April 2018 President Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

When it comes to career opportunities, everyone deserves a chance. That’s the message a group of Arizona Technology Council members and I took to Washington, D.C., recently as we met with lawmakers and their staff on Capitol Hill as part of the annual CompTIA DC Fly-In. (More details on page 4 of this section.) In… [More]

The Sporting Life

by Don Rodriguez

Say “Fiesta Bowl” and college football comes to mind. But when the organization that even has staged national championships wanted to enter the arena of competitive video games, its leaders sought help from a new part of the Arizona Technology Council: the eSports Subcommittee of the Game Industry Committee. Fiesta Bowl organizers were looking for… [More]

Science for All

by Don Rodriguez

The Chief Science Officers (CSO) program was launched to help sixth- through 12th-graders in Arizona and beyond ultimately develop technical and employability skills through STEM activities. However, this collaborative initiative of the Arizona Technology Council Foundation and Arizona Commerce Authority may be only scratching the surface to help develop the potential of students in some… [More]

New Director at the Helm of SciTech Festival

by Don Rodriguez

For anyone who has even been to an event staged as part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, there’s a good chance that Marisa Ostos has been right there, too. “I think she’s done more, seen more events, gone to more events than anybody around,” says Jeremy Babendure, Arizona SciTech’s executive director. “She just has passion… [More]

Tech Champion

by Don Rodriguez

Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, was named a 2018 Tech Champion by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the world’s leading technology association. Zylstra was recognized for his leadership in championing technology policy in Arizona and his commitment to the Council and its members, and his civic and community… [More]

Lawmakers Hear from Tech-Focused Constituents

by Don Rodriguez

A group of Arizona Technology Council members recently had the chance to let their voices be heard when they walked the halls of Congress to meet with members of the Arizona delegation and key staff members during the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In. The annual event brings together more than 100 solution providers, vendors and other… [More]

Arizona Science Bowl

by Don Rodriguez

Quickly: From the LEAST to the MOST, what are the three most abundant elements in a G-type star? If your answer was hydrogen, helium and carbon, move to the head of the class. That’s an example of one of the easier questions you might have faced as a contestant in the High School Division of… [More]

Mentoring Matters

by Don Rodriguez

Sometimes a person looking for advice only wants to talk with someone who has “been there.” That’s especially true in the technology community when entrepreneurs are trying to just get past the startup phase in the life cycle. With that in mind, the Arizona Technology Council has launched VentureShip to provide mentoring by members who… [More]

Tech Titans

by Don Rodriguez

The Arizona Technology Council has added four new members to its board of directors with leadership experience ranging from healthcare to defense. Appointed to the board were Eugene Jaramillo, deputy to the vice president of RMS supply chain management, Raytheon Missile Systems; Dr. Randall Porter, director, Barrow Acoustic Neuroma Center; Calline Sanchez, vice president, IBM;… [More]

Winter 2017 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

With the role as the principal advocate for science- and technology-based companies in the state, you can imagine there really is little down time for the Arizona Technology Council. That’s especially true when it comes to public policy. While you are gearing up for the holidays, we already are looking ahead to January when we,… [More]