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!
260,000-plus new jobs created in 2018 as 43 states grow their tech worker ranks, according to CompTIA Cyberstates 2019™ report Downers Grove, Ill. – Tech-related employment across the United States increased by more than 260,000 jobs in 2018 and the tech sector raised its contribution to the nation's economy, according to Cyberstates 2019™, the definitive guide to national, state and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics published annually by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.
Apr 3rd, 2019 via https://www.comptia.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/2019/03/26/technology-employment-expands-its-presence-in-the-nation-s-workforce
As the capital of New York, Albany has long been a hub of history, culture, art and more. Albany received an above-average rating in health, as the city is home to a number of hospitals (chief among them is St. Peters, which is considered high-performing in a number of advanced surgical procedures). Health education is also a focus for the city, with Albany Medical School producing two Nobel Prize winners and numerous leaders in medicine and research.
Mar 18th, 2019 via https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/ny/albany
The Capital Region has earned its "Tech Valley" moniker by fostering a healthy growth ecosystem for start-ups. Increasingly, those start-ups are game development studios, according to a local entrepreneurial and venture capital expert. Rich Honen, a partner at the Phillips Lytle LLP firm, detailed the Capital Region's tech startup landscape, and what needs to happen to maintain the growth the industry has experienced, during the monthly Albany Roundtable meeting held Thursday afternoon at the University Club of Albany.
Mar 15th, 2019 via https://m.timesunion.com/business/article/Gaming-to-take-over-Tech-Valley-startup-13685767.php
Dive Brief: Respect is a key driver of job satisfaction, according to newly revealed data from Monster's State of the Candidate Report. About 14% of job seekers surveyed said they didn't feel respected throughout their most recent job search. They said recruiters could have been more respectful by, among other things, telling candidates why they weren't advanced to the next stage in the recruiting process (32%); following up with candidates soon after an interview (31%); acknowledging receipt of applications (28%); and sending out timely rejection notices (23%).
Mar 4th, 2019 via https://www.hrdive.com/news/candidates-are-asking-for-a-little-respect/549075/
Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Albany-Can-Code-graduates-largest-class-ever-13549501.php
"There's an app for that." You know that idea you had a while ago but didn't have the skills or resources to get it up and running? Ever wanted to join a driven team, ready to grind and with plans to create something great? The 7th Annual Techstars Startup Weekend will be held in Troy this time around at the IgniteU office on Mar 29, 2019. Presented by IgniteU NY, Sage School of Management, Troy Innovation Garage, In Focus Brands, CampusPro, Innovate 518, this years' event pulls in leaders from across the region who are both eager and willing to spend time with each team, building and improving upon their ideas.
Mar 26th, 2019 via http://communities.techstars.com/events/14298
The Capital Regions’ software community continues to grow in everything from AI to local user groups. Gaming is yet another software industry on the rise in the region. Startups and large companies are choosing the capital region to build and grow their applications. We’ve interviewed three leaders from local gaming companies who are growing the capital regions’ gaming community; Taro Omiya from Omiya Games, Clarke Foley from PUBG MadGlory, and Jamey Stevenson from Tech Valley Game Space.
Mar 18th, 2019
The future of being a woman in technology what it means for those within the NY Tech Loop. What lies ahead and how far have we really come? Events like NYCWiC 2019 is a great opportunity for students to come and learn in an informative and supportive environment. The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, is an annual event with the ultimate goal of encouraging women to continue to pursue their careers in computing by exploring career opportunities and meeting highly influential women in business, industry, and academia.
Mar 4th, 2019
Describe what it was like when Versatrans was acquired by Tyler? What was your role in the acquisition? When you look at other technology acquisitions in the Capital District in the last decade, you won't find a better success story. It has been more than 10 years since Versatrans became part of Tyler. Since then, our client base has more than doubled, revenues have tripled, and the staff size has grown from 60 to 130 with employee attrition rates remaining in the single digits. And, nearly all of the staffing growth has occurred in our Latham office. We recently acquired, and are almost done renovating, a 43,000-square-foot building in Latham to accommodate our current and future growth. The success of Tyler’s Versatrans acquisition can be attributed to two things: Tyler's acquisition model and the cultural fit between the two companies. Tyler strategically acquires companies who are leaders in their space. Versatrans was the leader in K-12 transportation software in 2008 and we are still the leaders today. We still have the best technology, the largest client base with a 95 percent client retention rate, and the highest client satisfaction ratings. The cultural fit between Tyler and Versatrans was excellent from the start and continues to this day...
Feb 12th, 2019
A user group is defined as a group of people who have similar goals, interests, or concerns in both personal and business aspects of computing. Typically, members of these groups meet on a regular basis to share ideas, meet new people, and discuss the future of the technology the group is interested in.
Jan 28th, 2019