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.
FoundersPad, Bend’s startup accelerator, is now offering workshops for entrepreneurs and professionals in addition to its traditional accelerator programs.
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.
The Cascade Angels Fund plans to invest $121,900 in the Bend Venture Conference, Economic Development for Central Oregon announced today. The angel investment pushes the current BVC Fund toward $200,000 with more investments still likely to come as we get closer to the October 17th conference.
The Bulletin today reported on what local techies think needs to be done to grow Bend's tech economy. On the to-do list: Creating a UX design academy, cultivating more mid-sized tech companies, and finding ways to attract more software developers and grow our own.
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.
Steve Sliwa, former CEO of Institu and current CEO of Seeq, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Bend Venture Conference.
If you've ever thought we should have a North by NorthWest (NxNW) event similar to SxSW, then you're in luck - it's called TechfestNW and it's happening this weekend.