We are celebrating the local launch of Silicon66 this month. As one of the Founders Merridith Ingram noted: "Silicon66 isn’t about business logistics, experience, origin or strategy. It’s about people—entrepreneurs to be exact. It’s about the amazing things they’re doing right now, and our ability to be your eyes and ears…because there’s no way that you could know about all of them. And mostly, it’s about the fact that you should." According to their website: "Silicon66 is a news outlet dedicated to covering technology news and the growing entrepreneurial communities located in the ‘Silicon66’ region between the mid-western plains and the Pacific, including Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle, New Mexico and Arizona. Following that iconic road of opportunity and adventure, Route 66, primary coverage cities include Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Lubbock, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces/El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff. Silicon66 was founded in New Mexico in November 2015 by former Dow Jones journalists and technology communications marketing veterans Merridith Tiffin Ingram and Robert Ingram, in collaboration with web developers and digital strategists Eric Debelak and Josh Garcia, and documentary videographer Robert Belinoff." To visit their website: http://silicon66.com To visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/silicon66news/
“We believe every student should have the opportunity to code,” Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple.
According to a New York Times Article by Natasha Singer on September 12, 2016,: Apple is releasing a free coding education app for iPad. Developed with middle-school students in mind, the app is called Swift Playgrounds, and introduces basic computer programming concepts, like sequencing logic. The Apple program uses Swift, a professional programming language that the company introduced in 2014. “When you learn to code with Swift Playgrounds, you are learning the same language used by professional developers,” Brian Croll, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, said in a telephone interview. “It’s easy to take the next step and learn to write a real app.” This coincides with a larger Silicon Valley campaign to press public schools to teach coding. Tech executives have argued that such training could help address socio-economic differences among students, by providing them with marketable job skills. In January, President Obama said he was asking Congress to provide $4 billion in the budget for a computer science initiative in public schools. (Congress has not yet passed a budget.) To learn more, read the article by Ainsley O'Connell at Fast Company.
On September 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Santa Fe, the High Tech Regional Roundtable will offer insights on "Hiring in Tech" at the Del Charro Saloon at 101 West Alameda Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505-954-0320). Enjoy food and drinks while a panel of speakers discuss hiring processes in the Tech Industry. Speakers will include Mark Cola from Sigma Labs, Merridith Ingram from Silicon66, and Daniel Kane from Mesa Phototonics. The event is FREE with thanks to the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) , the City of Santa Fe Economic Development Department, LANL, Richard P.Feynman Center for Innovation, and New Mexico Tech Council.