I recently had the pleasure of stepping in as a coach to help my daughter’s team take part in the 2017 Science Olympiad. It was our first time participating, but likely, not the last. It was great to see junior high kids have so much passion for science and have such a great time participating. Read more on Early Inspiration at Science Olympiad 2017…
This year, Atomic is proud join the group of investors that help fuel The Right Place, a regional non-profit economic development organization that has been serving West Michigan since 1985.
I’m very excited that The Right Place has recognized the technology sector an important part of West Michigan’s economic future by including Technology and Communications in their 2014-2016 strategic plan.
This morning (Jun 12, 2014) I’m talking about the importance of technology jobs at The Right Place Investors Breakfast. I’ve always had opinions and anecdotes to share, but the information I found in preparation for my talk really drove home the regional importance of attracting and retaining the best technology talent. Read more on The Regional Economic Impact of Technology Jobs…
Atomic Object in Grand Rapids has called Wealthy Street (one of the neighborhoods in Uptown) home since 2003. We’re team of 35+ people who often want (need?) coffee, lunch, or a place to relax with friends after work. We pick up food to-go, we share pair lunches together, and we host our customers at establishments in the neighborhood.
Detroit is on its way up, and one of the forces driving it is a surge in technology entrepreneurship. Wayne State University, in Detroit’s urban Midtown neighborhood, is working to create better entrepreneurs by connecting students and businesses — giving students a better real-world education and helping companies find and foster great, local talent.
I was a sophomore in college before I learned how computer code works and got my first taste of HTML. By then I’d already chosen a career, formed a lot of misconceptions about what software makers do, and been told by a well-meaning developer cousin that developers were a strange lot (true) and I wouldn’t enjoy hanging out with them all day (definitely not true).
Unfortunately, this kind of ignorance and misconception about software development is very common. High school students are expected to solve algebra equations and read plays in 400-year-old archaic English, but they aren’t even taught to the basics of computer language. Why is this a problem? Because there’s a growing demand for software makers, and the world is full of kids who would love working in software — if only they knew it was a possibility.
Bringing GDI to Detroit
GDI Detroit was founded and is organized by Erika Carlson, now a software developer at Detroit Labs, and Michelle Srbinovich, Digital Director and current interim co-general manager at WDET radio.
I’ve frequently spent time at Atomic’s Detroit office this summer, and I’m excited by downtown Detroit’s cycling opportunities. So far, my 3 favorite places to ride in downtown Detroit are:
1. The RiverWalk
I’ve been rinding the RiverWalk between 6am-7:30am. During that time period the RiverWalk has light traffic and the early-morning crowd is usually cheerful and friendly. The RiverWalk has been a great place for cruising, warming up, or easy spinning.