Attendees Talk Green at Tech In Motion Chicago’s Member Appreciation Mixer

Tech in Motion: Chicago hosted their spring Member Appreciation event at Coalition, where organizers Jen and Christine took some time to ask members about green energy in Chicago (amid the business card swapping and pizza gorging). This topic not only tied into their event on May 15th where several local green energy companies were demoing, but Coalition itself houses several of these local green companies.

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Do you think green energy is coming to Chicago? If so, in what ways?

According to Jeffrey: “At first I was encouraged that there were rooftop gardens, literally green energy in that regard… but it has seemed to taper off a bit. I believe it’s coming but it’s not an overnight thing yet.”

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Next we spoke with David who said, “Honestly, Chicago is probably the largest hub of green tech companies. As far as industries in the Midwest, there are so many companies here that are energy related. Green energy has arrived in Chicago and is here to stay.”

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Lastly, we spoke to Rachel who stated that “I think that green energy is slowly coming to Chicago but I think it’s still a little behind the curve considering recycling just came to Chicago within the last 6 months. Everywhere else has compost options. Recycling wasn’t done by the city until 6 months ago and that is the easiest green thing you can do.”

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So we have a few differences of opinion! How would you have responded to our poll?

A big thanks to our sponsors, MicrosoftJobspring Partners, Workbridge Associates, and Startup Institute. We hope to see you at Tech in Motion Chicago’s next event and make sure to join our official meetup group!

Meet our techies: Tech in Motion LA’s Elixir Mixer, co-hosted with General Assembly

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This past winter, Tech in Motion LA, alongside General Assembly LA, hosted a successful and very social networking mixer in Santa Monica. The space was packed with tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs drinking, eating and conversing – and Tech in Motion would like to introduce you to a few of them.

Three guests of the evening were surveyed about their involvement in the LA tech scene.

Saman, an insider in the music industry, stated he’s looking for next big thing in music technology: “I’d like to foresee the second Napster so I can be involved in it, so I can facilitate it”.

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“I’m involved in the tech community by working, contributing, and trying to make the community grow larger and more important,” said David Pearl, who is a frequent Tech in Motion guest.matt

Saif Rahman, CEO & Executive Producer of Mobile First Entertainment mentioned that for him, “It started from an entertainment background….actors & producers got into tech and realized entertainment is going mobile…trying to create original entertainment to be seen on mobile devices”.

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The attendees represented all different areas of the LA tech community, connecting with one another over a shared industry interest. Among all the tech chatter, a highlight of the evening was also the connection made between a guest seeking a Python developer and one of our sponsors, Jobspring Partners.

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This networking mixer was one of the most popular events Tech in Motion LA has had to date. Join the meetup group here to stay up to date on all things Tech in Motion in LA!

How Big Data will change travel, forever.

“Big Data”… it’s a small term that makes a big impact on hundreds of companies’ bottom line and on nearly every industry you can name. We’ve all heard the term, though not all of us claim to know what it is. I personally feel that “Big Data” is becoming a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot like the word “expert” or say “Growth Hacker” these days. So to set you straight, in this article you will learn once and for all what Big Data is, if it’s even supposed to be capitalized, and how it will finally revolutionize the travel industry once and for all.

By definition Big Data means any collection of data sets so large and complex that they become difficult to process using traditional data processing applications.* What this means to laypersons is that Big Data is the art of using machines to sort through giant piles of information that we couldn’t otherwise analyze ourselves. Got it now? This relatively new frontier in technology has revolutionized literally every industry from software to national security, yet no one company has truly tapped into how using Big Data could revolutionize the way we travel, until recently.

How pathetic is it that we book our travel in pretty much the same way we did in 1998? We search online through many websites to find the best deal, then we cross-reference our choice across multiple review sites and start over if we don’t like what we see. That’s no fun, and if you’re a frequent traveler it’s a huge headache. If you actually look at the Hotels.com’s homepage in 2005 (below), the website looked exactly the same as hotel websites look today. It’s sad that it’s not even outdated in 2014.

