Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema sat down with founders of six Tucson startups to learn more about their businesses and the innovation ecosystem in Southern Arizona. This roundtable was part of a national celebration of Congressional Startup Day, an annual event that provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with lawmakers and communicate policy related issues facing the startup community.
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Presented by PetSmart, this year’s Unity Agent honor is awarded to Sheila Kloefkorn, President and CEO of KEO Marketing, a full-service, business-to-business marketing agency in Phoenix. Sheila has dedicated her life’s work to building a more equitable world that provides opportunity for all.
The University of Arizona is rolling out a new cybersecurity degree program, the Biodesign Institute receives $1.5 million to develop early-warning system for flu outbreaks, a new Maricopa IT Institute to open at Phoenix College, Tucson-based QuakeWrap earns EPA research funding, Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation wins $5M in government contracts, and more.
While artificial intelligence, the next wave in cellular network technology, and the Internet of Things are just becoming established now, they really will become as common as the word “internet” in our vernacular. Add to the list smart cities and urban air mobility, which refers to on-demand and automated passenger or cargo-carrying air transportation services.
Arizona CEOs, presidents and business owners recently escaped the heat and headed north for the Arizona Technology Council’s annual CEO Leadership Retreat. This two-day event at the historic Hassayampa Inn in Prescott provided innovative speakers, interactive workshops, keynotes, golf, behind-the-scene tours and networking.
If “sandbox” and “blockchain” are new terms for you, they won’t be after reading this issue of TechConnect. As you’ll learn inside, public policy efforts are very much part of helping bring about the success that FinTech is experiencing in Arizona. Of course, there are other examples of FinTech progress that we’ll explore in these pages.
In recent years, you may have heard some refer to Arizona as the Silicon Desert. But don’t let that nickname conjure up false images of a Silicon Valley copycat. With its unique approach to tech, defense and business, Arizona is forging a path all its own. Leadership at Acronis SCS, as well as the more than thirty people the company hired in less than nine months across a range of disciplines – from security engineering and application hardening to communications and sales – are proud to call it home.
The Arizona Technology Council today announced David Tuhy, general manager, NSG Software Division, Intel, and Eric Miller, co-founder and principal, PADT, were promoted unanimously by the Council’s board of directors to serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively, for terms ending October 31, 2019. Tuhy is in his third term on the board and Miller is in his first term.
James Bates has been inventing and managing the development of revolutionary technology for more than 20 years, which has provided him with the unique perspective on how artificial intelligence will transform healthcare. As the founder, president and CEO of AdviNOW Medical, he adeptly utilizes artificial intelligence and augmented reality to completely automate the medical patient encounter outside the actual patient-provider consult.
Steve Zylstra’s travels take him throughout the state, to the nation’s capital and at times outside the United States. He obviously can’t provide a debrief of everything that he does, but he can share the highlights as he takes you behind the scenes and at times behind the headlines.