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New York City

We’re written about venture capital activity in New York and how the city’s tech sector may someday rival Silicon Valley, but for aspiring tech professionals, the question remains: How do you break into this space?

To help, we’ve put together the following guide to one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the entire world.

New York City Tech Market

The perception with “tech” jobs is that they are usually limited to app makers and funky startups, but that’s no longer based in reality. As we’ve pointed out, major industries like manufacturing and health are now in need of tech talent and skills.

Here is an overview of the New York industries you should explore if you want to pursue a career in tech. …


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Photo by Franck V. on Unsplash

In the age of automation, there was one job that was supposed to be beyond the capacity of any robot: artist.

But recently, technological advances have upended that idea, and machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are now increasingly being used to create art across all disciplines, from music to film to painting and even literature.

If that sounds like the stuff of sci-fi, here are some examples of how AI is shaking up the arts.

Metal Machine Music

For her third album, Proto, San Francisco experimental composer Holly Herndon decided to enlist the help of an unusual collaborator named Spawn.

In fact, Spawn is an AI recording system. After writing and recording a score with an ensemble in her studio, Herndon would feed the results back to Spawn, which can mimic musical ideas. She would then take Spawn’s contributions back to the band and record the songs again. On songs like “Eternal,” it’s near impossible to differentiate Herndon’s voice from Spawn’s, or even to discern how many voices one is hearing at any given moment. …


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art in tech

Are you an artist or creative wondering how to make things work in a fast-changing, tech-dominated world? You’re not alone. The good news is that the increasing importance of design means there is more room for great artists in the tech world than ever before.


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via RGD DesignThinkers Conference

The 2019 edition of DesignThinkers Vancouver is kicking off next week, and some of the design industry best and brightest will be in attendance to talk shop. To help you get the most out of the event, here are six sessions you won’t want to miss:

Creative is not a noun — May 28 at 9:10 AM

Austin Kleon, a renowned artist, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author, shares his principles for creative work in a connected world. You’ll learn to “embrace influence instead of run away from it,” to “use analog tools for better ideas,” and much more.


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Apple

The recent news that Apple and Google no longer require college degrees made headlines, but they are not the only companies to reconsider their educational demands in the digital age.

A recent report from Glassdoor claims that a number of marquee companies are dropping the requirement of a four-year degree, including IBM, Costco, Hilton, Nordstrom and Bank of America.

And according to economic experts, it’s long overdue that employers look past rigid educational requirements to find the best and most dynamic talent on the market.

“In today’s economy, we cannot afford to let the lack of a college degree become a barrier to entering the workforce or seeking their careers,” a 2017 Harvard Business Review report wrote. …


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Chicago needs developers

The tech scene in the Windy City has been making waves lately and, as a result, demand for skilled Web Developers in Chicago appears to be rising.

Although a few years have passed since Adam McCombs, chief executive of technology at Chicago-based JumpForward, said that finding skilled Web Developers and Software Engineers was the “bane of (his) existence,” there’s much evidence that it’s only gotten harder to hire web development talent.

Read on for a few reasons behind the shortage, as well as how it’s affecting employers and Developers alike.

The Shortage Isn’t New, But it is Intensifying

It’s worth noting that Chicago isn’t the only city with a dearth of Developers. …


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Collision Conference

Collision 2019 has come and gone, and the massive tech conference did not disappoint, with thousands of attendees, exhibitors, and speakers from some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world.

It’s impossible to sum up the entire conference, but here is a snapshot of some of the things we learned at Collision 2019.

Technology is Impacting the World (for Better or Worse)

This month, we are hosting a series of panel discussions on the use of data science for social good, which touch on the different ways companies are using data to affect change. …


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Boston

Boston’s tech scene is booming, but there’s one problem: companies have too many open positions and not enough qualified applicants.

As Beantown has grown into a worldwide tech hub, a severe talent shortage has emerged that has only worsened with each year of rapid local growth. In fact, some in the industry say they’ve never seen anything quite like it.

“I’ve had a long career in human resources and watched a lot of (hiring) cycles,” Russ Campanello, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at iRobot, told the Boston Globe, “and this is as intense as any of them.”

Let’s take a deeper look at how we got here, and what it means for Boston’s tech companies and workers. …


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508 compliance

We’ve written about why companies should be investing in web accessibility, and if you’ve embarked on that process, you might have heard the terms “Section 508” or “508 compliance.” If you’re not sure what that means, you’re not alone.

Let’s take a closer look at Section 508 compliance.

What is Section 508?

Section 508 officially refers to a series of amendments made to the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These amendments, made in 1986 and 1998, require federal agencies to make their information and communications technology (ICT) accessible to people with disabilities.

Access to these materials must be in a “comparable manner to the access experienced by employees and members of the public without disabilities.” …


It’s been two months since Amazon pulled out of its plan to develop part of their HQ2 in Long Island City, and despite attempts to get the company to reconsider, it looks like the deal is officially dead.

Depending on who you talk to, this is either a huge win for community engagement and future city building or a massive political failure that will have economic repercussions for decades to come. There are, however, a few things we can all agree on.

Here is what we learned from Amazon canceling HQ2 in New York, and why it might be for the best. …

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