A Look Back: 8 Awesome Moments For KCITP in 2012

Kansas City Information Technology Professionals (KCITP): A Year In ReviewIf you’re reading this now, I want to thank you for being a part of this grassroots tech community in Kansas City of 10,000+.

You helped make 2012 an awesome year and I hope that you’ll be a part of what we have planned in 2013.

As we move forward in this new year of opportunity, I want to take a moment and brief you on what happened in 2012!

First Things First: Thank You

Thank you is a word that you’ll hear me say relentlessly. In fact, I can’t say it enough.

Kansas City IT Professionals added almost 3300 members this year, starting with 6,700 & ending with 9993. We’re excited that we recently passed 10,000 at the start of 2013. 🙂

The most important thing though, is your participation: whether it’s attending events or conversing online. So many of you did that in 2012!

However, the past wasn’t possible without you…and the future isn’t either.

If you’re an Information Technology Professional in Kansas City, I hope to see even more of you in 2013!!

When you participate, everyone benefits.

2012: Events, News & More

1. We kicked off the year with a fantastic Happy Hour focused on creating new goals & social accountability with 200+ IT Professionals.

2. We announced a brand new site design

3. We had the CEO of Symantec give a talk to 250+ IT Professionals as well as a $10k “Capture The Flag” challenge at KCITP InfoSec Night!

4. We announced our first hackathon ever, called Hack The Midwest. With over 100+ developers and tons of apps built – we covered the winning teams here, here and here.

Two of the apps received some great recognition, Qup.TV got covered by top tech blog GigaOM as well as a mention of “Where Da Spot” by Mayor Sly James.

5. We celebrated a special milestone: 4 year anniversary: High Five Happy Hour

Kansas City IT Professionals - Big Data: The Future Of Insights Panel

Grant Stanley speaks on our Big Data Panel

6. We announced Big Data Kansas City: The Future Of Insights with numerous experts from Adknowledge, Cerner, Spiral16 and more!

You can watch the videos here:

Dan Levin- Chief Operating Officer of Box Speaking At Compute Midwest

7. Compute Midwest!!! Without a doubt, the biggest event we’ve ever organized was Compute Midwest: The Convergence Of Tech. Compute Midwest was a 2 day convergence of tech Nov 9-11th, which provided 1 conference, 8 amazing speakers (6 were from Silicon Valley), a hackathon and 2 parties. We were excited by the opportunity to connect 400+ forward thinking tech minds!!

We recently posted Dan Levin (Chief Operating Officer of Box). You can watch the video and learn more here:
Dan Levin, COO of Box, Shares Vision For The Future [Video]

8. The Disruption Institute: Turning Kansas City into a world leader for Mobile Innovation

We announced the The Disruption Institute, which is an educational initiative focused on teaching motivated people how to build mobile apps.

If you want to learn about why we’re doing this, check out Google Fiber, Mobile Innovation and The Disruption Institute [VIDEO]

We’re taking applications for our first class in February. Have you applied yet? Create your future – apply today!

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  1. Robert

    I attended Compute Midwest and loved it. For me the highlights were meeting some new people that are sure to make an impact in the world of Tech, and getting to talk with Scott Chacon of GitHub. All of the speakers were great, however, Scott Chacon, Ben Miline, Dan Levin and Michelle Munson really stood out for me. Sadly I missed Naithan Jones talk, but I did make meet a member of his team, and they look like that are going to make a impact in the Ag business.

    Looking forward to the events this year, especially Compute Midwest 2013.

  2. Lisa Qualls

    Michael, huge kudos to you and seeing one dream come to fruition while making many new dreams along the way. You and KCITP are an inspiration to the silicon prairie tech community. Your passion, dedication and personal fortitude makes a significant and positive difference for businesses, professionals and community leaders everywhere! You have only just begun my friend and your fellow geeks can’t wait to see what you bring to 2013 and beyond!!

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