Tag: Tech Education

Taking time to impact the Tech Community

Technology is constantly evolving and the speed in which it changes has set urgency on how fast consumers, businesses, and facilitators adapt to it. Organizations and recruiters are setting priority on gathering the best talent pools the market has to offer in order to effectively plan for these changes.

It is to no surprise that clusters, exhilarators, hubs, and educational platforms are organizing to develop talents throughout Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and other surrounding areas. Local organizations are setting targets on providing tech entrepreneurs resources to bring their ideas to market, but few have bridged the gap to cultivate and elevate the Latino Tech Community and other communities in need.

“We need to proactively fix the talent pool by drawing in untapped talent and by creating diversity within the tech space. By not outreaching to underserved communities such as Hispanic community, women in tech, African American, and at risk youth, we in the tech industry will be at a huge disadvantage and ultimately decrease the talent pool. We need to start looking at strategies that include a global vision. I believe in technology and the power it has on changing the world, and without having people to create the technology, we will never reach its full potential.”

Josie Co-Founder of Advancio and wecancode.org Community

On October 3, 2015, Advancio was invited to attend and impact the Latino Tech Community at the Loft Coders Summit 2015. The event was presented by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and held at the iconic University of California, Los Angeles.

Students, young entrepreneurs, and dedicated tech lovers within the Latino community, coined #LatinoCoders, were invited to showcase their projects to tech and venture entrepreneurs. Attendees also had access to incremental knowledge through workshops focused on transitioning an idea from concept to development and ultimately, deployment.

The event focused on bringing new and early stage innovators together to educate, enhance, and motivate their entrepreneurial spirit. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to introduce and network with presenters, judging panel, and other like minded innovators during the course of the event. Groups joined the conversation and connected for future collaborations and mentorship.

Project presentations shortly followed as teams prepared to debut their solutions to their audience and the judges. The winner had the opportunity to receive a full cycle market launch for up to one year from the support of Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

QueSee, Salon Mom, Polibeats, Amemaze, and Roadiy presented their projects to a full house at UCLA. Judges looked on as demo presentations went underway to tackle solutions in economics, beauty, government, tech, and automotive service.

The Judges were entrusted with the decision to review each project and measure elements in project life cycle, business strategy, and market impact. Additionally, judges deliberated on how each idea could be launched effectively, ability to gain market share, and have the potential to be a strong competitor in the existing marketplace. In the end, the judges exchanged thoughts and arrived at a unanimous decision.

Roadiy, a one stop shop applications aggregator for automotive dealer service was crowned the winner! You can get more information on their great product by clicking HERE

Although there was only one prize winner, everyone had the opportunity to attend and network with new and current innovators. Events like this are creating opportunities for new adopters and current tech enthusiast looking to make their mark on the market.

Organizations like the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Coding as a Second Language are disrupting educational gaps by introducing events like Loft Coders Summit to underserved communities.

Join the conversation by educating and supporting the leaders of tomorrow, and join them as they make their mark on the future.

Bringing technology and women together

On April 23, 2015 Advancio COO, Josie Lopez joined the 1st edition of Epic Queen Chapter Ensenada at Hub Center with the theme “Successful Women in technology companies.” Keynote speakers included Josie Lopez (Co Founder and COO of Advancio), Elizabeth Flores (Developer of Nearsoft Software), and Eliza Luhrs ( Leader of testing in Softek).

The central focus of the event was to showcase women in the tech space world and advocate diversity and growth trends in the years to come. Entrepreneurs and industry experts discussed the importance of joining the industry and the opportunities currently available for growth.

A few key highlights included the continuous growth the industry has experienced and the platforms startups and business alike have created to harvest such unique, adaptable, and excellent talent.

Josie highlighted this effort by discussing the importance of great talent, and the ability for companies to keep their team engaged for the long run through providing continuous educational opportunities, personal development, and motivational models.

“Motivation has everything to do with creating the next big thing for any industry and the world. In order for an idea to give launch, it needs to be carried by great people”

Josie invited entrepreneurs, individual champions, and community/group advocates to gather around this need and opportunity for tech growth.

“Mexico is working diligently to close the gap and ensure it can be a forefront runner in the tech space. Ensenada is one of the newer Cities to adopt this culture but has done an amazing job bringing and building talent centralized around technology.”