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By Joe Russo

SkyBike & Palm Beach Tech Announce Community Partnership

It’s time to get out of the office and experience the vibrant downtown, the sunny breeze, and the downtown community of West Palm Beach!

As of December, every member of the Palm Beach Tech Space has access to a complimentary SkyBike membership! This will allow all members of the Space free 45-minute rides whenever and wherever they desire around Downtown West Palm Beach.

The team up

SkyBike is a West Palm Beach staple — it’s a fun, convenient, and healthy way for residents and visitors to enjoy all that West Palm Beach has to offer.

“SkyBike encourages consumers to use the bike share system for commuting, running errands, or enjoying a lunch break,” said Juan Orellana, general manager of SkyBike WPB. With Flagler Shore and downtown, the possibilities of biking around town are endless.

So, Palm Beach Tech has teamed up with SkyBike to offer this new and exciting possibility for their members.

The partnership will facilitate movement around downtown for PBT Space members. Joe Russo, executive director at Palm Beach Tech, stated, “We want our members to enjoy downtown as far as they feel they can bike.”

For SkyBike, the partnership makes sense because the SkyBike system is completely technological. It’s app-driven, with bike rentals, use, returns, and issue reporting happening completely from your phone. Beyond that, SkyBike’s integration of technology and community directly reflects the mission of Palm Beach Tech. The culture, mission, and goals of these two companies blend seamlessly to deliver healthy enjoyment to PBT members!

Working together for downtown

The purpose of Palm Beach Tech is not only to innovate in the tech industry, but also to support and strengthen the individuals who are working in the tech world. They are a community-centric association looking to create a culture of engagement, satisfaction, happiness, and wellness for all participants. Thus, Palm Beach Tech is always looking for new perks to provide their members.

Membership will provide:

  • A healthy means of exercise and commuting
  • A new form of travel outside the car
  • Increased downtown mobility
  • Boosted sense of community within the city
  • Reduced carbon emissions into the environment

How to sign up

Are you a Palm Beach Tech Space member, new or existing, looking to take advantage of this free SkyBike membership? Here’s how:

  1. Go to and register.
  2. Email SkyBike Director Juan,, to request a voucher code
  3. Input the voucher code in your SkyBike account.
  4. Download the Nextbike app for Android or iPhone and input payment info.
  5. Use the app to unlock bikes at any station.
  6. Enjoy unlimited 45-minute trips across the city!

Are you interested in a SkyBike membership but not a member of Palm Beach Tech Space? With just a few dollars, you too can drive your way to a healthy and happy community. Sign up now to start unlocking bikes at any station across West Palm Beach!

To learn more about how Palm Beach Tech is driving technology in the Palm Beaches, visit

By Stephanie Buzano

Modernizing Medicine receives People’s Choice Award at 2017 UX Awards

Modernizing Medicine’s modmed® Kiosk Receives the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 UX Awards

Physician efficiency and patient empowerment focus of easy-to-use, interactive application

Palm Beach Tech Association Member, Modernizing Medicine, Inc., receives the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 UX Awards Summit in Palo Alto, California. Modernizing Medicine won the award for their modmed® Kiosk by highest average popular vote.

The modmed® Kiosk is a native iPad application designed for patients to perform self-service tasks at the doctor’s office, such as completing patient intake forms. Kiosk provides a valuable opportunity to engage patients early on, directly involve them in their own care, reduce potential errors from illegible documentation, decrease waiting time, reduce costs, and eliminate outdated information.

The UX Awards Summit Conference aims to inspire technologists to create human-centered products that solve real problems by showcasing the most innovative people, products, and processes of next-generation digital product, customer experience, interaction, service, integrated industrial-digital, and experience design.

The award was received by members of the UX team including:

  • Mike Carter | Mobile Technical Lead
  • Busra Demirci | Senior User Experience Designer
  • Andrew Schall | User Experience Manager
  • Mihai Fonoage | Associate Vice President of Mobile Strategy & UX


About Modernizing Medicine:

Modernizing Medicine is transforming how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized in order to increase practice efficiency, and improve patient outcomes. Their products and services are designed to transform the clinical, financial and operational aspects of dermatology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management, plastic surgery, and urology practices.


By Stephanie Buzano

Loji wins the Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition

On November 15th, Palm Beach Tech hosted the Inaugural Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition at the Lake Pavilion.

It was a night filled with 8 startups sharing their visions and initiatives to build an innovative and better tomorrow. This event was made possible by our generous sponsors: Florida Venture Forum, Florida Angel Nexus, Levatas Ventures, Akerman, Locke Lord, Merging Traffic, The City of West Palm Beach, and Duffy’s Sports Grill.

