Third Annual Timmy Awards Now Accepting Nominations for 2017’s Best in Tech

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Tech in Motion invites the tech community to choose the top IT employers in North America

(July 11, 2017) – Tech in Motion, one of North America’s largest tech event series, is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 Timmy Awards. The Timmys recognize companies and managers that create the best places for technology professionals to work in 10 major cities, with past finalists such as Jet, Venmo, Facebook and Pandora. The awards program will accept submissions here today through August 14.

“While there are dozens of award ceremonies recognizing companies for technological advancements, the Timmy Awards aim to celebrate the employers and managers that make this growth possible,” says Mandy Walker, Director of Marketing at Tech in Motion and Motion Recruitment Partners. “Since the Timmy Awards were created in 2015, over 400 finalists have been celebrated for creating work environments that enable innovation in the technology spheres of various industries.”

For companies or managers in the communities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County & San Diego and Toronto, the public can submit nominations for any of the four Timmy Award categories this year:

On August 21, Tech in Motion will announce the Timmy Award finalists for each region and kick off the voting period, which will officially be open to the public until September 8.  Winners will be selected through a combination of votes from the tech community and a panel of local judges. For a comprehensive description of the awards, nomination and voting process, please check out the Timmy Awards here.

Award winners will be announced at a live ceremony in each city during the month of September, with presentations from leaders in the tech community. The Timmy Awards Ceremony is a free event open to the public. To find out additional event details on the Timmy Awards nearest you, visit techinmotionevents.com.

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The 2017 Timmy Awards: What to Expect

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Two years ago, Tech in Motion set out to recognize (and celebrate) the best employers for tech professionals in North America through the Timmy Awards. In 2016 alone, the Timmy’s saw more than 2,000 companies nominated and over 83,000 votes cast to name each city’s “Best Technology Manager,” “Best Tech Startup,” and “Best Tech Work Culture.” The Timmy Awards has featured national household names such as Dollar Shave Club, TripAdvisor, Instacart, and Venmo, as well as dozens of local heroes that make each community successful. In pursuit of the same level of success, this year, Tech in Motion is making a few changes to improve the entire award series from the nomination process all the way through to event night. To learn what these changes are, check out the 2017 Timmy Awards FAQ below!

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When will the 2017 Timmy Awards take place?

In the past, the Timmy Awards were spread throughout the year in 10 different regions. This year, the award ceremonies will all take place in the month of September, bringing together our cities in a unified effort to showcase the best employers for technical employees. Every one of the 10 cities will hold a Timmy Award ceremony within a few weeks of each other.

Who can attend? The Timmy Awards is still a free event that is open to the public, not only to attend, but also to submit nominations for. This award series is an amazing opportunity to gain exposure for any companies or individuals in the tech community, and in order to keep it in the local community, we want anyone who is invested in the future of tech in your city to attend, including tech professionals, managers, entrepreneurs, and founders.

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Which awards are presented?

Tech in Motion began with three award categories: Best Tech Manager, Best Tech Startup, and Best Tech Work Culture. This year, Tech in Motion decided to add an additional award category: the Best Tech Workplace for Diversity award. The goal of the original Timmy Awards categories was to recognize companies not just for their use or development of technology, but also for their investment in the people that make technology possible, which the new award category rewards.

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Below are the criteria by which each of the Timmy Awards winners are selected in each category:

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How will the nomination process run in 2017?

Nominations will be open from July 5th to August 14th for 10 regions (Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, Orange County, LA, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco). Nominations will be open to the public to nominate a company or person that creates the best work environment for technology professionals to work in 1 or all 4 award categories. Additionally, as previous years, nominations will continue to be a two-part process. To be eligible as a finalist for any category, it is required to fill out and complete Part 1 and 2 of the nomination forms. However, we are now automating this process, which means that once you complete Part 1 of the nomination form and are eligible to become a nominee, you should receive an automated email within 24 hours prompting you to complete Part 2.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 2017 Timmy Awards, as a sponsor, MC, venue host, etc., please contact your local Tech in Motion chapter.

