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TAG Community Newsletter
May 2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • TAG + Bellingham Codes Scholarship Fundraiser success
  • Creative, Digital Marketing, Nonprofits, and Robotics Community Groups launched
  • Return of (some) IN-PERSON events
  • Partner Event: Flywheel Conference on May 20th
  • Partner Event: TechAlliance State of Technology Luncheon on May 26th
  • Sandworm: An Enhanced Book Report with TAG Cybersecurity on May 18th
  • TAG Creative Kickoff on May 20th
  • TAG Mentorship Cohort Meeting on May 20th
  • Additive Manufacturing with TAG Engineering on May 25th
  • Microsoft Teams Roundtable with TAG IT on June 1st
  • Virtual Luncheon with TAG Women in Tech on June 2nd
  • TAG Nonprofits Kickoff on June 3rd
  • TAG Happy Hour **IN PERSON** on June 7th
  • TAG Digital Marketing (Re)Kickoff on June 24th

ACTION ITEMS

  • Join us for TAG events with TAG Community Groups, including Analytics, Creative, Cybersecurity, Digital Marketing, Engineering, IT, Nonprofits, Robotics, and Women in Tech. Free. All are welcome.
  • Login to the TAG Community Hub (Discord) for community group and general discussion. Discord is an online platform for public and private text, audio, and video chat.
  • TAG is community funded. Like what we do? Become a TAG Member and consider a donation. As a 501(c)(3) organization your donations are now tax deductible and may be eligible for employer matching. Awesome.

FEATURED

TAG + Bellingham Codes Scholarship Fundraiser success

The TAG + Bellingham Codes Scholarship Fundraiser was a great success! We've raised over $6K to support technology students in Northwest Washington. Additionally, TAG managed the Bellingham Codes NWIC Scholarship Fundraiser, a separate fundraiser to support NWIC technology students specifically, which raised an additional $7K. All those donating $100 or more will receive a complimentary ticket to our TAG Bash event, expected to return THIS SUMMER as our in-person summer social and student scholarship fundraiser for the next fundraising cycle. Thank you to all who have donated.

Creative, Digital Marketing, Nonprofits, and Robotics

TAG is excited to announce the launch of several new TAG Community Groups: TAG Creative, TAG Digital Marketing, TAG Nonprofits, and TAG Robotics. These newly organized community groups join TAG Analytics, TAG Cybersecurity, TAG Engineering, TAG IT, and TAG Women in Tech to provide peer groups for aspiring and current technology professionals and technologists interested in shared learning experiences, personal and professional development, building relationships, and making a difference in our community. Free. All are Welcome.

TAG Creative is a TAG Community Group for all tech creatives! Graphic Design, Video, Web, Apps, anything. Join us to meet new folks, reconnect with peers, share what you’re excited about, and help shape the group with your collaborative interests. We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 12pm-1pm IN PERSON. Join the TAG Creative Meetup Page for more details and RSVP for the Kickoff on May 20th.

TAG Digital Marketing is a TAG Community Group for current and aspiring digital marketing professionals and technologists. Meet established digital marketing professionals and connect with the next generation of digital marketers. Meets quarterly. Join the TAG Digital Marketing Meetup Page for more details and RSVP for the Relaunch on June 24th.

TAG Nonprofits is a TAG Community Group for all those in technology, business, and management roles at any size nonprofit organization. Nonprofit organizations face unique challenges! We’ll discuss problem solving and solutions together, and create a supporting community to make the work we do more fun and rewarding. We’ll also collect our shared learnings for our community to benefit, and create awesome resources for us all to succeed. Meets monthly at 12pm on the first Thursday of the month on Zoom. Join the TAG Digital Marketing Meetup Page for more details and RSVP for the Kickoff on June 3rd.

TAG Robotics is a subgroup of TAG Engineering, with a focus on project-based learning of robotics skills. Join us on group projects, or discuss your own projects with other peers. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome. Meets weekly at 6pm on Mondays on the TAG Community Hub (Discord).

