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For immediate release (October 6, 2017) Media Contact: Judy Abelman Email: Phone: 440.725.8861...

Local IT experts will discuss the state of Cleveland’s technology scene Aug. 24 at the Amplify Speaker Series. Topics will include funding toward the Health-Tech Corridor, a review of wireless data usage at the Republican National Convention, and a look at the past, present, and future of the industry.

Presented by Contempo Communications, Cleveland Business Connects magazine, and BlueBridge Networks, the event will occur at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Each of four presenters will have 12 to 15 minutes to speak on his topic. JJ DiGeronimo, the president of Tech Savvy Women, will facilitate a Q&A between attendees and presenters during the final half hour. The presenters are:

  • Jeff Epstein, director, Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor
  • Kevin Goodman, partner, managing director, BlueBridge Networks
  • Tom Kramer, president, co-founder, Essex Digital Platform
  • Cal Al-Dhubaib, principal data scientist, Pandata

Epstein will discuss the 1,600-acre Health-Tech Corridor, which links downtown and University Circle while catering to biomedical, healthcare, and technology companies that are seeking close proximity to four world-class healthcare institutions. He will focus on the recently launched $2 million investment and attraction fund that will provide financial capital for businesses willing to relocate to the HTC.

At the July 18-21 RNC, AT&T will be providing data upgrades specifically for the event, although much of its infrastructure will remain in tact after the convention. The company will be tripling its 4G capacity throughout downtown Cleveland and also will boost higher-speed LTE coverage at nearly 200 sites, including restaurants, hotels, and at the street level.

Goodman will take a look back at the pioneers of tech in Cleveland and where they are now. He will also update attendees on data security and cyber security.

Moving from the past to the future, Kramer will detail the development of Essex Digital Platform, a digital marketing company that recently earned OHTech’s “most promising startup” award.

Al-Dhubaib will survey the room and provide demographic data based on capturing info from live audience tweets during the event.

Networking will precede the discussion, and the Q&A will conclude the event.

Tickets are $40 for paid subscribers of Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) magazine and $45 for all others. To register, visit

Essex Digital Platform and the Kent State University College of Business Administration are also sponsoring the event.

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