In case you hadn’t heard by now, eMerge Americas (http://www.emergeamericas.com/) is in town and we are anticipating on hearing and learning about the Digital Revolution and how it’s impacting all of us not only from a Technology perspective but how this can disrupt how business will be done over the next few years and beyond. It is not too late to register as the “Who’s Who” of Entrepreneurs, Investors, Government and Technologies will be well represented, be sure to register NOW to secure your space at http://www.emergeamericas.com/ to get your seat at the event.

I’ll be in attendance on Tuesday April 24th, which is the 2nd day of the event doing a couple of different things:

  • During the Daytime Shift on Tuesday I’ll be helping manage the CenturyLink Business (@centurylink) Booth #613 along with other CenturyLink Team Members to help show you some of our latest innovative digital solutions that will be of interest to many of you, so be sure to stop by and say hello to myself and the rest of our Team.
  • For the Evening (After-Hours) Shift, we’ll be walking a few blocks over to WeWork (@weworkmia) on Lincoln Road for the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) eMerge Americas “Wine Down” Ultimate Bar & Buffet After Party from 5p-8:30p. We look forward to having you join us to network and “Wine Down” from eMerge and hopefully have a bit of fun along the way. To register for Wine Down, please go to: https://www.southfloridatech.org/sfta-events/!event-register/2018/4/24/wine-down-emerge-2018. eMerge Americas VIP Ticket Holders get FREE Access, plus SFTA Members and eMerge Americas Summit Ticket holders get discounted tickets as well, please contact executivedirector@southfloridatech.org for details or visit the SFTA Booth at eMerge Americas. 

I’m looking forward to connecting with many of you who are attending eMerge Americas, if you need to contact me, I’m available at Glen.Benjamin@CenturyLink.com or 954-974-6262. Thanks! Glen

 

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | April 8, 2018

Fundraising Campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

I’m truly honored to have been picked by my good friend and President of the SFTA (@soflatech), Tammy Kennedy, to be part of her Team to help raise funds on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of South Florida (https://www.lls.org/southern-florida). Cancer and specifically LLS impacts virtually every one of us one way or another and as part of giving back to the community, I’m working with Tammy and her Team to get this message out there.

Besides the obvious request for raising money for this critical cause, we are also looking for volunteers who are interested in joining the team to assist us at events including of course SFTA Events as well as other fun things that we have coming up over the next few weeks, so please contact Tammy or myself if you are interested in helping us out.

Something that I learned about LLS (amongst many other things) is that every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Unlike other cancers, you cannot screen for or prevent most blood cancers. The only solution is to focus and fund on cures, so your support is more critical than ever from this dreaded disease.

I have included several videos from last week’s LLS Event Kickoff where Tammy was introduced along with other LLS Man and Woman Nominees of the Year for 2018 along with Students of the Year, who have raised over $100K alone over the past weeks, so if they can do such a great job, so can us adults. I also included a video that I saw this morning on ESPN, which featured a beautiful 5-year-old child diagnosed with this awful disease and how the Pittsburg Sports Community has gathered together to help in her recovery. This video will not leave a dry eye in the house and if that is all you decide to view, we hope that it gets the point home that none of us are excluded, regardless of age.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out as we want to support Tammy and the LLS Society of South Florida in their efforts to eradicate Leukemia and Lymphoma in hopefully all of our lifetimes. Here are links to LLS South Florida for additional information:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthFloridaLLS/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/llssouthflorida/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lls_sfl

Thanks! Glen

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Glen Benjamin’s LLS Fund Raising Page: http://pages.mwoy.org/sfl/ftl18/gbenjamin

ESPN – SC Featured: Thank you Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh and its teams have come together to help a local sports radio host’s daughter battling leukemia. http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=23061241

LLS Kickoff Event Videos from April 4th featuring SFTA (@soflatech) President Tammy Kennedy, LLS Nominee for Woman of the Year plus Student Winners, who raised over $100K on their own! Also a big shout out to another SFTA Board Member, Lenny Chesal (@lennychesal) for being a Co-MC for the evening!

