NWA Tech Fest

NWA TechFest is a low-cost technology conference with a “For Geeks By Geeks” vibe. 2017 event will be at the Fayetteville Town Center on May 18th.

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NWA TechFest is a technology conference that brings together the tech community to learn from and interact with one another, as well as promote gender diversity in STEM, economic development opportunities for corporations, and education programs for students and teachers. Proceeds from this conference go to assist STEM-related initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas community.

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Conference will begin with breakfast at 7:30am, lunch provided, and end by 4:00 pm.

NWA TechFest is a technology conference that brings together the tech community to learn from and interact with one another, as well as promoting gender diversity in STEM, economic development opportunities for corporations, and education programs for students and teachers. Proceeds from this conference go to assist STEM-related initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas community.

Board of Advisors

Sarah Daigle

Sarah Daigle

Sarah Daigle & Currant TechSarah’s twitter bio is a short and staccato; “Canadian- American. Educated woman. A mother of boys. Step-mom to teen girls. Someone who thinks code is sexy, and teaching is a high calling.

Though, Sarah is a tech junkie with experience in coding, mobile and web software development and tech initiatives. She hails from New Brunswick, Canada, but has called Arkansas home for 15 years. She runs around with an energetic group of women bloggers though mostly spends her time building and fixing blogs than writing them.

With a passion for tech education, Sarah has taught and created curriculum for kids, college students and grown-ups in corporate settings, as well as help with local tech education initiatives. Sarah is a member of the NWA Tonic Fund, a member managed seed capital fund based in Arkansas, investing in early stage technology and tech-enabled businesses across a variety of industries. Sarah is all about girl power. She champions women’s entrepreneurship and has been a part of programs that teach kids and women to code.

Check out her company on her Blog: http://www.curranttech.co/blog

Check out her work history on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahdaigle/

Becky Paulk

Becky Paulk

Becky Paulk is the owner of Simplify Professional Services, a full service bookkeeping and payroll services firm which began in March, 2009. Becky is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper and Certified QuickBooks Specialist with over 10 years of financial and analytical experience. She was born and raised in State College, PA, is a Penn State University graduate as well as a graduate of Universal Accounting Centers. She is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. She spent over 17 years at Wal-Mart in various positions including Financial Merchandise Planner, Internal Auditor and Project Manager for Asset Protection. In addition, she spent over 10 years in field operations with profit and loss responsibility for over 15 operating units.Becky has served several non-profits including Northwest Arkansas JDRF and Millwood Christian Church and was one of the co-founding members Dig 4 Diabetes.

Blake Johnston

Blake Johnston

Blake is an NWA native who spent 10 yrs in retail analytics before transitioning to a career in software development and is passionate about the local developer community. He’s the organizer of fayetteville.js, NWA Free Code Camp and the NWA Developers Slack group. He currently develops software at RevUnit in Bentonville and teaches Node.js at the U of A Global Campus.

Zac McCool

Zac McCool

Zac McCool is a volunteer junkie, cat whisperer, video game aficionado, and a decent technologist. He volunteers with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Children’s Safety Center, and Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas. Currently he’s a Project Manager at J.B. Hunt.

Sponsors

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., founded by Johnnie Bryan (J.B.) Hunt, is dedicated to helping our customers move freight efficiently. Delivering meaningful, measurable value isn't just a goal; it's an integral part of our culture. Our dedicated family of employees strives each day to deliver impeccable service and operate as an extension of our customers' enterprises.
CONCRETE DIGITAL SOLUTIONS THAT DELIVER REAL RESULTS. At RevUnit, our experts create tangible digital solutions for real people. Let us show you how we can take your idea from concept to concrete.
Blue Zoo is a full-service creative agency that builds brands, empowers businesses, and transforms the lives of our clients and their customers. From the delightful to the weird and from the informative to the entertaining, we create digital and print experiences that help businesses of all sizes thrive. YOUR MESSAGE. OUR PASSION. WITH PRIDE.™
Winters Law Firm is located in Northwest Arkansas and specializes in Business and Intellectual Property Law. We are committed to providing winning solutions for our clients. Ask us about protecting patents, trademarks, and copyrights for your individual or business needs. Haven't started a company? We can help you decide what entity to start and draft documents needed. We are startup legal pros.
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DigitalOcean, the cloud for developers, is a dynamic, high-growth technology company that serves a passionate community of technologists around the world. We want to simplify cloud computing for every developer and are working on some of the most challenging and interesting problems in cloud computing.From an intuitive interface and flexible API, to a robust set of features and a library with thousands of tutorials, we’re always thinking of ways to make developers’ lives easier. It’s what brings us together and keeps us going. We’re independent thinkers, open communicators, and voracious learners. We get the job done—and we have fun doing it!
Qbox is the dedicated Elasticsearch hosting solution. Elasticsearch is the bleeding edge of open-source full-text search and analytics, and with our intuitive interface for your clusters with maximized provisioning time, getting your Elasticsearch clusters up and running is a cinch. You can then customize your Qbox clusters with a large and growing set of plugins for monitoring, database rivers, analysis, and more. Qbox enables easy interaction, uptime, and availability from our support team. Working with Elasticsearch, Qbox provides professional support and implementation, and Elasticsearch scaling, monitoring, and deployment all are simplified for even the most massive and complex Elasticsearch clusters. Our Qbox customers love us because we make their job easier and because our 24x7 support is second to none.
Learn real job skills in an intense, accelerated environment. The University of Arkansas Global Campus in Rogers has partnered with local businesses and schools to create a curriculum that prepares students for IT jobs. Students learn coding skills that are in high demand in NWA. From application to completion, we are here to advise our students every step of the way and make them aware of both educational and career pathways.
ABC Financial strives not only to be the foremost resource for leading-edge technology in the fitness industry, but also to collect the most dues from the most club members, every day. ABC Financial is devoted to staying on the cusp of industry evolution in service and technology. Plus, ABC Financial continues to uphold only the highest level of commitment to our customers and their success.

At Mozilla, we’re a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future. 

We are a retail technology solutions company that has built a powerful suite of data analysis software and services that are completely customizable for each of our customers. Our solutions handle the heavy lifting for CPG retail analysts, empowering them to focus on what they were hired to do: extract profitable, actionable insights from the mountains of retail data thrown at them every day.

Propak is a proactive provider of leading-edge logistics, transportation and supply chain management solutions. We are a customer driven company and strive to provide services that exceed our customer’s expectations. We believe in teamwork, accountability and continually improving our service offerings. Our services include Reverse Logistics, Warehousing, Transportation, Packaging, and Technology solutions. In addition to offering a wide range of supply chain solutions, our thought leadership is unmatched in the greater supply chain. Our philosophy offers flexibility, trust and collaboration with our clients. We aim to provide creative and technology-forward answers to your most pressing business needs. We utilize the latest technology to fulfill your logistical and operational needs. As demand for outsourced services continues to grow, we will be there to provide customized solutions to fit your company’s vision. Propak’s innovation leaders stand ready to serve you.

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