Current Issues In Technology Transfer

Atlanta TechHire will train 100 individuals in software development and other high-growth IT occupations throughout 2016. Individuals trained through TechHire programs will be guaranteed interviews with Atlanta TechHire employer partners. An additional 300 individuals will be trained and guaranteed interviews with TechHire employer partners by 2020. The City of Atlanta Department of Information Management has committed to filling 20% of its job openings in FY2016 with graduates from TechHire programs.

With Stark State, the City of Akron has secured $4.5 million in funding to develop the Bits and Atoms Innovation Center, scheduled to be completed by December 2016 that will serve as an entrepreneurial hub for the community.

TechHire Bellevue will bring together local employers, government and workforce development resources, with educational support from Coding Dojo and Bellevue College to facilitate training and hiring of local talent into tech jobs. Examples include Microsoft’s LEAP and Civic Tech programs, as well as Expedia, which has hired nearly a dozen Coding Dojo graduates to date. TechHire Bellevue will specifically target under-served populations locally, including minorities, veterans and the homeless, to help them learn and connect with local tech jobs. The City of Atlanta has partnered with The Iron Yard and TechSquare Labs to create accelerated training programs in Atlanta that prepare graduates for career opportunities with companies like Turner Broadcasting, Pindrop, SOLTECH, Luma, Springbot, WhatCounts, and the City of Atlanta Department of Information Management.

The other big change is the nature of technology in the marketplace, especially emerging technology. With cloud and mobile options well established, the basic platform for tech activity has stabilized. The use of technology can now happen anywhere at any time, and more energy is being directed into the solutions that go on top of that platform.

Portland is working with employers including Square Space, Metal Toad, and Portland General Electric to fill the 2,400 technology job openings in the Portland Metro area. Code Oregon is dedicated to teaching 10,000 Oregonians how to code and find careers in tech, with online classes offered for free through funding from Worksystems and the State of Oregon, and delivered by employer partner, Treehouse. Graduates are connected to local technology opportunities through WorkSource, the region’s public workforce development system.

The city is partnering with employers including BWXT, Delta Star, TRAX, llc., and NovaTech to revise their recruiting processes to accept more individuals with nanodegrees. Lynchburg has also committed to training 75 people with these nanodegree programs by the end of 2016 and aims to have a total of 15 employer and training provider partners by the end of 2015. Partnering employers are committing to fund $1.7 million for internships for 291 community college students. The NTC will also aim to conduct an assessment of local technology industry job specifications, hiring practices, and internship programs to better align their curriculum with business needs. Emerging technologies also promise new abilities to make our increasingly fragile global society more resilient. To sustain this progress, nations must invest in research, expand their digital infrastructures, and increase digital literacy so that their people can compete and flourish in this new era.