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So, there are two main types of data, structured and unstructured; what Big Data companies do is try to utilize both sets to improve the lives of their customers. Structured Data is kind of self-explanatory, it’s data that’s organized and categorized in a manageable way. Unstructured data however, is information that doesn’t have a pre-defined model…and is kind of just floating around the world without purpose or plan. For example, the NSA  use very big data sets of email, video chat, photos and more to determine who is a national threat and who’s a normal chitchatter. OLSET, where I work, is trying to revolutionize how we all book travel by doing this, in a much less shady way.

At OLSET, we extrapolate structured data in the form of users’ previous booking information and organize it to automatically create a profile for travelers that we can match hotels against. We then grab unstructured data from all over the web in the form of social posts/comments related to hotels/travel and millions of traveler review sentiments. Need to be sure that the wifi is great? We’ve got you covered. Need a hotel with a good business center, a good gym and free parking? No problem! We feed all that data into an algorithm that ranks hotels based on percentage match to the user’s exact preferences saving them the hassle of having to do the heavy lifting themselves.

Cool huh? We think so too, and we’ve even started powering smart hotel booking on a host of partners websites and apps. Big Data has allowed OLSET to cut down hotel booking times from an average of 1 hour  to under 10 seconds.**** OLSET is quickly changing the travel game and becoming the online personal travel assistant of the future,  analyzing historical data and matching hotels and reviews to users’ exact preferences.  We believe this is the future of all search, not just travel booking. Applications will begin to do more of the heavy lifting for users and learn more about us as we use them. Why not give Big Data a try today yourself? Go to www.OLSET.com  and sign up for free to begin creating your traveler profile and see what hotels OLSET recommends for your next trip. Oh, and you should always capitalize Big Data because Wikipedia says so!

See OLSET and several other travel-industry tech experts demo their programs at the Tech + Travel Drinks & Demos in San Francisco on May 22nd.

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About the author: Andrew Lee Miller is the Marketing Director of OLSET and has worked with different startups around the world for the past 7+ years. After obtaining an International Business degree from BGSU Andrew moved to Mexico where he set up the Online Marketing department for what is now Mexico’s largest tourism conglomerate. Most recently though, he was Head of Marketing for the Middle East’s largest classifieds site, which was acquired in 2010 and after, a major ecommerce site that was acquired by LivingSocial. Andrew loves all aspects of marketing early stage startups and arguing about growth strategies.

 

 

 

  • * Source: Wikipedia
  • **Source: The Wayback Machine
  • ***Source: U.S Travel Association
  • ****Source: Internal user testing and surveys

Recap: San Francisco’s Spring Networking Mixer

On April 24th, over 200 of San Francisco’s Tech in Motion members joined together at 111 Minna to swap business cards and share their insight on all things tech.  As the picture below demonstrates, it was a busy night full of techies connecting.  One of the interesting elements of the night was the number of members visiting from out of town, and even out of the country!  The tech movement in San Francisco seems to be spreading internationally, as people are eager to completely relocate their lives because of how big the city is growing on the worldwide tech scene.

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We had the pleasure to meet Gianni Teixeira, from São Paulo in Brazil, who moved to San Francisco because she was experiencing many limitations in the technology industry in her home country.

“The growing tech companies are so concentrated in SF and it is so easy to find new partners or learn about a new technologies. “ Gianna said, following up with how she felt to have found the Spring Networking Mixer. “The tech event was an amazing opportunity to be connected with people that work in the same area as me or they can put me in contact with companies that could be a good network to me.”

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She expressed how amazed she was by “the opportunities that can come up in anywhere. People are so open-minded!” All in all Gianni’s favorite part of the night was how easy it was to make new connections.  She stated, “The name tags helped me a lot. The drinks and food were good topics to initiate a conversation.”

