IoT TechConnect – A survival guide to the Internet of Things in Michigan

IoT TechConnect ad 300x300Most technology experts contend that the Internet of Things, more commonly called IoT, has become THE trend for the 21st century. On April 4 at the Troy Marriott a day-long conference will not only explain, but also celebrate all things IoT in Michigan.

IoT TechConnect, “A Survival Guide to the Internet Of Things,” is co-produced by MITechNews.Com and CloudTech1.Com. It will feature Michigan companies, experts, and products in the rapidly growing IoT segment. Content tracks focus on Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, STEM education, Connected Tech, Smart Cities/Smart Homes, Cybersecurity IoT, Industrial IoT, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and the incubators, accelerators and training available for IoT startups.

Michigan Science Center President and CEO Dr. Tonya Matthews will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. She also is organizing a STEM education workshop for high school students with the help of Monica Wheat the founder of Digerati Girls.

“I’m honored to participate in IoT TechConnect,” Matthews said. “At the Michigan Science Center, we’re dedicated to becoming the STEM hub of Michigan and a premier institution for informal STEM learning. This event is a great opportunity to help prepare the local workforce for the technology of the future.”

More than 1,000 attendees are expected to hear from industry thought leaders during keynote and breakout sessions. At 4 pm, Kyyba Innovations will host an IoT Pitch Competition with the winner eligible for a $50,000 investment and support services, as well as mentorship from the organization’s extensive network.

Aimed at identifying the six top-level entrepreneurs and startups working on disruptive IoT technologies in broad-based industries, the IoT Pitch Competition will center on Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Connected Tech, Smart Cities/Smart Homes, Industry IoT and Cyber Security IoT. During the contest, the six finalists will compete before a judging panel of automotive executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and Silicon Valley technologists. They will have 10 minutes to pitch the judges and answer questions. The winner will be announced at 6 pm, followed by a VIP Reception co-sponsored by Comcast Business and Warner Norcross + Judd LLP.

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center also is a major sponsor of this event.

“The manufacturing technologies are undergoing an unprecedented transformation with the current trend of ‘Industry 4.0,’ ” said Tel K. Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Innovations, and President, TiE Detroit. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the participants have innovated that will help catalyze the future of Industry 4.0, in addition to other areas of application, highlighted in the IoT TechConnect conference.”

IoT TechConnect Co-Producer Mike Brennan, Editor & Publisher of MITechNews.Com, said he was excited to have Dr. Matthews  as Mistress of Ceremonies as well as Kyyba Innovations.

“We’re very excited to be working with Dr. Matthews, one of the true experts in Southeast Michigan for science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Brennan. “Plus we’re grateful to Kyyba Innovations CEO Tel Ganesan who has agreed to launch his IoT Pitch Competition at our show.”

The event is co-produced by CloudTech1, a Managed Service Provider in Rochester Hills. It’s CEO is Rick Beckers.

“As the owner of a business technology systems and support company I see the need for more, and better, STEM related training in order to fulfill the massive demand in our workplace,” Beckers said. “The unemployment rate in STEM related jobs is Zero percent and the demand is rising, and will continue to rise rapidly for many years, because of the Internet-of Things economy that is being deployed.  Dr. Matthews is a wonderful choice as our emcee and will be able to accurately explain the close ties between the training, the technology, and the rich career opportunities.”

Affiliate sponsors include: Automation Alley, Tech248, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, TechTown, NextEnergy, Bamboo Detroit, Menlo Innovations, Inforum’s inGAGE, TiE Detroit, Kyyba Innovations, and the AR/VR Association.

Tickets for IoT TechConnect are just $20. Booths are limited. To book both click on

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Do you have a disruptive technology solution in need of funding?

Banner 2Do you have a #disruptive technology solution and currently seeking funding?  Submit your application for the TiECon Detroit 2017 Mobility Competition.

The Mobility Competition is aimed at recognizing the top six second stage startups working on disruptive technologies in broad based industries such as Mobility, Autonomous Transportation, Electric Vehicles, Connectivity, IoT, Automotive, Cyber Security, Smart Cities, and Big Data/Machine Learning. The six finalists will compete before an audience of automotive executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and Silicon Valley technologists.

