Open Source: Showcasing Milwaukee’s Engineering Culture

Open Source
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Penrod Register Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedin
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Open Source

Showcasing Milwaukee’s Engineering Culture

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Go behind the scenes of Milwaukee’s tech community! Each month we’ll be exploring how companies around the city create a meaningful and positive culture in their organization. We’ve all seen the “Coolest Offices” list, but it doesn’t truly capture the culture of a workplace.

The purpose is simple. In order to grow Milwaukee’s tech community we need a space to connect and have real conversations around:

  • What is needed to move our tech community forward.
  • How to make environments that create excitement and attract technologists.
  • Space to tear down the barriers that divide us.

This revolving series includes the following:

  • Company leader discussing how they make their company’s culture something all levels of a company can enjoy.
  • Q&A where both the company leader and an employee living the culture will answer questions.

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Complimentary food from a local Milwaukee restaurant while it lasts. Complimentary beverages, cocktails, or beer from local makers.


  • 5:30-6:30PM – Happy Hour
  • 6:30-7:00PM – Talk
  • 7:00-7:30PM – Open Source & Open Conversations

Featured Speakers:

Chris Widmayer is the CEO and Co-founder of Penrod, a consultancy with the mission of driving engagement through digital transformation. Chris is a 2005 Computer Science graduate from UW-Milwaukee, though his passion for engineering began much earlier. At the age of 13 he developed and ran one of the most popular wrestling websites, from 1995-1998, that created a community of wrestling fans to discuss and consume wrestling news in real-time. In his early career as a software engineer, Chris worked at ExactShip to launch an enterprise shipping system and Kohl’s to engineer their next generation of point-of-sales and customer experience applications. Since founding Penrod in 2012, he has driven the growth of the company to a #442 ranking on the INC 500, #1 Best Place to Work for Young Professionals in Wisconsin, and a 3-year growth of 990%.

This event is part of YPWeek Milwaukee presented by Northwestern Mutual!

YPWeek is a week long platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin. YPWeek brings together key leaders in the community, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in experiences that are important to you as a YP while educating your employers on the important role these functions play in retaining you as their workforce.


Upcoming Dates:

June 20th, 2018 | SafeNet Consulting
Location: 1036 W. Juneau Ave. #302

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Featured Speakers:

Brad Zepecki is the Chief Executive Officer at SafeNet Consulting. He has spent the bulk of his career in the consulting industry, starting in software development, then onto managerial roles within corporate IT departments before joining SafeNet. Through SafeNet, his passion is to change the consulting perception and shape the technology landscape in and beyond Milwaukee.

Jeremy Homan is a Business Analyst at SafeNet Consulting. In addition to working with several clients, Jeremy mentor’s students during SafeNet’s Summer Internship Program. Last year’s internship involved 15 students building an application for Life Navigators. This year, the program is being expanded to add additional students and another non-profit organization, Heroes for Healthcare.

SafeNet Consulting was started in 1994 on the foundation that consulting could be done differently. As an information technology services company, SafeNet partners with organizations to create innovative, custom software applications in the web, mobile, and cloud space to keep businesses moving forward. SafeNet helps its partners with data management and project services to create a technology strategy leveraging the intelligent cloud to innovate faster along the intelligent edge of compute capabilities.