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Stress cannot exist in the presence of pie - David Mamet
TOMORROW - Big Sky Developers Conference to host entrepreneurs in Bozeman on 6/11 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Code Girls
Early Edge Montana
- Is Your Child Coding Yet? New Building Blocks Teach Programming Basics
When parents these days hear the old saying "The jobs of tomorrow haven't been invented yet," they tend to add, "so my child had better learn to code."
Gov. Steve Bullock
- IBM supercomputer Watson to help advance preschool education
Plan to develop adaptive learning products and platform for use at home and in schools
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Montana Governor Bullock creates new "Office of Outdoor Recreation"
The new "Office of Outdoor Recreation" is a new tool for the state to focus not only on the recreation industry, but the future of the millions of acres of public lands in Montana.
- Governor Bullock Announces Public Lands & Public Access Agenda
"Public access to public lands is a fundamental part of what it means to be a Montanan," said Governor Bullock. "And it's my responsibility as governor to uphold this Montana value - now and in the years to come."
- When using data in education, remember monkey sex
Dubner reminds everyone that there are four reasons why looking to data for all the answers will be one of the hardest tasks education has ever tackled.
- NorthWestern Energy is again warning customers about a scam involving the collection of overdue utility bills.
A number of customers around our service area have reported receiving suspicious telephone calls in recent days.
- NorthWestern Energy Files Annual Electricity Supply-Cost Tracker to Montana Public Service Commission
Overall, energy costs remain very stable due to regulated ownership of generation resources.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Big Sky: Big Ideas Technology Summit, 7/28, Bozeman, Montana
"The technology community in Montana is rapidly growing, bringing innovation to existing businesses and driving new business in the area. Growing the tech ecosystem in Montana is a win-win for all involved and we are excited to play a part." Andrew Field, CEO of PFL
Energy and Climate Change
- I saw the baby bison that tourists tried to rescue. Here's what you don't know about the story.
Our job is to accept nature on nature's terms. But to do that, we need more educational programs that can teach people just what that means. The National Park Service needs more rangers out in the park and interacting with visitors, teaching them about this place called Yellowstone that I love so much.
- 60 miles through Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness in the spring is challenging
But the rewards of being in the wild are always plentiful.
Come Home Montana
- While solar booms nationally, it struggles in sunny Wyoming
The Cowboy State's powerful rays mean solar panels installed here are some of the most productive in the nation. The Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group, estimates Wyoming residential panels have the eighth most energy potential in the nation.
- A Power Plant in Iceland Has Turned Its CO2 Into Stone
By pumping the stuff into volcanic basalt, the CarbFix Project has converted 95 percent of the CO2 emissions from a geothermal plant into solid carbonate minerals.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Resource Development - United Way of Cascade County
The Director of Resource Development demonstrates a commitment to professional growth and quality personal performance while also demonstrating the ability to function effectively as a member of a team of staff and volunteers.
- 15 Small Towns In Montana Where Everyone Knows Your Name
If you want the kind of life where you can be greeted by name at the bank and the grocery store, where you can leave town knowing your neighbors will watch your house, where you feel supported by the people around you... you'll love small town Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Developer - wolfSSL
This will be a full time position as an employee of wolfSSL or done through consulting work.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Big Sky Developers Conference to host entrepreneurs in Bozeman on 6/11
Around 160 technology-minded individuals will gather at The Commons on Baxter Lane to participate in a day of conferences, presentations and speeches led by some eminent members of the state's tech industry.
- Paul Singh Montana Tech Tour (Hellgate Venture Network Special Event), 6/30, Missoula
In 2016, entrepreneur and investor, Paul Singh is driving across North America to visit the places that startups actually start (and grow) their businesses. Along the way, he'll mentor thousands of entrepreneurs, visit incubators and coworking spaces, hold investor dinners and dive into the local (tech) culture.
TEDx Events in Montana
- What Montana media can learn from the communities it left behind
Two decades after the internet ushered in the information age and transformed the world's news habits, the resulting upheaval has plainly destabilized Montana's fourth estate, from Bigfork to Missoula.
