2008 Georgia Technology Summit

March 24, 2008 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

NOTE:   We’re pleased to have a recent hire write about her impressions of the recent Techology Association of Georgia GTS ’08 Summit.    And now, here’s Tiffani. 

Being one of the new staff members roaming the halls here at Vendormate, I was thrilled to be asked to represent the company at the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) 2008 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS ’08) a couple of weeks ago.  This was especially fun because Vendormate was selected for the 2nd year in a row as a Top 40 Innovative Technology Company in Georgia by TAG.   

In keeping with the “Best of” theme, here were my Top 3 moments of the day.

1.    Michael Gelb, author of  “Innovate Like Edison” and “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”.  I felt that his presentation was fantastic & highly relevant to anyone who wants to thrive in a rapidly changing environment.  By explaining how Thomas Edison’s process of systematic innovation was actually his greatest invention, Michael drew parallels to how we can use that in our daily lives and really increase our creative output.

2.   Tech High Fieldtrip Group.  Throughout the day I had quite a few Tech High students come visit our booth.  Each student seemed truly interested in learning more about how our technology worked, asked very intelligent questions to help enhance their understanding, and overall were an incredibly delightful addition to the GTS ’08.

3.   Spark IP.  Our neighbors down here at the ATDC have a sweet online application that helps the scientific community & innovators exchange intellectual property.  With more than 5900 licensable technologies, “the site allows users to gain a better understanding of patented technology and how new innovation can be created, protected and marketed.”  The parallel between their business and ours — of managing information not widgets — is obvious.   It will be interesting to watch them grow!

On a personal note, I would also like to take a minute to mention my former colleagues over at The Weather Channel  Interactive.  It’s funny that my first event for Vendormate had me sitting at a booth next to several old friends, who were also selected as one of the Top Innovators in Georgia.  I am always happy to see that they continue to push the envelope in order to be the leading provider of online and mobile weather information. 

Even though there are times when it felt like I was sitting in the middle of the IBM Buzzword Bingo commercial,  you never know where the next spark of inspiration will come from.   Events like GTS ’08 — with the speakers and the camaraderie — might just be one of those sparks.     

Entry filed under: Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

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