A new, federally funded apprenticeship program aimed at diversifying the tech workforce in Washington has drawn interest from more than 1,000 applicants in just a few months.And two of its earliest participants have already started yearlong, paid apprenticeships.
The program, called Apprenti, is being run by an industry trade association, the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). It’s funded in part by a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as with private money. It does not cost participants anything.
WTIA says it is the first registered tech apprenticeship program in the nation. It’s based on the idea that a short, intensive burst of training can be enough to lead a prospective employee to a midlevel, yearlong apprenticeship that can result in a permanent job at a technology company.
Amazon is headquartered, and neighboring cities like Redmond -- Microsoft's home -- and Bellevue.Silicon Valley might be considered the center of the technology universe, but other cities across the country are also attracting some of tech's best and brightest, including one located 800 miles north of the San Francisco Bay Area: Seattle.There are now 250,000 people working in technology-related jobs in the state of Washington, according to the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), which says the industry is growing at about 10 percent per year. Nearly 90 percent of those jobs are located in King County, which includes Seattle, where
DIRK WALLINGER LEAVES his espresso beverage behind and steps out of a coffeeshop on the campus of Denver’s Metropolitan State University. His coat open against the cold, he points across the way to a nearly-constructed structure—the college’s metal-and-glass-fronted Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building. When the building is finished this summer, Wallinger’s company—York Space Systems—will set up a 7,000 square-foot shop inside, creating and eventually controlling satellites (maybe even one you create) with the help of students.Wallinger gestures toward the fourth floor. “York will be right up there,” he says.
Jim Cantrell, CEO of Vector, weighs in on the players in the commercial space launch race.
With RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, the beloved amusement park building series is moving beyond dated 2D graphics and into the modern world. It's strange to say this in 2017, but it's the first mobile version of the game to take advantage of 3D graphics. It's a major leap ahead of 2014's RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile and RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, a rehash of the series' first two games released in December. The free-to-play title is available on iOS and Android, and you can bet there will be plenty of micro-transactions.
Beyond the graphics, it doesn't seem like much is changing gameplay-wise. You're still aiming to put together an impressive theme park to keep audiences happy, and you can build your own rollercoasters from scratch. Atari says there will be over 100 attractions to add to your parks, and you can also quickly share your creations with friends (with the ultimate goal of making them download the game, of course).
Two new studies out show that younger Americans would much rather travel, engage in a fine dining experience or buy a cell phone, among other purchases, rather than buy life insurance.The data come from Vertafore, an insurance technology provider based in Bothell, Wa., which surveyed 450 millennials aged 18 to 35. Vertafore discovered "that although Millennials understand the importance of being insured, often times they willingly forgo coverage to avoid parting with luxuries such as TV streaming services, cell phones, or going out."
You got your agile application development methodology, and your DevOps, continuous integration and release. You got your combination of bare metal and virtualization, private, hybrid, and public cloud.Great. If you got them right, your application development cycle is quick and adaptive, which means time to market is short, and your deployment options are flexible and elastic, which means you can provision effectively.The flip side of that is complexity and opaqueness. It means you have a polyglot development environment with many moving parts, and a multitude of heterogeneous testing and deployment environments with numerous virtualization layers constantly reconfiguring.
As a child, product design engineer Amelia Cosgrove loved building forts, time travel machines and other wild ideas that tested the limits of her imagination and resources. One day while sharing her childhood memories with fellow product design engineers over lunch, the proverbial light bulb for a million-dollar app concept went off in her head.“The idea hit me,” Cosgrove said. “Why not enable kids to create their own custom toys, and use modern innovation like on-demand manufacturing and technology to do so?”
under attack—and it’s sending Indian tech firms into a tailspin.A US bill first introduced in 2007, which would more than double the minimum wage for H-1B visa positions (to $130,000 from $60,000) has been reintroduced in Congress, and a leaked draft of an executive order suggested the possibility of overhauling all American work-visa programs. While that type of revamp would have a broad global impact, it strikes a particular chord in India: North America is the biggest export market for the country’s $150-billion IT industry. Immigration reforms like those being outlined or alluded to by the Donald Trump administration will not only curb that dynamic but could ultimately stifle future billion-dollar ideas.H-1B work visas, which allow foreigners to work in the United States for up to six years, are