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.

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.

Redwood Coast Connect Results

After months of gather and analyzing data, Redwood Coast Connect is starting to share its findings and plans. Tomorrow they will make a presentation to the Board of Supervisors. RCC has been developing information on the best ways to get broadband deployed to rural areas of the region.

If you can’t make that meeting, a similar presentation will be offered at the Redwood Technology Consortium’s open meeting this Thursday, 5:30 PM at the Humboldt Area Foundation Conference room.

Humboldt County GIS System Featured

The Redwood Technology Consortium’s monthly meeting will feature Chinmaya Lewis from the County of Humboldt. He will give a thorough introduction to the County’s new publicly available online Geographical Information System (GIS). GIS allows you to create maps with layers of selected data. This is very cool technology but the interface can be a little confusing. Mr. Lewis should make it all clear for us.

The meeting is at the Humboldt Area Foundation Conference Room off of Indianola Cutoff at 5:30 PM.

Possible Alternate Fiber Solution Presentation

The Redwood Technology Consortium has invited Rich Ryan, CEO of Hunter Communications from Southern Oregon to speak at the monthly meeting tomorrow, March 13 at 5:30 PM. Ryan has built fiber networks in Oregon and is very interested in finding solutions for the North Coast.

Topics discussed will include:

* Hunter Communications background and current composition

* Development of fiber networks and the implementation of the Rural and
Metropolitan Area Network in Southern Oregon

* Vision for the Northern California Coastal Region and what a
regional fiber network could mean for businesses, municipalities and
other groups

* Hunter’s Plan for our region and how it fits in the “big picture”

Hunter Communications’ formed a creative public-private partnership model that leveraged pre-existing, school budgeted telecommunications funds to build a network infrastructure capable of handling regional demands, and currently servicing over 90 sites. Hunter’s efforts have resulted in unprecedented new communications and connectivity resources for a number of previously disregarded rural communities.

The meeting this month is at the Humboldt Area Foundation Conference Room. 373 Indianola Rd., Bayside.