Read the full TAG News announcement for more details.

Return of (some) IN-PERSON events

We're excited to announce the return of (some) IN-PERSON events! Our first in-person event of 2021 will be the TAG Creative Kickoff on May 20th followed by TAG Happy Hour on June 7th (see below). PLEASE COME FULLY VACCINATED AND FOLLOW ALL EVENT GUIDELINES on location, which may include masking when not eating and drinking and limitations on groups. We are close to a "return to normal". Please help by following all event and location rules. Thank you!

Details: Our return of (some) IN-PERSON events is made possible by Whatcom County being currently in Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Recovery Plan and (new!) Governor Jay Inslee's announcement that Washington state will reopen by June 30th. Our regional lifting of restrictions also comes as the CDC announces a reduction of social distancing recommendations for vaccinated adults.

PARTNER EVENTS

Flywheel Conference on May 20th

The Flywheel Investment Conference is a full-day event that brings entrepreneurs, investors and community members together to cultivate momentum for growing companies across Washington State. Presented by: Confluence Health, Microsoft, Moss Adams, and Ogden Murphy Wallace.

This year's Flywheel Conference will be held on as a hybrid event. Due to COVID restrictions, in-person attendance will be limited to our speakers, companies, and investors. The good news is, you can still participate and watch this year's event unfold at the comfort of home from anywhere in the world! This Eventbrite page serves as our ticket portal for virtual viewing.

Investment Competition

Six Washington State companies will compete live on-stage for an investment award of $200,000+ during the Flywheel Investment Conference.

We invite you to join us online from 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM on May 20, to watch the action unfold, plus, learn from exciting speakers from across the PNW.
 

Claim your ticket at Eventbrite and use promo code "TAAFFILIATES" for a partner discount.  See the Flywheel Conference website to learn more!

TechAlliance State of Technology Luncheon on May 26th

The luncheon will be May 26th, 2021 from noon - 1:00pm. Location is wherever you choose to log in from. Registration opens March 17th. Email us at events@technology-alliance.com today to host a table or consider a larger sponsorship that will reach more than 600 local business, research, and education leaders.

A luncheon keynote that should not be missed. Join Hanson Hosein, Emmy Award-winning storyteller, educator, and co-founder of the Communications Leadership graduate program at the UW, as he moderates a fireside chat with Adam Selipsky, former President and CEO, Tableau and incoming CEO, AWS. Adam and Hanson will talk about the role of leadership through business transformation and its influence as organizations across the globe accelerate their digital ecosystem.

As always, it will be a lively discussion with time for audience Q&A. And never fear, you’ll have your chance to win a variety pack of Cougar Gold.


Claim your ticket at Eventbrite and see the TechAlliance website to learn more!

TAG EVENTS

Sandworm: An Enhanced Book Report on May 18th

Join TAG Cybersecurity on May 18 @ 7 pm for our monthly meeting. Dr. Carl Willis-Ford, CIS/Cybersecurity Faculty at Whatcom Community College, will present an 'enhanced' book report and facilitate a discussion on ‘Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers’, by Andy Greenberg. Carl will start with a presentation giving an overview of the book’s narrative, with information from other sources included, then we’ll have a Q&A/Discussion session where everyone participates. Our monthly agenda includes: Welcome, Introductions, TAG News, Cybersecurity News, Featured Presentation, Q&A, and Open Discussion. Free. All are welcome.

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

TAG Creative Kickoff on May 20th *IN-PERSON*

Join us for the launch of TAG Creative on Thursday, May 20th 12pm-1pm IN PERSON at Stemma Brewing in the outdoor seating area! We'll have a simple meet and greet for introductions, discussion, and kickoff the group. All technology creatives are invited! Graphic Design, Video, Web, Apps, anything. Taco Truck food, craft beer, and non-alcoholic beverages are available onsite. Outside food is allowed. Please RSVP ASAP to assist our host service plans. Free. All are welcome. Invite your friends and colleagues, and join the TAG Community Hub (Discord) for discussion at https://tagnw.org/community-hub.

