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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About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms  Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an organization of over 85,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit www.techinmotionevents.com for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

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Tech the Halls with Boughs of Holly

Twas the eve of December 8th In 2016, Tech in Motion DC was seated, Timmys winners not yet seen.
The campaigns were all done, and the votes were all tallied. The races were tight, following a few last-minute rallies.
Before the winners could be announced, SHAWN DUBRAVAC took the stage to read them a poem and leave them amazed.
Half cultural zeitgeist, Half yearly retrospective, with only a mic in hand, some favorite moments were selected.
From 2016 and the year after too. With permission granted, we’re sharing it with you.
Whether you read it fast – Or choose to read it slow – we hope it enthralls you, please read it below:

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‘twas the night before Christmas
and in all through the house
there were computers a plenty
but not many a mouse

It’s the end of the year
Another one’s done
So light the yule log
And lets have some fun

2016 was an election year
we’ll surely remember
a flurry of tweets and attacks
until we finally reached November

Make America Great Again
Was a slogan for many
Red hats were adorned
And the memes were aplenty

We relied on online polls
that showed Clinton for the win
but when we woke the next day
the headlines left many, scratching their chin

from Ken Bone in his red sweater
who asked a simple question
to Beyonce who released Lemonade
With lyrics that showed little discretion

And Adele did carpool karaoke
To viral success
While fake news spread across the Internet
Leaving us all very depressed

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And sure smartphone sales are slowing
and tablets sales have fallen off
but 4K TVs continue to do well
while drones and VR are beginning to take off

In a back and forth battle
Apple took on the FBI
To ensure your data remains encrypted
and away from prying eyes

Apple also launched a new iPhone
Now available in matte black
But can someone tell me why oh why
they had to remove the old headphone jack?

We lost some of the greats
like Andy Grove and Prince
But we gained back Alec Baldwin
And have been laughing ever since

It was the year of the Olympics
And the year of Facebook live
Chewbacca Mom had us smiling
And she didn’t even have to try

Bumble, tinder, and others
Had us swiping left and right
But when it came to digital dating
Netflix and chill stole the night

Stranger Things had us rooting for L
While scared of the upside down
We all left craving frozen egos
And wandering why no one see

Vocal computing became all the rage
As Alexa moved in
And when it came to the Mannequin challenge
Those who held motionless would win

So let bygones be bygones
Its soon time to ring in the new year
Forget yesterday’s mistakes
And pull your loved ones near

2017 is looking bright
don’t be filled with remorse
if you didn’t win this year
there’s always next year of course

Do more and be better than you were in 16
shout in the streets and down the halls
a very Merry Merry
Merry Christmas to All!

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Well there you all have it, from all of us on the Tech in Motion team.
Happy holidays to all, we’re excited to ring in 2017.

Ring in 2017 with Tech in Motion in your city. Find an event to attend here.

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How to Earn $200K+ as a Software Engineer

Over the last two years, Tech in Motion’s proud supporters, Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates, have worked with hundreds of thousands of engineers across the United States and Canada to find these tech professionals exciting positions. While the vast majority end up in positions that pay between $50,000 and $140,000, these agencies have also placed many engineers at the $200K-$300K+ range.

Many candidates wonder: “What qualifies an engineer for a $200K+ salary? And how can I get there?” Given the 27 years of experience that Jobspring and Workbridge have working within the technology industry, it is clear that there are some key factors that you should keep in mind before you go shooting for the stars. Here are the top four determinants that can help you map out your career as well as help you dream and achieve bigger:

Want to earn $200K working as a Software Engineer or check out other tech opportunities? Click here to view our Tech Job Board!

1. Location, Location, Location

You can be the greatest developer with a Ph.D. in Engineering, but a $200K position may not exist in the geographic region you live in. Are you willing to relocate? Most of the job openings in the $200K range that Jobspring and Workbridge often deal with are located in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. If you’re not open to relocating to a place where the pay is higher, you may be limiting yourself.

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*Based on Jobspring and Workbridge Placements.

Check out what tech jobs are available in these US locations – click here!

 

2. Experience

Experience plays a critical role when it comes to salary negotiation. Over the last four years, there was only one person that these agencies placed at a just-under-$200K salary who had only two years of experience. (This person had some exceptional accomplishments and specialized in Front-End Development.) Most companies want to see at least seven years of experience before they even consider higher six-figure salaries. In fact, the majority of the agencies’ $200K placements were with candidates that had 11-28 years of experience.

 

3. Technology and Skills

Technology and skills are critical components to gaining a higher salary. Do you have the right skills? Do you need to learn a new programming language or move to a different field or niche? Your skills, and how you can sell yourself, are essential parts of getting the highest salary possible. Based on all of the placements done by Jobspring and Workbridge from 2013-2016, Java Developers were the leaders of the $200K club. Mobile, Network Security, Front End, Ruby on Rails, Product Management, and UI/UX were all among the top technologies when it came to highest salaries.

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*Comparing Jobspring and Workbridge salaries by technology and experience with the average for Software Engineers.

 

4. Seniority and Leadership

The majority of people placed with a $200K+ salary are generally at a Senior Management or C-Level position working for a startup or Fortune 500 company. Often times, these people are placed with companies who were looking to hire “on the street” to fill their VP or C-Level positions. So if you think that a Ph.D. in Engineering and decades of experience will eventually guarantee you a big promotion to a Senior Executive level, think again. A lot of employers feel comfortable hiring experienced engineers working for other companies and don’t see the need to promote within the company.

