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IT Bachelor of Applied Science Graduate: New Tableau Software Hire

IT BAS Bogdan Pshonyak GRCCCheck out Green River College’s IT Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) student success story about Bogdan Pshonyak’s experience and success in the college’s Web & Mobile Developer program.

Green River Grad Bogdan Pshonyak Lands Role at Tableau Software

Bogdan recently completed his BAS in Software Development, was a two-time National Science Foundation scholarship recipient, and worked a help desk job on campus for as long as I can remember. Diploma fresh in hand, he’s now working as a software engineer at Tableau Software—more proof community colleges present a compelling solution for helping regional tech grow and diversify its workforce.

A big kudos goes to Ken Hang, programming faculty/chair for Green River’s BAS Software Development program, who was instrumental in helping Bogdan secure a seat at the Washington Technology Industry Association’s (WTIA) “Training Camp + Draft Day,” an innovative hiring workshop that pairs students from schools outside of the traditional computer science establishment with local tech companies. Bogdan and 5 other Green River BAS-SD students attended the workshop, the most of any participating college.

Thanks to Andy Orr, Program Manager, BAS in Software Development, at Green River College for this wonderful example of how IT BAS Washington State Community and Technical College graduates are highly employable in our state’s IT industry.

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Updates & News for August 2017

Updates & News for August 2017

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 The Center of Excellence for Information Technology is offering up to 10 IT Professional Development Training Scholarships to CTC IT Faculty across Washington State

Young woman working in a robotics workshop.

  • The first deadline will be September 13, 2017, with a decision made by September 15, 2017, for the up to four recipients.
  • The second deadline will be November 3, 2017, for up to three recipients, with a decision made by November 8, 2017 (note: those who submitted for the September 13, 2017, deadline do not need to resubmit).
  • The final deadline will be January 11, 2018, for up to three recipient (note: those who submitted for the first two application submission deadlines do not need to resubmit). The decision will be made by January 16, 2018.

IT Professional Development must take place between October 5, 2017 and May 10, 2018.

The following are examples of the types of IT professional development training opportunities IT faculty could consider, if they don’t already have a training opportunity in mind.

NOTE: Online or local in-person training is also an option for those who don’t want to attend a professional development or training conference.

Click here for process details and how to apply.


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Bellevue College to Launch New Degree in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

The Center has spent extensive time researching emerging/disruptive technology trends that will have a direct impact on IT programs across the state. Based upon the large number of technology jobs that work with robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and predictive analytics, there is a need for a community or technical college to create a degree to address this demand. The Center has been working on creating a degree to meet this workforce need and skills gap with Bellevue College (BC).  Since 2016, it has been building an updated, interdisciplinary robotics and AI program. A special topics overview robotics and AI programming course took place Spring Quarter 2017.  This first step, to begin the structure for a new course offering, ultimately sets the stage for the end-goal of full development and implementation of a robotics and AI degree.  The AAST will launch fall 2018, and the BAS is expected to launch in 2018.

There is an urgent need for technology workers across all industry sectors that understand and can apply for jobs in Robotics, AI, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics. Job posting searches over the last year and one-half indicate demand in the following areas: Machine Learning (1,457), Robotics (210), Artificial Intelligence (86), and Predictive Modeling (146).

 According to many industry observers, we are today on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology are all building on and amplifying one another. Smart systems—homes, factories, farms, grids or entire cities—will help tackle problems ranging from supply chain management to climate change. Concurrent to this technological revolution are a set of broader socio-economic, geopolitical and demographic developments, each interacting in multiple directions and intensifying each another. (Source: The Future of Jobs, Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution)

IT Futures Summit: 2017

IT Futures Summit 2017 IT Jeopardy Winners May 19 2017

From left to right our IT Jeopardy Winners

Highlights…

With registrations almost double, the Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technologies’ IT Futures Summit took place on May 18/19, 2017 at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. IT faculty from across the state attended for a 1.5-day experience that featured another IT industry professional panel discussing and exploring disruptive technology (focusing on robotics/AI). Small group discussions looked at college’s IT programs, challenges, strengths, and new program and degree developments. Mark Neufville of Spokane Falls Community College presented his current work with the Center’s NAO robot and did a robotic demonstration.