- Fly fishing guide school opening in Missoula - Blackfoot River Outfitters
"There's a distinct need for more guides market here in Missoula."
- Bozeman-based Flat Earth Inc. receives $300,000 grant to develop technology to assist hearing-impaired individuals
"We are excited to receive this award which will allow us to hire an additional engineer and get started on creating new tools for use in developing the next generation hearing aid and speech processing devices," Flat Earth CEO and founder Doug Roberts said in a release.
- Today's TED Talk - How college loans exploit students for profit
Samuel proposes a radical solution: link tuition costs to a degree's expected earnings, so that students can make informed decisions about their future, restore their love of learning and contribute to the world in a meaningful way.
- Ready for another career? How to go back to school and save money.
If returning to school and changing careers is on your agenda, here are three helpful tips to make the transition more financially feasible.
- TED Talk - Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards?
- Some Oil Workers Without Jobs Are Looking to Solar for Employment
Eighty thousand workers have been laid off across the country as the price of oil has plummeted.
- Job changes: How to avoid raising red flags when switching jobs
"Job hopping has its positive side as well as its negative side."
- The Graying of Rural America
As young people increasingly move to cities, what happens to the people and places they leave behind?
- What every leader in government should be doing right now
Let's first take a closer look at the need for leaders to recognize the connection between employee engagement and agency performance.
- Following Rural Health Summit, Tester Introduces Bill to Bring More Doctors to Rural Communities
Tester's bill, the Restoring Rural Residencies Act, will allow Medicare to reimburse residency programs for the time residents spend at Critical Access Hospitals.
Incubators and R&D
- Teacher shortage in East Idaho called a 'famine'
Experts and data suggest that teachers are leaving the profession not only because of pay, but because of rising health care costs, low morale and declines in the number of out-of-state personnel seeking Idaho teaching certificates.
- An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest
From Heart Cells To Brain Cells
Regional Economic Development
- Back to the Future: What Role Will Electric Utilities Play in 2030?
Two researchers travel forward in time to help utilities make decisions about how to structure themselves today.
Washington State Business
- Steve Jenkins, President of the Fond du Lac County EDC in Wisconsin shares his economic development secrets.
Economic Development Secrets, features economic developers from across the country who share their experiences and tricks of the trade.
- How to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing
Nine policies that could spark new growth in factory jobs and the economic benefits they bring
- Is this booming Northwest land a paradise or disaster waiting to happen?
Some called it New Age hokum. Others said it represented a true "Ecotopia," maybe even a last redoubt against the worst effects of climate change.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming Legislature considers tax breaks for beekeepers
Wyoming lawmakers are considering making beekeeping a bit sweeter by offering tax breaks for beekeepers.
- CU-Boulder researchers to teach mindfulness to kindergartners
Researchers at the University of Colorado are hoping to teach kindergartners mindfulness practices -- such as taking an intentional deep breath during an important lesson -- to give them the best chance for success later in life.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Montana's Blackfeet tribe desperately needs more Native educators--so it's letting them train without ever leaving the reservation.
Can teachers who have never left the reservation give Native children a portal to the rest of the world?
- Kentucky embraces idea that not everyone needs college
Schools get a point for getting a student ready for college or a point for getting them career-ready. There's an extra half bonus point for getting kids ready for both college and career.
- Women say colleges not preparing them for a career
New report sheds light on 2016's college seniors' feelings about career-readiness --and they're not great.
Montana Education Excellence
- Corvallis High School to offer Media Arts Program starting this fall.
"Having a dynamic media arts program that is similar to the afterschool MAPS program is an idea that has been batted around for approximately two years," Johnson said. "The first month I was on the job, July 2014, I met with Peter Rosten, founder of the MAPS program. We talked about the MAPS program and I was an instant supporter."
