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Arkansas Department of Education

Presenting Sponsor, Registration Bags

The Arkansas Department of Education strives to ensure that all children in the state have access to a quality education by providing educators, administrators and staff with leadership, resources and training.

Sound Logic, Inc.

In-Kind - Sound Logic

We are a stage, sound, lighting and video company that does concerts, festivals and corporate events.

Facebook's TechStart Program

Platinum Sponsor, In-Kind - "Create a New Reality: VR Competition"

TechStart, a Facebook education initiative in collaboration with high schools, helps students explore computer science through technology.

Pettus Office Products

In-Kind - Attendee Seating Area

We specialize in providing organizations with office products, office furniture, janitorial and breakroom supplies.

FIS

Silver Sponsor

FIS is one of the world's top-ranked technology providers to the banking industry. With more than 30,000 experts in 100 countries, FIS delivers the most comprehensive range of solutions for the broadest range of financial markets, all with a singular focus: helping our clients succeed. FIS is part of the S&P 500. FIS has also been named the number one overall financial technology provider in the world by American Banker and Financial Insights (FinTech 100).

Windstream

Bronze Sponsor, Tech Support Olympiad, Large Breakout Session Room

Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, businesses, enterprise organizations and wholesale customers across the U.S. Windstream offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice and digital TV to consumers. The company also provides data, cloud solutions, unified communications and managed services to business and enterprise clients. The company supplies core transport solutions on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 129,000 miles. Additional information is available at windstream.com. Please visit our newsroom at news.windstream.com or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.

AT&T Arkansas

In-Kind AT&T It Can Wait sim

At AT&T, we’re bringing it all together. We deliver advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed internet and smart solutions for people and businesses. That’s why we’re investing to be the premier integrated communications company. Fast, highly secure and mobile connectivity – to everything on the internet, everywhere, at every moment and on every device – is what drives us. It’s reflected in our mission: Connect people with their world, everywhere they live, work and play … and do it better than anyone else. We offer solutions that help businesses in every industry serve their customers better. We deliver advanced services to nearly 3.5 million businesses on 6 continents. That includes nearly all of the Fortune 1000 as well as neighborhood businesses across the United States. Our high-speed mobile internet network covers more than 390 million people and businesses across the U.S. and Mexico. We also wirelessly connect cars, machines, shipping containers and more. It's all part of our leadership in what’s called the Internet of Things. And we never stop innovating. The brightest minds in the business are in our AT&T Labs and Foundry centers developing new technologies, apps, products and services.

Esri

Bronze Sponsor

Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) software gives you the power to think and plan geographically. GIS is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide. It helps cities, governments, universities, and Fortune 500 companies save money, lives, and our environment. Whether transporting ethanol or studying landslides, these organizations use GIS to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information, which helps them see relationships, patterns, and trends. They can then solve problems and make better decisions because they are looking at their data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

HP, Inc.

T-Shirt Sleeve

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, schools, governments, businesses and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, mobile computing, desktop, workstation, and personal systems, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world.

AUTIS

Conference Website

The Arkansas Users of Telecommunications and Information Systems promotes the advancement of professional and technical knowledge in telecommunications and information systems management technologies. The organization is recognized as the only regional organization of its kind in Arkansas.

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

T-Shirt Sleeve

The mission of ASMSA is to create, encourage and sustain, throughout the State of Arkansas, an educational community of academically talented students, faculty and staff that pursues knowledge of mathematics, sciences and the arts.

Ring Container Technologies

Digital Signage

Manufacturer of plastic food containers. The Little Rock plant manufactures primarily peanut butter jars, Skippy foods in Little Rock being its largest customer.

CAST

STEM Challenges

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), located at the University of Arkansas, focuses on research, education, and outreach related to geoinformatics and geomatics. Specific areas of research in these fields include GIS, geospatial analysis and modeling, high density survey, enterprise spatial databases, remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, and geospatial data and model interoperability. CAST's research efforts involve new approaches to spatial data as well as the development of new methodologies for analysis of these data.

Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.

Donation - Gill Ragon Owen

Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. is a general practice law firm that emphasizes complex and general litigation, business transactions documentation, taxation and estate planning, privacy and data governance law, family law, and employment law. Our firm provides legal services for leading businesses, including utilities, commercial and investment banks, finance companies, and state and local government entities, individuals and charitable institutions.

