Economies, jobs, and personal lives are becoming more digital, more connected and more automated—a trend that is only accelerating after recent events. The platform for computing has become much more stable, with access to technology no longer limited by location or constrained to certain activities. As a result, more energy is pouring into creative solutions, further expanding the opportunities for both IT professionals and IT channel firms. In addition to the technology itself, countries and organizations must learn to harness and protect the human element—by recruiting and upskilling workers with the needed skill sets for today and training the next generation with the right knowledge for tomorrow. There is great competition globally for digitally-skilled workers, and some countries or companies invest large amounts to develop or recruit this talent. When like-minded nations collaborate in S&T areas, the talent resources can produce greater benefits than possible otherwise.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program is keeping pace with the innovation community to tackle the hardest problems faced by DHS and the Homeland Security Enterprise. SVIP expands DHS S&T’s reach to find new technologies that strengthen national security with the goal of reshaping how government, entrepreneurs and industry work together to find cutting-edge solutions. Based in California’s Silicon Valley, the program reaches out to innovation communities across the nation and around the world to harness the commercial R&D ecosystem for technologies with government applications and to co-invest in and accelerate technology transition-to-market.
We offer U.S. and international start-ups up to $2M in non dilutive funding over 24 months to carry out prototype projects and possibly transition successful projects to production. Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems are preparing to access data from India’s farmers in a campaign to modernize the country’s agricultural sector. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has signed preliminary contracts with those companies and a number of local businesses to share data compiled since 2014, starting next April. The idea is to feed information on crop patterns, soil health, insurance, credit, and climate trends into a database for analysis via artificial intelligence and data analytics. The results would inform development of personalized farm-to-fork services for the agricultural sector that the big technology companies could sell to the government and directly to farmers. Ernst & Young predicts India’s agri-technology sector could potentially generate about $24 billion in revenue by 2025.
Graduates will prepare for entry-level coding jobs by summer 2016 through 4- to 12-week bootcamp-style training courses. The program currently includes a coding bootcamp located at the juvenile detention center and a partnership with career accelerator Hack Reactor – a San Francisco-based career accelerator – to train underrepresented youth and adults in higher-level tech skills required for well-paying jobs in software development. The Minneapolis region will expand upon three accelerated tech training programs operating in the region – Prime Digital Academy, IT-Ready, and Concordia University – that will be training a combined 300 individuals this year for entry level software positions.
We see it in our daily lives—individuals and enterprises alike—as we rely on a collection of technologies and platforms to stay connected, perform our jobs, continue education and more. We were already on the digital transformation journey, but out of necessity people are even more so becoming increasingly reliant on websites and applications for critical services, entertainment, work, and learning. This will have a long-term impact on how we use technology and what new or emerging technologies—AI, edge computing and AR—will be boosted and put into the field more quickly. Not only do social walls encourage attendees to create positive event content, they make the event more interactive and more about them.
As part of Governor Markell’s efforts to rethink the state’s approach to workforce training for the new economy, several of Delaware’s biggest employers are joining with the state to train and hire hundreds of IT workers through accelerated education programs and a “coding school,” launching this fall. Six employers, including JP Morgan Chase and Capital One, have committed to hire those who successfully complete the program. Fifty to 100 people are expected to participate this fall, preparing for jobs as entry-level Java developers and IT infrastructure support workers. Burlington, VT is bringing together employers and local partners to improve career pathways for tech jobs as a new TechHire Community. Vermont Healthcare & Information Technology Education Center is working with local employers to design education programs for their needs, all in the aim of making it easier for hardworking Americans to move quickly from training to jobs. For example, HITEC developed the IT Registered Apprenticeship Program which, in its first year, had 38 of its 39 enrollees successfully complete their apprenticeship and move on to steady employment with salaries up to $55,000.