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Utilizing Open Source Technologies in a Business Environment


Free to Attend

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This presentation will cover a wide variety of currently available open source software and provide real world examples of how that software can be used for business purposes. Open source software can be used to provide everything from your traditional word processing, workstation operating systems, project management, bug tracking, version tracking, and so many other things. Open source software can provide significant cost savings and can work for you.


Details and registration here.

CSRA Information Technology Job Fair





CSRA is hosting a Information Technology Job Fair on Wednesday, July 20th, at the Pensacola Grand Hotel.


CSRA is a service provider and trusted partner to help defend our nation. If you hold a SECRET, NACLC Investigation, or Top Secret clearance with SCI eligibility, join CSRA in one of the following positions:


JAVA and .NET Developer,
Linux, Windows and VMWare Administrators,
Network, Splunk, and Database Administrators (Oracle & SQL),
Software Engineers, Information Assurance,
Certification and Accreditation (C&A)

AGENDA:
Job Fair - 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Interview Sessions - 3:30PM to 7:00PM


Details and registration here.


July Networking Social



 

Join your colleagues and friends from IT Gulf Coast and the IT community at Phineas Phogg's at Seville Quarter Downtown for drinks, snacks, and camaraderie. As always, it's free for IT Gulf Coast members and their guests. Please register so we will have an accurate headcount for the venue.




This month's social is generously sponsored by  vTech io, who joins us as a silver sponsor of IT Gulf Coast. We're very excited to have them on board as a partner in continuing our mission of promoting technology, advancing education, and building community.

 

When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 pm

 

Where: Phineas Phogg's a at Seville Quarter 130 E Government St, Pensacola, FL 32502


Who: Current and future members of the IT community 



Details and registration here.

Women In Tech: Aviation




The "Women In Tech" series, sponsored by Innovation Coast, continues on July 20th. This session's topic: Women In Aviation. Admission is free, but RSVP required.


Details here.

Supporting STEM Saturdays at The National Flight Academy




IT Gulf Coast is proud to partner with the National Flight Academy to support its STEM Satiurday program. This donation was made possible through the proceeds received from last year’s ITEN Wired summit. IT Gulf Coast is committed to supporting educational initiatives that will foster the growth of the future STEM workforce. The programs offered by the National Flight Academy are truly unique in their approach to teaching these disciplines using an immersive and fun environment. More information about the STEM Saturday program can be found here.

IT Gulf Coast Opens 2016 Lunch and Learn Series


IT Gulf Coast held its first Lunch & Learn of 2016, giving the forty attendees a better understanding of the world of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS’s), more commonly known as drones.


Alan Gray and Chris Tonn, owners of Pelican Drones, gave an engaging presentation on the application, restrictions and potential for UAS’s in supporting the ever-changing business environment. Because their use by the public is relatively new a lot of mysteryAlan Gray (left) and Chris Tonn of Pelican Drones. still surrounds the issue. Alan, a certified community planner, and Chris, an entrepreneur and drone enthusiast, started their venture in January 2015. At that time, Pelican Drones was the only Federal Aviation Administration certified commercial use drone providers from New Orleans to Tallahassee. Since then, the number of drone service providers has exploded over 25 in the Pensacola region alone.


Training and a respect for the rules is foundational to running a UAS-based business. Early on, Chris went through rigorous instruction similar to pilot training. Adhering to the “rules of the road” for flying were paramount: Stay below 400 feet, do not fly at night, no flying over people and no flying through airport control zones.


Although never an issue with their company, the growing popularity of drone technology and several high profile near misses with commercial aircraft brought about a move late last year by the FAA to register all drones sold. Chris and Alan pointed out that the industry had already been moving to develop better firmware that would limit the chance for airborne encounters by incorporating, amongst other things, restricted airspace programming.


Used properly, drones have opened a new world of visual imagery and commercial application. In one example, Alan showed an 18 acre construction site. High resolution cameras allows the client to see detailed tractor treads in the dirt. What’s more, using digital elevation modeling, clients can analyze the slope of a property or the quantity of landfill brought on site.


“By identifying dimensions of a mound and applying simple volumetric calculations, the client can determine if, for example, the 410 trucks of fill were deposited on site or if it was 205,” noted Alan Gray. “There is also the ability to overview the work site progress on a regular basis defined by the client.”


By far, the most interesting aspect of drone services is the ability to provide more visually stimulating video for production and advertising. An excellent example shows the stunning beauty of Pensacola Beach, a production that has been viewed over half a million times and shared by over 7,000 Pensacolians.


Both owners pointed to a future that is wide open. “Companies are experimenting with delivering products to the home using barcode technology. In Germany, there is a move underway to ship emergency medical supplies, such as blood, using drones. Their use avoids the problems of being stuck in ground traffic when moments count.” Other applications are being considered every day.


Although the weather did not cooperate for a short demonstration, the presentation was a rousing success to the audience. Special thanks to Southern Light for its generous donation in covering the cost of lunch for the attendees and the Argo Athletic Club for use of their facilities.




Upcoming events

27 Jun 2016 (CDT) • GBSI 2400 W Michigan Ave # 4, Pensacola, FL 32526
28 Jul 2016 5:00 PM (CDT) • Phineas Phogg's a at Seville Quarter 130 E Government St, Pensacola, FL 32502
12 Oct 2016 12:00 PM (CDT) • Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front 12 Via De Luna Dr Pensacola Beach, FL 32561



Register Now For ITEN WIRED '16!


Registration is now open for the Gulf Coast's premiere technology summit. This year's event has been expanded to 3 days, October 12-14th. As always, expect a stellar lineup of speakers, opportunities to network with peers and our great sponsors, IGNITE ITEN, and a few new additions to this year's program. Oh, did we mention that this is all happening at the Hilton on beautiful Pensacola Beach?


Charter, Gold, and Student members receive $25 off their admission. Look for the discount code in a special email sent out to paid members on May 16th. Unable to locate your code? Contact us at info@itgulfcoast.org.


Not a member of IT Gulf Coast? Consider joining today. The membership almost pays for itself immediately with the discount you receive on your ITEN WIRED admission.


Sign up for the ITEN WIRED newsletter and stay updated on the latest announcements as we draw closer to the October 12th kick-off.


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