The third Thursday in May will mark the first of what is hoped to be three TechMixer's each year. Too many technology professionals work at their computers every day and miss the opportunity to interact with others outside of their companies and customers. The TechMixer event, presented this May 18th by Check Point, will give a large number of techies the chance to interact with others in their industry.
According to Harvard Medical School, what today's workers need are more "human moments." The human moment is "an authentic psychological encounter that can happen only when two people share the same physical space. It has two prerequisites: people's physical presence and their emotional and intellectual attention." as recently reported in Open Skies magazine. The TechMixer is the tech community's opportunity to interact in a human moment… well, at least as many as can be fit into 2 hours.
Leadership from over 30 local technology user groups and associations were invited to join the "Birmingham TechCouncil," hosted by TechBirmingham, this past March. The group has met twice already and pledged its support to the TechMixer event. In addition to encouraging their own membership to attend, many groups will exhibit information about their efforts at a table and during a "User Group Theater." Each participating group will be allotted 10 minutes during the night on a rotating basis to share information about their activities and how attendees may join their monthly activities. Organizations expected to participate so far include:
- Alabama DB2 User's Group
- Alabama Information Technology Association – AITA
- Alabama SMB User Group (ASMBUG)
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
- Birmingham .Net Users Group
- Birmingham Area Linux Users Group
- Birmingham InfraGard
- Birmingham Microsoft Management Users Group
- Birmingham Software Developers Association
- Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), Greater Birmingham Chapter
- Central Alabama Oracle Users Group (CAOUG)
- International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP), Deep South Chapter
- Internet Professionals Society of Alabama
- Magic City Technology Council
- Steel City SQL
- UAB Game Developers Club (GameDev)
- VMware Users Group
This event is free to technology professionals, courtesy of many notable sponsors. Check Point Software Technologies has taken the lead as Presenting Sponsor. As of press time, Gold Sponsors included VMware and ITAC Solutions. The Silver Sponsor category is made up of Southern Network Services, Microsoft, Savela Solutions, Oracle, Athena, and CTS. A volunteer planning committee has been meeting for several months to make this an exciting event for those who have a user group affiliation and those who are seeking to become more engaged with others in our growing and vibrant technology ecosystem.
This event is modeled after a civic roundtable concept proposed for Birmingham-focused civic groups by Andre Natta of the Birmingham Jaycees, Catalyst, and Friends of Ruffner Mountain. His concept of first bringing the leadership of similar organizations together and leveraging their membership in a "birds of a feather" event inspired the TechMixer organizers to apply the same concept to the technology industry in Birmingham. Further research indicated that this concept has been received well in other tech-forward communities across the country.
We expect a large crowd at The Wynfrey Hotel. Register as soon as possible. If you are not pre-registered, there is a chance you could be turned away at the door. Be sure to thank the event's sponsors for making it possible to attend at no charge. Also, early registrations have indicated interest from tech professionals outside of Birmingham… so you may find attendees from Montgomery and Huntsville in addition to those from the Birmingham metro region. To register for this free event, please visit www.TechMixer.ORG as soon as possible and fill out the online registration page.