Tech Opportunities for I.S. Students – January 2019

Welcome back from winter break!

I hope you all had a restful break and ready to hit the ground running this spring. I’ve updated my running list of Tech Opportunities on my web page. Some highlights include:

  • Emerging Tech Summit on February 22 and 23. Open to recruits and current students.
  • Information about I.S. competitions at Ball State and in Galveston, TX.
  • Internship and full-time job opportunities list is getting quite extensive.

Again, welcome back!

#MillikinIS Students Learn from Alumni and Seniors #BigBlueHC15

As part of Millikin University’s 100th Homecoming, students gathered to hear from alumni on their career paths, journeys, and lessons learned in the technology world. A huge thanks goes out to Tony Giannino ’00 and Ed Raffenetti ’02 for sharing their stories. In addition, thanks to Kameron Wilkins and Taylor Sanders ’16 for sharing their new MU Performance Consulting student-run venture vision and to Taylor Wilson ’16 for sharing her internship and out-of-class opportunities. This was a great opportunity to build mentoring relationships with alumni and for younger I.S. majors to connect and learn from those about to graduate.

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Ed Raffenetti ’02 shares his company’s app development evolution

ISECON 2014 Presentation: Experiential Learning using QlikView

I had a great presentation on Qlikview today at ISECON 2014 in Baltimore. I met an amazing group of educators who are passionate about their discipline and supportive in the efforts undertaken by their colleagues. I received great feedback on my presentation and paper, and learned how Big Data can could be applied in our curriculum through other presentations. I got to see a little bit of Baltimore through the lens of the Inner Harbor in addition to networking and learning.

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If you are interested in learning more on how QlikView is being used in my Business Intelligence class, follow the link to my paper as published in the 2014 ISECON Proceedings. The slides from my presentation are below for your reference.

Raspberry Pi – Entrepreneurship Class Kicked Off

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I’m truly excited and energized about a class this spring as we bring together the Raspberry Pi platform and entrepreneurial thinking in a course titled “Technology Ventures.” With a group of 7 students, we are going to explore Raspberry Pi, see its uses hands-on, learn a little Python, and develop a business model around the computing platform. I can’t determine whether I’m more excited about an immersive hands-on opportunity for Information Systems majors or that the entrepreneurial mindset is being infused into their coursework.

The Raspberry Pi, the $35 System on a Chip motherboard, was developed to bring computing resources to underserved areas. This has begun to manifest itself in two ways; schools now have access to inexpensive computers to teach programming to students at a young age and underdeveloped countries now have affordable access to technology. One of the great unintended consequences of this technology are the researchers, hobbyists, and enthusiasts the platform has brought forward. People of all abilities are using R-Pi to create, innovate, have fun, and solve problems (25 Fun Things to Do with a Raspberry Pi). The low-cost nature of this platform lowers the barrier to access and creates the perfect blank canvas for innovation.

So where do the two of these beasts really intersect; Raspberry Pi and Entrepreneurship? I see the blank canvas as the center of innovation in this endeavor. Let’s keep the technology fixed and surround it with the value proposition, customer segments, and financial models. Rather than approach entrepreneurship as a local pub and 100-page business plan, let’s fix the technology and create a business model around one central theme. R-Pi allows this due to its flexible platform and architecture. If one person can create a home surveillance system and another a keyboard out of beer cans, there are definitely some options for innovation. Fixing the technology allows Information Systems students to identify their tech strengths, hone their tech skills, and create value with technology. They are truly the owners of their creation.

Using the frameworks for ideation developed by Alex Bruton in conjunction with the Business Model Canvas as developed by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, students will take their raw ideas and develop them into a business model for a chance to win start up capital from our institution’s Business Creation Competition. Besides, what could be better than developing a product or service that is both impactful and feasible while adding value?