Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #64: Power of two

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64 is a power of two. It’s amazing how powerful the number two is. Do you ever stop to think that everything we do with computers is all just ones and zeros? It blows my mind whenever I think about it.

I got to witness the power of two in a completely different way this weekend. I saw my best friend get married. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a wedding and it was a very moving thing to be a part of my best friend’s wedding. Congratulations Dan and Jen!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fort Collins-based DH2i offers Microsoft SQL Server high availability, lower costs, data protection peace of mind [InnovatioNews]
  • Team sports app TeamSnap in Boulder makes another acquisition, prepares for a beta launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • COIN Summit wraps with goals of better connecting state’s key industries, beefing up STEM education [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Roundup: TeamSnap buys rival, Corgenix sells for $16M [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado startups that will make your life easier [BuiltinColorado]
  • JobAdder.com relocates U.S. facility to Denver [DBJ]
  • Centennial-based HotSpot Tax Services gets investment from HomeAway, eyes growth [DBJ]
  • David McCurdy hired to be state’s new chief technology officer [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent brings three new appointments to its executive team to build on record company growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Ecrypt Technologies partners with Cicada Security to market Cicada’s privacy products [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #52: Consistency feels good

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There are 52 weeks in a year. This is my 52nd CTW post, so it makes sense that I’ve been at this for a year straight! But when I look back, CTW #1 was posted on June 16, 2013 so I’m feeling a bit off. I’ll dance to a year of consistency anyway because I can!

June must be a good time to start covering technology and innovation in Colorado. Congrats to one of my favorite news sources, InnovatioNews, on their 2 year anniversary! I hope I’m always a year behind you.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Datalogix Closes $45M Round, Reportedly Considering IPO This Year [CTA]
  • HappyGov, MoveMyMusic Take Top Prizes at Hack4Colorado Competition [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s ColdQuanta taps quantum physics to carve Nobel-winning niche in supercomputing industry [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado accepting Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs grant applications [COIN]
  • Denver-based Galvanize raises $13M, looking for more amid major expansion push [Xconomy]
  • Westminster’s TermScout breaks into commercial real estate market with $635,000 seed round [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 young Front Range tech companies to keep tabs on [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3’s TV pact for a Brazilian event is a big deal (but just don’t call it the World Cup) [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup, SnowGate, takes home $20,000 in Miller Lite business competition (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • ViaWest opens its latest Denver-area data center [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #38: C-Level at Mile High and Promising Futures

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This week brings us yet another COLORADO ONLY CTW post! It always makes me happy when this happens. This Thursday I get to volunteer at the CTA’s C-Level @ A Mile High. I’m really looking forward to it! I’m sure I will be completely overwhelmed. I hope to see you there.

I curate these posts not only to keep myself informed, but also to keep myself motivated and after seeing all the exciting things brewing in Colorado I wish I could start applying for developer positions right now. Patience is a hard thing to have, but it’s nice that there’s plenty of news to keep me motivated.

Top News

  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2014 celebrities for C-Level @ A Mile High [CTA]
  • Congratulations for Boulder’s LogRhythm for earning two awards for security intelligence from Cyber Defense Magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado selected for National Advanced Manufacturing Technology Sites [COIN]
  • Boulder-based startup Ramen raises cash for crowd-funding and collaboration software [Xconomy]
  • New Tech’s Febuary Wrap Up [BDNT]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe acquires Spatial Energy, expands its geospatial info platform [InnovatioNews]
  • Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend invites app developers to compete for $50K in prizes [InnovatioNews]
  • 6 Months In: What’s Going on at Boulder’s RefactorU? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s ‘Amazon Tax’ won’t tax Amazon.com, it turns out [DBJ]
  • Colorado investors may get tax credits for backing advanced industries [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #7, July 29, 2013: New small devices are going to change our world

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The biggest issue I’ve had with set top boxes is that I can’t just go online like I can with my computer or phone. That all changes this week with the tiny $35 Google ChromeCast. I have had issues with making bigger devices touch-enabled because it just seems weird to have to hold my hand out to my computer or TV. This week, the Leap Motion controller fixes that for me too. I am really looking forward to seeing more devices like these. This is the same kind of energy and innovation I am seeing in Colorado every week when I research for these posts.

Local News

  • Colorado is poised to take on the tech world in a big way [InnovatioNews]
  • Loveland-based Madwire awarded tax credits to create 500 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Broncos stay local and use Wayin for their social media hub [TechKnowBytes]
  • How to fail at e-recycling and end up in jail [DBJ]
  • COIN names 4 finalists in the “Glorious Failure” contest [DBJ]

National News

  • Google launches ChromeCast. Angers TV networks, but makes me happy [All Things D]
  • Famous hacker Barnaby Jack dies at 35 [Guardian]
  • Apple’s Development Center breached by hackers [TechCrunch]
  • Gesture-based Leap Motion Controllers are out! [TechCrunch]
  • XBox Live to allow independent developers to self publish [Ars Technica]

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A quick note about why I love Twitter

Sure some people use Twitter to tweet about their lunch or post pictures of their cats, but there is something great about this service that only allows 140 character updates and 160 character profile summaries. It takes away so many social barriers!

This week for my computer science class, we were asked to figure out why the Java GUI components are called “Swing”. I found my answer in a blog post (Why is Swing Called Swing?), but I wanted a more solid source. So I found Georges Saab’s Twitter account and asked him myself. Being the cool guy he is, he responded:

I NEVER would have considered sending Saab an email to ask this question. I would have felt that I was bothering him. I’m perfectly fine sending it as a tweet though. This is why I love Twitter.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #4, July 8, 2013: Speaker announcements for local events and, of course, PRISM

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I would have thought with Independence Day interrupting the week, there wouldn’t be much news. Luckily, I was wrong! Hope your Independence Day went as well as possible. It was a great day in Colorado to spend time with friends and family.

Local News

  • Colorado researchers collaborate on energy innovation [Denver Post]
  • CTA announces Arjun Gupta of TeleSoft Partners as the 2013 APEX Keynote Speaker [CTA]
  • COIN announces speakers for the 2013 Innovation Summit [COIN]
  • Statewide ban on disposal of electronic waste went into effect this week. How to clear your data from your recycled electronics [TechKnowBytes]
  • Congratulations to KidsTek instructor Nina Amey for her nomination for CTA Teacher of the Year [KidsTek]
  • Will a contract dispute force CenturyLink workers to strike? [Denver Post]

National News

  • An editorial on what PRISM could mean to our society [Freedom Bits]
  • Could the PRISM PR fall out affect US cloud computing companies? [ZD Net]
  • Theme suggestions for the Ludum Dare 27 game making competition (Aug 23-27) are open [Ludum Dare]
  • AT&T is considering selling anonymous user data to advertisers [BGR]

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