The following are available to all WA State IT Program CTC faculty from the Summit:

  • The IT Jeopardy PPTQuestion Grid and Final Jeopardy Question
  • NAO presentation by Mark Neufville of Spokane Falls College (coming soon)
  • Disruptive Technology Presentationby Maureen Majury, M.Ed., Director for the Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology
  • Also, don’t forget to listen to the Center’s podcast series, org. We now have 11 episodes that explore with our IT industry guests:
    • Robotics/Automation
    • Hacking/Security
    • Entertainment and Technology
    • Web Development/Design/UX
    • Big Data

Read more here.

If you wish to contact the Center, please email Maureen A. Majury, M.Ed. at maureen.majury@bellevuecollege.edu

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WA State CTC IT Faculty Professional Development Training Scholarships for 2017-2018

The Center of Excellence for Information Technology is offering up to 10 IT Professional Development Training Scholarships to CTC IT Faculty across Washington State

Young woman working in a robotics workshop.

There is a rotating deadline for applications:

  • The first deadline will be September 13, 2017, with a decision made by September 15, 2017, for the up to four recipients.
  • The second deadline will be November 3, 2017, for up to three recipients, with a decision made by November 8, 2017 (note: those who submitted for the September 13, 2017, deadline do not need to resubmit).
  • The final deadline will be January 11, 2018, for up to three recipient (note: those who submitted for the first two application submission deadlines do not need to resubmit). The decision will be made by January 16, 2018.

IT Professional Development must take place between October 5, 2017 and May 10, 2018.

For each deadline, IT faculty (professional/technical college programs) must submit the following to the Center, The IT professional development scholarship rationale.  This must include:

  • the type of training,
  • what it will accomplish for the faculty member and students,
  • how it will be incorporated into the faculty member’s IT program and/or curriculum, and
  • what best practices, curriculum examples, and how to incorporate it into an IT program.
  • The scholarship recipient will also commit to present at the IT Futures Summit on May 17-18, 2018 (held at the Mercer Island Community Center).

The following are examples of the types of IT professional development training opportunities IT faculty could consider, if they don’t already have a training opportunity in mind.

NOTE: Online or local in-person training is also an option for those who don’t want to attend a professional development or training conference.

Process

Once each of the deadlines have passed the Center and advisory board members will review the IT Professional Development Training Scholarship rationale.  Up to ten WA State CTC IT faculty will be selected and informed.  Those not selected will also be notified, and their application rationale will be held for the next deadline for consideration. If any IT faculty member selected can’t commit to the training, then another faculty member will be selected.

Expectations

Please be sure your rational includes the following specific information:

  • Name
  • Full Time/Part Time?
  • What IT program of study do you teach?
  • What is the proposed IT professional development opportunity you would like to attend or take?
  • Why would this enhance your teaching and how would you immediately use it in your classroom, or if not immediately, when?
  • What is the cost of the registration or training?
  • Gas/Airfare/Car Rental? Or, is this not applicable?
  • Hotel? Or, is this not applicable?
  • Can you commit to presenting for 30-minutes at the IT Futures Summit, May 17-18, 2018 at the Mercer Island Community Center, on what you learned, how it can be used in the classroom/program/curriculum, and how you’ve infused it into your IT program?
  • Your college is aware that you are applying for this scholarship and will support your attendance if you are selected as an IT Professional Development recipient.

Please send your rationale and the specific information requested to Maureen Majury, Center Director at maureen.majury@bellevuecollege.edu.

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IT Futures Summit 2017: Highlights & This Year’s IT Jeopardy Champs

Getting to Know You Futures in IT Summit 2017

IT Futures Summit: 2017

Highlights…

With registrations almost double, the Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technologies’ IT Futures Summit took place on May 18/19, 2017 at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. IT faculty from across the state attended for a 1.5 day experience that featured another IT industry professional panel discussing and exploring disruptive technology (focusing on robotics/AI). Small group discussions looked at college’s IT programs, challenges, strengths, and new program and degree developments. Mark Neufville of Spokane Falls Community College presented his current work with the Center’s NAO robot and did a robotic demonstration.

The Center’s director, Maureen Majury, M.Ed., discussed the curriculum development, a robotic/AI survey course, and the work-to-date with the proposed robotic/AI AA/BAS. A special guest was Mr. Albert Lewis, Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Bellevue College, who talked about the process of developing a regional IT committee and its work on strengthening relationships between IT programs and area IT and IT-enabled companies.

Finally, on Friday, the popular IT Jeopardy returned with a new set of 50 questions, three daily doubles and a final Jeopardy question (topic: The 1%rs: Wealthy Tech Leaders).

