TAG Community Newsletter
April 2021


  • New 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization approved
  • TAG + Bellingham Codes Scholarship Fundraiser launched
  • TAG Annual Meeting Highlights
  • TAG Spring 2021 Update
  • "An Important Update" with Veritas Media
  • Fundamentals of Wireless Technology with TAG IT on April 6th
  • Data Science 101 with TAG Analytics on April 13th
  • with TAG Cybersecurity on April 20th
  • with TAG Engineering on April 27th


  • Participate in the TAG + Bellingham Codes Scholarship Fundraiser in April! All proceeds go to local technology student scholarships. Now tax deductible and may be available for employee matching, Awesome.
  • Join us for TAG Events with TAG Community Groups, including Analytics, Cybersecurity, Engineering, IT, Robotics, and Women in Tech. All are welcome.
  • Login to the TAG Community Hub (Discord) for public and private text, audio, and video chat, including TAG Community Group discussion.
  • TAG is community funded. Like what we do? Become a TAG Member and consider a donation to support us! Donations are now tax deductible!


New 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization approved

In 2020 we began the formation of a new organization to focus on technology education, community engagement, and to better meet the needs of our community. Fantastic news!  We have been approved as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our mission: Develop and promote technology education in Northwest Washington. The 501(c)(6) organization will continue to represent our sponsor interests and hold major events throughout 2021.

Read the full TAG News announcement for additional context and special thanks.

TAG + Bellingham Codes Scholarship Fundraiser launched

TAG is proud to announce a collaboration with the Bellingham Codes community to launch the TAG + Bellingham Codes Scholarship Fundraiser. Our goal is to raise $5,000 in April to deliver a student scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic school year for each of our local colleges and university: BTC, NWIC, WCC, and WWU. See the TAG + Bellingham Codes Scholarship Fundraiser website to see how you can easily donate via Paypal or check, and create your own individual or business matching campaign.

Read the full TAG News announcement for additional fundraiser and collaboration details with Bellingham Codes.

TAG Annual Meeting 2021 Highlights

All candidates for our Board of Directors were confirmed by membership vote. Officer positions will be confirmed by the April Board of Directors meeting (April 22nd). The TAG Board of Directors for the next term (one year) are: Matt Bain, Bryan Brown, Ed Harri, Karl Hess, Jack Ingram, Brad Johnson, Ed O’Neill, and Meg Weber. A report of survey results will be provided to the TAG Board of Directors for review and consideration.

Read the full TAG News announcement for special thanks and recognition, an overview of our focus and evolution since 2018, and our 2020 highlights.

TAG Spring 2021 Update

Read the full TAG News announcement for our quarterly commentary, including additional context on our many new April TAG News announcements.

"An Important Update" from Veritas Media

Join Josh Burdick of Veritas Media Productions for An Important Update about the Future of Our Business. Thank you to Josh Burdick and the whole Veritas Media team for the opportunity to highlight the TAG mission, and a little bit of fun.

Watch the announcement on the Veritas Media website.


Fundamentals of Wireless Technology on April 6th

Join us for the 6th meeting of the TAG IT Community Group on Tuesday, April 6th, at 7pm via Zoom. Our guest speaker for April 2021 is Steve Stroh, a licensed HAM radio operator and electronics enthusiast. Steve will present the fundamentals of wireless communications using amateur radio principles as a foundation for understanding all wireless technologies, including newer technologies such as Bluetooth and wireless computer networking. The result? A general understanding of how all wireless technologies work!

TAG IT meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm on Zoom. Details and RSVP at the TAG IT Meetup Page.

Women in Tech Virtual Luncheon on April 7th

Join the TAG Women in Tech Community Group each first Wednesday of the month for our remote monthly hangout, a collaboration with NW Tech Women. We chat about our work, career development, and anything else that comes to mind. Build community and network connections that can bring joy and career momentum! We are inclusive of all people, but especially women and people of marginalized genders.

TAG Women in Tech meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 12pm on Zoom in collaboration with NW Tech Women. Details and RSVP at the NW Tech Women Meetup page.