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We also asked some people why they are looking to stay in San Francisco.  The majority of our members had several reasons such as good weather, friendly people, good companies, and also how beautiful San Francisco is.  Silicon Valley was also mentioned a lot, as people are attracted to the concentration of important tech companies like Facebook and Google.  Questions like “what do you do?”, “what company do you work for or did you work for?” as well as “what brought you to this event tonight?” were circling in the air.

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Tech in Motion’s sponsor, Microsoft, was the biggest hit that evening, especially with their free giveaways. Their portable chargers, for the on-the-go tech enthusiast, was the hot item everyone wanted to take home.  Microsoft also spent the night demoing Outlook at their display table, where people were able to have questions answered by a Microsoft engineer expert right at their fingertips!

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All in all, it was the tech connection event to be at. Join Tech in Motion San Francisco to get on the invite list for the next big networking event.

Where to Live in Silicon Valley’s Booming Tech Market

Article by: Scott Purcell, Dan Urbaniack & Jason Cooper of Jobspring Silicon Valley

If you were to ask the average American what they picture when they hear Silicon Valley, they’d probably say the big names like Google in Mountain View, Apple in Cupertino, and the Stanford/Palo Alto lifestyle they saw in The Social Network. While these may be the landmarks people outside of California have come to know as the epicenter of technology, Silicon Valley has become a sprawling and growing landscape represented across the bay area. With Google and Apple buying up office space left and right in their respective cities, and companies like Palantir seemingly doing the same in Palo Alto, tech startups are often forced to find other cities to call home.

But let’s say you want to move to the Silicon Valley; where do you start? Which areas were popular in the past and where is it hot spot now? Where will you be most profitable? Where are the startups and the big name companies located? Being in the tech recruiting space, we have all had ample experience in this market. Hopefully, with our knowledge, you’ll be able to find your perfect location to get the most out of Silicon Valley.

Many people consider the Silicon Valley to be the technologically-savvy region ranging from San Mateo, California to San Jose. As Scott stated in a previous post, the area is booming and salaries are higher than ever. However, there is a serious concern throughout the Valley– where do people live? How does anyone outside of the top dog execs or the plain lucky afford to live a comfortable life when an average one bedroom apartment goes for $2,100 a month? Where do the folks working the lower-salary tech jobs go?

Since the recession in 2010 things have slowly begun to change. A blazing hot startup and IPO market pushed salaries to record level highs, and with that market, housing prices have also risen. It has become incredibly difficult to purchase a home in the region. The local real estate market is selling faster than ever, thus driving rental prices higher and making it difficult for those not making the top bucks to live comfortably within their means.

Surprisingly, Downtown San Jose housing seems to be plateauing at a reasonable price through this real estate resurgence. There are multiple new apartments, offices, and entertainment spaces being built in the area, and there seems to be a lot of room to expand; which begs the question, how will all of this growth affect the cost of living and the economy of the region as a whole?

The Palo Alto area has had the largest growth in the Bay Area between the Summer of 2012 to Summer of 2013; while over the last three years, Santa Clara County has become the second fastest-growing county in California. One of the major reasons for the rapid population growth is the above average regional job growth.

Let’s look at some of the local players within 5 miles of Palo Alto:

  • Apple, located in Cupertino: whose stock over the last three years has grown from $422/share to $580/share, while hitting a high of +$700/share during that time period
  • Google, Mountain View: 2010 – $610/share, 2013 – $1105/share (high-water mark)
  • Tesla, Palo Alto: 2010 – $22/share, 2013 -$150/share, with a high +/- $200/share
  • HortonWorks, Palo Alto: Founded in 2011 and still pre-IPO has received almost $100 million in funding.

So why are those numbers so important? They are directly correlated with opportunity. The common denominator for the candidates that we speak to everyday are: stability, cutting-edge technology, and an opportunity for growth. Silicon Valley is the 21st century’s American Dream- the combination of professional growth, premier technology companies, mild winters and gorgeous summers makes the region, and specifically Palo Alto, an ideal place to begin or jump start your career. Not to mention salaries that are reminiscent of the “.Com Era”.

