TechFarms and SBDC Event Wrap-Up
Recently, TechFarms hosted the Florida Small Business Development Council, based out of the University of West Florida (FSBDC at UWF). Ayesha Haider, Associate Director of the SBDC (UWF), discussed how businesses can apply for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Contracts. 
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization.   
 
These programs allow inventors to hold intellectual property (IP) rights to their inventions while principal investigators (PI) control the process of commercialization.  
Terry Mauer (left) Assistant Director of Panama City SBDC Office, and Ayesha Haider (right) guest speaker, discuss details after event.
If you missed this event about SBRI/STTR Funding, and think it is the right direction for your business, please reach out to Ayesha Haider at ahaider@uwf.edu for more information.
Apple Universal Control Open for Testing 
Apple recently released a new device sharing feature called Universal Control. This feature lets the operator use a single trackpad, mouse, and keyboard between multiple devices. Unlike screen-sharing, the devices will run their “individual respective operating systems” (Clover, 2022). 
Universal Control allows you to sync more than one iMac, iPad, and MacBook at the same time. This effectively eliminates any need for things like Airdrop, Cloud Sharing, and Cable Transfers. Universal Control allows users to move their mouse or use the trackpad to drag between the devices. Although iPhones are not currently included, this feature seems to have been created with a business environment in mind so it makes sense that the smaller screens may not be considered practical enough to include at this time.  Universal Control is compatible with MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini, all iPad Pro models, Mac Studio and more. Click here to see the full list of devices and versions supported. 
Tyndall Rebuild Project Underway
Tyndall Air Force Base was recently awarded a record-breaking contract as part of their Tyndall Rebuild Project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a $532 million construction contract to Hensel Phelps to deliver 11 projects that directly support flightline operations for the F-35A Lightning II which is slated to arrive at Tyndall Air Force Base, in September 2023. Construction will begin late this Summer.   
The National Disaster Recovery division’s Tyndall Program Management Office is overseeing more than 40 new military construction projects spanning 12 zones. Supporting the 325th Fighter Wing and its F-35 Program Integration Office to deliver the strategic vision of Tyndall AFB as the Installation of the Future. The NDR division chief stated, “We’re leveraging cutting-edge technology to increase cybersecurity and perimeter defense, enhance base safety and equip Airmen to execute the missions of today and tomorrow.” Learn more about the “Base of the Future” and Tyndall Rebuild project here.  
Security Teams Depend on Cloud Range 
Cloud Range has revolutionized cyber security by giving security professionals the opportunity to practice detection, investigation, and response in a protected environment. They have the ability and confidence to prepare for any type of cyber-attack. Cloud Range arms security teams with problem solving, and critical thinking capabilities that will take them to the next level.  
How Cloud Range WorksCloud Range supplies hyper-realistic training on a customized replica of the organization’s network to stimulate the actual technical infrastructure and environment. The cyber range can include licensed versions of the same industry-leading security tools that people use every day in the SOC to ensure hands-on training and experience that mimics real-life environment.  The simulated environment is injected with traffic, simulating typical activity such as user emails, web-surfing, and server communications.  
Local Community Events
Discover Asia
Panama City Quality of Life and DADSRA (Demonstrating the Ability to Deploy, Serve, Restore and Aid) co-hosted the first “Discover Asia” festival at McKenzie Park in downtown Panama City. Discover Asia 2022 was the first Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) event held in Panama City in celebration of AAPI month. The festival was an opportunity to educate the community on diverse cultures represented in the area through cuisine and cultural arts.
Performances took place by local and surrounding area organizations. Thai Top Team, from Columbus, GA came to perform Muay Thai Martial Arts. Muay Thai is an art of self-defense that uses all parts of the body such as fists, feet, and elbows as weapons in fighting.  
Thai Top Team
The Asian Coalition of Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Community College Dance Group performed multiple dances. Haiqiong Deng from Tallahassee, an accomplished Zheng artist who has performed all over world, including Carnegie Hall in 2003, also performed for the event.
Haiqiong Deng
Panama City Quality of Life and DADSRA hope to expand the Discover Asia event next May and continue to celebrate Asian culture within the community.
FSU Panama City Kinsey Collection
For a limited time only, Florida State University (Panama City), in collaboration with Kinsey Art African American Art and History Collection, will host the Kinsey Art Exhibit. The Kinsey Collection remains as one of the most comprehensive collections of African American history and culture, celebrating the achievements of black Americans spanning over 400 years.  
Image Source: FSU PC
The exhibit is free of charge and will be on display at the Allan Bense Atrium located in the Holley Academic Center at FSU PC from April 22 through July 17, 2022. 
Chaos Audio Prepares for NAMM 2022
Chaos Audio is headed off to sunny Anaheim, California for one of the music industry’s largest trade shows. The NAMM Show, organized by the National Association of Music Merchants, is an annual trade-only event for music products, pro audio, and event tech industry. Last year Chaos Audio exhibited at Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee in hopes to get their name out in the music and audio industry.
Chaos Audio’s Booth from Summer NAMM ‘21
This year’s NAMM showcase has been condensed into one large singular event. Chaos Audio will have the chance to highlight their finalized Stratus pedal along with some accessories including guitar straps, cables, power supplies, and branded picks.  
Landon McCoy, Founder and CEO, on display with the brands new product line up
Check out Chaos Audio’s website to be one of the first to get your hands on some of the coolest guitar accessories or to pre-order a pedal.
We’re Hiring
TechFarms is on the hunt to find the most talented people to join our crew. There are several open positions within our maintenance and facilities team. Please contact us if you or someone you know may be the right fit. The following jobs are currently available:
Shop Manager 
Responsible for managing and operating TechFarms’ prototyping shop which consists of a wide variety of metal prototyping equipment including CNCs, mills, lathes, and welders, as well as woodworking and electronics fabrication equipment.

Operations Manager 
The Operations Manager will report to the company’s CEO and will oversee all product-related operations including design, marketing & sales, and manufacturing of the company’s new aerial autonomous drones.

UAV Engineer 
The UAV engineer will report to the company’s CTO and will help design, build, and test the company’s state-of-the-art autonomous drones. Requires a BSEE degree. The ideal candidate will have 3+ years’ hardware and software design experience and will possess a strong interest in designing and building new autonomous aerial drone platforms. This is an exciting opportunity to work with an experienced team and adapt various sensor technologies to the company’s UAVs.

UAV TechnicianThe UAV technician will assist the development team to build and test the company’s state-of-the-art autonomous drones.The ideal candidate will have an associate degree in electronics with at least 3-years’ experience as an electronics technician and possess strong mechanical skills and electronics knowledge with the ability to prioritize tasks, solve problems, and learn and apply new skills quickly.
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