Entrepreneur Ted Murphy says OrlandoiX could change city's reputation from parks giant to tech leader

An Orlando entrepreneur credits young entrepreneurs for what he says is a shift in the city’s profile from theme parks and aerospace to technology.

“There is a groundswell of startup and entrepreneurship around this new culture emerging,” said Ted Murphy of IZEA, a Winter Park advertising firm that specializes in social media. “We are seeing all of these new small companies in various industries coming out of the woodwork. Young people are changing the profile of what Orlando is.”

Hundreds of tech enthusiasts and professionals attended a kickoff party for a tech megaconference scheduled for October. OrlandoiX will take over several venues in Orlando during the first week of October.

Attendees will be able to see a video game expo, startup showcases and educational seminars, along with live music and other activities.

Orlando Technology Association’s Orrett Davis said the conference could go a long way toward growing the city’s technology community.

He said seeing new faces at the party was a good start.

“If this is the way to get them plugged into the tech community, then it has served its purpose,” he said.

Davis said he has noticed more of Orlando’s established businesses contributing to the city’s tech growth.

“Businesses are realizing how important it is to be plugged into the downtown tech core,” he said.

Murphy said the effort to grow Orlando’s profile might seem new

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