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Girls in Tech Weekend: Columbia, Take 2

Posted By Kris Shock, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, Yesterday

October 10th and 11th was another great weekend for inspiring Girls in Tech!

Quick note here to THANK the many folks responsible for another great event aimed at GROWING MORE GIRL GEEKS!

First of all the PARTICIPANTS (and the parents/guardians who got them there!)

We were thrilled to welcome more than 40 "Cupcakes and Computers" girls ranging from age 5 - 13 years old to Host Sponsor /training/etc for a great night of girl bonding and tech presentations. They made their own name badges and bonded over pizza and snacks. Then the Hammond High School Robotics Team wowed them with a ball throwing robot! After a quick warmup exercise they split into three age groups for tech presentations. Thank you presenters: Michelle Ballard & Carolyn Gableman from ClearEdge IT Solutions (5-7 year old) , Misty and Malia Melton (8-10 year old) and Katie Spiegel (11-15 year old).

In addition to our "Cupcakes" a dozen high school girls singed up to load software onto their laptops in preparation for a Rails Girls workshop on Saturday, teaching girls how to code using the Ruby programming language. The girls were matched with Coaches on Friday and Saturday to share a bit about their tech careers and coach them through the Ruby workshop. We broke for lunch and a few tech presentations broke up the day. By three o'clock the girls left with a passion for code and a few new friends: Mission Accomplished!

In addition to the folks noted above, huge thanks to Angie Lienert and IntelliGenesis for continued sponsorship support. Thanks to our newest sponsor, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. Thanks to volunteer wrangler Jen Tress (also ClearEdge IT) and head coach Alana Frome. We truly couldn't off the program without a network of Ruby enthusiasts to come through as coaches; thank you John Mikucki, Adam Schwartz,Brian Sierakowski. Thank you all over volunteers Meghan Shepherd (again ClearEdge! They were all over it! Thank you ClearEdge!) and Eric Spiegel!

Finally enough cannot be said to thank Susan Schneider, our gracious host at her wonderful facility /training/etc. Susan not only donated her facility (along with sodas, and all!), contributed her full spirit (and drafted her husband Bill too! Thanks Bill!) to assist with supporting the event all weekend. Her passion for girls in tech is contagious and from pulling in the robotics to the computer volunteerism program she showcased to the Rails Girls, we remain so grateful for her support and her marvelous example of a highly successful Woman in Tech!


Thank you one and all!

So the most frequently asked question of the Girls in Tech Weekend was "When will there be MORE?" (What's next? When will you do this again...?) The CRTC Women in Tech Forum Group is very proud to offer these programs as Volunteerism/Education initiatives and our goal is to offer TWO Girls in Tech Weekends each year - one in the spring and one in the fall. If you would like to stay in the loop on the next program, please email us with subject line "Girls in Tech" and we'll be sure to reach out when we begin planning the next program! Please be sure to let us know if you are reaching out as a participant or a volunteer (coach, presenter, general volunteer).


Looking forward,


Kris Shock, Executive Director

Tags:  Computers  Rails  Ruby  STEM  WIT 

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Posted By Carrie Geyer, Tower Federal Credit Union, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Most of us were able to take a day off this past Monday to honor the discovery of America.  If you were lucky enough to enjoy a day off, you probably slept in, ran errands, and maybe even got to something off the "To-Do List" that seems to only get longer and longer.  Others of us were planning your next opportunity for Discovery!

One of the steps in the sales process is Discovery.  It's the eye-opening moment of growing your business.  On Oct 22, (NEXT WEEK!) you will have the chance to discover many things with the CRTC TechTasting!  Last year, so many of us discovered new partnerships and new prospects, that we couldn't take a moment to stop networking!  On top of that, we discovered new wines, brews and food to enjoy!  That's truly a win-win-win!

I cannot wait to discover what this year has in store!  The CRTC TechTasting is going to be another great CRTC event!  One where YOU will discover new business opportunities, new friends, and great food & wine!

Get your tickets now so we don't sell out without you.  You wouldn't want to remain Un-Discovered would you? 

See you next week!


Tags:  crtc  technology  TechTasting  value 

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Up Next!

Posted By Carrie Geyer, Tower Federal Credit Union, Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Updated: Monday, September 22, 2014

Hi Fellow Lovers of all things Tech!