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Coming up this Tuesday March 13th starting at 2pm, SFTA (@soflatech) will be presenting Tech Talent Fest at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Engineering & Computing. This is an effort to give back to our Tech Community by putting Job Seekers/Candidates and those looking to make career changes under the same roof with Recruiters/Hiring Managers/South Florida Organizations and do some “Match-Making” to help guide folks on getting hired or find the careers of their dreams.

We are also going to have breakout sessions by some of the top speakers in the area helping our attendees build their resumes, learn how to present, learn how to network, learn how to use LinkedIn and Social Media and even what the Jobs of the Future might look like.

Following Tech Talent Fest, the SFTA will be hosting a Networking Event starting at 5:30 where you will be able to meet our Sponsors, Presenters and other Attendees over a glass of beer or wine and continue networking that evening, so feel free to come on by.

Speaking of Sponsors, we have a fabulous list of organizations will be joining us, which I’m listing below, so please be sure to register at www.techtalentfest.org to reserve your chance to meet Hiring Managers at these companies:

Platinum Sponsors:

Nova Southeastern University – Host

Citrix

CSPi Technology Solutions

Gold Sponsors:

CBS Interactive

GoGig

Silver Sponsors

Magic Leap

Moderinizing Medicine

JobNewsUSA

CenturyLink

ipfone

Consultis

Benjamin Douglas

Sherlock Talent

Flagship Solutions

Momentum Consulting

365 Data Centers

Electronic Payments

Comcast Business

SL Powers

Ameriprise Financial

Marcum LLP

TK2 Coding Bootcamp

CoAdvantage

The Monaco Group

Florida.Net

Beacon Hill Staffing

Stagman Commercial

Concurrent Real-Time

LaunchCode

Community Sponsor:

Career Source Broward

Website and Link to Register:

www.techtalentfest.org

See You at Tech Talent Fest on Tuesday!

Posted by: mobilitycloud | March 6, 2018

One Week Down at CenturyLink – Still Lots to Learn!

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Yes I have made it through my first week at CenturyLink where I’m just at the beginning of about a month of Onboarding, i.e. learning about culture, internal systems, products and implementation and yes my head is spinning as I’m drinking from two fire hoses as CenturyLink is in the process of merging with Level3 as this is occurring. What I’m also learning is that the combined organization does a whole lot more than just Networking as we also do a very good job at IT Consulting, Managed and Professional Services, Cloud, Business Continuity, Cybersecurity and Implementation Services, which again I’m trying to absorb in my Onboarding and Training in a relatively short amount of time. I know in time this will all come together, just part of the new gig right?

I also want to Thank All of You that have reached out to me over the past week to wish me luck and encouraged me with your kind words and comments, which I appreciate from the bottom of my heart. I’ll keep you updated as I understand more of the capabilities and get traction in my new role, which is as a Sr. Enterprise or Strategic Account Manager for clients here in South Florida. For those that are considering an evaluation of their current utilization of Technology Services as mentioned above or other potential Infrastructure to be updated, I would appreciate an opportunity to earn your business and work with you and your organization as part of that evaluation. My contact information remains the same and you can also add my new e-mail address, Glen.Benjamin@CenturyLink.com in your address book so that we stay connected during the next chapter in my new journey with CenturyLink.

I’m obviously very excited about this new journey and there is no one better than Will Smith portraying Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness, to express my joy here at CenturyLink, so I hope that you enjoy this clip.

Thanks Again and i look forward to connecting in the near future.

Glen

Posted by: mobilitycloud | February 23, 2018

The Search is Over, Now “Pay it Forward”!

 

As most of you know, I have been looking for a new position after being laid off a few months ago and I’m very proud to announce that THE SEARCH IS OVER! In typical journalist fashion I’m going to reveal my new company next week once I get settled, so that my friends, is the “tease” that I’ll leave you to ponder for the weekend.

What I do want to do at this time is “Pay it Forward” to all of the people and organizations that took the time to assist me by connecting me with Hiring Managers, Recruiters or Companies that had opportunities that I was a fit for. Looking for and obtaining a job can be frustrating and exhausting and many times it was great to talk to someone who could help motivate me during those tense moments or simply help guide me when I needed it the most and I’ll reference those folks at the bottom of this message.