TAG Creative meets on the third Thursday of every month at 12pm IN PERSON. Details and RSVP at the TAG Creative Meetup Page.

TAG Mentorship Cohort Meeting on May 20th

TAG Mentorship meets on the second Thursday of each month for four months at 5:30pm. See how you can participate in the next cohort at the TAG Mentorship program website.

Additive Manufacturing on May 25th

Join the TAG Engineering Group on Tuesday, May 25th at 7pm for our May meetup featuring our topic "Additive manufacturing from DIY to industrial applications" presented by your hosts Ryan Shupe and Gil Lund. An exploration of the broad range of AM paradigms in the market and modding communities from DIY 3D printers for multi-disciplinary education opportunities to composite layup robots for aerospace manufacturing.

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

Microsoft Teams Roundtable on June 1st

Join us June 1st at 7pm via Zoom for "Microsoft Teams Roundtable" with guest speaker Ryan Oord, Owner of NW Technology. Ryan will lead discussion of Microsoft Teams and how it can be employed to enhance access in remote times. Our monthly agenda includes welcome, introductions, community news, featured presentation and/or topic, Q&A, and closes with open discussion. Free. All are welcome.

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 June 2nd

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.

TAG Nonprofits Kickoff! on June 3rd

Simple meet and greet. Come for introductions, share projects and ideas, and discuss areas of interest. Free. All are welcome.

TAG Nonprofits is a TAG Community Group for all those in technology, business, and management roles at any size nonprofit organization. Nonprofit organizations face unique challenges! We'll discuss problem solving and solutions together, and create a supporting community to make the work we do more fun and rewarding. We'll also collect our shared learnings and create awesome resources for us all to succeed.

TAG Nonprofits meets on the first Thursday of every month at 12pm on Zoom. Details and RSVP at the TAG Nonprofits Meetup page.

TAG HAPPY HOUR on June 7th *IN-PERSON*

Join us for a return of IN-PERSON events with a monthly IN-PERSON TAG Happy Hour on June 7th from 5pm-7pm at Stemma Brewing. We'll meet in the outside seating area for a simple, informal meet and greet. Delicious food, craft beer, and non-alchoholic beverages are available onsite. Please see our "Return of (some) IN-PERSON events" topic above for more information and how you can participate!

We host a TAG Happy Hour every Monday! The first Monday of the month is IN-PERSON 5:30pm-7pm, and other Mondays of the month are virtual on the TAG Community Hub.

TAG Digital Marketing Relaunch on June 24th *IN-PERSON*

Join us for the first meeting of the re-constituted TAG Digital Marketing Community Group on Thursday, June 24th, at 5:30 PM at Stemma Brewing hosted by Mark Staton, Associate Professor of Marketing at WWU. This will be a social / networking event to celebrate summer and new beginnings! Meet established digital marketing professionals and connect with the next generation of digital marketers.

TAG Digital Marketing meets quarterly. Details and RSVP at the NW Tech Women Meetup page.

HAPPY HOUR

Join us each Monday at 5pm for TAG Happy Hour! We'll meet on the first Monday of the month *IN-PERSON* at Stemma Brewing. Other Mondays of the month are hosted virtually on the TAG Community Hub (Discord). Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and let's social distance apart together. Free. All are welcome. Bring your friends!
 

COMMUNITY HUB

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.
 

NEWS


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

COMMUNITY NEWS


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.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR


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
TAG Nonprofits First Thursday 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 Creative Third Thursday at 12pm
TAG Engineering Fourth Tuesday at 7pm
TAG Digital Marketing Fourth Thursday at 5:30pm (Quarterly)


 

 JOB BOARD


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.

Software Engineer @ Emergency Reporting
SEM Manager / PPC Manager @
Intellitonic
 

 SPONSORS


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.

PARTNERS


Are you from a local group or nonprofit organization and are interested to collaborate with TAG? We'd love to chat and plug you into 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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