Tech Town Hall

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By: Jill Miller Zimon, JD, MSSA

A face-to-face gathering about how to unleash technology might sound almost counter-intuitive in this age of public engagement tools powered by tech. But for a couple of hours on October 2, 2014, eighty to a hundred interested people came together at ideastream for the Tech Town Hall presented by OneCommunity and the Civic Commons. The evening featured an opening keynote by Dr. Julian Earls, Director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and a panel discussion with four serious Northeast Ohio insiders in the world of innovation and technology: Jerry Duffy, General Manager, Global Product Management at GE Lighting; Jeff Mowry, Chief Information Officer, Cuyahoga County; Jennifer Neundorfer, COO/CFO, Flashstarts Accelerator Fund; and JT Tan, Gorilla Group Leadership Team and Healthcare Industry Technology Expert.

It was hard to leave the night’s  conversation without feeling optimistic. This Storify of prolific tweeting by numerous attendees captured the spirit that filled the space.

The content and banter at the Tech Townhall underscores the eagerness with which many in our community await the pearl we know we can produce. The world is our oyster, Cleveland.


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