Northern Kentucky University Teams With Tech Allies Consulting to Host Mobility Symposium and Competition: 24 Hours of

Northern Kentucky University Teams With Tech Allies Consulting to Host
Mobility Symposium and Competition: 24 Hours of Innovation

Interdisciplinary Competition Sponsored by Tech Allies Consulting/MindCrate
Pushes Students to Create the Next Innovative Mobile Apps of Tomorrow

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky., Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Allies
Consulting and its Mobility division, MindCrate, announced they have joined
with the Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Business Informatics Department in
hosting a mobile app symposium and competition. The event was geared toward
all disciplines to give the participating students a real-world learning
environment in business informatics and to challenge their creativity and
entrepreneurial spirit. Students teamed up and were given 24 hours to design,
develop, and present a mobile application to a panel of judges and other
students. The top three teams were awarded funds, and the winning team
received an opportunity to be awarded a technology internship offered by Tech
Allies. This was an excellent opportunity to bring together the
internationally recognized academics at NKU and business expertise of Tech
Allies/MindCrate to form a long-term synergistic relationship using education
and business to address the technology solutions of tomorrow. The event was
held February 8 and 9 at the new state-of-the-art NKU Business Informatics
Griffin Hall Digitorium. With over 75 students participating, the event
encompassed undergraduate and graduate students as well as a select group of
high school students, 5 freshmen and 3 Sophomores from Dixie Heights High
School.

Anthony Kelly, CEO of Tech Allies Consulting indicated, "The event was a great
success. The students came up with several solutions that can be developed
into mobile applications that can be utilized in business and personal
environments.The mobile technology market is an innovative and growing
environment and is playing an integral role in all aspects of day-to-day
life.This event was conceived in an effort to ensure that our region is
providing forethought and education for new jobs as students are coming out
into the job market.Thousands of technology jobs go unfilled in the U.S. due
to lack of training.Our objective is to affect the education process starting
at the high school level and guide students into degree programs that lead to
the jobs available in today and future markets.We look forward to working
with NKU and other schools within the region in developing these skills."

Dr. Teuta Cata, Associate Professor, Business Informatics Department at NKU,
added that she was "very proud of the creativity, motivation and
professionalism of the NKU students that participated in this event. They
worked very hard to come up with original and innovative ideas for mobile
apps, and delivered great presentations and prototypes. They exceeded my
expectations."

Jake Jones, Freshman at Dixie Heights High School, added, "I was really
excited that I was invited to this event and truly felt that this opportunity
would benefit me in preparing for college."

Speakers/mentors of the event include:

Dr. Teuta Cata – Ph.D. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Management
Information Systems

Dr. Cata has been published in journals such as Journal of Software
Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice; International Journal of
e-Business Research; and Journal of Internet Commerce. Her teaching interests
are in the areas of management information systems (undergraduate and graduate
level), electronic commerce, and global IT.Dr. Cata has been at NKU since
2003.

Dr. Ben Martz – Ph.D. – University of Arizona – Management Information Systems

As a professor in the Department of Business Informatics, Dr. Martz teaches
Quantitative Analysis with Excel and Introduction to Problem Solving and
Creativity. Dr. Martz has written articles that have appeared in more than 70
publications in academic peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics,
including distance education, group decision support systems,
entrepreneurship, technology transfer, systems thinking, and student learning
environments.Dr. Martz has been at NKU since 2006.

Anthony Kelly – CEO – Tech Allies Consulting Company/MindCrate

Tony is the definition of entrepreneurial spirit, having been involved in the
founding and acquisition of companies four times prior to creating Tech Allies
in 2007.The MindCrate Mobility division was acquired in 2011 to augment the
expertise that Tech Allies enjoys in its practice focused on SAP®
solutions.Tony is a published author and has been recognized with numerous
awards in the business community over the past 15 years.

Kim Obermair - Head of Mobile Co-Innovation, Enterprise Mobility Services
Sales, SAP

Mr. Obermair is a technology visionary with over 20 years' experience as an
entrepreneur with a focus on business leadership and product development. He
is currently leading SAP's mobile co-innovation initiatives within the
Enterprise Mobility Services Sales group, driving unique solutions leveraging
enabling technologies and a design-thinking process. Mr. Obermair is an
active speaker within the mobility community.

About NKU Business Informatics

Northern Kentucky University Business Informatics is the study of information
technology in the context of business. This academic program focuses on the
broad information systems aspect of business theory and practice. Accredited
by the AACSB, it is among the top 15 percent of business programs in the
world, and offers extensive resources to its students.

About Tech Allies Consulting/MindCrate

Tech Allies Consulting was founded by Tony Kelly, CEO, in 2007 on the
principles of utilizing key resources leveraging SAP solutions to augment
staffing for multi-million dollar implementations, upgrades, optimizations and
support initiatives, Tech Allies Consulting has grown rapidly over the past
five years, acquiring its mobility division, MindCrate, in 2011. Its mobile
apps are primarily focused on business efficiency and transparency. Its
offerings, including MindCrate's AIRlite 3.0, which is certified by SAP,
provide simple solutions for enhancing mobile and sensor technology
productivity through innovative ideas and thinking "outside the box."

SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in
Germany and in several other countries.

All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their
respective companies.

CONTACT: Jennifer McCubbin
         Director of Operations
         Tech Allies Consulting
         Phone : (859) 814-3032
         jmccubbin@techalliesconsulting.com
        
         Dr. Teuta Cata
         Business Informatics Department
         Northern Kentucky University
         Phone : (859) 572-5626
         Fax : (859) 572-6187
         catat@nku.edu
 
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