For Good: Pie a Tampa Bay tech leader's face for a good cause

How much would you pay to throw a pie at a Tampa Bay tech leader?

If your answer is around $10 a pie, you’re in luck! On an upcoming Friday the 13th, you’ll get the chance.

Nitro Mobile Solutions is hosting the “Pi a Tech Leader in the Face Fundraiser” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at Love’s Artifacts Bar and Grill, located at 4918 S MacDill Ave. in Tampa. 

Local Tampa Bay tech leaders who are putting their faces on the line include:

Ryan Dorrell, CIO of AgileThought; Ken Evans from Startup Monkey; Kyle Matthews, with Laicos; Doug Pace, COO and Executive VP of Bayshore Solutions; Daniel James Scott, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum; and Nitro Mobile Solutions CEO Pete Slade.

Lauren Webber, a social marketing specialist at Nitro Mobile Solutions, anticipates more than 150 fundraiser attendees.
Pies will be sold for $10 each or 3 pies for $25 -- cash only. The event is free to attend, but registration is required. The event will also feature a silent auction.

Details and registration can be found here.

The “Pi a Tech Leader in the Face Fundraiser” will benefit Computer Mentors Group, a local nonprofit that provides at-risk youth with certifications in various tech-based programs. The group teaches skills like mobile app development, website design, Microsoft Office certification and videography.

Nitro Mobile Solutions chose the Computer Mentors Group as the beneficiary of the community fundraising event after working with the nonprofit previously, Webber says.

The nonprofit’s mission is to provide opportunities for educational and employment success by bridging the technology divide for populations without sufficient economic resources. In 2014, Computer Mentors Group founder Ralph Smith contacted Nitro Mobile Solutions to arrange a mentorship relationship between the company and CMG participants.

“When we learned the cause and mission behind CMG, we immediately knew this was a nonprofit that we should support,” Webber says.

In November 2014, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected CMG’s David Harris as the ninth Lightning Community Hero of the Year. CMG, which has been in the Tampa Bay area since 1997, is expanding programs thanks to the $50,000 Harris was awarded, which he donated to CMG.

Nitro Mobile Solutions is a growing mobile software development company in Tampa, Florida. The company’s culture is a critical part of its success, Webber says.

Current open positions with Nitro Mobile Solutions include an iOS Developer, Android Developer, C# .NET Developer, and Support Specialist.

Read more articles by Justine Benstead.

Justine Benstead is a feature writer for 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.

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