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Attracting High School Students to Careers in Tech

Posted By Cyrus Martin, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CTA's Foundation is deep into it's third school year partnering with the Denver Public Schools to get businesses and their employees plugged into the various Career Connect opportunities that specifically support the 832 students enrolled in the TechConnect plan of study at their high school.  Businesses can connect with students and teachers through these programs:

- Career X where a business hosts a 3-hr job shadow for a group of 10-30 9th grade students

- Career Coach where employees meet with a 10th grader 3 times a month over the school year

- Career Collaborate where a business presents 11th graders with a real-world problem from their business for the students to work over the semester

- Career Launch where businesses hire 11th and 12th grade students into summer internships.

- Advisory Board Summits where businesses work with teachers to bring the needs of industry into curriculum through project-based learning

Over 30 organizations have supported students in TechConnect since 2014 and have found the experience to be highly rewarding.  Contact cyrus@coloradotechnology.org to learn more.

Tags:  education  STEM 

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An Upgrade to cloud based Wi-Fi cameras and take the surveillance of your home to a new level

Posted By Caio Belliliao, Spotcam, Monday, January 4, 2016

Home monitoring solutions have helped to curb crime levels by a significant amount. However, a lot still remains to be done before the battle against criminal activities can won completely. There are many home monitoring solutions that are available on the market thereby making it hard for customers to choose their preferred surveillance system easily. Today, a good number of householders and business setups are currently using Wi-Fi cameras to monitor the happenings at their premises of residence. However, the use of Wi-Fi cameras based on physical servers is common today. Based on this, it is a good idea to switch to cloud based Wi-Fi cameras. There are numerous features that make such systems worth going for. 

Live video streaming

If you want to enjoy unlimited access to the videos that are being captured by your surveillance camera, you can take advantage of cloud based Wi-Fi cameras. You can say bye to restricted access to surveillance videos. Enjoy live streaming of videos in HD. You can use any online systems to do this provided it is compatible with the camera. The system requires any internet connection that is sound enough to facilitate the live streaming of surveillance videos. This feature can enable you to monitor your home while you are out engaging in other important life activities. 

Gain access to the footage from anywhere in the world

If you want to gain access to the camera videos from anywhere in the world, you can do well to upgrade to the cloud based systems. Thanks to these systems, home monitoring has never been easier. You can enjoy unlimited access to camera footage from anywhere in the world. This feature can enable you to easily monitor the security status of your home as often as the need arises.

Cameras compatible with almost any device

In order to access camera footage, you will need to use any compatible device. With this surveillance camera, you will be free to use any device provided it has a live streaming feature. You can use devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs and any other compatible device. Today, there are also smart watches which have a live streaming feature. Such watches can also be synchronized with the camera and used to view security footage.

Use of electric cables not appropriate

If you are using the cloud based Wi-Fi camera, you will be free to enjoy wireless connections from the camera to the audio-visual system of your choice.  You simply need to setup the Wi-Fi connections to be in a position to interface between the camera and the audio-visual system of your choice.

Highly resistant to extreme weather conditions

The Wi-Fi cloud based surveillance cameras are designed to withstand any kind of harsh weather conditions. You can still enjoy unlimited home security surveillance irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions. The cameras are designed to withstand water, strong winds and any form of precipitation.

SpotCam cloud NVR plan removes NVR server from your house, when SpotCam is on, it constantly streams encrypted live video to MySpotCam cloud server. You can connect to MySpotCam anytime anywhere to view the live video from your SpotCam.

If you purchase NVR plan, your SpotCam video will be stored in secured video database for you to review later. When MySpotCam.com server receives live video footage, motion and audio detection is also executed and keep you posted about any possible event.

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Tags:  audio and video  cloud connectors  cloud services  data storage  electronic discovery  home security  innovative technologies  surveillance cameratechnology  technology industry  Wi-Fi cameras  Wi-Fi monitoring camera 

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The Hour of Code Dec 7 - 13, 2015

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Hour of Code is coming again!

The Hour of Code movement keeps changing the world. It’s reached every Apple Store worldwide, the White House, 300 partners, and more than 100 million students in 180 countries.

The Hour of Code is a challenge: Try learning to code for just one hour and prove that anybody can learn the basics.

This year can really be a turning point for computer science in our schools — with new tutorials, new prizes, and an ambitious new goal for December 7-13Can you get involved?

Together, we want to reach 100,000 events

I hope you’ll join us to prove anybody can learn, and every young person deserves to learn how to build technology that will impact everything in their future. Every organizer will receive a gift card to iTunes, Amazon or the Windows Store as a thank-you gift.

How can you help?

  • Ask your school to participate
  • Host your own Hour of Code event
  • Or take an hour to learn yourself

Here’s how to get involved

Computer science is foundational for every 21st-century student

Most schools still don’t teach it. We owe it to our children to start with just one hour.

Join us

Hadi Partovi
Founder, Code.org

 

Tags:  coding  STEM education 

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Opportunity to Recruit Tech Talent 11/9/15

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Monday, November 2, 2015

Click here to register:  http://tecp-tech-talent-event.eventbrite.com

For more information contact Rich Marr,  720-913-1692 or Richard.marr@denvergov.org

 

Denver OED is seeking actively hiring IT employers for small group discussions.   This is part of the TEC-P “Promote Your Tech Talent” event hosted by Innovation Pavilion and the TEC-P workforce partners.   The employer breakout sessions are an opportunity for job seekers to engage directly with employers in an informal setting.


