First Annual Tech Conference in Eureka

The Redwood Technology Conference will hold its first annual North Coast Technology Conference on March 14 at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center in Eureka. RTC board member Daria Topousis has a Tech Beat article in the Times-Standard today that covers the Conference pretty well.

I’m doing a presentation on open source content management systems and tools like Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. I will focus mostly on Drupal as I will have just returned for Drupalcon in Washingtion, D.C. and my head will be filled with all the possibilities this system holds.

The RTC web site has more information and registration for the Tech Conference.

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EAST at RTC

Mark your calendars and plan to attend this month’s RTC meeting Thursday, October 9th, at 5:30 pm at the Humboldt Area Foundation’s Conference Room, 373 Indianola Rd.

The featured presentation will be students from Eureka High School’s EAST Lab. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn why the EHS EAST Lab has earned recognition as one of the top service learning programs in the United States. In this elective program students are challenged to identify areas of need in the community and seek out a solution using cutting edge technology. The list of accomplishments by EAST Lab students is impressive, including: Youth Relay for Life, the EHS Blood Drive, Hero – a relay on horseback which has raised over $57,000 for the American Cancer Society, Academic Fair and “Drive 2 Stay Alive”, to name just a few.

The Redwood Technology Consortium (RTC) is a non-profit, public benefit corporation organized to serve as the primary information and educational resource on issues related to the technology industry on California’s North Coast.  RTC meetings are free and open to the public.

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RTC Looking for Tech Award Nominees

The Redwood Technology Consortium is looking nominees for a new program called the Technology Leadership Award. The Award is designed to recognize an outstanding technology leader (or leaders), who are current RTC members. This new, yearly award program will grant a $1000 cash prize to a person or group who demonstrates leadership qualities in the technology field. Nominations can be submitted online until September 30th. Award winner(s) will be announced at RTC’s annual holiday party December 3.

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RTC Skills Search

As noted here before, we upgraded the RTC web site a while back. In the process we installed a suite of modules called CiviCRM. They allow us to do a number of things for membership management. One of those we are starting to implement now: We will be building a list of tags (or keywords) of skills and associating those with RTC members. Then we’ll be able to allow users to search the member roster for people or companies that have specific tech skills.  This could be a big benefit for tech businesses and people looking for assistance. I don’t know of any other place in our region where such information can be found easily. The range of skills and services could be quite great. After announcing the service today we have received an impressive list ranging from graphic design to C++ programming to network management support.

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