Hack Upstate Weekly — April 27th, 2016

Here’s what happened last week throughout Upstate New York’s tech scene! Also, be sure to check out the winning projects from Hack Upstate VII.

Is the presidential election impacting tech hiring in Albany?


‘This presidential race is crazy right now. There’s so many ideas being floated, giving organizations a little bit of pause,’ said Miriam Dushane, Linium Recruiting’s managing director for upstate New York.

The recruiting firm released its quarterly survey, the Linium Index of High-Tech Hiring, this week. The survey charts companies’ expectations for hiring for jobs in IT, engineering and science in the second quarter….[continue reading]

Three teams advance to third round of Germinator business competition

Three teams will compete in third round of the Germinator, which CenterState CEO describes as “the region’s most comprehensive business competition.”

The startups moving forward in the contest are Euphony Inc.; Life Source Health, Inc; and VossVertical, according to a CenterState CEO news release.

Euphony specializes in natural-sounding text-to-speech synthesis software. It’s working to apply its technologies to speech-therapy applications and speech simulation.

Life Source Health is a company that offers “real time, vital” health information to emergency responders in order to better assist them in saving patients.

VossVertical is a company creating new technology that expands the distance and endurance of unmanned aerial systems….[continue running]

The positive impact StartFast Code will have on CNY’s economy

Building a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. It requires commitment to a longterm strategy.

At the cornerstone of such a strategy is the need to cultivate STEM talent (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). With STEM talent precipitates an active and healthy tech community capable of scaling itself, recursively. This — in today’s digital age — is paramount to regional economic development.

That’s why there’s so much excitement surrounding the upcoming StartFast Code bootcamp which kicks off June 2nd. The bootcamp will teach participating students how to code and turn them into professional web developers in 12–24 weeks”…..[continue reading]

Hack Upstate’s mission is to unite and facilitate collaboration among the greater Upstate New York technology community. In pursuit, we organize hackathons, offer web and mobile development classes, facilitate talks and lectures, and ultimately help align Upstate tech talent with promising employment opportunities. To date, we’ve built a growing network comprised of thousands of Upstate New York engineers and nearly a hundred technology employers.