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The Software Development Innovation (SDI) hour is an open group dedicated to sharing IT knowledge across practitioners, students, and aspiring IT minded persons.  SDI meets Thursdays at 6:30 pm at the Millaway Institute
For Entrepreneurship (room 125) of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Gulf Coast State College, Panama City campus.  The next meeting of SDI is July 17th.   Weekly sessions of SDI will focus on idea and concept development in a collaborative, community style, with one session each month reserved to teach and explore Linux in a Linux user group format. 

SDI is free of charge.  No RSVP is required.  Students in high school through college, aspiring developers, and software engineers are welcome.


The GCSC Advanced Technology Center & Cubic Corporation Project Update


Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) announced today a collaboration with Gulf Coast State College (GCSC), the Port of Panama City and Gulf Power to create a high fidelity training and evaluation environment for products and services targeting the rapidly expanding Internet of Things market. This joint effort seeks to set an example of how new quality jobs can be created by combining the individual strengths and attributes of local businesses, educational institutes and government agencies. Local jobs in engineering, global logistics, cloud computing, big data analytics, cyber security, field engineering and customer support are anticipated.

The collaboration is an expansion of a joint effort between GCSC and Cubic which began in October 2011. The effort’s focus is to exploit technologies from an eight year, $30,000,000 jointly funded research and development program between Cubic and the U.S. Department of Defense that produced an advanced mesh networking protocol called mist®.  
“It is time to take the mist® mesh network technology commercial and I can’t think of a better place to demonstrate that than Panama City, Fla.,” said Randall Shepard, vice president of Technology Innovations, Cubic. “The adjacent locations of GCSC and Port Panama City combined with the collaborative spirit of Gulf Power and the catalyst provided by the new Advanced Technology Center (ATC) make it unbeatable. Plus our local NGWC development team has over thirty years of continuous operations in Panama City.”

The next step in this collaborative effort extends the GCSC mesh network across Highway 98 to include Port Panama City (an ideal evaluation environment). “The Port of Panama City is excited to contribute to this effort. By providing a realistic environment for the evaluation of the latest technologies, we get to see first-hand what works for us while providing real data for students and industry to develop commercially viable products and services,” said  Wayne Stubbs, director, Panama City Port.

One of the first applications planned for evaluation is the advanced notification of in-bound traffic to the Panama City Port. This will entail the installation of self-contained readers on Gulf Power poles reporting the passing of tagged vehicles, chassis, and containers 10-15 minutes prior to arriving at the port. This will minimize the in-processing time for vehicles, saving the drivers’ time and reducing the potential for long queues which cause traffic congestion and increased pollution at larger ports and border crossings. The equipment and operating costs are forecast to be a fraction of current approaches for similar services.

“Gulf Power is excited to participate in this effort by helping to form a strategic network across Bay County,” said Jennifer Conoley, Gulf Power Economic Development Representative. “Because this program has other benefits, such as student training and local job creation, we see this as a win-win for our local community.”

Dr. George Bishop, vice president for Academic Affairs said, “the College’s agreement with Cubic and the Port along with the cooperation of Gulf Power is a great example of a partnership that provides tangible benefits on all sides—an open product development and demonstration site for corporate and government partners, and equipment and ‘live’ data for students in our Network Systems Technology program.”

Professor Guy Garrett, leading cyber security and information technology programs in the Advanced Technology Center, has been working with Cubic to teach students how to harness the information that is constantly taken from the mist® mesh network. GCSC students are designing the software and interfaces that will enable business and industry to more efficiently manage transportation and logistics through Automated Identification Technology (AIT) and wireless mesh networks. 

Coffee and Conversation

The Millaway Institute for Entrepreneurship hosts "Coffee and Conversation" once a month, inviting area entrepreneurs to speak to students and community members. The latest speaker was Mr. Zach Huber. Zach "Skyped in" from his native Orlando to chat about the development of his app, Follow Me. The concept for the app was developed into a real-world project at the Small Business Development Center's recent Start-Up Weekend. Over 54 hours, teams of area entrepreneurs pitched over 20 ideas. Follow Me won the weekend event, and according to Zach, is closer than ever to hitting the market.

For more on Start-Up Weekend and how you can bring your idea to market, contact the Small Business Development Center (housed within the TAC on Gulf Coast State Colleges panama City campus. (850) 747-3204 or (800) 542-7232.


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The GCSC ATC is a transformative facility embracing a philosophy grounded in innovative partnerships cross the key sectors of business, industry, government and education within a "future-forward" framework. This premier facility will be the tipping point of the region, harnessing the intellectual capital of the brightest minds in business and academia to create a truly synergistic system grounded in innovation and the formation of knowledge and technology clusters.


The ATC will serve as a national model for best practices in connecting education to business and industry through fl exible and accessible education programs across K-12 and articulating into postsecondary education. The GCSC ATC dissolves the barriers between regional and community assets, serving as a proactive and sustained center for unprecedented collaboration.


The ATC offers a brighter and clearer future for the host of students currently under served in career and technical education, creating a new sector of the American workforce capable of taking applied technology to
profitable market endeavors in record time.



The foundation of the ATC lies in an entrepreneurial spirit which continually adapts to the changes in the regional and global economy, enabling the formation and expansion of jobs leading to an increased quality of life
throughout the area. Positioned within a state college, the ATC will accelerate the idea-to-market continuum through the college's many existing relationships with workforce and economic development entities.


If you have any questions about the role of the ATC in local and regional economic development, or current and projected educational programs and services, please don;t hesitate to contact the college personnel below. This is our community, our college, and our Advanced Technology Center and we welcome your inquiries.

CONTACT the staff below if you have any questions about the ATC.


Stephen W. Dunnivant

Dean, Advanced Technology Center

(850)769-1551 x3586


Grace AuCoin

Administrative Assistant

(850)769-1551 x4019


Kurt Morris


(850) 769-1551 x2837




Ann Leonard

CTE Director Bay District Schools

(850) 769-1551 x2876