Colorado Tech Weekly #159: New Executives for Soundwall, Optiv and Massroots

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This week there’s a new CEO, a new CIO and a new CTO in Colorado; Our amazing growth in Colorado tech seems to be slowing to just “really really good growth”; and I celebrate 3 years of Colorado Tech Weekly.

3 years and 2 weeks ago I posted my very first Colorado Tech Weekly post. I had big dreams of it being an ongoing thing, but having started a few blogs before I was realistic that it wouldn’t happen. Well it’s good to see my big dream pay out. When I look at all the projects I’ve worked on and realize all the things I’ve learned in the past 3 years I’m a little bit amazed with myself. I am excited and curious to see what I could do if I were given 40 hours per week to write code and solve problems instead of trying to fit it in around working graveyard shift, school and life in general. If you’re curious too, check out my resume page!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Brexit won’t stop $13 billion IHS-Markit deal, Douglas County company says [DenverPost]
  • Denver tech leaders plan to hire fewer IT workers this year, says survey [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Soundwall eyes growth with new CEO, $3M funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Optiv Security appoints Paul Lehman to be CIO [InnovatioNews]
  • These 15 Colorado tech companies have been around for more than 15 years [BuiltinColorado]
  • LDAP inventor joins Boulder-based JumpCloud Technical Advisory Board [JumpCloud]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces launch of new SPRK+ robot [InnovatioNews]
  • Columbus beats out Denver for $50M Smart City Challenge transportation program [DenverPost]
  • Comcast moving 1,000 employees to new Centennial location [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based MassRoots hires former Salesforce VP as CTO [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #158: DMMF and DCC put the A in STEAM

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That’s a lot of acronyms in my title. Let’s take a moment to define those. DMMF stands for Denver Mini Maker Faire. You can read my review in “More Than Tech at Denver Mini Maker Faire.” DCC stands for Denver Comic Con. You can read my preview of the tech events that were at DCC in “My Colorado Tech Guide to Denver Comic Con.” STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. It’s an extension of the more normally referenced STEM acronym but, oh man, that A is important.

This was my second year going to DCC. I go for inspiration and motivation and you can find it there in spades. I heard Stan Lee talk about getting shot down when he proposed the idea of a Spider-Man. I heard Adam Wilson talk about Sphero and how it’s cool to work with Star Wars but what he’s really passionate about is helping kids learn.  How amazing is that?! I talked with artists, authors and game developers who are doing what they love because they love it. I saw crafts and designs and cosplay costumes and prints that show so much passion, skill and patience! How can you not be inspired?

If you are interested in using Sphero to help kids learn, check out my Sphero SPRK Lightning Lab Cheat Sheet.

If you want to help me do what I love to do, hire me!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based StickyDocs and INDUSTRY team to launch Hop Up [InnovatioNews]
  • Comcast signs big office lease at growing Centennial development [DBJ]
  • Virtual reality is set to take off, says Broomfield’s Level 3 study [DBJ]
  • These 7 companies just got funding and are ready to hire [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Evolve secures $5.5M as vacation rental market matures [BuiltinColorado]
  • Changes at Westmister’s Lassy Project – Escalation [LassyProject]
  • Denver-based SecureSet launches nation’s first commercial cybersecurity accelerator [SecureSet]
  • Meet the 12 latest Boulder CodeCraft graduates [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based concept3D announces launch of atlas3D mapping and interactive platform [InnovatioNews]
  • New tech push by Denver online retailer eBags aims for the connected traveler [DBJ]

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Sphero SPRK Lightning Lab Cheat Sheet

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If you, or your students, are like me and want to know every possible tool that can be used to program your Sphero SPRK with the Lightning Lab app, then you want to check out the printable Lightning Lab Cheat Sheet PDF in the link below. If you have any thoughts, ideas or questions please let me know.

Lightning Lab Cheat Sheet – PDF

My Colorado Tech Guide to Denver Comic Con

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This weekend is Denver Comic Con (DCC)! Woohoo!

DCC is the premier event for all things geek in Colorado. No matter what it is you geek-out about, there’s a good chance you’ll find other people who share your interests there. As much as I like to geek-out about normal geeky things like Stan Lee, some of the cast of Doctor Who, Cary Elwes and Tentacle Kitty, I especially like to geek-out about Colorado technology. So what can you expect if you want to see Colorado Tech at Denver Comic Con?

