February 2019 Chairman Newsletter

Happy February ITWNY Members and Friends! 

I hope 2019 has started strong for you all. I can tell you that the Board of Directors of InfoTech WNY has been working very hard for a great year of events, and I want to say Thank You to our Board of Directors for focusing on Education, Networking and Recognition for our WNY Technology Professionals! Without their hard work and volunteerism we wouldn’t be able to provide world class events for you.
So what do we have coming up? Buckle up because we have quite a bit to cover.
Coming up on Thursday, February 28 at the BNMC, we have a great educational event from our partners at IBM on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Who should go? Anyone interested in learning more about the current state of the art in Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning, working hands-on through instructor-led labs. For More Info - https://www.infotechwny.com/events/ibm-artificial-intelligence-series. 
On Wednesday, March 27, we are holding an exciting educational session on Augmented Reality. This event will provide an understanding of the underlying technologies related to Augmented Reality, the key players in the industry, and how the technology is being used for marketing purposes. This event is brought to you by Twisted Rope, a local leader in Augmented Reality technologies. Who should go? Marketing and IT Professionals, and Digital Content Creators. More information can be found here - https://www.infotechwny.com/events/infotech-wny-seminar-emerging-tech-augmented-reality. 
Then on April 1(NO FOOLING!) we have a very special guest coming into Buffalo: Dan Cockerell, the former VP of Technology of Walt Disney World. A big thanks to our Platinum sponsors: Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives and TIBCO; Gold sponsor: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY; Silver Sponsors: Hamister Group, Imagine Staffing, Project Management Institute, Buffalo NY Chapter, WNY Immediate Care and Bronze sponsor: Bonadio. For more Info and to purchase tickets - https://www.infotechwny.com/disney 
And our largest event of the year, the 2019 BETAS, where we celebrate InfoTech’s 20th Anniversary!! We are going to take a walk down memory lane and look back at all the things InfoTech has done for the community. So that means we need nominations.  Please take some time to nominate someone who makes the community better.  The categories are the following:
Student in Technology
Woman in Technology / Small & Medium Business 
Woman in Technology / Large Business 
Project Manager of the Year powered by PMI Buffalo 
Social Media Award 
Best Website 
IT Leader – SMB 
IT Leader – Large 
Tech Culture of the Year – Startup Up 
Tech Culture of the Year – Non-Startup 
Community in Technology 
Innovative Technology of the Year

As you can tell, we have a busy four months ahead with lots of education, networking and recognition events for all.

Remember if you have any questions about InfoTech WNY or want to share your ideas, please feel free to contact me at pcimino@bnar.org. Hope to hear from you!

Thanks for reading my newsletter!!

Peter Cimino
Chairman of InfoTech WNY


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