Meet our 2017 IT Jeopardy Champions (left to right):

IT Futures Summit 2017 IT Jeopardy Winners May 19 2017

Mark Neufville Spokane Falls Community College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Neuvfille, Spokane Falls Community College, Computer Science & Information Systems, was also on the winning team, however, he left right before the game ended. He traveled to Bellevue College to teach a module for the Robotics/AI survey course. The students found out all about the NAO robot.

This team won by $100 in final Jeopardy. Everyone get ready for IT Jeopardy: 2018 as it will be another blowout match-up!

Greg Rehm Bellingham Technical CollegeShout out to Greg Rehm, Bellingham Technical College: The answer to “The communication process between devices and networking which enables these objects to collect/exchange data” is not “Voodoo.” It’s “What is the Internet of Things.

 

 

 

 

The following are available to all WA State IT Program CTC faculty from the Summit:

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Creating IT Futures: 2017 Summit

Creating IT Futures

CREATING IT FUTURES: 2017 SUMMIT (May 18-19, 2017 free for IT CTC faculty)

You are invited…

Who:  Up to three IT CTC Faculty from each college (Note:  a $300 (maximum) per faculty stipend to offset travel costs will be allocated upon delivery of receipts totaling up to $300 for faculty from Central, Eastern, North and South Western Washington to encourage attendance and engagement at this event) and select IT industry professionals.

Faculty who attended the May 19/20, 2016 IT Futures Summit will be given the three slots to attend.  If faculty who did not attend that event register and those slots aren’t filled with the 2016 attendees, then their registration will be accepted in their place.  Be sure to coordinate with your Academic or Workforce Administrator to ensure this attendance coordination is understood.  If you want to send more than three educators from your college, please contact the Center at maureen.majury@bellevuecollege or call 425.564.4229.

What:  Will be happening? Participants will experience presentations, network, and address any issues discussed at the the May 2016 Summit (held at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center), including:

  • Updates on CoE project and services,
  • Update on the IT statewide marketing plan,
  • Robotics and IT, IT in the Trades, and disruptive and emerging technologies,
  • An industry panel,
  • A robot presentation,
  • New topics for discussion, including SBCTC updates, new BAS degrees
  • IT Jeopardy 2017 (Who will triumph?)
  • Connections with industry professionals about the state of the IT (and, IT-enabled) industry,
  • and, more…

The draft 2017 Agenda should be ready by February 2017.

Where:  Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040/tel (206) 275-7609, The Mercer Room.

When:  10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017 & 10:0 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017

Why:  Everyone has worked very hard to collaborate and create solutions that make it easier for IT faculty and students access and succeed in completing an IT program of study in the CTC system and enter the workforce prepared to meet employer needs.  We need to continue our collective work together and explore and create new innovative solutions for our system.

Requirements:
1.  After you register, you will be sent additional information as we near the event (with enough time if there is something to consider or work on).  You will also receive an agenda for the two-day event as we come closer to the May event.
2. Register by Friday, April 28, 2018.
3. Review materials that will be sent to you before the Summit and be prepared to discuss, brainstorm, and make decisions.
4.  If possible bring your laptop or tablet.  There is wifi at the event.

Food will be provided (Thursday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, Friday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack).

Recommended hotel:  The Hyatt House near Bellevue College (easy access to 1-90, and then you can hop off and reach the Mercer Island Community Center very easily). However, for our out-of-town guests, with the stipend you can decide where you want to stay.  Mention my name, the Center of Excellence, and Bellevue College to get the government rate.
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Where is the Unified Global Approach to Ethics in Robotics and AI: If We Can’t Get Along Globally, How Will Our Artificially Intelligent Off-Springs?

Flying ShipWhere is the Unified Global Approach to Ethics in Robotics and AI:  If We Can’t Get Along Globally, How Will Our Artificially Intelligent Off-Springs?

Maureen A. Majury, M.Ed.

September 30, 2016
 

Preface

Debate, thought, innovation, and creation of standards exist for determining the ethical behavior of robots and artificial intelligence (AI), in all its coming iterations and forms. Experts in computer science, economics, as well as other fields, speculate about, and scan data on workforce disruption, lost jobs, and robots becoming “More Human than Human.” (White Zombie, 1995)

Ethics continue to play a large part of how robots and AI roll out currently and integrate into our societies and the workplace in the near future.  How will robots make ethical decisions?  Everyone’s joining into this discussion and opining without much mutual agreement.  And, every country and professional society or association is quickly planting its stick in the ground and roundly stating, “This is what robotic and AI ethics look like and should be.”

