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Two Technology Trends that Will Change How You Live Your Life

This Post was written by Ryan Graham
Date posted: July 10, 2017

Technology has been improving drastically for a while now. It seems like there is always something new on the horizon that draws buzz and attention in this emerging tech world. Even if you are in a leadership position or have an entrepreneurial mindset, think about how you can leverage these technologies to improve your business or personal life.

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
We have seen the advancement of both AR and VR, especially over the past few years. Augmented reality is when a computer generated image is placed in the user’s view of the real world. For example, augmented reality made a colossal step when Pokémon Go released in the AppStore and Google Play Store, generating over 100 million downloads. The market has been preparing and developing for these applications, once they start taking off, be ready for an AR and VR version of pretty much anything you can think of.

Samsung has introduced their Samsung Gear VR, which supports over 700 different applications. Virtual reality is a computer-generated, three-dimensional image that can interact within a real or physical way using special equipment. Samsung’s gadget allows you to completely change how you view and interact with the world.

Internet of Things
IoT revolves around the communication of machine-to-machine. It’s built on cloud computing networks and networks of data gathering sensors. Everyone says the overall goal of IoT is to make everything in our lives “smart”. Cloud-based applications are the biggest part of this movement. These applications transmit and transfer the data coming from the sensors, where the cloud enables the apps to work for you anywhere.

As of right now, this includes applications such as Google Home and IFTTT. This application is one of a kind, IFTTT allows you to synchronize two applications. It triggers one of the applications to take action when something occurs within the other. For example, when you pass a certain geographical location near your house, IFTTT will send a signal from your mapping device on your phone to your automated garage door application and open your garage. This is just one example of how you can utilize cloud-based applications to make your life easier.

If you’re not an early adopter or even part of the early majority, it’s ok. These technology trends are in the latter stages of growth and are getting cheaper and more sophisticated. Once these go completely mainstream, it will not only change how you consume entertainment, it will also change how you live your everyday life.

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Women’s History Month: Recognizing Women in STEM

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 10, 2017

March marks the start of Women’s History Month, a month that is dedicated to highlighting the countless accomplishments and contributions of women throughout history. As people across the country honor the women in their lives, we want to recognize the women of our time making a splash in the technology field and inspiring young women to also pursue careers in STEM:

“Coding is the language of the future, and every girl should learn it. As I’ve learned from watching girls grow and learn in our classrooms, coding is fun, collaborative, and creative.” -Reshma Saujani

In 2012 Reshma Saujani founded the national nonprofit organization, Girls Who Code. Saujani began her professional career as an attorney, but entered the political scene in 2010. She was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress and during her campaign she visited countless local schools. During her visits, Saujani began to notice an obvious gender gap in computing classes which is what inspired her to start Girls Who Code.

“In traditional societies, investors have always focused on very tangible things like oil or shipping versus internet or software products. So it’s not only about creating a tech ecosystem but also teaching the teachers and the parents and those that are influential in these people’s lives that it’s okay to take these risks. But I think it’s changing, and government organizations are really stepping forward to ignite this innovation and entrepreneurship movement.” -Adriana Gascoigne

Adriana Gascoigne has served as the Vice President of Marketing at SecondMarket and numerous tech start-ups prior to that. Gascoigne founded Girls in Tech in 2007 after she noticed she was the only woman in a company that employed about 50 people. She is passionate about helping people in developing countries have access to technology.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that engineering is only about math and science or that engineering expertise is all you have to offer the world. Your experiences and your perspectives can help inspire a company to find a different approach to a problem or encourage someone else to speak up.” -Regina Wallace-Jones

 

Regina Wallace-Jones has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters from UCLA in Public Policy with Emphasis in Technology Policy. She is currently the head of security operations at Facebook, which means she oversees the security operations for 1.6 billion people. Prior to working with Facebook, she partnered with the Lean In Foundation to help launch Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” Wallace-Jones has been an active advocate for professional women, she’s volunteered at low-income middle schools in California to teach classes on computer science and cybersecurity, she’s a patron of the non-profit Black Girls Code, and she sits on the Advisory Board of Women Who Code.

“One reason product management is such an appealing career is you get to sit at the intersection of technology, business, and design.” -Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Gayle Laakmann McDowell has a background in software development, with a BSE/MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founder of CareerCup.com, a blog aimed toward helping people in tech careers, and has worked as a software engineer at Google, Microsoft, and Apple. McDowell is the author of Cracking the the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, and Cracking the Tech Career.

 

 

 

 

 

“[Workplace sexism] puts women in a position of constantly having to advocate for themselves, to police others’ behavior, and to fight to be treated with the same baseline respect that the men give each other by default. They say that female engineers have two full time jobs: being an engineer and being a women, and we only get paid for about 77% of the former.” -Ellora Israni

Ayna Agarwal and Ellora Israni are co-founders of she++, a group that focuses on inspiring college and high school women to pursue a career in technology. Israni earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University and is currently a software engineer at Facebook. The she++ organization has grown from being a part of Stanford’s first conference on women in technology to an international movement. Israni has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, and WIRED Magazine.
Who do you think should be on this list? Let us know on Twitter who you’re celebrating this month!

