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Career Opportunities for Women in STEM

This week, as part of our challenge to increase women in STEM, AFCEA is focusing on career opportunities for women, and the issues many have previously faced, and continue to do so, in what is a historically male-dominated workforce. This needs to change, and we need to increase the diversity in STEM, specifically with respect to opening it up to more woman.

Beth Beck, the open innovation program manager in NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, explains: “I have 30-plus years at NASA, and I never wanted to be the ‘woman’ in the workplace. That really irritated me. I wanted to be the best employee, not the best woman.” Lessons learned now help make up a NASA toolkit for women- and minority-inclusion initiatives that it shares with other agencies as well as companies.

There have been some wonderful advanced in technology thanks to highly intelligent, extremely motivated women. Did you know ENIAC, the worlds first electronic general-purpose computer, was primarily programmed by women? Watch this interesting trailer for ENIAC – Created with Studio G for Google I/O – for more details on an upcoming documentary about this astounding accomplishment.

Learn more about women such as Beth Beck and others highlighted in our ongoing series of Women in STEM articles. Membership in AFCEA opens doors in your chosen career within the technology and global security fields.

Join AFCEA Tokyo (東京)!

Join AFCEA Tokyo (東京)! Membership in AFCEA Tokyo (東京) provides access to an unrivaled forum for public and private sector professionals to collaborate, interact, network, and share ideas. The chapter provides many opportunities throughout the year for its members to learn about cutting edge technology and information in various industries. Members also benefit from free access to the monthly events, a subscription to SIGNAL Magazine, AFCEA’s professional journal, and more. AFCEA Tokyo (東京) is always seeking out ways to make membership a more valuable proposition.

AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet 2016 Thank You!

I want to personally thank each and every attendee, sponsor, vendor, volunteer, team member, and everyone else from the bottom of my heart for your outstanding support and professionalism leading up to, and during, TechNet 2016. Although this year we saw less traffic than last year, everyone I spoke to was impressed with the agenda, speakers, panels and panelists, and the overall event itself. TechNet 2016 was definitely a success!

We developed and executed on a really aggressive menu, and it paid off for the most part. This was the first year where we saw more Japanese participation than American.

The Kick-Off Dinner was, by far, the most successful one we have ever thrown. Approximately 150 people joined the festivities, and I heard nothing but good reviews on the menu changes this year. The New York Steak and the Swordfish were delicious. The chocolate lava seemed to go down the middle. Overall, the dinner was a huge success even though I had to throw together a last minute keynote presentation.

Special shout out and thanks to Shepp and his outstanding leadership of the volunteer crew. You did great work, and your team was awesome in every way, shape, and form. Everyone I spoke to was highly impressed with the registration desk. Official “thank you” letters forthcoming to the volunteers.

Thanks to John C for helping with various tasks during the three days, especially setting up and tearing down, and just being there whenever we needed something. You were like the best sixth man any basketball team could ever ask for.

Many thanks to Bridget for all the reminder emails, publicity, and marketing in the lead-up to TechNet 2016. Without you, the word never would have gotten out to the public.

Thanks to Terry for throwing together those Sanno Banquet Guest Lists at the last minute. This allowed people to enter the Sanno facilities without issues. I did not hear about any major problems, other than a couple folks who were neither American or Japanese.

Thank you to Rich for the help with the New Sanno coordination and the lead-up to TechNet w/the agenda. You were my right-hand man, and we would not have been able to get this done without your assistance. All those meetings w/Riley about agenda, and then getting payments in, Sanno coordination. I cannot forget those dinner menu’s and event agenda – they were sexy!

Thank you to Bobby for all the backend work you did on the transportation, honor guard, the tables, and the other odds and ends I totally would never have remembered to take care of without you being there. Without your involvement, we never would have had an area for the vendors to setup shop.

Lastly, a very special thank you to Tatem for the outstanding national anthems at the Kick-Off dinner. Consider me super amazed at how awesome her voice is, and how well she sang in Japanese. The pronunciation was on-point, and I am highly impressed. Bobby, I think you have a future Taylor Swift right in front of you.

If I missed anyone else, it is not by choice, but old age and senility. Apologies ahead of time.

Thank you to all the vendors and sponsors, especially Riley from Cisco and Cisco Systems for the best support I could have asked for. Special thanks to Andy from Dell Federal, IronBow, and Chris from EMC. A very special thanks to all our sponsors and vendors for TechNet 2016. As a not-for-profit association, we could never put on these events without your support:

  • Brocade
  • Futron
  • HPE
  • WWT
  • Harman
  • Cisco
  • ThinkLogical
  • NetScout
  • AEC
  • IronBow
  • Anixter
  • GDMS
  • PLP
  • Wesco/CSC
  • Great Lakes Cases
  • Avaya
  • Pacstar Communications
  • Softbank
  • Viavi Solutions
  • Dell
  • NTT Docomo
  • AFRI
  • NTT
  • Tintri
  • Intel Security
  • Allegiance Supply
  • Stars & Stripes

A very special thanks to Softbank for sponsoring our registration desk with the iPad’s used for check-in, as well as allowing Pepper to join all the fun.

In the coming weeks we will communicate to everyone about the dates for 2017. In the interim, we are looking to move back to the February or March timeframe. More details later.

