Mar 4th, 2019
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.
Modeled after the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, the NYCWiC plays a key role in the Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W). The ACM-W was created with the key purpose of supporting, celebrating, and advocating for the continued growth of women in all aspects of the computing field on an international scale. As the number of women in computing grows throughout the capital region, so do the resources to help foster more talent. ACM-W is an active organization with over 36,000 members who some of which show interest in place we call home.
“NYCWiC is a unique way to bring together women, men who support women, undergraduate and graduate students, industry professionals and faculty together to develop professional, technical and social networks. There aren’t enough of us at any specific organization so this conference facilitates working together, making us all stronger.” - Jen Goodall, NYCWiC General Chair
As you know, the New York Tech Loops’ mission is to support and grow the software community throughout Troy, Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs. The NYCWiC fits closely to our mission and empowers women, and more specifically women in technology to not only pursue careers, but come together to help grow the community.
The efforts of organizations like NYCWiC have not been in vain. In 2017, 26 percent of the computing workforce were professional computing occupations held by women. Moving forward into 2019, Forbes sees tech trends in political engagement, democratization of access, enterprise interoperability, safety and security considerations, and international customization all being driven by women. Women in computing are driving innovations and shaping our lives. At the 2019 NYCWiC event, keynote speakers Dr. Nicki Washington and Dr. Jane L. Snowdon will present on their own journey through the computing world.
Dr. Washington is an associate professor in the the Department of Computer Science at Winthrop University and author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech Field. Dr. Washington will be discussing her path to computing and sharing strategies for overcoming the “fear of the unknown” to successfully chart one’s unique path in this ever-growing field that’s still in dire need of diversity.
Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is the evening keynote speaker. She is Associate Chief Health Officer for IBM Watson Health with an impressive history that includes working as a Director at IBM, an advisory board chair at The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and countless more positions in the tech industry.
This event also brings together the High School community (Emma Willard), College community (UAlbany, St. Rose, and Marist College), and local companies (Velan Studios and Datto) to learn from each other and network for possible opportunities.
If you are interested in learning more, supporting this event, or would like to register for the upcoming NYCWiC conference, please visit http://nycwic.hosting.acm.org by March 8th, 2019, to register.
Dive Brief: The demand for tech jobs in non-tech industries is rising, a report from Indeed found. Tech-focused companies are still hiring plenty of tech workers, the data showed, but an increasing share of jobs at high-tech companies are going to workers in marketing, sales and other areas. Indeed described tech occupations as jobs involving "development or direct application of software, computers, or other information technology tools." Non-tech industries like finance, retail and energy have seen rapid growth in these type of workers. Software developer, a combination of two sub-occupations, applications and systems software, is currently the top in-demand tech job. Software developers account for 27% of all tech jobs, followed by broad computer occupations (including web admin and software quality assurance engineer), computer support specialists, information systems managers, information research scientists and programmers.
Jul 30th, 2019 via https://5help.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/219544088-Creating-a-login-page-or-link
An analysis of available data sets by CompTIA found that the U.S. technology sector employment continues to increase. In the first six months of 2019, more than 56,000 jobs were created for technology professionals, with another 13,500 jobs created in the month of June alone. This information comes from an examination of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Employment Situation” report. Compared to last years’ report, so far this year an additional 6,700 jobs have been created as opposed to the first six months of 2018. “The mid-year tech employment report card shows many positives, reflecting the broad-based employer demand for tech talent,” says Tim Herbert, Executive Vice President for Research and Market Intelligence at CompTIA. “Businesses continue to make progress in adopting a range of emerging technologies, with hiring following suit.” Read More: https://mytechdecisions.com/compliance/data-says-demand-for-tech-talent-continues/
Jul 12th, 2019 via https://mytechdecisions.com/compliance/data-says-demand-for-tech-talent-continues/
After Strong Start to 2019, Hiring to Slow Amid Recruiting Challenges, According to Capital Region Employers Optimism remains high for future job growth, even as companies temper hiring expectations through the end of this year. Albany, NY – Hiring was robust in the first half of the year, and optimism over the long term remains high, but Capital Region employers are scaling back expectations for the second half of 2019 amid continued challenges in recruiting employees, according to the Spring 2019 Alaant Hiring Index released today. The index is compiled by Alaant Workforce Solutions, the Capital Region’s leading professional workforce services firm.
Jun 19th, 2019 via https://www.alaant.com/blog-news/press-release-alaant-hiring-index-spring-2019
Come one come all and gather around the campfire. You’ve made it through that dreaded Monday, cruised through Tuesday on steam and now you’ve hit the Wednesday hump. Today, we’d like to help you get through it all with some coding horror stories. Share these with your colleagues to make their day and help them realize that a missing punctuation isn’t all that bad
Jun 13th, 2019
Higher pay and rapid advancement retain talent in Upstate NY communities Upstate, New York, May 15, 2019 — The 3rd annual Upstate CEO Report, commissioned by Upstate Venture Connect, shows that fast-growing companies across our region have average salaries that are up to 60% higher than the average salary in a typical upstate metro area. “Scalable companies targeting national and global customers are distributed across our region,” stated UVC CEO Nasir Asli. “They don’t often show up on traditional economic development metrics, but clearly have an outsized impact on our communities.” Scalable companies are often in the newer industries and building products for national/global customers. Survey respondents in this category plan to hire 6-7 entry level people on average in 2019 and two thirds of those positions require a college degree.
Jun 3rd, 2019 via https://uvc.org/ceo-survey-shows-more-jobs-for-upstate-college-graduates/
“It now costs $350,000 a year to live a middle-class lifestyle in a big city -- here’s a sad breakdown of why”. This recent post from CNBC breaks down the truth behind those large salaries that attract so many people to these large cities. Although “less than 5% of households earn $350,000 or more a year” that amount of money will go quickly when you’re living in an expensive city like NYC for example.
Sep 16th, 2019
The Capital Region Google Developer Group DevFest conference is back is back for its fourth year! This conference targets serving the local and regional software engineer, developer, architect, product manager, and student community. Topics include: mobile, web apps, AR/VR, IoT, machine learning and cloud computing.
Sep 9th, 2019
Google Agile Software Development or just Agile and you will be flooded with information from coaching Agile teams to Agile Project Management for Dummies. So what exactly is Agile development? Agile is the ability to respond to changes and succeed in an ever changing situation.
Aug 26th, 2019
As more and more companies and people embrace modern technology as a norm or even necessity to they daily success, the demand for mobile cross-platform mobile application continues to grow. In order to stay ahead of the curve of leading-edge technology, many look to development frameworks for quick turnaround times for their applications. Developers also look here to make their development process easy and efficient.
Aug 19th, 2019 via https://www.thedroidsonroids.com/blog/flutter-vs-react-native-what-to-choose-in-2019
A job filled with opportunities, a decent salary, a constant flow of new information, and a plethora of options. That is the life you’ll live after studying computer science and following the road down the computer scientist lifestyle. At least those are the good things. With that comes hours at a computer, eye strain, headaches, dealing with clients, and so much more. Yes, computer science is a popular major but is it the right major for you?
Jul 29th, 2019