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Bill Gates wants to tackle mobile banking without bitcoin

January 27th, 2015 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Bill and Melinda Gates have a pretty substantial to-do list.  In the Gates Foundation annual letter, they have outlined their long-term, 15 year goals for the challenges they wish to solve.  



Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

January 21st, 2015 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.    



Employment trends for 2015

January 18th, 2015 at 4:48 pm » Comments Off

CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast has 36 percent of employers expecting to add full-time, permanent positions in 2015.  This year’s outlook is up 24 percent from last year and the best since 2006.



Apple’s new Swift language growing faster than expected

January 18th, 2015 at 4:22 pm » Comments Off

Apple’s new programming language, Swift, that was unexpectedly introduced at WWDC 2014, hasn’t taken long for it become popular among the developer community. NOTE: For those wanting to enter the fast moving world of mobile technology, starting April 6th, DaVinci Coders will be teaching a mobile apps course using Apple’s new Swift programming language.



Can Massive Open Online Courses change the way we teach?

January 16th, 2015 at 7:05 pm » Comments Off

The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs), Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (also known as CCK08), led by George Siemens of Athabasca University and Stephen Downes of the National Research Council, was offered in 1998.  Twenty-five tutition paying students from the University of Manitoba and over 2,200 tuition free students from the general public, participated.



Should coding schools have free enrollment under Obama’s new free community college initiative?

January 15th, 2015 at 4:59 pm » Comments Off

If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead […]



Stanford to Research the effects of Artificial Intelligence

January 11th, 2015 at 10:08 am » Comments Off

What will intelligent machines mean for society and the economy in 30, 50 or even 100 years from now? That’s the question that Stanford University scientists are hoping to take on with a new project, the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100).



The Shrinking Income of Young Americans

January 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

American families are grappling with stagnant wage growth, as the costs of health care, education, and housing continue to climb. But for many of America’s younger workers, “stagnant” wages shouldn’t sound so bad. In fact, they might sound like a massive raise.



Where to Start Coding for Beginners

January 4th, 2015 at 1:01 pm » Comments Off

Instructor Darby Frey teaching a beginner-level workshop at DaVinci Coders Computer science is a booming industry in the US — and it pays extremely well. There’s always demand for sharp, talented engineers, which is why learning how to code can seem like an attractive option. But, as is the case with any new skill, it can […]



Idea Jam and The Future of Jobs with Futurist, Thomas Frey

January 2nd, 2015 at 12:46 pm » Comments Off

On November 7, 2014, I attended the “Idea Jam – Innovating for the Future” session put on by the Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation in San Diego. The purpose of the session was to identify the major challenges to the San Diego workforce in the coming years and to generate audience participation in visioning exercises […]



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