These 8 startups pitched their ideas and mission to an awesome panel of judges on Wednesday night:


First place was awarded to Loji, a mobile app that makes it easier for residents to make and share plans with visitors. 

The Bridge Connector won second place for its CRM and EMR integration platform service, Virtual Badge came in third place for its simple smartphone badging app, and Startup Weekend West Palm Beach Winner, TooPley, was awarded an honorable mention for its online marketplace for kids 8-15 to sell their toys with parental supervision.

It was a great night with game-changing ideas shared by 8 local startups, and 100+ attendees that came to join in on the conversation.

By Joe Russo

TooPley wins Startup Weekend West Palm Beach

From November 10 – 12, Startup Weekend West Palm Beach was hosted at Palm Beach Tech Space and facilitated by TechStars‘ Regional Director Jordan Rothenberg.

It was a weekend jammed packed with 68 attendees, 27 pitched ideas, 9 teams formed, 12 amazing mentors, and 4 inspiring keynote speakers. The organizing team included Joe Russo, Jason Thomas, Tyler Tornaben, Corey Brown, & Sydney Marrero, in partnership with Palm Beach Tech, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and FAU Tech Runway.

Speakers also included West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, HOPE Water Founder & CEO Jimmy Thate, Levatas Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Gay, and HelpedHope Founder Alexander Golding.

The event was generously sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach, Quantum Foundation, SubCulture Coffee, HOPE Water, Duffy’s Sports Grill, & Red Pepper Group.

In the end, 9 teams that came together pitched to an incredible panel of judges on Sunday afternoon:

First Place was awarded to the Toopley team, an online market place for children 8-22 to sell their toys with parental supervision.

Treebotics won second place for its tree trimming robots, Free2B won third place for its freelancer credibility website, and Cravings won honorable mention for its foodie centric search app.

“It was inspiring to see complete strangers come together from different backgrounds go through their concepts and pitch their final product. By the end of it, I was completely re-energized by all the teams final pitches,” said Tyler Tornaben, Community Manager at Palm Beach Teach & Organizer of Startup Weekend West Palm Beach

It was a great weekend filled with phenomenal teams that displayed teamwork, hustle, and passion to create a better future through innovation.


About Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together designers, developers, students, and entrepreneurs from all domains to build something amazing. On the first night, passionate individuals pitched their ideas, and then formed teams around these ideas. On the second day, teams put their talent to work and built real products, teams, and brands that can be executed in the real world. On the final day of Startup Weekend, teams prepare and present their final products to a panel of judges.

By Sydney Marrero

#MadeInPBC | Adam Steinhoff, Founder @ Dedicated IT

What is your business?

Dedicated IT is one of the fastest growing, most capable, full service technology companies in Florida. Our goal is to change the perspective that people have about IT companies and the people who work for them. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we do take what we do for our clients very seriously.

Who are your clients?

Dedicated IT’s clients are businesses who have had it up to “here” with IT companies. They are looking for a company who will under promise, and over deliver. They are interested in, not only fixing immediate problems, but in thinking outside the box for the strategic advantage that properly designed and implemented technology can bring them.

Dedicated IT’s clients range from law offices with seven staff members to medical facilities with hundreds of employees.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

10-15 years ago, when Dedicated IT was in its infancy, this story should have been about me; about being an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember and about what inspired me to be one.

However, Dedicated IT is much bigger than me at this point; It’s about our clients who trust us with one of their most important assets: their data and the systems that store it; It’s about our employees who bend over backwards for those clients; It’s about the partners who have chosen to align themselves with Dedicated IT; It’s about the infectious culture here and that fact that people are drawn to it. It’s so NOT about Adam Steinhoff.

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

I am blessed to be the curator of an organization that attracts, employs, respects, challenges, encourages and grows people. I really feel good about enabling people to be their best and then allowing them to tackle hard problems for our clients.

Fun Facts?

Adam Steinhoff, Dedicated IT’s CEO is known to bounce down the hallway on Bounce Boots (there may even be a video of it on the Dedicated IT Facebook page).

Dedicated IT has an office in Palm Beach Gardens, Melbourne and will be in Orlando by year’s end.

Since January 2017, our team has worked over 15,500 service requests for our clients with an average response time of 4 hours 22 minutes, and an average resolution time of 11 hours 17 minutes. Of those, 397 were classified as urgent, and had an average response time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, and were resolved on average 11 hours and 3 minutes later. Oh, and 98% of the time, our clients said we were “awesome”. Only 1% said “not good” when surveyed after we wrapped up a service request.

