Mainebiz reporter Mindy Woerter recently interviewed Tim Brooks of Integra Strategic Technologies for a story about the tech community in Maine (“Efforts under way to revive Maine’s tech community”, March 5, 2012). The story focuses on the work that Tim and other tech professionals are doing to re-create a sense of community after the state’s technology association disbanded. The group is exploring ongoing tech education, technology oriented user groups, and job posting options.
In addition to Tim volunteering his time, Integra is helping to build a Web site for this new tech community effort. The first feature will enable Maine’s tech community to post information about upcoming events, but the group is exploring many other additional options. Read more at Mainebiz, or contact Tim for more information on how you can participate.
Submitting a tasty and well-constructed chili, Will Seyffer won Integra’s first annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday evening, defeating four other chilis, and doubling the score of the second-place winner.
“It was a good time, regardless of the outcome,” said Seyffer, who took home a gold trophy and a Stonewall Kitchen gift basket sporting a blue “First Place” ribbon.
Anne Gale produced a strong chili that barely took second, edging out third place by a single point. The evening’s hosts, Tim Brooks, whose chili was immensely flavorful but contained too much heat for the judges, and Fiona Brooks, who ordered the bulk of her ingredients from Mexico, graciously shared third place.
Cooper Pickett submitted a Cincinnati chili that was good enough to receive one first place vote.
“Will’s chili was good,” said Tim Brooks. ”He took no risks, played it safe, and produced a very decent traditional chili.”
The event was stage-managed by Hannah Brooks, who deftly devised the scoring procedures and ensured complete fairness for the event.
Integra Strategic Technologies is a full-service Web design and development company based in Portland, Maine, with 16 years of experience offering strategic planning, Web site design, custom database solutions, ecommerce applications, Web hosting, and search engine optimization and marketing.