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NCW Tech Alliance is a non-profit that connects businesses and community members with technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM education resources in North Central Washington. And you're in good company at NCW Tech, as we like to say "there is a place for everyone: techies, entrepreneurs, educators, community members, and businesses!"

Membership provides companies an all-access pass to NCW Tech resources and events for all employees, including these sweet perks:

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Promo Opportunities like Networked show

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Access to Member Only Events

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Other Connections

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Discounted or free tickets to all events

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And so much more... Join today!

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Use the button below to sign up online. You will have the option to pay online via credit card or select "Pay Later" to mail a check to the NCW Tech Alliance office. Please note that your membership will not become active until payment is received.

Over the past 20 years, NCW Tech has been an active leader in driving economic development in North Central Washington and providing accessible resources to the community. Whether it's a casual networking event like Tech Talk & Happy or an educational workshop teaching business owners cybersecurity strategies, NCW Tech provides a platform for innovation, supports the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem, and celebrates STEM champions who are preparing the community for jobs of the future.

In addition to all of the membership perks listed above, your membership dollars support regional resources in technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM education.

Membership Levels.

Individual Membership

Annual Dues: $110

This membership level is for an individual. No business affiliation included.

Silver Business

Annual Dues: $315

This membership level is for companies with 11-30 employees. All employees become active members.

Flywheel Angel Investor

Annual Dues: $500

This membership level is for individuals participating in the Flywheel Angel Fund. No business affiliation included.

Gold Business

Annual Dues: $460

This membership level is for companies with 31-50 employees. All employees become active members.

Bronze Business

Annual Dues: $230

This membership level is for companies with 10 employees or less. All employees become active members.

Platinum Business

Annual Dues: $575

This membership level is for companies with more than 50 employees. All employees become active members.

Get inspired. Expand your knowledge.
Make connections.

Join your regional technology alliance today!

Program Overviews.

NCW Tech Alliance is a non-profit that connects businesses and community members with technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM education resources in North Central Washington. Check out the videos below to get an overview of some of the programs that the NCW Tech Alliance does. 

NCW Tech Alliance Digital Equity | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Digital Equity | Program Overview November 2023

The NCW Tech Alliance is steadfast in its commitment to shaping a future where technology is a driving force for the success of our rural communities. Our focus is not just on embracing technology, but doing so with a foundational commitment to Digital Equity. Our goal is to deliver inclusive and engaging programs that are accessible in terms of level, location, and language, reaching people wherever they are. Key Components of Our Digital Equity Program: NCW Digital Access and Equity Coalition: This coalition unites organizations, public utilities, government agencies, community groups, and stakeholders across Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties, along with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Our objective is to tackle issues related to digital access and equity in our region. Digital Navigator Training: These courses provide the necessary skills and knowledge for participants to assist community members in navigating the digital world, ensuring access to vital online resources and services. NCW Tech Help Pop-Ups: These engaging in-person events offer hands-on training and support, helping community members develop essential digital skills. Technology Classes in Spanish: In partnership with Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFE), we offer technology classes in Spanish, catering to the diverse needs of our community. Community Skilling Labs: These labs provide accessible, local opportunities for individuals to enhance their digital skills and knowledge. Value Statement: In September, alongside Thriving Together NCW, we celebrated Digital Equity Month. This included a series of pop-up events, trainings, and meetings aimed at narrowing the digital divide both now and in the future. The month-long focus was on raising awareness about the importance of digital equity in our 4-county region and on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Our Digital Equity initiatives are designed to ensure that everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, can fully participate in the digital world. By providing training, resources, and support, we're dedicated to creating a more inclusive and connected community, empowering everyone to benefit from the advancements of the digital age.
NCW Tech Alliance Apple STEM Network | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Apple STEM Network | Program Overview November 2023

