Why Pure Michigan Chose Florida, Comcast Contest, Automation Alley and STEMinistas On M2 TechCast

SOUTHFIELD — Episode 24 of the M2 TechCast is now available online.

The show is hosted by Mike Brennan, longtime Michigan tech journalist and owner of Michigan Technology News (www.mitechnews.com) and Matt Roush, news bureau director at Lawrence Technological University (www.ltu.edu).

In this episode, which aired live on the internet Feb. 29, Michelle Grinnell of Travel Michigan explains why the Pure Michigan website rebuild was awarded to a Florida company, although a Brighton tech company has been named a subcontractor for the new website’s analytics. Grinnell said the rebuilt Pure Michigan website should be ready in a year.

Also on the show, Kathy Hickey, Comcast Business executive director of marketing, discusses the Innovation 4 Entrepreneurs contest that offers up to $30,000 to six finalists for writing a 250-word essay explaining how their business would be enhanced by technology. The contest deadline is March 12. For more information, click on http://cbcommunity.comcast.com/i4e

Also, Tom Kelly, Automation Alley COO, talks about the technology marketing group’s annual Technology Report, which contends Southeast Michigan provides technology companies with a better return-on-investment than California’s Silicon Valley. The survey was conducted among technology business leaders in Michigan and California.

Finally, Rich Homberg, president of Detroit Public TV, talks about his TV stations’ involvement in an event at the Michigan Science Center Friday, March 4 called STEMinistas. The program is intended to get girls in grades 4 through 8 interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and careers. The STEMinista program will be live streamed on DPTV’s website, http://www.dptv.org, from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 4.

The episode is available for listening or download at this link.

The show can be heard live Mondays at 3 p.m. Eastern time at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

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