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Tech Council Meets, Explores K-12 Talent Innovation

Tech Council Meets, Explores K-12 Talent Innovation

Tech PhotoMembers of the Gainesville Tech Council met July 28 to discuss recent developments as well as areas of focus for the remainder of 2015. Among items of discussion were the declaration of “Josh Greenberg Day” in April 2016 in honor of the late tech leader and innovator, and ideas for paying tribute to his legacy via a tree planting ceremony during that month. Council members also received an update on the Gainesville Dev Academy from Duncan Kabinu, who co-founded the Academy with Greenberg. Kabinu is working with local partners to continue to advance the Academy toward its goal of both helping bridge the gap between a developer’s technical training and practical workplace knowledge, and ensuring our region can demonstrate on a global scale that it has a pipeline of talent equipped with technical web and mobile development knowledge.

Chamber Interim President/CEO Susan Davenport updated Tech Council members on multiple fronts, including plans to realign Innovation Gainesville under the Chamber’s Economic Development division and reengage the original group of IG Advocates.

Attendees also heard from Jessica Feldman Mead, who is managing Alachua County Public Schools’ robotics education programs. Mead briefed Tech Council members on Alachua County students’ recent robotics successes as well as the district’s plans to fully integrate robotics education courses across the school district by 2020. ACPS is the first school district in Florida to execute a plan to incorporate robotics education exposure for all students during the course of the school day.

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