Tech Insights
Sep. 3, 2014

Uniting for STEM Scholarships
On Thursday, Sept. 18, thousands of North Texas are expected to make donations to their favorite charities as part of North Texas Giving Day, one of the nation's largest online fund raising events. This year for the first time, the Metroplex Technology Business Council is joining forces with North Texas Giving Day, hoping to raise funds for the MTBC STEM fund.More

MTBC board member Stacie Hyatt Named Chairman of advisory board at A&M
Congratulations to MTBC board member Stacie Hyatt, for being named chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for the department of biomedical engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Hyatt is the vice president of sales, support and marketing for Plexon, a position she has held since 2011.More

North Texas Technology Hiring Expo creates job opportunities
Demand for technology professionals in the DFW market is extremely high. If you are looking for the right people to fill your open IT positions, the MTBC can help you meet hundreds of technology professionals at our North Texas Technology Hiring Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The event will be held at the Richardson Civic Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More

Past Tech Titans winner FireHost takes military approach to protect against cyberattacks
The Dallas Morning News
Much like they defended the nation against online attacks, leaders of Richardson cloud provider FireHost are now protecting corporate interests against cybercrime. Founder Chris Drake, a former third-generation paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, built some of the first secure websites for the U.S. Army.More

We're going to need more storage for the Internet of Things
Every day, hundreds of thousands of devices are newly connected to the Internet. Smart refrigerators, activity monitors, security cameras and more — devices previously only plugged into a power outlet — are connected to the Internet, and are sending and receiving tons of data at scales never before seen.More

Coding school for kids
Programming and coding are arguably the bedrocks of high-tech economies, and now even young children are exposed to this vital skill. Launched in Finland in 2013 by the Helsinki company Reaktor, programming schools are starting to pop up elsewhere in Europe. The latest school, which emulates Reaktor's model, launched in Germany at the end of August.More

Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation
The Washington Post
Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math bachelor's degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation. More

Space cadets: STEM program gives students control of satellites
U.S. News & World Report
To spark STEM inspiration, one tech company is reaching for the stars. Soon, students and teachers across the world will be able to control tiny cube-shaped satellites orbiting the globe nearly 100 miles above their schools, harnessing high-tech sensors aboard the devices to predict thunderstorms, solar flares and much more. More

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology
The Japan Times
Unveiling technology that generates "touchable" 3-D imagery, developers said objects that only exist in the virtual world could be manipulated as if they were real.More

General Motors to fit eye-tracking technology that reveals when a driver is not paying attention
Daily Mail
You may think you can outsmart the road authorities, but soon it won't just be their speed cameras keeping an eye on your driving. General Motors is set to become the first car manufacturer to install eye-tracking technology in its vehicles, according to a recent report. The feature will allow cars to track drivers' eye movements to ensure they keep their attention on the road.More

The 7 habits of highly effective big data users
Personal improvement educator Stephen Covey originally wrote "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" back in 1989. Since that time his approach to attaining goals effectively has been reimagined and reinvented for an infinite variety of disciplines and behaviors — so why not big data analytics? More

Space: Next big data frontier?
Relaxed regulations and greater affordability soon could fill the skies with satellites put there to collect images and other data for businesses hoping to get a leg up on the competition.More