Jan 28th, 2019
In this case, the user groups of The New York Tech Loop are located throughout the region (Troy, Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Schenectady). Our user groups span multiple technologies from the Kubernetes platform to the SQL Server User Group. Many of these meetups can be found at: https://nytechloop.org/events
As a developer, it is crucial to stay up to date on the latest technology while taking part in the social, in-person conversations going on around the technology you're working with. As we at the NYTL work to bring the software community together, we've come across multiple local user groups that can benefit you as a developer and have highlighted two groups to give you an idea of what they have to offer.
Let's start with the most recent, Capital Region Kubernetes User Group. We recently spoke with founder Mark Abrams who for almost 20 years, has worked with tech startups in all capacities. His mission is to evangelize open software and is now leading the push to bring together the Kubernetes users in the region.
The Capital Region Kubernetes User Group was founded in November 2018 with the goal of discovering, combining, and expanding, the open source community within the region. Sponsored by Rancher Labs, the group has grown quickly on Meetup with over 85 members to date. The meetups are about understanding the Kubernetes platform, help people with their pitches for events like KuberCon, and inspiring others to share what they are learning. Mark states that "no one is a master of the Kubernetes platform yet since is just a few years old and there's still much to learn and discover". His short term goal is to bring together the Kubernetes community in the region and then focus on drawing in some "experts" to speak, share and teach what they've learned.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the Capital-Saratoga Region AWS User Group which has been around for about two years and has brought together 284 members. Founder Scott Stewart has done a great job of bringing together developers, engineers, and technology professionals who are all interested in Amazon Web Services. AWS "has been cushing it over the past few years...around everything from machine learning, serverless computing, iOT, and data storage scalability."
To give you an idea of the amount of growth and interest in AWS in the region, the first AWS User Group meetup was in February 2017 with 11 engaged people in attendance. Now, the meetups have continued to vary from general roundtable discussions to presentations to very general things like "how to make Websites run faster using AWS Web Services offerings." Now, Scott is looking for the 284 AWS User Group members to double this year (NYTL will be there to help)! This meetup might seem large and intimidating but Scott and all the other members make it clear that all levels of technical knowledge are welcomed, from beginner to expert.
Some of the user groups are focused on a particular technology or application but are all very welcoming to newcomers. Mark (Founder of the Kubernetes User Group) said it best; "It might be scary for newcomers to get involved because they might see it as a group of experts but we want this to be welcoming to all because we are all here to learn and grow." The benefit to these in-person groups is that you get to meet, learn from, and teach people who are interested in technology that you are also. You get to chat with people in person and don't have to wait for a response to a thread in order to get answers.
"A lot of time its hard to even know what you should be looking for in order to learn something online. In other words, often to learn something online, you need to know what it is you are trying to learn." - Scott Stewart
If you're interested in joining a user group or are always looking for more information on local software related events, follow us on social media and we'll keep you informed.
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