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Alliance News:

As of May 27th, 2022, NEW Digital Alliance is under the direction of new leadership with the resignation of Director, Kim Iversen. Iversen would like to thank you for your trust, patronage, and support in the NEW Digital Alliance’s efforts to solve the digital and IT talent gap in Northeast Wisconsin over the last five years. Her position as Director has not yet been filled. If you have comments or questions, please email NEW Digital Alliance at Thank you!

September is Save Your Photos Month

Did you know that September is considered “Save Your Photos Month?” Pictures are visual memories that help us remember certain things, certain people, or certain events even when our actual memory fails us. It would do everyone a lot of good to back up our photos and prevent them from any sort of damage which could make us lose them forever. There are many different options available to back up your photos: you can use google drive, or an external drive, or you can save your photos to the cloud. Keep reading for a brief history on Save Your Photos Month and a few fun activities to do this September to help protect your memories. 

History of Save Your Photos Month

Save Your Photos Month is observed globally by everyone who wishes to preserve, organize, and share their pictures, and also convert their old pictures. It was first observed in 2014 by the Association of Personal Photos Organizers, now known as The Photo Managers. Every September photo retailers, photo organizers, and some companies will come together either online or through social media, campaigns to raise awareness and inform people of the advantages of keeping their pictures.

The first picture was taken in 1825 by Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a French inventor. He took this picture by using a petroleum derivative called ‘Bitumen of Judea’ to record the camera’s projection. When Bitumen is exposed to light it gets hard, and the unhardened material could be washed away. Niepce will then polish the metal plate that he used and this will make a negative image that can be coated with ink to produce a print. The major problem with this method was that the metal plate was expensive to produce, heavy, and took a lot of time to polish. But in 1839, Sir John Herschel made the first glass negative. This both made the process easier and produced better results. Despite the improvement, it still took a long time for photography to be recognized publicly.

Remarkable advancements in digital technology have made taking and saving photos easier than ever. ICloud (a means of storing pictures online) was launched by Apple on October 12, 2011. Another storage service called Google Photos developed by Google was announced in May 2015.

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Regional News

WIoT Council 3rd Quarter symposium

We are pleased to announce our special partnership symposium for September with founding member UW Milwaukee’s Connected Systems Institute and Rockwell Automation.  

This will be a 2 half-day event beginning on Wednesday, September 28th at 1 pm at UWM’s Connected Systems Institute with networking lunch, followed by Keynote Speaker Bob Turner, Field Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Education at Fortinet, Inc. There will be a 1-hour panel discussion, then a tour of CSI with a cybersecurity workshop.

The day will end with a networking cocktail event.

Day 2 will begin promptly at 8 am at Rockwell Automation with a networking breakfast. Featured guest speakers will be Stacey Higginbotham of Stacey on IoT. Stacey will be talking about “Mission Impossible – Securing the IoT” and Paul Watrobski of NIST. Paul will be covering topics on which NIST cybersecurity/ IoT documents to reference when building your products; and ROI for implementing cybersecurity according to the NIST documents.  

You won’t want to miss this 2-session event! For a full schedule of events, visit

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NEW AITP Chapter Sherry Anklam Memorial Golf Outing

The NEW AITP Chapter held their annual Sherry Anklam Memorial Golf Outing on July 20, 2022, at Mid Vallee Golf Course. Over eighty enthusiastic golfers attended the event who helped raise $1,400 for the Sherry Anklam Memorial Awards (SAMA) fund. Through the SAMA fund the NEW AITP Chapter has awarded $12,000 to students pursuing IT degrees across Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula over the past 5 years!

The chapter was excited to present a $1,000 award to Josh Rankin, student at Fox Valley Technology College, who is pursuing a degree in Software Development and Web Development & Design. He continues to maintain a 4.0 GPA and is scheduled to graduate in May 2023. Congratulations Josh!

A special shout out of thanks to our Golf Outing event sponsors: Check Point Software Technologies, TDS Fiber, Nesco Resource, Amazon Web Services, and Iron Mountain.

The NEW AITP Chapter (Northeast Wisconsin Association of Information Technology Professionals) holds educational training sessions and networking opportunities via Zoom webinars & in-person meetings on a wide range of technical topics as well as soft skill topics valuable to any IT professional. We also invest time in student IT clubs and provide biannual financial awards through the SAMA (Sherry Anklam Memorial Award) Fund. 

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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Program

The Wisconsin Affiliate of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Program is beginning our 12th year of honoring students who identify as women, genderqueer or non-binary interested in computer science and information technology in high school. In 2021-22, we honored 138 students! Award applications are opening soon! Student applications open Sept. 1st through Oct. 20th and Educator applications open Sept. 1st through Dec. 1st. Help spread the word and feel the excitement as we encourage the development of a new generation of technical talent with these promising high school and college women as they explore the possibility of a bright future in the field of computing. To learn more and apply online visit

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U.S. Venture Launches National Sustainability- and Mobility-Focused Accelerator in Appleton

Today U.S. Venture and gener8tor announce the launch of an investment accelerator program for startups focused on sustainability and mobility in Appleton. The U.S. Venture Mobility and Sustainability Investment Accelerator, powered by gener8tor, will provide investment, support, mentorship and access to in-state and out-of-state capital for early-stage small businesses and startups across the United States and Canada.

Startups and small businesses that are selected for the accelerator program will each receive $100,000 investments from U.S. Venture through gener8tor’s venture fund. Founders and startups selected for the accelerator will be required to relocate to Appleton for the duration of the program. Applications are now being accepted through Jan. 9, 2023.

U.S. Venture’s purpose of finding a better way is at the heart of its company culture. With a vision to be the very best provider of transportation products, sustainability solutions, and insight driving the world forward, the U.S. Venture Investment Accelerator program will mirror this commitment.

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