It’s the Season of Giving!
Each year since inception in 12/12, the ITPalooza tech expo celebrates the season of giving by donating to our local community through the Marine Toys for Tots charity. This year, we are asking for your help to make ITPalooza the #1 Contributor!
Help Us Build The Toy Wall
Toy Donation – ITPalooza was founded on giving. Since our inception in 2012, we have raised over $250,000 in toys and cash for the Marine Toys for Tots and other local charities. We are encouraging all ITPalooza attendees to bring a new, unwrapped toy (of any value) to donate to a child in need this holiday season.
Good to Know ITPalooza is the 3rd largest regional contributor to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and we are looking for your help to be #1. Your trip to the toy store will help make a child happy this holiday season.
We Love our Volunteers
We are just over a week away from the big day and have a group of wonderful people who have volunteered to assist us with our Toys for Tots collection wall. THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up to donate their time this year!
Thank You to The Kelly Merbler Company and Bullhorn!
In the spirit of giving, these two companies have joined together and come forward to help sponsor a class of STEM students of a local Broward County underprivileged high school in order to attend ITPalooza this year.
Although the high school is a Title 1 school with a 96% free/reduced lunch rate these students are not letting that hold them back. Their STEM program has been recognized by big-name companies such as Magic Leap for their stellar skills.
The experience of attending ITPalooza will allow these students to connect with tech leaders in South Florida, learn about new and upcoming technology, and begin learning how to connect with leaders in their community before they graduate.
Their teacher reached out to ITPalooza for some help in hopes that we could find a company willing to assist these students in their efforts to learn, connect, and grow and that happens to be what the SFTA is all about! LEARN. CONNECT. GROW.
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks. Local Toys for Tots Campaigns are the heart and soul of the Marine Toys for Tots Program managed by dedicated United States Marines and local volunteers. To date, there have been 548 million toys distributed and 251 million children supported. Toys for Tots believes that “Every Child Deserves a Little Christmas.” Help SFTA and ITPalooza make this Christmas the best one yet!
ITPalooza is South Florida’s Premier Technology Conference presented by the SFTA. Now in its 7th year, ITPalooza is the preeminent platform to drive business deals and forge valuable connections with local and regional tech professionals. With over 365 speakers, 417 tech exhibitors, 10,000 attendees, and $253,000 in toys and cash for the Toys for Tots and local charities collected over the past 6 editions, we expect this year to be the best one yet. ITPalooza will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center.