The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2016 Spirit of Innovation Awards! This event is comprised of an awards luncheon from 11:30-1:00 and Innovation Fair (Miniature EXPO) from 10:00-11:30AM and 1:00-2:00PM for networking and brand exposure for Spirit of Innovation and Early Innovator finalists, previous winners, event sponsors, and innovative community partners.

CHATECH will present the Early Innovators Award at the Spirit of Innovation Awards presentation.

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ChaTech_council_color2016 Early Innovators Award Finalist

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

11:30 am until 1:00 pm

Business Development Center

Chattanooga, TN

The Finalist Are!!!

Aegle Gear – Aegle Gear is a healthcare performance apparel brand dedicated to creating premier gear to empower providers. Today’s scrubs lack functionality, design and protection. Combining knowledge from the healthcare and sports industries, our passion is to create healthcare performance apparel that is functional, protective, and beautiful. Aegle Gear’s goal is to create a new market space by setting the standard for performance, safety, and design.

Collider – Collider makes industrial 3D printers that use a proprietary technology to produce parts in current manufacturing materials. This achieves part performance that rivals traditionally manufactured parts while accessing all the advantages of 3D printing, including complex geometric capabilities and zero tooling costs. Collider’s technology is a groundbreaking solution for end-use parts, rapid tooling and prototyping

i-Card – i-Card – the hassel free innovative way to manage business cards. Once you sign up the application makes a business card for you which also generates your own QR Code.  If someone else has the same mobile application, they can scan your QR code and connect with you via the mobile app.

Join us to preview the finalist product prior to the Early Innovator Award 

is presented at the Spirit of Innovation luncheon!!!


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ChaTech_council_colorThe 3 Tiers of Data Security

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

11:30 am until 1:00 pm

Business Development Center

Chattanooga, TN

Sponsored by


“Information Security/Data Security is a multidisciplinary area of study and professional activity…concerned with the development and implementation of security mechanisms of all available types (technical, organizational, human-oriented and legal) in order to keep information in all its locations (within and outside the organization’s perimeter) and, consequently, information systems, where information is created, processed, stored, transmitted and destroyed, free from threats.”


chuckChuck McDonald

President, Resource 1 Electronics

Chuck has worked in the International IT Sector for over 30 years. Formerly Vice President & Treasurer for Chattanooga Based Harwood International Corporation. Co-founded Resource 1 in 2007. In 2015, he assumed control of the company and immediately expanded into the infant data-destruction industry. Their client portfolio includes hospitals and health-care professionals, transportation companies, public and private utilities, law firms, accounting firms, manufacturing companies, security and compliance firms, IT firms, and governmental agencies. Chuck enjoys golf, camping, hunting and his family.

Eventbrite - The 3 Tiers of Data Security

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The Challenge

Each team will design, build, and demonstrate a mobile application to solve an everyday business challenge. Teams must provide their own cloud based platform for development and testing of their application, their own trial or production version of products used to develop their applications,1 and a database to successfully demonstrate the use cases for their app.


A $10,000 scholarship from InfoSystems and Skuid, to be split between the student team members, will be awarded to the team with the highest scored application. Other superlative prizes will include a private escape room experience from Escape Mission Chattanooga!


  • Teams must consist of 1 to 4 students from one school with one faculty advisor. Faculty members may advise more than one team, but students may not participate on more than one team.
  • Applications must be submitted by September 9.
  • $100 per team registration fee; email Olivia if your team needs assistance with fundraising ideas or financial resources.
  • Teams will be announced Sept 12.

I submitted my team’s application. Now what?

Wait for your faculty advisor to receive a notification by email on or before Sept 12 at 5 p.m. that your team has been selected. If your team’s application is rejected, the faculty advisor will receive an email detailing the reason for the rejection. Your faculty advisor may receive an email or phone call before Sept 12 if we have additional questions or need clarity on certain parts of the application.

What can I do to improve my team’s chances of being chosen?

Make sure your application is complete and includes all the necessary contact information and as much information about your individual team members as possible. Aside from that, choose your team members wisely! We’re looking for diverse groups of students with lots of creativity. Your application is your chance to tell us, if we have too many applicants, why your team should be chosen!



CxO Auction

Thursday, November 10, 2016

6 pm until 9 pm

Stratton Hall

3146 Broad Street

Chattanooga, TN

2016 CxOs On the Bidding Block

Diane Ball BCBST
Chris Bursch  CBL
Knut Hilles Volkswagen
Steve Hitchings  Kenco
David Johnson  EPB
David Marckel  BCBST
Steve Meller  Unum
David Peterson  Erlanger
Chris Nolan  PetSafe
Shane Pilcher  Siskin
Steve Savell  Bush Brothers

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$1500    VIP Table CxO & Guest seated with you for the evening
$1000    Standard Table 8 seats
$150       Individual Tickets



Customer Appreciation Event

Southside Social

Thursday, September 8, 2016

4 pm until 7 pm

1818 Chestnut Street

Chattanooga, TN

Come meet the Accordant and Tintri teams

Southside Social is known for its fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Join us for appetizers, refreshments, and an evening of networking.



Flying Squirrel

55 Johnson Street

Chattanooga, TN  37408

Thursday, September 15, 2016

5 pm until 2 am

21 and over

10% of proceeds will be donated to CHATECH

Join CHATECH for an evening of Cocktails and Appetizers  

Bring your friends and your co workers on this evening for a good time and an opportunity to raise money for CHATECH.

No Registration Needed


PASS logoWednesday, September 27, 2016

5:30 pm until 8 pm

Business Development Center

100 Cherokee Boulevard

Chattanooga, TN

An Evening of PowerBI

Join us as we spend an hour demonstrating PowerBI.  This is the latest visualization and analytics tool from Microsoft.  It connects to a wide variety of data sources, including SQL Server databases, Excel spreadsheets, web pages, etc.  This evening will be geared for beginning and intermediate users, we will skip the architecture and installation aspects.  If you want to start using PowerBI or have already started and want to make sure you have the fundamentals covered, join us.


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Planning, Deploying and Managing your Data Center with Microsoft Azure

September 21, 2016

11:30 am until 1:00 pm

Business Development Center

100 Cherokee Boulevard

Chattanooga, TN

Sponsored by



Shea Long

Shea Long

Senior Vice President-Products

As Senior Vice President-Products, Shea brings over 23 years of experience driving growth and innovation for technology companies, including Savvis, CenturyLink, AT&T (formerly SBC Communications), and Unisys. In the newly created product leader role at TierPoint, he is responsible for directing, developing and growing the product portfolio for cloud, managed services and colocation solutions for the company.

Shea most recently served as Global Vice President, Product Development for CenturyLink’s Cloud, Managed Hosting and Colocation business, which was created thru the acquisition of Savvis. He was responsible for directing the strategy and development of industry-leading products around the world. Prior to that, he held leadership roles in Product Development or Sales at Unisys, CoreExpress, Williams Communications and SBC Communications (now AT&T). Shea is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

 Lunch for CHATECH Sponsors and Members Compliments of TierPoint


Eventbrite - CHATECH Connect Lunch


Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 pm until 7 pm


224 Frazier Avenue

Chattanooga, TN  37405

Join us for Networking
Corn Hole
CHATECH Signature Drink
& Appetizers
@ Special Prices!!
See you there!!!
(No Registration Required)