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3rd Annual STEM Education Awards – Call for Nominations!

The Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative are excited to announce the STEM Education Awards, an event that will recognize and honor schools, programs, and organizations for their outstanding effort and achievement in supporting and promoting STEM Education in Georgia. If you, your school, your company or organization would like to suggest a nominee or apply yourself, please send the following information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via bit.ly/STEM14Nominations  Please include the following information:

  • Your contact information
  • Your relationship to the entity you are nominating (if other than self/your organization)
  • The company, school, or program  you recommend
  • A short paragraph on why you are nominating them
  • Their contact information
  • Can we let them know who nominated them?   

The 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards event will be held September 26th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. For more information please contact Amanda Hendley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (404)920-2023, Michael Robertson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (404)920-2038, or Brady Cannon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (912)713-7116. 

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Audre Clemons, Policy Team Member and Intern, TLC Scenario

My name is Audre Clemons. I played the dual role of Policy Team member and on-stage role player as an Intern from Strayer University for the fictional The Logistics Company in the Technology Association of Georgia Cybersecurity Simulation. The Simulation occurred at the Clay National Guard Center on February 25th. As a Policy Team member I was the principal author of TLC’s 2013 Annual and Securities and Exchange Commission 10K reports.  I also participated in writing the comprehensive security policy for the company. As an intern I took my place on stage, reporting to Cal McClure, the Vice President for Information Security for North America, a seasoned and experienced cybersecurity professional with an enviable resume and natural ability to teach and share his vast knowledge.

I participated in the simulation to gain real-world experience of what goes on during a cyber-attack. Unquestionably, I got more than just a glimpse of what actually takes place during an event. I got to live through seven different attacks. There were five cyber-attacks that ranged in approach from scrambling a large amount of data and demanding that the company pay a ransom to causing a package sorting facility’s electronic sorters to go nuts to make a point in a labor dispute to one cyber-attack that caused over 3,000 human organs to be miss-shipped in a single day, often with fatal consequences. There was not enough time in the two hours of the simulation to even start the class action suit that was to result from miss-shipping organs but the losses in the real world would have run into the hundreds of millions, and that does not even count the damage to the brand and reputation of TLC. If that was not enough there was also a physical attack against the electricity used to power one of the large data centers. And to top it all off we heard at the end about a foreign company that was spying on our every move using job interviews as a cover story. Something that is called social engineering and is much more common that most people think and usually far more effective than any electronic hacking or spying. And I was in the middle of it all as it unfolded around me and participated in the efforts to respond.

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TAG Seeks Live Online Voting for Battle of the Bands
Live voting is encouraged between April 14th and April 18th


ATLANTA (April 14th, 2014) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) in partnership with TAG Entertainment Society today announced that they are seeking live online voting from April 14th at 9 am to April 18th at 5 pm for the inaugural TAG Battle of the Bands competition.

TAG Battle of the Bands is a unique musical competition featuring bands made up of Georgia's most talented and creative technologists.  Band members do not have to be professionals; just lovers of music! Applications were submitted from 16 bands spanning different genres.  

Videos will be posted online for live voting, beginning Monday, April 14th 9 am and ending Friday, April 18th 5 pm. The voting link is http://tagtvonline.com/tag-events/2014-battle-of-the-bands and it will be live as of Monday, April 14th at 9 am EST.  The top 5 bands receiving the most online votes will be selected to perform at the live event on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at Opera Atlanta Event Center in Atlanta (Midtown Area).

A panel of celebrity judges will select the top 3 bands at the live event. Event attendees will have the opportunity to cast their vote for “People’s Choice” winner, to be announced at the conclusion of the live event on May 1st.

Learn more about event details and sponsorship opportunities for TAG Battle of the Bands by contacting Michael Bosarge or Amelia Baer at 404-817-3333.

Follow the conversation on Twitter through #TAGBattle.

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TAG SSA Impact Awards Finalists Announced
 

ATLANTA (April 14, 2014) – Today, TAG Southeastern Software Association (SSA), one of the founding members of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), announced the finalists for the fifth annual TAG SSA Impact Awards.

Each year the Impact Awards recognize companies and their teams who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in bringing new technology solutions to the market. The winners have built outstanding software solutions that make a significant impact for their customers and their businesses.

"This year’s finalists, chosen from nearly 100 nominations, represent an extremely impressive group of companies driving the growth of the software industry here in Georgia,” said Linda Hughes, TAG SSA Chair. "Each year we highlight a segment of the software industry where Georgia is positioned as a leader in the nation. This year, with Health IT as a market leader in Georgia, TAG SSA decided to spotlight Health IT for our Where Georgia Leads category." 

2014 TAG SSA Impact Award finalists:

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  • AirWatch
  • Clearleap
  • Prime Revenue
  • Printing Systems
  • ZCorum

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TechBridge Efficient Manufacturing Challenge

Seeking innovative solutions that will significantly reduce energy, water, and material demands in manufacturing processesApply by April 30, and you could be awarded prototyping, demonstration, or validation services from the world-renowned Fraunhofer R&D network.  Plus, all Semifinalists will be awarded 1 year of complimentary access to MATLAB and Simulink software.  See information and links below for more details.

Take your innovation to the next level!

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B2B E-Commerce: Not as Sophisticated as You’d Think

By Dennis Zakas

The world of B2B e-commerce is not as sophisticated as you might think.  When we launched our cloud-based software company, SalesPower, Inc., our objective was to align the interests of commissioned sales reps with those of their businesses at the point of negotiation.  Although we solve a serious problem in the sales enablement world, it turns out that this may be a “high class problem” compared with the lack of basic functionality in the B2B e-commerce world.

In the office products industry, our Group Office Buys affiliate licenses, from a third party, a typical e-commerce platform for its product catalog, order entry, fulfillment and processing and accounting.  Although the platform is accessed through a web site, it has little of the bells and whistles of a typical consumer-oriented e-commerce site.  It is there for the primary purpose of order entry.  Electronic order entry automates processes for ordering office products that historically were manual, such as customers placing orders in person, calling in an order or by sending a fax. Of course the advantage of having the customer place most orders is that it eliminates the need to have a data entry person at the office products dealer key in the orders.  (It also shifts much of the responsibility for ordering errors to the customer.) Moreover, the process was easy for customer reps to learn, because the process of ordering paper online from your independent office products dealer is essentially the same as ordering a book from Amazon.

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