14th Annual Tech Jam

Tech Jam was an incredible success!

Thank You so much!





This year Vology was honorably a gold sponsor! <a style="line-height: 1 cialis generique en ligne.5;” href=”https://www.vology.com/?utm_source=Tech%20Jam%20Recap&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=TechJam2015%20Vology”>Vology delivers technology, solutions and freedom for business owners. By understanding their situations, network configurations and deadlines, Vology offers a quality not yet experienced.

Tech Jam was also fueled by TechStarts Bronze level sponsors; Cisco, Nielsen, Healthesystems and AgileThought.

Performances by:

The Daily Standups won most Donated, thereby winning a Dean Cadillac guitar. SoundWaVEs won fan favorite, granting them the rights to the B.C. Rich guitar for 1 year.


If you’d like an idea of how it went, check out our PROMO VIDEO, Bob Buckhorn’s thoughts, Pictures, or any of the above links!


Red Vector Exclusive Grand Prix Sponsor

Red Vector, the leading provider online education and training for a wide range of industries, was the exclusive sponsor for TechStarts Yacht club. This permitted employees, clients and the executive team the prestigious opportunity to watch the St. Pete Grand Prix from a yacht; fully stocked with food and beverages.

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More importantly their donation allowed 50 kids from Pierce Middle School to get a backstage tour of the St. Pete Grand Prix. The kids were able to talk with mechanics, engineers, drivers and sponsors to best understand the inner workings and the necessity of STEM to make the race come to life.

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For these kids, it opened their eyes into a new world of tech and engineering. They were able to understand how the classes and programs they are involved with today, can severely impact their career of the future. Plus they got the bonus of having a day off of school and sat in an actual race car.  It was a glimpse into the incredible fun they will eventually partake in. A glimpse they never would have realized if not for Red Vector.


See all pictures on TechStart’s Facebook.

Code Club Kid Spotlight: Deidrianna

When 5th grade student Deidrianna first started at Code Club, she had very little computer knowledge, but by the end of the program she was leading her classmates in the Code.org curriculum. “It’s fun to learn new things!” beamed the spunky girl. Whereas most children her age enjoy playing video games, Deidrianna prefers writing counterblock codes. She aspires to keep learning code so she can one day make an app for her friends.


As a 5th grader, she graduated from our current Code Club offerings. Our goal for TechStart’s future is to grow enough to be able to offer students like Deidrianna the chance to keep pursuing their passion even after elementary school.

Code Club Kid Spotlight: Trevares

By Megan Bowers

“I want to work for Nintendo,” beamed 10 year old Trevares Johnson. He explained that he likes Code Club because he gets to go on the computer, something he doesn’t get to do very often. Trevares quickly excelled in the Code.org program and was one of the leading coders in his class, often in the top 5% in the class. From his first days in Code Club, it was apparent that this fifth grader was a natural with the computer. He would often tackle many difficult skills on the first try cialis pas cher. Trevares humbly shared, “I think I am learning a lot because I am getting really far in the program.”

Trevares will be graduating out of code club at the end of this school year because the middle school does not have a computer sciences program yet. However, we have no doubt that the young computer whiz will continue to develop skills in computer sciences and fulfill his dream of working for Nintendo.


3D:Printing the Future

By Megan Bowers

What do shoes, hands, maps, and bones have in common? Not much, except that they can all be printed in 3D. The MOSI exhibit 3D Printing the Future officially opens on June 14, but we are giving you the sneak preview right now.

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There was a flawless 3D print of Abraham Lincoln’s face, but it doesn’t stop there. MOSI has a scanner that can turn anyone’s face into a 3D printed masterpiece!

Speaking of masterpieces, the exhibit features a workshop where you can use a handheld printer to create artwork of your own like these (crafted by your very own TechStart team!)

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One application featured, however, really tugged at our heartstrings. The father of a boy born without fingers on his hands was determined to help his son. After looking into expensive prosthetics, which were expensive and needed replacing every time the boy outgrew them, he discovered a 3D printing lab at his son’s school. For less than $20 he was able to provide his son with the mobility that other children have.

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This exhibit is truly inspiring and creative. From bikinis to headphones to miniature villages, this technology has no boundaries. The best part about it is that the exhibit will continue to change as the technology and its possibilities evolve. Thank you MOSI for letting us experience the future of technology!