MassTLC participated in a special legislative forum on the future of the digital technology industry at EMC's Franklin facility. The event was organized by State Senator Karen Spilka of Framingham, who chairs the legislature's Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Other legislators in attendance included Representatives Michael Brady, Cory Atkins, Carolyn Dykema, John Fernandes, and Richard Ross.
I had the opportunity to present MassTLC's 2020 Challenge, outlining the Commonwealth's tremendous assets -- first-class universities, highly trained workforce, world class venture capital, and tremendous entrepreneurial strengths -- and challenging the sector to collectively grow 100,000 new technology jobs over the coming decade.
Also presenting at the meeting were Trustees Colin Angle of iRobot, Mohamad Ali of Avaya, and Steve Krom of AT&T. Also representing the IT and communications sector were Donna Cupelo of Verizon, Paul D'Arcangelo of Comcast, Ted Morgan of Skyhook Wireless, Bill Sawyer of IBM, and executives from the Mass Tech Collaborative, MITX, Tech America, and other groups.
MassTLC President Emerita Joyce Plotkin joined a panel on science and technology education and described the success of DIGITS, a program designed to bring tech professionals into middle schools to help stoke student interest in tech careers. DIGITS is funded by the state Department of Education and is sponsored by MassTLC and several other tech associations.