2018 State of the Union: Cybersecurity, Cloud & Data

Advanced Technology Training Center (map)

Please join us for an update on the most current laws, policies, trends and tips regarding cloud computing, cybersecurity and all things data. With the speed that technology is moving, everything can change in a heartbeat, including the future of your organization. Join other local executives to learn from our panel of experts about what is new and what has changed.  

Topics to include:

  •  Latest trends in cybersecurity cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • What exactly is AI and how are businesses using it today?
  • Recent breaches and what has been learned
  • Updated laws and policies around cybersecurity and data
  • Using AI to help predict behaviors around threat intelligence
  • What is GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and what does it mean in the U.S.?
  • Anticipating the future of cybersecurity, cloud, and AI

Dr. Monique Umphrey, VP Workforce Innovation & College-Wide Dean
Information Technology Center of Excellence , Cuyahoga Community College 

Keynote Address:
Justin Herdman, United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Northern District of Ohio


  • Roger Mitan, Chief Technology Officer, BlueBridge Networks
  • Cal Al-Dhubaib, Chief Data Scientist/Partner, Pandata
  • Marcus Noel, Security Engineer, First Energy
  • Michael Stovsky, Partner, Innovations, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Group

Kevin Goodman, Managing Director, Partner, BlueBridge Networks

*Optional Tour of the Tri-C Advanced Technology Training Center facilitated immediately following the Panel*

Event Details:

Date: April 16th, 2018
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am
Location: Advanced Technology Training Center  
3409 Woodland Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44115. 

Registration & Breakfast 7:30- 8:00 AM
Welcome 8-8:15 AM
Keynote Address 8:15-8:45 AM
Panel with Q&A 8:45-9:30 AM

Register here


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Tech Teacher Tag Up

Independence Branch of Cuyahoga County Library (map)

Are you a K-12 educator responsible for teaching technology, computer science, computational thinking, coding, Cisco Academies, IT career technical education pathways or all of the above?  The meeting will feature RITE’s program line-up proposed for 2018-2019 and an interactive session with educators to design a robust and streamlined clearinghouse of resources for educators like you.  All the partners will also share the resources they can avail to help you in your work with your students. 

Join us to kick off the annual Tech Week as we bring together individuals and organizations who share our vision for IT, computer science, and technology!

Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Independence Branch of Cuyahoga County Library
6361 Selig Drive | Independence, OH 44131


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In Partnership with

CS for CLE
CSU Center for Innovation in STEM Education

LaunchTown Business Idea Competition

The Well (map)

LaunchTown Business Idea Competition


LaunchTown is Northeast Ohio’s top annual event for investors to see the best technology-driven business ideas from students of all majors. The emphasis of the competition is on ideas—innovative and impactful student-driven ideas— rather than full-scale business plans. There will be $10,000 in prize money awarded to the winners courtesy of The Burton D Morgan Foundation.  Please join us for an evening of competition, networking, and refreshments (free).

Time: 5:00PM - 7:30PM

Please register to attend on our website


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IoT Collaborative: Building an IoT Hub in Northeast Ohio

Glickman-Miller Hall, CSU (map)

The IOT Collaborative (IOTC) was created by bringing together Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Cleveland State University (CSU), with the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation, in an unprecedented regional public-private academic collaboration. Please join IOTC at CSU’s Glickman-Miller Hall on April 16 from 5:00-7:00pm for a cocktail reception and discussion of Internet of Things opportunities in manufacturing, energy, health, and infrastructure/smart city sector.

Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Glickman-Miller Hall, CSU
1717 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2105


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HIlton Akron/Fairlawn (map)

Keeping Pace with Changing Technology to Remain Competitive 

This year, we’ll address these areas:

  • COMPANIES: Learn how Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we do business and recruit talent.
  • EDUCATORS AND WORKFORCE PROGRAMS: Explore how our community can build a talent supply chain in a world of rapidly changing technologies.
  • STARTUPS: Mastering connected product innovation and implementation.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS: Imagine how we can become a tech talent hub that drives innovation and growth.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jon Hallsten
Technology innovator and thought leader, Jon Hallsten has led the charge to promote technology collaboration in greater Akron. Jon worked with Turning Technologies, a Youngstown incubator-based startup, to help streamline workflow, boost sales and expand the company’s technology footprint. Jon ventured out to start his own business, Hallsten Innovations, with offices in Barberton, OH and Chicago, IL, which provides custom-designed IoT electronic products and engineering services. As Jon likes to say, basing his company in Barberton was his way of bringing a little magic back to the “Magic City.” Today, Jon continues to be featured throughout local media as a change agent for Northeast Ohio.


Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 8:30a.m. - 3:15p.m.
Location: Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
3180 West Market Street | Akron, OH 44333

Register here

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Apple at Work, including tour of MCPc’s newest facility, the SOC at Link 59

MCPc Link 59 Cyber Center (map)

Apple will present 'Apple at Work’ which provides a strategic overview of why Apple products, platforms, and partners are best for business. Through simplicity, creativity, and humanity, Apple products give employees the best tools to do their best work. This unlocks potential in every employee and drives more opportunity and value for every business.

Apple products for business are simple and intuitive, yet powerful, secure, and easy to deploy. Whether it’s Mac, iPad, or iPhone, all Apple products enable creative problem-solving and provide frictionless experiences that enhance employee productivity. And when employees have access to tools they know and love, the whole organization benefits from greater engagement, a newfound culture of ownership, and improved employee retention and loyalty.

