April 2019 - Chairman Newsletter

Spring has Sprung in WNY!

What a great 1st quarter of 2019 we have had!

First off, let me say thank you to my Board of Directors for working so hard on so many events in the first four months of 2019. I am so proud of their accomplishments!

On March 27 we held a class on Augmented Reality and coming 5G World, hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors and Twisted Rope. We filled the room and the attendees learned a great deal about the future of Augmented Reality and 5G! Thank you BNAR and Twisted Rope's Greg Norton and Annette Wong for a great educational event! 

We brought in Dan Cockerell, the former VP of Technology from Walt Disney World on April 1 at Kleinhan's and boy did he put on a great show! We spoke to many attendees after and the feedback was amazing. Thank you, John Indelicato, for your efforts on making this a world class event for our WNY Community!! 

We have posted pictures for both events on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages so check them out!

Our Annual 2019 BETAS (Buffalo's Emerging Technology Awards & Showcase) is coming up on Thursday, May 2nd at Riverworks and we have announced the Finalists! 
Click the link to see who this year's finalists are! If you made this list, then you are already a winner, good luck to you all!

Also, I want to take a moment and thank this year's BETAS judges!   

 - Michelle Kavanaugh, President, WNY STEM HUB
 - Louise Kowalski, Professor and Information Technology Chairwoman, SUNY E.C.C. 
 - Lena Levine, Owner / Creative Director, Lena Levine Studio
 - Karl Newell, Chief Information Officer, LenderLogix
 - Joe Peters, Co-Founder, SwayFund
 - Melissa Ruggiero, Senior Associate Director, UB School of Management 
 - Craig Turner, President, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara 

This professional group of judges had some really great discussions to get this year's finalists and winners selected, so thank you all again!

Now is the time to sign up for a vendor table, awards dinner tickets or to be there for the Showcase and Mayhem in May Robot Competition (Title Sponsor - Mission Ignite). For more info, click here - https://www.infotechwny.com/the-betas 

If you want to know what happens at the Robot Competiton, check out this video I did last year - https://youtu.be/L5nWalOfcx4 or this one of the actual dinner and awards - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkkY1gFF8Cc 

May 2nd will be my last public event as Chairman so please come out to this year's BETAS to help me celebrate the hardworking technology community that I love to serve!! 
See you May 2nd at the BETAS and thak you!
Peter Cimino
Chair, InfoTech WNY

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