 Why the Palm Beaches?

I feel like my answer should sound like it was written by “Visit Palm Beach,” but the fact of the matter is that I was born here. I went to school in Palm Beach County, I met my wife in Palm Beach County, We had our kids in Palm Beach County. Even as Dedicated IT expands into other markets throughout Florida, Palm Beach will always be stitched into its DNA.

How has Palm Beach Tech helped you?

Palm Beach Tech has helped me and Dedicated IT in two distinct ways:

  • Palm Beach Tech has helped us connect with the most prominent technology leaders in Palm Beach County.
  • It has provided me a place to serve and make an impact in a field in which I love.

By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech Hires 1, Promotes 2 Staff Members

The Palm Beach Tech Association announced its hiring of Tyler Tornaben (Community Manager), and the promotions of Stephanie Buzano (Communications Manager) and Kellie Ames (Community Coordinator).

“I’m proud that we’ve assembled such a talented and passionate team, dedicated to our mission of building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub,” said Palm Beach Tech’s Executive Director Joe Russo.

This staff team will oversee the day-to-day operations of Palm Beach Tech, including all of its programs and initiatives.

“Our Board is laser focused on building a strong, sustainable organization to fulfill our mission and this team will take us there,” said Palm Beach Tech Board Co-Chair Cam Collins

Tyler Tornaben | Community Manager

Tyler is a native South Floridian, formerly of the international coworking company Impact Hub, and now Palm Beach Tech‘s new Community Manager! She oversees PBT’s following programs:

She has a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths College of London and researched Microfinance and Reverse Innovation at the Yunus Social Business Center in Florence, Italy.

When she’s not with Palm Beach Tech, Tyler dedicates herself to her own startup; Snapgood. For fun, she enjoys cooking, traveling, Italian neorealism, going to the beach and researching puppies to adopt.


Stephanie Buzano | Communications Manager

Stephanie has risen from Hackathon participant, Web Development Intern, to her recent full time promotion as Communications Manager! She oversees PBT’s following programs:

  • Palm Beach Tech Website
  • Email Communications
  • Member Services

Stephanie holds a BS in International Business from Florida International University. She has spent the past year learning how to code on Free Code Camp, with her ultimate goal of being a front end developer.

When not working, Stephanie watches Manchester United games, goes to yoga, and plans her next travel destination.


Kellie Ames | Community Coordinator

Kellie joined Palm Beach Tech as a Digital Media Intern and now serves as Community Coordinator! She oversees PBT’s following programs:

Kellie earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Miami. For the past year, Kellie has also developed her own eCommerce company Mantra Active, an e-boutique, bringing you the trendiest, newest designers in activewear and athleisure wear.

In her free time, Kellie spends time with puppy Kade, traveling with her husband Scott, exercising, and boating.

By Sydney Marrero

#MadeinPBC | John Studdard, COO @ Achieve Agency

This week we profile John Studdard, founding Board Member of Palm Beach Tech and serial software entrepreneur here in the Palm Beaches

What does your business do?

I’m the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Achieve Agency, is a full service agency for causes headquartered in Downtown West Palm Beach, with offices in Indianapolis.

Who are your clients?

Our clients are non-profits like the American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way, and the Palm Beach Zoo. We also do work with several socially responsible companies.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

I’ve become inspired to be an entrepreneur because of my passion for building stuff through technology. I’ve been involved in several software companies and startups in South Florida since 1993.

Of most recent, I was the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Big Couch Media, a full-service interactive agency that merged with Forte Interactive in 2016 to create the Achieve Agency.

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

Helping our clients change the world at scale is my favorite part about what I do.

What are three fun facts about yourself?

Three fun facts about myself are that I was a race car driver (car guy), a commercial pilot (plane guy), and now a town councilman for Lake Clarke Shores as well.

Why the Palm Beaches?

The Palm Beaches are my home – I grew up on Jupiter Farms and Palm Springs. I have left twice; once for the Navy serving aboard P-3 Orions, and once for College at the University of Houston. I always come back to the Palm Beaches.

How has Palm Beach Tech helped you?

Palm Beach Tech has always been there to help our company, by providing access to talent and the occasional business lead. Most importantly they’re growing the South Florida Tech community into a true tech hub.

By Joe Russo

Pitch Competition to feature 8 Local Startups

Palm Beach Tech is proud to announce the eight (8) Palm Beach Startups to participate in the Inaugural Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition!

