West Sound Technology Association (WSTA)
Q: What happened to WSTA?
A: We're still here. West Sound Technology Professionals Association (WSTPA) was formed in 2000 to help foster a vibrant local technology sector in the West Puget Sound region. We held hundreds of meetings on tech topics - databases, website and mobile development, communications, social media, marketing, Microsoft tech, Linux, the list goes on. Since our audience was always a mix of the tech, business, education, government, and nonprofit communities, we changed our name in 2008 to simply West Sound Technology Association.
Recognizing the fundamental need for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) talent, CoderDojo was identified in 2015 as an initiative which could make the greatest and quickest impact, hopefully reaching all kids ages 7-18 to spark their interest in computer programming, problem-solving, computational thinking, leadership, collaborative peer-to-peer learning -- and to connect them with mentors. We launched West Sound CoderDojo (WSCD) in March 2015 and held our first coderdojo that May. Our events are now all ages and in addition to meetups below we host 30+ networking events each year on technology.
Several WSTA board members announced their desire to retire at the end of 2016, and we saw this as an opportunity to re-evaluate our mission and focus. The unanimous decision was to act as a foundation as of 2017, and continue to support technology and education via our CoderDojo efforts. We are also encouraging other organizations to promote the tech sector through its mission activities.
Q: Do you still offer paid memberships?
A: No. Memberships helped fund WSTPA/WSTA operations and, while we will still need financial support to sustain WSCD, this will now be funded by donations. Existing WSTA members and sponsors will be recognized as donors and supporters of WSCD until their membership expires. We might revisit this later to better recognize those supporting the local tech sector.
Q: What about sponsorships?
A: Yes! We welcome both corporate and individual donations and sponsorships. Donations for $250 and above will receive special recognition. Sponsorships are promoted on this site, in email communications and across our social media channels.
Q: Will you still have business and peer-to-peer networking?
A: Yes. We have three Meetup groups we are growing: (1) West Sound Techies; (2) Kitsap Women in Tech; and (3) Island Coders Meetup. Please join and partner in our efforts to host fun and informative meetups.
Q: What about topics other than coding?
A: We agree that tech is not just about programming. If something is of interest to you just ping us and we'll talk about other meetup possibilities.
Q: Who is running the WSTA now?
A: Charles Keating President and Treasurer, Tim Duffey Vice-President, William (Bill) Huckabee Secretary. We are always seeking more to help with the mission of WSTA
Q: How can I make a donation or volunteer?
A: Your donations are welcome here, or mail checks to West Sound Technology Association, P.O. Box 1102, Silverdale WA 98383.