I also know that there are many other people out there that are looking either for a career change or a new job, so I want to remind that coming up on Tuesday March 13th, the SFTA will be hosting Tech Talent Fest (www.techtalentfest.org) at Nova Southeastern University, where we will be putting Hiring Companies, Recruiters and other organizations together to help you find a role that just might suit you as well. Some of our Sponsors include CSPi, Magic Leap, CBS Interactive, Consultis, Sherlock Talent, Flaghip Solutions, GoGIG and JobNewsUSA plus we will be announcing others shortly. From 2p-5:15p we are going to have tables set up with these and other organizations in the Atrium of the College of Engineering and Computing (Carl de Santis Building) plus we will have breakout sessions where we will have speakers talk to you about how to get a job, how to interview, how to use LinkedIn, give us their view of jobs of the future along with similar topics. Then at 5:30 we will move upstairs in the same building to a reception area where we will have an SFTA Networking event where you can meet these Sponsors, Recruiters and Hiring Companies is a more casual atmosphere. Additional details are available including Sponsorship information at www.techtalentfest.org or you can certainly contact me with any questions.

Finally I’m going to attempt to formally Thank a lot of people here and like they say on Awards Shows, that is dangerous as you might miss someone here, so if I didn’t remember to include you, feel free to add your own “Shout Out” to this post.

First let me Thank the teams at SFTA/ITPalooza who helped me along the way here:  Lenny Chesal, Tammy Kennedy, John Ficarra, Rick Sebaly, Joe Monaco, Sal Miglino, Kelly Boyle, Nicole Ciccone, Alex Funkhouser, John McLaughlin, Bob Fitts, Kristin Knauer, Steve Earle, Don Silver, Allie Hernandez, Patricia Monica Ojeda and Beth Ryan. 

Other people that also need to get a “Shout Out” whose assistance has been invaluable during my hiatus also include: Ed Simon, Steve Elliot, Eric Huskey, Carol Boston, Rebecca Morse, John Munnilal, Eric Horowitz, Hugo Perez, Walter Sabrin, Dana Ingram, Deborah Vazquez Scott Kaplan, Jennifer Graham, Joseph Jones, Johnny Gallagher, Joe Russo, Gary Endlich, David Reece, Fred Mitchels, Roger Soto, Jim Noe, Rigo Alvarez, Patti Gonzalez, Lauren Wolcott, Doug Sensenig, Matt Hitt, Stephanie Bouras, Karla Roarty, Craig Inman, Joe Ferst, Tina Campbell, Jon Lowe amongst many others. Again if I missed you, feel free to add yourself to this post and scold me for not remembering. 

As you can tell that I’m excited about this next chapter in my career and Thank You All for helping me on this journey and all I’ll ask from you at this point is to “Pay it Forward” by helping someone else who could use your assistance, you never know how they might help you in return.

My Sincere Thanks! Glen

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As fellow Broward County and South Florida residents, the SFTA (www.southfloridatech.org) has created a fundraiser via Gifted Coin (www.giftedcoin.com) to help the families of the victims and survivors of the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that occurred on February 14th.

Like most of us, we have watched the parents of these victims and their anguish over these senseless killings also want to say “No More” and call upon our nation to protect our children regardless of what causes someone to endanger our society. This is why the SFTA is moved to do more than just have compassion, we are moved to action – one small kind gesture in solidarity within our community. We are challenging everyone who knew someone in that school, a teacher or one of the victims or survivors to help us raise funds for those in need.

Your tax-deductible gifts will be presented to the Broward Education Foundation (5013c) to help those impacted and it is fully approved and vetted organization endorsed by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

The SFTA Thanks You for any donations or support that you are able to provide during this very difficult time. The link to the Donation Site is listed below, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions on how you can help.

SFTA Page on Gifted Coin to Help Families of Stoneman Douglas

Chicago Cub and Marjory Stoneman Douglas Alumnus, Anthony Rizzo, Speaking at Vigil for Victims Video Below:

Posted by: mobilitycloud | January 29, 2018

SFTA Tech Talent Fest – Tuesday March 13th at Nova SE University!

