help boost the quality of developers that we have in the area.  My friend Eric Wise is one of the guys behind the Software Craftsmanship Guild, a program to help learn top-notch development skills and possibly lead to a job in the industry.  I asked Eric for a bit more on his program, so read on! – Sarah


Learn Professional Software Development Skills the Right Way!

We are the Software Craftsmanship Guild based in the Akron Global
Business Accelerator building in downtown Akron!  Our goal is to bring
more qualified software developers into the region to meet the explosive
job demand the field has been seeing in Cleveland and well… pretty
much everywhere.  We do this by having real working professionals
teaching skills based on real world exercises.  Our apprentices come out
knowing how enterprise development works and with a code portfolio to
prove it!

So whether you are an IT student who needs some real world experience to
break in, a career changer who doesn’t want to spend 2 years and tens of
thousands of dollars sitting in a classroom, an existing professional
who needs a jump-start to modern skills, or an entrepreneur looking to
dive in and get understanding of the craft we welcome you to apply
now at our site.

Our teaching focuses on being able to take a data driven application
from start-to-finish. So here’s a smattering of the specific
technologies we learn with:

* C#
* WCF Services
* HTML/JavaScript (jQuery, Knockout, jQuery UI, JSON data)
* ASP.NET MVC (Razor)
* SQL Server (T-SQL, Basics of Indexing, Relational Design,
Backup/Recovery, SSIS/SSRS)
* Unit Testing/TDD, Source Control

Tools we use:

* Visual Studio Pro (2012)
* SQL Server 2012
* JetBrains Resharper
* Nunit
* Moq
* Fiddler
* Balsamiq
* and others!

Programming concepts we explore:

* SOLID principles
* layered architecture (enterprise patterns)
* design patterns (strategy, observer, state, etc)
* iterative development/minimum viable product
* basics of UX and wire-framing

The best part is, we are so confident that those we accept into the
program will be successful that we do not charge the full fee until you
find a job in IT.

Our June cohort is filling up, applications are accepted until June 1st
so apply now!

Sarah’s Adventures at the Shaker|LaunchHouse
Apr 26th, 2013 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

While things here are a bit crazy – juggling life as a mom, client work, and this site, I managed to take some time to talk with my friend Sue Marrone about a business idea she had.  Sue invited me to meet her down at Shaker|LaunchHouse. Now while there are a bunch of user groups that use their space, I haven’t had time to get there… until this week.  My only regret is not making time to get down there earlier.  I wanted to share my personal experience there to give you an idea of what’s around.

The Layout

When I met with Sue on Thursday, I have to admit that I was a little nervous.  I pulled into the lot of this former car dealership and already didn’t know what to expect.  But to see how they transformed this (and are continuing to build on it)… simply amazing!  When you walk in the front door, there’s the Flex area – those spots are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Members who work in the Flex area pay $99/month to access the area.  Then, there’s an area where they had a couple meetings – a group of college kids were there yesterday, and today there looked to be a lunch event of some sort.  There are private offices – those guys pay more for their space, but it becomes their staked spot.  There are conference rooms to reserve.  I saw a kitchen, the Makers Alliance space – a nifty hackerspace, another meeting space that looks like it can hold around 200 people (based on what their website says), and more.  Their layout plans are posted as well – great plans coming up!  And somewhere there, they have chickens.  Totally not what I expected!

The People

When I walked in on Thursday, I knew I was looking for Sue.  Other than that, I figured I wouldn’t know anyone else.  However, after wandering a little, I ran into my friend Matt, who eventually was able to help me find Sue thanks to their common friend Jay.  Later in the day, I found out that my friend James is part of their IT crew.  The characters at LaunchHouse come from all walks of life – humans and dogs, business people, techies, and everyone in between.  You have the architect, who’s out of retirement for a 2nd time and is enjoying what he does.  Then there are the Tenant Magic guys – they have some cool projects for landlords and tenants.  There’s a guy who’s doing some cool things in music.  Did you know that the newspaper isn’t the only place to find unclaimed funds? There’s a guy who specializes in tracking that down.  There are developers writing all sorts of code. Writers, designers, IT guys, developers… all sorts of backgrounds. Everyone has a story, and I’ve been enjoying hearing about them so far and making note in the back of my mind on how I might be able to help them out later.

The Vibe

The vibe is a powerful one. Did I mention that these guys are super smart?  The ideas and creativity that flows throughout the place is grand.  As I sat there with Sue on Thursday, I thought “This… this is where I need to be. This… this is where awesome technology happenings happen.  These are my people - the kind of people who I would love to network with and help out as best as I can.”  So this morning, I returned to the LaunchHouse, in hopes of catching up with Dar Caldwell and finding out how I can help.  Alas, he was caught up with stuff and I managed to be engaged in various conversations as well.  But the energy that I could feel throughout the morning was great – to be surrounded by this environment encouraged more of my personality out.  The vibe… inspiring.

All This Happiness… What’s One Downfall?

The major downfall – at least for me – is that there’s no easy highway access.  Thankfully, I live on the east side so taking city streets is no big deal.  However, if I were living in any part of Cleveland not near Shaker, I’d find the lack of easy highway access to be a bit annoying.


Overall, I am impressed with the Shaker|LaunchHouse and with what’s going on there.  They’ve got a lot going on, and they’re a great asset to Cleveland’s tech community.  They have their tech accelerator program (applications close May 1, 2013) coming up, and they’ve already backed some great tech companies.  They host user groups, trainings, and other tech events as well.  This place truly embraces the Cleveland tech community well.   I hope they’ll let me become a member and hang out there more, as Shaker|LaunchHouse has a lot going on, and I’d love to promote them and their techie happenings even more here.

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