NWA TechFest

For Developers, by Developers

 

The mission of NWA TechFest is to bring together the tech community to learn
from and interact with one another, as well as promote gender diversity in STEM,
economic development opportunities for corporations, and education programs for
students and teachers. Proceeds from NWA TechFest activities go to assist STEM-related
initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas community.

Current Events

Monthly Meetup – Socializing over Beer
NWA TechFest has begun hosting monthly social meetups at local drinking establishments. We pay for a few drinks and some snacks and you show up to talk with other STEM professionals in the community about whatever you want. There is usually some group Q&A so that we can gather feedback and see if anything interesting is happening in the area. Feel free to invite people you know.

Meetup group:
https://www.meetup.com/nwa-techfest/

Next event on May 25th, 2022:
https://www.meetup.com/nwa-techfest/events/285814364/

Current Initiatives

 

We are exploring having some technical talks. We may reach out to local companies for talent and sponsorship.

We are looking for people to join our non-profit organization and do some long-term event organization with us. Contact us below or join one of our relevant Mailing Lists if you want to get involved.

We are asking for community feedback through our social channels, corporate engagement, and our connections in education. If you have ideas for events we should hold (e.g. a specific talk, something centered around another non-profit, a small job fair) then please contact us and let us know what you want to see and if you’d like to get involved in organizing it. Likewise, if you know about other events that are going on then we’d love to hear about them and share them with others.

Board of Advisors

NWA TechFest is organized by the community of Northwest Arkansas, for the community of Northwest Arkansas.

We’re always open to welcoming new volunteers and organizers into our fold.

Sapna Ramachandran

Sapna Ramachandran

Talent Acquisition at Kitestring

Sapna Ramachandran is a Talent Acquisition and Management professional, specializing in Technology Recruiting. Sapna currently heads Talent Acquisition for Kitestring Technical Services. She has worked for companies like Siemens and JB Hunt, providing them with strategic and innovative solutions to meet their recruiting and staffing needs for Technology professionals.

Sapna enjoys managing and empowering her team, participating in employment marketing initiatives, branding campaigns, referral programs, employee engagement and retention programs. She is passionate about giving back to the Northwest Arkansas community, in the form of education and technology.

Jonathan Ulrich

Jonathan Ulrich

Software Engineer at SupplyPike

Jonathan Ulrich is a software developer who lives and works in Fayetteville, AR. He has spent his career jumping between local startups where he has helped design and develop a variety of desktop and web applications across multiple industries.

When not working he can be found coding for his own entertainment, leisurely biking on the NWA trail system, playing video games, or reading comic books.

Charlie Weber

Charlie Weber

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A self taught powershell enthusiast, Charlie learned the skills to automate aspects of his role as a one man IT shop. Charlie now teaches powershell at K12 ed tech conferences, with an emphasis on automation and scripting. Charlie is a leader in the K12 education community in Arkansas. Charlie is passionate about enabling change, connecting people, and helping make the world a little better each day.

Charlie can often be found on the sand volley ball courts, biking the green way, or at a local concert. When Charlie is not out and about he enjoys a good video game or movie.

Stay safe, learn more, and look forward to our next event!