One final thank you again to Riley and Rich. We would not have had an event if it were not for you two. Cheers!

AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet 2016 Launches: Officially Scheduled for June 2016

Hot off the presses! AFCEA Tokyo (東京) is honored to announce our next annual conference, AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet 2016 – our 10th anniversary of AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet events, will be held at The New Sanno Hotel on June 1-3, 2016 and followed by a post-TechNet golf tournament at Camp Zama on June 4, 2016.

We are pleased to have selected “Resilience” as our theme for AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet 2016 as we continue to build off of the wonderful success we enjoyed in 2015. The idea of resilience builds off the underlying framework of convergence is perfectly relevant in so many contexts, ranging from cyber and technology, to the beautiful Japanese culture, ending with our small AFCEA chapter.

The use of resilience as our theme is multi-faceted and has very strogn ties to many areas very close to AFCEA Tokyo (東京) and the locale we represent.

We are marking our 10th Anniversary of AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet events with the theme “Resilience” for the following reasons:

  • In part to show our solidarity with the local Japanese community by honoring the five year anniversary of the tragic March 11 Great Tohoku Earthquake
  • The obvious connotations to requiring resilient IT architectures and cyber security
  • Finally, to demonstrate the resilience of our old yet small but growing AFCEA chapter

This is the basic premise behind our desire to shine a light on resilience in 2016.

More specifically, Japan demonstrated extreme resilience in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy, and continues to display their resilience as a society and country while coming together to help so many people affected. A lack of resilience in IT, and especially with regards to cyber security, can destroy mission assurance and lead to failure. The idea of developing resilient network architectures and cyber defenses can allow an organization to overcome what would normally be a crippling cyber attack. Finally, AFCEA Tokyo (東京) Chapter #171 is one of the most resilient chapters in all of AFCEA. We continue to fight to grow our membership, increase local interest and participation in our educational opportunities, and attempt to drive AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet towards the greatest success of all: the best AFCEA event in Asia.

Our goal this year is to spark discussions about the use of resilience and its effects on society from these contexts. We will be hearing from the US and Japanese governments, militaries, industries, and academia.

AFCEA Tokyo (東京) is finalizing the agenda and will post the details as soon as they become available. The AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet registration page is currently available, but merely lists the attendee packages at this time. Actual registration currently remains closed but is expected to open in the coming days. Finally, we have a number of sponsor and vendor opportunities, so if your company is interested in exhibiting or sponsoring AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet 2016, please take a look at the options available.

We look forward to another great year filled with success, and an outstanding and exciting AFCEA Tokyo (東京) TechNet 2016. If you have any questions, concerns, or general information for us, please reach out.

Thank YOU for a Fun AFCEA Tokyo (東京) Holiday Party!

This past Saturday, December 19th, we held our annual AFCEA Tokyo (東京) Holiday Party. Thank you to everyone who attended for a wonderful, cozy, enjoyable evening of family fun. We had a lot of really tasty food, good drinks, a really fun kids table, a raffle with some really cool prizes like a PS4 and Samsung Galaxy tablet, followed by a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange that turned out to be quite exciting.

We are still in the process of collecting the pictures from the evenings festivities from the myriad of cameras. In the meantime, here are a few teaser images from my personal iPhone:

The New Sanno graciously hosted our event, as they always do, and were the consummate professionals. The meal was delicious, and the operations staff support was unparalleled.

I want to take the time to recognize a few people who were key in pulling this event together to make it so fun:

  • Bobby Warminsky. The entire event was planned by Bobby and without his leadership the Holiday Party would not have been a success.
  • John P. All those awesome raffle gifts you were hoping to win were purchased by this fella, who selected some really fun prizes that everyone seemed to enjoy.
  • Heath Sheppard. The kids table was a huge success. Upon seeing the finished product, I have to say I was highly impressed. I almost had wished I joined the kids and made one of those neat things myself.
  • John C. Arguably to toughest job of all: validating registrations and single-handedly taking care of the check-in process.
  • Rich Chuckrey. Most of the mass communications to get the word out about the event was thanks to Rich and his exceptional Japanese and English writing skills.
  • Miho M. Her impromptu leading of the “Dirty Santa” gift exchange in both English and Japanese was a huge help for our highly valued Japanese guests. Without Miho’s support this would have been tough to pull off in such a smooth manner.

On behalf of the entire AFCEA Tokyo (東京) party, I want to thank you for joining us for what turned out to be a lovely evening. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next month at our first monthly event of 2016, on January 29th. As always, we will have free food, networking opportunities, and an educational presentation from industry experts.

See you in 2016!

Welcome to the New AFCEA Tokyo Web Site, Please Excuse Our Mess

Welcome to the new and improved AFCEA Tokyo web site, albeit with almost no current functionality. We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to circumstances with our previous web host, we had no choice but to install a bare-bones web site in the interim. Please excuse the mess, but rest assured we are constantly feeding the hamsters powering our web site to ensure it is completely operational as soon as possible.

In the meantime, our next monthly event is on Friday October 23, 2015. We are merely one week away, and look forward to seeing as many of our faithful chapter members, and beloved guests, as possible.

Once again, please accept my apologies for the state of the web site while we completely level up the web site!