Since its inception in 2015, NCW Tech has played a pivotal role in co-founding and co-directing the Apple STEM Network. This initiative is a collaborative effort with the North Central Educational Services District and a multitude of local industry, education, and community leaders. Our mission is clear: to foster a robust and dynamic STEM landscape, essential for nurturing the next generation of innovators and leaders. What We Do at the Apple STEM Network: Annual Networking and Learning Events: We organize and support key events like the STEM Summit and AI Expo, Tech & STEM Showcase, CS Fair, and the Hour of Code events. These gatherings are crucial in bringing together minds that are passionate about STEM. Specialized Series and Programs: Through initiatives like the Science in our Valley series and Women in STEM, we aim to highlight diverse perspectives and contributions in the field of STEM. Support for the Limitless Learning Network: This network plays a significant role in extending our outreach and impact in STEM education. High School to Post Secondary (H2P) Project: A part of the Apple STEM Network, this project focuses on creating a seamless transition for students from high school to post-secondary education in STEM fields. Our involvement in the Apple STEM Network is a testament to our unwavering commitment to STEM education and community engagement. By spearheading these initiatives, we ensure that our region remains at the forefront of STEM education, making a lasting impact on current and future generations. Our goal is to equip young minds with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities they need to become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.
NCW Tech Alliance Innovator Awards | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Innovator Awards | Program Overview November 2023

Since its inception in 2001, the Innovator Awards Luncheon has become a hallmark event for NCW Tech Alliance. Recently, we celebrated our 22nd Annual Luncheon, a testament to the enduring significance of this event in recognizing and celebrating innovation in our community. The Innovator Awards Luncheon is an annual event, typically held in the fall. What began as a ceremony to honor the Entrepreneur of the Year has now expanded into a multifaceted awards ceremony. Each year, we recognize achievements across 5-6 award categories in technology, business, and education. This year's program was especially engaging, featuring video presentations and the awarding of scholarships. The lead-up to the Innovator Awards Luncheon involves an extensive community outreach campaign, spanning several months. This outreach is crucial in ensuring that we engage with a wide range of individuals and organizations who are at the forefront of innovation in our region. The Innovator Awards is more than just a ceremony; it's a celebration of the drive, passion, and spirit of innovators in North Central Washington (NCW). This event is not only a platform to honor those who have made significant contributions in their fields but also serves as an inspiration for those who are embarking on their journey in innovation. By bringing together the brightest minds and the most groundbreaking ideas, we aim to foster a culture of innovation that resonates throughout our community.
NCW Tech Alliance Flywheel Conference | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Flywheel Conference | Program Overview November 2023

Since its debut in 2017, the Flywheel Conference has grown into a leading three-day event in the heart of mid-April, renowned for its blend of networking, education, and celebration of innovation. This dynamic conference is designed to connect and inspire a diverse group of attendees from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Networking Pub Crawl: An exciting opportunity for attendees to mingle in a relaxed setting, fostering connections and collaborations. Educational Classes/Panels: These sessions offer insights from industry experts and thought leaders, enhancing attendees' knowledge and skills. Latina/o/x Founders Workshop: A dedicated platform for Latina/o/x entrepreneurs to network, learn, and showcase their ideas. Keynote Speakers: Featuring influential figures in the tech and business world, delivering inspiring and thought-provoking talks. Pitch Competition: Startups compete for funding over $300k, presenting their ideas to investors and industry leaders. Premier After-Party Celebration: A festive event to unwind, network, and celebrate the successes and connections made during the conference. Attendees include a wide array of professionals such as investors, angel investors, venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, startups, and students. In addition to the main event, the Flywheel Conference includes several pre and post-events, offering extended opportunities for networking and learning. The conference also plays a key role in managing the angel network, further contributing to the growth and development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Flywheel Conference is a cornerstone event for regional economic development, technology innovation, and networking. It stands as the largest event of the year, generating a positive financial outcome and driving forward the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. The conference is not just an event; it's a catalyst for growth, connection, and inspiration, playing a crucial role in shaping the future of technology and business in the Pacific Northwest.
NCW Tech Alliance Kick Off Party | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Kick Off Party | Program Overview November 2023

The NCW Kick-Off Party, an annual tradition since 2012, is a highlight event for the tech community and beyond, typically taking place in December or January. This evening networking social has become a key occasion for bringing together individuals from various sectors for an evening of connection and celebration. Over the years, the Kick-Off Party has seen many iterations, ranging from an informal tech game night to a formal catered sit-down dinner. The event has been held at notable locations like the CTC, Pybus Event Center, and BPOE Ballroom, each offering a unique ambiance to the occasion. The flexibility in the event's format reflects our commitment to keeping the experience fresh and engaging for all attendees. A Space for Celebration and Recognition: Originally providing a festive gathering for small companies, techies, and remote workers who might not have a company holiday party, the event has grown into something much more. In 2019, for instance, we utilized the party to honor outgoing and incoming board members and to share year-end results. This aspect of recognition and celebration has become a core part of the event's identity. Known by various names in the past, including Holiday Social, Holiday Party, and Sip Sip Hooray, the essence of the event has always been about fostering connections and sharing joy. The NCW Kick-Off Party is more than just a social event; it's a platform for NCW Tech and the general community to forge meaningful connections. It provides an excellent opportunity for us to share our programs, mission, results, and resources with the wider community. This event encapsulates our vision of creating a vibrant, interconnected tech community where ideas, support, and collaborations flourish.
NCW Tech Alliance Summer Social | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Summer Social | Program Overview November 2023