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The Most Interesting Twitter Accounts to Follow: Tech News

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: May 20, 2016

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This blog is part of Bridge’s new The Most Interesting Twitter Accounts Series

Twitter is a great resource for networking, promoting yourself/your skillsets, and keeping up with the latest news in the industry. We wanted to take the time to recognize some of The Most Interesting Tech News Twitter accounts that you should consider following if you’re looking to create a more interesting Twitter feed.

  1. PC World: PC World consistently shares articles ranging from game reviews to gadget reviews, to the latest innovations in artificial intelligence and robotics. There is a healthy balance of plain text articles, videos, humor, and slideshows.

  2. Tech Crunch: This tech news outlet is sure to catch your eye with at least one article. They cover social media updates, mobile devices, gadgets, and popular tech topics in general.

  3. BBC Technology: This is the official account for the BBC News Technology Team, a subaccount of the well-known UK news outlet, BBC News. They share the latest stories on cybersecurity, gaming, and big data.

  4. Wired: With the motto, “WIRED is where tomorrow is realized” how could you not be interested in at least perusing this account? They share breaking tech business news  stories, new medical innovations thanks to programming, and even sprinkle in some political news. If you want a diverse range of topics showing up in your feed, then Wired is definitely a source for you.

  5. Macworld: For the Mac lovers out there, this is the perfect resource for all things iPhone, iPad, and Apple. Read how-to tutorials, forums, reviews, and news about the latest apps.

  6. Engadget: As one of the leading tech news sites, Engadget’s website is filled with the latest articles that synthesize pop culture and the technology world.

     

  7. Arstechnica: If you’re interested in biology, politics, automobiles, science, IT, and design, well, Arstechnica has it all. It’s easy to spend time scrolling through their feed thanks to the pop of orange color and great images to accompany their tweets.

  8. New York Times Technology: If you find yourself reading the tech section of The New York Times, then check out its offshoot Twitter account, NYT Technology, dedicated only to tech headlines.

  9. Science American: Scientific American has been sharing the latest science and technology news since 1845. Their articles always have a scientific foundation on environmental, education, business and medical topics.

  10. CNET News: Last, but certainly not least, CNET News is the perfect source for all things software downloads, deals on tech gadgets, reviews, and tutorials.

    Do you have a favorite tech news account you follow? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter and stay tuned for more posts in this series!

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March Tech Events in Rhode Island

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 6, 2016

It’s always beneficial to attend community events, especially if they also coincide with your professional goals. Whether you’re looking to network or continue your career development, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming IT events happening throughout March:

March 8, 2016
Code & Coffee
Providence, RI | 6:15 pm | Networking, Women in STEM | Free (register to attend)
Code and coffee is a time for us to get together and share our projects, ideas, and get our questions answered. Our Code and Coffee event is open to all skill levels. It is a casual event and free to participate. All are welcome! Don’t worry if you don’t already have a project started. This is an opportunity to find one. On the other hand you may along into a project and need some feedback about a problem. You may also fall somewhere in between!

March 9, 2016
Rhode Island SQL Server User Group: Andy Mallon~Demystifying­ Data Compression: When is it right for you?
East Greenwich, RI | 6:00 pm | Networking, Career Development |
The Rhode Island SQL Server Users Group (RISSUG) formerly (Southern New England SQL Server Users Group) is an official chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), an independent, not-for-profit association committed to providing SQL Server professionals around the world with the resources and knowledge necessary to achieve unparalleled business results. The purpose of the RISSUG is to provide an independent local forum for database administrators, developers and general users of Microsoft SQL Server as well as users and vendors of products and services related to Microsoft SQL Server to exchange knowledge and build professional relationships.

March 10, 2016
Tech Collective: Presenting to Investors
Providence, RI | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Career Development | Free
A panel of the region’s most experienced business builders and investors will provide practical insights and tips on what they and other potential business partners look for in a presentation. The workshop is free and open to the public, but we ask you to pre-register.

PMI Ocean State Chapter Meeting
Providence, RI | 6:00 – 9:00 pm | Career Development | Presentation $15 Buffet and Presentation $45
The program will include two 60-minute presentations: The first is “Innovating Within the Project: Tools for the Working Team” and the second is “Fundamentals of Multi-Project (Portfolio) Resource Management; Trying to please all the people all of the time.

March 12, 2016
Linux RI Monthly Meeting
Providence, RI | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Career Development, Networking | Free
We will be meeting at the Whole Foods on North Main Street, Providence, RI.

March 22, 2016
Designers with Drinks | 7:30 pm | Networking | Free
Grab a wireframe, a color palette, and a cocktail glass to mix it up with local user-experience pros. The UX meetup is a casual monthly gathering to meet local designers, swap industry techniques and news, and celebrate the remarkable design talent in Providence. If you dig liquids, interaction design, information architecture, and usability, come join us!

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