However, this rapid expansion has created a predictable but not-so-easy to solve problem: where can we put everyone? Forget about office space or commercial real estate issues for a minute and let’s just look at living situations. On November 5th, the voters of Palo Alto overturned a council approval for the development of 60 apartments and 12 single-family homes. The approved plan allowed housing developers to exceed zoning regulations for public benefit. The constituents of Palo Alto don’t see it this way. They think the area is overpopulated, extremely dense, and parking is a nightmare. Check out this quote from a commenter on a recent article about Measure D, the aforementioned Palo Alto proposal

The damage is done and maneuvering downtown with wall-to-wall people and cars is disgusting. I’m so disappointed in this city and walk around frustrated every day I walk out my front door. I can’t drive down my street to get to my house between 3pm – 6pm, we can’t park in front of our house because all of the downtown employees, I sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and riding our bikes through all of this traffic is getting more dangerous…” -Downtown Palo Alto Resident – Link

The Peninsula has become an attractive place to set up shop. Available homes and office spaces in areas like Redwood City, San Mateo, Belmont, and San Bruno are popular choices. The rent in this region of the Bay Area is comparable and cheaper than many of the other surrounding areas. It’s no secret that there is a shortage of qualified engineering talent out there. By living in the Peninsula, more transportation options, including public, becomes a possibility. The location is fairly central to people commuting from all directions. For example, the growing populace of tech work in Redwood City and San Francisco is just a short Cal-Train ride away. Want to go south? Taking the 280 to San Mateo or San Jose is a much more attractive option to avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic found on one the most highly congested freeways in America.

For many of the same reasons, in addition to the number of bridges, certain cities in the east bay, like Fremont, are also becoming more popular. Granted, Palo Alto does have a certain associated appeal, but there are many so many advantages to moving 7-10 miles up the Peninsula that they just cannot be ignored.

Which Bay Area location sparked your interest? Did you find any insight to the area where you already live? Leave your comments and questions below!

Recap: Gaming Demos & Drinks in NYC

On Tuesday, April 15th Tech in Motion: NYC held their first Gaming Demos and Drinks event among the communal tables of Midtown Manhattan’s Reichenbach Hall. The event brought together over 200 attendees and five different gaming and entertainment startups, including Arkadium, Winafy, Total Cinema 360, Muse Games and Tinybop, for an evening of refreshments, networking and tech chatter.

From founders and CTOs to IT professionals and tech enthusiasts, the attendees flowed in expectantly, were greeted by the Tech in Motion staff and checked-in for the event. Guests then had the opportunity to check out the five startups demoing throughout the evening, grab an authentic German beer, and mingle with fellow attendees.

Here is a little bit more about the companies that came out to demo their products:

Arkadium:

If you’ve played a game online in the last 10 years, it was probably one of Arkadium’s.  Founded in 2001, Arkadium has become the trusted gaming partner of the largest brands in the world and served billions of game plays to millions of users around the globe.  Microsoft, CNN, AOL and hundreds of partners worldwide have made Arkadium’s games, their games – increasing their user satisfaction, time spent and bottom line as a result.  Arkadium’s impressive portfolio of over 300 games has something for everyone.  From crossword to motor-cross, mahjongg to mini-golf, Arkadium knows games.

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Winafy:

Winafy is the Mint.com for online sports bettors and real-money fantasy players. The Winafy platform provides players with a holistic view into their activity and real-time performance analytics across sites. Winafy is the first platform to ‘sync’ with a player’s online accounts, providing fully automated tracking.

Based in New York City, Winafy provides the next-generation bet tracking platform, and is aiming to bring real-time data, tools and technology to the aid of sports gaming market participants world-wide.

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Total Cinema 360:

Total Cinema 360 was founded in 2013 by filmmakers Craig Gilbert and Adrian Vasquez de Velasco in order to create narrative live-action experiences for virtual reality headsets.  After establishing its 360° video and audio production services, the company added Oculus engineer and technology strategist Alex Grau and launched its desktop player software in September 2013. The update, released in April, represents the most comprehensive multimedia suite for experiencing live-action content on VR headsets on the market to date.

