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Cool Summer Fun, Marlins v Dodgers

Summer in South Florida, oh yeah – it’s hot alright and we have some terrific events coming up to add to the sizzle.

As communications chair for the iCoast CIO Council, I’m pleased to announce the we have posted the date the link for the Annual Golf Outing. This is always a fantastic day and I encourage all tech golfers, irrespective of your handicap, to signup for this truly cool day. More..

SQL Saturday is this Saturday! There is still time to register for one of summers hottest events. This Wednesday at the Carnival Cruise Lines Conference Center is the pre-event Volunteer meeting.

Rachel Terman is organizing a Tech Night At The Ballpark for August 20th at Marlins Park. This will be a great opportunity to network and enjoy a ball game. More..

Miami-Dade to ensure every student has digital device by 2015

Miami-Dade to ensure every student has digital device by 2015

Each of Miami-Dade’s 350,000 public school students will have access to a digital device by 2015, according to a plan approved Wednesday by the Miami-Dade School Board.

Board members unanimously endorsed the proposal by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho to lease more than 100,000 devices, which will be paid off over a period of up to six years. The $63 million initiative, among the largest in the country, aims to provide devices such as laptops or tablets for students from kindergarten through 12th grade who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them.

“It’s unprecedented in the United States, this type of purchase,” said Justin Bathon, a director of the University of Kentucky’s CASTLE center on school technology leadership.  More..

2013 6th Annual CIO Council Golf Outing – Bonaventure Country Club

2013 6th Annual CIO Council Golf Outing – Bonaventure Country Club

The 6th Annual CIO Council Golf Outing is hereby announced for the morning of Friday, September 20th. We shall enjoy a splendid day of golf and camaraderie at the beautiful Bonaventure Country Club in Weston. Our event includes a 4-person scramble, catered luncheon and awards reception.

Click here for Sponsorship details, our sponsorships provide an excellent method of interaction with CIOs away from typical office constraints. Vendors, I encourage you to invite all of your favorite CIOs and business partners for hours of bonding.

Click here for more information and player registration. Please contact Angela Polania 305-975-5121, or Alex Funkhouser 305-458-5579 if you have any questions. Thank you for your ongoing support of the CIO Council.


NSA – National Security or State Sponsored Hacking?

After a week in which we learn the FBI will hold whistle blower Snowden responsible for leaking NSA surveillance efforts – activities previously denied – it comes as no surprise that opinion is divided over Snowden’s revelations.

The news story plays right into our upcoming ‘State Sponsored Hacking’ event in July. It seems the Cloud Security Alliance of South Florida may need to lead a discussion on protecting the privacy of our digital assets against enemies foreign and domestic.