Dec. 14 M2 TechCast Up On Web; Listen Live Monday, Dec. 21, Too

SOUTHFIELD — The Monday, Dec. 14 version of the M2TechCast, a live podcast covering technology, business and politics in Michigan, is now available online.

The show is hosted by Mike Brennan, owner of Michigan Technology News and its tech news website,, and Matt Roush, director of communications and public relations at The Engineering Society of Detroit, and managing editor of its tech news website,, and the quarterly print magazine TechCentury, published by ESD since 1939.

The Dec. 14 show is available on demand at or

Guests on the Dec. 14 show were:
* Michelle Gilbert, vice president of public relations and social media for the Heartland Region of Comcast Corp., talking about the cable and telecom giant’s $3 million fiber optic data connectivity spend in downtown Detroit.
* Scott Ringlein, president of the Energy Alliance Group of North America, about how to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to pay for energy efficiency improvements to commercial and industrial buildings in Michigan, and his organization’s expansion into Ohio.
* Dr. Wayne Dyksen, professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University and executive director of MSU’s Design Day, about the twice-a-year Design Day competition for MSU student engineers and computer scientists.

You can listen listen to the Dec. 21 show live at 3 p.m. Eastern time at

Scheduled guests on the Dec. 21 show include:
* Cyber security experts Dan Lohrmann and Richard Stiennon, who will take a look at the biggest cyber attacks of 2015 and conjecture on what cybersecurity threats might await businesses, governments and consumers in 2016.
* Max Muncey from the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, who will talk about the new website and mobile apps available for the nearly one million people who are expected to visit the North American International Auto Show in January.
* Online Tech Inc. CEO Yan Ness, and head of the Michigan Data Center Alliance, who will share his views on the tax breaks given this week to Las Vegas-based Switch to woo them to Michigan where the company plans to convert a former Steelcase building in suburban Grand Rapids into a $5 billion data center.

The M2 TechCast is part of the Podcast Detroit family of more than 20 podcasts, produced locally at the Podcast Detroit studios in Ferndale. Those studios were established by the founders of the IT in the D podcast, David Phillips and Bob Waltenspiel.

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