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By Vanessa Calas

Alta Planning: A Coworking Space Success Story

Here in Downtown West Palm Beach we have a vibrant community of entrepreneurs looking to make their mark not only on Palm Beach County, but on the world at large. Coworking communities like ours support the growth of start ups through collaboration and continuing education, and provide resources to budding satellite offices for more established organizations.

Alta Planning + Design, a design firm based out of Portland, Oregon, learned this when they were looking to get their Florida office off the ground. With the help of Palm Beach Tech Space, they established a firm presence in the West Palm Beach area.

Here’s their story, and how Palm Beach Tech has helped.

Who is Alta Planning

Alta Planning believes in making urban spaces more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Their transportation planning and design efforts have spanned dozens of US cities, with over 30 offices and 200 employees. They work toward what they call “complete streets,” by creating spaces for pedestrians and bikers in existing streets, and on more elaborate walking and biking projects. At the end of the day, their primary goal is to turn bustling cities into safer and more accessible cultural hubs.

In the Palm Beach Tech Space, let’s meet Brad Davis and Brian Ruscher. Brad had opened Alta’s Atlanta office several years ago before moving back to the Palm Beaches, where he grew up. He and Brian, a recruit out of Florida State University, set to work starting up Alta’s office in West Palm Beach. Things moved quickly as they soon won a contract with the City of West Palm Beach, planning strategies for improving mobility and quality of life downtown.

They had their hearts set on West Palm Beach, a downtown that with its SkyBike program and the upcoming Brightline train, exemplified the morals and mission of Alta Planning.

Enter Palm Beach Tech

Thanks to Palm Beach Tech, Brad and Brian were able to get office space quickly. The Space gave them the flexibility and affordability they needed to hit the ground running. The Space is conveniently located downtown, so Brad and Brian can get around the city and take advantage of community support, amenities, and activities.

Palm Beach Tech provides the Alta team with varied opportunities to connect with other businesses in the area. They have networked with others involved with the larger West Palm Beach community, which has provided them with insight into the interests and needs of the people they were working to serve. The exposure to other businesses and individuals through Palm Beach Tech has been an effective way to keep their finger on the proverbial pulse of West Palm Beach.


 Consider Coworking

Whether you’re a brand-new startup or a remote office, a coworking space will give you the tools and flexibility you need to get started. The convenient location and networking opportunities of Palm Beach Tech make it an ideal spot for anyone looking to get involved and get their business off the ground.

By Joe Russo

Full Day Coding Workshop @ Palm Beach Tech | August 19

Wyncode Academy is hosting a full day coding bootcamp at Palm Beach Tech Space on Saturday, August 19th – an event they’ve dubbed Wyntroduction!

During the full day coding workshop, you will be taught programming basics for those with little to no experience in programming. All you’ll need for this event is a computer that is able to access the internet and a charger. Write your first line of code using Ruby learning from Ed Toro, M.I.T. Graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Wyncode’s Head Instructor. You will also have the opportunity to engage with alumni and hear from both developer and hiring partner panels. By the end of the day, you will have built your own game!

Note: This is an in-person event, so be sure to bring your laptop & a charger!

 A Little Background on Wyncode Academy:

Wyncode is a coding Bootcamp teaching Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML and CSS in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. They provide an inspiring learning environment engineered to develop successful coders with business acumen.Students are immersed in learning how to code in South Florida’s up and coming startup ecosystem. You will be given the training to succeed and make an impact in your chosen business or career whether in South Florida or beyond.

Wyncode is the #3 most reviewed in-person code school in the country on the industry-leading website Course Report with a 4.63/5 star rating. Wyncode is the place tech companies look for developers. Our hiring partner network includes 300+ companies looking for developers. 150+ companies in our hiring network have hired a Wyncoder, with over 45 hiring more than one graduate. Some of our top hiring partners are Carecloud, MDLIVE, Kipu Systems, SATO Global Solutions and Cloud Logistics, all companies that have hired over 5 Wyncoders. Kipu Systems and MDLive, have hired over 7 Wyncoders each. But the company that has hired the most is Carecloud with 9.


What the Day Will Look Like:

  • 9:30 AM Registration & breakfast
  • 10:00 AM Why learn to code
  • 10:15 AM Intro to Ruby Part 1
  • 11:15 AM Break
  • 11:20 AM Intro to Ruby Part 2
  • 12:20 PM Lunch
  • 1:20 PM Hiring Partner Panel
  • 2:05 PM Ruby Pat 3
  • 3:05 PM Developer Panel
  • 4:00 PM Break
  • 4:15 PM Intro to Ruby Part 4
  • 5:15 PM Closing
  • 5:30 PM Group photo on stage

By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech Appoints New Leadership

Palm Beach Tech Appoints New Leadership

Cam Collins & David Bates to Co-Chair 2017-2018 Board of Directors

West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Palm Beach Tech Association has announced its new Board of Directors for its 2017-2018 organizational year, led by Co-Chairs Cam Collins & David Bates.