To achieve this, companies are embracing a new model to adopt, procure, and provision technology, and managing the entire experience for employees in a modern way. In this session, Apple & MCPc will discuss how your organization can build an Apple at Work program with new resources and tools that make it easier than ever to give all your employees the choice of working with Apple products. Discover how MCPc can provide a blue print and Apple competencies to adopt best practices for supporting Apple devices in the workplace and how to take advantage of a modern model for managing.  

: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Times: 12:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Location: MCPc Link 59 Cyber Center
6001 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44103

Pre-registration required at www.mcpc.com

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Elevate Your New {Tech} Career: Panel Discussion + Networking

The Bit Factory (map)

Network with Akron Women in Tech and join female graduates from Cleveland's premier coding bootcamp, Tech Elevator, to hear what it was like to change careers and break into tech. Find out why they decided to enroll in a bootcamp and get advice on finding that first tech job. 

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Bit Factory
526 S Main St, Suite 511 | Akron, OH 44311



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2018 Linking IT Talent to Opportunity Job Fair

Independence Civic Center (map)

Linking IT is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals to meet face-to-face with leading Northeast Ohio employers to explore internship and job opportunities in the field of Information Technology. This event is part of “Tech Week 2018,” OHTec’s annual initiative to promote and support Northeast Ohio’s IT industry.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:00 to 4:30 P.M.
Independence Civic Center
6363 Selig Drive | Independence, OH 44131

Student & Job Seeker Registration: CLICK HERE
***Employer participation is FREE to members of GCP, COSE, or OHTec.
A reasonable fee will be charged to non-members. Click the link above for complete details.***

QUESTIONS? Contact Sarah Adams at 216.592.2302 or sadams@gcpartnership.com. 

Faculty & Higher Education Administrators may attend as Guests of Noche. To register, please email: bdavissmith@noche.org.

Presented by
Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), OHTec and
NEO Talent Exchange

Security Vulnerability of IoT Devices

The Bit Factory (map)

IoT devices, methodologies and opportunities are proliferating for both business and consumer uses.  At the same time, information security issues continue to be very prevalent and threats seem to be growing rapidly.  How are these two prominent market trends converging and what do businesses need to do to ensure their IT security?

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Registration: CLICK HERE

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Functional Javascript

Discovery Building - Progressive Insurance (map)

Functional Javascript by Aaron Lukacsko, Application Programmer Lead from Progressive Insurance. 

Aaron will be going over the what and why of functional programming, learning functional programming through javascript, and how you can write better, cleaner and more testable code through functional javascript.  This is for all skill levels and will include live coding examples. Attendees are encouraged to follow along on their laptops if they desire.

Date:Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Discovery Building - Progressive Insurance
6671 Beta Drive | Mayfield Village, OH

Register here

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2018 Best of Tech Awards

Tenk West Bank (map)

2018 marks the 12th anniversary of the Best of Tech awards and we’re proud to have recognized so many great companies, innovative products and inspiring leaders over the years.

We are happy to announce our Finalists for 2018 Best of Tech Awards!

Most Promising Start-Up

  • Bezlio
  • Convey Inc.
  • Data Genomix
  • Votem

Best Use of Tech for Social Good

  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • n2y LLC
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art

Best Software Device/Product

  • BrandMuscle
  • Dolbey Systems
  • e2b teknologies

Best Tech Services Company

  • Accellis Technology Group
  • Briteskies
  • Park Place Technologies
  • QualityIP

Best Support of the Tech Community

  • Expedient
  • Inforce Technologies
  • OEC
  • Tech Elevator

Tech Department of the Year

  • e2b teknologies
  • Foundation Software Inc
  • Hyland
  • n2y LLC

Tech Company of the Year (large companies)

  • MCPc
  • MRI Software
  • OverDrive
  • Park Place Technologies

Tech Company of the Year (small companies)

  • Briteskies
  • e2b teknologies
  • Futuri Media
  • Realeflow




Co-Presenting Sponsors

Silver Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors

GiveBackHack Cleveland 2018

Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution for issues in your community?

GiveBackHack is the next step. GBH starts with a weekend-long event to serve as your launchpad for social innovation. We bring together community leaders, designers, developers, businesspeople, and any concerned citizen to create solutions that will help make a lasting social impact.

Friday, passionate community members (that’s you!) pitch innovative ideas to solve the most pressing social issues in Cleveland. Saturday, participants form teams and build upon ideas for a sustainable, technology-based business. Sunday night, teams will pitch to a panel of judges for the opportunity to earn funding, mentorship and other resources to move forward with their solution.

50 Public Square #200 | Cleveland, OH 44113



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Come see how technology can unlock a whole new world for you!

Middle school students, high school students, parents and adults looking to make a career change are invited to our Tech 4 All Community Days. 

These hands-on FREE open houses are opportunities to interact with Tri-C academic faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as Indeed We Code students and parent advocates. Learn about IT degree programs, careers and connect with IT professionals.

Participate in fun and innovative activities:

  • A Gamer’s Dream – Learn the code behind your favorite games and apps
  • Technology scavenger hunt – The clues are in the code
  • Experience holograms with Microsoft’s HoloLens
  • Computer coding workshop
  • Drone demonstration
  • Robot demonstration by the Tri-C Youth Technology Academy Robotics team, 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Champions
  • Learn how and why to protect your personal information with our cybersecurity detectives

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Rd | Cleveland, OH 44128

Register Here

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