Colorado Tech Weekly #214: On The Edge of The Skill Gap

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The closer I get to completing my degree (Spring of next year!), the more i focus on finding my first job as a software developer. I see it, it’s just on the other side of the gaping chasm known as the “skill gap.”

The Skill Gap is the gap between the need for developers and the amount of skilled developers available for those positions. Much has been done on the skill side of the gap with STEM/STEAM programs at high schools, code schools, etc. Those are great things and need to continue but I’m not sure how much they’ve really done to narrow the skill gap.

Just like with other creative jobs like drawing, painting, writing, becoming good at programming takes time and experience. More needs to be done on the company-side of the skill gap to allow companies to better use newbie developers. The tech legislation below looks like it might be a good start.

I could rant about the skill gap forever. It’s very frustration for both sides of it. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Niwot-based SparkFun.com is getting a facelift [SparkFun]
  • Gardner, Heinrich introduce bipartisan tech legislation to address workforce shortage [CoryGardner]
  • Denver startup Josh.ai, co-founded by Tim Gill, picks up $8 million in pursuit of voice-controlled home automation [DenverPost]
  • From food trucks to team retreats: How 4 Colorado tech companies celebrate summer [BuiltinColorado]
  • With government funding, CenturyLink adds broadband service to more rural Colorado communities [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based companies protest plans to end net neutrality [BizWest]
  • Arvada-based Prescient opens second manufacturing facility, moves headquarters to North Carolina [Prescient]
  • Boulder-based web company, Stream.io, raises more than $2.5 million [BizWest]
  • Behind Denver-based Photobucket’s unpopular decision to go from free to $399 [DenverPost]
  • Seal the deal: 3 tech recruiters on killer post-interview follow-ups [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #116: Mobile Phones, Mobile People and IoT

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I’m starting the second week of my Assembly course this week and this coming weekend I’m lucky enough to participate in the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. I’ve noticed I seem to be more comfortable with lower-level languages so I’m pretty darn excited for this upcoming week.

The creative potential of IoT is amazing and I’m curious to see how I feel about it after the hackathon. Regardless of how I feel after this weekend, I definitely need to visit SparkFun’s Home of Tomorrow sometime soon. That looks really cool.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xerox to add 300 customer-care jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • T-Mobile upgrades Colorado network to improve rural and indoor quality [Tech+]
  • PlanetiQ to hire ‘one or two dozen’ at new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies launches new IoT blog [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver travel app drops Native name, switches to friendlier ‘Pana’ [Tech+]
  • CenturyLink lays off 150 workers in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • COIN: Finding tech workers still an issue, as is rising housing costs [DenverPost]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun starts on building the Home of Tomorrow [SparkFun]
  • Tech Roundup: Stream.io raises $1.75M, Pana grabs $1.35M, WeWork leases another space & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Verizon tops two reports on mobile service quality in Colorado [Tech+]

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