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Technology First Was the Place to Be in 2023!

11/29/2023 7:41 AM | Marla Halley (Administrator)

Technology First Was the Place to Be in 2023!

As the year draws to a close, let’s reflect on how our members lived up to Technology First’s mission to connect, strengthen, and champion the best-connected technology community in the Dayton region.


Our Peer Resource Groups began the year strong with our Annual CIO Forecast Panel. Board Chair Treg Gilstorf, the Chief Operating Officer for Smart Data and CNBS Software moderated a discussion with J.D. Whitlock, the Chief Operating Officer for Dayton Children’s Hospital, Jon Scruggs, Director of IT for Hobart Service, and Matt Coatney, Chief Information Officer for Thompson Hine LLP. Here is how you can get involved in a Peer Resource Group in 2024.


Our Digital Mixer was a big hit! We brought education and industry together to meet workforce needs. Many thanks to Partner Wright State University for hosting. Technology First Executive Director, Melissa Cutcher, was a guest on the podcast A Greater Dayton and shared why events like the Digital Mixer make Technology First such a relevant trade association. Here is how you can participate in the 2024 Digital Mixer.


If it’s March, then it’s time for our Ohio Information Security Conference. Over 300 attendees enjoyed two keynotes, six learning tracks, one CISO panel and over 30 exhibitors ready to help solve their biggest cybersecurity challenges. Here is how you can attend #OISC24.


Technology First members love to give back and a local Girls Who Code field trip to the GRILL (Gaming Research Integration for Learning Lab) was a fun way to do it. Featuring our mosaic mural, Technology First volunteers helped the chapter learn about systems engineering. Technology First members volunteer for a variety of events throughout the year. If you’d like to join us, here is where you find opportunities for 2024.


Speaking of volunteers, our Volunteer Appreciation Night at Poelking Lanes was a strike! The VIP Suite was the perfect place to eat, drink, bowl, and network. Thank you again to everyone who gives their time and energy to strengthen our community. Thanks also to the Technology First Board members who were able to attend and thank our volunteers in person. Here are your current Technology First Board of Directors for 2024.


Executive Director, Melissa Cutcher, was invited to participate in a panel discussion for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Gen D Ignite program. For their Personal Strength and Profession Growth program day, Melissa coached emerging young professional leaders on how to build their networks. If you are interested in helping further Technology First’s mission to build for the future, here is how you can help in 2024.


We had an amazingly positive response to our Summer Networking Series, #UniteDaytonTech. Our first happy hour event was at Off Par Golf & Social in June and the tickets sold out. It was so much fun, we did it again. This time at Warped Wing Springboro and we packed the house. These events are free to members and are a great way to connect. Here is how you can become a member in 2024.


Workforce continues to top the list of concerns for our technology community, so we invited Partner, TEKsystems, to present on the State of talent at our Tech Forum. We have several articles regarding the workforce on our TECH NEWS page. Here is where you can read them in 2024.  


This was a busy month for the community. The Women 4 Technology Peer Resource Group held their first conference, Own IT! Over 125 women gathered to network and champion empowerment. Also in September, you raised $8000 for the Technology First Scholarship Fund at our annual Scramble for Scholarship Golf Outing. Here is how you can contribute to the Technology First Scholarship Fund in 2024.


We kicked off the regular quarterly meetings of our newest Peer Resource Group, Workforce Development. We had a very interactive panel discussion on alternative recruiting channels. Everyone is welcome to participate in this group. Here is how you can attend discussions in 2024.


The 17th Annual Taste of IT Conference sold out again this year. We met 470 of our closest friends at the intersection of tactics and trends and shared our knowledge and networks. We enjoyed a great morning keynote from Gary Sorrentino, Global CIO of Zoom, an engaging lunch panel discussion around Industrial AI, 24 breakout sessions, and solutions from 36 providers. Capping off the conference, we recognized technology talent from the Dayton region at our 10th Annual Technology First Leadership Awards. Here is information for the conference in 2024.

Thank you to our Board, Committees, Partners, Sponsors, and Members for connecting, strengthening, and championing your community this year! We are already looking forward to what 2024 will bring!

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