Tech Summit to shine spotlight on tech origins, future

By Byron Martin and Ty Mulholland

When asking people for a word to describe the Tri-Cities, some of the answers that you hear might be wine, water sports, Hanford, agriculture or tumbleweeds. The last thing you would expect to hear is “technology.” What most people don’t realize is that the Tri-Cities has a long and storied past linked to technology. And today, there are some very innovative companies that are either using technology as their product or as a catalyst to better grow their business.

Byron Martin, Teknologize
Byron Martin, Teknologize

The history of technology in the Tri-Cities has been here since the beginning of the Manhattan Project 75 years ago. Since that time, we’ve had some amazing technology originate from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: vitrification, acoustic holography, portable blood irradiators, the compact disc and personal screening equipment used in airports.

But there is no monopoly on bringing new technologies to market, and there are many companies in our region doing just that. Organizations like Isoray, Cadwell Industries, Lampson International, Carbitex and SIGN Fracture Care International are just a few of the businesses that have enriched our community and have been built with technology as their starting point.

Ty Mulholland,  Wildland
Ty Mulholland, Wildland

But we’re in a new age now. Sometimes technology isn’t the product, but rather the backbone on which work is done. And many businesses are using that technology to start and expand beyond what they could have done without it. Because of the internet, apps and social media, you no longer need a large capital investment or extensive team to develop a national or even global reach. In short, technology is allowing unprecedented growth. 

This equalizer of technology is one of the reasons we created the Tri-Cities Tech Summit: to create a forum of like-minded individuals who can network and talk to each other about using technology in new ways to grow their business more than ever before.

Now in its second year, our theme for this year is Origins. Every technology, company and entrepreneur has a unique start. Tri-Cities Tech Summit 2019: Origins will give people the opportunity to highlight those stories, allowing individuals to share their own origins as they educate and inspire others to learn, do and invest in themselves, their ideas and their businesses.

Our theme also coincides with the anniversary of the Manhattan Project, a massive undertaking that helped a tiny community become globally recognized. Part of this year’s tech summit will highlight the technology that came about because of the Manhattan Project and its greater impact on the Tri-Cities.  

Whether you’re interested in the past, present or future of technology in our region, the event is a great place for you to be on Sept. 12 to learn and be inspired. Join us and let’s continue to evolve the story of technology in the Tri-Cities!

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Byron Martin is the chief executive officer and owner of Kennewick’s Teknologize, an information technology consulting firm and IT service provider founded in 2011.

Ty Mulholland is the president of Richland’s Wildland, a custom software developer, and has more than 11 years of experience leading teams through large scale projects.

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