The 7 preselected startups come from throughout Palm Beach County, from Jupiter to Boca Raton. The companies include mobile apps, augmented reality (AR), internet of things (IOT), and online platforms. The founders themselves are experienced, diverse, and skilled in a variety of disciplines.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 15 @ 6:00pm

WHERE: West Palm Beach Lake Pavilion




All prizes are services based, wth applied values by the offering companies

By Stephanie Buzano

eMerge Americas 2018 | Call for Speakers

eMerge Americas, the premier tech conference connecting North America and Latin America is looking for executives to present in 2018. The call for speakers is now open, looking for content that solves real-world problems in these main areas:

  • Digital Enterprise
  • The Digital Economy
  • Digital Society


eMerge Americas 2018 is scheduled for April 23 & 24 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Thousands of attendees will be wanting to hear from you if your company or startup aligns with these themes:

  • IOT
  • Smart Cities
  • IT Integration
  • Marketing Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • E-commerce



About eMerge Americas

eMerge Americas in the premier technology event connecting Latin America, North America & Europe. It is a unique convening of global enterprises, leading startups and government leaders focused on innovative digital solutions transforming industries.

Thousands will embark on the eMerge journey in 2018. For some, the path leads directly to WIT (Women, Innovation & Technology). For others, it’s the Startup Showcase that brings them to Miami. But it’s the unexpected moments that make the journey worthwhile. The chance conversation with a key investor. The panel discussion that sparks an idea. At eMerge, there’s always something more to explore.

By Stephanie Buzano

Innovative Architects named as one of the Best Workplaces

Palm Beach Tech member Innovative Architects was named one of the 2017 Best Workplaces by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE for the 3rd consecutive year.

The ranking was based on 74,000 surveys from employees across the U. S in all business sectors. The survey was based on leadership, fairness, rewards and career opportunities, where IA also ranked in the Top 100 Mid-Size Nationwide companies according to FORTUNE.

Innovative Architects also received the Best Workplace award in 2015 and 2016.

About Innovative Architects

IA is a Microsoft Gold Certified enterprise consulting firm headquartered near Atlanta, Georgia with offices in Downtown West Palm Beach. The company specializes in using leading edge, proven technologies to build practical solutions to business problems. We commit to understanding our client’s business and technology needs so that our solutions are able to meet both current and future needs. We also seek to deliver quick returns on our client’s IT investments by deploying modular, reusable solutions that fit with client’s legacy systems and their new strategic architectures (i.e., web services, service-oriented architecture, etc.)

    Learn More About Innovative Architects

By Stephanie Buzano

ScriptSender Bringing Health Tech Jobs to West Palm Beach

Growing healthcare company ScriptSender moving to Palm Beach County

ScriptSender will bring 25 jobs to West Palm Beach within the next year and plans to continue hiring as they grow within the next three years. According to Chris Craft, President and CEO of the company “the move makes perfect sense, West Palm Beach is a great city with a lot to offer beyond the tropical weather. There is only upside to this move”.

Mayor Jeri Muoio will officially welcome ScriptSender with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for this Friday, October 27th at 4 p.m at the company’s new HQ location 319 Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach, the ceremony will then move to Banko Cantina for a reception.

“We’re proud to welcome our newest member ScriptSender to our growing Tech Hub here in the Palm Beaches,” said Joe Russo, Executive Director of Palm Beach Tech. “Chris and his team are innovators in healthcare, and that makes the company a great fit for our community”.


About ScriptSender – “Integration Made Easy”

ScriptSender offers an innovative way of transferring physician orders and other electronic documents from one referring physician or medical practice to another when referring a patient to a specialist. Fast-track integration solution for use where an HL7 orders interface and a site-to-site VPN aren’t cost-effective or expedient, or where integration may be otherwise difficult due to self-imposed organizational boundaries. In short, ScriptSender is Integration Made Easy.

With one click, referring providers can directly and securely transmit orders, patient jackets, insurance cards or any other clinical information. You and your providers can be freed from complex interfaces, site-to-site integration issues and administrative bottlenecks.


By Stephanie Buzano

Announcing the Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition | $10k in Prizes

Palm Beach Tech hosting Startup Pitch Competition on November 15th

Join us on November 15th for an evening of live, venture judged pitch competition of 5 minute demos from emerging startups here in the Palm Beaches!

Apply to Pitch —> Click Here

PITCH | Palm Beach Tech is currently looking for up to eight (8) startups to pitch for $10,000 in services! Companies must be early stage and headquartered in Palm Beach County.

ATTEND | The Pitch Competition is free and open to everyone, especially entrepreneurs looking to raise funding, network with their peers, and anyone interested in expanding or opening a business.

