“Fake news” was the program topic, and Glendale Director of Communications and Community Relations Tom Lorenz described the city’s work to get the facts out at the February Tech on Tap meetup.

GCC’s February 25 Maker Faire got some promotional time ahead of the talk. JPL engineer Armen Toorian, Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College, has been helping to establish a project-based learning program for the Engineering Department. Robotics projects developed by his student teams will be featured at the Maker Faire Saturday, February 25, from 8:30 am to 3 pm.

Toorian is connecting with Library, Arts & Culture staff to compare notes on the library’s new MakerSpace, and to consider future collaboration. Central Library’s MakerSpace also will be a future venue for Tech on Tap programming.

Tech on Tap events to date have been held at the Moose Den in downtown Glendale. The next event will be a morning coffee at Antaeus Theatre. For an event at the Central Library’s new MakerSpace, stay tuned for grand opening announcements.

The City of Glendale is committed to empowering and growing the tech ecosystem in Glendale and set out to create a Glendale Tech Strategic Plan in March 2016. A vital part of a thriving business community is knowledge sharing. Glendale Tech on Tap is aimed at encouraging discussion amongst those in the tech sector, sharing ideas, becoming a collaborative think space, and forging new relationships. Since the program’s inception, three known business ventures have blossomed from relationships built at Tech on Tap events.

Speakers at Glendale Tech on Tap come from diverse backgrounds to offer career paths and industries which appeal to a large audience. Beginning as a MeetUp group, Tech On Tap now totals 466 members regularly discussing success stories and lessons learned.

Tech Week Moose Den
The Moose Den, downtown Glendale, during Tech Week 2016
Glendale Tech on Tap Connects Professionals – Library MakerSpace in Future Plans