Technology-interested citizens joined members of the City’s IT and Economic Development Departments and Council members, Karina Elrod and Carol Fey, on June 27 for Littleton’s first “Tech Talk”. Everyone gathered at Rocker Spirits, where council member Karina Elrod kicked the evening off with an update on progress across the City, followed by a talk from the City’s new IT Director, Ashley Bolton. Ashley discussed how she sees innovation and technology evolving in her department. Her first few months have been spent assessing and seeking insights into how things have been done prior and ways to improve processes. Bolton also spoke about supporting Council’s goal of Financial Sustainability and how IT is doing its part with a focus on operational management, and the investment and focus on security and risk management that her team is making.
Rocker Spirits‘ owner, Dustin Evans, next entertained the audience with the inspirational journey of how he became an entrepreneur and how his focus on innovation and never giving up led to not only a successful business but a design award for Rocker’s signature bottle. Scott Blumenreich, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for Centennial, rounded out the speakers for the night with a “fireside chat” on his thoughts on innovation. The City of Centennial was one of 12 cities in the U.S. selected in December 2014 to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. The night wrapped up with informal Q&A and casual conversation among the crowd. Future Tech Talks are in the works and ideas on topics for discussion are welcomed. Please contact Ashley Bolton at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions or to be included the next talk.