Tech Forum October 2016 Update
A Note from the Board

On October 19th, Tech Forum partnered with Open Data Delaware and the Secretary of State's Office to launch a statewide Open Data Portal to a standing room only crowd. You can read all about the event and this new resource in the articles below.

We hope you'll join us on November 16th for Tech in Delaware: Where Are We Going? - an exciting, collaborative, crowd-sourced update to our 2015 report on the future of Delaware's tech community. Come out to network with tech and business leaders, and share your thoughts!

Rick Sommer
President, Technology Forum of Delaware

Tech Forum in the News

Delaware public records gold mine:
new open data portal
  Delaware launches Open Data Portal

Want to know which state agency buys the most pizza?

Maybe you're more curious about whether your favorite restaurant passed its last inspection, the traffic counts on your road or the most popular subjects at your local library.

That's just a sample of the information that state officials say will be searchable, sortable and, in some cases, mappable come Wednesday evening when Gov. Jack Markell unveils Delaware's new open data portal – an online clearinghouse of raw statistics and other nonpersonal information collected by state agencies.

Read more at Delaware Online.

From traffic/transit data to crime reports and information about licensing and certifications, the state’s Open Data Portal was officially launched this week at an event hosted by Technology Forum of Delaware and Open Data Delaware.

The initiative was established by Gov. Jack Markell earlier this year under Executive Order 57, which gives constituents a centralized resource finding data sets from state agencies. This “central repository” for open data collates information from state agencies and offices with interactive features and visual data like maps and charts, according to the website.  It also offers data in machine-readable formats for developers.

Read more at Delaware Business Times

State rolls out open data portal   Open data advocates are understandably
excited about Open Data Launch

The State of Delaware introduced its open data portal to a packed house late Wednesday afternoon.

The event was held at the 1313 Innovation business incubator at Hercules Plaza in downtown Wilmington.

The site offers about 30 data sets ranging from restaurant inspection information to data on education and economic development.

Prospective parents will even be able to find out popular baby names.

Read more at Delaware Business Now
From signing an executive order in favor of open data to doing the work of actually making it, Delaware’s open data advocates have gotten a lot done this year.

Last night, open data advocates in the First State gathered to celebrate the launch of the state’s Open Data Portal at 1313 Innovation. The launch was a collaboration between Open Data Delaware, Technology Forum of Delaware and the state.

Gov. Jack Markell and chief technology officer James Collins were present as well as Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf. With 30 datasets and over 35 maps, the portal gives easier access to those searching for the data. The event marks a new era of data transparency in the First State.

Read more at Delaware

East Coast Reboot hosted by Wilmington University

Reboot your creative genius at Wilmington University’s techie event of the year, which spans today’s major digital avenues of technology and creativity.

Challenge your artistic aspirations for this three-day technology-based event. Collaborate with teammates to solve obstacles as you battle it out at our exhilarating competitions.

East Coast Reboot consists of several judged competitions and networking events. Technology professionals can sign up to compete, be a judge, or network with creative students. Learn more

Upcoming Events

Delaware Innovation Week

Delaware Innovation Week 2016 is's second annual week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Delaware. Check out the Tech2gether Conference and all the events happening from Friday, November 11th to Saturday, November 19th. Learn more about #DIW16

2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

A full-day of inspiration, learning and professional growth for women in science and tech industries. From practical advice on effective ways to navigate your career to the opportunity to learn from successful women who have traveled remarkable journeys, you will come away with valuable and actionable ideas and guidance. Register today!

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016                                                        
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE

Join Tech Forum for Happy Hour after the Tech2gether Conference! While enjoying good food and drinks, we'll collaborate on identifying the key issues that lead to a vibrant and thriving environment for growth and innovation.  Join us for a fun, fast-paced discussion of the important factors driving Delaware’s tech community. Register today!

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: The Balcony, World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE

IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference

As a premier signature event of PACT, IMPACT is the longest running and largest venture conference on the East Coast and has hosted countless top entrepreneurs, companies and investors from early stage, growth stage and mature technology companies. IMPACT has a long tradition of uniting these key players and draws more than 1,000 participants in attendance over the two days. It has been the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. For IMPACT 2016, we will examine Growth through Disruption, in technology, innovation and politics. Register today!

When: November 29-30, 2016
Where: Sheraton Downtown Hotel and the Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA

Annual Holiday Extravaganza

The most anticipated Tech Forum social event each year is our annual Holiday Extravaganza! Join your friends and colleagues for the celebration at the University & Whist Club where you’ll find plenty of holiday cheer, music and laughter. Our very own David Gates will be adding to the festive atmosphere with holiday classics on the grand piano.
Register today!

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: University & Whist Club, 805 North Broom Street, Wilmington, DE

About Technology Forum of Delaware
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