Read about the 2016 Timmy Awards held in various regions by clicking the links below:

New Partnership: Verizon Wireless + Tech in Motion

Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. wireless communications service, broadband, and telecommunications company, and Tech in Motion Events, a national event series with over 60,000 members, have recently announced a new arm of their partnership in order to create a short-run, custom event series with the goal of bringing interesting material and speakers to Tech in Motion members across the country.

 

Taking place in four major U.S. cities between March and June 2016, the two companies are expounding on the relationship between user experience and the digital age. Attendees can expect to learn from executives at local and national companies that offer consumer-facing products.  Kicking off last month in New York City with a tech talk, the event series will travel to San Francisco in May, before concluding with two June events in Boston and Chicago.

See more photos of New York’s UI/UX event on Tech in Motion’s Facebook page.

User experience (UX) is becoming ever-more synonymous with customer experience and this has led many companies to value UX as a very high priority. With this in mind, it made sense to both parties to create UX-focused content in order to educate Tech in Motion members and local tech communities across the United States.

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For Verizon, this partnership is a way to increase awareness of the new technologies that the company is working on, clarify what they are doing to increase the ease of in-person and online consumer experiences, gain insight into the brand’s public perception, and finally, help foster these local tech groups across the United States.

 

“I think the community we’re both trying to foster aligned perfectly and it was a natural fit to build and grow out a series that the tech community really values,” says Phil Burrows, a Verizon external communications coordinator and the person who has spearheaded the long-running partnership. “In partnering with Tech in Motion for the last two years [the experience has] been great. They really understand their audience and deliver highly engaging events which allow us to connect directly with the tech community. It’s hard to get that with other partnerships.”

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For Tech in Motion, a partnership with Verizon brings diverse voices together across the nation to discuss the universal effect that user experience has on the consumer. For those not lucky enough to catch these discussions, this partnership also opens the door for additional custom event series with blue chip companies in the near future.

 

“We are excited to partner with an industry leader in the wireless space that’s making big strides in the user experience industry, and we could not be more excited to have Verizon share their knowledge, insight, and strategies with our membership,” says Mandy Walker, the Senior Manager of Marketing & Events with Tech in Motion.

 

“In the past, we’ve done these types of partnerships with a few other big names such as Microsoft and Blackberry, and in my experience, our community has responded well and learned a lot. We’re extremely happy to continue these types of partnerships with Verizon and with other large companies moving forward.”

 

These events will not only touch on all things UX, but will cover a gamut of topics including:

  • the collection and implementation of data in order to improve design
  • the intersection of user experience and network infrastructure
  • a look at the future of UX

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Each panel event will include executives with backgrounds in user experience, data science, and/or network infrastructure that work in companies ranging from large corporate to small startups. The panels are aimed to be balanced with knowledge across all areas of discussion and include panelists that are thought leaders in their own respective fields. They are geared for a wide audience and will not be over-technical.

Attend an event on UI/UX design or other tech topics in a city near you.

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Tech Trivia Tuesday: Asked & Answered

This summer, Tech in Motion Boston hosted the second annual Tech Trivia Night with over 150 local tech enthusiasts at WeWork South Station amid networking, drinks and pizza. Questions ranged from “What does Yahoo! stand for?” to “What does 143 mean in pager code?” Tech in Motion tried your knowledge of local Boston tech companies, tested visual recognition with a logo round, and even threw in a “Throwback Tech” round in honor of #TBT.

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If you weren’t able to make it, here are the questions from the event. Is your tech knowledge up to snuff? Let us know in the comments below!

Round 1: Logos

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Round 2: Tech Giants

  1. Who was the first person to invest in Google?
  2. What does Yahoo! stand for?
  3. What was AOL’s original business/ service?
  4. What year did Microsoft ship Windows 1.0?
  5. In 2014, what was the number one trending search on Google?