As an engineer, you must prove that you are not only a talented coder, but also an effective manager who can lead others, take ownership, and make critical decisions. At the Senior Executive level, you need to demonstrate leadership acumen. An MBA (full-time, executive, online, or part-time) with a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a focus on Management, as well as courses and a certificate on Leadership, are all important aspects of becoming a candidate who can qualify for a higher six-figure compensation.

 

Start Your Future Today

Map out what experiences, technologies, stretch assignments, and leadership abilities you need to embody as you journey toward higher paying positions. An investment in yourself now is an investment in your future. Begin today and set yourself upon a course to earning your full potential.

Let us help you find your dream job! Contact a Jobspring Partners or Workbridge Associates in your city to kickstart the process.

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“Teach Through Play” Hops Border and Language Barriers

DEMO COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: ThinkFun, Inc.

ThinkFun, Inc., originally known as Binary Arts, is an Alexandria, Virginia-based educational toy company. Founded in 1985 by Bill Ritchie and Andrea Barthello, the company has since been featured in the New York Times, TechCrunch, and Wired, while also winning many awards for their games. The company is on a mission to “Teach Through Play” and neither borders nor language barriers will stop them: their games are sold in over 60 countries and have been translated to over 20 different languages.

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With a catalog of over 70 games throughout its history, ThinkFun, Inc. continues to innovate and remain relevant. 2014 saw the company release the game Robot Turtles (one of the most backed board games in Kickstarter History) followed by 2015’s Code Master, with both games sharing the intent of teaching children the logic and problem-solving mentalities needed to be successful at coding.

Looking for work in coding? Apply here.

For 2016, the company is making its rounds to toy fairs and gaming conventions alike in promotion of their newest game, Escape the Room, a logic-puzzler that is based on the internet and real life sensation.

If you want to meet ThinkFun, Inc., up close and personal, you can find them on February 25th at Tech in Motion DC’s Demos: EdTech Edition. Otherwise, you can learn more about them on their website.

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DC launches into 2016 at Penn Social

Tech in Motion closed 2015 with a 3 month stretch of flagship events that included DC’s 1st Annual Timmy Awards and the nationwide 50,000 Member Celebration: a Big Party for a Big Thanks, which was celebrated in 10 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Last month, DC’s chapter of Tech in Motion welcomed its members to a laid-back mixer kicking off 2016, less than a week after the nation’s capital was buried under more than two feet of snow.

Starting around 5:45 p.m., members descended the stairs into the basement of Penn Social, a DC bar in the heart of Penn Quarter. Once downstairs, members found more than 30 draught beers, many childhood game favorites such as giant Jenga and Connect 4, an open floor for dancing (or cornhole) and their fellow Tech in Motion members! The bar advertises on their website that they “specialize in fun” and fun was certainly had by all.

Between rounds of shuffleboard and foosball, conversations were had and connections were made. Due to the snowy weather, many of the guests hailed from DC Proper, though that didn’t stop a few from Southern Maryland or Northern Virginia, and even one guest visiting all the way from Seattle!

Looking for a new tech job? Find one on the Tech in Motion job board here.

Agency tables for Tech in Motion sponsors Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners were buzzing all night, as guests seemed excited at the prospect of finding a new job – perhaps as a New Years’ Resolution.

The crowd showed no signs of dying down at 8 p.m. when the event officially closed, so the festivities proceeded unhindered. Although the check-in station was shut down and the agency tables were cleared, the conversations continued and Penn Social was more than happy to sate the guests with a wide variety of drink options, while the connections kept them mentally stimulated.

Upon the official close of the event at 9 p.m., there were lots of empty glasses and more importantly – smiles.

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Next month, Tech in Motion DC goes back to school with an Education Technology-themed Demos & Drinks event. To find more information about the event or to find another Tech in Motion chapter near you, visit the official site.

DC Demos & Drinks: DataRPM, Streamup, EventKloud and Vouched

Last fall, members of the Tech in Motion community from around the Washington, DC metropolitan area attended the DC chapter’s Demos & Drinks meetup event at the Advisory Board Company. Emphasizing a relaxed atmosphere, Tech in Motion’s demos events are styled similarly to a job fair; attendees can circulate freely from one company’s table to the next while enjoying drinks and good company.

Interested in speaking or being a demo company at Tech in Motion? Contact us.

The demos event took place at the Advisory Board Company, a modern-style office located in the heart of Washington. Members of Tech in Motion DC’s community, including entrepreneurs, developers, product and project managers, systems and network engineers, designers, and marketers all began arriving at 6:00 pm; attendees began filing into the board room suite that allowed the demo companies to set up their presentations and interact with the 100+ engaged attendees comfortably. Refreshments flowed abundantly at a bar located in the back of the room.

The demo companies, DataRPM, Streamup, EventKloud, and Vouched, received an extremely enthusiastic response from the DC tech community and shed light on their respective products’ impact on their industry.

DataRPM is an award-winning, industry pioneer in Smart Machine Analytics for Big Data. DataRPM’s demo showed how their product enables Automatic Data Modeling from disparate data sources using cognitive algorithms.

Streamup is a live video community, whose product allows viewers to watch thousands of real-time channels and talk to other viewers or create their own channel and broadcast from there. Their demo detailed how users can establish their own streaming channel as well as discover new channels of interest to subscribe to.

Pipevine’s Vouched app geared their demo towards professionals who are business development oriented. This tool allows users to crowdsource their strongest professional traits, using existing LinkedIn connections.

As an event marketing software, EventKloud’s demo was interesting to those who are business analytics oriented and find themselves in the marketing and sales space. This customizable software provides personalized content, encourages engagement & utilizes data-driven audience intelligence to improve the marketing for event campaigns.

“It was a really awesome, engaging event,” one DC techie remarked.

To attend a Tech in Motion event near you, check out the list of events here.