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High School Hackathons Spark Interest in Tech

The Hour of Code is a movement that began in 2013 with the ambitious goal of getting 10 million students coding for an hour during Computer Science Education Week in December. To date over 145 million students have participated in the Hour of Code. Many schools throughout our community have joined in the Hour of Code, setting aside an hour in their school day to give all their students an opportunity to get hands-on with coding.

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Why Charlottesville is a Great Home for Tech Businesses

Charlottesville’s tech community is on the rise. If you’ve ever stopped by this small Virginia town you will have heard of its many accolades: happiest town in America, best place to live in the country, best college town (and the list goes on). But what you might not have known is that Charlottesville is quickly becoming a mini-tech powerhouse. From student entrepreneurs, to startups, to some of the fastest growing tech companies in America, Charlottesville’s tech scene is thriving.

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Charlottesville's Tech Community: Thriving and Thirsty

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my more than 15 years of supporting the tech community in Charlottesville, it’s that intelligent, curious minded people not only enjoy getting together to socialize, collaborate, share ideas and form professional relationships, but that its necessary for their growth and sometimes even their survival. And what better way to do it than over a frothy, adult beverage!

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Simple Cloud Tools for Small Business

There is a short list of things I miss about working for a big corporation, and having back office resources like IT, HR and marketing is at the top.  Now that I run a small, independent professional services firm, we have to solve our own problems.  We fix printers, manage our own schedules, take out the trash...and somewhere in between we find the time to do our real jobs. 

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Fostering Innovation in Professional Settings: ASQ Innovation Conference

Innovation is today where quality management was 25 or 50 years ago. It may be confined to a small group of people in the organization, and their great ideas and useful knowledge may not be well publicized across the organization. Innovation – like quality – needs to engage everyone and be easily accessible for its full benefits to be realized.

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CBIC Tech Tour Gets Set to Inspire Students - October 8

According to the STEM Education Coalition, the majority of college students and parents believe that preparing students for careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) should be a priority for K–12 schools in the U.S.; however, only half believe it actually is a top priority in schools. Among reasons cited by parents that STEM education should be a priority are to:

  • Ensure the U.S. remains competitive in the global marketplace
  • Produce the next generation of innovators
  • Prepare students to have well-paying and fulfilling careers

For 12 years running, CBIC has organized its annual Tech Tour to prepare our workforce for the challenges of tomorrow. The Tech Tour is designed to inspire students in their STEM studies and to highlight that they can pursue their careers in our region. The CBIC Tech Tour Committee is busy preparing its 2015 Tech Tour to be held on October 8 and invites you to participate in this inspirational undertaking! 

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