“Co-Chairing the Palm Beach Tech Association has special meaning for me as I grew up in West Palm Beach,” said Cam Collins, President of DockMaster Software, Inc. “When I graduated from the University of Florida, it was difficult to find technology positions here. Today, that’s changed considerably, with more opportunities and professionals interested in calling the Palm Beaches their home.”

“Palm Beach Tech has achieved more in the last two years then anyone could’ve imagined, and I’m proud to say we have quite a lot in store for this year,” said David Bates, Chair of the Technology and Entrepreneurial Practice Group at Gunster.

Bates is also a former Board Member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, BioFlorida, South Florida Tech Alliance, and the former Chair of both the Gold Coast Venture Capital Association and Enterprise Development Corporation.

“Going into our third year, I’m proud to say we’ve assembled an unparalleled team of leaders to guide Palm Beach Tech to new heights,” said Executive Director Joe Russo.

Founded in July 2015, the Palm Beach Tech Association now has 127 Corporate Members representing $100’s on Million in economic impact to Palm Beach County. They also founded the Palm Beach Tech Space, a 3,500 square foot coworking space in downtown West Palm Beach, thanks to a generous grant by the James S. & John L. Knight Foundation.

The Palm Beach Tech Association will host its next Meetup, a joint event with the Broward-based South Florida Technology Alliance, on July 25, 2017 at FAU Tech Runway with AT&T Florida President Joe York.


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The Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit membership association established in 2015, building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub. Members include MyTaskit, Levatas, Florida Power & Light, Achieve, ScriptSender, and Dedicated IT. For more, visit

By Stephanie Buzano

Announcing BuzzJS 3.0 | October 18-20

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BuzzJS is a conference for developers who use JavaScript on the Front End, Back End, Desktop, and beyond!

JavaScript has been around for decades, but the newest versions are changing the way web applications are created. Single page apps built with Angular. Web Servers built with Node, and databases that store JSON, make web apps less complex, more robust, and easier to test.

Sessions at BuzzJS are 45-minutes long. This two day event will allow for a a wide understanding of the various JavaScript technologies that are available today. A question and answer period will allow you to gain pertinent knowledge.


  • Wednesday, October 18th
    • 9:00-5:00pm Workshops
  • Thursday, October 19th
    • 9:00am-5:00pm Conference
  • Friday, October 20th
    • 9:00-5:00pm Conference

BuzzJS will bring together core developers, project leaders, authors, and trainers. Our format encourages questions and interaction with speakers outside of sessions.

Speakers Wanted

We love practical talks, case studies, success stories, interesting failures and stories from the frontline.

  • 14 Slots
  • 45 Minutes Each

Sessions will be 45 minutes each including Q&A. If you believe your session needs more or less time please add a note in the comments.


The Call for Papers closes Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at midnight EST

By Stephanie Buzano

Achieve Announces Velocity 2.0

Velocity 2.0 is a one-of-a-kind training program that shapes passionate marketers and fundraisers into movement builders. Produced by Achievea global research and marketing agency for causes, Velocity 2.0 is the opportunity for Palm Beach County’s nonprofit leaders to create sustainable change for their city.

The program consists of three full- day and two online sessions where nonprofit leaders of our community will learn the most relevant practices used to build the movements of today from our team of experts and others in the industry. The curriculum also provides credit for CFRE certification or recertification.


  • Session 1: July 21 | 9 a.m – 3 p.m.
  • Online Session: August 11 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Session 2: August 30 | 9 a.m – 3 p.m.
  • Online Session: September 22 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Session 3: October 19 | 9 a.m – 3 p.m.


Skill building, discussions and education in:

  • Donor and Constituent Behavior
  • Messaging for Campaigns
  • Design for Campaigns
  • Digital Campaigning
  • Multi-channel Campaign Approaches

Experiential learning opportunities:

  • Onsite Donor Interviews
  • Case Studies and Organization Interviews
  • Peer Review of Campaign Design, Methods and Approaches
  • Case Studies with Content, Practitioner and Campaign Experts


Thanks to the Quantum Foundation and Town of Palm Beach United Way, the programming is free for all attendees.

The first session is Friday July 21 and the application deadline is this Friday, July 14th.

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Alta Planning: A Coworking Space Success Story
Full Day Coding Workshop @ Palm Beach Tech | August 19
Palm Beach Tech Appoints New Leadership
Announcing BuzzJS 3.0 | October 18-20
Achieve Announces Velocity 2.0