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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 12:05 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)



    Winners announced for 11th Annual Technology Awards


    ESTERO, Fla. (May 20, 2019) –The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) has announced the winners for the 11th annual Technology Awards. The awards event was held May 16 at the Club at Grandezza in Estero. A​nn E. Joyce, Chief Customer Officer and EVP, Technology, Supply Chain and Field Operations at Chico’s FAS served as keynote speaker and the emcee was Lindsey Sablan, News Anchor, WINK-TV.
    The winner of the Innovention Award given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution is Cigent Technologies. Vectra Digital and VeraData were also finalists.  

    The winner of the Transformation Award for a business highlighting the use of technology in government, nonprofit, or companies outside the technology sector to address a business or operational challenge is Chico’s FAS.  BMP Logic and NCH Healthcare System were also finalists.

    Reema Bhatia, Managing Partner, Stickboy Creative won the Woman in Technology Award which honors the accomplishments of a Southwest Florida woman in a technology role and her commitment to diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.  Michelle Borders, Naples Network Services and Priya Janardhanan, Chico’s FAS were also finalists.

    The winners of the Technology Student Award recognizing a high school or college student pursuing higher education or a career in technology are Klaudia Fisheku, Florida Gulf Coast University; Elisabet Ortiz, Cape Coral High School; and Sophia Vellozzi, Gulf Coast High School.

    The Partnership Award, which honors a person who has made significant contribution to the SWFRTP, was won by Linda Lyding. Other finalists were Jon Boynton and Dr. Robert Totterdale.



    Photo: Transformation Award Winner - Chico’s FAS

    L to R: Cathy Devine, Holly Wilson and Ann E. Joyce of Chico’s FAS accept the 2019 Transformation Award

    Photo Credit: Gwen Greenglass


    Photo: Innovention Award Winner - Cigent Technologies

    L to R: John Kennedy, Rachel Busch and David Glass of Cigent Technologies accept the 2019 Innovention Award

    Photo Credit: Gwen Greenglass


    Photo: Woman in Technology Award Winner - Reema Bhatia

    L to R: Harrison Ambs and Bryant Jackson of Stickboy Creative accept the 2019 Woman in Technology Award on behalf of their colleague Reema Bhatia.

    Photo Credit: Gwen Greenglass


    Photo: Partnership Award Winner - Linda Lyding
    Linda Lyding, Vice President, SWFL Regional Technology Partnership

    Photo Credit: Gwen Greenglass


    Technology Student Award Winners
    L to R: Sophia Vellozzi, Gulf Coast High School; Elisabet Ortiz, Cape Coral High School; and Klaudia Fisheku, Florida Gulf Coast University.

    Photo Credit: Gwen Greenglass



  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:22 PM | Tina LaFreniere (Administrator)

    Congratulations to SWFRTP Vice President, Linda Lyding, on Gulfshore Business Daily's Power Advice segment!

    https://issuu.com/gulfshorelife/docs/gb.0519/70?ff

    SWFRTP Vice President, Linda Lyding, was recently interviewed Gulfshore Business Daily's Beth Luberecki . In the article Linda offers great advice to many people at various stages in their career path.  Click on the above link to read the entire article. 

  • Friday, April 26, 2019 2:53 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    Finalists Announced for 11th Annual Technology Awards

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) has announced the finalists for the 11th annual Technology Awards. D & A Strategic Enterprise Solutions is the Welcome Sponsor,  Bonita Print Shop is the Print Sponsor and ITVantage is the Dessert Sponsor.

    The finalists for the Innovention Award given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution are Cigent Technologies, Vectra Digital and VeraData.  

    The finalists for the Transformation Award for a business highlighting the use of technology in government, nonprofit, or companies outside the technology sector to address a business or operational challenge are BMP Logic, Chico’s FAS and NCH Healthcare System.

    The finalists for the Woman in Technology Award which honors the accomplishments of a Southwest Florida woman in a technology role and her commitment to diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are Reema Bhatia, Stickboy Creative; Michelle Borders, Naples Network Services; Priya Janardhanan, Chico’s FAS.

