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November Lunch & Learn

The Two Day Prototype

When someone thinks about turning ideas into reality, they envision a long process that can take multiple weeks, months, or years. However, sometimes the best ideas emerge under pressure and with limited time.

A team of students, led by UWF College of Computer Sciences Professor Dr. Brian Eddy, will give a real life example of how a 30-second brainstorming session gave birth to an idea that led to a working prototype and business plan within two days’ time. This project was performed as part of Startup Weekend Pensacola, an event that connects local professionals for a weekend long challenge. The team will also discuss the need for similar projects, such as Hackathons, that focus on connecting professionals with students. These events help train new talent and generate ideas that can transform the region for the better.

Presenting will be team members UWF students Michael Moore and Jonathan Rogers.

Our Speaker:

Dr. Brian Eddy is an Assistant Professor for the College of Computer Sciences at the University of West Florida. He received his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Eddy is interested in software engineering and in the use of machine learning, data mining, and information retrieval to aid software engineering tasks. He also has interests in the areas of model-driven engineering, secure software development, and computer science education. Model-driven engineering focuses on providing software support for domain experts. In secure development, he focuses on the development of tool support that helps developers maintain the integrity of a secure software system. Coming from a family of educators, he also pursues computer science education focused on the development of platforms and curriculum for the purposes of K-12 teaching and outreach.

Register here.

Lunch for this month's Lunch & Learn has been generously donated by our friends at Southern Light Fiber for all guests that are attending. Due to ordering constraints, please reserve your place by November 17th so that we will have an accurate headcount to provide to the caterer.

IT Gulf Coast’s traditional Holiday Gala is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10th, at the UWF Conference Center, 11000 University Pkwy, Bldg 22.  This premier event will begin with cocktails at 5:30 pm. followed by the dinner program at 6 pm.  The gala is one of our largest fundraising events of the year and will include cocktails, buffet dinner, and a Chinese auction, as well as the opportunity to network and socialize with other IT Gulf Coast members and IT professionals. 


Our mission is to "Become the premiere professional association for the IT community in Northwest Florida with a goal of creating educational and networking opportunities for our membership to foster the growth of the technology industry and entrepreneurship in our area."   This event helps fund scholarships for local students at the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, and the National Flight Academy.


Dress is business casual.  Buy your tickets today here.


Early Bird Tickets:

$25.00 a person for IT Gulf Coast members with paid memberships (Gold, Charter, and Student). 

$35.00 a person for everyone else.


At the door:

$35.00 a person for IT Gulf Coast members with paid memberships (Gold, Charter, and Student). 

$45.00 a person for everyone else.


Reserved and Premium Tables are Available

$50 per person Reserved VIP table

(Subject to Availability)


For more information, call 850.791.1528 or 850.393.5478

10 additional auction tickets: $10


25 additional auction tickets: $20


100 additional auction tickets: $75

Thank You, From The National Flight Academy

Sharing a letter of thanks from our friends at the National Flight Academy for the scholarship donation made by IT Gulf Coast from proceeds from last year's ITEN Wired Summit.

Upcoming events

09 Dec 2015 12:00 PM • TBA
10 Dec 2015 5:30 PM • University of West Florida Conference Center 11000 University Parkway, Building 22, Pensacola FL 32514
22 Jan 2016 • TBA

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