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.
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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
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Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Troy-based-start-up-aims-to-combat-online-13545125.php
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
New York Tech Loop wishes you much success for 2019 and beyond. For us we’re only half way through our first year and very excited to jump into 2019!
Jan 23rd, 2019