IT Insight: NH Tech Alliance-uniting tech professionals of N.H.

Founded in 1983 as the New Hampshire High Tech Council, the NH Tech Alliance is 300-plus members strong, representing more than 60,000 workers. The NH Tech Alliance is a statewide technology association dedicated to supporting companies at every stage of growth and development – from startups to established leaders in the global economy. The organization nurtures a vibrant tech ecosystem in N.H. by building partnerships, enhancing knowledge, and shaping public policy.

Guiding startups as they grow and scale their business in N.H. and offering resources to support them, NH Tech Alliance is an incredible resource for tech start-ups all over the state. From financing a start-up, business financial advice, business incubators and accelerators to makerspace and shared space options, NHTA offers a wide variety of resources for everything N.H. tech related.

Each month throughout the year, an amazing group of women (and men) come together to network, share inspirational stories, grow professionally and personally, and bring awareness to what is possible for women today. The Tech Women Power Breakfast Series empowers everyone who attends to think differently in so many ways and all before 9 a.m., on a Wednesday. With a list of incredible speakers over the last few years, those who have attended will tell you that there is no other event in our great state of New Hampshire quite like this. The feeling you will leave with and the relationships you will create at these breakfasts will stay with you long after the breakfast is over.

Start your day, Wednesday, Sept. 14, with this Tech Women Power Breakfast.  Seasoned tech professional, Melissa Jurkoic of ThynkCloud, will discuss stumbles along the way that helped shape her into the tech leader she is today. Self-described as Chief Experience Officer, she is devoted to improving the human experience and empowering women in technology.

Melissa has worked in the tech industry for over 20 years in roles ranging from Junior Software Engineer to her current role as the Chief Experience Officer at Thynk.Cloud. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire and an executive certificate in Management and Leadership from MIT.

Driven by her passion to positively impact the decline of women in STEM education and careers, she has volunteered for the last decade with organizations around the world, including ChickTech, Everwise, WITI, NH Tech Alliance, Microsoft DigiGirlz, wiseHer, and  She continues to pursue opportunities every day to advocate, educate and encourage women and girls to pursue careers in technology. Her passion for diversity and inclusion led her to co-found Diversify Thinking, an initiative focused on moving inclusion from conversation to action by enabling leaders to build an equitable culture from the beginning.

Melissa has always believed in the power of storytelling and connection through her writing and launched her blog at in January, 2019.  She was born and raised in the Northeast and now makes her home in Newmarket, New Hampshire with her family.

The event will be at the Portsmouth Country Club and is hosted by Market Street Talent.  You can sign up at

Further, there is no better way to end your day with the Tech Alliance on the 14th at the eBrew!  They’ll be back at the Press Room from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 14. As always, this event is free to attend but please register ahead of time with as well at

 It’s so great to be back in person with the NH Tech Alliance. Please join us at these amazing events in September.

JoAnn Hodgdon is vice president and co-founder of Portsmouth Computer Group (PCGiT) with her husband David. For 25 years, PCGiT has provided comprehensive managed IT services, business continuity, security, cloud computing and strategic vCIO services to their clients. You may reach her at or through