Automation Alley partners to host OakTech Connect event to attract top IT talent to Oakland County: Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Oakland County and Oakland County Michigan Works! to host OakTech Connect, Jan. 26-29, an expense-paid, invitation-only hiring event for experienced, highly skilled IT professionals. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to tour Oakland County, learn about the area’s vibrant tech scene and meet with real estate agents and participating IT employers to discuss active job opportunities. The event will also allow participants to network with other top technology talent from around the country. Those selected for OakTech Connect will receive paid travel expenses. A partner is welcome, but must cover his or her own expenses. The event will include ticket and limousine transportation to the North American International Auto Show; key meetings with IT employers and local partners; networking opportunities; employer presentations and site tours; city tours and dinners; and customized real estate tours. Specific location and event information will be provided upon acceptance. Registration closes Jan. 10. Register online at Selected applicants will be contacted by Jan. 12.

AimWest Sets Diversity in IT Event: “Diversity In IT” is the topic of the next event for AimWest, the association for technology professionals in the Grand Rapids area. It will take place Wednesday, Jan. 22, starting with networking at 5 p.m. and a panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. with more networking at 7. The venue is Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton St. in Grand Rapids. The panel will discuss how West Michigan based companies such as Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Meijer and Kelly Services are trying to boost the number of women and underrepresented minorities on IT teams in today’s competitive market. Panelists scheduled to appear are TaRita Johnson of Meijer, Mariana Craft of Kelly Services, Richard Hagan of Steelcase, and Adam Bakker of Spectrum Health. More at this link.