Coders Wanted: New Jobs in the Tech Industry

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“There’s a new gold rush, and the pickaxes are free.”                                              — Andrew Berkowitz
While the unemployment rate in Oregon hovers around seven percent, in the technology industry there’s a shortage of talent available to fill all the open positions.  The second part in this series on the growth of the tech industry in Portland, looks at the first annual Tech Fest Northwest Talent Fair, held this past at OMSI. Attending this years talent fair were hiring managers from tech companies such as Puppet Labs, Nike, Jama Software, and Urban Airship and Simple, among others. Also attending were a number of schools and boot camps that offer training in computer programming. Among those interviewed are Sheri Dover, Director of The Portland Code Guild, talking about the new opportunities for jobs in the tech industry, provided that one is willing and able to learn computer coding.

This is part two in a five-part series on the New Tech Boom in Portland, produced by Suzanne LaGrande.

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The Digital Divide & The Talent Divide: Who Makes Up The Tech Industry?

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The Tech Industry values collaboration. Yet, recent statistics on the racial, gender and age profile of the tech industry shows an abysmal lack of diversity. The stereotype of a computer nerd as a white, male, in his 20s or 30s, is a somewhat accurate reflection of who constitutes the tech industry at the moment.  The third part of this series on the growing tech Industry in Portland focuses on  local efforts to make tech jobs more accessible. Among those interviewed are Mara Zepeda, co-founder of Switchboard, and a speaker at TechFest Northwest this August.

This is the third of a five part series on Technology in Portland produced by Suzanne LaGrande.

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Disruptive Technologies & Human Design

you-can-store-data-in-dna-300x225By creating a climate that encourages entrepreneurs and small start ups,   Portland is developing a  culture of  innovation. Many speakers and attendees at this year’s TechFest Northwest spoke enthusiastically about using technology to solve problems. The fourth part in this series on the growth of the technology industry in Portland focuses on the idea of “disruptive technologies” and different ideas about how technology may be used to create positive social change. Among those interviewed are Patrick Curtain, Community Manager of Idealist.

This is part four in a five part series on Technology in Portland, produced by Suzanne LaGrande.

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