Join us Upstate to build the future
The point of the work we do is to build up more engineering in Syracuse, Rochester, Ithaca, Rome, and anywhere else that is Upstate. That’s all. It’s that simple.
It doesn’t matter to us all that much how long it will take, and it will not happen overnight, it only matters to us that it gets done.
It’s our distinct advantage at Upstate Interactive to have so many connections to the community — HackUpstate, WomenInCoding, AllPartsInterchangeable. These are groups we’ve founded. But it doesn’t stop there. As a company we have sponsored and collaborated with the library on their HTML/CSS course. As attendees we are a part of OpenHack and Syr(js). As organizers and planners we set into motion Syracuse.io in support of what the great Mike Vormwald is doing. By being a part of the fabric of the community we know from the ground up what engineering challenges the future of Upstate faces.
Let me take an aside to talk about those challenges.
Upstate, NY has a deep attachment to the past engineering marvels. The Vice Presidents that we speak to and C-Suite execs, all with gray hair but great success, are envisioning a future that brings up great new engineering companies in the shape of Eastman Kodak or Carrier in the region between Albany and Buffalo that we call Upstate, NY. Their vision of the future is about large companies growing large employee bases, singularly.
We, the community of upcoming engineers, see the future completely differently. First, we’re not comparing ourselves and our efforts to any great companies from the past. Second, we’re not comparing ourselves to any great companies in the distant land of Silicon Valley. Third, we’re not anticipating any success coming as a result of capital D, Disruption.
We see the future of engineering in Syracuse as vital to the fabric of our lives in every capacity. For us, engineering extends into our social lives. For example, in Syracuse.io’s Slack, we share ideas and problems that we have with our projects. It’s technical, but to us, that’s being social. And that digital conversation is secondary to our face-to-face meetings that are now, after years of effort, happening on at least a weekly basis. In our evenings we eat dinner together and discuss the future of commerce — we discuss Bitcoin and Blockchain — not as abstract financial concepts, but as technology that we can build and be a part of. By building our systems of commerce, we are finding ways to actively and actually build in our financial futures. (We may even build futures contracts.)
We see the successful future of engineering Upstate far beyond the professional realm. That’s the point for anyone who is reading. If you’re in business in Upstate, NY and you’re ghettoizing engineering to the world of making money, you’re in the wrong region. Here, it’s about social interaction and doing good for our neighbors at least as much as it is a means of making a living, if not more.
In conclusion, as a merry band of misfits so far as the rest of the software engineering world is concerned, we Upstate engineers are primed for a successful future. A future that is born from community. A future that is grown by long winter nights. A future that is built by men and women working as partners side-by-side. A future that is uniquely Upstate.
So join us Upstate to build the future.
Correction: Joe Buczek at Raymour and Flanagan reminds me that they are primarily a .NET shop. (Despite that, I like them.)