Technology Forum of Delaware May Update
A Note from the Board

Tech Forum was proud to present our inaugural Top Technology Trends celebration last week. The sold-out event gave over 300 members of the Delaware tech community the opportunity to make new connections, strength existing relationships, and discover exciting new technologies being developed in our region. You can read all about the evening and the innovative tech leaders who were honored in the recap and news articles below.

We look forward to seeing you on July 15th for a casual evening of networking at our Fourth Annual Summer BBQ at FireStone Roasting House on the Riverfront. Registration details are available here.

Best regards,

Rick Sommer
President, Technology Forum of Delaware

Tech Forum in the News


Tech Trends event brings more than 300 to city Delaware futurist Jim Lee on the state's top technology trends
Delaware companies show off their latest tech
A growing but dispersed Delaware technology community came together this week at the first Technology Trends event.
Based on the estimated attendance of 325, downtown Wilmington has not  seen the last of the event rolled out by the Technology Forum of Delaware at the Capital One building on Delaware Avenue.
“The success of the event and high level of attendance and engagement of the attendees validates the expanded focus of the Tech Forum on larger pillar events showcasing our local talent and innovation,” said Rick Sommer, president of the Tech Forum.  “The positive feedback we have received on our inaugural Tech trends event  has been fantastic and solidifies it as one of our annual recurring showcase events.”
On hand were a large number of companies that ranged from corporate mainstays like Capital One and DuPont to a growing number of start-ups.
Twenty-one companies, in all,  were honored  and all appeared at the  Technology Trends event, organizer and Technology Forum board member George Rotsch noted. 

Lee presented at Technology Forum of Delaware's Top Technology Trends event on May 20. He's excited about Delaware's role in healthcare advances, clean tech, incubating innovation and more.

Three hundred people gathered at the Ben Franklin Building in Wilmington on Wednesday for Delaware Technology Forum‘s 2015 Top Technology Trends.

Attendees had the opportunity to experience live demos from a handful of Delaware’s emerging tech startups and innovators, including Cnverg, CD Diagnostics and a Google Glass collaboration between Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children and the Digital Vikings.
“Delaware is playing an important role in driving these trends forward, yet in a surprising way,” said Rick Sommer, president of the Tech Forum. “Today, innovation is coming from not only the corporate R&D departments, but it is being created in our universities, the regional incubator programs and from small and mid-sized businesses.”
But first, Delaware futurist Jim Lee took the stage with WDEL‘s Rick Jensen to talk about seven of the top emerging technologies in Delaware right now.

Students from Serviam Girls Academy ran from booth to booth in the lobby of the Benjamin Franklin Building in Wilmington on Wednesday, checking out the latest technology being used by some of Delaware's leading innovators.

"It's kind of fun and amazing," said Zoe Abe, a sixth-grader at the private school for low-income students. "I can't believe we're here with all these inventors."

Zoe, her classmates and about 300 other guests spent the evening checking out the latest wares from corporations like DuPont and Bloom Energy, as well as local startups and incubators, during Top Tech Trends, a celebration of innovation in the First State presented by the Technology Forum of Delaware.

"It used to be that all the innovation happening in Delaware was being done at the DuPont Experimental Station," said George Rotsch, a board member of the nonprofit networking association. "Now it's happening at incubators that are spawning entrepreneurs with all these new ideas, and we wanted to show off how the latest tech trends are being used right here in Delaware."

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2015 Top Technology Trends for Delaware
On May 20th, the Technology Forum of Delaware launched an annual celebration of the leaders in our community that are engaged in advancing the world’s Top Technology Trends.

Each year, futurists and tech consultants define the global technology trends that are changing the way we live, work and play. The Delaware area technology community is playing an important role in driving these trends forward.

Tech Forum was thrilled to spotlight the following leaders and innovators from Philadelphia to Dover who are advancing the Technology Trends that are changing the world. 


#1 Incubating Innovation - “social fusion reactors” where new businesses are created                     
1313 Innovation
Delaware Technology Park
Start It Up Delaware
University of Delaware
Wilmington University Game Design & Development Program

#2 Digital Finance - the movement toward a cashless society continues
Capital One

#3 Additive Manufacturing - democratizing the means of production
Sovereign Air

#4 Healthcare Advances - the beginning of the age wave is happening now
CD Diagnostics
Sanosil International

#5 Clean Energy & Sustainable Tech - hydrogen power and fuel cells are near, or are they already here?
Bloom Energy

#6 High Altitude Technology - space tech is now high altitude tech with great promise
ILC Dover

#7 The Internet of Things - everything is connected to the internet, including your refrigerator and glasses

You can learn more about each of the Honorees in the 2015 Top Technology Trends e-program.

Thank you to Host Sponsor Capital One, Event Sponsor Potter Anderson, our Marketing and Media Sponsors, and all our Community Partners. This event would not have been possible without their generous support.



Upcoming Events                       

PACT Annual Foundation Luncheon
The Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital & Technologies (PACT) Foundation luncheon celebrates our region- specifically the emerging growth community comprised of entrepreneurs, investors, professional advisors, corporations, universities, and other supporting organizations. We celebrate the visionaries that laid the foundation for economic growth and continue to develop new talent and opportunities.

The 2015 Foundation Luncheon will feature a Fireside Chat with Sal Paolantonio, ESPN Commentator and Dave Spadaro, Reporter and Writer for The Philadelphia Eagles. A portion of the proceeds from the PACT Foundation Luncheon will be go directly to AWE (Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs) Ventures, powered by Ben Franklin Technology Partners as well as to TechGirlz.

Click here for registration details

When:   Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time:    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:  Hyatt at the Bellevue, Grand Ballroom, 200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


Fourth Annual Summer BBQ
Join us for a relaxing evening of fun and networking at Tech Forum's popular summer mixer on the Riverfront.

Click here to register!

When:   Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Time:    5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where:  FireStone Roasting House, 110 South West Street, Wilmington, DE


Save the Date: Inspiring Women in STEM Forum
Inspiring Women in STEM programs are designed to encourage, support and inspire women involved in all aspects of science, engineering, technology and math in their professional lives. A panel of accomplished women STEM leaders will share their professional journeys. There will be ample opportunity for quality networking before and after the formal program.

When:   Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time:     8:30 - 11:30 AM
Where:  UD College of Health Sciences Atrium, STAR Campus, South College Avenue, Newark, DE

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