Colorado Tech Weekly #27: Always working. Usually focused.

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December is over halfway over which means my free-time to do my own project is coming to a close. I had planned on spending my time learning the basics of UX design and updating my website. Well it turns out there’s a whole lot more to UX design than I realized. I’ve also spent a good amount of my time doing transcription for a client I found on Elance.com. I’ve learned some good lessons, just not the lessons I had planned on learning.

Local News

  • ColoradoBiz magazine names Westminster-based SpotXchange Top Company of 2013 [CTA]
  • Almost there, Sprint 4G LTE network launch in Denver could be “a few weeks” away [TechKnowBytes]
  • Never fun news. Beatport cuts Denver staff, closes San Francisco office [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Younity adds ephemeral file sharing, which sounds as cool as it is [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Zerista’s apps approach conferences and events from a community angle [BuiltinColorado]
  • By next summer, Colorado Springs-based Exelis Mission Systems will have fewer employees, a different name and a different mission [DBJ]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles 4 Colorado tech CEOs you don’t know (but should) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado explores online gambling as virtual and mobile casinos boom [DenverPost]

National News

  • Supreme Court to decide on patent protections for software [Reuters]
  • Internet giants that make money by tracking us unite to fight government surveillance [DBJ]

Upcoming Events

Thank you for reading!

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!

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.

Creating Content and Learning UX

The goal of designing my own website is to create a website for anyone interested in my professional achievements and goals that is simple to update, worth reading and easy to look at on any device in any browser. All updates to this project can be found on the main project page.

Focusing on content

As much as I want to jump into learning code and modifying my website, I need to keep in mind why I want people to visit my website. I want people to read about my professional goals and projects. In order for people to read about these things, there needs to be words (Crazy, I know). So I spent my first week focusing on the content of my site. I also spent some time focusing on my social media profiles such as LinkedIn because I know that if someone is looking to learn about me on this site, they will also probably check out those sites as well. My online presence isn’t just this site.

Jumping into UX design

With my basic content laid out it’s time to jump in to learning about UX (user experience) design. Even though my goal is to become a software developer, I think it’s important for me to learn UX because I want to create software that people actually want to use. I could come up with the best way to sort and categorize data, but if no one can figure out how to use it then there’s not much point in creating it. I want to learn UX design because I’ve always wondered how people decide where to put buttons and fields in apps.

I am going to spend 3 weeks drilling down on the basics of UX design using UXApprentice.com as a guide. I will also use tutorials from HackDesigns.org, free local seminars such as the “Design Research to Experience Roadmap” I went to on Thursday hosted by Slice of Lime at Galvanize, and a great list of links from helpful, local designer/developer Alex Hoffman (Follow him on Twitter, he’s a nice guy). After those 3 weeks I will attempt to make use of my newfound knowledge and use it to design this site.

Next week I’ll focus on the discovery step of the UX design process.

Colorado Tech Weekly #9, August 12, 2013: Sometimes things go as planned

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Ever have one of those weeks were everything seems to work despite the world around you? It’s a little disconcerting. It’s been far from a perfect week, but I’ve been able to get all my homework done, reclaim my lawns, and I even found some time to play some computer games with friends. School starts a week from today for my daughter. I can’t tell if that’s going to make things crazier or easier. It should allow me some freedom to check out some of these mid-week events I keep posting. I’m looking forward to it.

Local News

  • Denver startup BrightNest acquired by Angie’s LIst [TechKnowBytes]
  • Colorado Secretary of Technology, Kristin Russell sits down for interview with InnovatioNews [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado is the place for successful tech startups [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Intermap wins $3.5 million contract to create airborne radar mapping solution [InnovatioNews]
  • Techstars Boulder Demo Day features 9 great startups [InnovatioNews]
  • Broncos head of IT shows how they keep fans connected at Sports Authority Field [DBJ]

National News

  • Fallout from the news about the NSA PRISM program could negatively impact US cloud computing industry [DBJ]
  • Amazon includes HTML5 apps in the Amazon Appstore [Techcrunch]
  • Facebook explains how they make something as simple as a timeline so damn complicated [CNet]
  • LinkedIn now allows you to apply for jobs from your phone (OMG! 1 WRK 4 U? KTHXBI) [Techcrunch]

Upcoming Events

Thank you for reading!

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!