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NWA TechFest Upgrades Computer Lab At Boys And Girls Club

New computer hardware and software support STEM education at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club Kids spending Friday morning at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club in Fayetteville tested new and improved hardware and software in the club’s community...

NWA TechFest Announces 2017 Keynote Speaker

NWA TechFest welcomes Kevin Clark of NOWDiagnostics NWA TechFest is a technology conference “For Geeks By Geeks” that brings together the tech community to learn from and interact with one another. NWA TechFest is a technology conference that brings together the tech...

NWA TechFest Announces First 2017 Keynote Speaker

NWA TechFest welcomes General Tamhra Hutchins-Frye of the AR Air National Guard NWA TechFest is a technology conference that brings together the tech community to learn from and interact with one another. For 2017, NWA TechFest proudly introduces the event’s first...

NWA TechFest Announces 2017 Initiative

NWA TechFest and the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club working together NWA TechFest supports STEM initiatives in Northwest Arkansas with the proceeds from the NWA TechFest event. For 2017, NWA TechFest has committed to aid the Boys and Girls Club through...

The History of NWA TechFest

2010

The first NWA TechFest

The first NWA TechFest is held on July 8th. Modeled after and the sister event to Tulsa TechFest, the technical conference was a resounding success its first year. The Keynote Speaker was Murray Vince, Microsoft’s General Manager, OEM Division and the event hosted over 250 attendees. Session topics included: “Visual Studio 2010: config file transformations”, “Estimate Your Requirements With Planning Poker”, BCS, Enterprise Search, and “Your Data in the Cloud, Securely Using OData (The Open Data Protocol)”. The entrance fee was $2 or 2 cans of food. $269 was donated to the Jones Center and all the food was donated to the NWA Food Bank.

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2011

Second NWA TechFest

The second year our local tech fest was held on March 25th. Breakout sessions included: “The Creamy Goodness of Nuget!”, “ASP.NET MVC3”, Attack of the Cloud”, and “The CAP Theorem and its Consequences”. The entrance fee was $2 or 2 cans of food and those donations went to the NWA Food Bank.

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2012

Third-Year NWA TechFest

Our third-year NWA TechFest was held at the UA Global Campus on August 24.  There were 48 breakout sessions, featured a keynote panel discussion, and the theme was “Tech Entrepreneurship in NWA”.  Organizer Mark Brandon said the message of NWA TechFest is “We want you to not be afraid to…

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2014

NWA TechFest Year Four

Event year four was again held at UA Global Campus but much earlier in the year, on January 31. Mark Brandon returned to organize the event, along with Victoria Coppett, and the entrance fees and items collected once more were donated to NWA Food Bank.  The Keynote speakers were John Foreman, chief…

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2017

Fifth NWA TechFest

After a couple of years on break, NWA TechFest was revived and updated for its fifth event year on May 18.  Held at the Fayetteville Town Center, the number of breakout sessions was reduced to be a more intimate event with topics such as: “Building Data Pipelines with Python”, “DevOps for the Little Guy”, and Crypto Before Computers”.  The Keynote speakers were General Tamhra Hutchins-Frye and Colonel Bobbie Dorenbos discussing Arkansas Air National Guard tech and Kevin Clark, CEO of NOWDx.  The Arkansas Air National Guard also brought a MQ9 Reapor drone flight simulator and a mobile unit for emergency operations disaster relief.  The event had over 250 attendees and was able to donate $5,000 in cash and materials to help upgrade the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club computer lab.

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