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Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Date: May 26, 2014
Subject: Invitation to participate in the 5th annual citywide
Denver Public Schools 8th Grade Career Fair
Denver Public Schools is excited and proud to announce that it will be hosting the
5th annual citywide career fair for its eighth graders. The event will be held on
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
at the National Western Complex off of I-70 & Brighton Boulevard.
The primary objective of the event is to expose the students to the vast
scope of careers available and to help them plan for their future.
Please let CTA know if your company will be participating by sending me an email,
Register with DPS today:
Please see the details below for more information.
What: Denver Public Schools Citywide 8th Grade Career Fair
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 9:15 am to 1:30 pm
Where: National Western Complex Expo Hall
4655 Humboldt Street Denver, CO 80216
Other: Chairs and tables (30” x 8’) provided free
Free parking
Complimentary Lunch
With your participation, we hope to make this another great day for our students.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Karen Ann Ellis –
Julia Henrichs –

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Tags:  career pathways  education  STEM  workforce 

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Exciting Opportunity to Pass on Your Knowledge! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Friday, May 16, 2014

The Denver Public Library is partnering with the City and County of Denver's Technology Services agency to host a two-week "Dev Camp" for teens aged 12-19. The Dev Camp will be a chance for these teens to learn the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, while working side-by-side with professionals in the IT industry.  This program is offered free-of-charge to the participants, but its success depends on IT professionals like you generously donating your time as a mentor.

Here's what will be expected of mentors in the Dev Camp program:

  • Commitment to provide guidance a s a mentor for 3 1/2 hours a day, three days a week, for a duration of two weeks (7/14 - 7/25/14)
  • Participation in a "closing ceremony", during which the participating teens will present their completed projects
  • Tons of enthusiasm!

This is an opportunity for you and your organization to shape the lives of future IT professionals, and to gain the extreme satisfaction that comes from giving back to your community.  We will provide you with all of the information and materials required to mentor your group of teens, and will also host a training session to get you started.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting initiative, please let me know as soon as possible.  We’re looking for 6-10 volunteers/companies. It does not have to be the same person for all the time slots. There will be considerable PR from the Library and the Mayor’s office around this program. 

Thank you for your consideration and time.

Tags:  education  STEM  workforce 

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Telecom package signed into law

Posted By Nissa Szabo, Industry Affairs Manager, Monday, May 12, 2014
Friday, May 9th was a very excited day for the technology community and Colorado consumers. The Governor signed the telecom reform package - largest-ever telecom package signed into law in the nation. The package will help create a level playing field as companies continue to modernize their offerings to Colorado consumers. The package includes a bill that will boost broadband deployment to eliminate barriers and streamline processes to make investments in broadband more effective. Another bill will modernize current statutes to reflect current technology. The telecom definitions have not been updated for over twenty years. CTA is very proud to have had the opportunity to be part of such a large piece of history in the state.

Tags:  advocacy  legislation  technology  Telecom 

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The Power of Collaboration

Posted By Erik Mitisek, CEO, Monday, May 5, 2014

This Friday, the Governor is scheduled to sign into law five pieces of legislation that together, create the Telecom Reform Package for Colorado.  Good news: Colorado did it!


After working on telecom reform for the greater part of the last four legislative sessions (four years), what made this year different?  Collaboration.  During this session all stakeholders came together before the session even started and committed to the process of passing what would become the Telecom Reform Package.  Coming together was the key element.  The 2014 legislative session, around this complex technology and telecom issue, was marked by collaboration.  The willingness to align shared interest, find the point where all parties succeed, and collectively ban together to move Colorado forward.


For that, congratulations to the Colorado technology community for this spirit of partnership. 


Looking to the process that helped pass the Telecom Reform Package this year, I think that there is much to learn about building Colorado together.  Building communities together.  Building our businesses together.


Collaboration wins.  Last fall, I referenced that in Colorado, “C” is for collaboration.  And that holds true now more than ever.  It is in our spirit, our heritage, and work ethic to cooperate and help Colorado succeed.  


This month, think about how you and your organization can collaborate to make a better Colorado.  You can see the progress through the lens of Telecom Reform how impactful we can be when we work together.  The future of the Colorado technology community is in each of your hands, and the ability to forge relationships, partnerships and work together, will make the difference.


Thank you for all you do to make Colorado what it is - and collaboration wins!


In partnership,

Tags:  advocacy  Colorado  legislation  technology  Telecom 

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Free CTA memberships for teachers!

Posted By Megan Ryan, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Monday, May 5, 2014
Updated: Friday, May 2, 2014

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We are excited to launch a new offer for teachers to join CTA for FREE! Educators in the areas of 

CTA represents technology companies and IT departments across the state from the software, hardware, IT services, telecommunications, broadcasting, media and electronics sectors. We recognize the power of employer engagement in STEM education and work to convene industry and education to foster a vibrant network. 

We are pleased to offer Colorado technology teachers a FREE individual membership.  Simply fill out this form and we'll get you enrolled. We truly appreciate what you do everyday and hope you will accept this small token of our appreciation. Thank you!