Arkansas Capital Corporation

"Perfect Pitch" Competition

Arkansas Capital Corporation is a private, non-profit lending corporation dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs in Arkansas. Since 1957, Arkansas Capital and its lending partners have provided more than $1.7 billion in capital to help meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and large-scale companies. Arkansas Capital created the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation in 1999 to be a catalyst in the development of Arkansas's future entrepreneurs.

Hiland Dairy

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We're proud to be farmer-owned, which allows us to produce high-quality dairy products from milk that is wholesome, delicious and full of important vitamins and minerals—free of artificial growth hormones. At Hiland, our core values include "doing what's right" and "being better than we have to be." Though these are evident in the products we make, they're also a part of a larger philosophy that's rooted in our relationship with the world around us. We know that fertile land produces healthy cows, and healthy cows provide fresh, great tasting milk. So we care deeply about preserving our water, land and natural resources for future generations. To that end, we also reduce waste, reuse resources and recycle what we can so that those same future generations will be able to enjoy the same high quality milk you enjoy today.

B&B Solutions

In-Kind - B&B Solutions

B&B Solutions provides a wide range of Products and Services to help build your Brand and Brand awareness. Our offerings include ... Business Forms and Labels Commercial Printing, (Brochures, Letterheads, Business Cards, and Envelopes) Promotional Products, (A complete line of gifts, giveaways, and awards displaying your logo or event information) Embroidery of Apparel, Caps, Tote Bags and More Screen Printing of T-Shirts, Blankets, etc. Signs and Banners Direct Mail Applications

Everett Agencies, Liberty National Life Insurance Company

Everett Agencies-Friend of EAST

Everett Agencies of Little Rock offer supplemental life and health insurance policies through in-home and workplace sales. If you are in need of insurance, or would like to start a new and exciting career as one of our agents please reach out.

Staley Technologies

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Established in 1951, Staley's roots lie in residential and commercial electrical service and installation. Over 30 years ago, Staley diversified its service offerings as a low voltage partner with national rollout capabilities for some of the world's largest retailers. Today, Staley Technologies continues to offer innovation solutions for our clients changing low voltage needs.

Few

"A Few Good Apps" Competition

Few is a design and development agency focused on making the web a more beautiful place through considered design and thoughtful code. We partner with a diverse group of organizations that align with our ethos of contributing to the world in a positive way. The tools we use to help clients reach their audiences and launch new products include custom web and mobile applications, digital and physical design, marketing content creation, and analytics.

Acxiom Corporation

Acxiom Corporation
Acxiom- Friend of EAST

Acxiom delivers the data foundation marketers need to simplify customer engagement and deliver the right message to the right person wherever they are today—and where they’ll be tomorrow. By connecting systems and data through a common understanding of consumer identity, we enable marketers to work smarter, quicker, and more effectively. Our open technology and services make it safe and easy to activate data anywhere, so marketers can increase revenue, measure sales impact, and deliver seamless customer experiences at scale.

NWA3D

In-Kind - "3D Print It Up" Competition & "Ready? Print...PLAY!" Competition

NWA3D sells high quality 3D printers, filament, and accessories. All our 3D printers come with unlimited videoconference training sessions by certified teachers and lifetime support by our technicians. If you need help 3D printing in your EAST class, we're here to help!

Mid-America Science Museum

In-Kind - Mid America

Mid-America Science Museum opened its 65,000 square foot facility that is situated on 21 wooded acres in Hot Springs almost 40 years ago. The museum's mission is to stimulate interest in science, to promote public understanding of the sciences and to encourage life-long science education through interactive exhibits and programs. Mid-America Science Museum completed an extensive facility renovation and exhibit installation in 2015 thanks to a $7.8 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The Museum now has nearly 100 hands-on exhibits to engage learners of all ages in scientific inquiry. The Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater presents educational films on astronomy, geology and meteorology. The Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk spans 280 feet into the forest canopy, 40 feet above the ground, this “exhibit” invites visitors to get up close and personal with nature while enjoying an intriguing array of bridges and nets. The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently honored Mid-America Science Museum with the 2016 National Medal for Community Service, the nation’s highest distinction bestowed on museums and libraries for outstanding service to the community. Opening in the summer of 2018 is the first permanent outdoor exhibit of its kind in Arkansas. The Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek will feature 18 life-like dinosaurs in a natural setting.