The United Kingdom (UK) recently published the new British Standards Institution (BSI)’s Guideline.  It develops technical and quality guidelines for goods sold in the UK (BS 8611).  The cost in US dollars for this report?  $210.   But who are the noted computer scientists, economists, and great minds behind, Robot Ethics According to About 25 People in the UK?  Unless you buy it you don’t know.

Although robot and AI ethics are the document’s focus, from the free synopsis, it does not delve into a required criterion of detailed behaviors.

What’s ultimately lacking in this, and any other piece or recently formed groups founding principles, are a global agreement on what constitutes ethics and a shared belief system that would be an integrated part of any robot or AI decision-making process.

What might be missing in this discussion…

Ethics, core values, cultural beliefs, religious identification, political selection, morals are all forged not just within a distinct country, but within regions of the country itself.

Each country has its own distinct views of what forms a socially accepted grouping of ethics and values, and, thus, the decision-making process for the majority of contributing member of a distinct society (or, country).  Even if a majority accepts these values and ethics, there is most likely a minority that doesn’t agree, rightly, wrongly, or indifferently.  Also, unifying ethics and values may be in conflict within a country or between differing regions within a country, let alone within a state.

Unquestionably, robots will transition from unthinking, rote automatons into creative, analytical, and contributing members of a country, region, state, or county.

So, we come to a quandary.  Who determines the values and ethics, the moral decisions, that will drive a functioning robot/AI as action-taker or decision-maker across the globe whilst existing in a society?  While the UK has the shadow decision-makers of the British Standards group, who will only share what constitutes decision-making for a robot from the age old monotone of Asimov, “Do no harm to humans,” one must agree much larger questions loom.

Globally, conflict is based upon differing economic, religious, moral, historical memories, and political beliefs, which expand into views on ethnicity, gender, race, sex, etc.  What if every country programs robots and AI to match its majority values and opinions on things like the value of a male child over a female child, the value of a factory worker over that of a highly effective financial broker, the value of a dog versus a cat?  This presents a rather large conundrum over what constitutes the best value system of that country, let alone the globe, on who and how one should program the robot.  And, who should be looking over their shoulder.

We could look at a situation where a homeless person is asking for money. Many might wonder how the money would be used.  Some might examine the words on the homeless person’s cardboard sign.   Others might look at the physical appearance of the destitute individual.  These considerations and decisions must be decided upon when programming a robot.  Because the question we all will want an answer to is, will the robot give the homeless person money.

Other examples confront those in choosing the best value system to program a robot.  What constitutes an “ethical kill,” for example?  Does that term really even exist in the field of ethics, or is it a term created for the justification of military action.  One doesn’t know.

Or what if one country considers theft a minor crime, but in another it is considered a capital offense?   Adultery may be grounds for counseling or divorce in one country, but what if in another it’s grounds for flogging?

So, in the end, is each country going to create more indestructible, resolute, rigid robotic/AI versions of its own majority?  If we can’t agree on what constitutes a shared set of ethics and values globally, what does this foreshadow for commonality as the “Ethics Policy Monitors” (both non-profits and big tech companies) are rapidly starting to individually assemble in each country to determine what’s acceptable behavior for robots and AI-entities?

…The sadness of watching the future unfold is the remembering.

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Robotics and Automation: A Retrospective and the Reality of Bot Nation

Robotics and Automation

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Robotics: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” Initially it appears there was never going to be a connection between artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, nanotechnology, 3D printing, biotechnology and deep machine learning. Looking ahead these fields and technological advances will experience rapid evolutions paving the way for interconnectedness and close relationships to each other. “Concurrent to this technological revolution are a set of broader socio-economic, geopolitical and demographic developments, each interacting in multiple directions and intensifying each another.”

It is projected between 2018 and 2020 the following will happen:

  • Robots will be able to see, smell, feel, move like enhanced humans, and be able to pass a Turing test.
  • It will make more sense from the perspectives of industry, government, consumers to have robots execute tasks and jobs that humans have historically performed.
  • Robotics and automation will impact jobs across all industries, but most critically in the manufacturing and service industries.
  • Cars, trucks, trains, planes, and automobiles will become partially or fully autonomous by 2020. • Because of robotic advances, a majority of our global workforce in administrative and professional services will find themselves replaced.
  • STEM jobs will continue to grow.

