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!


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!


Tech Jam 2012 #TBT

Are you interested in attending Tech Jam: Speakeasy Soirée and looking for more information about the event? Follow the link to preview silent auction items and purchase tickets http://techjam.preclickbid.com!

Last year, Tech Jam raised $63,000 to create a better future for at-risk youth of Tampa Bay. Attendees went “Behind the Music” with local artists Christie Lenee, Woody and the Nutcrackers, and Chris McCarty and the Underground Movement. The artists discussed how technology impacts their careers and why they chose to support TechStart’s mission. The incredible performances entertained the attendees throughout the evening. Watch this video to see all the fun!


from In Motion Video Productions on Vimeo.



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Christie Lenee

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Woody and the Nutcrackers

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Chris McCarty and the Underground Movement

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Students from a local boys and girls club showcased the robots they built for a regional competition.

Roger Wright at BizTech2013

roger wrightTechStart is joining TBTF today at #BizTech2013 Thanks to Murray Wright for speaking and giving us a flashback to the tech world in 1999!

Gifting Tech for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you have not had time to think about what to get your loved ones. Well, that is where I can help! Here are some great gifts with amazing technological features that either inspire or educate (keeping with our foundation’s mission).

Tech gadgets for your man:

Although it is a bit oxymoronic, does your techie hunk like to explore how the cavemen once lived out in nature? The BioLite Camp Stove can roast marshmallows for s’mores and charge his techie devices, while still being eco-friendly. This product is safer than an open fire, and it gets great reviews by its users!


Is your man trying to drop a few pounds or shape up for spring break in Key West (wait or that is my goal…) ? Well regardless, the Nike+ FuelBand is an excellent gift to help motivate and encourage him. It tracks his movements and calories burned throughout the day, allows him to set fitness goals and easily visualize his progress. I may just have to buy this one for myself!

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Want to help your beau climb the professional ladder? A Livescribe smartpen can help with that. The smartpen will capture audio from important meetings, transfer his notes to his laptop, and organize them accordingly. The pen allows the convenience of reviewing meeting conversations and search ability of his notes. With this gift, he will be CEO in no time!


Tech accessories and apps for your lady:

Next Issue is an app that gives your duchess unlimited access to 75+ magazines on her iPad or tablet. Cosmopolitan, Lucky, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, Redbook, and Marie Claire are just a few of the magazines included in the subscription.  Not sure if it will be worth your money? The first 30 days are free! After the trial, the subscription is only $10/month. (This is my favorite app on my iPad!)


These Crust Be Dreaming USB Hand Warmers would be a great Valentine’s gift, especially if your special someone is up north dealing with the freezing temperatures. A day at the office is never fun or productive with chilly hands. This gift will help her fingers type out all the important emails and proposals for the week.


Want to help your love stick to her new year’s fitness resolutions? An iPod shuffle might be helpful! With the low price point of $49, you will be sure to surprise her while keeping to the budget. The colorful shuffle showcases great technology, including VoiceOver which communicates the battery status, song title and artist name, and playlist options. Cute, affordable and smart!



Tech toys and apps for the kids (This is where it gets really fun!):

Want to spark your child’s interest in technology? Little Bits would be just the right thing to inspire on Valentine’s Day!

Does your little one love music and animals? GoGroove Pals are portable, adorable animal speakers that he or she will adore. They come in two different sizes and five different animals: penguin, panda, owl, polar bear, and koala bear. Not so cuddly, but they have great singing voices!


crayon stylus would make your colorer at home so happy on this fun holiday. Add a few apps to your iPad, like Doodle Buddyand he or she will have a whole new platform to draw pictures, create stories, and share his or her imagination.


Recent technology has really transformed how kids can learn and we love it! Endless ABC is a great app for your younger kiddos to learn letters, sounds, and new words while giggling and having fun – even better it is FREE! Download the app and try it out. You might even learn a new word or two.


Enjoy Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!