Tech (and Gaming) Panels

Denver Comic Con made it easy and created a ‘Gaming & Tech’ track for their panels. You can see all the cool ‘Gaming & Tech’ panels here. The ones I am hoping to go to are…

  • (Friday 12:15pm-1:05pm in Room 603) – SPRK your passion: Inspiring new ways to learn through robotos! w/Sphero
  • (Friday 4pm-4:50pm in room 703) – Create a Simple Vidoe Game in 30 minutes w/ Unity Game Engine – Art Institute
  • (Friday 5:15pm-6:05pm in room 703) – How to Design Video Games and Get into the Game Design Field
  • (Saturday 12:15pm-1:05pm in room 703) – DIY Tabletop Game Design
  • (Saturday 5:15pm-6:05pm in room 703) – Mobile Game Development – Art Institute
  • (Sunday 1:30[m-2:20pm in room 703) – How to Start Your Own Droid Build
  • (Sunday 4pm-4:50pm in room 703) – Virtual Reality & Interactive Experience, Collaborative Work – Art Instutite

There will also be panels and exhibits in the E.D.G.E. featuring Colorado game developers and makers that are not in the DCC scheduling app so make sure to check in there for cool Colorado tech things. For example, on Saturday, Zhengua “Z” Yang, founder of Boulder-based Serenity Forge and all around good guy, is doing a presentation at 1pm in the 8-bit Lounge that is not listed in the DCC sheduling app.

Colorado Tech Exhibitors

It appears that the exhibitors in the E.D.G.E. are not included in the DCC app. I know that game developers Synaptic Switch and Serenity Forge will be there along with the Denhac maker space but they are not listed in the app so make sure to go check out the E.D.G.E. if you’re going to DCC. The exhibitors that are listed that I’m looking forward to are…

  • Aleph Objects, Inc. (because Colorado-made 3D printers)
  • Arapahoe Library District (because they are doing cool things for Colorado makers)
  • Backflip Studios (because they’re the biggest Colorado game developer)
  • RMCAD (because they are hosting a few of the game panels)
  • Sphero (because Colorado-made robotic spheres including BB-8)

Other Panels and Exhibitors

I can’t just spend 3 days focusing on Colorado tech. There are tons of other fun things to see. Here is my short list of other things to see at DCC.

-Panels

  • (Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Room 601) NASA – Futurama: Learning Science with Fry and the Gang (because Futurama)
  • (Friday 2:15pm-3pm at the Xfinity Stage) Meet the Actors Behind the Voices (because voice actors seem like really cool people. Just watch “I Know That Voice” on Netflix)
  • (Saturday 10:45am-11:30am at the Bellco Theater) Ladies of Doctor Who w/ Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman (because its Doctor Who. Also Jenna Coleman is cute)
  • (Saturday 1:30pm-2:15pm at the Bellco Theater) Spotlight on Stan Lee (because… well if you can’t figure it out, maybe DCC isn’t for you)
  • (Saturday 2:45pm-3:35pm in room 502/503) Steampunk: Beyond Gears and Cogs (because Steampunk is cool in a very un-cool way)
  • (Saturday 4pm-4:45pm at the Bellco Theater) Spotlight on Cary Elwes (because Princess Bride)
  • (Saturday 11am-11:45am at the Bellco Theater) Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration (because my daughter shows early signs of being a trekkie)
  • (Sunday 1pm-1:50pm in Room 402) Let’s Draw! Workshop w/ Terryl Whitlatch & Copic Markers (Because I like to draw and want to be better at it)
  • (Sunday 1:30pm-2:20pm) The Best Writing Advice I was Ever Given (because I like to write and I want to be better at it)

-Exhibitors

  • Jay Peteranetz (because he did the art on the DCC passes)
  • Red Tempest Studios (because mobile apps + comics sounds cool)
  • Rothic (because I really like looking at their comics)
  • Tabletop Fables (because tabletop gaming is cool)
  • TeeTurtle (because they have cute/fun shirts)
  • Tentacle Kitty (because Ninja Kitty is now household lore)
  • The 1UP Arcarde Bar (because pinball)

For more information about all things Denver Comic Con, go to denvercomiccon.com. If you’re there, send me a tweet on teh Twitterz. I hope to see you there!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #151: The Nuts and Bolts of Bits and Bytes

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I love learning the ins and outs of how things work. This is why I am pursuing a Computer Science degree as opposed to going to a coding school. I don’t want to just learning how to write good code, I like learning how that code interacts with hardware and networks and all the interactions that happen when I press a button on my keyboard that saves a character in a database on my website. This interest in all the things has gotten in my way as much as it’s propelled me to learn.