Click to read more here about The Case for Virtual Reality Cinema, since Tech in Motion OC was fortunate enough to interview Craig and Adrian in April before the NYC event.

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Muse Games:

Muse Games is an independent game development studio in New York City powered by the Unity engine. They’re a passionate bunch of game makers who enjoy playing, taking creative risks and thinking about ways to push games forward.  Muse’s goal is to offer great service to their players, just like the best hotels and restaurants. Their latest game Guns of Icarus Online is an award winning airship combat game set in a post-apoclyptic Steampunk world on Steam.

Tinybop:

Tinybop is a Brooklyn-based studio of designers, engineers and artists building educational iOS apps for kids. Their first app, The Human Body, has had 4.9 million downloads and reached the #1 spot on the App Store’s education charts in 146 countries. It was also chosen as one of Apple’s best of 2013. Their second app is scheduled to be released in May.

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The evening was a big success and enjoyable for everyone involved! Big thanks to our continued sponsors who helped make this event a success: Workbridge Associates, Jobspring Partners and Microsoft.

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Women in Tech Panel in Silicon Valley

On the 26th of March, I had the opportunity to attend an amazing panel called Women In Tech, which was held by Tech in Motion – Silicon Valley. Since March was recently dubbed Women’s History Month, there was no better way to celebrate it than this discussion, especially in Silicon Valley. This event rallied over 300 diverse attendees to gather at The Art Institute of California – Sunnyvale. This amazing venue even welcomed the guests with an array of appetizers from their culinary students (delicious).

After settling in, we were introduced to the panel by Perri Blake Gorman, CEO of Archive.ly, who would weave the conversations throughout the night, from the panelist responses to questions from the crowd. As if the number of attendees wasn’t impressive enough, the panel included some of the brightest women in the tech space of today. This panel included: Kimber Lockhart, Director of Engineering at Box, Sophia Perl, Director of Product Management for Mobile Ads at Yahoo!Lisa Falzone, CEO and co-founder of Revel SystemsMarissa Louie, Principal Designer at Yahoo!, and Ewa Ding, Director of UX.

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Perri started the discussion by asking the panel about their early experiences in business from the good, bad, and ugly, which is not to be confused with the Clint Eastwood classic. It was interesting how different these women’s experiences were, as they came from all different areas of business from the client side to the entrepreneurship side. One of the first to share her experiences was Kimber Lockhart, who started her own company very young.

“I caught the entrepreneurship bug while in college,” said Kimber. For her, catching this bug meant co-founding Increo, a web-based service that allows users to share and review documents in a secure space, which was acquired by Box in 2009. This is an amazing accomplishment as Box is one of the leaders in scalable content-sharing and has just filed for a $250M IPO.

Some early business experiences were very different for other panelists. Both Lisa and Marissa found out firsthand how difficult it was to break into the tech space as a bright woman. Lisa said that she didn’t realize there was sexism until she entered the business world, and as a female tech designer, Marissa didn’t foresee the obstacles she’d face either.

”I never thought I was going to face challenges growing up,” Marissa recalled about her past. “I’ve been asked on dates when trying to have meetings with a VC, which is totally disrespectful.”

These adversities didn’t slow down these women one bit, however; Lisa moved on to become CEO and co-founder of Revel, and Marissa became a Principal Designer at Yahoo.

Kimber remembers being one of the few women in her companies and using that to her advantage starting out her career. “I also stuck out, like a sore thumb; it helps to step out and be unique,” said Kimber.

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In the same conversation on women’s empowerment, Lisa agreed that in order for women to get their name out there and be recognized in the tech space, women have to be supportive. “If we want more women with power, they need to help out other women,” Lisa stated. In such a competitive market, women should focus on bringing more women into the IT world, for the sake of gender equality in the workplace. This is not to be mistaken for a “girls club” or an anti-male movement, but instead an equal opportunity push.

