Middle Bit: TAI announces speakers for Iowa High School Tech Summit

The Technology Association of Iowa has announced three keynote speakers for the organization’s first Iowa High School Tech Summit, set to take place the day before the annual Iowa Technology Summit.

Keynote speakers for the summit are:

  • Eddie Etsey, Director of Sports and Information Technology at University of Iowa Athletics
  • Ben Milne, Founder and CEO of Dwolla
  • Antoinette Stevens, Senior Detection and Response Engineer at Cisco Meraki

The Iowa High School Tech Summit will take place Sept. 30 at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. The event is free for all high school students.

Gov. Reynolds announces new work-based learning opportunities for students and employers

Gov. Kim Reynolds, this week, announced new opportunities available through the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning, a virtual space that connects students and employers through shared projects that enable students to learn through real-world professional experiences.

“By exploring potential interests early on, students are better positioned to make informed decisions about their career path,” said Gov. Reynolds, in an announcement. “Today, we have jobs looking for people and high-quality work-based learning can connect students to exciting careers while helping employers hire the talent they need to continue growing our economy and their business.” 

The clearinghouse is part of the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which is about growing a skilled workforce statewide by connecting Iowans to the education and training needed for rewarding careers.

Gov. Reynolds established the clearinghouse through an executive order last year. It is funded through a $300,000 state appropriation and is run by the Iowa Department of Education in partnership with Iowa’s area education agencies, Iowa Workforce Development, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.  

The clearinghouse builds on other successful work-based learning options in Iowa. These efforts include the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) program, a statewide intermediary network for work-based learning run by Iowa community colleges, and high school registered apprenticeship programs.

LightEdge networking event will discuss the state of the cloud

This year, LightEdge has started hosting a quarterly Tech Networking event at its Altoona data center campus called Tech Tuesday. The topic for this Q3 event, set for Sept. 10, is The State of the Cloud.

The event will discuss how cloud is a major adoption trend right now and will dive into the pros and cons associated with different clouds and hear from local business leaders working to strike that perfect balance.

Registration for the event is free.