Tech Forum December 2015 Update
A Note from the Board

As 2015 comes to a close, we take time to reflect on an exciting year for the Technology Forum of Delaware.

At our gatherings on the third Wednesday of each month we had the opportunity to make new connections, strength existing relationships, and discover exciting new technologies being developed in our region. Highlights included:

  • The enthusiastic audience at 1313 Innovation for our second annual Idea Challenge in February cheering on teams that created concepts to improve the quality of life in the city of Wilmington with the help of technology and collaboration.
  • Our inaugural celebration in May showcasing regional tech leaders that are advancing the world’s Top Technology Trends. A sell-out crowd of 300 joined us at Capital One for demos and presentations on the latest in digital finance, additive manufacturing, digital healthcare and much more.
  • Tech Forum’s presentation on “The State of the Delaware Technology Community” to a receptive audience of technology, business and government leaders during Delaware Innovation Week in November. We examined four pillars critical for a healthy environment for growth and innovation – Talent, Collaboration & Support, Funding and Brand.
  • Celebrating Tech Forum’s 15th Anniversary of supporting a vibrant and thriving tech community with our members, sponsors, past and present board members, and friends in December.

Tech Forum has an even more exciting year planned for 2016 to help you gain the knowledge, resources and connections to be successful. We’ll kick off the New Year exploring What’s Happening in Emerging Technologies, take a road trip to the world’s premier makerspace in Philadelphia, and meet FinTech innovators in our community. Our third annual Idea Challenge returns in March, and we have a very special Top Tech Trends showcase planned for June.

Thank you to all our sponsors and members for your continued support of the Technology Forum of Delaware.

We wish you much success in the New Year!

Rick Sommer
President, Technology Forum of Delaware


Tech Forum in the News

Tech Forum Celebrates 15th Anniversary

At its annual holiday event at the University and Whist Club on Wilmington, the Technology Forum of Delaware honored its founders as it celebrated a decade and a half of work in the key sector of the economy.

The organization, founded as Digital Delaware, survived the technology bubble and opted for a new name that better reflected its mission that includes networking, seminars, educational events and more recently idea competitions.

Read more at Delaware Business Now

Road Trip to NextFab

We're taking a Road Trip! Join Tech Forum on February 3rd for a special visit to NextFab in Philadelphia!

NextFab is one of the premier makerspaces in the world. We'll be treated to a private tour of their 21,000 sq ft facility with a wide variety of manufacturing equipment that allows members to develop prototypes for new ideas and inventions. We'll see their fully-equipped metal shop, wood shop, 3D printing lab and laser suite, electronics department, textiles department, large format 2D printing department, and more.
Our exclusive tour will include examples of how members have utilized NextFab to start businesses and pursue projects that would have been impossible without access to advanced manufacturing equipment.
You won't want to miss this first-hand look at the maker movement, hear about how it is impacting the world, and learn how it will soon benefit Wilmington

 February 3, 2016
 5:00 - 8:30 PM
 NextFab, Philadelphia, PA - bus will depart from the Wilmington Riverfront

Register Today!

Upcoming Events

What's Happening in Emerging Technologies

The Internet of Things, smart dust, machine learning, and augmented reality are just a few of the technologies to be featured by futurist Jim Lee as he shares how to track innovations from inception to everyday life. Learn more and register!

When:January 20, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where:The Westin Wilmington, 818 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE 19801

People Driven Business - 4 new Rules for Creating a Sustainable Competitive Advantage.

The world is a remarkably different place than it was even a year ago. As technology advances and the world becomes smaller, many businesses will undermine the success they need and want by operating with 30 year old fundamentals. Our friends at Insperity are presenting a free seminar by author CJ Coolidge to show you that the best place to be is on the front lines of change - on the edge, leading it Learn more and register

When:January 27, 2016
Time:6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where:1313 Innovation, 1313 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Road Trip to NextFab

Don't miss this exclusive tour of one of the premier makerspaces in the world. Seats on our charter bus are limited - reserve yours today!


February 3, 2016

5:00 - 8:30 PM


NextFab, Philadelphia, PA - bus will depart from the Wilmington Riverfront

SAVE THE DATE: FinTech Innovators

Plan to join Tech Forum for presentations by financial technology companies in Delaware that are transforming the lending, payments and personal finance space.

When:February 17, 2016                                                                 
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Protecting Your Business: Strategies For Growth and Resilience

Please join our friends at Potter, Anderson, Corroon for a free legal seminar designed to help companies of any size or type to plan and prepare for growth opportunities while protecting valuable intellectual property and technology. As your business develops and grows, so do your legal risks and responsibilities. This seminar offers valuable information for everyone managing a business or thinking of doing so. Learn more!

When:February 23, 2016
Time:8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:Delaware Biotechnology Institute, 15 Innovation Way, Newark, DE 19711

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Idea Challenge

Don't miss our 3rd annual Idea Challenge - a battle between teams to demonstrate how collaboration and creativity can result in innovative ideas to advance Delaware's tech community. More details on team and audience registration coming soon!

When:March 16, 2016
Time:5:30 - 8:00 PM
Where:1313 Innovation, 1313 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

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The Technology Forum of Delaware serves the technology markets throughout the Delaware Valley. Tech Forum is dedicated to helping the region’s technology business leaders acquire the knowledge, relationships and resources needed to compete and succeed in a global economy.
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