3 things I learned at Innovate Birmingham’s Demo Day 2019

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First up are a few ThinkData Analytics candidates presenting their data on workers’ commutes in and out of Birmingham. Photo submitted

I’ve known about Innovate Birmingham for a few months, and have been so impressed with the work they’re doing to educate and establish IT talent in the Birmingham community. I’ve met some of the crew, toured their office at Innovation Depot, and also written about them a few times. But until attending Demo Day last week, I don’t think I truly understood the impact they are making every single day in the lives of not only their candidates but also the Birmingham tech scene as a whole.

Here are 3 things I learned at Innovate Birmingham’s Demo Day plus how you can get involved:

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Birmingham named as one of America’s new tech hot spots by MarketWatch

MarketWatch credited incubators like Innovation Depot for the rise in sustainable tech startups in Birmingham. (Photo via Innovation Depot Facebook)

Birmingham seems to be on everyone’s list these days. We’re a foodie haven, road trip destination and now, one of the country’s emerging tech hotspots. Read on to find out what business news website MarketWatch had to say.

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Calling all Birmingham techies, Innovate Birmingham’s summer enrollment ends April 19. Secure your spot today

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The Birmingham tech industry is growing… and fast. Tech start-ups like Mixtroz and Shipt are popping up all around the Magic City, so there’s surely no shortage in the jobs that follow. If you’re interested in finding an IT job, but don’t know where to start, Innovate Birmingham’s summer courses might just be the perfect way to get plugged in.

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Cahaba Heights couple launches local produce delivery service April 6

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Will and Hayley DeShazo. Photo by Brittany Sturdivant of Love Be Photography

Do you like to sleep in on Saturdays, but don’t want to miss the farmers market? Will and Hayley DeShazo, a husband-and-wife team from Cahaba Heights, have created a solution, till. till is an online marketplace and delivery service for produce, meats and baked goods from Alabama farmers.

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Out of this world: 3D learning at the new UAB Virtual Reality Studio

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UAB electrical and computer engineering student Praise Daramola explores virtual reality via a VIVE PRO headset. Screenshot via UAB News

Peer into a beating heart, or fly across the world. Then meet moon man Buzz Aldrin in hologram form. You don’t even have to leave Birmingham—you just have to be a student, faculty or staff member at UAB. Take a look at the new UAB Virtual Reality Studio in Lister Hill Library.

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Local tech: I tried Mixtroz at a major Birmingham networking event. Here’s what happened.

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How do you master networking in a room this size? Bham Now put the Mixtroz app to the test. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Locally founded and minority owned, Mixtroz has sent waves rippling far beyond Birmingham. So naturally I’ve been eager to try the networking app in the wild. On March 21, I got the chance at the 2019 Momentum Leadership Breakfast.

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Reserve your seat today for the InnovateHER Panel Discussion happening March 26 at Forge

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Innovate Birmingham is celebrating Women’s History Month with the InnovateHER Panel Discussion on 3/26 at Forge. There will be six panelists, all women in tech, including Nicole Mubarak, Chairwoman of Birmingham Women in Tech and Britney Summerville, Vice President of Community Engagement at Shipt! Reserve your seat today, because spots are filling up. Oh, and it’s free!

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Birmingham-based Mixtroz to keynote at Google Atlanta’s International Women’s Day event March 14

Kerry Shrader and Ashlee Ammons of Mixtroz are headed to Atlanta for an International Women's Day event at Google.
Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons of Mixtroz. Photo from Mixtroz

It’s hard not to go all fangirl on Mixtroz’ Ashlee Ammons. She’s fun, smart, energetic and going places. And, she’s the millennial daughter of Baby Boomer biz partner Kerry Schrader. Together, they are the dynamic duo at the helm of Mixtroz.

In case you and Mixtroz (pronounced “mix-troes”) haven’t met yet, the name stands for “mixer+intros.” As in, you go to an event where you want to meet people—conference, wedding, school, whatever. Through the wonders of technology, they help hook you up with cool people.

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Alabama Launchpad competitors CerFlux and VentorLux win combined $150,000 in Selma

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Cycle 1 2019 Alabama Launchpad winners VentorLux and CerFlux with judges and audience members at Arts Revive in Selma. Photo by Bruce Nix

In front of a sold-out crowd in Selma on February 28, six Alabama startups made their best pitch. And the winner is (drumroll) our health. Check out what $100,000-winner VentorLux and $50,000-winner CerFlux, based in Birmingham, have in store for us.

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EDPA takes sold out Launchpad finale to Selma Thursday, February 28 in hopes to expand Alabama startup talent pool

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Startup finalists get the chance to win big investments for their companies (Image courtesy of Alabama Launchpad’s Facebook)

Innovators from around the state are heading to Selma Thursday, February 28 to find out which Alabama startups will get a piece of the $150,000 pie up for grabs at the next Alabama Launchpad Competition. Find out why the EDPA chose to host the competition in Selma and where it’s headed next.

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Grand River Technology Park coming to Birmingham to have $85 million economic impact

Area map of Grand River Technology Park project in Leeds. Photo via State of Alabama

Big things are ahead for the cities of Birmingham and Leeds as plans were announced for the Grand River Technology Park project and relocation of the Southern Museum of Flight.

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Four things to know about the highly acclaimed computer science curriculum at The Altamont School

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Ryan James teaches the programming language Scratch to Iman Zuberi, Mason Coleman and Madeleine Beckwith. Photo courtesy of The Altamont School

Since The Altamont School’s computer science (CS) curriculum was introduced three years ago, there has been an explosion of interest and growth. Nearly a third of the school’s student body takes a CS class.

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Birmingham brothers hope to eliminate overnight bar tabs with their new app TabX

This new app could change the way we visit bars. Photo via TabX’s website

Here’s the scene—you wake up Sunday morning after an evening of galavanting around the downtown Birmingham bar scene. You had a wonderful evening with friends, and now you’re headed out to recount your evening over brunch. As you reach for your wallet, you see that your debit card is nowhere to be found, held hostage at the last bar you visited during your adventure. Ugh, is there a bigger bummer in this world?

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