NWA TechFest

NWA TechFest is a for-geeks-by-geeks technology conference held each spring in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This year’s event will be April 18, 2019 at Fayetteville Town Center.

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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.

NWA TechFest

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

Board of Advisors

Brent Turner

Brent Turner

J.B. Hunt

Brent currently serves as Mobile Development Manager for J.B. Hunt. Originally from Central AR, Brent graduated from UCA with a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems and began his career in software development in Little Rock.

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In 2012, He and his family relocated to NWA to begin his career at J.B Hunt, where he’s been involved in multiple modernization projects, and currently, leading a team responsible for the direction of mobile technology engagement for the J.B. Hunt driver community. Brent is passionate about connecting technology to business goals that enable growth and transformation, and he’s excited about working with a team determined to disrupt the transportation industry with innovative mobile technology.

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Jacob Herrington

Jacob Herrington

Jacob Herrington is a self-taught software engineer and open source enthusiast. Jacob is an NWA native currently building ecommerce software at Engine. He specializes in web development, technical writing, and open source technology. Jacob is a member of the Solidus Core Team and hosts the devpath.fm podcast.

Justin Seliger

Justin Seliger

Justin is a Technology Leader currently serving as Sr Manager in Technology and Engineering for JB Hunt. Justin completed his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Brigham Young University in UT, and relocated to NWA where he began his career in Web Development.

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Driven by his passion for influencing and developing people in technology, Justin completed his Master’s in Information Systems from the U of A and has had the opportunity to serve in various Leadership roles for companies ranging from start up to Fortune 500.

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Charlie Weber

Charlie Weber

Charlie grew up in a military family. He graduated from John Brown with a Masters in Marriage and Family therapy. After graduation he worked with a local mental health agency. He made a career shift into educational technology. He is a leader in the K12 education community in Arkansas. He is passionate about enabling change, connecting people, and helping make the world a little better each day. For fun he hunts down great BBQ, plays sand volleyball, and is a video game savant.

Drew Wallis

Drew Wallis

NWA3D

Drew Wallis grew up in Farmington, AR and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a Double Major in Communication and International Relations. After graduation, he became a licensed teacher and has over 8 years experience teaching educational technology and computer science.

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Drew Cofounded NWA3D in 2015, an educational 3D printing company based in Fayetteville. He is very passionate about spending time outdoors, STEAM education, and workforce development.

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Daniel Worthy

Daniel Worthy

VML

Since joining VMLY&R in 2007 (then Rockfish), Daniel has contributed to many development projects, including ecommerce, news aggregation, sweepstakes, retail operations and social networking sites. As director, technology, Daniel contributes to the planning and execution of projects while constantly pursuing newer and better solutions.

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Daniel graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in small business management and a minor in information systems. From 2016 to 2018, he worked for the university’s Global Campus as a front-end development instructor for its I.T. Readiness Program.

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Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller is a Technology Recruiter for the NWA area, and a recent co-founder of Tech 7 Recruiting Partners, a career services and professional recruiting firm focused on bringing together companies and top talent in the technology and analytics sector, helping clients and candidates navigate through the challenges of finding that perfect match.

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Ashley began her career in the staffing world at TEKsystems, one of the largest staffing agencies in North America. She then transitioned into corporate recruiting where she served as a dedicated technology recruiter for companies such as ATLAS Technology Group, Advantage Solutions, and JB Hunt. Ashley has been heavily involved in helping companies with their development and management of strategies and action plans to meet short and long-term recruiting and sourcing needs as well as identifying top notch talent by directly recruiting and networking within the industry for companies across the nation. Her passion is connecting people with opportunities to excel in their career.

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Zac McCool

Zac McCool

J.B Hunt Transport Inc.

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 Manager of Engineering and Technology.

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.

Blue Zoo Creative 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.™

Legacy National Bank is...

  1. Locally owned
  2. Focused on serving families and businesses
  3. A provider of advice-based financial solutions
  4. Supported by nationally competitive product capabilities
  5. Delivering banking with unmatched service, professionalism, and leading edge technology
Jet Brains

At JetBrains, code is our passion. For over 15 years we have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, our tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

We make professional software development a more productive and enjoyable experience.