ForwARd Arkansas

ForwARd Arkansas Sponsorship

ForwARd Arkansas is a partnership of the Arkansas State Board of Education, Walton Family Foundation, and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and is committed to helping every Arkansas student graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace. To realize this vision, ForwARd Arkansas has developed recommendations aimed at dramatically improving student achievement, closing the achievement gap, and making Arkansas a leading state in education.

Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design

In-Kind - "Fay Jones Architectural Challenge"

Within the curricular context of an excellent professional design education, the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design provides a vital school-wide design culture and educational environment grounded in critical design thinking, multidisciplinary collaborations and civic engagement. We are a professional design school providing excellence in teaching, research and service within a vibrant intellectual community that generates an energy and passion for great design, while nurturing the talent, intellectual agility, optimism and resourcefulness our students need to develop into the leaders in their respective design disciplines and in their communities. We have 5 year accredited degree programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and 4 year accredited degrees programs in Interior Design and Architectural Studies.

Mangan Holcomb Partners

In-Kind - "Intentionally Inventive Marketing" Competition

Mangan Holcomb Partners is a full-service marketing communications company specializing in strategic planning, advertising, public relations and media planning/buying. We represent local, national and international brands in the areas of agriculture, healthcare, government, telecommunications, tourism, transportation and others. Our sister company, Team SI, provides MHP clients with digital, website, online and social media services.

Bedford Camera & Video

In-Kind - "Picture This" Competition

Bedford Camera & Video is a photography specialty store with locations in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

University of Arkansas Systems, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

In-Kind - "Create a Healthier Arkansas" Competition

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. With offices in all 75 counties, our faculty and staff provide educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas. From agricultural programs to family financial management to youth education, we offer educational programs that have immediate and practical applications. Extension works in 4 main areas: 4-H and Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community and Economic Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

In-Kind - "MicroControlling Everything" Competition

A non profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering our community of Creatives, Technologists and Entrepreneurs to be the Makers of our future.

SketchUp

In-Kind - "SketchUp Student Competition"

SketchUp is hands down the easiest way to model in 3D.

GRAPHISOFT

In-Kind - "ARCHICAD" Competition

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment; EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution; and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT is part of the Nemetschek Group.

Southern Arkansas University Tech

In-Kind - "SAU Tech Multimedia" Competition

Southern Arkansas University Tech is a two-year public college which is part of the Southern Arkansas University System. The college began in 1968 and has an average enrollment of over 1,800 students. SAU Tech employs around 160 staff and faculty and is located inside Highland Industrial Park in East Camden, Arkansas.

Exhibitors

HP, Inc.

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, schools, governments, businesses and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, mobile computing, desktop, workstation, and personal systems, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world.

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

The mission of ASMSA is to create, encourage and sustain, throughout the State of Arkansas, an educational community of academically talented students, faculty and staff that pursues knowledge of mathematics, sciences and the arts.

Ring Container Technologies

Manufacturer of plastic food containers. The Little Rock plant manufactures primarily peanut butter jars, Skippy foods in Little Rock being its largest customer.

CAST

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), located at the University of Arkansas, focuses on research, education, and outreach related to geoinformatics and geomatics. Specific areas of research in these fields include GIS, geospatial analysis and modeling, high density survey, enterprise spatial databases, remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, and geospatial data and model interoperability. CAST's research efforts involve new approaches to spatial data as well as the development of new methodologies for analysis of these data.

B&B Solutions

B&B Solutions provides a wide range of Products and Services to help build your Brand and Brand awareness. Our offerings include ... Business Forms and Labels Commercial Printing, (Brochures, Letterheads, Business Cards, and Envelopes) Promotional Products, (A complete line of gifts, giveaways, and awards displaying your logo or event information) Embroidery of Apparel, Caps, Tote Bags and More Screen Printing of T-Shirts, Blankets, etc. Signs and Banners Direct Mail Applications

NWA3D

NWA3D sells high quality 3D printers, filament, and accessories. All our 3D printers come with unlimited videoconference training sessions by certified teachers and lifetime support by our technicians. If you need help 3D printing in your EAST class, we're here to help!

Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design

Within the curricular context of an excellent professional design education, the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design provides a vital school-wide design culture and educational environment grounded in critical design thinking, multidisciplinary collaborations and civic engagement. We are a professional design school providing excellence in teaching, research and service within a vibrant intellectual community that generates an energy and passion for great design, while nurturing the talent, intellectual agility, optimism and resourcefulness our students need to develop into the leaders in their respective design disciplines and in their communities. We have 5 year accredited degree programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and 4 year accredited degrees programs in Interior Design and Architectural Studies.

Acxiom Corporation

The Data Foundation For The World's Best Marketers Acxiom enables people-based marketing everywhere through a simple, open approach to connecting systems and data that drives seamless customer experiences and higher ROI. We believe data is the key to creating meaningful interactions at scale between consumers and the brands they love. Making It Safe And Easy To Activate Data Anywhere Innovation is constantly driving fragmentation and creating data silos within modern marketing departments, causing consumers to experience far too many marketing messages that are disconnected, untargeted, and wasteful. Acxiom helps thousands of clients and partners around the globe work together to address these challenges. A leader in ethical data use and identity for more than 45 years, Acxiom is dedicated to helping marketers achieve superior business results by creating experiences that deepen customer connections.

Games For Change

Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games and technology that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. In addition to organizing the Games for Change Festival and the Student Challenge; we also incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production expertise in coalition building; and curate games for change to the public through our games arcades and awards.

Arkansas Tech University

Located in Russellville & Ozark, AR, Arkansas Tech is the 3rd largest 4-year institution in the state, with the 2nd highest graduation rates. We offer over 140 degree programs ranging from Technical Certificates to Doctoral Degrees. Though our enrollment consists of over 12,000 students, our student-to-teacher ratio remains at 19:1. Arkansas Tech is where students succeed, innovation thrives, and communities flourish.

Henderson State University

Our tradition is more than history. It’s excellence in higher education and service everyday for 125 years. It’s is more than customs. It’s collaboration in learning, teaching, and working together on our campus and in our community, city, state, country and world. It’s more than values. It’s preparing students to solve problems creatively, celebrating what makes each of us unique, and encouraging exploration and discovery. Henderson State University is more than a public learning institution: it’s where we aspire to be a vital educational and cultural center for our local community, region, and state. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to serving a diverse student body from across Arkansas and over twenty-five other states as well as a number of foreign countries. We encourage scholarly and creative activities in a caring, personal atmosphere that reflects the university’s motto for over a century: The School with a Heart. The mission of Henderson State University is to provide a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in an increasingly global society. This bridges students’ academic aspirations to career success by integrating professional studies and the liberal arts. At Henderson State University, we empower everyone - students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters - in persisting and excelling in the spirit that all things are possible. That spirit is tradition in action, and it’s what makes Henderson State University more than a public liberal arts college.

Digital Media Institute at InterTech

DMII’s mission is to deliver high caliber training taught by industry professionals in a state-of-the-art environment and enhance workforce development in the area of digital media. We offer 2 one-year certificate programs in Animation, Visual Effects & Interactive Content and Interactive Software Development.

Center for Advanced Surface Engineering

The Center for Advanced Surface Engineering (CASE) is the current project of Arkansas National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR. CASE brings together scientists and students from 10 Arkansas universities to research and develop novel surfaces and materials that can impact manufacturing, aerospace and defense, agriculture, forestry, food packaging, oil and gas, and healthcare industries.

Arkansas ANG AR Cyber

The 189th Operations Group, Detachment One hosts the Arkansas National Guard's cyber unit. The cyber unit offers guard, reserve and active duty the opportunity to complete the cyber skills validation course. The detachment is an Air Force Space Command Cyber Mission Support unit charged with closing the training gap for the new Cyber Mission Force to operate in the cyberspace war fighting domain and to provide Arkansas Cyberspace Domestic Operations and Training resources as needed.

National Park College

From reduced and guaranteed tuition to high-demand skills, National Park College provides the tools needed to achieve your potential. Our experienced faculty and staff are committed to your success in the workforce. In fact, we guarantee it. NPC is less than half the cost of the average four-year university. More than 70% of NPC students receive Financial Aid and Scholarships. Last year, 2046 students received nearly $8.8 million in grants and scholarships. NPC offers two year degrees and certificates both on campus and online and transfer opportunities to every university in Arkansas. Learn more at np.edu.

