Nov 20th, 2018
Students in all class years at University at Albany, Siena, Union, St. Rose, RPI and Skidmore heard from software professionals about their experiences working for technology companies. Speakers included computer programmers, developers and engineers employed by startups and international corporations.
These meetings are designed to better prepare students for the workforce by painting a realistic picture of what it’s like to work for a software technology company. Students had a chance to ask questions and speakers offered their candid advice.
Speaker Adam Kendall from Brookland Corporation wants students to have a keen awareness of the company culture and work/life balance before accepting an offer anywhere.
“If you're an aggressive, ambitious developer, you'll want to be around like-minded people willing to put in extra hours. Others have important personal pursuits outside of work and value flex time. The options are out there – you just need to find them,” he says.
In a follow-up survey sent to Siena students, many cited networking opportunities, having access to a professional in the field and learning more about employment opportunities within the NY Tech Loop after graduating as benefits of attending.
These meetings offer speakers an avenue to give soon-to-be college graduates the career advice many of them never received when they were students. Introducing students to the area’s software technology companies early on can pave the way for mentoring opportunities, internships and ultimately gainful employment.
Most importantly, these meetings expose students to the area’s technology landscape before they’ve made a decision about where they want to work and live following graduation.
With more than half of the Capital Region’s employers expecting to increase hiring in the coming year, local companies have an opportunity to connect with talented candidates and keep them in the area.
Based on the success of this first round of meetings, the NY Tech Loop plans to offer more meet and greets this coming spring.
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
Software technology professionals recently completed a series of local college visits, giving computer science students an inside look at the industry, and the results are promising.
Nov 20th, 2018
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