TeCMEN Industry Day at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center

OKALOOSA ISLAND — Some 350 business enterprise, community and educational leaders crammed the halls of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on Tuesday to communicate tech and network through the fifth once-a-year TeCMEN Industry Working day.

TeCMEN is shorthand for the “Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Community,” a local marketplace team recognized in 1989 by One particular Okaloosa Economic Advancement Council. TeCMEN’s members incorporate additional than 40 technological innovation, engineering and producing providers, as effectively as educational and workforce improvement partners.

Col. Tony Meeks, commander of the Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base's Air Force Research Laboratory,  talks with students in the Hsu Educational Foundation's UAS Center of Excellence on Tuesday during the fifth annual TeCMEN Industry Day at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.

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“It’s mission is to propagate the expansion and enlargement of our area’s technology, producing and engineering businesses,” explained Nathan Sparks, executive director of the 1 Okaloosa Economic Improvement Council. “We do that by bringing individuals businesses together month-to-month for purposeful conversations and presentations that align with their desires and opportunities.

“We develop an setting wherever sharing of data is position quo,” Sparks additional. “We acknowledge in that setting you may possibly have (business enterprise) competition seated following to a person another, but when we’re together as TeCMEN we’re all pondering far more broadly about the advancement of these industries in our local community and area.”

Diane Fraser, director of the Emerald Coast Science Center, gives a demonstration of the center's planetarium to David Lambert on Tuesday during the fifth annual TeCMEN Industry Day held at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.

Tuesday’s sector day merged a series of individual and panel speaker occasions, and a huge exhibit corridor with far more than 50 organizations and organizations representing science, technological know-how, engineering and arithmetic industries, or STEM, in Northwest Florida. This year’s concept was innovation, and nowhere was that much more apparent than at the exhibit booth for the Hsu Educational Foundation’s Unmanned Plane Devices Centre of Excellence.