Welcome to the Summer Social Scholarship Fundraiser, a vibrant community event hosted by NCW Tech! 🌞 🔹 What started in 2008 as the GWATA’s Tech Stomp or Summer Social has now blossomed into a much-anticipated gathering, aiming to unite our community during the sunny summer months and to raise crucial funds for scholarships. This is not just an event; it's a celebration of community spirit and a commitment to the future of STEM! 🎓 Our primary goal? To raise scholarship dollars! Over the years, this event has evolved from a simple annual member gathering to a significant fundraiser, supporting STEM education in our community. We're proud to say that the funds raised are directly awarded to educators and students through the Annual Innovator Awards Luncheon. 🍃 Picture this: A fun, casual outdoor event where individuals, educators, and businesses come together. It's a perfect mix of relaxation, networking, and philanthropy, set against the backdrop of a beautiful summer evening. 🤝 This event is more than just a fundraiser; it's a chance for members of NCW Tech and the wider community to forge meaningful connections. It's an opportunity to mingle, share ideas, and support a noble cause - all in one! 💡 Whether you're passionate about STEM education, looking to network with like-minded individuals, or simply in for a good time, the Summer Social Scholarship Fundraiser is the place to be. Join us in making a difference, one summer evening at a time.
NCW Tech Alliance Happy Hour and Tech Talk | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Happy Hour and Tech Talk | Program Overview November 2023

Join us each month for the NCW Tech Alliance's Happy Hour event, a gathering that has become a staple for tech enthusiasts and professionals since its inception in 2016. Evolving from the original "Tech Talk plus Happy Hour" format, this event strikes the perfect balance between a relaxed atmosphere and engaging conversations, making it the ideal place for networking and idea-sharing. Our Happy Hour events are known for their casual vibe, encouraging attendees to relax, unwind, and connect in a friendly setting. It's a space where stimulating conversations happen organically, allowing you to explore new ideas, discuss the latest trends in technology, and share your insights with like-minded individuals. Inclusivity and Regional Engagement: In our commitment to inclusivity and regional engagement, the Happy Hour rotates through various locations across Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties. This rotation not only keeps each event fresh and exciting but also ensures that we reach a wide and diverse audience, fostering a sense of community across the region. Open to the Public: The Happy Hour is a networking event that's free to the public. In addition, NCW Tech Alliance members enjoy the perk of one complimentary beverage. Whether you're a tech professional, a budding entrepreneur, or simply someone interested in the tech world, this event is for you. Purpose of the Event: The core purpose of the Happy Hour is to create networking opportunities. It’s a chance for you to meet new people, exchange ideas, and perhaps even spark collaborations that could lead to exciting projects or partnerships.
NCW Tech Alliance STEM Summit and AI Expo | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance STEM Summit and AI Expo | Program Overview November 2023

Since its launch in 2013, the Tech & STEM Showcase has become a cornerstone event for highlighting the incredible advancements and innovations in technology and STEM education in our region. Originally initiated by the Wenatchee School District in partnership with NCW Tech Alliance, this program has grown significantly, now encompassing all 29 school districts in the region. The Tech & STEM Showcase is a unique event that brings together education and the community. It invites the public to witness and engage with the innovative work being done by K-12 students and teachers. Both educators and students, alongside community partners, set up booths showcasing their projects or providing hands-on activities. This setup offers a glimpse into the creativity and ingenuity thriving in our classrooms. Adapting to the challenges posed by the pandemic, the NCW Tech STEM Showcase has evolved to include online challenges and events in various settings. In 2023, we took a significant step by hosting the Tech and STEM Showcase at the NCW Fair in Waterville, attracting the largest audience to date for the event. The event remains free for teachers, students, and all attendees, ensuring it is an accessible and enriching experience for everyone. It's a platform where the marvels of modern education are not just showcased but celebrated, providing invaluable insights into the world of tech and STEM. The NCW Tech and STEM Showcase is more than just an event; it's a testament to our region's commitment to advancing education in technology and STEM fields. It stands as one of the only events in our region that highlights the developments and innovations happening inside today's classrooms to the general community.
NCW Tech Alliance Tech and STEM Showcase | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Tech and STEM Showcase | Program Overview November 2023

