A brief overview of what’s happening in Wichita’s technology community, what’s coming up, and how to stay informed and connected.
WSU Cybersecurity: WSU is launching a cybersecurity program to help fill the growing local and national demand. A graduate certificate program is currently in process, with an undergraduate program to start in fall 2017.
Flint Hills Group: Dave Cunningham, a technology veteran of Net App, Koch and Pizza Hut, among others, launched Flint Hills Group. The company says it will provide world-class tech expertise to high-cost labor markets at Midwest value. Services will include software development, cybersecurity, cloud services, analytics and big data services.
Wichita at CES: Vytal, Clutch Studio and others checked in at CES – formerly the Consumer Electronics Show – in Las Vegas. Vytal is developing an adhesive, wearable device for monitoring sports performance. Clutch Studio is a creative agency that provides branding, mobile app development and other services. CES is the leading electronics trade show, visited annually by more than 150,000 people.
Launch Prep: A new resource was launched for tech and other early-stage startups. LaunchPrep is a partnership between Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the e2e Accelerator. The three-month program will provide one-on-one mentorship with Wichita’s top entrepreneurs. Startups will identify the viability of their business model through the program. The application deadline is Feb. 3.
Five to Follow
@britkuckel – Leader in Wichita tech diversity, captain at Open Wichita
@openwichita – Making Wichita better through open data and civic hacking
@HighTouch – Technology solutions for small and midsize businesses
@ICTGameJam – Wichita’s video game development competition
@groundworkICT – Launching pad for talent in early-stage tech and other startups
ICT Game Jam: Feb. 3-5 at the WSU Experiential Engineering Building
Startup Grind: Feb. 9, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lux, 120 E. First St.
Intellectual Property Basics: Feb. 7, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at WSU’s Ablah Library
Study Hall: Mondays at the Labor Party from 7 to 9 p.m.
Sam Foreman, an advocate for entrepreneurship, tech and inclusion, is an attorney at Fleeson Gooing. Contact him at email@example.com and @wichisam on Twitter.