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    • 02/29/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati St #300, Dayton, OH 45417

    Your organization doesn’t have sensitive data . . . .think again

    Cyber Risk Awareness for Small Business

    Small doesn’t mean safe. This session will provide valuable insights and actionable strategies to help small organizations protect themselves from cyber risks and enhance their overall security posture. Including: Data protection best practices, Creating a cyber aware culture, Incident Response Essentials and Practical Risk Assessments.


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    • 03/13/2024
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Sinclair Conference Center

    Join hundreds of IT Professionals at the 21st annual

    Ohio Information Security Conference

    March 13, 2024

    We bring Cybersecurity experts from all over the country together under one roof to share knowledge, stay ahead of threat actors, and answer your questions about protecting your most valuable asset: your data.

    • 04/03/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Central State Dayton Campus 840 Germantown St, Dayton, OH 45402

    Cyberbullying & Harassment in the Workplace

    Note: This event is at Central State Dayton Campus

    The statistics will astound. According to Workplace Bullying Institute’s recent survey, 61% of remote workers are affected by bullying and 50% of respondents reported experiencing or witnessing mistreatment during online meetings and 70% of the online mistreatment occurred in front of others.

    Examples of workplace cyber harassment include repeatedly texting a co-worker, making fun of a person in a group, posting or sending offensive memes or posting comments/rumors/gossip about a co-worker.

    Join us for a panel discussion by human resource and legal experts as they discuss understanding the impact, policies and training guidelines. Leave empowered and encouraged!

    Powered By:

    NextStep Networking

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

    • 04/04/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Central State Dayton Campus 840 Germantown St, Dayton, OH 45402

    NOTE: This event will be held at Central State Dayton Campus

    Cultivating Innovation:

    Nurturing IT's Role in Business and Customer Engagement

    Join us for a roundtable discussion led by

    Kalen Howell

    CIO, ChemStation

    This topic addresses the challenge of creating time, space, and a conducive environment for IT to focus on innovation and technology enablement, especially in organizations where IT has traditionally been viewed as a mere support function. It will explore strategies to integrate IT closely with business objectives and customer needs, thereby enhancing the organization's bottom line.

    Powered by:

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

    • 04/09/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Central State Dayton Campus 840 Germantown St, Dayton, OH 45402

    Beyond Scans: Cracking the Code on Genuine Penetration Testing

    NOTE: This event will be held at Central State Dayton Campus

    Facilitated by:

    Jake Brandau

    Expedient Technology Solutions

    What differentiates a penetration test from network scanning and does it matter? When should you look to implement penetration testing into your defense-in-depth strategy? How should you budget for control validation? Perspective from a penetration tester.

    Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

    • 04/16/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hobart Corporate Headquarters 701 S Ridge Ave, Troy, OH 45373

    Note: This event will be held at Hobart Corp

    Join us at Hobart Corporate Headquarters for a Round Table Discussion & a Hobart Facility Tour

    Welcome to our round-table discussion on infrastructure and cloud computing. We invite you to actively shape the agenda and explore urgent industry issues. Topics may include: Datacenter Asset management, monitoring, budgeting serverless computing, Kubernetes, zero-trust security, and green computing.

    Your expertise is valued, and we encourage discussion on various subjects relevant to your experiences.

    Join us in this trusted space for exchanging ideas and fostering collaboration within our community as we navigate the dynamic landscape of infrastructure and cloud computing.


    • 11:30 a.m. – Meet at the Training Center Building and Facility Tour
      (Note: Upon arrival, attendees should enter the main lobby, check in, and receive a temporary badge) 
    • 11:35 a.m.  - Take Tour with Dave Williams (25-30 min)
    • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch and conversation (Training Auditorium)
    • 1:00 p.m. – Close the event

      We encourage you to personally invite others in your network to attend the event.