Gender diversity should be at the core of every business strategy, giving organizations well-rounded teams to help solve any creative problem. In a recent article by Fast Company, gender diversity starts with the people. “Change must come from both individuals and institutions,” the article states. “While many initiatives have focused on providing women the skills to more successfully navigate organizational environments, organizations must also hold themselves accountable to prioritize the support and development of a more diverse workforce.”

Not to mention, only 1.3% of founders at privately held, venture-backed companies are women, as stated by a Dow Jones article. This low percentage shows that women in the startup community should work together and make gender equality a priority. Should parents start encouraging their daughters to go into the tech space or should we leave it up to the school systems to promote women in IT? These are the conversations we should start having with friends, family and co-workers. The workplace has changed drastically from boomers to the current millennials coming out of school. Women in tech are disrupting the workplace and this gender equality is way overdue.

As one of the few males in attendance, I really got a better understanding of the challenges these women faced getting their foot in the door. It has opened my eyes to #WomenInTech and I strongly stand behind this movement, the future of women in tech, and for gender equality in the workplace. Special thanks to the entire panel for sharing your stories and to Tech in Motion for hosting the event.

PS: After the event I got to chat with Marissa Louie who was super nice and inspiring! Thanks for taking the time to chat and also thanks for the #selfie =)

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Please join Tech in Motion Silicon Valley for your invitation to events like Women in Tech.

From Russian Linguist to CTO: A Recap of Philadelphia’s First Fireside Chat

On Wednesday, March 26, Tech in Motion Philadelphia hosted their first ever fireside chat at CityCoHo Philly Nexus with Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Richard Bunker of the Neat Company. Led by Christopher Wink of Technically Philly, the conversation covered Bunker’s journey from Russian Linguist to successful CTO, with a healthy dose of insight into the future of the Neat Company.

“I was paying to go to school for Russian literature by doing jobs as a programmer for Polaroid and Pepsi,” Bunker said about his beginnings, “and I discovered there are better paying jobs as a programmer than there are as a Russian literature student.”

Bunker’s path to CTO was never a straight line, but instead a varied path that included positions such as managing director, president and CIO. His first leadership gig was at SEI, as Vice President over about 50 software developers, followed by a stint as CIO for Procurian.

“CIO’s don’t become CEOs, so I made the move to the front office,” said Bunker of his transition to a Chief Technology Officer position.

Bunker leads the tech department as CTO of the Neat Company, which offers an integrated system of software, hardware, cloud services and mobile applications that allows users to perfectly scan documents and manage them in Quick Books, Constant Contact or other programs. Neat’s technology recognizes the type of document that is scanned with their hardware and intelligently parses the data accordingly.

“We’re going to keep selling hardware. We have groovy scanners,” Bunker acknowledged, “but the value is in our software…And I went to high school in the seventies; I’m allowed to say groovy!”

A little known fact about the Neat Company is that they process 12.5 Lowes receipts per minute, according to Bunker. Anyone with a small business has receipts and is going to keep scanning them. While Bunker believes this could be done directly with an in-browser application, Neat’s clients still prefer the mobile app.

“A lot of the hard stuff – synchronize, categorize, move things around – is going to move to the cloud,” said Bunker, indicating that the mobile app would soon become just a thin app. “We’re operating a cloud business at scale.”

When the conversation turned from cloud services to the Philadelphia tech scene, Bunker was full of optimism for the city, citing the high number of students and how the money made when companies are sold stays in the area as the former founders begin new startups. Neat Company even sponsored a code camp recently to give back, but Bunker sees the real growth for the community coming in the future.

“We are hiring people and we are doing things very close to what you would find in Silicon Valley,” Bunker told the audience. “These skills are becoming part of the community; those skills become a part of Philadelphia.”

While Chris Wink was a stimulating moderator for the conversation, Bunker inspired quite a queue of technologists waiting to speak with him after the Q & A wrapped up. Beforehand, he left the crowd with a phrase that has become his mantra.

