The history of the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) dates back to 1999 when a group of business leaders came together to address the need in Nashville for better-paying tech jobs and improved capital investment in technology start-ups. From its inception, the mission of the NTC was to be a catalyst for the growth and influence of Middle Tennessee’s tech industry.
Middle Tennessee is growing, and along with it so is the tech community. Today, the NTC supports the local technology sector through its 450 member companies, educational organizations, and nonprofits by coordinating local technology workforce development, connecting professionals to cultivate a collaborative community, uniting around policies that nurture expansion and attract both talent and businesses, and promoting Middle Tennessee as the Nation’s Creative Tech Destination. TechnologyCouncil.com
The NTC’s Community Events are opportunities to bring different segments of the Nashville tech community together to network, build relationships, and share ideas. The NTC hosts 80+ community events a year, including six signature events ranging from 200 to 600+, on topics including professional development, tech education, BI & analytics, tech marketing, business development, cybersecurity, health tech, public policy and more. The NTC additionally serves as a strategic and promotional partner on numerous Greater Nashville area events. TechnologyCouncil.com/events
The NTC has many ways to grow your professional network — in-person and online — through its signature events, programs, meetings, and webinars. Members build relationships through Peer Networks – including BI & Analytics, Veterans, Nashville DevOps, Sales & Business Development,
and Marketing & Tech – and Leadership Exchanges – including ELITE for emerging leaders and the CIO Leadership Exchange. TechnologyCouncil.com/peergroups
The Nashville area is booming, and so is the need for tech talent. The NTC focuses on increasing the number of undergraduates enrolled in tech-related majors through directed outreach and technology programs with students as young as third grade. The work starts early to interest young students in tech and future tech careers to fill those college program seats. The NTC organizes tech-professional volunteers to support teachers in classrooms during the Hour of Code – regularly teaching programming to 2,200+ students each December. Entering our third year, the NTC Tech Camps have provided summer tech education to more than 800 students ages eight through 18. Traveling Tech Days are organized field trips for high school students throughout the year to experience tech jobs and
workplaces in the region, reaching more than 1,000 students to date.
Tech Hill Commons is the new public gathering place for Nashville’s diverse community of tech leaders, business builders, user groups, students and tech educators. The 9,500 sq foot tech venue houses the NTC’s new HQ, two executive boardrooms, 150-person event space, and a tech learning center. Whether you’re looking to challenge your team in an offsite retreat in the Comcast Board Room; teleconference with a client in the ENA Conference Room, powered by Cisco; organize your next cohort meeting in the PwC Learning Lab; develop the next generation of tech leaders in the Dell Learning Center; or launch your new innovation in the Event Center – our Tech Hill Commons spaces are available to exceed your organization’s needs. TechHillCommons.com
The NTC Foundation, in partnership with the Greater Nashville Technology Council, has launched Apprenti TN. Apprenti TN, the first technologyfocused apprenticeship program in Tennessee, is unlike internships or traditional job training options. Apprenti TN combines paid on-the-job training and education with placement in highly skilled, salary-competitive occupations. The program works with the tech industry to identify mid-tier jobs ready to be filled by highly competent people regardless of educational background. Apprenti TN actively recruits women, minorities, and
veterans to aid in diversifying the tech industry, but everyone is eligible and encouraged to apply. ApprentiTN.com
The NTC works to unite the Middle Tennessee business community and advocates for policies that empowers technological innovation to thrive in our region. In 2018 NTC and its members organized more than 136 engagements with local and national policy makers and lobbied and testified on issues including net neutrality, data breach policy, and blockchain technology. TechnologyCouncil.com/advocacy
One of the most successful examples of the NTC’s work is the growing BI & Analytics peer group which connects professionals around the topic of big data and analytics. With the peer group’s guidance, the NTC produces The Nashville Analytics Summit. Starting with 90 attendees just five years ago, the 2018 Analytics Summit saw more than 600 attendees from hundreds of organizations across Middle Tennessee and surrounding technology communities.
The two-day conference empowers professionals to leverage data analytics to grow more effective and competitive organizations by including dozens of workshop & speaker sessions presented by experts on topics ranging from Big Data & Predictive Analytics to Delivery Insights & Professional
Nashville’s tech awards are dedicated to connecting, uniting, developing and promoting Middle Tennessee’s rich community of developers and technology entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and institutions with awards in 14 categories. Winners are awarded a signature Gibson guitar before a jam-packed audience of 600+ Middle Tennessee tech community peers. NTCAwards.com