The winner will be eligible to join the Kyyba Xcelerator with a $50,000 investment, support services, and mentorship from Kyyba Xcelerator’s extensive global network. With Detroit being the Auto Capital of the world, TiECon Detroit brings top players in the automotive industry, such as OEMs, tier 1 suppliers, investors & other autotech founders. This is a great opportunity to be showcased around the globe and to many investors. The competition is scheduled for November 9, 2017, 2pm-3:00pm at TiECon Detroit, and the winner being announced at 5pm. The last date of application is Sunday, October 22, 2017. Apply Now

Brief background about TiE & TiECon:
TiECon Detroit is Michigan’s largest entrepreneurship conference. TiECon is a conference hosted in 20 different cities around the globe. The “mother” of all TiECon’s is held in Silicon Valley, with roughly 6,000 people attending each year. TiECon is just one of the many programs/events hosted by TiE. TiE is the largest global non-profit for entrepreneurs, with 61 chapters in 18 countries.

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Nominations Open for MI Celebrates Small Business Awards

MCSB_Nominate_440x220Nominations for the 2018 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards program are officially open, including the ‘Michigan 50 Companies to Watch’ award! Why nominate a company for MCSB? Awardees of the program receive significant statewide exposure. The award says to customers, vendors and peers that the company is one to do business with. Submitting a nomination is easy, and self-nomination is encouraged. Visit to get started! Nomination deadline is November 15th.

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is proud to be an official Community Partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business and is committed to championing the success of our state’s entrepreneurs.

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Kyyba Xcelerator and Bodman PLC Launching Pitch Club for Startups and Entrepreneurs

Banner 1_Pitch ClubKyyba Xcelerator, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit will launch “Pitch Club,” a mentoring and funding series held across Michigan, at SPARK in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, September 27. Aimed at connecting the various ecosystems and smart zones throughout Michigan, each event will educate, inspire and provide networking opportunities and valuable experiences for being investable.

Ten monthly events will be hosted on Wednesdays throughout the year in Michigan cities including: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Currently, announced meeting dates include October 18, as well as January 24, 2018, at TechTown in Detroit and November 29 at SPARK.

Hosted by Bodman Law Firm Partner Michael Melfi, who also is the founder of “Be Investable,” Pitch Club will provide entrepreneurs, especially those in the early stage, the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. As part of the process, three chosen participants will have the opportunity to practice their pitch and discuss their business plan with funding experts, giving them a better understanding of the mindset of an investor. The program also will feature a guest keynote that will speak about topics related to starting a company, technology trends and opportunities for entrepreneurs.

“Pitch Club provides a tremendous opportunity for cross-pollination and increased deal flow across Michigan, something that currently is not at the level it should be. This program will be very valuable for both the startup entrepreneurs and investors and will hopefully create a meaningful dialogue, as well as a technological and economic impact for the entire region,” said Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Xcelerator. “In order to make this initiative even more successful, I encourage seasoned entrepreneurs in each of these areas to join us by serving as a mentor.”

For this initiative, Kyyba Xcelerator and Bodman PLC are partnering with other established incubators and accelerators across Michigan, including TechTown Detroit and Ann Arbor SPARK.

“From the elevator pitch to the public pitch to the investor pitch, the more successful entrepreneurs are pitching, the more integral this will become to their success. We are pleased to partner with Kyyba Xcelerator to help entrepreneurs to gain exposure, insights and support that will help them truly move the needle,” said Paul Riser, Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit.

“Access to investors and the opportunities to pitch without having to travel are signs of a healthy startup ecosystem,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “We are excited to have the Ann Arbor region included in Pitch Club; this new avenue for connecting startups and potential funders is a terrific addition to the existing ways entrepreneurs are able to attract capital as well as the investors already interested in what’s happening here.”

The select pool of the companies chosen to pitch at the monthly Pitch Club events will be provided investment opportunities in the form of presenting to the investment team of Kyyba Xcelerator and TiE Detroit Angels during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities will range from $25,000 to $100,000. TiE Detroit Angels funded companies, if qualifications are met, also could have the chance to present to the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). TGAA is a global platform for funding that exposes startups to a broader investment pool and opportunities to raise additional funds much larger than any single TiE Chapter or local Angel Group. TGAA recently invested $395,000 in Zeto, and $450,000 for Hemex Health from the TiE Global network.

A startup seeking to present at Pitch Club must complete an application form. Applicants can apply, view the event schedule and learn about prizes and benefits at or by contacting Sarah Myrand at

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STEM@TIM reaches the Michigan Community

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Michigan’s first STEM Career Showcase, produced by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and the MI STEM Partnership took place on Thursday, September 7th at the 1st annual Technology in Motion (TIM) Detroit event.

Featuring exhibits such as Consumers Energy, MI Robotics Institute, MI-Light, MI Science Center, DASI Solutions and many more, the event provided an opportunity for students, parents and educators to get great information about in-demand STEM careers and educational opportunities, as well as to hear expert panelists on topics such as:

  • The Importance of STEM to Michigan’s Economy
  • Solving the STEM Talent Problem Thru Diversity
  • The STEM Gender Gap and How to Close It
  • How to Find a STEM Job in Today’s Market
  • Increasing the Availability of STEM Training
  • STEM Students; Are they prepared for STEM careers?

