Message from the vtTA

   
We've been telling the story and most readers of this newsletter know it: Vermont is home to some outstanding tech businesses, individuals and innovative products and services. Now it's your chance to help recognize them by nominating a favorite to receive a Vermont Tech Jam Award at this year's annual Vermont Tech Jam event, Oct. 20 and 21. Help us shine a light on a tech innovator, ambassador, newcomer and startup. Find more information and a link to submit nominations for the 2017 Tech Jam Awards .
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Tech businesses start and thrive in entrepreneurial communities. What are the elements to make that happen in Vermont? The Vermont Technology Alliance is partnering with EMBOLDIA to present a discussion with someone who knows more than a little about what it takes: Dougan Sherwood, managing director of the Cambridge Innovation Center. He will discuss the growth and development of entrepreneurial communities in an event on September 28 , moderated by Adam Bluestein business and technology writer for Wired and other publications.
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The second annual InnovationWeek is set for the week of Oct. 16, set between the annual HackVT competition and culminating in the Vermont Tech Jam . The Vermont Technology Alliance is presenting a Winooski Tech Crawl , a walking tour and networking event, where participants can visit eight tech-based firms that are in and around the historic mill buildings in the greater Winooski area, followed by a networking reception. Check out the Innovation Week event listings .
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Are you a skier and a vtTA member? If so, be sure to take advantage of the discounted season passes available at Sugarbush through the vtTA corporate season pass program .
 
 
Jeff Couture
Executive Director, Vermont Technology Alliance
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Upcoming Events

Manufactured in Vermont
(September 27, 2017 - Champlain Valley Exposition)
 
Manufactured in Vermont is a B2B supply chain conference and trade show for manufacturers, OEMs and subcontractors to network, make connections and develop business opportunities.
 
Find more here .   
 
Developing Entrepreneurial Communities - a Conversation with Dougan Sherwood 
(September 28, 2017 - Study Hall, Burlington)
 
The Vermont Technology Alliance and EMBOLDIA are partnering to present a discussion with Dougan Sherwood, managing director of the Cambridge Innovation Center, on the growth and development of entrepreneurial communities, moderated by business and technology writer Adam Bluestein.
 
Find our more and register here. 
 

Sustainable and Impact Investing  
(September 28, 2017 - Generator, Burlington)
 
This session will explore the changing landscape of socially responsible investing with speakers Stephen Freedman, head of sustainable investing solutions for UBS, and Paul Hilton, partner and portfolio manager for Trillium Asset Management.  
 
RSVP by Wednesday, September 27 to Pamela Brileya, pamela.brileya@ubs.com, 802-772-3222.
 

Vermont Women's Fund Annual Benefit  
(October 4, 2017 - Davis Center, UVM)
 
The Vermont Women's Fund hosts its annual benefit celebration on Oct. 4.The event features guest speaker Komal Minhas, producer of the film Dream, Girl, and also Vermont Public Radio's Jane Lindholm and Change The Story director Tiffany Bluemle.

Find more information and buy tickets here .

Manufacturing Day
(October 6, 2017 - Multiple Locations)
 
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Many Vermont businesses will host events on this date and throughout the month of October to recognize the importance of manufacturing and increase awareness about the many good paying job and career opportunities Vermont companies provide.

Find our more on the Manufacturing Day website at
www.mfgday.com .
 

Innovation Week
(October 18-19, 2017 - Multiple Locations)
 
Innovation Week is a a week-long celebration of the entrepreneurial and technological Greater Burlington ecosystem, with an exciting roster of seminars, presentations and social gatherings.

The Vermont Technology Alliance is presenting a Winooski Tech Crawl , a walking tour and networking event, as part of the week.
 
Find more about Innovation Week here .
 
HackVT 
(October 13 & 14, 2017 - Green Mountain Power, Colchester)
 
HackVT is A 24-hour hackathon to discover and share something new about Vermont. This year's theme is Undiscovered Vermont. Participants will be asked to create tools to explore the ecosystem through geospatial data, get a new perspective, and build an app to share the story with the rest of the community.
 
Find more here .
 
 
Vermont Tech Jam  
(October 20 & 21, 2017 - Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction)
 
 
 
 
The Vermont Tech jam is a free, one-of-a-kind job fair and tech expo that draws thousands of job seekers, entrepreneurs, students and tech professionals for two days of networking, presentations and demos.      
 
Find more here .
 

Vermont Web Marketing Summit  
(November 7, 2017 - Hilton Hotel, Burlington)
 
The VT Web Marketing Summit is a leading annual conference that delivers some of the boldest, brightest and immersive digital marketing trends, strategies, challenges and success stories. The Vermont Technology Alliance is an event partner.
 
Find more here .
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Vermont Technology in the News
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City Announces Three Potential Buyers of Burlington Telecom 
(September 20, 2017 - Source: VPR)
 
The city of Burlington has released the names of the three groups making bids to buy Burlington Telecom, the city's telecommunications service. The prospective bidders include two out-of-state companies: Ting (whose parent company is Tucows) based in Toronto, and Schurz, based in Indiana. The third bidder is a local co-operative, Keep BT Local.
 