SUPPORT | This event is part of Entrepreneur Week Palm Beach, a seven day showcase featuring cutting-edge technologies, disruptive startups and leading innovators across the Palm Beaches!

1st Place Prizes:

Pitch Competition will be held November 15th at 6 pm!


By Stephanie Buzano

Local Coding Classes beginning this month

Palm Beach Code School and TK2 Academy coding classes starting this week



TK2 Academy is a coding bootcamp in Boca Raton with a mission to transform the lives of students through the power of computer education. Whether your goal is to develop a new skill set, get a jump start on higher education or undergo a complete career change, we believe in harnessing the gifts of each student to decode their potential. Our students are engineers, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, financial analysts, folks just out of college and the world’s future coders.

The Web Developer program begins November 13th with classes from 6:00pm to 10:00 pm.



Palm Beach Code School prepares students for careers as Jr. Web Developers. The Web Developer Program teaches the foundational coding languages and technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, PHP, MySQL and more.
Their next Web Developer Program evening cohort starts on October 30th 2017. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm-10:00pm for 16 weeks. The tuition is $3,850.
The next step is to visit the school to check out a class, pick up some information, take an assessment test and get all of your questions answered. It’s free and takes about an hour.
If you’re interested, please contact soon as they only have 3 seats available in this cohort.

By Sydney Marrero

#MadeInPBC | Shay Berman, President @ Digital Resource

What is your business?

I’m the Founder of Digital Resource, a full service South Florida SEO and internet marketing company in Downtown West Palm Beach.

Who are your clients?

Business owners of all sizes throughout the United States.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

Not being able to stay inside the box.

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

The freedom to take risks and get rewards.

Fun Facts?

I almost restarted my landscape construction company before I decided that internet marketing was my passion.

Why the Palm Beaches?

The warm and sunny environment keeps not only myself but my team working hard and happy.

How has Palm Beach Tech helped you?

We are new members, but already we feel more apart of the thriving digital & tech community here in the Palm Beaches.

By Kellie Ames

1 Million Cups coming to Delray Beach

Start your month off on the right foot by attending a FREE 1 Million Cups event. Every first Wednesday of the month, two early-stage businesses will present their companies or ideas to the community. These presentations allow both the entrepreneurs and audience engage in collaborative and honest conversations with like-minded people in your community.

What is 1 Million Cups?

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, the Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups – a free program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities.

Taking place in over 40 states around the US, 1MC culture is supportive, inclusive and welcoming. You’re encouraged to be open and honest about your business and the challenges you face. Everyone that attends 1MC is there to support each other in their entrepreneurial journey.


Quick Facts:

  • Every 1st Wednesday of the month

  • 8am-10am @ Capital One Café

  • Two Presenters/6-minutes each

  • 20-minutes Questions & Answers w/ Audience

  • Free Coffee & Baked goods provided by Peets Coffee

  • Meet the community & have some fun!



Who’s Presenting?

We are excited to announce that one of our presenters for this month’s event is Rooster, a local start-up aiming to connect individual service providers with consumers. Our other presenter is a surprise, so come to the event to find out!


“I am excited to bring this event to the Delray Beach community. There are so many startups and entrepreneurs in the area, so this is a perfect outlet for them to get their names out there and create opportunities right at home.”—Kellie Ames, Community Coordinator @ Palm Beach Tech

Join us for our inaugural event on October 4th from 8:00am-10:00am. RSVP through our Meetup page & redeem your ticket on Eventbrite.

A special thanks to our sponsors: Capital One CaféWoo Creative, 1-800-Call-Lee, The KTCHN, Delray Newspaper, CDS International, and Better Delray


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SkyBike & Palm Beach Tech Announce Community Partnership
Modernizing Medicine receives People’s Choice Award at 2017 UX Awards
Loji wins the Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition
TooPley wins Startup Weekend West Palm Beach
#MadeInPBC | Adam Steinhoff, Founder @ Dedicated IT
Palm Beach Tech Hires 1, Promotes 2 Staff Members
#MadeinPBC | John Studdard, COO @ Achieve Agency
Pitch Competition to feature 8 Local Startups
eMerge Americas 2018 | Call for Speakers
Innovative Architects named as one of the Best Workplaces
ScriptSender Bringing Health Tech Jobs to West Palm Beach
Announcing the Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition | $10k in Prizes
Local Coding Classes beginning this month
#MadeInPBC | Shay Berman, President @ Digital Resource
1 Million Cups coming to Delray Beach