Jun 29th, 2018
It’s a Saturday morning inside software company CommerceHub during non-business hours. The cafeteria there is filled with software developers and designers, collegiate faculty and students, startup founders, recruiters and a few people who are new to the tech world.
This is the Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR), co-founded by Jason Rotella, who is hosting the event. Formed in 2016, the GDGCR schedules regular meetups with a focus on web, mobile, cloud, IoT and machine learning/artificial intelligence computing best practices and hands-on hacking sessions.
GDGCR emphasizes networking and collaboration as evidenced by its partnerships with local and regional businesses in the tech community. “There is certainly a lot of opportunity for growth in skills and your professional network, locally to nationally and beyond,” says Rotella.
The theme of the meeting is Building a New Horizon – the speakers make presentations around how one person’s involvement in the tech industry can have an impact on the world. At the first lightning talk, Pamela Pavliscak, founder of Change Sciences, takes a deep dive into the ways humans interact with technology.
During the second lightning talk delivered by video call, Dr. Erin-Elizabeth Durham discusses how she tackled being a mother while pursuing her PhD and ultimately giving back to the community via a hackathon organization.
The group breaks for a mini-networking session and free lunch. A young man named Josh explains this is his first GDGCR meeting. He’s a software developer who builds custom dashboards for call centers and is looking to meet new people in the Capital Region software industry.
Just a few feet away from Josh is Shimantika Kumar, founder of the startup Qwigle. She’s demoing her networking app that uses QR codes, enabling users to quickly connect and exchange contact information. Mrs. Kumar is here to spread the word about Qwigle and let others know she’s looking for help.
After the networking session ends, Janet Carmosky, Co-founder of Albany Can Code, speaks to the group about the role her startup plays in matching technology talent with software employers. One way they achieve this is by teaching people how to code. “We want to have greater code literacy, which will help create a more diverse local workforce,” explains Carmosky.
Interestingly, about half of Albany Can Code's students have come from outside the tech industry. Of the different success stories Carmosky mentions, one that stands out is about a former forklift operator who now works as a web developer for an information management company in Troy.
When you attend these meetups, it’s readily apparent that the Capital Region is truly a hub of successful software technology companies with several ways for people to get involved.
Albany Can Code was built on the idea of adding a new stream of software developers in the area, as many technology companies struggle to find qualified hires.
Jul 18th, 2018 via Albany Business Review
A video game company led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students was named a finalist in the college game competition at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles this week.
Jun 15th, 2018 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/RPI-hacking-game-IO-Interloper-gets-rave-reviews-12993693.php
This week we announced that Bixby acquired WorkOrder.es, a mobile work-order ticketing platform. With this acquisition, we’ve added another asset to our already encompassing array of services, advancing our reputation as one of the most comprehensive tenant portals for real estate professionals.
Jun 15th, 2018 via https://blog.livebixby.co/read/bixby-acquires-workorderes
A new software-focused networking group that is launching Wednesday in Troy is being driven by pent-up demand and the need for a champion to lead the local effort.
May 23rd, 2018 via Times Union
The virtual reality software startup SpaceoutVR has been acquired by ValueSetters Inc., a Boston public company.
May 21st, 2018 via Albany Business Review
Local technology companies anticipate filling a steady influx of job openings from now and well into 2019. According to the Fall 2018 Alaant Hiring Index, 58% of Capital Region employers have plans to increase their headcount into next year, a three percent increase compared to last year.
Nov 8th, 2018
The Tech Loop is filled with established software development companies that all started with an entrepreneur who had a vision of creating a better product or service. If you are in the early stages of developing your business, then pitching your concept to Startup Tech Valley can be a game changer.
Nov 1st, 2018
The Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR) will host DevFestCR18 at the University at Albany on October 27. This event, now in its third year, combines local and remote speakers with attendees who want to get into the details about technologies including mobile, web, machine learning and cloud computing.
Oct 16th, 2018
The NY Tech Loop is hitting the road for a series of Meet and Greet sessions with students at the computer science departments of several local colleges. Students in all class years will hear firsthand accounts from software professionals about their experiences working for technology companies.
Oct 3rd, 2018
The University at Albany will host its first Grace Hopper tribute event, State of Grace, in late September, to celebrate women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).
Sep 19th, 2018