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Along with Kelly Boyle, I’ll be Co-Chairing the upcoming SFTA (@soflatech) Tech Talent Fest to help our Tech Community connect with Hiring Managers or Companies in the South Florida area to help find jobs or discuss career development options, especially as Tech evolves into many new areas that until recently, had not even been though of. Nova Southeastern University has been gracious to open up their College of Engineering & Computing (Carl DeSantis Building) so that we can get as many job seekers and candidates into the facility as possible so that we can get you in front as many Hiring Managers and Recruiters as possible. Additional details are listed below and if you are interested in being a Sponsor of the event, please contact Kelly Boyle or myself with any questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday March 13th at Nova SE!

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The South Florida Technology Alliance is proud to announce that we are hosting the Tech Talent Fest being held Tuesday March 13th at Nova Southeastern University College of Engineering and Computing from 2p-8p.

The SFTA is creating the largest hiring fair in the South Florida area in 2018 by putting all players in the Tech Talent space under one roof to help our members Learn, Connect and Grow. We are looking to connect Job Seekers, Career Changers, College Students and anyone looking for employment along with Hiring Managers, Business Owners or Entrepreneurs looking for Talent.

Link to Register: https://www.southfloridatech.org/event/sfta-presents-tech-talent-fest/#!event-register/2018/3/13/tech-talent-fest

Value for Attendees includes:
1. Entrance to the event
– Networking for career advancement and/or to find employment
2. Connect with Potential Employers, Hiring Managers and Recruiters
3. Attend Breakout Sessions
– on a variety of topics geared to Job Seekers or Career Changers
4. Learn about continuing education opportunities, degree
programs and certifications
5. Access to Valuable Resources in South Florida
6. Free Drink Ticket
7. Appetizers
8. Free Parking
9. Discount on SFTA Membership

Tuesday March 13th 2018
Nova Southeastern University, College of Engineering & Computing, Carl DeSantis Building
3301 College Ave
Davie, FL 33314

Schedule:
2:00PM – 5:15PM EXPO HALL is Open
2:30PM – 5:15PM Breakout Sessions on Topics for Job Seekers or Career Changers
2:30PM – 3:15PM Session 1
3:30PM – 4:15PM Session 2
4:30PM – 5:15PM Session 3
5:30PM Presentation by SFTA, NSU and other Sponsors
6:00PM – 8:00PM Networking / Cocktail Hour

Sponsor Packages:
Platinum: $1500
1. Table in the Expo Hall / Atrium
2. Featured Presenter during event
– 5 minute commercial / presentation at 5:30PM
4. 45 Minute Breakout Session Speaking Opportunity
5. Logo on Rotating Slideshow at the event
6. Full Page AD in Brochure

Gold: $750 or $650 SFTA MEMBERS
1. Table in the Expo Hall / Atrium
2. 1 minute commercial / presentation at 5:30PM
3. 45 minute Breakout Session Speaking Opportunity
4. Logo on Rotating Slideshow at the event
5. Logo in Brochure

Silver: $350 or $250 SFTA MEMBERS
1. Table in the Expo Hall / Atrium
2. Logo on Rotating Slideshow at the event
3. Logo in Brochure

For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Kelly Boyle (kelboyle@gmail.com or @missfinance) or myself (glenbenjamin1@gmail.com or @glenbenjamin) for additional details.

 

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As a reminder, the SFTA (@soflatech) is hosting a “New Technologies Educational Summit” this Thursday January 25th starting at 5:00pm at the Grand Palm Hotel in Pembroke Pines. We will featuring speakers from FAU, IBM, Miami-Dade County and Sensentia moderated by Asif Malik (@asifmalik2).

Topics expected to be covered (but not limited to) relate  to IoT, Smart Systems, Smart Cities, Healthcare, Cognitive Computing and Solution Development.

Below is our list of Panelists and Moderator along with a link to register for the event. We look forward to seeing you this Thursday!

ASIF MALIK // PANEL MODERATOR

Asif Malik is an independent consultant in IT Architecture and Design space. He has interest in Human Development, in general, the role IT plays in it. He is currently engaged with offshore companies to develop solutions for Cognitive Era especially those based on IBM Watson APIs. He is also deeply involved in the development of 3D modeling solutions for IT Architecture. Mr. Malik is IBM Middleware User Group lead for last 10 years and currently committee chair for events and memberships at SFTA. He envisioned, planned and implemented this idea of an event on Cognitive Computing from SFTA Platform. He is very excited to see it actually happening.