“I try to say yes when people ask me to do things,” Bunker said with a smile.

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In addition to an educational evening from Bunker and Wink’s dialogue, guests also enjoyed bites from the Corner Foodery and beer donated by Shawnee Craft Brewing Company. CityCoHo graciously donated their space for networking and the fireside chat, as well.

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Thank you to sponsors Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates, who made the event possible.To join the Philadelphia chapter of Tech in Motion, please sign up here.

2014: The Year of the Tech War for Talent – Aftermath

Tech in Motion is proud to say that on Tuesday, March 18, at the Microsoft NERD Center, our Boston chapter hosted its second largest event to date: “2014: The Year of the Tech War for Talent”, an innovative tech hiring panel. It was the event to be at for those who have ever wondered what hiring managers are really looking for when they make their hires. The panel consisted of representatives from three different arenas of the tech hiring race – a startup, an enterprise, and an IT recruiting firm.

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As attendees started shuffling in you could hear the buzz of lively tech talk throughout the two floors that make up the Commons space.  Between bites of pizza, pasta and salad, techies were discussing hiring tips, past experiences, and excitement for the panel they were about to hear.

That panel was made up of Chris Chiodo, Director of Engineering at Tapjoy, Kimberly Morgan, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Sapient, and Phill Perkins, Division Manager of Jobspring Partners. The discussion was moderated by Tech in Motion vet and Microsoft MVP, Talbot Crowell, Chief Software Architect at Third Millennium, Inc.

Once everyone was settled in their seats, it was time to start the panel.  After brief introductions from each panelist, Talbott dove right into the discussion.  The panel covered a wide variety of topics including experience vs. degree, interviews, resumes, ideal hiring situations, recruiters, screening processes, turnoffs and interview questions.

Some major takeaways from the panel are:

  • Be truthful on your P1260829resume while keeping it short and concise.
  • It helps to look presentable during an interview whether it’s in person or via Skype.
  • Get on Github.
  • Show initiative and be excited in your interview.
  • Tell your references that they are in fact, your reference, and they should be expecting calls.
  • Once you walk into an office, you are interviewing.
  • 60% of hires tend to come from recruiters
  • If you don’t know something in an interview, DO NOT LIE about it.
  • It’s okay for you to have a list of ‘Must Haves’ during an interview.

All three panelists shared some funny hiring horror stories at the conclusion of questioning.  If you’ve ever had a bad interview, we promise these will make you feel a lot better.

[We were hiring a programmer one time and he had met with quite a few managers who were all on the fence with him.  Some had really positive interviews, the other said 100% NO.  We ended up hiring the guy and three days into work he was caught downloading pornography, smoking in the bathroom, and was abusing work policies.  Needless to say we learned to start trusting the NO’s a whole lot more.]
– Chris

[A month ago we flew in this guy for a face to face interview and some tests.  He arrived in our offices and went to go sit in the Java Bean, our waiting area café.  He had received a phone call and when the office coordinator approached him to let him know it was his time, he put his finger up.  She waited quietly for him to finish and when he did he said, “Please do not interrupt me while I’m on the phone.”  He wasn’t invited back.]
 – Kim

[I placed a guy one time at a brewery.  Apparently when you have a drinking problem, a brewery is the last place you should be working.  This guy would leave in the middle of the day to go drink the free beer.]
– Phill

Following the panel, the three speakers took questions from the audience.  Inspired by what had been discussed the audience came up with some amazing questions that sparked further conversation between the panelists. Once the official panel discussion concluded, a large number of audience members pushed their way to the front of the room to see if they could get one on one time with our speakers.  It was definitely one of the most inspirational and thought-provoking events Boston has had.

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We want to send out a big thank you to all of our speakers for their participation, Talbott for moderating, the NERD Center for hosting us, and our sponsors Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners.   Please join Tech in Motion: Boston to hear about our upcoming events!