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Denver Startup Week 2014 Event Submissions are OPEN -- Ends May 23rd!

Posted By Erik Mitisek, CEO, Friday, May 2, 2014

They often say, “Third Time is a Charm” --- and we hope that is the case to build upon what has been called the Largest FREE Startup Event in the US.  We are excited to announce (much earlier than years past) that Denver Startup Week Event Submissions are now OPEN!

We will be accepting submissions until May 23rd – so APPLY NOW to be part of the best Denver Startup Week yet.

What makes a good submission you ask?  Well, here are…

5 Things That Make a Good Event Submission

  1. Give Before You Get.  Does your event benefit the community – or you?  If the answer is that you are giving away knowledge, perspective or tips and tricks that help a fellow entrepreneur success – that rocks.
  2. Thought Leadership – Not a Shameless Marketing Pitch for your Company.  Yes, we know this is tempting – but if you want to promote your company, do it through the lens of thought leadership and best practices and include fellow leaders (aka. Competition, Partners, etc.) to truly reflect the topic, not your specific business.
  3. Your Office or Unique Space.  Denver Startup Week is about Denver – and showcasing the awesomeness we all enjoy in the startup community.  If you have a cool office, work in a cool co-working space – or know of a cool location that reflects Denver – host it there.  We all love coming to new places.
  4. Real, Relevant Content.  The best events have the richest, real and relevant content.  Seems logical – but we have seen events that are dated, not researched – or rushed and often wastes your time and the time of your attendees.  Prepare, prepare, and prepare for the best results.
  5. Something Fun and Special.  In years past, events that gave away unique swag, signature drinks or food, had special giveaways and did things that were just fun – crushed.  What will you be remembered by?

DON’T FORGET.  Free libations (aka. beer, cocktails, or .....)  

This is Denver Startup Week after all.

When we founded Denver Startup Week in 2012 – we did with the vision of being entrepreneur led with programming that reflects the hottest and trending topics, relevant issues and just plain fun gatherings to instill a sense of community in our startup ecosystem.

Well – it has worked.  With over 70 events in 2012 and over 125 events in 2013 – we hope that the event lineup this year fuels our startup scene through education, thought leadership and company showcases that reflect Denver as the definitive technology hub between the coasts.

So APPLY NOW.  Submissions close May 23rd. 

Get planning, get submitting – and let’s build the best Denver Startup Week yet.

Cannot wait to see what you, the awesomest startup community in the U.S. produces this year!


Erik Mitisek, Co-Founder, Denver Startup Week | Chairman, BuiltIn Colorado

Tags:  startups  technology 

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Spring into Tech!

Posted By Erik Mitisek, University of Denver - Project X-ite, Thursday, April 10, 2014

As we settle down after C-Level, the energy and momentum in the Colorado technology is blazing. Our public policy work is going well and legislators are engaged in dialogue to improve the technology climate in Colorado. There seem to be more technology events and activities every month – as other industries work to focus on progress through technology (ex. Energy and Healthcare). And, our community is thriving with engagement from early stage companies to our middle market growth companies to our enterprise leaders. Tech in Colorado is a great place to be.

With this energy, I often get the question – how can I get more involved?

The good news is there are ample opportunities to engage – and the question could be reframed: How do I get involved in something that I enjoy and is relevant to my technology career?

That is what CTA is for – to help you as a company, as a member and as an aspiring technologist – to find the best opportunities within our community that fit you. So as we transition into the next season in Colorado, I suggest you Spring Into Techand have a discussion as to how you can get more engaged in CTA, our programs and find opportunities that meet your career aspirations.

We are only here because of you, our members. We work hard to develop programming that is trending, exciting and relevant – and cherish your feedback as CTA has been built over the last 20 years through your vision.

To jumpstart this, we have some great events coming up over the next few months:

·Sip & Connect, April 30th

·Day @ the Capitol, May 1st

·Women in Technology Conference, June 13th

So as you Spring Into Tech this month, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team help you navigate CTA and our great technology community in Colorado. We are here to help. Here to serve. And most of all, here to help you grow a better Colorado.


In partnership,



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Modern Regs, Networks, Deliver Innovation and Improved Voice Service

Posted By Michael Price, Mighty Strong Media, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The '80s has officially made a comeback, making its mark on today's culture in ways that are both amusing and unexpected.  But even as some of these old trends enjoy some new popularity today, it's clear that this resurgence is limited: After all, who could truly long for dial-up Internet after experiencing our current digital age? 

The 1980s brought us a number of technological advancements that paved the way for many of the current innovations we now enjoy.  Along the way, consumers switched in favor of more advanced devices and technologies, which developed at ever-increasing speeds.  Today's consumers can choose between advanced technologies that offer more benefits than ever before including a strong, basic voice connection from which people of all generations rely. 

Here in Colorado, the regulations that govern telecommunications have not changed since 1987.  Consider how so much has changed and yet these old rules remain stubbornly in place - seemingly light years away from where consumers are today and how we connect with one another.  

