May. 26, 2016

GenZ Technology Readies For Global Startup Competition

The Challenge Cup Global Finals are nearly here and all of us at Trailhead couldn’t be more excited to have local winner (and Trailhead member) GenZ Technology taking part June 5 – 11 in Washington D.C.

The Challenge Cup is a global startup competition for businesses in regulated industries. Hosted by renowned startup accelerator 1776, the Challenge Cup provides a unique opportunity for companies to connect with industry experts and have a chance to win up to $1 million in funding.

This year’s global competition will feature Boise-based GenZ Technology, developer of a cutting-edge agriculture sprayer that provides great benefits for farmers, workers and the environment.

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Feb. 4, 2016

Saint Alphonsus Donation Brings Cutting-Edge Technology to CWI

by College of Western Idaho

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise has donated a da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to the College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Surgical Technology program. The system allows surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures through the use of an interactive robot with instrument arms, and 3D HD cameras that provide a magnified view from inside the body. The da Vinci Surgical System, which was used at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for the past decade, will now be used to teach students in CWI’s Surgical Technology program.

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Mar. 2, 2017

Boise Library Provides Emerging Technology

Virtual reality and augmented reality is projected to become a $40 billion to $120 billion industry by the year 2020, according to the Idaho Virtual Reality Council. The Boise Library, through fundraising and donations, is now able to prepare Idahoans for this emerging industry. Every library in Boise is now outfitted with their very own virtual reality system.

People can reserve times and days throughout the week or drop-in on Wednesday for the library's VR Wednesday. Today was the first day the public got to try out the library's newest resource, and for 7th grader Thomas Michael Witt, it didn't disappoint.

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May. 17, 2015

Reuseum in Garden City spurs kids’ passion for technology

Watching a toothbrush-bristle robot skitter across the table, John Schiff grins and laughs with a childlike fascination. Schiff says he hopes to instill that same enthusiasm in others at the Garden City-based used electronics store and education center he founded — dubbed the “Reuseum.”

One of the most popular workshops for kids is called the deconstruction lab, where kids can take apart everything from laptops to VCRs. Schiff says this kind of tinkering is essential to competing globally where more and more jobs are technology-based. “Too often times we consider the stuff magic. We don’t even consider that a human being made this,” Schiff said. “We need to understand how things work if we’re to be a country that still creates and innovates.”

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Jun. 7, 2017

Technology Company Jelli Expands Operations in Downtown Boise

by Admin

Jelli, a technology firm based in San Mateo, announced the significant expansion of its customer success and marketing operations located in its new downtown Boise office. Founded in 2009, Jelli is the technology that powers programmatic platforms for the $40B global radio industry. New offices in Boise and New York City will accommodate the company’s recently announced growth of more than 266% percent in gross media spend executed on their platform. 

“Ultimately, the Boise-based office will include other core Jelli functions, and the people we’ve hired already demonstrate the company’s innovative, passionate, diverse, and customer-centric culture," said Mike Dougherty, Jelli co-founder and chief executive officer.  "Boise is the ideal market for us. We selected the Mountain West due to the area’s diverse talent pool, access to major universities, close proximity to our Silicon Valley headquarters, and because doing business in Idaho is significantly easier.”

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Sep. 25, 2015

Micron CEO Mark Durcan Named Chair of Technology CEO Council

The Technology CEO Council (TCC) announced this week that Micron CEO Mark Durcan will serve as the group’s new chair. In the role, Durcan will head up a group of fellow technology CEOs from companies including Intel, IBM, and Dell in advancing policies that support the U.S. tech industry’s innovation and competitiveness.

Micron has participated for several years on the council — the technology industry’s only public policy advocacy organization comprised entirely of CEOs. The group meets regularly with U.S. policymakers on important topics affecting the tech industry and nation. These days, there is no shortage of topics. The list includes immigration, digital protectionism, cybersecurity, tax reform, patent reform, and intellectual property protection.

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Oct. 19, 2015

Technology and Innovation Center unBound Opens in Meridian

by ​Jess Flynn

A library branch with more screens than books? That's the look and feel of the new technology and innovation center unBound - the latest location for Meridian Library District in the heart of Downtown. It's about changing how ideas are brought to life. 