Panel members included representatives from firms such as:  Ford Motor Company, Birmingham Schools, Oakland University, Education Planning Resources, Workforce Intelligence Network, Consumers Energy, Mobile Technology Assn of MI, Oakland Community College, Lawrence Technological University, MI Science Center, Society of Automotive Engineers, University of MI, ardentCause, New Shore LLC, Sargon Partners, GTB, Moveable Bytes, GE, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Coretek Services, MI Afterschool Partnership, Project Lead the Way,, Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Eco-system, Amy Cell Talent, Robotic Intelligence Software, RIIS and NHacks.

Sponsors for the STEM@TIM event included: MI Afterschool Partnership, Consumers Energy, Oakland Community College, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office Washtenaw Community College and Henry Ford College.

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Less than a Month to go to Mobile World Congress Americas!


There is less than a month left till the doors at Moscone Center open, and what a whirlwind it will be!

MTAM is a media partner for the event and we, along with the team at GSMA, are looking forward to a brand new and exciting MWC Americas. But in the meantime, there is still so much to do. While we’re getting ready for the event, we want to make sure you’re informed with the latest news so you will be best prepared.

Start off with getting yourself a copy of the latest eBrochure. It contains the most recent announcements, updates and program details for everything MWC Americas! A digital publication that’s designed with the attendee in mind, it’s your perfect arsenal of information.

Registration is key, so make sure you have completed your registration before heading onsite. You will need to have your Final Confirmation with QR code and an ID to collect your badge. Learn more about badge collection HERE.

Have you started planning your trip? There are tons of great HOTEL OPTIONS within the venue that will make getting to and from the Moscone Center a breeze. We also rounded up TRAVEL OPTIONS to make your journey easier.

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), Michigan STEM Partnership to Host STEM Career Showcase at Technology in Motion Detroit

Diversity of STEM-related career opportunities for high school and college students, career changers to be showcased with interactive exhibits, panels, expert speakers, videos

STEM logo from Crain's with MTAM & PartnershipThe Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), the Michigan STEM Partnership and Technology in Motion (TIM) announced that they have joined forces to create a STEM Career Showcase at the inaugural TIM Detroit conference and trade show. TIM Detroit, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2017, will feature a STEM Village of exhibitors for the duration of the event, as well as STEM-focused speakers, panels and activities on September 7th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“Careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields are the fastest-growing careers in the global marketplace and they’re also the most in-demand jobs in Michigan,” said Gary Farina, Executive Director at the Michigan STEM Partnership. “Partnering with MTAM and TIM Detroit on the STEM Career Showcase provides a real-world platform for the Michigan STEM Partnership and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan to demonstrate exactly what it takes to prepare the next generation for careers in the automotive and technology fields.”

TIM Detroit is a three-day event co-produced by Crain Communications and MSX International, and will serve as the intersection of automotive and technology, highlighting the rapidly-growing interest in connectivity, autonomy, mobility and the shared economy. It will highlight the future of mobility by showcasing the most advanced technology for the next generation of vehicles. TIM Detroit will also include on-site events, product exhibitions, presentations and panel discussions   featuring leading innovators in transportation and technology.

“It is not only critical that we engage students in a program like this to clearly demonstrate the opportunities and benefits of working in the automotive and technical industries and living in Detroit, but many of our sponsors, participants and exhibitors coming to TIM Detroit have a direct need for highly trained, technically skilled and creative workers,” said Dave Graff, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for MSX International.

The STEM Careers Village will feature exhibits from companies seeking to increase awareness among students, parents,   educators and career-changers on the mobility / connected technologies career opportunities that exist for students and career-changers to pursue, and the type of education and skills required to succeed in such careers. The STEM Career Showcase will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, videos from STEM professionals, interactive opportunities and more to increase enthusiasm about pursuing STEM-related careers.

Topics to be discussed during the STEM Career Showcase event include:

  • How to find a STEM job in today’s marketplace
  • Solving the STEM talent problem through diversity
  • The STEM gender gap and how to close it
  • The importance of STEM to Michigan’s economy
  • Increasing the availability of STEM training

MTAM Executive Director, Linda Daichendt indicates, “Skilled STEM talent is in exceptionally high demand – nationally, and in Michigan – particularly in fields associated with mobility and connected technologies. Studies have shown that Michigan will have a need for 100,000 additional people in these fields by 2020. Therefore, it is critical that we educate students and those seeking second or alternative careers about the lucrative, challenging and fulfilling career opportunities available to them once they’ve completed STEM-related training programs so they will make the choice to pursue these fields.”

