Month: August 2014

Take It! Survey Asks STEM Employers About Hiring Needs

If you’re a Central Oregon employer or HR manager looking for employees with STEM skills, then we’ve got a survey for you. There’s a local effort underway aimed at improving and increasing our pool of potential hires who have science, technology, engineering and math skills.

We’re in a bit a talent crisis, and that’s a critical concern for a region that wants to bolster its current STEM industries and encourage more of those employers to come here. But before the efforts to tackle this problem get seriously underway, employers and people in the STEM industries need to pipe up and identify what types of programs, skills and jobs are needed to prepare our students for success.

Hence the survey. Did we mention the survey? If you have 10 minutes of time, it’s definitely worth your while.

FoundersPad Launches New Workshops

FoundersPad, Bend’s startup accelerator, is now offering workshops for entrepreneurs and professionals in addition to its traditional accelerator programs.

The workshops will be interactive, one- and two-day workshops on topics such as data science, developing go-to-market strategies, UX design as well as marketing-oriented courses such as developing demand generation strategies.

FoundersPad’s first workshop, scheduled for Monday Sept 22nd, on data science. What is data science? By now, most people are familiar with the term “Big Data.” Big Data is a catch-all term for collecting data — information about your customers that provide insight to provide them with a better experience, or to target them with additional, relevant products and services. As collecting data becomes more mainstream, data scientists are in demand and becoming critical to businesses across industries. You have data or are thinking about collecting data…now what do you do with it?

Bend Entrepreneur Kickstarts Innovative Collapsible Water Bottle

Niki Singlaub came up with the Hydaway bottle concept while traveling as a freelance product developer in 2012. "Trying to stay hydrated in different countries, climates, and elevations, while spending time both in business meetings and in the mountains inspired this water bottle concept. I was looking for a durable, stable, fully-functioning water bottle that collapsed enough to fit in my back pocket. I was really surprised I couldn't find anything like the Hydaway bottle out there." His Kickstarter campaign reached 25% in just the first week.

8 Ways to Get Girls Interested in Programming

Rane Johnson-Stempson, an active Bend startup/ tech advocate as well as principal research director at Microsoft Research, has put a lot of thought and effort into helping grow the ranks of women programmers. Last May Johnson-Stempson helped organize the Microsoft Women's Hackathon, which drew more than 2,000 participants from around the globe.