BASSEM ALHALABI // ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY.

Dr. Alhalabi is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at FAU’s main campus of Boca Raton.  His primary area of expertise is Embedded, Wireless, IoT, and Smart Control Systems, which span over consumer, industrial, educational and medical applications.  Currently, he is developing smart healthcare devices to improve general healthy living especially for elderly people and autistic children, and environmental applications. Dr. Alhalabi has conducted sponsored research and has over 80 publications in IEEE and other institutions journals and conference proceedings. For his research, he created Embedded Systems graduate and undergrad courses with hands-on labs.

CARMEN SUAREZ // MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Carmen Suarez has been an employee of Miami-Dade County for over 36 years. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis degree at the University of Miami, she joined the Information Technology Department as an entry level Systems Analyst in the Database Administration Unit. Throughout the years she has risen through the ranks and held positions as a database administrator, applications developer and technical manager in several IT disciplines within the organization. She is currently the Division Director in charge of 6 IT managers, with a total staff of over 100, belonging to the Enterprise Architecture Division.

JEFF ROGERS // DIRECTOR, HEALTHCARE INNOVATION CONSULTANT AT IBM CORPORATION

Jeff Rogers leads the North American team responsible for Industry Solution sales to government and healthcare clients. Focus solutions areas include Health and Human Services programs, Smarter Cities/Government, Emergency Management, Enterprise Health Analytics.

 

PETER D. STEPHENSON PH.D. // CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER, SENSENTIA

Peter Stephenson is an innovator, developer and entrepreneur with a track record in researching, developing, and deploying advanced technology products. Expert in the product lifecycle from identifying and analyzing opportunities, developing solutions using open innovation, rapid prototyping and piloting, developing business strategy, and overseeing the deployment. Skilled in managing multi-disciplinary project teams that include business owners, operators, innovators, academia, entrepreneurs, VCs, designers, and technologists.

Register for SFTA New Technologies Educational Summit:

https://www.southfloridatech.org/event/sfta-presents-new-technologies-educational-summit/#!event-register/2018/1/25/new-technologies-educational-summit

 

Posted by: mobilitycloud | January 17, 2018

SFTA/vBeers Tonight at Biergarten Boca – Glen Benjamin Hosting!

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As a reminder, I’ll be pinch-hitting for @johnjmclaughlin at tonight’s SFTA/vBeers Networking Event, being held at Biergarten in Boca. For those who have not attended before, vBeers is a very casual networking event for Tech Geeks or Non-Tech Geeks to get their Geek Speak on or better yet, simply connect with old friends or new folks at a very cool spot. I’m attaching below a link if you would kind enough to register on the MeetUp site plus we also have events in Miami, Palm Beach and Broward so be sure to check those out as well.

We look forward to connecting with you all tonight plus don’t forget to send your good wishes to John McLaughlin for a speed recovery!

Link to vBeers MeetUp:

South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) Social Meetups: vBeers @ Boca

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018, 5:30 PM

Biergarten Boca
309 Via De Palmas #90 Boca Raton, FL

25 Techies Attending

The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL.The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.$5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour!  We meet i…

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As a reminder, I’ll be pinch-hitting as your Host for tonight’s SFTA/vBeers Networking Event as our good friend, John McLaughlin, in on the mend from a recent surgery and we wish him all of our best for a speedy recovery!

For those that have not attended a vBeers event, it is a very casual networking opportunity to meet fellow Tech Geeks, Recruiters and Peers and you can choose to use your best Geek-Speak or talk about whatever you would like with our attendees, so feel free to join us tonight or any of the other vBeers sessions in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton or Miami. You visit www.southfloridatech.org in the Event Calendar to see what is coming up in your area.

See You Tonight!

Location and Time:

Funky Buddha Brewery

1201 NE 38th St Oakland Park, FL 33334

https://funkybuddhabrewery.com

5:30pm – 8:00pm

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