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Posted on 6.23.2017
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    Recruiting, Reefs & the Real World

    Whether it is a company cafeteria, a work-from-home incentive, an on-campus dry cleaning service or a shuttle to and from work, smaller companies often look to the technology industry for inspiration on how to acquire and retain employees, improve employee morale, and continually get more products and profits from their staff's efforts. Many tech companies are expanding beyond employee perks to programs that can make an even bigger difference in the lives of their employees and communities. Website Magazine asked eight notable tech companies to share what they are working on to better their staff and/or society as a whole. There are some interesting programs out there. Take a look! (Note, some quotes were modified for length and style.)

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    API Talks: Real-Life Integration Strategies

    "API Talks from Cloud Elements is a nationwide event series designed to help product leaders create a SaaS-based API integration strategy – a mission critical step for digital enterprises and startups alike! This can be a challenging (even intimidating) mountain to climb. API Talks features a panel discussion around real-life API strategy implementations and how companies have gotten to market faster while increasing revenue and customer satisfaction. Attendees will discover the trends that industry analysts are uncovering when it comes to API integration and design, and have their questions answered by people who have been through what they’re going through." ~ Ross Garrett, Head of Product Marketing at Cloud Elements

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    Movable Pink: Networking for Women

    "Our mission is to be a meaningful resource to the women of Movable Ink for their professional and personal development; to encourage and support women in the greater digital marketing/tech ecosystem; to foster meaningful relationships with the community at large. A variety of events are aligned with the mission, including: (1) a lunch series for women to connect women across cross-functional teams; (2) external speaker series; (3) mentorship program; (4) professional development workshops on topics from everything on work mindfulness to improving coding skills; (5) broader networking events with women in the startup, tech and digital marketing community." ~Marissa Goba, Account Manager at Movable Ink

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    Kentico Academy: Hands-On Experience

    "Kentico is a strong believer in giving back to the community. It was in that spirit that we founded Kentico Academy, which provides university students with real world, hands-on experience in software development. The program is a win-win. It fills the gap between academic life and actual work environments. At the same time, the program provides Kentico with a steady stream of new talent. The program is based in central Europe, in close proximity to our corporate headquarters. Each year, some 10 students come through the program (two times per year, 3-5 students come through). And I’m delighted to report that most of them end up working at Kentico.” ~ Petr Palas, Founder & CEO of Kentico

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    Digital Ninety-Nines: Empowering Women in Tech

    “It’s no secret that there aren’t enough women in leadership positions in marketing and tech. Episerver developed the Digital Ninety-Nines initiative to move the needle on this issue and empower more women to enter and lead in this space. We launched last year on International Women’s Day with a podcast series where we spoke with women in leadership positions at companies like Microsoft and IBM about their experiences driving change and innovation. We also had an all-women panel at our user conference earlier this year, and we’re continuing to look for opportunities to amplify the voices of women who are leading digital transformation in their fields.” ~ Jessica Fardin, Senior Director, Marketing and Channel Programs at Episerver

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    Axway Appcelerator: Citizen Reporting

    "The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System in Roatán off the coast of Honduras has become victim to recent issues where people are poaching protected species and doing other harmful things to the environment. The Roatan Marine Park partnered with U.S.-based SHOCKOE and Axway Appcelerator to develop an app that allows citizens and tourists to be the eyes and ears of the local reef patrol. The app allows people to capture photos or video of incidents that are harmful to the reef and then immediately report them. Users can mark their location via GPS to include with the photo/video report so the Roatán Marine Park has more timely and accurate evidence to work with.” ~ Brad Hipps, Vice President, Platform On-Demand at Axway Appcelerator

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    Adobe Analytics Challenge: Business Competition

    "The Adobe Analytics Challenge is a unique business competition that gives university students the opportunity to use Adobe’s industry-leading analytics products to access real-world data from leading, data-driven organizations, including Sony Playstation, Starwood, Lenovo, Condé Nast, Comcast, among others. For 10+ years, this competition has helped identify up-and-coming analytics talent from universities across the nation, exposing thousands of students to the high-demand fields of digital marketing and analytics and helping to close the data-talent gap. It’s also been a valuable recruiting tool, as we’ve hired more than 30 students from the program over the years." ~Nate Smith, Product Marketing Manager at Adobe Analytics

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    Progress University: Practical CS Experience

    "Progress has developed the Progress University Program to provide practical experiences for computer science students around the world. Progress hosts free, on-campus workshops where students can learn to develop business applications with a mobile front-end. Attended by Progress developers and engineers, this experience gives students a hands-on approach to understanding business application technologies, how it applies in business settings and how to develop these solutions accordingly. The goal of Progress University is to invest in the next generation of developers and engineers, increasing interest in the field and giving students real-world experience needed to succeed." ~ Tanya O’Connor, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Progress.

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    Nutanix Design Workshop: Innovation for Teens

    "Nutanix’s design workshop helps foster creativity and design thinking skills for kids in grades 7-10. Using modified curriculum from internal team trainings, employees help kids identify problems they face in their everyday lives, think up solutions and team up to build prototypes. For example, some students who struggled waking up imagined beds with automatic removing blankets or alarm clocks that communicated with the family dog who was trained to wake over-sleepers. Through participation, students learn teamwork, public speaking, meet potential mentors and are able to envision a future career that encourages continued education and leverages their imaginations." ~ Michele Taylor-Smith, Sr. Director Corporate Social Responsibility at Nutanix

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