We help developers work faster by automating common, repetitive tasks to enable them to stay focused on code design and the big picture. We provide tools to explore and familiarize with code bases faster. Our products make it easy for you to take care of quality during all stages of development and spend less time on maintenance tasks.

Jet Brains

Through united efforts, the Startup Junkie team is improving lives through innovation and entrepreneurship. Startup Junkie Consulting marked its beginnings in 2008 and formally organized as an LLC in 2011 by offering consulting services at no-cost to entrepreneurs. In order to expand the reach, impact, and depth of services, Startup Junkie Foundation was born in 2015. As two companies sharing the same purpose, mission, vision, and values, the team is jointly building entrepreneurial ecosystems in Northwest Arkansas through providing no-cost, one-on-one consulting; events, workshops, and programs; and access to capital and talent.

Sticker Mule

Sticker Mule is the fastest and easiest way to buy custom stickers. We offer free online proofs, free worldwide shipping and 4 day turnaround. With print runs starting at $49, we aim to be the Internet's favorite sticker printing service.

Jet Brains

RevUnit specializes in elite, product focused digital teams. We work with early stage to mid-size companies to build, learn and iterate on innovative digital products. We bring expertise from our experience on some of the world’s biggest brands to take our clients all the way from strategic framework to full execution and ongoing product management across mobile, web and social platforms.

Jet Brains

E2open is the one place, in the cloud, to run your supply chain, powered by the world’s largest direct business network and a broad portfolio of next generation solutions including Sourcing & Procurement, Quality & Traceability, Inventory Visibility & Optimization, Supply Planning & Response, S&OP/Financial Planning, Demand Planning & Sensing, Transportation & Fulfillment and Demand Signal Management.

Sticker Mule

Field Agent ® has changed the way the world collects business information.We leverage the power of crowdsourcing and mobile technology to provide real-time business information. We provide audits, in-store and at-home research, opinion surveys and on-shelf availability through photo verification.Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to local businesses, all of who need fast, accurate, real-time information. See our capabilities at fieldagent.net.

Jet Brains

Acxiom is a technology and services company that provides the data foundation for the world's best marketers. We enable people-based marketing everywhere through a simple, open approach to connecting systems and data that drives seamless customer experiences and higher ROI. A leader in identity and the ethical use of data for more than 45 years, Acxiom helps thousands of clients and partners around the globe work together to create a world where all marketing is relevant.

Jet Brains

Accelerating growth through eCommerce intelligence. eCommerce is changing and it's changing so fast, it's hard for manufacturers to keep up. We exist to turn eCommerce into manufacturers' competitive advantage. The OneStone Culture is built on Courage, Relationships, Ownership, Exploration and the power of Team. We seek out work that is hard. We invest in people, not just business. We act like owners. We inquire because we know a better way always exists. We believe all of us is better than one of us. We’re engineers and adventurers. We love to fix things that are broken and challenge the status quo. We’re extremely competitive... and are obsessed with running online plays that light up the scoreboard. We believe collaboration wins. Every time. We calculate, we listen, we question, and study before we speak. And... when we move, we move fast. Really fast. We’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves, put in late nights, and battle hard on behalf of your brand and products.

Sticker Mule

OzarksGo is a telecommunications subsidiary of Ozarks Electric Cooperative, offering all-fiber gigabit Internet and premium television and telephone services to Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. The project began by reviewing the way we are able to communicate between our substations and offices. By connecting our substations and offices with fiber-optic cable, we can create a truly "smart" grid that will provide us with more down line automation capabilities, ultimately increasing the reliability of our electric service to members. In addition, we’ve watched for far too long our area suffer from a lack of true broadband availability or lack of reliable and affordable service. OzarksGo is also a natural extension of our purpose - "powering communities and empowering members". We believe that broadband is the electricity of the 1930s and 1940s. Remember, in 1930, fewer than 10% of farms had access to electricity. In 2016, 53% of Americans lack access to broadband (as defined by FCC - 25 mbps download speed and 3 mbps upload speed).

Jet Brains

RichContext. Digital solutions that make brand innovation possible. We help brands and retailers connect with consumers through technology. RichContext is your partner in the digital space. Our team of strategists, engineers, and designers work with you to develop digital shopping solutions that encourage consumers to take action.