- Montana State University College of Arts and Architecture offers scholarships for Native American students
Native American college students interested in majoring in art, design, architecture, music or film and photography may be eligible for a scholarship awarded by the Montana State University College of Arts and Architecture.
Funding and Building your Business
- FIVE New grant announcements
- 8 Lessons for Fixing the Cities of the Future
It's not just about cities.
- Jaw-Dropping What Brad Pitt Is Doing To American Indian Reservations
"These LEED Platinum, solar-powered homes will have three or four bedrooms and two or three bathrooms each, and built with certified Cradle-to-Cradle vendors, which means they're developed responsibly and use reclaimed materials," reports NationSwell.
- Bozeman residents discuss city's strategic plan
One of the topics discussed by most residents is the town's issues with traffic and layout.
Connectivity & Communications
- TechJunction Montana, 8/18, Bozeman, Montana
With a "by invitation-only to MATR members" (If you receive the newsletter, you're invited - Russ) format, cutting-edge content, interactive labs & exhibits, and other complimentary delegate benefits (coffee, lunch, cocktails; etc.) TechJunction has earned the reputation as "THE technology conference" for IT professionals across the country. There is no charge for attending TechJunction.
- SBA and AARP Renew "Summer of Encore Mentoring" for Older Entrepreneurs with Nationwide Events
Building on the success of last year's "Summer of Encore Mentoring," the SBA and AARP will match encore entrepreneurs with successful business owners, community leaders and advisers for advice, counseling and training assistance during the months of June, July and August 2016.
- GeoOrbital - How A Serial Entrepreneur Designed A Wheel That Makes A Bike Electric And Raised $1M On Kickstarter
The way it works is simple: Just snap off the front wheel of any bike and attach Burtov's special electric wheel in its place, and the newly powered bicycle can go at 20 miles per hour for up to 50 miles.
- Salesforce to Invest $50 Million in Startups, Launch Incubator
The summit will be the first of its kind, open to the public, and will address the technology landscape here in Montana and its effects on a global scale. A keynote address will be given by Peter Coffee, VP of Strategic Research at Salesforce.
- It's never too late: How to start a business as a baby boomer
The passion that spurs someone to dream of starting a business isn't reserved for the techie millennial in the torn jeans and hoodie.
- Google gets 'serious' about beaming wireless broadband into homes
Google Fiber is experimenting with the technology in Kansas City and plans to have a test wireless network up and running by year's end. It's trying to solve what's called "the last mile problem" that requires laying fiber-optic cables.
- Farm Bill Broadband Loans a little-known rural K-12 connectivity option
Until July 7, 2016, schools in rural areas have the option of applying for funding from the Farm Bill Broadband Loans and Loan Guarantees program, an initiative launched in 2015 to provide funding for the construction, improvement or acquisition of broadband equipment.
- A Model for Closing the Digital Divide?
Using technology to improve services is imperative to the future of San José and other cities.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Planning After Big Data and the Internet of Things
The exact moment when new digital and Internet technologies fundamentally changed the practice of planning is debatable, but that the profession has been irrevocably altered is not debatable.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- America's Greatest Makers - Season 2 Casting Now Open
Calling all makers and innovators. Do you have what it takes to be the next America's Greatest Maker?
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Tim Berners-Lee, The Web's Creator, Looks to Reinvent It
"It's been great, but spying, blocking sites, repurposing people's content, taking you to the wrong websites -- that completely undermines the spirit of helping people create."
- Welcome to Larry Page's Secret Flying-Car Factories
Like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, Page is using his personal fortune to build the future of his childhood dreams.
- Mark Zuckerberg and the $80 million stolen password
Over the weekend, hackers stole Mark Zuckerberg's password to break into his official Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
- How seven cities are inventing the future of transportation
They're vying for a $40 million start-up prize from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which asked them to juggle three big ideas: automation, climate change and urban inequality.
- This company just solved one of the thorniest problems for driverless cars
In what appears to be an unprecedented move, a British insurance company has begun offering a special policy designed for autonomous and partly automated vehicles.
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