Colorado Tech Weekly #287: Space, Games, Payments, Public Safety, Tech and Holiday Parties

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10  technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week I am struck by the biases I show in the articles I share each week. Some of that bias is explicit. This series is called “Colorado Tech Weekly” so it is obviously going to only share news and events that have to do with Colorado and technology, but my other biases are not explicit so here are my biases I am showing this week:

  • If your news or event is about space or gaming I’m more likely to share those articles for no other reason than I think space is cool and gaming is fun.
  • I spent 12 years as a 911 dispatcher, so I will always be drawn more towards tech companies that try to make public safety easier.
  • I work at Infinicept where we make it easier for our clients to help their clients accept credit cards so I will be drawn towards payments-related tech articles.
  • “Tech” is a HUGE space to cover. Since I am a software developer, I will naturally share more software articles than other Colorado tech subjects. Also few things make me feel more programmer-y than making software for other people to make software.

I think it’s important to be aware and comfortable with biases when sharing information and I’m pretty comfortable with mine. This week’s events mostly have to do with holiday parties which is not one of my biases but still sound like fun.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Rhodium Incident Management is changing how emergency managers plan for natural disasters [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Xero launches open banking API to bring financial data to businesses [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Littleton-made NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid its first visitor [DenverPost]
  • Women in tech to know: 6 more local leaders shaping growth at their companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Marketer Iterable joins Colorado tech rush with new office in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Tendril receives investment from Rubicon Technology Partners to accelerate growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity previews new product for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Slalom reimagines how companies build software and technology with launch of Slalom Build [DigitalColorado]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap sees big upside with payments [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Denver Rescue Mission [GreystoneTechnology]

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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!