Manufacturing and production jobs will continue to experience loss. These type of industry job losses may stabilize by 2020. The people who will lose their jobs due to automation or robotic replacements will still have a relatively good potential for learning new technical knowledge and skills to use as work productivity will be swifter and nimbler due to technology advancements.

Source: The Future of Jobs, Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This report has been researched and defined to enable IT program faculty across the state to consider the changes robotics and automation will bring to the workforce, as well as consider what kinds of program or curricular changes they might make to their current IT programs.

Content covers:

  • Section 1: Robotics and Automation: Historical Highlights
  • Section 2: Recent Evolution of Robotics
  • Section 3: Famous Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and Automatons (Automated Thinking Machines) in Movies
  • Section 4: Modern Robots
  • Section 5: Examples of Robot Applications in Various Industries
  • Section 6: State of the Robotics Industry
  • Section 7: Exploration into the Future of Robotics
  • Section 8: Job Demand, Trends, and Technical Knowledge and Skills Needed
  • Section 9: Technical Knowledge and Skills Needed for Robotics, AI, Automation, and More
  • Conclusions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 IT Jeopardy Champions: The IT Futures Summit

The IT Futures Summit had a panel on disruptive technologies, a presentation by an IBM researcher, an a presentation by Mark Nuefville of Spokane Falls College on the NAO robot, an update on the WA IT Program marketing plan/action taken, the IT Jeopardy game, and more… This was an informative, interactive, and fun event. Look for it next year in May 2017.

The IT Jeopardy game took place on the second day of the event.  In true Jeopardy fashion, the game featured 50 questions with three daily doubles and a final Jeopardy question.

Meet our IT Jeopardy Champions from left to right:

IT Jeopardy Champions 2016

To say this team dominated is an understatement. Everyone get ready for IT Jeopardy: 2017 as it will be an epic match-up!

The following are available to all WA State IT Program CTC faculty from the Summit:

“There is a catch-22 in Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics.  There is a scenario where ethicists have discussed where a robot might be forced to break one or more its laws.  Imagine two-self driving vehicles going towards each other on Highway 101.  Now imagine that the vehicles are just about to cross each other and a large object from the mountains falls right in front of one of them.

To the right of that vehicle there is a cliff, so the vehicle has only two choices: 1.  Allow the collision with the large object to happen, which would prove fatal for the passenger of the car, or 2.  swerve towards the oncoming car, which would be fatal to the passenger of the oncoming vehicle.

What do you think should happen?  Now imagine that one of the cars is transporting children.  Should it respond differently?

Since we are talking about self-driving vehicles (cars), the outcome of this accident would have been pre-determined before the accident happened.  So, ultimately, vehicles (cars) will have to have a method to decide which life is more important and it will mirror the ethics and empathy of those who programmed the vehicles.”

  • Also, don’t forget to listen to the Center’s podcast series, WAInfoTechTalks.org.  We now have 11 episodes that explore with our IT industry guests:
    • Robotics/Automation
    • Hacking/Security
    • Entertainment and Technology
    • Web Development/Design/UX
    • Big Data (Our latest episodes – Listen to the three part podcast on Big Data)

The Cassandra Prophecies

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New Podcasts Series: WaInfoTechTalks Focusing on Disruptive Technologies

The Center of Excellence has launched a brand new podcasts series, WAInfoTechTalks.  Two have been published and three more will be loaded in April for the Center’s first season.

This podcast series focuses on disruptive technology that is, and WILL impact workforce demand in Washington State as well as IT programs (curriculum for degrees and certificates) at our CTCs.

 Rise of the Machines Atlas  rotm2  Podcast 2 Hacking with Dima Protchenko & Maureen Majury 021016  hack2
Rise of the Machines: What Does It Mean?

(Part 1)

Rise of the Machines: What Does It Mean?

(Part 2)

Hacking: What’s It Good For? Absolutely Nothing: However, It’s Good for Bad People (Part 1) Hacking: What’s It Good For? Absolutely Nothing: However, It’s Good for Bad People

(Part 2)

 

Rise of the Machines: Content Summary

Maureen Majury, director for the Center, sits down with Jonny Chambers, Director of Information Technology, University School of Dentistry (formerly at Microsoft) to explore:

  • past and future of robots:
  • how they might take over our jobs and eventually our lives (ok, maybe not)
  • the job outlook in Washington State
  • how predictive was science fiction, film, and television about how robots and automation might replace repetitive tasks and more complex occupations?

