Jan 23rd, 2019
Let me provide a little background: A few years ago there were a few guys from Saratoga who came up with the idea to bring together software professionals “Tech Loop”. They got it started but all their days jobs got in the way. Fast forward to January 2018. After years of watching the landscape of this tech community grow and recover and the shortage of software engineers I decided to jump in.
In April we formed a board and the non-profit NY Tech Loop became a reality, with the goal of fostering and growing our software community; making it easier to hire software staff and to grow start-ups.
Our launch event was in May at Brown’s Brewing with 110 people in attendance.
We had a few quick adopters aka Members – Tyler Technologies, Automate, Troy Web and PUBG/Mad Glory. Shout out Thank You!!!
Several more that took advantage of our free postings for all software shops.
Other important milestones so far:
4 road shows – in June and early July we went to each of our communities (Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Troy) to share what “the loop” is trying to build.
This fall we attended 5 outlining college job fairs: SUNY Binghamton, Clarkson, WPI, NJIT and Steven’s Institute raising awareness of our area to students who are from here and those open to upstate NY after graduation.
We hosted 5 local college meet and greets with over 160 computer science majors (freshman to seniors) attend - SUNY Albany, Union, Siena, RPI, St Rose and Skidmore. These events were mutually beneficial to the schools and employers. Students they got to interact with software professionals to understand what they’d be doing with their degree. Companies were able to interact with the students and share what their organization does and what career opportunities they might have. For the software engineer who participated it was easy to donate a few hours of their time and meet some bright students.
We helped get the word out about: SQL Saturday, State of Grace, Google Dev Fest. In addition, through our events page we promote every user group meeting.
We’ve also just completed some updates to the website which include: mailing lists, submitting events and a new level for Startups and Investors.
What’s ahead for 2019?
• Getting more of you involved!!!! Please become a member - sign up for our mailing list- follow us on social medial Linked In, Twitter and Facebook.
• Paid advertising for our Job Board, Company features
• This Spring we’ll be attending at least 5 more jobs fairs: Clarkson, WPI, SUNY IT, Vermont Technical College and SUNY Binghamton
• Local college meet and greets – we plan to do this every semester, helping students and companies build relationships.
• Supporting other events in the community: Hack RPI, NYCWiC 2019 and others
A new year give us a chance to renew our commitment to the NY Tech Loop work toward growing our vibrant software community. Come be a part of “the loop”!
Thank you and Happy New Year!
Computer Science has been one of the most sought after majors in the most recent years and (other than the love of technology) students are driven to it by salary. With salaries of over $80,000, who wouldn’t want to be at a computer coding away. Now you not only get to stay on the computer for hours, you actually get paid for it!
Sep 30th, 2019 via https://www.codeplatoon.org/the-best-paying-and-most-in-demand-programming-languages-in-2019/
Tyler Technologies came to the Albany market in 2008 when it acquired Versatrans Solutions, which developed K-12 school bus routing software. Since then, its client base has more than doubled and revenues have tripled. Its Albany-area staff has grown from 60 employees to more than 130.
Sep 18th, 2019
Dive Brief: The demand for tech jobs in non-tech industries is rising, a report from Indeed found. Tech-focused companies are still hiring plenty of tech workers, the data showed, but an increasing share of jobs at high-tech companies are going to workers in marketing, sales and other areas. Indeed described tech occupations as jobs involving "development or direct application of software, computers, or other information technology tools." Non-tech industries like finance, retail and energy have seen rapid growth in these type of workers. Software developer, a combination of two sub-occupations, applications and systems software, is currently the top in-demand tech job. Software developers account for 27% of all tech jobs, followed by broad computer occupations (including web admin and software quality assurance engineer), computer support specialists, information systems managers, information research scientists and programmers.
Jul 30th, 2019 via https://5help.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/219544088-Creating-a-login-page-or-link
An analysis of available data sets by CompTIA found that the U.S. technology sector employment continues to increase. In the first six months of 2019, more than 56,000 jobs were created for technology professionals, with another 13,500 jobs created in the month of June alone. This information comes from an examination of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Employment Situation” report. Compared to last years’ report, so far this year an additional 6,700 jobs have been created as opposed to the first six months of 2018. “The mid-year tech employment report card shows many positives, reflecting the broad-based employer demand for tech talent,” says Tim Herbert, Executive Vice President for Research and Market Intelligence at CompTIA. “Businesses continue to make progress in adopting a range of emerging technologies, with hiring following suit.” Read More: https://mytechdecisions.com/compliance/data-says-demand-for-tech-talent-continues/
Jul 12th, 2019 via https://mytechdecisions.com/compliance/data-says-demand-for-tech-talent-continues/
After Strong Start to 2019, Hiring to Slow Amid Recruiting Challenges, According to Capital Region Employers Optimism remains high for future job growth, even as companies temper hiring expectations through the end of this year. Albany, NY – Hiring was robust in the first half of the year, and optimism over the long term remains high, but Capital Region employers are scaling back expectations for the second half of 2019 amid continued challenges in recruiting employees, according to the Spring 2019 Alaant Hiring Index released today. The index is compiled by Alaant Workforce Solutions, the Capital Region’s leading professional workforce services firm.
Jun 19th, 2019 via https://www.alaant.com/blog-news/press-release-alaant-hiring-index-spring-2019
As members of the software community, we spend a lot of time typing away on our computers and staring at a computer screen. Over-time this can lead to some pretty nasty pains throughout the body. Below are three quick things to keep in mind when sitting at your desk for a long time.
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“It now costs $350,000 a year to live a middle-class lifestyle in a big city -- here’s a sad breakdown of why”. This recent post from CNBC breaks down the truth behind those large salaries that attract so many people to these large cities. Although “less than 5% of households earn $350,000 or more a year” that amount of money will go quickly when you’re living in an expensive city like NYC for example.
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The Capital Region Google Developer Group DevFest conference is back is back for its fourth year! This conference targets serving the local and regional software engineer, developer, architect, product manager, and student community. Topics include: mobile, web apps, AR/VR, IoT, machine learning and cloud computing.
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