ITPalooza offers heaping helpings of tech

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One seasonal gauge of a growing tech community: ITPalooza gets bigger every year.

On Thursday, more than 1,500 people gathered for the homegrown, volunteer-run all-things-tech event at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Engineering and Computing. Many of them came to network, judging by the hub of activity in the massive atrium, where 47 companies and 33 tech organizations exhibited.

Beyond the expo hall were dozens of breakout sessions led by more than 40 speakers on topics such as agile technology, cyber security, women in IT, the Internet of Things and professional development, among others. Rick Sebaly, event leader and vice president of the South Florida Technology Alliance, called it “a day of learning and a night of celebration and networking.”