Students from local universities and high schools will be given complimentary attendance for the STEM @ TIM event and will be invited to attend and participate in event demonstrations. They will also be able to view the TIM Pitch competition – where start-ups showcase their innovations to industry leaders – as well as the Hack-a-thon, which will challenge software experts to solve specific tasks. The TIM Pitch Competition will take place starting Sept. 6 at 3:00 p.m. and continue into Sept. 7, when the winners are announced. The Hack-a-thon will take place throughout the event.

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Understanding the growth of the autonomous car market

Most of us are well aware of the on-going evolution of connected and autonomous vehicles and the way it will change our personal and business lives. Experts are predicting that autonomous vehicles will decrease accidents, improve fuel efficiency, decrease traffic jams, and likely have a positive impact for consumers on insurance rates as well. But there is still much that we don’t know. To help us gain a better understanding about connected and autonomous vehicles, we suggest a review of this “Get Off Road” infographic about the growth of the autonomous car market. The Growth Of The Autonomous Car Market

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Mobile Monday Detroit: Connected Mobility – Beyond the Car

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan’s Detroit Chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan explores connected mobility – beyond the car – to learn how Michigan is engaging in this high-growth area of connected technologies across all transportation sectors

MobileMondayMichigan-LogoDETROIT, MI – Mobile Monday Detroit will explore connected transportation / mobility to help our audience understand what it means beyond the car.  Expert speakers will discuss connected mobility as it applies to all modes of transportation, the infrastructure that facilitates the connection, the laws that regulate it, and the software that enables the connection. The event takes place on Monday, June12th, 5:30 p.m. at RIIS in Troy.

Connected transportation / mobility is a very diverse field requiring knowledge, resources and involvement from many partners to make it happen, and correspondingly, it provides many unique and interesting opportunities in a wide variety of specialty areas that can enable extremely rewarding careers. Michigan is leading the way nationally and internationally in many of these fields, and our speakers will give us context to understand the state’s role in this segment of the connected technologies industry.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Smart, Chief Technology Officer, American Center for Mobility
  • Collin Castle, Connected Vehicle Specialist, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility, City of Detroit

The event is free to attend but advance reservations via Meetup ARE REQUIRED in order to attend; make your reservation at Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host and sponsor, RIIS. Free parking is available onsite.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and RIIS.


About Mobile Monday Michigan

Mobile Monday Michigan, a subsidiary of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a mobile/wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 3000 members state-wide.

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) Partners with Vision Mobile on 13th International Developer Survey

MTAM is again partnering with VisionMobile to seek input from mobile, IoT, desktop, cloud, web, AR/VR, machine learning and game developers

DETROIT, MI – The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is once again partnering with VisionMobile to seek developer input on the Developer Economics Q3 2017 survey. This is the 13th developer survey, focusing on tools, training and career development. Every year more than 40,000 developers around the world participate in this survey, so this is a chance for MTAM’s developer audience to be part of something global and to make your own contribution to the larger developer community.

The survey features questions on topics such as development resources and where to find them, tutorials and courses, distribution channels, developer tools and SDKs, as well as languages, platforms, app categories, new technologies, and revenue models. What’s great about this survey is that it’s 100% relevant since it has been made by a developer. Plus you’ll have an opportunity to learn about new tools – in only 15 minutes of your time!

de13_200x200_technomancer - banner1The Developer Economics survey is always designed to offer an extra fun factor. So this time, while taking it, your answers will be gradually forming a profile – showing you what kind of character you’d be in a sci-fi developer universe. When you finish, you’ll get to read your full profile. What’s your character going to be? A cyborg trooper, a technomancer, a smuggler? Take the survey and find out!

Participants can win one of the many prizes available including an iPhone 7, Pixel phone 32 GB, Oculus Rift and more. MTAM community participants will also have an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon voucher!

Last but not least, VisionMobile will show you how your responses compare to other developers’ in your country, so you’ll get a sense of how you compare to other devs. You’ll also be among the first to receive the Developer Economics Q3 2017 report (published August 2017) based on key survey findings. To participate, go to



About VisionMobile

VisionMobile is the leading analyst firm in the developer economy, tracking global software developer trends via the largest, most comprehensive developer surveys worldwide. Our research helps the top technology firms understand who developers are, what tools they’re using, and where they’re going next. Developer Economics is VisionMobile’s flagship research program reaching more than 40,000 software developers annually in over 150 countries across all platforms, technologies and developer segments, from mobile, IoT, cloud, and desktop to games, AR/VR and machine learning.

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