      Facilitated By The Infrastructure Cloud Committee

      Powered By:

      Ascend Technologies

      Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact

      • 04/17/2024
      • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Central State Dayton Campus 840 Germantown St, Dayton, OH 45402

      Join the Data Analytics Peer Group discussion on:

      Embedded AI for Industrial and Autonomy Systems

      Embedded AI, with STM32 microcontrollers, FPGA, and TinyML, revolutionizes technology. STM32 excels in automation, mastering it enhances industrial skills. TinyML optimizes resource use for AI. The synergy of STM32, TinyML, and FPGA creates responsive devices, offering practical AI skills. This integration bridges computation and intelligent decision-making at the cloud's edge.

      Key Areas of Study:

      - Delve into embedded systems and microcontrollers.

      - Introduce the Trust AI principle.

      - Examine STM32 microcontroller architecture and functionalities.

      - Investigate the development and deployment of machine learning models.

      Facilitated by: Fathi Amsaad, Sayed Nowroz & Logan Pence

      Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact 

      • 04/24/2024
      • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Central State Dayton Campus 840 Germantown St, Dayton, OH 45402

      Building Ohio's Tech Workforce 

      Tech Talent Roundtable

      Join leaders from across the Dayton region for a Roundtable on

      Building Ohio's Tech Workforce.

      Together, with IT leaders from industry, education, and government, we will discuss the latest tech workforce trends, share what smart companies are doing today to build for tomorrow, and examine how partnerships between industry, education, and government can help build our future tech workforce. We'll also hear updates from the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation and JobsOhio.

      Featured guests include:

      Powered By:

      Modern Office Methods

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      • 05/02/2024
      • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati St #300, Dayton, OH 45417

      Software Composition Analysis (SCA) to

      Secure Custom Apps

      Today, more than ever, software engineering teams produce custom business applications by assembling libraries and open source software components (OSS) within a selected framework. It’s by far the most efficient way to produce custom software applications. Selection of the OSS and libraries are typically made by the software engineering team.

      That’s all well and good, but who’s responsible for generating and evaluating the Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) for common vulnerability exposures (CVEs)? What routines are necessary to do so? What tools are available to support this critically important work? How are businesses planning and budgeting for code remediation efforts to maintain a high-degree of security? Join us for a discussion on this and more.

      Facilitated by:

      Matt Strippelhoff

      Partner, CEO

      Red Hawk Technologies

      • 05/08/2024
      • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Lexis Nexis, 9443 N Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, Bldg 4 Auditorium
      • 150

      Can You Hear Me Now?

      Five Strategies to "Lift Your Voice" - And Be Heard - In The Workplace

      Although women are represented at every level in most organizations, the ways in which they experience work can present unique challenges. This is especially true of women who work in non-traditional and/or male-dominated professions. Regardless of their position, title, or level of authority, professional women continue to experience “gender-specific” obstacles. Can You Hear Me Now? is a workshop designed to share qualitative research and findings specific to the challenges faced by the women professionals. Participants will be encouraged to openly and honestly discuss the cultural climate of their organizations and “hear” the experiences of their female colleagues. Using the principles of appreciative inquiry, an environment will be created that will encourage participants to share their experiences, thoughts and concerns. Additionally, through the process of facilitated dialogue, they will be invited offer suggestions, make recommendations, and discuss strategies to create a path forward to systematically address the challenges that are unique to women leaders. In doing so, participants will be empowered to unapologetically “lift their voices.”

      Facilitated by:

      Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D.

      KTownsend Consulting

      • 05/09/2024
      • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Tyler Technologies One Tyler Way, Moraine, OH 45439

      Extreme Ownership

      Join us for a roundtable discussion on the 12 principles shared in

      Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

      Facilitated by:


      Chad Robinson

      Secure Cyber Defense

      Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

      • 05/16/2024
      • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati St #300, Dayton, OH 45417

      Data Speaks: The True Cost of Turnover and Why You Can't Afford to Ignore it.