Last month I successfully tempered my desire to know all the things and created a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department to keep track of Trespass Notices. This week I start my Computer Organization and Architecture 400-level course at Regis University so I will need to feed of that desire to understand all the things. I’m a little bit intimidated by the course but I’m also really looking forward to it.

This week a few of the headlines dive into how things work which is really cool and is why I love doing these blog posts! The headlines include behind the scenes at Havenly, new ways to produce electron currents from CSU, a look into office culture with music and a peek into the interview process from StatusPage.io.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Accurence moving to new Louisville facility [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be an engineer for Denver’s Havenly [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage goes all out: Integrations to hundreds of online business applications now available [CTA]
  • Ibotta Milestones: Our New Denver Headquarters [Ibotta]
  • CSU research reveals new way to produce electron currents, power devices [InnovatioNews]
  • Fusion partners With Boulder-based Rapt Media to reinvent investigative news [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder’s Stream raises $1.75M seed round [Stream]
  • Colorado tech’s office anthems [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Sphero takes top prize at Edison Awards for Star Wars’ BB-8 droid [DenverPost]
  • How and why StatusPage.io uses coding challenges to interview developers [StatusPage.io]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #135: Buses, toys, games and keeping it in Colorado

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There are so many cool headlines this week! I hope it’s a hint of what is to come for the rest of 2016. I’m looking forward to seeing what cool things come from RTD’s open data. A Colorado-made video game is being featured in a Smithsonian exhibit. Congratulations to Sphero on winning a spot in Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge at CES. Speaking of CES, there were 43 Colorado companies represented at CES and I expect that number will grow next year.

Then there’s the cool events! CiGDA is showing kids game development in VR and a UX talk at the Joomla Denver meetup highlight some of the cool events this week.

It’s this kind of week that really motivates me.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Sphero nabs spot in Extreme Tech Challenge to pitch Richard Branson [Tech+]
  • RTD opens live bus location data to apps makers [DBJ]
  • Denver, Panasonic unveil ‘smart city’ tech projects at CES [DBJ]
  • CES 2016 hosted 43 Colorado companies, spotlights three [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital selects Denver-based FORTRUST as data center partner [AltitudeDigital]
  • Thornton’s Ascent Solar announces partnership with Englewood-based eBags [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lands at #11 for top-grossing mobile apps [Tech+]
  • Content delivery network Fastly opens in LoDo [ConfluenceDenver]
  • New year, new career: 6 hot Colorado companies hiring in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Indie Arcade features Pixel Galaxy by Boulder-based Serenity Forge [SerenityForge]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #131: At Least 3 Reasons to Be a Software Developer in Colorado

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Welcome to The Last Real Week of Work in 2015! It’s the last week in the year without a holiday which means it’s really the last week of the year where your coworkers will have any focus (That is, if you don’t count Friday “OMG Star Wars!!!”). Of course it’s THEM who aren’t focused. You’re still working hard. I’ll put in a good word with your boss for you.

This is one of those weeks that reaffirms my belief in my goal of becoming a software developer here. We have companies here that make awesome things. The pay is high. Companies want to come here. Oh and that’s not including all the other reasons why it’s great to just be living in Colorado.

The upcoming events are getting a little sparse because it’s the end of the year, so if you know of anyNext week I will be reviewing my 2015 predictions for 2016.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SnapLogic, with offices in Boulder, snaps up $37.5M to expand internationally, continue hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • No contest: Boulder-based Congo.io changes name to Lawbooth [BizWest]
  • Golden’s HomeAdvisor to open offices in Indianapolis and downtown Denver [CTA]
  • Austin, Denver score high in U.S. list of software engineer pay [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado robotics companies building the future of robots [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 out of state companies explain why they moved to Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish CEO Charlie Ergen to relinquish president role [DenverPost]
  • New Compute Colorado Task Force aims to prepare students for Colorado tech jobs [YourHub]
  • Seattle-area IT company Apptio opens Denver engineering center [DBJ]
  • Ft. Collin’s based Turbo Tenant marks national launch [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #130: Writing and Programming

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Last month was NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers’ Month). I was challenged by a friend to participate. She got about 20k words of the 50k word challenge written. I wrote… zero.