The STEM Summit, a key component of the Apple STEM Network under the NCW Tech Alliance, is a dynamic three-day event meticulously organized by the North Central Educational Service District (NCESD). Since its integration into the NCESD’s Annual STEM Summit, the event has evolved into a pivotal gathering for over 300 educators and leaders in the educational field. The core mission of the STEM Summit is to empower and inspire professionals to enhance and advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. This mission is realized through a comprehensive program that engages and equips educators with the latest knowledge and tools to bring STEM education to life in their classrooms. In addition to the STEM Summit, we also host the AI Expo, which started in 2021 as an online event. This Expo is a collaborative effort by NCW Tech Alliance, North Central ESD, and the Apple STEM Network, supported by Microsoft. It's an annual event designed to educate attendees about the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence, local job opportunities in the field, and AI’s applications in solving real-world problems. The AI Expo is a unique platform that brings together educators and business professionals to discuss the influence of AI in both sectors. The event features an engaging keynote, interactive breakout sessions, and discussions that provide practical AI insights. In 2023, emphasizing our commitment to inclusivity, we introduced a session exclusively in Spanish. The STEM Summit and AI Expo offer rich networking opportunities for educators, community leaders, and business professionals. These events are not just conferences; they are incubators for ideas, collaboration, and innovation in the field of STEM and AI. Our commitment to inclusivity and advancement in education is reflected in every aspect of these events, making them indispensable for those involved in STEM education and technology.
NCW Tech Alliance Computers for Community | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Computers for Community | Program Overview November 2023

The Computers for Community initiative by NCW Tech Alliance is a pivotal program aimed at providing refurbished devices to residents across North Central Washington. This initiative is more than just a technology distribution program; it's a mission-driven effort to promote digital inclusivity and environmental sustainability in our community. Our skilled Tech Advisor team, along with dedicated volunteers, plays a crucial role in revitalizing donated devices. Each device, whether a recent model or not, is thoroughly tested, restored, and cleaned to ensure it is functional and reliable. This meticulous process guarantees that the technology we distribute meets the needs and expectations of its new users. We encourage all recipients of these devices to adopt a sustainable approach. Once the device has served its purpose, we advocate for it to be either passed on to others who can use it or responsibly recycled. This practice not only extends the useful life of technology but also instills a culture of environmental stewardship within our community. At the core of the Computers for Community initiative is a deep commitment to fostering digital inclusivity. By refurbishing and redistributing donated devices, we empower individuals across North Central Washington with the technology they need to stay connected and informed. This initiative plays a vital role in bridging the digital divide, providing essential technology to those who might otherwise be excluded. Moreover, our focus on responsible recycling echoes our dedication to environmental sustainability, promoting a cycle of community support and care for our planet.
NCW Tech Alliance Community Skills Initiative and Upskill-a-thon | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Community Skills Initiative and Upskill-a-thon | Program Overview November 2023

The Community Skills Initiative (CSI), a pioneering project in collaboration with Microsoft’s Skills for Jobs content, is a free online platform designed to empower job seekers, professionals, and students. It's a dedicated resource aimed at guiding individuals towards in-demand roles in today's digital economy. Key Features of the CSI: Customized Landing Pages for Nonprofits: We provide local nonprofits with tailored landing pages, turning them into trusted partners who promote digital skilling opportunities within their communities. Targeted Messaging and Strategy: Our messaging and strategy are specifically crafted to resonate with individuals across rural America, with a focus on: Promoting digital skills and employability. Enhancing the capacity of local organizations through dynamic skilling campaigns. Creating equitable access to skilling resources for those looking to upskill or reskill. The UpSkill-A-Thon: A Regional Skilling Campaign A central component of the CSI is the UpSkill-A-Thon, which is a regional skilling campaign lasting 1-2 months. Using the Community Skills Initiative website as its platform, the UpSkill-A-Thon aims to increase visibility and engagement. Its main objective is to amplify the reach of CSI content and engage more individuals in various skilling opportunities, thereby expanding the impact and reach of the CSI. The CSI and UpSkill-A-Thons are more than just educational programs; they represent a concerted effort to empower communities through digital education. These initiatives are dedicated to enhancing the digital skillset of individuals across diverse regions, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate and thrive in the digital economy. By providing these resources and campaigns, we aim to bridge gaps in digital literacy and open doors to new possibilities for countless individuals.
NCW Tech Alliance Networked TV Overview | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Networked TV Overview | Program Overview November 2023