Data Science 101 on April 13th

Join us on April 13th for the monthly meeting of the TAG Analytics Community Group. Hear our speaker present "Data Science 101 - Building a model to predict churn in a specific product". We'll go pretty deep this month on how predictive models are actually built, and what some of the regular challenges that often come up look like. Justin Schoonover from Faithlife will walk us through the process from start to end - starting with a business problem and a hypothesis, then collecting, cleaning, and assessing data, and finally to actually building and assessing a model.

TAG Analytics meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm on Zoom. Details and RSVP at the TAG Analytics Meetup Page.

Power Grid and Cyber Risk on April 20th

Join the TAG Cybersecurity Community Group on April 20th @ 7 pm for our monthly meeting. Vivek Ponnada, Service Manager for GE in Vancouver, BC, will talk about the power grid and cyber risk in the second event of our mini-series on cybersecurity of electrical utilities and the power distribution grid. Vivek will start with a description of the power grid - diverse generation sources to transmission to distribution. Then he'll look at the reliability of the electricity network and interconnections in North America. Next he'll dive into cybersecurity risks in the electricity sector and touch on current regulations, then close with a look at predicting the future of electrical distribution.

TAG Cybersecurity meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7pm on Zoom. Details and RSVP at the TAG Cybersecurity Meetup Page.

Creative Capacity in STEM Education on April 27th

Join the TAG Engineering Group on April 27th at 7pm on Zoom for our April Meeting featuring our topic "Creative Capacity in STEM Education" presented by guest speaker Dr. Emily Marasco, Instructor, Schulich School of Engineering. As the global challenges facing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals continue to grow, postsecondary institutions and industry leaders are looking to recruit creative and diverse students capable of integrating technical knowledge with innovative solutions. In this presentation, Dr. Emily Marasco will discuss creative capacity and self-efficacy for encouraging engagement in STEM education.

TAG Engineering meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7pm on Zoom. Details and RSVP at the TAG Engineering Meetup Page.


Join us each Monday at 5pm on the TAG Community Hub (Discord) for a virtual TAG Happy Hour. Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and let's social distance apart together. All are welcome. Bring your friends!


Join us at the TAG Community Hub (Discord). Discord is a fantastic resource for communities with public and private text, audio, and video chat. We’ll stay connected while social distancing and embrace our new virtual selves. All TAG programs, events, and services will centralize around the TAG Community Hub, including TAG Community Groups, TAG Happy Hour, and TAG Mentorship. All are welcome to participate, and TAG Members enjoy additional benefits.


Our latest news and announcements! See what we've been up to.


News and announcements of the TAG Community. See our TAG Community News Submission page for program details and submit news and announcements for your organization.


TAG Happy Hour Mondays at 5pm
TAG Robotics Mondays at 6pm

Bellingham Bitcoin First Monday at 6:30pm
TAG IT First Tuesday at 7pm

TAG Women in Tech / NW Tech Women First Wednesday at 12pm
Bellingham Codes First Thursday at 6:30pm
Bellingham Linux Users Group First Thursday at 6:30pm
TAG Analytics Second Tuesday at 7pm
Bellingham Salesforce Users Group Second Thursday at 12pm
TAG Mentorship Second Thursday at 5:30pm
TAG Cybersecurity Third Tuesday at 7pm
TAG Engineering Fourth Tuesday at 7pm


The TAG Job Board features 2 Job Postings from 2 Employers. Reminder: All TAG Business Members can post available job postings on the TAG Job Board, and ANYONE can freely post their resume to be searched by employers.
  • IT Support Associate - Raftelis
  • Test Engineer III - Alpha Technologies


Thank you to our new and renewing sponsors for your continued support of TAG! Your support - both financial and in-kind - directly supports the TAG mission to Strengthen Our Technology Community. Interested for your business to participate as a sponsor? Learn how you can become a TAG Sponsor. Contact us to make arrangements.


Do you represent a local group or nonprofit organization and are interested to collaborate with TAG? We'd love to include you in the TAG Community as a TAG Community Partner or Community Group. We provide free resources and membership benefits to help us do the things we do better together. Interested? Contact us for more info.


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