Industry News

Have a say about bus changes when Link light rail begins serving Capitol Hill and the UW

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Hello Central, SVI and Siegal Ctr Staff/Faculty:


Below is a blurb from KC Metro regarding some proposed changes to bus routes once the Light Rail begins operations running from the UW to downtown with a stop at Central’s doorstep here on Broadway.  Please consider taking some time to consider the proposed changes, then take the survey or consider attending one of the public hearings that will be held to discuss these options.  I found it easier to simply click on the tab named “Explore routes in detail” because one can then just focus on the current bus route(s) one currently uses to see the proposed changes.  For instance, in alternative #1 the proposal is to alter that portion of the 49 route on Pine St from/to downtown, moving that portion onto Madison St instead.  Proposal 2 has no proposed changes to the 49.  At any rate, this is the time to make your voice heard.  For those of you who work directly with students please share this link with them also, thanks.

How will bus service change when Link light rail comes to Capitol Hill and the UW?

Have a Say between now and March 31

Link light rail is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit have developed two alternative concepts for how buses could work with light rail. These concepts include new and improved connections and changes to make transit more efficient, reliable, and easy to use.

Do you use or want to use transit in Capitol Hill, the University District, northeast Seattle, Eastlake, Madison Valley, the Central Area, Montlake, South Lake Union, or along SR-520?

Tell us what you think about the two alternatives:

  • Fill      out our survey
  • Come      to a meeting

Tell us how you might use these alternative concepts and how you would make them better. Your input will help shape our proposal. You will get an opportunity to comment on that proposal in May before King County Council and the Sound Transit Board make decisions about what bus changes will be made after Link light rail service comes to Capitol Hill and the UW.

»Find details, the survey, and a calendar of events at
»Use #Bus2Link on social media


Word Camp Seattle 2015

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

My name is Chandrika Guntur. I am one of the organizers of Word Camp Seattle 2015. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas and get to know each other.​

You can learn more about WordCamp Seattle 2015 here.

The reason I am reaching out to you is because we are looking for volunteers for this years WordCamp. Volunteers are the back bone to any WordCamp. They are the ones that make it a success. Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet other WordPress members, share ideas and give back to the WordPress community.

Students in the IT/web development programs would be interested in attending WordCamp and also help us by volunteering.

If anyone is interested, they can learn more about volunteering fill out the volunteer form here. I will get in touch with them.

Thank you in advance for your help. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.




Is an IT career right for you?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Not sure if IT is right for you? Test drive 17 IT careers-videos that show “A Day in the Life” of different IT roles.

ALPFA Seattle 2015 Latino Student Summit

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Seattle Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) would like to extend an invitation to your student body to apply to attend our .

ALPFA is the largest Latino association for professionals and students with chapters nationwide and over 23,000 members. ALPFA’s mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation in every sector of the global economy.  The Seattle Chapter furthers the ALPFA mission by hosting professional development programs such as the Latino Student Summit.

The Latino Student Summit is an opportunity for selected students to learn valuable professional development tools and to attend a career fair with recruiters from some of the Puget Sound’s largest and most prestigious companies.  The Latino Student Summit will take place on Saturday February 28, 2015 at the Starbucks Corporate Headquarters in Seattle.  This opportunity is an excellent way to market your students directly to Seattle area recruiters.  This event is free and open to all students, not just Latinos.  We are still finalizing the details of the Latino Student Summit, but here are some highlights:

  • Theme: Today’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Reality
  • Breakout Session Topics:

o Business Etiquette

o The Recruiting Life Cycle

o Interview Preparation

  • Participating Companies: Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft, KPMG, Hitachi Consulting, and others.

We welcome you to share this information with all of your students, especially those who are majoring in business, economics, operations and STEM, as well as those who participate in on-campus organizations such as business clubs, technology clubs, honor societies, Latino social organizations, and Latino fraternities or sororities.

2015 ALPFA Latino Student Summit

Students can apply online at  The priority deadline is January 31, 2015.  The final deadline is February 21, 2015.    Space is limited, so students are encouraged to apply early.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss ways our Chapter could support your students, please contact me by email at or by phone at 206.604.5940.  ALPFA Seattle looks forward to welcoming your students to our events and developing a relationship with your institution.

To learn more about ALPFA and the Seattle Chapter, please visit and

IT or Computer Science career speakers

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Sapna Cheryan, UW Psychology of Computer Science Culture  

Monday, January 26th at 3:00 at Central in SAM 200

 Sapna and her post-docs explore how universities can make their computer science programs more welcoming to female students, and will inform out discussion of the importance of diversity in STEM.

Seattle JavaScript Workshop with Thomas

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

If students are interested,  Thomas Wilburn  hosts a meetup on the second Wednesday of every month, called Seattle JavaScript Workshop on It’s a good chance for people to go and get feedback from other developers, or show off what they’ve been working on.


Breaking Stereotypes event at Town Hall

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Gender and racial stereotypes continue to be roadblocks in offices around the world, infringing on office culture, opportunities, roles, and advancement. This timely discussion will break down some common occurrences, and offer advice for navigating — and overcoming — the complicated intersection of work, gender, and race. Featured speakers include Patricia Valoy, New York-based engineer advocating for girls considering STEM careers; Sapna Cheryan, Assistant Professor at University of Washington researching how stereotypes shape womens’ career opportunities; and Zabrina Jenkins, corporate counsel at Starbucks.

Presented by: Women’s Funding Alliance, as part of its Leadership and Economic Opportunities Leadership series.

Announcing HP Helion OpenStack Scholarship Program for Women

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

HP has launched a scholarship program for women to create innovative solutions on HP Helion OpenStack and develop women in technology (Learn more and submit your application here).
HP is proud to announce the HP Helion OpenStack scholarship program, designed to encourage and advance the next generation of collegiate women in technology.
This program awards four bright, qualified female applicants interested in pursuing a career in technology a $10,000 (USD) scholarship, along with the opportunity to receive valuable mentorship, and a potential internship.By Lisa-Marie Namphy, HP Helion The deadline for submission is 10pm PST, November 16, 2014.

Microsoft Software & Services Grants for Student and Faculty Start-Ups

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Microsoft has a grant program for “tech” start-ups called “BizSpark” (  The program provides free software and services, including Windows, Office, developer tools, servers, web-hosting, cloud services, and additional support for three years.  The value of the software and services exceeds $500K if licensed separately. To qualify, the business has to have some kind of programming/software development workload including web design and app development.  The business cannot be a public company.  The business has to be newer than five years, and making less than $1M in revenue annually. 

Currently, less than half of the businesses that apply get approved.  However, because of my relationship with your school, I have the ability to “vet” any student start-ups that you are aware of through you and guarantee the award.

Since it is our fiscal year end, and we aren’t certain how long this program will be offered, I wanted to let you know and hopefully give out some awards by month end.  I would appreciate it if you could forward this to any students or faculty that would be potentially interested and qualify.  They can contact me directly with a brief description of their business and how they will use the software and I can send a special enrollment link for them to sign up.


Randy Guthrie, PhD
Microsoft Technical Evangelist [US-West]
Office (Denver) 720-528-1660
Twitter: @randyguthrie