Tech Tuesday: Tomorrow’s Workforce, Today’s STEM Students

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Michael Robertson and Dana Barrett

In the guest chair:

Executive Director of the TAG Education Collaborative, Michael Robertson joined Dana live in studio to discuss STEM Day and summer internship opportunities for students.

TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) mission is to strengthen Georgia’s future workforce by providing students with relevant, hands on STEM learning opportunities by uniting Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) resources with leading education initiatives. Formerly The TAG Foundation, The TAG Education Collaborative is a 501c3 non-profit organization (EIN 58-2569666) which was formed by the Technology Association of Georgia in 1999. TAG-Ed is committed to meeting student demand for STEM-related information and opportunities, and has experienced explosive growth in its programs since 2011. For example, 622,000+ students across Georgia participated in TAG-Ed’s STEM Day in 2014, up from 300,000 in 2013. The Summer Internship Program has grown from 38 interns in 2009 to 150 placements in 2014, with over 1,400 student applicants this year.

In the headlines:

  • A Georgia restaurant has made  Food & Wine magazine’s restaurants of the year list.  The Grey in Savannah, Ga., is one of only five restaurants on the list.
  • A new report from NerdWallet lists the best cities in Georgia to start a business and the results may surprise you.  Let’s put it this way… Atlanta comes in at #51.
  • Another new report out says that the Film & TV industry has paid Georgia workers $1.6 billion dollars.  Georgia’s film and television industry supports more than 24,000 direct jobs and pays local workers more than $1.68 billion in wages, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.
  • Self-employment is on the rise across the board and Atlanta is a top 20 city for such growth. A report by Mountain View, Calif.-based Intuit Inc.projected the number of “contingent” workers in the U.S. will shoot past 40 percent of the workforce by 2020.
  • Apple has issued a voluntary recall of the Beats Pill XL speakers saying that “in rare cases, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,”
  • On a more positive note for Apple – they have a big week this week with their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) taking place in San Francisco.  First of all, they’ve announced the launch of their streaming music service.  Even this late to the game, they stand to become the market leader pretty quickly.  They’ve also announced a plan for more diversity in their workforce AND better apps for the Apple Watch.
  • In local tech news – one of our past guests on Tech Tuesday, Springbot, has just announced  $6 million dollars in new funding and named a new board member.  The financing was led by TTV Capital (who was also on the show) and included increased participation by existing investors such as TechOperators as well as contribution from new investor Silicon Valley Bank.

Other stuff:

Join us on July 13th for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Our July selection is The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. If you’ve been meaning to read this for years, now’s your chance! Or, if you read it years ago, time to refresh! Location TBD. Get all the details and sign up to attend here: http://www.meetup.com/DBShow/.

It is prize giveaway week on The Dana Barrett Show! Tune in every day this week to win Braves tickets, gift cards and more. Listen for Dana’s announcement and call 404-995-7300 to win.

For other events and appearances, check out Dana’s event calendar: http://danabarrett.com/events/.

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