Colorado Tech Weekly #231: Municipal Broadband and APEX Awards and Other Stories and Events and… and…

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I am intrigued by the growing popularity of municipal broadband or at least the growing interest. It is my opinion that internet access should be treated like a utility. I have spent the last 4 years going to school, networking for my next job, searching for jobs, learning about the community and there is no way I could not do this without a consistent, reliable internet connection. Everyone should have this kind of opportunity.

Congratulations to this year’s APEX Award winners! It’s neat to see the people and companies I share about are getting recognized!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Top Colorado mobile app developers [Kumulos]
  • It takes pay to play in metro Denver’s tech job market, surveys say [DBJ]
  • Girls Who Code plans three new campus programs in Colorado [TechRockies]
  • 18 more Colorado municipalities vote in favor of city-owned internet, while Fort Collins approves $150 million to move forward [DenverPost]
  • Cheyenne-based Green House Data acquires Denver-based Ajubeo [GreenHouseData]
  • Denver’s Velocity Global adds recruiting to suite of employment solutions [InnovatioNews]
  • Wayne Williams: Colorado elections run smoothly, with a little help from the National Guard [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Tech firm Liqid moving HQ from Lafayette to Broomfield [BizWest]
  • 17th annual APEX Awards spotlight Colorado’s tech leaders [InnovatioNews]
  • Once flying high, Denver-based MassRoots has nosedived [Denverite]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #150: Almost All The Demos

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An amazing week of events coming up for student developers: Demo displays by RefactorU, Turing School and DaVinci Coders, tech fairs from Maker Boulder and Open World Learning and a high school team coding competition by Lockheed Martin. If you like seeing what things new developers are learning and creating, this is a good time for you.

Speaking of being a student it appears my time away from schoolwork is coming to a quicker end than I had realized. After a month off, My Computer Organization/Architecture course starts a week from today, not 2 weeks from today like I had originally thought. I’m looking forward to the course, though. Some might say developers don’t need to know about hardware as much anymore because so much code is built on top of layers of abstraction but I call BS on that. Between the amazing amount of devices already plus the IoT devices hardware is pretty darn important. Also someone still has to write those layers of abstraction so don’t disregard that hardware knowledge.

Just because I wasn’t doing schoolwork for a month doesn’t mean I wasn’t learning. In fact I’m pretty darn proud of my month off. I developed a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department which I will post to GitHub this week to show off. I made a game for Ludum Dare 35 called “Zorg’s Crash Landing.” It’s a very simple puzzle-like game that I did not work on as much as I would have liked, however I actually made a thing so that’s awesome. I also started learning Sphero capabilities with my entirely too long Sphero Android App Reviews post. I just started playing with the Sphero educational apps so look for that soon.

Remember, no more podcast so look for me to post something interesting this week. Looking at how much I’ve typed already I apparently have a lot to say.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Know a veteran? No Barriers Warriors, sponsored by Douglas County’s Rise Broadband, offers all-expenses-paid trip [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Ajubeo announces Chief Executive Officer, solidifying leadership [CTA]
  • Denver’s MarketPay acquired by Seattle firm; new owner plans to hire more in Denver [Tech+]
  • Online reviews site, Trustpilot, to open an offline office in Denver [Tech+]
  • How a combination of product and passion helped Boulder-based startup Tapinfluence raise $14M [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Boulder’s SnapLogic [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado wants to duplicate Israel’s success in cybersecurity [DenverPost]
  • CodeCraft March Graduates’ Final Portfolio Apps & Demo Videos [CodeCraft]
  • From social media managers to senior developers, here’s what tech employees in Colorado actually make [BuiltinColorado]
  • Level 3 named Advanced Partner in Amazon Web Services Network [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #24: Plans for the future. Awards for the past

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This is another Colorado-only edition of CTW! I love when this happens!

I really like reporting on awards won by local technology companies for 2 reasons. The first reason is it’s just fun to tell people “Congratulations” for their hard work. The second reason is it gives me an idea of which companies I should apply for once I have some skills. I also really like hearing about long term plans from companies because I don’t plan on being hirable for 2 years. Enjoy the short week! Happy Thanksgiving!

Top News

  • Denver-based BiggerPockets CEO Dorkin talks about ‘Going all in’ [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fueled by a recent acquisition and a supercomputer, Denver-based WellTok is changing the healthcare game [BuiltinColorado]
  • Congratulations to Ascent Award winners from Communications Technology Professionals: AudioAir for Most Innovative Company, Ajubeo for XaaS Company of the Year and Level 3 for Biggest Impact on Colorado [CTP]
  • A “restructuring” at Trada, Inc. 5000′s fastest growing private company in Colorado [TechKnowBytes]
  • SGI racks up six top honors in 2013 HPCwire Readers and Editors Choice Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • To SpotXchange’s co-founders, it’s a long-term view to reach global success [BuiltinColorado]
  • First Data Corp. to cut 550 jobs in metro Denver [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech execs want to hire, but they worry about talent [DBJ]
  • Five infographics to give you the run down on Colorado companies you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • KidsTek partners with a volunteer from Carbon8 help North High students learn and apply web design and marketing principles [KidsTek]

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I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

Why Every Student Should Go to a Tech Conference

Last week I got to spend the day at the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Conference in Denver. Going as a student is the best way to visit a technology conference. It was full of professionals eager to share their knowledge and their projects and as a student who isn’t hirable yet, there is no pressure to impress! So what to do I do at a place full of people who do the job and work on the projects that I want to work on? I ask questions of course!

