Colorado Tech Weekly #25: Tryptophantastic

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This year was the first year I was in charge of Thanksgiving dinner. I’m thinking of putting it on my resume as proof of my project management skills. If you’ve never done this, the last 20 minutes or so before dinner, you are coordinating the preparation of 4 different side dishes while finishing up the turkey and setting the table using friends and family as volunteers. Nothing says holiday fun like dancing with 3 other people in a small kitchen while holding sharp knives and hot pans! I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Seamless Toy introduces Atoms, the latest robotic toy from Colorado [Xconomy]
  • KidsTek and COMPASS work together in Aurora schools [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Home automation startup Revolv lands $4 million in funding, led by Foundry Group [TechKnowBytes]
  • RoundPegg announces $2.8M fundraising round to beef up sales and marketing efforts [InnovatioNews]
  • Innovation Pavilion, Maverick Software partner to match firms with computer students [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Kindara raises $370K to develop app and expand team, hopes to raise $380K more this year [InnovatioNews]
  • Retired Air Force General Lindell named by Hickenlooper to be state’s aerospace and defense champion [InnovatioNews]
  • NSA may have accessed Google and Yahoo user data via Broomfield-based Level 3’s network [TechKnowBytes]

National News

  • Google moves to attract Chromecast developers [ComputerWorld]
  • Microsoft Now Shipping Kinect For Windows Preview Kits To “Thousands” Of Developers [TechCrunch]

Upcoming Events

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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.

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

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Colorado Tech Weekly #6, July 22, 2013: Hackathons are good. Trolls are bad.

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Every week I feel like I am torturing myself when I look through the list of upcoming events because I can’t make it to them! Why do I do it then? So that when I finally get the chance to go, I know where to spend my time. If I were you, I’d go check out the Convercent events, because free beer that’s why.

Local News

  • Congrats to Founder Institute CTA Fellowship recipients Andrea Michels and Michael Catlin [CTA]
  • Tech and consulting giant Accenture is buying Denver-based Mortgage Cadence LLC. [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity raises $44 million [DBJ]
  • Denver has had 2 great hackathons this summer: Hack4Colorado and Music Hack Day Denver [Denver Post]
  • To be a “Student of the Month” in July is pretty impressive. Congrats to Abelard Palmer! [KidsTek]
  • Boulder-based Kapost raises some money, plans on hiring 15 employees by the end of the year [TechKnowBytes]

National News

  • Intel invests in gesture based TV technology [Denver Post]
  • Patent trolls suck [Denver Post]
  • An Internet Sales Tax could boost economic growth [DBJ]
  • First hand account of how the NSA gets in the tubez [BuzzFeed]

Upcoming Events

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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]

Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #3, July 1, 2013: The Neapolitan ice cream of tech news

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When it comes to tech news, there are three popular flavors: business, privacy and innovations. This past week we get all three flavors. It’s the Neapolitan ice cream of tech news.

Local News

  • Douglas County-based companies can’t catch a break when it comes to mergers. Liberty Global misses out on Kabel Deutschland [DBJ]
  • I discovered another great local industry group. New Tech Boulder recaps the month that was June [New Tech]
  • Larimer County sues Colorado Customware over failed software [DBJ]
  • Rally Software expands their HQ to stay in Boulder [DBJ]
  • CenturyLink should come up with a better name for their new “Internet Cost Recovery Fee” [Techknowbytes]
  • What is going into the NSA’s new data center in Utah? [Denver Post]

National News

  • Facebook creates ‘shadow profiles’ and accidentally makes some private info public [ZD Net]
  • New PRISM leak says information is being monitored in real-time [The Next Web]
  • The nuts and bolts of transferring 1.6 Tb/s using fiber [Science Magazine]
  • How to see through walls (almost) using WiFi [IT World]

Upcoming Events

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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! Happy Fourth of July!

Colorado Tech Weekly #1, June 16 2013: The NSA Read This Before It Was Written

BinaryColoradoFlagThe government is in your social media. Get an abert squirrel shirt for supporting Black Forest Fire victims. Dish misses out on Sprint. CTA promotes entreprenuership. Colorado IT gals rock. I learn some cloud computing. Apple brings iOS7. Microsoft brings the games. Sony pulls no punches. Warp speed may be possible, or may be a broken link.

This is my first of what I hope will be many posts about technology news with a Colorado focus. I will attempt to pick 10 news articles for the week that best reflect Colorado tech news.

Local News

Colorado’s own Senator Udall speaks up against government metadata surveillance
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23425397/colorados-sen-mark-udall-says-u-s-surveillance

Indiegogo project set up to support Black Forest Fire victims
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/black-forest-wildfire-relief 

Sprint rejects proposal from Colorado’s Dish Network
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_23431366/sprint-board-backs-o-8800-from-buyout-by?source=JBarTicker

CTA announces fellowship for Founding Institute
http://www.coloradotechnology.org/news/128996/CTA-Fellowship-for-Founder-Institute.htm

Congratulations to KidsTek Scholarship Winner, Essense Benson
http://www.kidstek.org/news/kidstek-scholarship-winner

My head ends up in the clouds thanks to CTA event
http://scottpantall.com/2013/06/my-head-in-the-clouds-cloud-computing/

National News

Apple unveils iOS 7 for iPhones and iPads
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_23431383/apple-unveils-new-operating-system-iphones-ipads

Sony and Microsoft battle for gamers at E3
http://blogs.denverpost.com/videogames/2013/06/11/e3-new-sony-microsoft-xbox-one-playstation-4/7504/#disqus_thread

Warp speed may be possible
http://geeknutz.com/2013/06/08/alcubierre-drives/

Tech companies release some government surveillance info
http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_23467969/deal-lets-web-companies-start-releasing-government-surveillance

Upcoming Events

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