Round 3: Boston Tech

  1. Disney invested $250 Million in what Boston based company this year?
  2. According to the 2015 MA State of Technology Report, women employed in technical roles throughout MA have grown by what percent since 2009?
  3. The founder of this MA based company earned three degrees from MIT (1951, 1952, and 1956).
  4. The CEO of what MA-based company believes the best ideas come from naps and created nap rooms at the company headquarters?
  5. What was the name of the first digital computer, created by MIT, in 1928

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Round 4: Throwback Tech #TBT

  1. What does 143 mean in pager code?
  2. First used by Kevin McAllister as a prop in the hit film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, THIS GADGET was later released in 1993 to tween consumers everywhere.
  3. In what year was the World Wide Web introduced to the public?
  4. What does Nintendo mean in Japanese?
  5. Although Sony debuted the first portable CD player in 1984, it wasn’t until CDs became ultra-mainstream in the ’90s that THIS TECH took off.

Bonus Round:

Name as many Tech in Motion panelists, demo companies, and sponsors from the past YEAR as you can in the next 5 minutes!

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Round 1- Logos
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Round 2- Tech Giants
Q1- Andy Bechtolsheim
Q2- Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle
Q3- Online gaming
Q4- 1985
Q5- Robin Williams

Round 3- Boston Tech
Q1- DraftKings
Q2- 21%
Q3- Bose Corporation
Q4- Hubspot
Q5- Whirlwind

Round 4- Throwback Tech
Q1- I Love You
Q2- Talkboy
Q3- 1991
Q4- Leave Luck to Heaven
Q5- Discman

At the end of the night, the trivia event totaled four rounds, worth 20 points total, plus a final bonus round. The competition was fierce, but a few tech connoisseurs came out on top: Congratulations to our winners, “Three guys, One girl,” with a special shout out to the runners up from Metis Communications, “Meetus and Potatoes.” Come to the next Tech in Motion Boston event; join on Meetup here.

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A Fireside Chat with Hubspot: All about Company Culture

Tech in Motion Boston hosted a Fireside Chat with HubSpot this winter at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA, featuring VP of Engineering Eric Richard and VP of Product Brad Coffey. Moderating the conversation was Stephanie Viccari, a Rails Developer at MeYouHealth, which was awarded “The Best Startup to Work For” in 2014 by the Boston Globe.

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The evening began with an hour of networking and food provided by Boston’s popular food truck, The Chicken and Rice Guys, before the Fireside Chat took off. Stephanie started the discussion by asking our panelists about the beginning of their time at Hubspot and how they got involved in the recently IPO’d company.

Networking HourBrad told the audience about how he got his start at HubSpot as an intern, and how the company was founded out of MIT – where he earned his MBA. CEO Brian Halligan met the CTO, Dharmesh Shah, there. Brian had a “playbook” at the time, which helped companies he had previously worked with. When it came to HubSpot, he found it wasn’t working, so he took a step back to reevaluate. They came up with the idea of an “all-in-one software solution” that could bring their ideas together and resonate well with the customers. This idea flourished and has led HubSpot to where it is today.

The discussion then flowed into the topic of company culture and what its like to work at Hubspot.

“The key part of HubSpot was that it wasn’t about just a company when it first started, it was about how we wanted to create a culture,” Eric explained. “So we created the ‘culture code’ which asks the question ‘How do you think about culture as a company?’”

“You want to make sure that the teams and individuals have autonomy so they are making mistakes and thriving.” Brad added. “You want to empower the engineers to do work. You’re there to serve the people who make the magic.”

This topic sparked a great discussion between Brad and Eric, who both agreed that if you make sure the people who work for you are empowered, you will have a successful company.

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“Although we do spend a lot of time making sure our people are empowered, we also structure the ‘guard rails,'” said Eric. “We do something called a ‘Science Fair’ once every month which is a way for everyone at the company to show their products and projects off. Everyone get a few minutes in front of the room to present their work.”

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This conversation continued into some of the difficulties entrepreneurs can run into when starting and running a company. The Hubspot team made the point that it is hard creating the design and consistency you need as the building blocks and foundation to a new company. Eric and Brad then transitioned into the product teams and hiring process of engineers at HubSpot.

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“Cultural fit is the most important thing to our product teams. On the engineering side of things, we make sure the hiring process is fast and makes the candidate feel they are getting a customized experience throughout the interview.”

Stephanie opened up the room to questions after wrapping up the moderated discussion. The room immediately filled with raised hands as the audience was clearly intrigued and curious to hear more. Even after an extended Q&A, Eric, Brad and Stephanie continued answering questions and networking past the conclusion of the event. To be a part of the conversation, join the Boston Tech in Motion chapter here.

