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Easy Ways for Tech Companies to Get Started Marketing with VR/AR by TechConnect Cleveland @ Foundation Software
Aug 14 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

VR/AR is one of the hottest trends in tech, but businesses often struggle with how this popular gaming technology can be used for sales and marketing purposes.

During our first-ever Cleveland TechConnect meet up, we’ll explore how virtual and augmented reality can be used to bring your software/tech brand to life by blending digital objects and messaging with the real world.

You’ll also learn how newer technology, like the NT ONE mobile application, is changing the game and making VR/AR affordable for businesses of all sizes.

Able to stay past 9 a.m.? You’ll have the opportunity to try out the Merge Cube and Oculus Rift!

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Bill Myers is co-founder of New Territory, a design studio at Bounce in Akron that combines the physical world with the virtual world to create incredible user experiences.

He is passionate about immersive technology and how it will change the world over the next several years. As such, he’s is always trying to share this technology with others because he is convinced that VR/AR will radically transform our lives both at play and at work.

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Who should attend?

In-house tech marketers, c-suite/founders of tech companies and sales/biz dev for tech startups. So basically anyone in the software/tech industry who is interested in sales and marketing.

What is the agenda?

  • Arrival/Breakfast: 7:30-8:00 a.m.
  • Speaker: 8:00-8:45 a.m.
  • Q&A/Wrap Up: 8:45-9:00 a.m.

How do I get to the event??

Foundation Software is located in the Strongsville Business & Technology Park, south of Rt-82. Take I-71 to Royalton Rd., then head west. Turn left on to Foltz Parkway and drive until you dead end into their parking lot.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Jen Lombardi at or (440) 973-4250 x301.

Cleveland Big Data Mega Meetup @ Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Sep 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm


It’s The 5th Annual Back To School Mega-Meetup! And the 8th anniversary of Cleveland Big Data.

The Cleveland Big Data and Hadoop User Group is proud to announce a Mega-Meetup for September 10, 2018 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History!

Gather by the front door at 5:15pm. We can’t get in until 5:30pm.

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Cash bar by the DINOSAURS (awesome!). And pizza (also awesome!).

6:30pm – Recruiting shout outs, general announcements.

Sessions: 20 minute slots

* CMNH – talk to be determined

* IBM – Quantum Computing

* Cloudera – talk to be determined

* Elastic – Ensuring Software Quality at Scale

* Snowflake – Cloud Data Warehousing

Please RSVP so I can get an accurate headcount on pizza. Want to make sure everybody gets fed.

As always, free to attend. Open to all. Just RSVP. If you are a sauropod you can just show up and lumber in. Theropods need to register, plus pay regular entrance fee and insurance premium.

Columbus Women In Technology 3rd Annual Conference @ OSU Student Union
Sep 12 @ 7:30 am – 7:00 pm

The conference features career & leadership, technical, and innovation topics to an audience of 750 women ranging from software delivery roles, leadership & management, technical & engineering, and recruiting/sales roles supporting the industry.

Columbus Women In Technology is a non-profit organization with the specific mission to address the declining pipeline of women in technology through programs that promote awareness, address attrition, create opportunities to transition to tech, and preparation for leadership. See our Roadmap

We encourage you to be part of the conversation by sending a group of women in technical roles from your company to this uplifting, motivational, and educational conference.

Northwest Ohio ACM-W Chapter Kick-Off @ BGSU Business Adminstration Building 1007
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Northern Ohio ACM-W Kick-Off – Women’s Panel on IT Careers

Wed., Sept. 12, 2018

BGSU   7-9 pm   BAA 1007 (Business Administration-main floor)




Linda Androvich                 Corporate Director IT, Bon Secours Mercy Health

Karen David                         Operations Manager, Internet

Loretta Dwight                    Educator, Toledo Public School System

Cindy Payne                         Director, IT Applications, Nationwide

Shirley Trail, PMP               IT Business Specialist / Project Manager, HCR Manor Care

Laila Sartawi-Ball                Composites IT Business Integration Leader, Owens Corning



Janell Vickers, Sr. Project Manager, Six Sigma Lean Black Belt, Bon Secours Mercy Health

Ohio LinuxFest @ Hyatt Regency
Oct 12 @ 8:30 am – Oct 13 @ 11:00 pm

The Ohio LinuxFest is a Free Software Community that started in 2003 (at OSU), as a large Linux User Group meeting.

It has grown to be the largest gathering of Free and Open source Software in the Midwest.

Presentations, workshops, and certification opportunities are available for all to learn the latest technology.

This is our 16th Annual Conference.

Registration is at 3 levels, which starts at the Enthusiast level, with a name your own price opportunity

To register. Click on +More Details to learn what the Enthusiast, Supporter and Professional Pass registration includes.

Fireside Chat: The Future of Data Analytics @ IGS Energy
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Fireside Chat: The Future of Data Analytics

Come join us for an informative chat on data analytics!
We have 3 speakers lined up to talk to attendees about data analytics and it’s pervasiveness in IT and in our lives.

Schedule of Events

5:30-6:30 – registration and networking
6:30-8:00 – panel / fireside chat
8:00 – 8:30 – raffle and networking

CyberInspire 2018 @ Ohio Attorney General's Office
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

A day of free educational activities for girls in grades 6-8.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office launched the CyberOhio initiative in 2016.  Its primary aim is to help Ohio’s businesses fight back against cyber-attacks.

One of the main components of the CyberOhio initiative is workforce development, to try to encourage students to consider cybersecurity as a career, in light of the high demand for workers in that field.  To assist with this, we are developing events for students of various ages so that they can learn more about cybersecurity.


CyberInspire is a free all day workshop geared particularly toward female students in grades 6-8.  During the event, students will dive head-first into the exciting world of cybersecurity. Participants will be split up into four groups and rotate through four one-hour sessions. Each session will consist of a game or activity that will expose them to basic computer security concepts. Topics include computer safety, code building and cryptography.

Registration information can be found on the event website:

Kent Hack Enough @ Kent State University Library - 1125 Risman Dr
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

Kent Hack Enough brings hackers from all over the nation together to learn something new, party hard, and create something awesome!

With more than 300 highly motivated, creative, and talented participants, Kent Hack Enough is a weekend-long event where students from all areas of interest come together to make something awesome, like an app, website, or hardware hack.

The entire event is free for students, including food, energy drinks, and swag. In between all the coding, designing, and water pong, our sponsors are available as mentors to provide help and expertise throughout the hacking process.

HackOHI/O 2018 @ Ohio Union at the Ohio State University
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day

Join Ohio State University for their largest hackathon HackOHI/O!

Columbus Code Camp
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
The Columbus Code Camp is an annual non-denominational software-development & technology conference in central Ohio. The camp includes talks about anything related to software development (for any language, operating system, platform, or work environment). There is always a wide mix of topics and presentation levels (from beginner to professional). Students and professionals (and hobbyists) are welcome to attend (or present!).