    The finalists for the Technology Student Award recognizing a high school or college student pursuing higher education or a career in technology are Klaudia Fisheku, Florida Gulf Coast University; Elisabet Ortiz, Cape Coral High School; Sophia Vellizzi, Gulf Coast high School.

    In addition, the Partnership Award, which honors a person who has made significant contribution to the SWFRTP will be presented at the dinner. The awards dinner is May 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Club at Grandezza in Estero, FL. A​nn E. Joyce, Chief Customer Officer and EVP, Technology, Supply Chain and Field Operations at Chico’s FAS, will be the keynote speaker. The emcee of the event is Lindsey Sablan, News Anchor, WINK-TV. Tickets are available at www.swfrtp.org until May 12.



  • Thursday, March 07, 2019 10:24 AM | Tina LaFreniere (Administrator)

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership is a proud supporter of FIRST Robotics teams in Southwest Florida.

    One of the teams we support is FIRST Tech Challenge team, Java the HUTTS.

     

    The team would like to thank the members of the SWFRTP for supporting them during their rookie season.  They have passed along this video clip to show you what they do and the amazing robot they built this season!

     DSC_1847.MOV

    These kids have a very bright future and make us all very proud!

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 4:07 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

         The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership  (RTP) presented “Experience & Engagement Throughout the Customer Lifecycle” featuring Alex Allen, founder of Two39 Work on January 10. Alex has spent his entire professional career focused on providing a world class customer experience through product design and execution and building ​amazing customer focused  teams​. The audience learned about the challenges that customer facing roles must address in a growing business and best practices for ensuring that the customer experience remains top of mind throughout their relationship with a company.
         The theme of the seminar centered around switching from a customer service model that is reactive to a customer success model that is proactive.  Alex shared cultural and tactical tips covering the hand over from sales to the customer relationship management teams, how to improve the post-sale service companies provide to increase revenue and identifying opportunities to reduce friction in the customer experience through journey mapping and customer profiles. In addition, Alex stressed the importance of engaging all departments in the customer journey, important KPIs to measure success and how to appropriately survey customers for optimal results.

         Alex is the founder of Two39 Work, a technology and entrepreneur focused co-working space in Bonita Springs that provides additional services such as mentorship to the community members. For more information visit www.two39work.com. To register for future events produced by the SWFL Regional Technology Partnership visit www.swfrtp.org.



  • Monday, January 14, 2019 10:15 AM | Tina LaFreniere (Administrator)
     SWFRTP  Members as Judges


    Edisonian Bots

    Seven SWFRTP Members donated their time to judge a FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament at Cypress Lake Middle School on Saturday, January 12.  FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST Robotics, as it is known, was started 30 years ago and promotes STEM Education around the world.

    SWFRTP members donating their time for the event were Jon Boynton, Barbara Ramos, Esmeralda Gonzalez, Grace LaFreniere, Felipe Velosa, John LaFreniere (SWFRTP President) and Tina LaFreniere (SWFRTP Executive Administrator). Most of these members also donated their time to the pre-qualification event held in December, also at Cypress Lake.  At that tournament, SWFRTP Vice President, Linda Lyding, donated her time and talents as well. Each judge went through several hours of training prior to the events. 

    The event was covered by the Ft. Myers News-Press paper.https://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/2019/01/12/lego-robotics-competition-fuels-kids-passions-cypress-lake-middle-school/2528823002/

    All participants, students, judges and volunteers, are encouraged to dress in crazy hats or costumes. This enhances the fun of the tournament and puts students more at ease while in judging sessions. 

     The tournament was for teams of up to ten students ranging in age from nine to fourteen.  Each year teams compete in the areas of Core Values, Robot Game and Research Project with a changing theme each year.  This year's theme is Into Orbit, which is about humans living long term in space. 

    The SWFRTP sponsors local FIRST teams at multiple levels from elementary to high school.  One of the teams we sponsor, The Edisonian Bots, competed at this tournament and performed very well.  They will be advancing to the Regional Championship to be held at Hillsboro Community College in Plant City, Florida, on February 23. 