Do you ever find yourself on the CRTC homepage wondering where to click first?  We can quickly look to the right to see what's Up Next and find SO MANY options!  We can go to any forum we want, find other tech events in the region, or just simply scroll right to the next amazing networking opportunity, the 3rd Annual TechTasting!!

Were you there last year?  What an amazing time we all had!  The food was delicious, the wine pairings were fabulous, and the amount of business that was conducted surpassed everyone's expectations. THIS is what a terrific networking environment looks like!

Last year we had over 100 people at this event!  We still have great sponsorships available.  Label sponsors get everyone in their room.  I mean EVERY ONE!  As we taste each wine in each room, stop to eat along the way, grab our business prospects to chat while we walk to the next pouring room and visit the next sponsor, you will get access to every guest in attendance.  It's such a value!

And new this year is a terrific opportunity for you to introduce your new and exciting tech product.  In expo style, tech companies are able to share their wares with everyone at the event. 

All of this with amazing views of the Inner Harbor with our fellow Tech friends!  Check out the event page here.

Check it all out, and let's continue the awesome networking CRTC offers!

See you all soon!


Carrie Geyer
Manager of Business Development
Tower Federal Credit Union


Tags:  networking  sponsors  technology  TechTasting  value 

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2014 President's Reception: Networking & Cruising

Posted By Rachael Osberger, Human Resources inc., Monday, September 22, 2014

To use CRTC Executive Director Kris Shock’s words from last year: “Wow. Just Wow.” Mother Nature pulled it off again and gave us the perfect September weather to network and enjoy the view aboard the Catherine Marie.

If you didn’t make it to the President’s Reception this year, check out the Facebook photo album – thank you to Wendy Hickok for capturing the magic of the night.

Thank you again to our sponsors for this incredible evening!!

Now that we all know how enchanting this event is, I want to focus on the message Jason Silva delivered in his inaugural speech as CRTC Board President. He had recently returned from a marketing conference where he realized that the majority of attendees were there for the same purpose – to move their companies forward.

And that is what the CRTC is all about – how the organization can help you make new and relevant connections and how you can leverage the value of your membership to grow your business. As a resource for visibility, connections, knowledge, and education for tech companies in and around the Annapolis-DC-Baltimore area, the CRTC offers the ability to raise brand awareness and create influential and meaningful relationships in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. And sometimes those new friends made over a mini-quiche and a glass of wine can end up being the most beneficial and long-lasting.

Through nearly 100 member-driven events, programs, and meetings designed to keep you informed of cutting edge technology trends, you have the chance to be exposed to emerging business opportunities and meet key individuals in the commercial and government arena that you may not otherwise have had. In other words – six degrees of separation become zero!

Tags:  crtc  membership  networking  President's Reception  technology  value 

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Take a Cruise with the President...

Posted By Rachael Osberger, Human Resources inc., Thursday, September 11, 2014

…of the CRTC that is! Please join 200 members of the CRTC as we celebrate the organization’s brilliant leadership and “welcome aboard” our new Board President, Jason Silva, CEO of Sidus Data.

The President’s Reception is an event that never disappoints and if you haven’t attended before, I strongly suggest you do! There are only a few spots left, so please register right away!!

This is a magical evening and a perfect way to close the summer season with a cruise on Watermark’s beautiful luxury yacht, the Catherine Marie. Take in the striking views of downtown Annapolis and the Severn River while participating in some of the best networking around in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!

The President’s Reception also reinforces the mission of the CRTC and emphasizes why the organization continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The camaraderie of the members combined with their willingness to share ideas and expertise is more than evident as soon as you step foot on City Dock – members are already greeting each other like old friends and business and partnership opportunities have started flowing.

And if you haven’t already, this is a perfect opportunity to meet CRTC’s new Director of Membership & Operations, Traci Denhardt!

Thank you in advance to our Host Sponsor, Yacht Charters on the Bay by Watermark and our Event Sponsors, Tower Federal Credit Union and Comcast Business Class.

Before next Wednesday, check out the 2013 President’s Reception Facebook album compliments of Wendy Hickok Photography.

Hope to see you all there!

Tags:  crtc  membership  networking  President's Reception  technology  value 

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