NCTA Tech Tour stops at UNCW center
September 25, 2013By Andrew Gray
The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) tech tour stopped by the new UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Wednesday as part of its statewide initiative. Jim Roberts, director of the center, opened the program at the “803,” as he calls the new facility because it is located at 803 S. College Road.
Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s CEO, explained the role of the organization and said, “The [aim of the] 20th tech tour is to highlight the association and to highlight our members and the tech sector of the state.”
The NCTA is a statewide member association for the tech sector focused on education, events and advocacy. “Bringing together leaders is what a leadership organization does,” said Raiford.
Raiford went on to describe some of the lobbying work the organization has done in the past, including supporting tax credits and dealing with intellectual property issues with technology developed for state organizations.
In the audience at the event were Next Glass and CloudWyze, two companies that are finalists for NCTA’s 21 Awards this year. According to the organization, the NCTA 21 Awards are the only statewide technology awards in North Carolina. The program solicits nominations and bestows the awards in 21 categories. The awards will be given out in November in Durham.
Raiford took questions from the audience that touched on the role of technology in organizations that would not be traditionally considered technology companies and the challenges faced by technology companies based in Wilmington.
The tour continues to Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St., on Wednesday evening for a 5 to 7 p.m. networking event. The “Techworking” event is free to members and non-members.
Wilmington is the final stop on the tour, which began in Asheville.