The Future of Mobile in Boston

On Tuesday, June 17th, the Boston chapter of Tech in Motion held an exciting tech talk that was all about mobile at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. The panel included some great mobile representatives from the Boston community, including Yoni Samlan, Head of Mobile at LevelUp, Dan Bricklin, Chief Technology Officer at Alpha Software, Greg Raiz, Founder and CEO of Raizlabs and Manny Elawar, a BlackBerry Developer Evangelist.

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The evening started with some food and networking before the panel convened to to discuss the topic at hand. To kick it off, the moderator Mark Eisenberg faced the panelists with the simple, but fitting question – where does the panel see the future of mobile going?

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The entire panel was in agreement that mobile phones are everywhere and they have become a common part of the average person’s everyday life. To illustrate the impact of mobile tech, Greg prompted the audience to raise their hands if they had a smart phone – and almost everyone had a hand in the air. Greg also mentioned how if you have a great idea, mobile apps make it easier to reach an entire population. Yoni spoke about being excited about wearable technology, predicting that they will seem as normal as a smart phone in the upcoming years.

From there, our moderator dove into other topics. There was the popular question of bringing your own device to work as opposed to having one supplied by the company. Many of the panel agreed that as smartphones advance, people would prefer to work on their own device due to the comfort and convenience of it being their own, personal device.  However, there is also the complication of security when dealing with high profile companies and projects.

Greg pulled from his own personal experience to say that “it’s important that my employers have the devices that they need in order to get their jobs done; [we want] to empower them to have the choice on what device they use”.

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Our panel then went into the discussion of creating mobile apps across various platforms; with the emergence of not only smartphones, but tablets as well. Several developers have to think of ways for the apps that they are creating to be supportive over all kinds of devices. Dan Bricklin spoke highly of using HTML5 to create apps.

“If you try to program an iOS without HTML5, you have to be a really good iOS developer,” Dan said. “It’s really good at a lot of business stuff, so you can build for a lot of different platforms.”

“For every enterprise you run into, you have a different legacy system and you have to put all the pieces together, which is the hardest part,” Manny chimed in. “So when we have a solution that allows developers to bring everything together, that is a great thing.”

Things got a little heated, however, when Greg wanted to mention that HTML5 isn’t the only way to go when creating applications. It is simply up to the reference of the developer.

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At the end of the discussion, Manny reflected again on how he feels mobile is going to be shaped.

“Everything is going to be connected, and there is going to be a new definition of mobile,” Manny commented.

Mobile will be defined differently in the sense that phones will still be the most important part – but new technological advances will change the way that we connect to stationary objects that we use every day. They are what will help redefine mobile. Manny gave an example that he hopes one day when he can get into a car, connect his phone, be able to adjust things like his radio preferences or whether he wants the windows open, all based on the information given from his mobile device.

Following the panel discussion, the 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. This panel definitely left the audience thinking about the future.

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

Tech Talk with Lose It!

This past spring, the Boston chapter of Tech in Motion hosted an exciting evening of demos and drinks based around green and health tech startups, including Lose It!, a weight loss application. Tech in Motion Boston took the time to sit down with Community Manager Whitney Klinkner of Lose It! to get the inside scoop on her company and the startup scene in Boston.

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Q: First off, can you give us a quick introduction to “Lose It!”?

Lose It! is a program that helps folks lose weight by managing their calories in and calories out- a pretty basic concept. We’ve taken it to the next level by making the calorie counting process as painless as possible. The app was started out as a way to make calorie counting easier (as opposed to the old fashioned way of pen and paper!). Then it got picked up for an Apple commercial back in 2008 which helped skyrocket the app and the company. We started off in Copley Square, but made the move to the seaport in 2012. When we moved there, we had about 5 people, and now we are at 12. We have more than doubled our size which is pretty exciting.

We just hit 32 million pounds lost with the app and right now we have about 19 million users; there are about a million people on average who are using the app regularly, which is great. We are consistently in the top 5 for the health and fitness store on iTunes.

Q: With over 19 million users and a team of only 12 people, did you guys find yourselves struggling to keep up with the demand of the app?

