JACKSON AITP Hosts FFT Party
The Jackson Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals are taking over Mantle May 5th during Fondren's First Thursday and Mississippi's largest Cinco de Mayo Party! Below is a conversation with AITP President, Steven Waite. Mantle will return to its FFT Happy Hours in June when it plays host to several more Mississippi based startups.
What does AITP have planned for Cinco de Mayo at Mantle?
Door prizes, vendor demos, information on training opportunities, round table discussion on skill set needs in Metro Jackson and creative ways of meeting those needs. We'll also have tamales, quesadillas, chips and fiesta dip, as well as margarita popsicles from Pop Culture Pops.
Tell us a little about AITP?
The Association of Information Technology Professionals is committed to collaboration across industries to provide growth opportunities for businesses, communities and academics. Current membership of the Jackson Chapter includes leaders from finance, state agencies, healthcare, insurance and law firms.
What is something cool that AITP is doing right now?
The Jackson Chapter of AITP sponsors two student chapters at Delta State and Ole Miss. Earlier this month, the Ole Miss Chapter won several awards at the AITP National Collegiate Conference in Chicago, place first in Mobile App Design, second in Visual Studio (VB / C# programming) and third in Java Programming.
In March, the Delta State Chapter hosted its fourth annual Merging People with Technology Conference, and it also creates a number of internship opportunities for juniors and seniors each year.
What is happening right now in the Mississippi IT industry?
Sheena Allen is bringing visibility to Mississippi in mobile app development, as well as other initiatives to attract millennials to Mississippi and I.T. This has allowed her to give back to Metro Jackson in many other positives ways.
C-Spire bringing fiber to the home will, over time, drastically change the landscape in Mississippi on many fronts, including work-life balance, education, and healthcare. Business Cooperatives such as Mantle are examples of this transition.
UMMC is a leader in providing telehealth care across the state and to local businesses such as BankPlus. TelehealthONE is creating partnerships to bring acute care clinics and other medical services to people in need throughout the southeast.
Those are just a few of the notable endeavors where I.T. is having an impact ... a special time to be alive and involved as we evolve!