University of Arkansas College of Engineering

At the University of Arkansas College of Engineering, we put you first. From the time you arrive for your campus tour until the moment you walk across the stage to claim your hard-earned degree, we are about you. Students First is the mantra of the College of Engineering and the university as a whole. We want to provide you with the social and academic support that you need for a successful college career. We work to eliminate the challenges students typically face in completing an engineering degree. In our Freshman Engineering Program, for example, we'll guide you through your first year with mentoring and advising services to help you choose a concentration, keep up with your classwork, and begin to think about your future career. Our faculty and staff provide excellent academic service with patient, positive, and helpful attitudes. When you're a member of our engineering family, we'll go the extra mile to guide you on your journey to your successful career in engineering. Many of our current students say they value the close relationships they're formed with their professors, who are always available to answer questions, help solve a problem or just chat about life. In short, student-centeredness permeates everything we do. It guides every decision we make. It motivates us to continuously ask ourselves how we can serve you better, and then to act upon that task.

Southern Arkansas University Tech

SAU Tech is a two-year public college which is part of the Southern Arkansas University System. The college began in 1968 and has an average enrollment of over 2,000 students. The college employs over 150 staff and faculty and is located inside Highland Industrial Park in East Camden, Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas Community College

We are a learning college with an EAST program, which supports our EMPACTS, (Educationally Managed Projects, Advancing, Community, Technology/Teamwork and Service) project based learning program. We offer scholarships for incoming EAST High School students, as well as scholarships for any student who desires to learn technology and serve as a peer mentor in our EAST/EMPACTS lab. Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is the perfect place for EAST High School students to continue their project based learning experience and receive a 2Y degree as they transition from High School to the 4 Year College degree program or to gain certification and training for the workplace. The faculty and staff at NWACC are dedicated to teaching and facilitating in the personal, academic and professional growth of our students.

Arkansas STEM Coalition

The Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Coalition is a statewide partnership of leaders from the corporate, education, government and community sectors which plans, encourages, coordinates and advocates policies, strategies, and programs supportive of excellence in STEM teaching and learning in order to expand the economy of Arkansas and produce higher paying jobs.

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

I represent the Computer Graphic Technology Program in the College of Applied Science and Technology for the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Arkansas Coding Academy

We provide short, career focused courses to students who show natural curiosity and talent in the world of development.

University of Arkansas at Monticello

The School of Forestry & Natural Resources offers majors in Natural Resources Management and Land Surveying. The Natural Resources Management major includes a choice of five options: Forestry, Wildlife Management & Conservation, Geospatial Science, Communications in Natural Resources, and Environmental Science. The School also offers a 2-year Associate of Science degree in Land Surveying Technology and a Master of Science in Forest Resources. Generous supporters of the School have provided for more than 40 fully endowed student scholarships.

AdvancED Arkansas

AdvancED Arkansas

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While our expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that educational institutions are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help these institutions continuously improve.

Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors

The Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors (ASPS) is a non-profit association dedicated to serving the public interest and advancing the profession of surveying.

New Design School

New Design School is a non-profit 501c3 organization licensed and regulated through the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education. New Design School brings world-class graphic art and design education to northwest Arkansas, utilizing industry practitioners and leaders to deliver real world experience and application to the classroom. New Design School is focused on educating the next generation of digital artists and entrepreneurs, who will, in turn, shape the future of innovation in design and technology.

Air Force Association

Air Force Association

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Arkansas Geographic Alliance & University of Central Arkansas Department of Geography

The Arkansas Geographic Alliance is a nonprofit run by teachers and funded by the National Geographic Society. Our goal is to assist K-12 teachers to understand and use spatial concepts and technologies in their classes, regardless of disciplines. We also work with 7th grade Social Studies teachers covering the required Geography course, high school AP teachers, and run ArcGIS workshops for educators.

CompTIA

CompTIA’s Academy Partner Program provides valuable tools and resources to assist schools in recruiting, training, certifying and upgrading the skills of their students in IT. CompTIA’s Academy program is designed to help schools promote certification and enhance student career opportunities.


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