Small groups of job seekers that are interested in learning more about a specific employer

Employers providing an overview of their business and why it’s a great place to work

Interested job seekers can have an interactive conversation to learn more about the company and current/future opportunities  

 

Location:  Innovation Pavilion, 9200 E Mineral Ave, Centennial, 4-5pm.  Employers are welcome to attend earlier activities starting at 2pm.

 

 

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FIRST® LEGO® League CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, October 29, 2015

FIRST® LEGO® League Introduces students ages 9-14 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

FIRST LEGO League Competition Volunteers:
■ Help kids discover the fun in science and technology
■ Have a positive impact on the lives of children
■ Are inspired and energized through their participation
■ Generally, commit a full day of time to making the LEGO League competition a success (time depends on role)
■ Are provided with training, breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt
■ Perform activities like setup, check-in, refereeing, judging, queuing, scorekeeping, AV, and cleanup
■ Make new friends with like-minded people
■ Volunteer together with friends, family, and colleagues
■ Have fun!

How to volunteer for a Colorado FIRST LEGO League Competition.  Choose an event(s):
■ Sunday, 11/08/2015 - East Denver Metro Qualifier, East High School, Denver
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - South East Metro Denver Qualifier, Campus Middle School, Greenwood Village
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - Monarch Qualifier, Monarch High School, Louisville
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - Mountain League Qualifier, Aspen Middle School, Aspen
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - Poudre Qualifier, Poudre High School, Fort Collins
■ Saturday, 11/14/2015 - Southern Colorado Qualifier, Discovery Canyon Middle School, Colorado Springs
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Liberty Qualifier, Liberty Common School, Fort Collins
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - North Metro Denver Qualifier, Woodrow Wilson Academy, Westminster
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Preston Qualifier, Preston Middle School, Fort Collins
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Aurora Qualifier, Lotus School of Excellence, Aurora
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Weld County Qualifier, Heath Middle School, Greeley
■ Saturday, 11/21/2015 - Grand Junction Qualifier, Central High School, Grand Junction

 ■ Register as a volunteer with FIRST - https://my.usfirst.org/vims (If you need
help, there is a user guide available through this link).
 ■ When asked to choose a program, choose FLL (FIRST LEGO League) and
then choose Colorado to find the event list (same as above).
 ■ Select the event you want to volunteer for and then choose the role(s) you
are interested in at the event and your availability. We especially need judges –
this doesn’t require special skills and there is online training.
 ■ You will hear from a volunteer coordinator confirming your assignment close
to the date of the event you volunteered for.
Questions? http://fll.coloradofirst.org/volunteer volunteers@coloradofirst.org

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Meet us at the CTA Tech Summit on October 19th & 20th

Posted By Terry McNicholas, Eagle Creek Software Services, Inc., Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Digital Business Models are forcing IT Leaders to innovate while managing the day-to-day business and simultaneously changing the IT skills model required to support digital investments.

Meet with us at the Colorado Tech Summit – we’ll show you how our innovative US Onshoring model delivers the right balance of onshore and onsite expertise to optimize your IT budget, reduce your backlog and help you succeed in digital business.

This year’s conference is packed with great content around technology trends and issues such as Digital Transformation. Discussions on industry-level efforts - public policy, legislative initiatives, economic development, and tech talent recruitment are all planned.

All that’s missing is you!

To find out more and register

We look forward to meeting you there.

Sincerely,
Terry McNicholas
Vice President, Eagle Creek Software Services
Phone: 720-389-9732

1600 Broadway|Suite1600|Denver|CO|80202|Contact Us

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Contract Engineering Services

Posted By Chris Specht, Expect Technical Staffing, Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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In this video blog, we share some information on our contract engineering services: 
(1) What is contract engineering  (2) Examples of tech contractors  (3) Their advantages  (4) How to contact us

Tags:  contract engineering  contract engineering services  contract staffing  contractor staffing  technical staffing  temp staffing 

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Engineering and Technical Staffing

Posted By Chris Specht, Expect Technical Staffing, Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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In this video blog, we share some tips on effective engineering and technical staffing:
(1) The importance of good tech recruiting (2) Create a referral program (3) Good job postings (4) Networking (5) How to contact us

Tags:  engineering staffing  technical staffing 

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will reach end of support on July 14, 2015

Posted By Eric Riewerts, Insight, Wednesday, July 8, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WG6gqF8exc

T-Minus 7 days until the end of support for Windows Server 2003.  How will this affect your environment? Will critical applications become vulnerable?  

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-310A 

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The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology

Posted By Wendy Nkomo, Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, April 9, 2015

Listen to women from across the Administration tell the stories of their personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Share them yourself. Add your own. And honor their legacy in the best possible way: By committing to encourage a young woman to pursue a career in science.

Click here to go to the website.

Share your story

#WomenInSTEM

#ColoradoSTEM

Tags:  Women in Technology; STEM education 

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