Message from the vtTA

It's coming up. If you haven't registered, please do so now for our annual signature Sunset Dinner Cruise event on August 23. Join us at this fun gathering to network, celebrate summer, and connect with members and friends of the tech community. The cruise is made possible by presenting sponsor FirstLight Fiber , a provider of fiber-optic communications in Vermont and throughout the Northeast, and the support of these other vtTA sponsors: Brandthropology , Circle Technology Collective , Data Innovations , , Institute for American Apprenticeships at Vermont HITEC , Instrumart , Oracle , PCC , SymQuest , and UVM .
Find more information and get your tickets here.
If you're a vtTA business member, also be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Gallagher Flynn Salary Survey for 2018-2019. The survey offers insight into the salary ranges of more than 150 positions, including 20 tech-specific positions and many other jobs found in technology-driven businesses. All vtTA members receive 50% off of the survey price during the promotional enrollment period through August. After September 15, the cost for the survey will increase, but vtTA members will continue to receive a 50% discount.
Read more here .
Vermont Technology Alliance members also can take advantage of discounted season ski passes to Sugarbush Resort for 2018/2019. The program is open to employees of businesses and individual members, including family members. The special rates are available through Sept. 19. Find more here .
There are a number of tech events coming up in the fall. Among them is the annual Tech Jam event on Oct. 19, which will include our presentation of the annual Tech Jam awards. Award details to come, but start thinking of your nominees for Tech Innovation, Ambassador, and Startup awards.
As always, we appreciate the support of our members and sponsors. If not a member, please plan on joining the Vermont Technology Alliance.
Jeff Couture
Executive Director, Vermont Technology Alliance
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Upcoming Events

Vermont Technology Alliance's Annual Sunset Dinner Cruise
(August 23, 2018 - Spirit of Ethan Allen, Burlington)
Set sail with the Vermont Technology Alliance and friends aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen for our annual sunset dinner and cruise. Enjoy spirits and a buffet dinner amid the spectacular setting of Lake Champlain.
Find more and get your tickets here .

Enterprise Blockchain for the Real World  
(September 6, 2018 - Aerie Consulting, Burlington)
Aerie Consulting and the Northern Vermont SharePoint Users Group present Paul Swider, renowned blockchain expert and Aerie Consulting employee, who will discuss trends in the implementation and adoption of blockchain technology.
Find more here .

PMI Champlain Valley Chapter Dinner Event with Michael Nir (September 11, 2018 - Trader Duke's Hotel, South Burlington)
The Champlain Valley Chapter of the Project Management Institute hosts a dinner meeting event, with guest speaker Michael Nir discussing "Persuading the Bear: How to Influence Without Authority."
Find more here .

Vermont Code Camp  
(September 15, 2018 - Champlain College, Burlington)
The 10th Annual Vermont Code Camp is a full-day event that brings together technology community members, students and professionals from around Vermont and beyond to discuss a variety of software technologies.
Find more here .

Champlain Mini Maker Faire 
(September 22, 2018 - Shelburne Farms, Shelburne)
Vermont's Flagship Maker Faire returns for its 7th year, featuring a range of displays, activities, competitions, demonstrations and performances showcasing the creative work of Vermont's maker community.
Find more here .

Manufacturing Day 
(October 6, 2018 - Various Locations)
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October, and in Vermont the entire month of October has become part of the initiative.
Find more here.

Vermont Tech Jam  
(October 19, 2018 - 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, and tech professionals. Meet representatives from some of Vermont's fastest-growing companies at this annual career and tech expo.
Find more here .

Vermont Technology in the News
How Burlington's Innovation Hub Is Swinging Into High Gear 
(August 12, 2018 - Bostinno)
This is the first article from this website focused on Boston's innovation economy on Burlington (and Vermont) startups the week of August 13.. The writer notes the local tech startup ecosystem is growing independently (but is intentionally connected) with Boston's.
Read more here. 

Out to Launch: Greensea Systems  
(August, 2018 - Business People Vermont)
Ben and Joanna Kinnaman moved to Vermont in 2006 to pursue a dream of developing software for control and navigation of marine robots.  Their Richmond company, Greensea Systems, (a vtTA member) was the result. Business People Vermont profiles the Kinnamans and the story of the company in its August issue.
Read the article here .
The Quantification of Happiness
  (August, 2018 - Vermont Quarterly)
Mathematicians in UVM's Computational Story Lab are analyzing tweets to discern the stories we're telling ourselves, from how and what we eat to how we feel, and learning a lot about the state of the country and our collective well-being in the process.
Read more here .

Forty Entrepreneurs Present at the 2018 Road Pitch  
(August 3, 2018 - Vermont Business Magazine)
Road Pitch visited eight communities in Vermont between July 30 and August 2 to hear from 40 entrepreneurs. The event featured 56 "business bikers" with investing, entrepreneurial/business and business advisory experience, who stopped in eight Vermont communities to hear entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to the group. The winners in each town will face-off in a pitch competition in October.
See the entrepreneurs and winners here.