      Discussion Topics:

      • Is turnover a Recruiting problem or a Retention problem?
      • Marketplace trends by the numbers
      • Learning Objectives:
        • Create a comprehensive Cost of Turnover analysis for a role
        • Leverage your data to tell a story that shows the true cost of losing an employee
        • Retention strategies to combat the headwinds of turnover




       Jennifer Nenadov

       N Solutions

      Interested in sponsoring this meeting? Contact

      • 05/30/2024
      • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Business Solutions Center 1435 Cincinnati St #300, Dayton, OH 45417

      How to Effectively Oversee An IT Staff When You Aren't An IT Expert

      Whether you're a CEO, manager, or team leader without a technical background, this discussion will equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of IT leadership to foster a collaborative and efficient environment within your organization. Join us for an insightful session that will empower you to lead your IT team with confidence and competence. Three things you will learn from this conversation:

      • Strategic Communication: Learn how to bridge the communication gap between technical and non-technical teams, cultivating collaboration and ensuring a shared understanding of goals and expectations.
      • Building a High-Performing Team: Explore effective team-building strategies, talent management, and motivation techniques to optimize the productivity and cohesion of IT staff.
      • Understanding Key IT Concepts: Acquire a foundational understanding of critical IT concepts, allowing you to make informed decisions and contribute meaningfully to IT-related discussions.



      Matthew Worthen

      NextStep Networking


      Emily Miller

      Dignified Learning

      Powered By:

      NextStep Networking

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      • 06/18/2024
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Jurgenson Companies, 11641 Mosteller Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

      The build and use of AI Self Support Bot

      In this discussion let’s dives into harnessing the power of internal support data…

      Let’s investigate to leverage historical support data to build your own AI assistant, automating tasks, answering user questions, and boosting self-healing.

      Overcome technical hurdles like data conversion, availability, cleaning, and having a central repository.

      Join us and unlock the potential of historical support data for an intelligent future!

      Facilitated by: Steve Ling, Jurgenson Companies

      Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

      • 07/16/2024
      • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Intrust IT, 15 McDonough St, Floor 5, Dayton, 45402

      Managing the Stresses as a Cyber Professional

      Build and maintain a cybersecurity awareness program

      Facilitated by:

      Dave Hatter, Intrust IT 

      Interested in sponsoring? Contact for more information.

      • 09/18/2024
      • 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
      • Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St, Centerville, OH 45458
      • 142

      Every year Technology First awards scholarships to area IT college students.

      Join us in this fun, fundraising event!

      The Technology First Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more deserving regional college students. Students selected for this scholarship are matriculating in Information Technology related curriculums, have achieved distinguished academic success, and have demonstrated high character and values.

      Wednesday, September 18th

      11:00 a.m. - Registration

      11:00 - 11:45 a.m. - Driving range open

      12:00 p.m. - Tee time

      Approximately 5:30 p.m. - Dinner, drinks, networking, and prizes!

      Prizes for men and women's closest to the pin

      If you register for Scramble for Scholarships, then you are automatically registered to attend the #UniteDaytonTech Summer Networking Series event immediately following.

      Interested in sponsoring? See registration or email for more information!

       #UniteDaytonTech #S4S2024 #funforacause



      • 09/25/2024
      • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      • Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, 45324 Apollo Room, Student Union

      Employers & Students! Join us where over 200+ students, faculty, and IT professionals network

      and connect.  

      The Digital Mixer is an annual event that brings together hundreds of students and IT professionals to network and connect with regional employers. Join us for casual yet meaningful conversations that could land you the job or the talent you’ve been looking for!

      Students - Bring your resumes and learn more about the internships and career possibilities in the region.

      Employers - Bring your company information to share internship, part-time, and full-time opportunities they have available. 

      NOTE: This event is exclusively open to students, faculty, and hiring employers only. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in ensuring that this opportunity remains focused on the intended audience.

      Dress code is business casual

       Employer Flyer
        Student Flyer

      Please contact with any questions!

      Thank you Sponsors!     


    Meet Our Partners

    Our Annual Partners share a common goal: to connect, strengthen, and champion the technology community in our region. A Technology First Partner is an elite member leading the support, development, and expansion of Technology First services. In return, Partners improve community visibility and increase their revenue. Make a difference in our region and your business. 

    Become A Partner

    Champion Partner

    Cornerstone Partners

    1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton Ohio 45417

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