It’s actually not as hard as it might seem with our smaller team. When we first started out, the main idea was to get as many things done as soon as you could. Now with a bigger team, we are able to prioritize what needs to get done and have better control so things don’t fall through the cracks. With more people too we are able to give our users more of what they want; one big thing our users have loved is integrating our app with other devices like Fitbit and Nike Fuelband. Our CEO has always believed that a small group of hard working people can do extraordinary things – so that’s been our philosophy from day one. We are hiring a few more people and are excited to grow and accomplish even more!

Q: Just as a startup in general, were there things you found difficult?

One of the great things about Lose It! is that so many have heard about it through word of mouth. Our user growth has been huge, but managing the of the demands of all these people has been a bit of a challenge. We get hundreds of emails from users each week with items they’d like to see added to Lose It!; managing those expectations has been a bit difficult from where I sit. We’d love to implement everything under the sun to help folks to achieve their goals, but it’s just not feasible. We continue to grow and sustain the program in the way that we think makes sense while incorporating feedback from users to shape new features.

Q: Boston is becoming a great place for startups lately, so how do you like the idea of being a Boston startup?

I think being a startup in Boston is awesome. There are so many smart people here and lots of new graduates with all of these great ideas. Unfortunately a lot of these guys and girls go to the west coast after they graduate. I think we need to make the up and coming graduates more aware of all the cool things happening in the Boston start up scene so we can keep more or this new talent local. I know #DownloadBoston has been doing a great job of trying to let people know about local apps and having the city of Boston celebrate them, which I’d really like to see more of. We should feel proud the start up culture here in Boston.

Q: So you guys did a demo with Tech in Motion, do you see an importance to a meet up group like Tech in Motion for startups?

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One of our goals for this year was to go out for more community events like Tech in Motion. It’s a great way to get our name out there, and to meet new people in the Boston startup community. A lot of people didn’t realize we were here in Boston and so the exposure is great for us as a company. It’s also great to learn about other startups in the area and see what they are doing. We are all in the same boat trying to grow our companies. It’s great to make connections and help each other out when it makes sense.

Q: Final Question: can you leave some words of wisdom for those wanting to get into a startup?

I think that if you want to join a startup, you have to be prepared to work very hard and never have the attitude of “that’s not my job.” In my experience, you have to wear a lot of different hats, especially in the very early stages. No day is ever the same and you get a lot of exposure to parts of a business you’d never imagine. Once the company grows you can figure out which areas you really enjoy and sort of steer yourself in that direction, which I think is something you might not get if you started in a big company. I would recommend a start up to anyone who likes a challenge and and does not mind working hard.

Tech in Motion Boston Springs Forward: Demo & Drinks Recap

Springtime is a time for new beginnings and Tech in Motion Boston chose to celebrate the warm weather by hosting a demo and drinks event centered around health and green tech. Techies from all across Boston gathered at MJ O’Connor’s on Tuesday, April 29th to network, drink and meet some great companies who were out showcasing their green and health technologies.  PavlokLose it!Sol Power, and Energy Harvesters came out for the evening to show off their goods.

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After a brief networking session, the evening transitioned into our presentations. Pavlok presented a habit-forming bracelet, Lose It! is weight loss app, Sol Power offers charging stations and and Energy Harvesters allows users to charge mobile device batteries by walking.

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All of the presenters had 5 minutes to demo their product to the audience.  It was great to see all of the companies feeding off of one another.  Energy Harvesters saw an opportunity to position themselves after Sol Power by saying “Well if you’re ever not near a charging station, you have one of your own.”  Similarly Maneesh Sethi, creator of Pavlok said that if you need help to Lose it! simply wear his habit forming device that will shock you if you miss a day at the gym.

At the conclusion of the demos the attendees rushed the tables to get a closer look. It didn’t take long for Sol Power’s charging station to fill up with various mobile devices needing a charge.

Tentatively we tried Pavlok on ourselves. The shock isn’t as bad as one would think (think of it like a shock collar for dogs), but being shocked multiple times a day would definitely help break bad habits!