VEDA Announces Loans Totaling $7.1 million 
(August 6, 2018 - Press Release)
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $7.1 million in loans to help Vermont manufacturing, agricultural, small business and energy development projects move forward. The loans included $250,000 to support the manufacturing expansion plans of Hillside Precision in Bristol, and $129,000 to help RTAT Precision Machining of Georgia nearly double its manufacturing space.
Read more here . 
Another Vermont Pol Promises Broadband. Could It Work This Time? 
(July 31, 2018 - Seven Days)
Gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist has a bold promise that sets her apart from her Democratic rivals: to deliver fiber-optic internet connections to every home and business in Vermont. If elected, she said, workers in bucket trucks would take to the roads to hang cable by the end of her first term. Promises of universal high-speed internet are nothing new in Vermont politics, but every attempt to deliver it has fallen short.
Read more here

Antin Completes Acquisition of FirstLight
(July 31, 2018 - Press Release)
Albany, NY-based FirstLight, a provider of fiber-optic communications in Vermont and throughout the Northeast, has announced that Antin Infrastructure Partners has completed the acquisition of FirstLight. Antin acquired the company from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners, Novacap and Riverside Partners. Kevin Genieser, senior partner at Antin leading this transaction said, "We are delighted to be backing FirstLight in the next chapter of the company's history as it continues to expand its footprint in the Northeast."
Read more here. 

Comcast Completes Roll Out of Gig Internet in Vermont  
(July 30, 2018 - Press Release) 
Comcast announced it has completed its deployment of a new Internet service that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to residential and business customers in the 156 communities the company serves in Vermont. Comcast's new 1 Gigabit Internet service uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology that makes it possible to deliver ultra-fast speeds over the existing communications lines that are already in most homes and neighborhoods.  
Read more here .

Dynapower Gets Innovation Award for Solar Storage Converter 
(July 26, 2018 - Vermont Business Magazine)
Dynapower, the South Burlington-based manufacturer of power electronics for energy storage, has received the prestigious 2018 Electrical Energy Storage (ees) Innovation Award for its DPS-375 DC-DC converter. The innovative DPS line of DC-DC converters significantly reduces the cost to couple battery energy storage with utility-scale solar plants.

Read more here .
Bottom of Form Co-Founder Launches Ad Tech Business  
(July 23, 2018 - Vermont Business Magazine)
Digital advertising agencies now have access to a scalable, AI-driven ad platform with Fluency. Founded by experts in the fields of ad tech, mar tech, engineering and client relations, Fluency is a Burlington-based business-to-business (B2B) ad platform provider that brings automation and efficiency in advertising to new levels. The firm launched in July 2018.
Read more here .

Featured Member - SymQuest  
SymQuest is the ultimate resource for all IT and Document Management needs. They acknowledge that managing IT for a business is about maintaining business continuity, and staying current with today's technology. They take pride in creating thorough plans for protecting the exchange of data, documents and processes throughout an organization.   
Founded in 1996, SymQuest designs, installs, and supports business technologies that handle the information flow of electronic and physical communications. Its 185 technology professionals are committed to delivering legendary computer network and document management service. SymQuest's expertise lies in the realm of computers and software applications that help its clients gain phenomenal increases in productivity. They take great pride being responsible for their clients so those clients can focus on what they do best.
SymQuest's team of engineers will help you build and manage your network, so you can get back to building your business.
To learn more, visit their website at , or contact them at (800) 374-9900.
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.
We're pleased to welcome new individual members Tim Bourgeois, Serge Frezier, and Jared Werba.
Renewing business members include Brandthropology, Caldwell Banker-Hickok & Boardman Realty, CSL Software, Hardwick Software, Merritt & Merritt, Tech Vault, and VEDA. Renewing individual members include Jon Bondy Dave Gerns Robert Sparadeo.

Join the Vermont Technology Alliance
The Vermont Technology Alliance welcomes all businesses, organizations and individuals who make up and support Vermont's diverse, tech-based economy to join our non-profit business association. Members 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 , and sign up today to be a new member here .

Useful Information & Links

Gallagher Flynn Salary Survey Offer for Vermont Technology Alliance Members
The Vermont Technology Alliance is partnering with vtTA member Gallagher, Flynn & Company to support participation by vtTA members in the Gallagher Flynn Salary Survey for 2018-2019.   
The Gallagher Flynn Salary Survey is a unique, on-line survey providing information for participating Vermont and New Hampshire businesses and non-profit organizations on the competitive salary ranges of more than 150 positions, including 20 tech-specific positions and many other jobs found in technology-driven businesses.  
All vtTA members who join the survey during the promotional enrollment period through August will receive a 50% discount off of the current standard prices.
After September 15, the cost for the survey will increase, but it will still be available at a 50% discount for vtTA members.
Find more information here.

Discounted Sugarbush Season Passes  
Vermont Technology Alliance members can take advantage of discounted season ski passes to Sugarbush Resort through Sugarbush's Corporate Season Pass Program for 2018/2019.
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.
Read more here .

HackVT Assessing Future - Welcomes Input
For the past seven years HackVT has provided an opportunity for software engineers to come together in the same space to work collectively - and semi competitively - on solving a problem.  In order to fully explore what role HackVT should play in the innovation ecosystem, and build the capacity to reinvent the organization, the organizers have decided not to host the hackathon in 2018 and to assess the future of HackVT.  
Anyone interested in providing input or participating in this process is encouraged to reach out through the contact form on the HackVT website.

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 up to 150+ tech and non-tech jobs. Jobs available from vtTA members are listed at no charge in the Career Center as a member benefit.
For more, click see the vtTA Career Center . 
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