TechTalk enews provides a monthly round-up of member updates, technological advancements, energy news, milestones and awards, industry news and featured content on the Council’s annual sponsors. Check out what’s happening in the Council’s January 2021 issue of TechTalk!
Moderated by Sheila Kloefkorn, president & CEO of award-winning B2B marketing agency KEO Marketing, attendees gained valuable insight from featured guest speaker, David Ross, CEO and privacy officer of 1bigthink, to learn what the most impactful privacy laws in the world mean for your business this year, what marketers should expect, and what you can do to prepare for the future of marketing in a data privacy-vigilant world.
The Arizona Technology Council announced it has appointed Mike Stewart, vice president of Advanced Technology Engineering, Honeywell Aerospace, and Amit Bhandari, vice president of Strategic Relationships, Solugenix, to its board of directors. Stewart and Bhandari were elected unanimously to serve three-year terms at the Council’s quarterly board meeting held on January 28, 2021.
Intel to acquire SigOpt to scale AI productivity and performance, Avnet names new CEO, the City of Tempe and Arizona State University to collaborate on climate action with new graduate course, CellTrust leader recognized as a Top 25 FinTech CEO, WebPT wins 2020 Arizona Corporate Excellence Community Impact Award, Perimeter83 expands offerings for University of Advancing Technology alum, Botco.ai named Most Outstanding Startup by ACA Venture Ready Accelerator, M3 Commercial Moving & Logistics launches junk removal division, AdviNow Medical recognized as one of the most innovative healthcare solution providers, and more.
Customers of Arizona Public Service Company (APS) will soon power their homes and businesses with more clean energy. Earlier this year, APS announced a bold commitment to deliver 100% clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. By the end of 2021, APS will harness the power of Leeward Renewable Energy’s (Leeward) advanced GE wind turbine technology to help meet Arizona’s growing energy demands.
Tech-giant Intel announced it will acquire SigOpt, a San Francisco-based provider of a leading platform for the optimization of artificial intelligence (AI) software models at scale. SigOpt’s AI software technologies deliver productivity and performance gains across hardware and software parameters, use cases and workloads in deep learning, machine learning and data analytics. Intel plans to use SigOpt’s software technologies across Intel’s AI hardware products to help accelerate, amplify and scale Intel’s AI software solution offerings to developers.
It’s easy to ignore the levels of stress we experience on a day-to-day basis and write them off as normal. In these challenging times, professionals in all career paths and industry sectors are feeling overwhelmed to increasingly do more and more. In a recent virtual event hosted by KEO Marketing CEO Sheila Kloefkorn, attendees heard firsthand from AQai CEO Ross Thornley as he shared his insight and research on adaptability, leveraging the power of unlearning and letting go, as well as strategies to drive performance while reducing stress.
The Arizona Technology Council is proud to announce Rajesh Bhatia, chief technology officer, Keap, and Sanjay Srinivasan, vice president and chief technology architect, Business Engineering, Vonage, have been added its board of directors. Bhatia and Srinivasan were elected unanimously to serve three-year terms at the Council’s quarterly board meeting held on October 29, 2020.
Chris Ronzio is the founder and CEO of Trainual, a tool for growing businesses to document processes and to simplify onboarding and training. Prior to launching Trainual, Chris ran an operations consulting firm that helped businesses systematize and scale. Chris joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that ranged from Arizona’s big skies and amazing weather, to the shared mission of tech entrepreneurs in the state, to hiring and retaining talent.
Wes Hummel is vice president of Site Reliability Engineering at PayPal and a recent addition to the AZ Tech Council board. A longtime Arizonan, he has also held positions at Clarity Communication Systems and Motorola. Wes joined Molly Castelazo, storyteller-in-chief at Castelazo Content, in a lively conversation that ranged from how software was eating the world well before Marc Andreessen said it, to why everyone should work in the service industry at some point, to what it takes to support 25X growth.