5Qs with Martha Tejada From IEEE

Sara Inés Calderón | July 10, 2016 | 5:27 pm
At South by Southwest this year we had the opportunity to meet and chat with Martha Tejada, Digital Community Manager at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). As part of IEEE Tejada told us she’s been excited to work in a organization that advances technology on a global scale. Más Wired: Tell me about your journey into STEM/tech and how you came to IEEE. Martha Tejada: Because I always had a passion for technology, I decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in that area.… more

4 Qs with Tiffany Vazquez from Giphy

Sara Inés Calderón | April 3, 2016 | 1:01 pm
We had the great opportunity to meet Tiffany Vazquez from Giphy at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas this year. She spoke briefly about her work at Giphy, so we wanted to follow up with her to learn more. MW: Tell us about your journey into tech and how you came to Giphy. Where are you from, where did you go to school, how did you start in tech, etc? TV: I was born in the Bronx and raised in Queens. I got my undergrad degree in Communications from St. John’s University, and my next two grad degrees came from St.… more

The Definitive Guide to Selecting a Legitimate Coding Bootcamp

Más Wired | March 19, 2016 | 1:59 pm
Our friends at have put together a comprehensive list of questions and issues to consider before joining any web developer program, code school or code bootcamp. Check it out here. The Definitive Guide to Selecting a Legitimate Coding Bootcamp Here are a few tidbits:
  • Does The Coding Bootcamp Care About Outcomes?
  • What are your job placement rates? Are those full-time jobs?
  • All Theory & Code for the Sake of Code
  • Soft Skills
  • Cost/Staff
All Theory & Code for the Sake of Code Where are Computer Scientists made?… more

Tasqr: helping devs ship software to the cloud

Sara Inés Calderón | October 18, 2015 | 1:45 pm
Eddy Reyes is an Austin-based entrepreneur behind the startup Tasqr . He also runs the Austin Hispanic Hackers Meetup. We asked him some questions about his work, check it out. MW: What is Tasqr? Eddy Reyes: Tasqr makes it very easy for developers to ship their software to the cloud automatically, and very frequently. Developers and operations engineers typically have an understanding of how to manually configure and deploy their software via the command line. Tasqr leverages this existing knowledge in teams by helping them record their manual steps and replay them onto their live deployments.… more

TicketKarma, Q&A with Latino founded ticket resale startup

Sara Inés Calderón | | 1:33 pm
Joel Rojo is a Texas native, serial entrepreneur and currently the CODE2040 Entrepreneur in Residence at Capital Factory in Austin. His current venture, TicketKarma, is a ticket resale marketplace. We asked Rojo a few questions about his work, entrepreneurial spirit and upcoming plans.
Más Wired: What is your product? Joel Rojo: TicketKarma is a last minute ticket marketplace for good people. We’re trying to bring simplicity, trust, and community to the secondary ticket exchange market.… more

What Do You Do After Your Coding Bootcamp?

Más Wired | September 6, 2015 | 2:04 pm
By Gregorio Rojas, Co-Founder What does one do when they finish up their 12 weeks of intense training? Below I have some highlights of what we tell our Fellows as they enter this phase of their careers.

Day 1 After Your Boot Camp

The developer habits need daily reinforcement so keep coding! Often people will want to take a break between the end of their training period and the start of their new job. That would be a big mistake. Your new employers will probably be happy to give you a vacation a few months into job so that you can get your break then.  … more

40 interviews, 4 months and 2 job offers to becoming a software developer

Sara Inés Calderón | May 20, 2015 | 6:06 pm
I am a software developer. For the past few weeks I have been saying that aloud to people, in awe of the fact that it’s true. The past 10 years of my professional life were dedicated to journalism, both traditional and digital, and media startups (see more about my career on LinkedIn here). Which is to say, I was working in tech, but not necessarily working to create it. And so, the fact that I’ve finally “arrived” at a destination I set my sights upon several years ago continues to be magical to me.… more

Help create more Latina engineers, fund DIY Girls Summer Camp

Sara Inés Calderón | May 15, 2015 | 11:31 am
DIY Girls is working to bring more Latinas to STEM careers, and they need your help. The non-profit organization is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign:
DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through engaging educational experiences and mentor relationships. We’re located in Los Angeles and currently serve predominantly Latino communities. We have girls on waiting lists for our programs and with your help we want to expand and serve more girls!

5 Latino startups selected for Manos Accelerator’s third class

Sara Inés Calderón | April 13, 2015 | 9:02 am
Manos Accelerator, which works with Latino entrepreneurs, has announced its third class of startups. Five companies were selected from 73 applications. The final class includes one company from Argentina, and the rest are from the U.S. The startups are: Dream Tuner: Miami, Florida – A platform dedicated to helping independent and unsigned musicians achieve their dreams. MakeMyQuince: Sacramento, California – The first solution to bring online planning tools and crowd-funding to quinceañeras.… more

Crewbid lets anyone plan big events for the best price

Sara Inés Calderón | March 24, 2015 | 3:41 pm
Crewbid is a company co-founded by friends Brian Blanco, a event promoter and Texas State University student, and Miguel Treviño. The two wanted to wanted to make it easier for people to organize social and corporate events. We spoke to Miguel recently and this is what he told us about the company. MW: What does your company do? MT: Crewbid is an online marketplace for funded social and corporate events. You can post information on Crewbid in order to receive custom packages from local venues and restaurants.… more

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