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Jan. 6, 2016

Local Company Plans to Bring Manufacturing of its Award-winning Technology to Boise


Boise-based American Semiconductor has built 25 percent of its new campus and plans to bring the manufacturing of its award-winning technology to the Treasure Valley from Arizona, California and Minnesota. 

In August, American Semiconductor moved to its new 9,000 sq. foot headquarters at 6987 W. Targee Street. The site has 3,000 feet of office space, 3,000 feet of unused future office space and 3,000 feet of manufacturing space.  American Semiconductor plans to double its staff of about 20 employees and construct an additional 18,000 square feet of manufacturing space. 
 

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Nov. 21, 2016

TSheets Secures Fastest Growing Company In North America On Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500™

by TSheets

TSheets, the top rated and requested employee time tracking and scheduling app, has seen explosive national and global expansion over the past four years, earning a spot on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies in North America. TSheets has grown 681.6 percent since 2012, serving more than 20,000 businesses across 100+ countries — and the company shows no signs of slowing down.

CEO Matt Rissell attributes 681+ percent annual revenue growth to a disruptive product that solves true small business problems and by placing a major focus on customer experience.

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Nov. 16, 2015

Office Envy: Curious Media

by Marissa Lovell

While they reside on the second floor of the historic Blue Eye Building in downtown Nampa, Curious Media truly dwells at the nexus of passion and creativity. Driven by a love of gaming, technology, education and fun, the interactive agency delivers remarkable digital experiences across multiple platforms for children and adults alike, working with notable companies like Disney, PBS Kids, Mattel, Hasbro and Warner Brothers.  

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Apr. 8, 2016

Office Envy: TSheets

by Marissa Lovell

Nestled along the Boise River Greenbelt in Eagle, Idaho, TSheets’ stunning two-story office demonstrates how far the online timesheet company has come in just 10 years – from two guys in a basement to 105 employees helping to blaze trail in technology, recruiting and company culture. The rapidly growing company, which recently purchased their office building, has already expanded into a portion of their neighboring space and is creating plans for a new building.

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Aug. 2, 2016

Why Companies Are Moving Back Downtown

Tax incentives aren't always the best way to lure businesses. Many are simply going where the talent is.

Ryan Woodings owns a 15-person tech startup in Boise, Idaho.

His company, MetaGeek, specializes in helping businesses fix and maintain their Wi-Fi systems. Or, as the website puts it, “making Wi-Fi more awesome for more people.”

MetaGeek did what a lot of companies are doing these days. It moved downtown. The student interns are now able to bike over to the office between classes. In the afternoons, MetaGeek employees can take walks on the nearby greenbelt that runs through town along the Boise River. If they want to bike home, the city runs a bicycle rental program and has an expanding network of dedicated bike lanes. “Downtown Boise is where everything is,” Woodings says. “When you have a lunch meeting, or get coffee with a client, it’s always downtown.”

MetaGeek is one of several tech companies that have put down roots recently in the center of Boise. Last summer, Boise State moved its computer science department downtown so that it could be closer to students’ potential employers. And Boise isn’t unusual. In cities across the country, businesses are trying to capitalize on the increasing density of tech talent clustered in the heart of cities.

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May. 25, 2015

Develop.idaho brings IT, education, R&D together

by Martin Hambalek, Idaho Technology Council

The develop.idaho conference showcases the depth of Idaho’s desire to strengthen the state’s economy through knowledge and education in the software and technology sectors. This year, the annual event drew over 500 attendees from throughout the state representing backgrounds in IT, education, policymaking, research and development and much more. 

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May. 18, 2015

Albertsons Library Makes Room for New Student MakerLab

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Construction will soon begin on the first floor of Boise State's Albertsons Library to make room for the brand new MakerLab. The lab is a student center for creation, innovation and experimentation, featuring 3D printers, vinyl cutters, numerous tools for creating and designing computers, circuits and more. The space will also facet the new Gaming Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) technology degree program, part of the new College of Innovation and Design (COID). 

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May. 30, 2017

Grow Here: Gretchen Caserotti on Storytelling and Service

by Marissa Lovell

Gretchen Caserotti’s career calling became crystal clear to her during children’s story time at New York Public Library.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Gretchen grew up in a home entrenched in the arts. After graduating high school, Gretchen bounced around the country uncovering pieces of herself in communities from Portland to New York City. In 2006, while working as an actress and waiting tables in the Big Apple, she realized that as much as she loved storytelling and performance art, acting wasn’t the outlet for her passions.  