I planned and brainstormed. I explored characters and settings. However I didn’t write any of the story because it seemed so… daunting. It’s amazing how similar programming is to writing. To succeed at either one, you need plenty of focus, passion and organization. I hope you find yours for this week. I’m still looking for my focus. I’m pretty sure I put it around here somewhere.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 Colorado CTOs you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Every week is Computer Science Education Week for Denver non-profit, Open World Learning [CTA]
  • Lockheed Martin expands offices in Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Kickfurther set to pitch at Consumer Electronics Show in Extreme Tech Challenge [BizWest]
  • Where’s Santa on Christmas Eve? Broomfield-based Level 3 to help Colorado Springs-based NORAD track St. Nick [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok bolsters growth with $45M funding, Silverlink Acquisition [Xconomy]
  • Meet Broomfield-based Conga’s CEO – Matt Schiltz! [Conga]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Fort Collins: Noisapp [Tech+]
  • Denver/Boulder Hour of Code & Computer Science Ed Week events [Tech+]
  • Boomtown’s 4th class includes 6 Boulder startups [Boulderopolis]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #120: TeamSnap, Wayin, Denver Startup Week

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The organizations mentioned in my headline have taken a few of the things I have done and made them successful and awesome. I helped found a figure skating club. TeamSnap would have been an amazing tool for the club and probably still would be. I’ve spent the past 2+ years combing social media for people and organizations related to the Colorado tech community. Wayin could probably find that in 10 minutes. And I spent 2 years struggling to run my own business. Pay attention to the right people at Denver Startup Week and you can learn every lesson I learned plus 10 more within a week. I guarantee you it will also be more fun.

I have an interview for a promotion tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield-based Webroot and Lynx Software form strategic partnership to enhance IoT cyber protection [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SpireMedia drops Media, adds Digital to name, invites everyone to a party [Tech+]
  • Game On! Announcing the 2016 Code Wars Hackathon [Windward]
  • 5 jobs openings that are guaranteed to be more exciting than your current job [BuiltinColorado]
  • Finalists announced for BizWest’s 2015 IQ Awards [BlackSquareTechnologies]
  • Denver-based Wayin raises $15.4 Million to offer brands the provable power to persuade and engage consumers [Wayin]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap to add league services, double user base after $10M funding [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup Week – where to begin? Advice from those in the know [DenverPost]
  • Denver Startup Week: 5 can’t-miss rockstar panels & parties [BuiltinColorado]
  • What Denver Startup Week events are for me? [QuickLeft]

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It turns out the Hack the Arts Hackfest was last week. Thanks to the QuickLeft Twitter account for noticing.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #117: Pushing the Boundaries of Real Space, Sci-Fi Space, Job Space and Spacing Out

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Space is all about pushing boundaries and pushing boundaries is a popular thing to do in Colorado. We have the Orion capsule at Lockheed Martin that pushes the boundaries of space exploration. Sphero is pushing the boundaries of robotic toys with the BB-8 and MassRoots and other marijuana-focused tech companies are helping to make marijuana legalization find its footing as an acceptable industry. Pushing boundaries is exciting!

I pushed my own boundaries this weekend and attended the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. It turned out that I pushed too far and was unable to finish the hackathon. It was very disappointing but definitely a very good learning experience.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SpotXchange re-brands itself to become SpotX [InnovatioNews]
  • NASA Orion capsule lands back at Lockheed Martin campus in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based MassRoots marijuana social network files for Nasdaq listing [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces the 2015 APEX Awards nominees [CTA]
  • BB-8 Star Wars droid by Boulder’s Sphero sells out online; stores may have some [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence planning 40-plus hires over coming year [BizWest]
  • Denver remains tech job hub, but momentum may be slowing [DBJ]
  • Meet the tech companies behind Colorado’s booming cannabis industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Raytheon has big expansion plans for Colorado Springs, will hire 700 [DBJ]
  • Star Command Galaxies, from a company in Longmont, on Steam Greenlight! [WarBalloon]

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