2021 Events Schedule

Akron AITP is proud to announce its lineup of events planned for 2021.  In December, the organization surveyed members, event attendees, and technology practitioners from the region to identify those topics with the greatest interest to the community. After analyzing survey results, AITP has established the following schedule:
  • January: Tech Certifications Town Hall
  • February: Tech Trends for 2021
  • March:  Cyber Security Update
  • April:  What’s New and Coming with Microsoft Teams
  • May:  Tech Career Development Workshop
  • June:  Professional Development for Career Growth
  • July:  5G Wireless Technology
  • August:  Best Practices in DevOps
  • September:  Cognitive Services in Azure
  • October:  NASA Mission to Mars Update
  • November: Past Presidents Dinner and Annual Meeting
“We’re very excited about this year’s program series,” said Craig Purnell, Chapter President, “we had a great response rate to our survey and people identified some really interesting topics they’re interested in. We’re all looking forward to a slate of engaging, interesting speakers to present on these topics.”

Program Survey Results

Last month, we posted our Annual Survey over on SurveyMonkey. Thanks to everyone who responded. We really value the results and try hard to build our yearly program based on the feedback.  This year we had 46 responses which is very good. There was a great slew of topics to choose from.

The results heavily favored Tech Trends in 2021 and Cyber Security Updates, which we tend to do every year. Another topic that you want to see is Career Development and Professional Networking – which we intend to include this year.

Regarding the time of day, many of the responses indicated they would like to move the time to 6PM, which we will be doing for this year.

A last question, “We’re hoping to get back to in-person events in 2021, when do you think you’d be willing to meet up again next year?” – many responses were divided between June , September and “Not Before Q4”. The Board has taken a wait and see attitude to this. We do not anticipate meeting in person before September at this time.

Thanks to everyone who responded! We are really excited about the Program for 2021.

Program Survey Results

We recently posted a survey over on SurveyMonkey asking you what you wanted to see this year for subjects of presentations at our meetings. Below please find the results:

Topic  Weighted Average
Enterprise Architecture in the Cloud 2.35
AI and Machine Learning 2.32
Trends in Cyber Security 2.12
Data Analytics and You 1.91
Advancing your IT Career 1.74
Cloud Computing Trends: From Hyperscale to Regional 1.50
Implementing DevOps 1.32

The number of respondents was 34. Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey! We will also be participating in Tech Week again this year, which is the 1st week of April! Stay tuned for more details!

Scholarship Presentation

On November 15th 2018, Clara Friend, a Senior in Computer Science at Malone University in Canton, OH received a $500 scholarship presented by Board Member Dr. James Glasgow. The scholarship was awarded in the name of Akron Canton Chapter from CompTIA AITP. The selection of the scholarship award was the prize of the recently held Chapter Challenge contest, which Akron Chapter of AITP placed 9th overall out of 31 chapters.

Clara Friend, scholarship recipient, and Dr. James Glasgow, Board Member