  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 2:43 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    Once again, out of the hundreds of thousands of Microsoft competitors for the State of Florida, Dunbar High School continues its dominance and has two more students ready to compete for a national title.

    Dunbar now has its 11th and 12th Florida State Champions.


    Dunbar High School, Fort Myers, FL – January 9, 2019
    (Pictured: Mark Dunaway, Kevin Dimaculangan, Carson Mulvey, and Jason Perretta)

    Dunbar High School and Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, announced the following studentswho have been named Florida’s Microsoft Office Specialist Champions for the Fall Qualifying Round in their categories. The students have been invited to compete at the 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida, June 17-19, 2019.

    • Jason Perretta’s freshman student, Carson Mulvey: Florida State Champion Microsoft Word 2016.
    • Mark Dunaway’s sophomore studentKevin Dimaculangan: Florida State Champion Microsoft PowerPoint 2016.

    *Dunbar also had Mr. Jason Perretta’s freshman student, Jada Buntonas the 3rd Place Florida State winner - Microsoft Word 2016. Although this placement will not take her to the nationals, there is a Spring 2019 qualifying round. She will have an opportunity to try for one of those 1st place spots and hopefully get to attend the national competition as well.


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  • Monday, January 07, 2019 6:24 PM | Tina LaFreniere (Administrator)

    Technology Gap Report Published

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership would like to thank everyone who participated in our Technology Gap Survey.  The data collected proved valuable in seeing what certifications are most desired by employers in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. 

    The SWFRTP has compiled a comprehensive report from the data collected and you may access the PDF report in this blog.  A briefing on the report will also be delivered at the January 10, 2019, TechTalk event to be held at Endeavor work spaces - register for the event on our Events Page. A limited number of hard copies will be made available. 


    SWFRTP Technology Gap Survey Report.pdf

    We hope this report, and the data it provides, proves valuable to all government agencies and businesses reading the report. 

  • Tuesday, January 01, 2019 9:35 PM | Anonymous

    2018 – Big Year for SWFRTP; Looking Forward to 2019 for Even More!

    Welcome to 2019 and another exciting year ahead for the SWFRTP! 2018 was a banner year for the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership Foundation! We grew our membership and sponsorship exponentially, and provided increased value and support to the communities we serve through these incredible accomplishments:  

    • 500% increase in STEM donations and scholarships provided to students at all levels involved in STEM and Robotics.
    • 300% increase in Thursday TechTalks events with relevant topics ranging from Cyber Security, Disaster Recovery/ Business Continuity to User Interface/Experience, AI/5G/IoT, Patent/IP Protection and How to cultivate investment interest for entrepreneurial endeavors.  
    • Expanded our venues to include Naples Accelerator, Babcock Ranch and IMAG Science and History Museum.
    • Held our most successful TechMatch job fair to date in partnership with FGCU and CareerSource with over 220 job seekers in attendance and 21 area companies represented.
    • Record attendance (135 people) for our STEM TechTalk event promoting FIRST Robotics to students in SW Florida and encouraging mentorship from our SWFRTP community.

    In the fall of 2018 we decided it was time to refresh our branding. This was another opportunity to feature the talented students here in SW Florida by holding a design contest for a new logo and tag line. Congratulations to our winners, Marlissa Curley and Armand Procacci!  Keep watching our website for our new look coming soon!

    We are excited about the prospects for 2019 with your involvement, volunteerism and support.  We will be offering member only events starting in 2019 and begin to redesign our Website to reflect the new logo and tag line.  Our mission remains strong and with your participation, we will keep the technology momentum going!!   


  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:29 AM | Tina LaFreniere (Administrator)


    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) welcomes Wendi Fowler to the Board Directors. Fowler has been leader for more than 20 years in the technology field as past president and owner of The Client Server, Inc., which was recently acquired by ITVantage. In 2017, Wendi was awarded the “Woman of the Year in Technology” by SWFRTP. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Sales at ITVantage. Wendi holds a Degree in Marketing and Business Management, plus various community honors and industry certifications.

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