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Archive for July, 2017

Skjellum Plans to Step Down as President

Jennifer Skjellum announced she will step down as President of TechBirmingham at then end of October,

marking five years of service to the nonprofit. Skjellum was named President of TechBirmingham in September 2012. She had served on the board since 2004 and was TechBirmingham’s Chairperson in 2008.

“I’m incredibly proud of what we have accomplished, and I am optimistic that the next leader of
TechBirmingham will be able to build on the momentum created to take the organization to the next level. There are still so many opportunities for positive change in the Birmingham technology community with TechBirmingham as a catalyst for growth,” Skjellum said.
Under Skjellum’s direction, TechBirmingham has:

● Completed a comprehensive rebrand to communicate TechBirmingham’s value
proposition to the business and tech communities in the Birmingham region.
● Grew membership to more than 250 businesses in 3 years
● Created a financially secure organization that hosts two signature annual events,
including the highly successful SlossTech event, as well as monthly meetings to engage,
connect and foster collaboration in the tech community.
● Implemented multiple programs focused on encouraging kids ages 8-18 to learn about
STEM and computer programming.
● Launched a girls-only coding program to educate, inspire, and provide hands-on
experience to girls interested in technology.
● Helped the City of Birmingham earn the designation of a “TechHire City.”
● Formed TechAlabama, a complementary 501-C- 3 organization to focus on long term
STEM initiatives for the state of Alabama.

“Jennifer really took charge, taking TechBirmingham from an all volunteer-led entity that hosted small community meetings to a true association of technology professionals who coordinate efforts to help the tech scene in Birmingham thrive. During her five-year tenure, the rebranding campaign has made TechBirmingham a well-known entity, our membership has grown, and the caliber of our events routinely exceeds expectations,” said Jay Brandrup, TechBirmingham board chairperson.
Skjellum plans to relocate to Chattanooga, where her husband starts a new position at University of Tennessee Chattanooga in August. She is still evaluating opportunities and has made no announcement as of yet about her future career plans.

“Birmingham’s loss is Chattanooga’s gain, as I know Jennifer will be very active there as well,” says Brandrup. “It’s just part of who she is: a true leader with passion and drive,” he said. A TechBirmingham personnel committee will begin a national search to fill the role as soon as possible.
If you have suggestions for TechBirmingham’s next visionary leader, contact Jay Brandrup at

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Meet our member company – Boo Digital with Billy Boozer

Tech Birmingham would like to welcome our new member company Boo Digital. Today we have Billy Boozer, CEO of Boo Digital. Check out what Billy has to say about Boo Digital and the Birmingham Tech scene.


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Sloss Tech is just around the corner

Sloss Tech is just around the corner. This year’s rendition of Sloss Tech will be showing off all that the tech industry has to offer while also providing a productive environment for the tech community to network, collaborate, and see everything that the Birmingham tech scene has to offer.


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Meet John Mark Norton, TechBirmingham’s Intern

With a staff of only three employees, TechBirmingham relies heavily on volunteers and interns to help make the association a success for its members and the tech community. This summer, John Mark Norton is serving as an intern with us and we thought you might like to learn a little more about him!

Name: John Mark Norton

Age: 20

Always lived in Birmingham?: Yes

Education: Junior Marketing major at the University of Alabama in Huntsville


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