Jet Brains

The team at Qbox.io built Supergiant from the need to run high-availability, self-recovering, hosted Elasticsearch at scale. It's the only container orchestration system that increases performance and reliability while lowering infrastructure costs.

For our experience and contributions to the Kubernetes community, our team is now among the first Kubernetes Certified Services Providers (KCSPs) certified by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, the organization that administers the Kubernetes project. We are ready to help you deploy, manage, and scale your Kubernetes infrastructure while striving to achieve maximum utilization and cost efficiency for your compute infrastructure.

Jet Brains

The Arkansas 100 is a project of Ghidotti Communications, a boutique public relations agency headquartered in downtown Little Rock. The Arkansas 100 is dedicated to providing readers with short, readable nuggets of information on all things Arkansas.

Jet Brains

EAST ® (Environmental and Spatial Technology, Inc.) is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and develop valuable experience. Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to over 200 schools in five states (Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania).

Jet Brains

VML is a global marketing agency that transforms brands through a connected consumer experience. Through every touch point we create, story we tell and relationship we build, we strive to inspire meaningful connections. Our clients include Bayer Animal Health, Bridgestone, Colgate-Palmolive, Electrolux/Frigidaire, Ford, Microsoft, NAPA AUTO PARTS, New Balance, PepsiCo, Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group, Sprint, Tyson and Wendy’s.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, VML joined the world's largest communications services group, WPP, in 2001. We are proud to have been included on Ad Age’s Agency A-List in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Jet Brains

People are at the heart of every successful business initiative. At TEKsystems, we understand people. Every year we deploy over 80,000 IT professionals at 6,000client sites across North America, Europe and Asia. Our deep insights into IT human capital management enable us to help our clients achieve their business goals - while optimizing their IT workforce strategies. We provide IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services to help our clients plan, build and run their critical business initiatives. Through our range of quality-focused delivery models, we meet our clients where they are, and take them where they want to go, the way they want to get there.

TEKsystems. Our people make IT possible.

Jet Brains

PrivacyStar, A First Orion Company, is the first to show you both the caller's name and why they are calling. Every month PrivacyStar identifies and blocks millions of unwanted phone calls while delivering hundreds of thousands of complaints against offending callers directly to the FTC – more than anyone.

Jet Brains

In 2002, Zenwork Inc. was known as TechAtlantis, Inc, a technology consulting firm. In 2009, we developed and launched our first cloud-based excise tax filing software, ez2290.com as a bootstrapped startup product. Zenwork firmly believes in creating world-class technology with a human touch. Before we hired a full-time salesperson, we hired a customer success team. The first salesperson was only hired after Zenwork reached a million dollars in revenue. We are still bootstrapped and profitable, but now we serve over 50,000 clients.

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The business has changed – drastically. Now known as Zenwork, Inc, the company has transformed into a leader in Tax Compliance-related technology applications that simplify the e-filing and overall tax compliance process from start to finish. Over 15 years of creating and innovating in the software and technology landscape have positioned Zenwork for such a role. Under the guidance of Sanjeev Singh, Founder & CEO (ex-ADP), and Ed Pratt, COO (ex-ADP), the Zenwork, Inc. team continues to diligently provide regulatory compliant products, including Tax1099.com for Information Return reporting, E-File Assist, Payroll Tax, Excise Tax, and Fincen114 filing via Fbaronline.com.

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Jet Brains

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

Jet Brains

Innovate Arkansas works with new, technology- based entrepreneurs to turn inventions and high-tech concepts into viable businesses. Our goal: Create high-paying Arkansas jobs in the knowledge, technology, and information-based industries.

Jet Brains

We believe the power to respond to the evolving retail landscape exists in a seamlessly collaborative supply chain where retailers, suppliers and everyone in between can work together. SupplyPike uses technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to inform and build collaborative products that are simple, effective and useable by everyone, no matter their level of supply chain experience. We’re empowering our clients to streamline their processes, gain visibility in their supply chain and make informed, data-backed business decisions like never before.

Jet Brains

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world. We do business in 170 countries and are made up of 114,000 passionate employees dedicated to fulfilling our mission of helping you and your organization achieve more.

DON'T MISS NWA TECHFEST 2019!