Inform is a key strategy for the SWFLTech Partnership. For the past decade, we have offered engaging events covering topics that are meaningful and relevant. These events give members the opportunity to learn and network with others technology individuals in the area. We offer light food and beverages during the networking and gathering time, making it easy to come from your office.
Sponsorship allows you the opportunity to host a TechTalk event and showcase your company’s special technical expertise and topics. These sponsor featured events are perfect opportunities for the sponsor and our members to network.
Networking is one of the founding principles of the SWFLTech. We know the importance of making contacts and sharing ideas. Our monthly TechTalks began as networking opportunity that evolved into more, but the root is still the ability to connect with others. Networking opportunities include some member only outings like Raspberry Pi events, Miracle baseball games and golf outings. Others events, such as our IMAG FIRST Robotics and Everblades Hockey games are open to the public.
Each fall we partner with Career Source Southwest Florida to invite current tech job seekers, tech students of all levels (secondary, vocational, and college - even if not yet seeking a job), and current tech professionals to meet representatives from the region’s leading tech organizations and employers.
There is no fee to attend the event, and it is open to everyone interested in the technology field and technology employment in the region. This event draws some of the top employers in Southwest Florida and has included: Sprint, Hertz, 21st Century Oncology, Summit Broadband, Centrury Link, Hyperteam, Cigent, Chico’s, iPartnermedia, Red Sneakers Mobile Marketing and Communications, Two39 Work Group, IT Vantage, Lee Health, Benseron Hospitality, Flight Docs, Reach Mobi, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, as well as educational institutions like Florida Gulf Coast University and Hodges University.
The members, sponsors and board of directors for SWFLTech understand the importance of youth programs; the technologists of tomorrow are in the classrooms of today. The SWFLTech not only helps to fund many youth programs, but our members give their time and talents by organizing events and mentoring students and teams.
For nearly a decade the SWFLTech has been hosting or supporting hack-a-thons. SWFLTech is one of the original sponsors of the Hertz Hack-a-thon. We not only provide funding, but also provide mentors, food, awards and swag for attendees.
FIRST™ Robotics is a thirty-year-old program designed to encourage students in grades 1 – 12 to follow career paths in STEM with four age appropriate levels: FIRST Lego League Jr., FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. Many SWFLTech members and board members volunteer their time as mentors and judges for this fun and educational sport-like program, as well as the SWFLTech directly sponsors many local FIRST teams.
SWFLTech is a proud sponsor of our local chapter of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program for technically inclined young women. This program honors thirty high school aged young women for their achievements in computing. This program not only honors these young women but teaches them to give back when they are in college or professional careers by mentoring other young women in middle and high school with similar aspirations. We sponsor the banquet honoring these young women and give scholarships to the winners.
Over the life of SWFLTech, we have offered a variety of scholarships for students. The scholarships have been awarded for science fair achievements, design competitions, computing achievements and our annual student in technology award. We a happy to be able to honor and support so many students pursuing a STEM education and career path.