Networked TV, launched in 2018 and hosted on the NCWLIFE Channel in Wenatchee, WA, is a vibrant platform that shines a spotlight on the leaders of innovation in our region. As a key part of the NCW Tech Alliance's efforts, this program features weekly episodes that delve into the worlds of technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM education. Program Format: Each 22-minute episode of Networked TV is thoughtfully divided into two segments, each lasting 8-10 minutes. These segments offer deep dives into the insights and experiences of various NCW Tech members and community leaders, providing viewers with an in-depth look at the driving forces behind innovation in our region. Broadcast Schedule: With two seasons aired each year, one in the spring and another in the fall, Networked TV consistently stays at the forefront of discussing and promoting technological and educational advancements. This regular broadcasting schedule ensures that our audience remains connected and informed about the latest developments in the field. Value Statement: Networked TV represents an incredible outreach opportunity for the NCW Tech Alliance. Reaching over 22,000 customers in NCW who have access to the NCWLIFE Channel, the program significantly amplifies our message and impact. Additionally, it provides a tangible and specific benefit for NCW Tech Members, who are often featured as guests on the show. To expand our reach, we also host the videos on our YouTube channel and have created a dedicated Networked TV section on our website. This multi-channel approach ensures that our content is accessible and engaging for a wide audience.
NCW Tech Alliance Latina/O/X Founders Workshop Program Overview
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NCW Tech Alliance Latina/O/X Founders Workshop Program Overview

The Latino Founders Workshop, held prior to last year's Flywheel Investment Conference, marked a significant milestone as the Pacific Northwest's first all-Spanish event focused on startup development and angel investment. This groundbreaking workshop brought together expert speakers from multiple states, including Washington, Oregon, California, Arkansas, and Mexico, providing a rare and invaluable platform for in-depth insights into the world of venture-scale and tech-based company building. A Celebration of Latina/o/x Creativity and Innovation: The workshop placed a special emphasis on the role of Latina, Latino, and LatinX creativity in fostering innovation and community building. By highlighting and celebrating these unique perspectives and contributions, the event served as a beacon of inspiration and empowerment for Latina/o/x entrepreneurs and business owners. Accessibility and Inclusion: In alignment with our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, the Latino Founders Workshop was free and open to all. This approach ensured that a wide array of participants, regardless of their background or resources, could benefit from the expert knowledge and networking opportunities provided. Furthermore, the event, sponsored by Microsoft, granted Latina/o/x business owners free access to the Flywheel event, thereby opening doors to even more learning and growth opportunities. Value Statement: The Latino Founders Workshop not only focused on the critical aspects of startup development and angel investment but also championed Latina, Latino, and LatinX innovation in business. It was more than just a workshop; it was a platform that underscored the vital role of Latin creativity in both community and business growth. This event is a testament to our dedication to fostering inclusivity and empowering a diverse range of entrepreneurial talent.
NCW Tech Alliance Entrepreneurial Panels | Program Overview November 2023
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NCW Tech Alliance Entrepreneurial Panels | Program Overview November 2023

Since 2015, the Entrepreneurial Panels program has been a cornerstone of our community's engagement, offering a series of 60-minute moderated discussions that bring together 3-4 panelists on unique themes. These panels are thoughtfully curated to include diverse voices representing various industries and topics, providing attendees with a comprehensive view of the entrepreneurial landscape. A Blend of Discussion and Networking: Each panel is not just about insightful discussions but also about fostering connections. Structured to include time for networking, these events provide an invaluable opportunity for participants to engage over lunch or wine, creating a relaxed atmosphere conducive to idea exchange and relationship building. Diverse Themes and Perspectives: With themes ranging from "Women Rule the World" to "Building Your Business With Technology," the panels offer a wide range of perspectives, ensuring that attendees gain a multifaceted understanding of the challenges and opportunities in entrepreneurship. This diversity in themes and panelists reflects our commitment to addressing the various facets of business and technology. Value Statement: The Entrepreneurial Panels program is more than just a series of discussions; it's a platform for learning, inspiration, and community engagement. It provides a unique opportunity for the local community to learn more about companies in North Central Washington and serves as an excellent resource for entrepreneurs seeking insights and ideas for their businesses. The program has been instrumental in attracting new members and participants, underscoring its importance in fostering a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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