Tech Forum February 2016 Update
A Note from the Board

Tech Forum had a busy February starting with our bus trip to visit NextFab in Philadelphia. Check out the article and photo gallery below for a preview of what they will soon be offering in Wilmington's Creative District. NextFab is looking forward to hosting the Tech Forum again in their new makerspace later this year.

Thanks to the City of Wilmington for sponsoring our FinTech Innovators forum earlier this month. Leaders from Apex Development Group, Extreme Scale Solutions, CMC, and Gates and Company gave us a glimpse into the hot financial technologies sector.

Tech Forum is ready to leap into Spring with our third annual Idea Challenge on March 16th. Registration is now open for this fun and motivating ideation event - see below for all the details. We are also making plans for our annual Spring Into Networking event in April. This year's mixer will include technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, and business students from UD, Wilmington U and other area colleges and universities. Don't miss this chance to meet the region's bright young talent.

Rick Sommer
President, Technology Forum of Delaware

Technology Forum in the News


Are You Ready to Be Engulfed By Technology?

  Road Trip Offers Preview of NextFab Site Slated for Wilmington

Smart dust, machines that can learn and augmented reality are the new shiny objects in the tech world that may soon impact business.

Jim Lee, a futurist and Delaware investment strategist, kicked off the new season of Technology Forum meetings last month explaining the quickening pace of technology into daily life.

As our devices become more intelligent, how will we keep up, he asked more than 80 members of the networking group, now in its 16th year. “There is just so much information available right now, and there are some really significant questions on how to make that data accessible and easy to use,” he said.

Read more at Delaware Business Times


The Delaware Technology Forum sponsored a road trip Wednesday night to NextFab Studio’s main site in south Philadelphia to get a preview of a planned location in Wilmington.

NextFab is a maker space that allows entrepreneurs and even serious hobbyists to come up with prototypes or limited editions of their work.  Available technology ranges  from sophisticated metal fabrication equipment to woodwork and 3D printing.

Classes on the use of the equipment are also offered, along with other services.

Read more at Delaware Business Now!

Tech Forum Members Get
Glimpse into FinTech Sector in State

#GirlsinSTEM Team Wins Rep. Carney's App Challenge

Members of the Technology Forum of Delaware got a glimpse into the frontiers of financial technology (Fin Tech) at the monthly meeting/networking session in Wilmington.

As the home of financial services giants like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Barclaycard and Capital  One, northern Delaware has a large Fin Tech workforce

Some local start-up companies have emerged in the industry, which has estimated worldwide revenues of $12 billion.

Read more at Delaware Business Now!


In December, U.S. Rep. John Carney (D-Del.) called on high school students to submit an app they’ve developed as part of a national challenge.

That yielded 17 students and 13 apps for consideration. They ranged from Polytech freshman Jason Mellow’s game called Mr. Sphere, which he created with Stencyl, to Conrad sophomore Vasista Vovveti’s sales tax calculator for traveling Delawareans.

And the winner?

Read more at Delaware

2016 Idea Challenge

Really powerful ideas are the ones that challenge the way we approach traditional problems, interrupt conventional thinking, and sound just a little crazy at first. And the best way to get to these ideas is to combine experts and innovators!

Tech Forum presents our third annual Idea Challenge - a battle between teams to demonstrate that experts and innovators can collaborate and inspire “truly great ideas”. This year the teams will feature leading organizations in the City of Wilmington and technology experts from the Tech Forum. These “Do Gooders” and “Tech Geeks” will collaborate on solutions to a challenge problem to help make the City of Wilmington a better place to live and work.

 March 16, 2016
 5:30 - 8:00 PM
 1313 Innovation, 1313 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Register today as a member of the audience or sign up to join a team!

Employers & New Job Openings Announced!

Register & Submit Your Resume Today

Delaware Bio has offered an annual career fair catered to the life sciences industry since 2008. This year, we are broadening our focus to the entire science and technology industry in Delaware and the region. Positions are available for applicants ranging from undergraduate students to experienced professionals with Ph.D. credentials. Hiring organizations are looking to fill part-time and full-time positions, as well as internships. Learn more and sign up today!

 March 23, 2016
 3:30 - 6:30 PM
 Chase Center on Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

FREE for job seekers to attend, but registration and your resume are required in advance.

Upcoming Events

2016 Idea Challenge

Don't miss our 3rd annual Idea Challenge - a battle between teams of “Do Gooders” and “Tech Geeks” who will demonstrate how collaboration and creativity can result in "truly great ideas" to make Wilmington a better place to work and live. Register today!


March 16, 2016

5:30 - 8:00 PM


1313 Innovation, 1313 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Delaware SBDC Workshop:
Develop a Cybersecurity Readiness Plan For Your Small Business

This workshop, facilitated by experts from Artemis Global Security, is designed to walk small businesses through the steps of developing and implementing a cybersecurity readiness plan. Each attendee will receive a guidebook developed specifically for small businesses. This workshop is part of the DatAssured program, which was designed by the Delaware SBDC to help small businesses reduce their cyber vulnerabilities. A light breakfast will be provided.

*The first 10 registrants will also be eligible to sign up for a 10 minute 1:1 with the presenters following the session.

When:   March 22, 2016  Register Here                                                        
  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:   Delaware Biotechnology Institute, 15 Innovation Way, Newark, DE 19711

When:   March 23, 2016 Register Here                                                            
  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:   Kent County Administration Building, 555 Bay Rd Dover, DE 19901

Delaware SBDC Workshop: National Science Foundation SBIR Proposal Preparation

Ruth Shuman, PhD, National Science Foundation SBIR Program Manager, will cover how NSF SBIR programs have helped small innovation-based companies undertake cutting-edge, high-quality scientific research and development through their non-dilutive SBIR grant programs. One on one sessions will be available for attendees after the presentation. A light breakfast will be provided. This event is free of charge. Register Here

When: March 31, 2016                                                                 
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Delaware Biotechnology Institute, 15 Innovation Way, Newark, DE 19711

Spring Into Networking

Think Spring! The warm weather will soon be here, and so will the Technology Forum's annual Spring Into Networking mixer. Don't miss this chance to meet bright young talent from UD, Wilmington U, and other area colleges and universities. Register today!

When: April 20, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: At the Rail, 777 Delaware Park Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19804

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