Read more about the BT Telcom bidders .
 
 
Conquering Climate Change One Business at a Time  
(September 20, 2017 - Source: Seven Days)
 
When Paul Costello and his team of organizers started putting together a conference on climate change a few months ago, they decided to celebrate entrepreneurs who are trying to combat climate change while also generating jobs. They dubbed the event Catalysts of the Climate Economy: A National Innovation Summit. Seven Days profiles three Vermont-based emerging businesses offering climate solutions - one water heater, scooter or compost heap at a time.  
 
Read more here .
 

FirstLight completes Acquisition of Finger Lakes Tech
(September 20, 2017 - Source: Vermont Business Magazine/Press Release)
 
 
FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Finger Lakes Technologies Group. This latest acquisition is one of several that FirstLight has successfully completed during the last twelve months. FirstLight acquired and combined operations with both Oxford Networks and Sovernet Communications (and also announced the acquisition of 186 Communications, which is pending regulatory approval.)   
 
Read more about FirstLight .
 

Lyndonville entrepreneur builds sports streaming empire in VT 
(September 20, 2017 - Source: Small Business Administration)
 
Tucked away on the back side of a building on Depot St. in Lyndonville, VT, the founder of a small business sits in his office trying to figure out how his company is going to cover more than 3,000 sporting events this coming school year. Northeast Sports Network bills itself as the premier sports website in New England featuring live video streaming, on-demand video, game articles, featured columns, photos, message boards, blogs, and more.  
 
Read more about Northeast Sports Network.
 
 
No reservations: How Inntopia is Taking the Resort Industry by Storm 
(September 18, 2017 - Source: AllYouCanTech)
 
Thanks to a killer product, recent acquisitions, and a new partner, Stowe-based Inntopia has become the go-to booking platform for the ski industry and beyond. Its recent selection by Vail Mountain Resorts to provide its online reservation platform was a major endorsement from a company whose business acumen is admired even by its competitors.
 
Read more here .

How to Deal with the Equifax Security Breach 
(September 18, 2017 - Source: VTDigger)
 
Duane Dunston, an assistant professor of Cybersecurity and Networking at Champlain College, discusses the recent security breach at Equifax that is estimated to affect approximately 143 million people, including 240,000 Vermonters, and some steps to take to safeguard personal information.  
 
Read his commentary here .
 
 
Vermont Ranked14th for Data Innovation  
(September 14, 2017 - Source: Vermont Business Magazine)
 
In a report released earlier this summer, Vermont did relatively well among all states in data innovation. Vermont was 14th overall, fifth in STEM degrees, 10th in Broadband (very high Internet use but relatively slow connection speeds), 46th in Electronic Health Records, and low (35th) in e-Government. The report reviews a series of indicators that rank states on the degree to which they have achieved the key enablers of success in the data economy, including the availability of high-value datasets, the creation of important technologies, and the development of human and business capital.  
 
Read more here .
 
 
Vermont-based OhMD Wants to Change Healthcare Communication
(September 11, 2017 - Source: AllYouCanTech) 
 
Ethan Bechtel, an internet entrepreneur since 2000, is the founder of a healthcare text messaging platform OhMD, based in Vermont. The OhMD app on iOS, Android, and Web is free, and enables doctors to text message with each other in a secure/encrypted way. It also allows patients to text messages with their practices with that same level of security.
 
Read the Q & A here.
   
 
A Vt. Court Ordered Google To Provide Overseas Data. Will The State Supreme Court Agree?  
(September 8, 2017 - Source: VPR)
 
This summer, the Addison unit of the Vermont Superior Court ordered Google to turn over customer data that the tech giant stored on overseas servers. The case is one of many around the country that pits tech companies against government, spurring a debate about privacy rights in the era of cloud computing. Google is now appealing the decision to the Vermont Supreme Court, citing another court's decision in a similar case involving Microsoft. In that case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Microsoft does not have to turn over user data that is stored on servers overseas.
 
Read more here .
 
 
Bridport Dairy Turns to Technology for its Future 
(September 9, 2017 - Source: Vermont Business Magazine/Press Release)
 
Technology is interwoven into our daily lives, and is becoming a key player on Vermont dairy farms. Barnes Black and White Farm in Bridport, Vermont has turned to robotic milking technology. Robotic milking systems not only take care of the milking chores nearly 24 hours a day - they also regularly screen every individual cow's health, monitor the quality of her milk, and position the dairy for the future.
Read more
here .
 
 
Logic Supply Launches Industrial PC Geared for Image Processing  
(September 7, 2017 - Source: Press Release)
Logic Supply has unveiled the MC850 , a small, GPU-capable computer ideal for high-end image processing applications like machine vision, virtual reality, industrial IoT and interactive digital signage.
Read more here .
 

Featured Member:  Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) 
 
 
 
 
 
NUARI was established as a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security. 
 
Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) is co-located with Norwich University in Northfield. NUARI was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.  
 
NUARI's programs include:
Cyber Conflict Research Institute: Conducts research on cyber threats and develops technologies and models to better understand cyber conflict.
Defense Technologies Research Institute: Promotes research and development of man-portable systems and technologies for U.S. forces.
Learning Technologies Research Institute:
LTRI is experienced in developing online, interactive instruction that is tailored to fit the customer's training goals and objectives.  
 
Find our more at nuari.net .
Vermont Technology Alliance Membership Update
 
The Vermont Technology Alliance works on behalf of its members and is able to carry out its mission through the support of its membership.
 
The vtTA welcomes new business member Small Business Administration, and individuals Eric Plasse and Patrick Dodge; and renewing business members Chroma Technology, Control Technologies, Greensea Systems, Merritt & Merritt, MyWebGrocer, Technical Connection, VEDA; and individual Jon Bondy.
 

Join the Vermont Technology Alliance

Join our tech community and support Vermont's growing tech sector. The Vermont Technology Alliance welcomes all businesses and individuals who make up Vermont's diverse, tech-based economy to join our non-profit business association. Members support and benefit from vtTA's advocacy, programs, events, communications, and services, including job postings in our Career Center, and networking and business opportunities.        

Find more information
here , or sign up today to be a new member here. 

Useful Information & Links

Nominate Tech Leaders for 2017 Vermont Tech Jam Awards
 
Who are the tech leaders building amazing companies around remarkable products and services in Vermont? Who has been a tireless promoter and connector across our growing tech ecosystem? Who is new in the state yet already doing great things? What's the most disruptive tech startup you've seen this year?
 
The Vermont Technology Alliance , and Seven Days want to hear from you: Who should be recognized this year? Help us out by nominating your admired and under-recognized tech all-stars for the 2017 Tech Jam Awards in four categories: Innovation, Ambassador, Newcomer and Startup.
 
Deadline to nominate is Sept. 29, 2017  
 
Find more information here on the Tech Jam Awards , or go directly to the nomination form .
 

 
The SBA Seeks IT Specialists for Hurricane Response

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring temporary IT specialists (and other positions) to help with disaster recovery for Harvey and IRMA hurricanes. These are paid, full-time, temporary positions  (90-180 days) in various locations outside of Vermont including Dallas, Buffalo, Sacramento, among others. All travel and per diem is paid by SBA in addition to wages. 

The IT specialists will provide desktop, laptop, and iPad support to internal customers conducting on-site damage verification assessments of personal, real, and business property in disaster areas. They will be responsible for providing active directory account support, problem resolution for remote users, and iOS deployments and account maintenance in an enterprise environment. The salary is $26.34 -$31.87 per hour depending on qualifications.

Find more information on the positions and how to apply at:


Sugarbush Season Passes for Vermont Technology Alliance Members
 
Vermont Technology Alliance members can take advantage of discounted season ski passes to Sugarbush Resort through Sugarbush's Corporate Season Pass Program.  
 
All Vermont Technology Alliance members - businesses and individual members - can take advantage of this offer, including members' spouses and dependent children ages 18 and younger. Member businesses of all sizes can offer this program to their employees.
 
The lowest rates are available through September 27.  
 
For pricing and to purchase the passes, please visit the Sugarbush Corporate Season Pass page (The 10 person minimum will be applied toward the entire vtTA organization.)
 

Small business event for Veterans Oct. 31
 
The Small Business Administration is hosting a free small business event for Veterans from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 31 at the Center for Women & Enterprise, 431 Pine St. Suite 101, in Burlington. The agenda includes discussions on entrepreneurship, business financing, government contracting and one-on-one small business counseling.  
To register click here . For more information, call 802-828-4422 Ext. 215 or email daniel.monahan@sba.gov .
 

Burlington Launches Online Business Tool for Startups
 
The City of Burlington Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) has launched a new online business portal designed to make it easier for businesses to get started in the Queen City.  Entrepreneurs can visit its Startup in a Day
website, and by answering questions based on their business type, they will receive a customized list of the permit applications needed to start their business. Entrepreneurs can also visit a "Resource Center" that includes information on state- and federal-level requirements, business planning, financing, and other resources.  
 
Find more here.
 

RFI Posted for Vermont Agency of Human Resources Project
 
The Vermont Agency of Human Resources has posted a request for information for the Integrated Eligibility Project. Proposals are sought to provide and/or implement a modularized Integrated Eligibility & Enrollment (IE&E) system for the administration of health coverage and financial benefit programs administered by the Agency of Human Services.

Find the RFI here.
 

vtTA Career Center
 
Vermont Technology Alliance member companies are hiring, and when you visit the Career Center on the Vermont Technology Alliance website you can browse and search for these job openings . The Career Center features about 200 tech and non-tech jobs with Vermont Technology Alliance member businesses. Jobs are listed in the Career Center at no charge as a vtTA business member benefit.
 
For more, click here .
    


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