Right now, our state legislators are debating a package of telecom bills that are designed to update regulations while still ensuring consumer protections, increasing consumer choice and encouraging continued innovation and expanded access to modern broadband services.  Passing these bills would mean that Coloradans could continue to benefit from a thriving tech industry, empowered by forward-thinking legislation that would pave the way to an all-broadband future.  Advanced broadband networks will help meet the requirements of today’s consumers – which have evolved since the ‘80s – and deliver the products and services that are in increasing demand and that rely on the lightning-fast capabilities of modern, Internet-based (IP) infrastructure. 

For many tech-savvy consumers, this is an exciting proposition.  After all, most of us have willingly ditched old technologies in favor of a service or device with capabilities that add convenience and flexibility to our lives.  For consumers who haven’t yet moved forward, beta testing trials have been proposed where a collaboration between consumers in specific geographic areas and the telecommunications industry are working together under the watchful eyes of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure no one will be left behind.  The trials illustrate what’s at stake because they acknowledge the benefits of modern broadband connectivity and the critical importance of keeping everyone connected, no matter what technology is used.   

Updating telecommunications policy and moving forward doesn’t mean forgoing the basic connections of which people of all generations depend and of which they are most familiar.  Strong, reliable voice service is one of the most essential capabilities of modern networks, just as it was for the networks of yesterday.  In addition to the voice connection, Internet-based networks enable products and services that promote health and wellness and new choices that help secure a person’s safety and independence. 

But if the voice connection is the only priority, then today’s voice connections – which are HD-quality – eliminate background noise and make it easier for people to distinguish between different voices and sounds.  For people with hearing difficulties or hearing loss, HD voice opens up new possibilities.  In fact, individuals who currently struggle with today's voice service will gain a more reliable, higher quality connection from IP-based networks.  Many people who are hard of hearing or who have experienced partial hearing loss—about 48 million Americans, and approximately 1 in 3 seniors—will discover that HD voice makes it possible for them to talk on the phone once again. 

The shift to modern connectivity is not about the fastest and the flashiest: It's about more choices for the connections on which we have always relied, but that are now capable of delivering innovations and possibilities that improve our lives and strengthen our communities.  Dial-up gave way to broadband, our clunky desktop computers have mostly been replaced with sleek laptops and smart mobile devices.  Yesterday's landlines with standard voice service can't cut it anymore.  No '80s nostalgia here: It's time those obsolete rules go the way of the Walkman and cassette tapes, so we can all move forward into the future with modern regulations and 21st century services and capabilities.    

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Denver On The Rocks, a pleasure to introduce to you!

Posted By Justin Ker, Car2Go, Tuesday, April 8, 2014



A pleasure to introduce to you!

We are Denver On The Rocks, and you are receiving the first email to our local email list!  My name is Jason Rothrock, the Founder, and I cannot wait to tell you about the app we built for you. 
Four months ago, our founding team of friends realized that we could not easily find all of the city's great restaurants, local breweries, and events in Denver in realtime.  I would often learn about a great event very late or of a great restaurant near my home in the Highlands months after moving into the neighborhood.  In addition our team found other business profile services, such as Yelp, provided incorrect phone numbers, addresses, unreliable information on specials, and businesses that closed years prior.  

Thus our mission was born: Help easily connect the growing number of progressive young adults to the many remarkable businesses and experiences shared throughout Denver... And with the app we built we will help you save money and more easily make plans with friends and family!
Our app features:

  • Brewery Finder - directing you to all of the local breweries near you
  • Local Beer Spotlight - showcasing additional information on select beers
  • Happy Hours and daily specials - organized by the day of the week and the neighborhoods (LoDo, LoHi, Cap Hill, Uptown etc.)
  • Denver Events - hand-selected for you
  • Many More in-depth options!

The greatest part is we do not require business owners to actively manage a new business profile, as our team actively collects and manages the information. This provides you with the most reliable information for our great city!  

Please support our movement as we continue to create a local brand and service for the Mile High Lifestyle. Download on both Android and iOS or visit us
We look forward to connecting you to the best Denver has to offer. 
Jason Rothrock
Founder & COO
Denver On The Rocks LLC

If you appreciate our vision, please Share our recent release and reach out to us! 
Instagram @DenverOnTheRocks
Twitter: @DENontheRocks
Facebook: /denverontherocks


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Last Call: Grow your international business

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Colorado High-Tech Trade Mission to 
United Kingdom & Netherlands
June 1 - 5, 2014

The Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the US Department of Commerce (DOC) welcome your participation in a High-Tech Trade Mission to the Netherlands and United Kingdom June 1 - 5, 2014.  The trade mission will help Colorado bioscience and IT companies find new international buyers and increase their global sales.  The participation fee of $2,750 (per company) includes 3 days of customized B2B meetings with new European buyers/customers; 4 nights of hotel accommodations; logistical support; a networking reception; and one-on-one export counseling from country and industry experts.  

Please find program details on this page of our website and the application attached.  For more information or to apply, please contact Stephanie Dybsky / 303.892.8762 or Selina Marquez at / 303.844.2155.

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