If I wanted to work for your company, what should I learn?

This was my favorite question of the day. Being able to ask straight-forward questions was the best thing about going to the conference. Since I didn’t feel the need to impress people with my knowledge I was able to ask any question that came to mind.

I started my day by grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting at a large table. I ended up sitting next to the CEO of Motocol, Patrick Bailey. Motocol is a Greenwood Villlage-based company that creates enterprise-level mobile software. When I asked Patrick my question I hit a nerve, a good nerve. Patrick is a HTML5 and JavaScript advocate and recommended these languages along with jquery and jquery mobile.

The most popular answer was to learn .NET. This was recommended by representatives with Swiftpage, Slalom and Neudesic. Pivotal Labs educated me about Ruby on Rails. It turns out that Ruby is a language and Rails is a framework. It has nothing to do with red trains. The representative at Ajubeo, a cloud services provider recommended become a DBA and if you want to work for Ping, learn Java.

It’s no longer enough to say “I want to be a developer.” It’s too broad of a statement. I need to figure out what kind of developer I want to be: Web? Enterprise? Mobile? All of the above? None of the above? It’s a fun question to consider.

It’s Nice to Feel Wanted

There seemed to be a theme among the seminars regardless of the subject: A demand for quality developers. No matter which session, whether it was the “Big Data and Analytics”, “Cloud Security” or “The State of the State” the subject of there being not enough developers kept coming up. I wanted to yell out “I’m learning as fast as I can!”

My hope is that other Computer Science students read this and start getting more involved in their tech community before they graduate. It’s a great way to let companies know you’re here working to become the candidate they want. It’s also a great way to find out what you want to learn and what you need to learn to get the job you want.

Good luck and see you at the next tech conference!

Colorado Tech Weekly #11, August 26, 2013: Growth. Glitch. Graphene. Opportunity.

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It is impossible to pay attention to technology news in Colorado without hearing about all the different, interesting and exciting startup companies here. So much so that I have been invited to contribute a weekly technology post to the StartupDenver website! I’m pretty excited. This opportunity made me question whether I really knew what a startup company is, so I did what any blogger with a thirst for knowledge would do, I asked myself “What is a Startup?“. In the post, I reference an essay by Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham (“Startup = Growth”, 2012) . It is a great read for anyone who wants to understand startups.

Local News

  • Boulder cloud infrastructure-as-a-service provider, Ajubeo secures new investment to support their growth [InnovatioNews]
  • 17 Colorado software companies made the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing list [Inc]
  • City of Aurora gets its own app [9news]
  • New Tech August Recap – Denver Startup Week Party and FitTrip [BDNT]
  • Kaiser Permanente opens a new IT center in Greenwood Village [DBJ]

National News

  • A technical glitch shut down the Nasdaq Stock Exchange for over 3 hours on Thursday [DBJ]
  • Who wants to be a CEO? Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would retire within the next 12 months [DBJ]
  • A list of programming languages by average salary makes me want to learn ActionScript [bpodgursky.wordpress.com]
  • I wish I could ONLY raise $12.8 M. Ubuntu Edge misses their $32M Indiegogo goal [CNet]
  • Graphene research takes one step closer to insanely fast computers [BusinessWeek]

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I will be at the CTA Member Meetup tomorrow night at Swiftpage. It would be pretty cool to see you there. If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #2, June 23, 2013: Yes. One petabyte. PB. No.

BinaryColoradoFlagAre you ready for the end of Google Reader on July 1? How much data can you fit on a DVD? How do you abbreviate “petabyte”? Will Microsoft keep it’s most controversial XBox One “features”?

One of the reasons I started this series was to keep track of good companies so that when I have the skills I need, I know where I want to use them. One of the best way to find good companies is by looking for industry and business awards. This week I’ve learned about a few companies thanks to these awards.

Local News

  • Congratulations to North High School student, Juan Vargas, for getting his KidsTek Summer Internship! [KidsTek]
  • Check out some of the fastest growing companies in Colorado.  [Colorado Companies to Watch]
  • Dish Networks misses out on Sprint and Clearwire. What next? [Techknowbytes]
  • EAGLE-Net has good intentions to provide broadband to Colorado school districts, but is it working? [Techknowbytes]
  • Congratulations to Ajubeo Co-founder Tom Whitcomb for winning CIO of the year [CTA]
  • Congratulations to Mike Shehan and Steve Swoboda of SpotXchange for winning the Ernst & Young Technology Services CEO of the Year [CTA]
  • City and County Denver is looking for nominations for their 2013 Biz Plan Awards [CTA]

National News

  • A few smart Aussies figure out how to fit 1PB on a DVD [The Conversation]
  • Google Reader alternative, Feedly, gets web access just in time! [The Next Web]
  • XBox One backs off from constant internet connection requirement and DRM plans [Game On]

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If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!