Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation on Sept. 23 naming October as Techtober in Arkansas.
Noting the technology developments that Arkansas has produced over the last 50 years, the governor acknowledged the history of technology innovation in Arkansas while urging “all citizens to join me in recognizing the importance of technology in Arkansas.”
Techtober is a community-led initiative instigated by John Chamberlin. Technology innovation organizations and community groups have joined together as supporters of Techtober to highlight the ongoing development of technology innovation in the state.
Arkansas has a rich heritage of innovative technology that has built outstanding companies and provided technology-based products and services to the world. Some of these stories are well-known while others remain to be told. Arkansas also has vigorous ongoing efforts in research, education and entrepreneurship that promise even more progress, satisfying careers and great stories in the future.
Techtober is an opportunity for Arkansans to celebrate the history of technology development and advancement that has come from the state while looking forward to the new and emerging technologies now on the horizon.
Community Supporters Join Techtober
Supporters of Techtober include organizations like the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, TechFest, the Venture Center, the Arkansas Stem Coalition, the Innovation Hub, Forge, FIRST Robotics Competition, the Arkansas Academy of Computing, Made by Few, and EAST.
Chamberlin hopes that this initiative will grow and expand with greater reach across the state in subsequent years. Technology businesses and support organizations are invited to participate in Techtober by scheduling and promoting their technology events during October.
Technical Talent and Modern Workforce Development and Techtober
Made by Few, The Little Rock Techfest and the Northwest Arkansas Tech Summit all offer day-long events in October that provide technical professionals training and insights from leading experts from across the state and around the country.
The Venture Center in Little Rock follows the Little Roc Techfest in mid-October with its JOLT Cyber Security Competition — a modern workforce development program which pits teams of tech professionals, ranging from novice to expert, against each other to solve technical puzzles in hands-on, real-world technical skill development.
This type of program is the leading edge of technical talent development according to Venture Center president and CEO Lee Watson.
In order to build viable, scalable and investable companies we have to attract new technical talent and retain the talent that already exists here in Arkansas.
— Lee Watson