Lose It! had a lot of traffic at their table, after all they did bring some goodies along with them (tshirts, pint glasses, stickers) but according to one of our event coordinators, the app really does work!  She’s been using it for a few weeks now and is already seeing great results.

Buzz about Energy Harvester’s Walking Charger™ also filled the room, so it was clear that once the company can develop one for commercial use, they have at least 200 promised sales.

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Tech Talk

We asked our techies two questions related to the event, “In what areas of Green Tech do you think Boston could benefit most from?” and “What is your dream fitness/health app?”  Here’s what they had to say!

“Green up that transport! Hybrid taxis, green buses, solar-powered T etc…” – Adam S.

 

“Something that integrates with your brain/nerve/health system.” – Felix F.

 

“Increased efficiency of water reclamation because the infrastructure under us is scarily old.” – Anonymous Attendee

 

“Gain it! Opposite of Loseit! I realize it’s a minority but I need help gaining weight!” – Paul G.

No surprise but our most popular app answer was one that would do all of the work for you – and apparently Boston needs to clean up its transportation system!

We had a great night hanging out with everyone as usual. Again we want to thank our sponsors Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners.  You can view all of the photos from the event on our Facebook page and check us out on MeetUp to see what’s happening next!

 

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!

Recap: Women in Tech in Boston

“Let your freak flag fly!” – Christina Luconi, Rapid7’s CPO. A statement that resonated throughout the event with advice for being yourself, making things work for you, and getting yourself out there. Boston techies left with a slew of tips after the Women in Tech Panel at the NERD Center with Tech in Motion Boston.

Women in Tech Panel

Tech in Motion Boston wanted to celebrate Women in Tech, which is why they brought together a panel of five female tech leaders in the Boston area to discuss the latest trends surrounding women in technology. Moderated by Boston.com’s Business Content Producer, Laura Crimaldi, the panel consisted of:

  • Susan Buck, Co-Founder of the Women’s Coding Collective
  • Dana Artz, Executive Director at Intelligent.ly
  • Annette Arabasz, Chapter Leader at Girl Develop It: Boston and Creative Technologist at Mad*Pow
  • Swati Vakharia, Senior Director of Technology and Development at ESPN
  • Christina Luconi, Chief People Officer at Rapid7

Despite particularly heavy traffic, about 150 Boston Techies made it out to the Microsoft NERD Center to network and hear inspiring stories from the panel. After brief introductions, the panel discussed mentors, the state of women in tech today, and career advice.

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The panel unanimously agreed that today’s leaders need to plant seeds for the youth to learn, and that having mentors is a key factor in being successful. Everyone needs someone backing them up and that includes being your own cheerleader. Christina said “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will” and the entire panel agreed.

As far as the state of women in tech, although they had a great year, 2013 just wasn’t quite THE year. “We have traction, but our numbers [in the tech world] are still super low, it’s going to take time for that to catch up,” said Susan Buck of The WCC. One day, the panel hopes that there won’t be a need for panels like this one, and that female technologists can all just be. Annette hopes that one day “It won’t have to be ‘Girl Develop It,’ it can just be ‘Develop It’  and when that happens, we’ll know that women have made it.”

The ladies were full of career advice as well. Some key take away points were:

Be comfortable asking questions and don’t be afraid of asking for more money.

  • “I once accidentally asked for 20% more than what I meant and got it, made me realize how much I was undercutting myself.” – Susan

Network, network, network, it will only help, never hinder.

  • “Just do it, meet a lot of people!” – Dana Artz

If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you need to get one.

  • “People think that employers aren’t looking on social media these days, but they are, we will Google search you, and one of the first things employers DO is look at your LinkedIn.” – Swati

Be open to showcasing your work online so more than just a profile shows up in searches.

  • “Go on stackoverflow, github, and have a blog, it not only showcases what you can do, it shows that you’re an interesting person.” – Annette

Be proactive, constantly learn, and constantly do.

  • “Go make things happen,” “Companies love awesome people and need to be savvy about who will fit with their company, but you also need to decide if the company is a good fit for you.” – Christina

The evening wrapped up with an audience Q&A session, with active members asking relevant and thoughtful questions. As always, there was socializing and networking where new friendships and business relationships were made.