Download the “The Pillars of Technology” and learn about our first tech meetup!
A record crowd attended Decision Makers II, KEDA’s annual fall event, which took place on Thursday, October 26th at Kiana Lodge. The program “Kitsap-the next tech HOTSPOT?” featured two engaging and lively panel discussions, a rousing address from Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, and insights on the state’s role in tech from special guest, Dr. Joseph Williams, Washington State Director of Economic Development for the ICT Sector. The evening was capped off with the presentation of the inaugural Olympic College Distinguished Alum Award which recognized Nathan Evans, Principal Software Architect at Microsoft, for his Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Local Economic and Community Development Work. (Click here to read news release.)
Tech Committee focus on pillars of a tech economy
This year’s event was planned and executed by KEDA’s Tech Committee, which was formed two years ago, and focused on issues and progress surrounding workforce and talent development, regional connectivity and infrastructure, entrepreneurship. Ed Hallda, VP of Strategic Development for Paladin Data Systems began the program with a presentation “Pillars of Technology” which provided an overview of the committee’s goals and initiatives, (click here to see his presentation) and led a roundtable discussion that elaborated on each of the five pillars. Panel participants (Nathan Evans, Principal Software Architect, Microsoft Research; Dr. Erik Fretheim, Dir Computer/Info Systems Security Pgm WWU; Bud Harris, Director of Information Services, Kitsap County; John Powers, Executive Director, KEDA and Mike Simon, Chief Technology Officer, Critical Informatics, discussed infrastructure (broadband & fiber), Cyber Security, Talent, Connectivity and Innovation and answered questions from the audience.
Brett Eddy (Eddy Digital) led the second panel “Innovation & Opportunity” which highlighted the experiences and perspectives of entrepreneurs: Alanna Imbach Co-founder & Owner, Vibe Coworks; and Dirck Schou, Co-founder, of Taqtile. Nathan Evans, Principal Software Architect, Microsoft Research; and Michael Schutzler, President & CEO, Washington Technology Industry Association focused on the role of technology and benefits of fostering entrepreneurship in Kitsap County.
Great things are happening for Kitsap and technology and if this event has you excited and wanting to know more, we invite you to attend the first Tech Meetup this Thursday, November 2nd at Sound Brewery in Poulsbo. Enjoy an informal and friendly environment and connect with the people who are working in the industry and who are interested in advancing tech opportunities in Kitsap County. Or connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank everyone on the Tech Committee for your time, expertise and energy! And thank you, Western Washington on the Peninsula’s for sponsoring this event!
Nathan Evans was recognized by the Olympic College Alumni Association for his contributions to community development.