New Horizons and TechBirmingham present TechFriday at the Apple Store

November 6, 2007

TechFriday @ Apple StoreBIRMINGHAM, AL, 6 November 2007 – New Horizons Birmingham and TechBirmingham have scheduled the monthly TechFriday meeting to be held at the new Apple Store at the Summit shopping center, on Friday November 9, 7:45-9:00 AM.

On the program, will be a presentation on the new Macintosh operating system, OS X 10.5, “Leopard”. The poplular iPhone will also be demonstrated. The Apple Store will be drawing for two One on One support cards good for one year of personal training sessions each. Free breakfast is provided.

TechFriday is a TechBirmingham event that brings area IT companies together to network and share information on the burgeoning technology industry here. The breakfast meetings are normally held monthly at New Horizons Computer Learning Center on Beacon Parkway. This special meeting at the Apple Store was arranged in response to growing interest in the Macintosh OS X platform.

Technology companies and interested parties are encouraged to register to attend this limited seating event, and may do so by emailing

TechFriday gathering @ Apple Store in Birmingham

TechBirmingham Evolves into Volunteer-Led Organization

October 29, 2007

Curtis Palmer Transitions to New Role

Birmingham, Ala., 29 October 2007 – After five years of leading the charge for economic growth through technology, TechBirmingham’s President and CEO recently informed the board of directors that he will resign his position at the end of this month. “TechBirmingham has reached a stage that will allow it to be led by its volunteer board of directors,” said Curtis Palmer. He will pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in Birmingham and remain on the board of directors.

Since TechBirmingham was created to implement its Strategic Plan developed in 2001, the not-for-profit has been at the center of a growing technology economic sector in the Birmingham region. It has made a widespread positive impact on regional technology business and, as an organization, will continue to work diligently to build on everyone’s successes.

Several members of the board’s Executive Committee have accepted leadership roles under the new structure. Drew Deaton of Cardinal Health’s MedMined will lead the TechMixer efforts. David Gray of DAXKO will organize the Executive Peer Group program. And, as part of the division of labor, Palmer will be responsible for the TechBirmingham Ecycling Day efforts and continue to work with James Childs of Bradley Arant in organizing future Entrepreneur Accelerator Programs. Additional role assignments will be made at the organization’s fall board meeting.

“It is truly an honor to have been entrusted with the responsibility of bringing many of the components of the community’s strategic plan into fruition and to be allowed to make a personal impact,” said Palmer. “It is time for me to re-enter the entrepreneur marketplace in which we have all invested so much time and talent. I remain committed to the success of TechBirmingham and all that it means to the area.”

“On behalf of TechBirmingham, I thank Curtis for his many contributions to the organization and to the community. We are excited about the new structure of TechBirmingham, its volunteer leadership from the tech community, and its focus moving forward,” said David Gray, Chairman of TechBirmingham and CEO of DAXKO. “In order to discuss the leadership’s ideas and field questions, the public is encouraged to come see what all the excitement is about at the November 6th TechMixer event at Innovation Depot.” Registration details for the semi-annual event can be found at

TechMixer 4.0 date announced…

October 9, 2007
 TechMixer 4.0   unplugged
    11.6.07                               no suits
  5:30 pm                               no booths
  Innovation Depot                      no bags

Mark your calendar for TechMixer 4.0,
Tuesday, November 6th at 5:30 pm. 
This casual event will bring together
Birmingham’s tech crowd to meet fellow
professionals, network, and share ideas.

Join us at Innovation Depot, the newest
hotspot for Birmingham tech companies
and a great place to throw a party!

Enjoy live music, finger food, and a
cash bar while you meet and mingle with
other tech-minded professionals in a fun and
laid-back environment
The last TechMixer drew over 600 attendees,
so remember to forward this invitation
to your friends and colleagues.

You won’t want to miss it. 
As always, there’s no cost to attend!


A Great TechFri(edApple)day

August 10, 2007

TechFriday @ Apple StoreOur regularly scheduled TechFriday (2nd Friday of each month) was held at the Apple Store in Birmingham today. Thanks to the great event marketing by Paul @ New Horizons we had 54 participants! To the many of you who attended for the first time, welcome! Come again next month when we meet at New Horizons.

TechFriday gathering

TechFriday breakfast

TechFriday in July… TechFri(edApple)day in August

July 10, 2007

TechBirmingham ordinarily hosts our TechFriday meetings at New Horizons on the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:45am to 9:00am. But, next month (August) we’ll be doing things a bit differently. With the opening of the new Apple Store in Birmingham, we’re going to hold the August 10th event there. The good folks at the Apple Store will do an iPhone and a cross platform presentation, then offer breakouts. More details soon here on the TechBirmingham Blog.

In the meantime, please join us THIS Friday, yes the 13th <oooooh>, for our regularly scheduled TechFriday breakfast meeting. Hosted by New Horizons Birmingham, this event includes free breakfast and serves as an “open table” for discussing the technology ecosystem here in Birmingham. Arrive and mingle at 7:45am – directed discussions usually begin around 8:15am.

Please RSVP to Bill Ivey at 533.9714 or by email to See you there!

Regift Your Old Computers This Friday! (June 29th)

June 24, 2007

TechBirmingham Ecycling Day 2007

Friday, June 29nd from 11am-6pm

Have old computers, cellphones, and other electronic junk sitting around your office, home, or storage room/facility??? On Friday, June 29 from 11am – 6pm, the public is asked to drop off any (un)used computers, laptops, cell phones and a number of other accepted items to Vulcan Park to be “ecycled.” A truck will be located in the lower parking lot. Volunteers will be onsite to assist in the unloading of equipment. No need to worry about the heat of the day because donors won’t have to get out of their cars!

Organized by TechBirmingham, this “ecycling” drive will be staged on Friday to allow residents in the Birmingham region to responsibly recycle their used electronic equipment.

    Accepted items include:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Computer monitors
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Digital cameras
  • Game systems
  • Input devices
  • Printer cartridges (laser and inkjet)
  • Cell phones
  • PDAs and handheld devices

While most of the items received will be recycled and demanufactured, some will be refurbished. Many usable desktop computers will be refurbished and redistributed to select community-based computer learning centers whose programs would benefit from an additional supply of computers.

Our key operational partner for this event is Electronics Recycling Services, USA, a company who now recycles and demanufactures this type of computing equipment year-round out of Norcross, Ga. For more information about electronics recycling in Birmingham, see

Please note that no televisions, home/kitchen electronics, or hazardous materials can be accepted.

Walking distance from the Entrepreneurial District

May 18, 2007

I just moved into the Innovation Depot in the Entrepreneurial District recently.  While there’s only a few restaurants, gas stations, or convenience/grocery stores in the district there are a good number only a few blocks walk away.  I figured it’d be fun to catalog them in a Google Map using their “My Maps” functionality.  This is my first attempt at it… next step is to create some methodology for rating these businesses (food quality, hours of operation, etc.).

Click on this map to view the live GoogleMap version…
GoogleMap of Birmingham's Entrepreneurial District