She decided to make a change and hit the books twofold – as a graduate student at Pratt Institute and as a Children’s Librarian at New York Public Library. Amongst rows of books, Gretchen discovered her love of storytelling and passion for service colliding. As she worked toward earning her Master’s in Library Science, she learned about the human thought process. Matching this understanding with creativity, she discovered ways the library could be even more useful to the local community.

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Aug. 14, 2015

America’s Largest Seed Fund Comes to Boise

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and geeks: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour is coming to Boise, August 20-21. The tour is a national outreach effort to convey non-dilutive technology funding opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The programs annually provide $2.5 billion in funding to small, advanced technology firms to spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations. Together, they represent America's Largest Seed Fund. 

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May. 8, 2017

AppDetex Raises $5.5 Million to Accelerate Growth

by Admin

AppDetex, a Boise-based software company providing online and mobile brand protection to global brands, announced today that it has raised $5.5 million to expand its products and accelerate growth. EPIC Ventures led the round with participation from Origin Ventures and existing investors.

Founded in 2012 by brand protection veterans Faisal Shah and Chris Bura, AppDetex provides innovative solutions to global corporations experiencing reputation and revenue loss from brand impersonation in the online and mobile space – including domains, marketplaces, social media and mobile applications. Through AppDetex, customers efficiently monitor high-risk verticals, identify active violators and, enforce on intellectual property violations.

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Jan. 13, 2017

Trailhead Launches Evening Intro Web Development Course

by Trailhead Boise

Trailhead, Boise’s startup hub, announces a Front End Web Development education series that teaches beginners how to program.  The Front-End Foundations Series will help students learn tools and technologies that enable them to build interactive web pages and applications. Students may sign up for individual courses, or the entire 3 part, 8 week series.  Classes begin January 24, and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Trailhead - 500 S 8th Street in downtown Boise.

Trailhead is partnering with Boise State University’s Venture College and Tyro, a Boise-based software programming education company. Those that complete the three part series can earn a Front-End Foundations Badge from Boise State University Venture College. “We understand the importance of coding education, especially in the startup community and we are delighted to partner with Trailhead and one of our own Badgeholders - Zach Richardson - to help deliver it,” said Kevin Learned, Director of Boise State University Venture College.

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Oct. 31, 2016

NNU University Builds Idaho’s First Satellite

Idaho’s first satellite is complete and ready for take-off. KBOI 2News spoke with the team from Northwest Nazarene University who designed and built the satellite. The team is comprised of four students and two professors from the university. They have been working on the MakerSat project for the past two-and-a-half years.

The MakerSat team was selected by NASA to design and build the satellite. Its mission – to learn more about 3D printing in space. Once the satellite is launched, it will orbit Earth at a speed of about 17,000 mph for the next ten years. “It will be orbiting every 100 minutes. So every 100 minutes it will complete one path around the Earth,” said team member and NNU student Braden Grim.

The expected launch date was March 2018, until just two months ago when Grim spoke at an aerospace conference. Team leader Dr. Stephen Parke says NASA moved the launch up by a year-and-a-half. “NASA came and talked to us after and said ‘hey we think you out to fly earlier we have an opportunity would you be able to get your satellite ready by November the 4th of 2016?’” Parke said.

That opportunity allows the satellite to ride into space alongside a NOAA satellite. Parke estimates his team easily put in a 1,000 hours of work over the last two months, scrambling to finish the satellite in time.

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Sep. 2, 2015

West Ada opens computer science magnet school

The first day of school in Idaho’s largest district also signified the first day for the computer science magnet school, designed for 10th- through 12th-graders who want to take increasingly advanced courses in computer science and web design and development.

“Our goal is to prepare students with skills that are in demand,” said Staci Low, administrator of West Ada’s Professional Technical Education program. “Our curriculum is aligned to industry so students learn specific transferable skills for the work force or college and career-ready skills.”

All of West Ada’s five high schools offer freshman computer programming and web design classes, and more than 600 students are enrolled over the next two semesters. Last year, only two schools offered such classes.

Sophomore Chris Johnson smiled in what he said is “by far my favorite class” at Centennial High School.  He is a four-year track to earn a computer programing certification so he’ll be instantly employable when he graduates.

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