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Tech Event So Nice, EDC Did It Twice

 

EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman (left) converses with TechBreakfast attendees and entrepreneurs, Ava Pipiton (second from right) and Max Goodman (far right)Oxon Hill, MD - Yesterday, techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs gathered in National Harbor for Prince George's County's second TechBreakfast event of 2017. Hosted by the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in partnership with TechBreakfast, founded by Ron Schmelzer, TechBreakfast's 'Chief Event Wrangler', tech industry professionals and investors filled the conference room at Spartan Business & Technologies as three tech entrepreneurs pitched their products. EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was extremely happy with the innovative display from the second TechBreakfast event.
 
"We are proud to be able to partner with Ron Schmelzer and provide the platform for up and coming tech geniuses to pitch their newest inventions and innovations." said Coleman. "Today, we witnessed some innovative products that are at various stages of coming to the marketplace and connected several with potential investors. And I have to tell you, I'm proud of our business community. When unforeseen circumstances caused two of our scheduled presenters to not participate, one of our audience members was primed and ready to present. He showed us all an app that is ready to use and saves lives by helping keep drivers awake. We're not just innovating for fun, we're innovating to improve the quality of life for the world!"
 
Created by Ron Schmelzer in 2011 in Baltimore's Emerging Technology Center, TechBreakfast is an innovative monthly forum that allows entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, and business people the opportunity to present cool new technology in a demo 'show and tell' format, and to interact with each other.  It is also a platform for investors to identify new investment opportunities that brings diversity to the region. TechBreakfast has now expanded across the greater Washington Metropolitan area as well as other major American markets, with more than 7,000 members and has become the hip place to showcase the latest in innovation to a live audience.
 
"I am always so amazed with the quantity and quality of people coming out to the TechBreakfast in Prince George's County," said Schmelzer.  "We ran long today because of the quality of the questions posed to our entrepreneurs.  We couldn't do what we do in Prince George's County without the amazing energy from the Economic Development Corporation and sponsorships from Spartan Technology, BB&T Bank and all of our other partners."
 
Presenters included Adil Yalcin who presented Keshif, a data exportation and analysis application. Dennis Akwensioge shared with the audience an application called Pyship that he is building with the intention of making international shipping easier. Finally, Sihyun Chae, Co-Founder and CEO of Uncle Hub volunteered to present when a slot opened up. His application, Drive Alert, monitors the heart rates and sleep patterns of drivers to ensure that they are in the best condition to drive. Each presenter displayed the power and diversity within Prince George's County's technology community and impressed all who attended.
 
"I heard about today's TechBreakfast through one of our partners, Spartan Technology and also when I attended the EDC's Women's Excellence and Leadership Luncheon a few weeks ago and I knew that these were people we need to connect with.  Mr. Coleman really woke the crowd up and was electrifying; very passionate about his community," said Brandi Bridgett, Marketing Specialist at Efocus Media Group.  "Today's TechBreakfast was amazing.  To be an 8 a.m. event, people came in passionate about their companies, passionate about connecting with new people and ready to receive information.  It was great hear about the wonderful attributes about Prince George's County.  We made a lot of connections and look forward to the next EDC networking event."
 
Today's event was graciously sponsored by Spartan Business and Technology. The EDC also recognizes Exelon and BB&T Bank for their generous sponsorship of this fantastic event.
 
The next TechBreakfast in Prince George's County will take place on September 20th.  To register for this upcoming event, contact Nicole Edwards at 301-583-4650 or naedwards@co.pg.md.us today or visit www.pgcedc.com/events.