There are definitely some entertaining highlights, including the creation and future existence of robot nannies, babies, and pets.

Hacking: What’s it Good For?

Maureen sits down with Dima Protchenko, a software engineer for Healthentic, to discuss:

  • hacking and security in present day and past
  • how it’s portrayed in film.
  • learn what some of the unusual hacking terminology means, such as phishing, fuzzing and Trojan horses.
  • tiptoe into a hot topic in the news: Apple V the FBI – do we know the whole story?

Looking to the future, we have three new Podcasts coming in April for our listeners:

  • entertainment and technology’s impact right now and in the future
  • web design/development/UX
  • Data & Predictive analytics and there will be a follow-up with Dima Protchenko on Apple, ransom ware, and more…

So, follow the Center’s new podcast series, WAInfoTechTalks, to learn more about disruptive technologies impacting everything from the workforce, to IT programs, to how will it impact our everyday life.  Look for upcoming episodes focusing on: Entertainment and Technology, Web Development/Design/UX, and Data Analytics.

You’ll learn, laugh, you might cry (we hope not!)  Just Do It!  Join us as we Talk Tech.

These podcasts were produced at Bellevue College.

 

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Creating IT Futures: 2016 Summit

Creating IT Futures

CREATING IT FUTURES: 2016 SUMMIT

You are invited…

Who:  Up to three IT CTC Faculty from each college (Note:  Per diem for each faculty stipend to offset travel costs will be allocated upon delivery of receipts for faculty traveling over 50 miles to get to the event from Central, Eastern, North and South Western Washington .  This is done in order to encourage attendance and engagement at this event for our friends who have to make the trek to get to this event, as well as select IT industry professionals.

Faculty who attended the May 201t IT Futures Summit will be given the two to three slots to attend.  If faculty who did not attend that event register and those slots aren’t filled with the 2015 attendees, then other registrations will be accepted in their place.  Be sure to coordinate with your Academic or Workforce Administrator to ensure this attendance coordination is understood.  If you want to send more than three educators from your college, please contact the Center at maureen.majury@bellevuecollege.edu or call 425.564.4229.

What:  Will be happening?  This group will take up new and continuing topics including:

  • Industry Panel discuss disruptive technologies impacting workforce and IT programs (robotics, automation, entertainment technology, security, hacking, web design/UX, and data analytics),
  • IBM Research, Dr. Yunyao Li, will present on SystemT: An Algebraic Approach to Declarative Information Extraction
  • Discuss four additional courses to add to the suite of ten IT CTC courses,
  • A robotic presentation by Spokane Valley’s Mark Neufville who will also demonstrate the Center’s NAO robot,
  • IT program marketing materials presentation,
  • Progress on the exploratory research of state robotics/drone workforce demand, curriculum, and academic and career pathways,
  • Hot topics and areas of interest for the IT faculty community,
  • And, assess how the IT Faculty Forum is being used.

The 2016 Agenda

Read Dr. Yunyao Li’s biography hereYunYao Li IBM

 

 

 

Where:  Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040/tel (206) 275-7609, The Mercer Room.

When:  9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2016 & 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016. (Note: Agenda times subject to change and will be finalized when you receive your final confirmations, for most at the end of March 2016.)

Why:  We are entering a stage of incredibly fast and disruptive technology.  How are our IT programs and CTC IT faculty preparing for these kinds of rapid changes? This is the overarching theme of this two day event.  We will have frank discussions with our panel, brainstorm, and consider how we can best prepare our students in IT as well as attract students into IT as their job prospects look more robust compared to other industry sectors.

Requirements:
1.  After you register, you will be sent materials to consider and be ready to discuss.  You will also receive an agenda for the two-day event as we come closer to the May event.
2. Register by April 29, 2016.
3. Review materials that will be sent to you before the Summit and be prepared to discuss, brainstorm, and make decisions.
4.  If possible bring your laptop or tablet.  There is wifi at the event.
Food will be provided (Thursday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, Friday: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack).
Recommended hotel:  The Hyatt House near Bellevue College (easy access to 1-90, and then you can hop off and reach the Mercer Island Community Center very easily). However, for our out-of-town guests, with the stipend you can decide where you want to stay.  Mention my name, the Center of Excellence, and Bellevue College to get the government rate.
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