TechCA reached its one-year milestone this month as California’s first state capital-based technology trade association.   Despite pandemic-related challenges, our nonprofit thrived with activity this year, holding more than 30 committee meetings, virtual social hours, industry forums, and Corporate Advisory Council meetings.

We also signed up member companies that include the world’s most recognizable technology brands and local small businesses alike.

Our first annual conference, the TechCA Fall Forum, was a tremendous success featuring nine state technology executives who made presentations and spoke on panels for an audience of several hundred state staff and industry professionals across California. The half-day event created a buzz throughout the industry and government.

I am also pleased to announce our upcoming committee meeting schedule for 2021, including the Procurement Committee, Legislative Committee, Small Business Committee, and Local Government Committee.   Committees are for TechCA members and often open for anyone who wants to attend.  Stay tuned for more details, including meeting committee charters and meeting agendas.

On behalf of TechCA, I would like to thank our members, the industry, and our government partners for collaborating with us, especially in such challenging times.  I wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous and healthy New Year!

Here are some highlights from this year’s TechCA activities:

December 2019 – Holiday Launch Party –  More than 250 people joined us at The Mix in downtown Sacramento for a night of live music featuring live holiday jazz by Josh Nisbet and the Sac-City Little Big Band.

On January 8, we held our first Corporate Advisory Council meeting to discuss details of the new association, including bylaws, membership, and the upcoming year.

On February 25, we held our second Corporate Advisory Council meeting to finalize the bylaws and operations plan for the new association.

On March 5, we held our first Procurement Committee meeting at IBM headquarters in Sacramento, where we discussed the upcoming year’s priorities, including what areas of reform California’s technology industry should focus on.

On April 1, we hosted Agency Information Officer Andrew Armani for a virtual conversation about California’s response to COVID-19.

On April 8, we hosted Los Angeles County CIO Bill Kehoe for a conversation about response and recovery, how the IT vendor community can support needs, and what solutions are most in need.

On May 4, we hosted a discussion with the technology industry on ways to help state officials respond to COVID-19. CDT Deputy Director Stephanie Tom joined the call to discuss strategic planning, broadband, and digital literacy.

On June 17, we hosted our second Procurement Committee featuring guest speaker Acting State CISO Vitaly Panych who discussed terms and conditions related to state IT security. Industry representatives brought examples from existing terms and conditions, or terms added to RFPs for discussion.  A final updated version of the terms and conditions are currently pending approval by the state.

On July 28, we hosted our first Legislative Committee meeting to kick off our program to work with member companies on current legislation impacting the tech industry as well as expectations for the coming legislative session.

On September 24, we hosted our first annual Fall Forum, a half-day of keynote addresses, panel discussions, and presentations by California’s top technology leaders including State CIO Amy Tong, Governor’s Special Advisory Mike Wilkening, and Office of Digital Innovation Director Udaya Patnaik, among other agency and department leadership. 

On October 29, we hosted our first CIO Check-in with Department of FI$Cal CIO Subbarao Mupparaju and his executive team who briefed the technology industry and state IT community on the priorities and objects of the state’s largest ongoing IT project.

On November 4, we hosted our first Local Government Committee to discuss a charter and direction of the group which will work on issues related to cities and counties.

On November 16, we hosted our second Legislative Committee to narrow in on priorities for the upcoming legislative session which started this month.

On December 17, we hosted our final virtual social hour, a monthly event, which will hopefully return to an in-person event sometime in 2021.   Cheers and again, Happy Holidays!