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Developing skills-based online courses and credentials is the easy part. Column Education TC Coursera edtech flatiron school Galvanize London Los Angeles MIT mooc Software Thinkful udacity United Kingdom WeWorkThe hard part is getting employers to pay attention.

Bridgepoint Education Buys Fullstack Academy For $50.75M


San Diego-based Bridgepoint Education said this morning that i thas acquired Fullstack Academy , an operator of a immersive coding bootcamp, in a deal worth approximately $50.75M, split between $17.5M Fullstack Academy operates a web development coding bootcamp, which focuses on cybersecurity training. Bridgepoint said the acquisition will help it with entry into higher education services, as well as expanding its "skills-to-employment" offerings.

Codewars Launches To Challenge, Educate Developers


A newly launch, Los Angeles startup, CodeWars , is looking to create a place where developers can compete, sharpen their skills, and gain the respect of their peers. The startup--founded by Nathan Doctor and Jake Hoffner--says it is building a society where highly talented developers can compete, collaborate, and unite on technical challenges. codewars coding software hacker development hacking code github startup challenge guildAre you a code warrior?

GIBLIB Makes Surgical Education Easier Than Ever


Like almost everything in society, a lack of education is the root cause of these mistakes. ” So, where can surgeons get access to the right educational tools to make these mistakes a little less prevalent? “Our goal is to aggregate the best medical lectures and surgical videos from the top surgical minds and make it available to medical students, residents, and surgeons everywhere – especially those in developing countries and economically poor regions of the world.”.

Qualcomm Backs Online Education Effort


According to the companies, Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Education will help edX develop its technology, by contributing engineering resources and licensing its SDK code to edX. edX develops online course software to more than 60 institutions, including MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley. qualcomm education mooc school learningSan Diego-based Qualcomm is backing edX , a nonprofit provider of online, massive open online course (MOOC) technology, the two said this morning.

Edlio Snags Investment for K-12 Education Software Acquisition


Los Angeles-based Edlio , has received a growth capital investment this morning, for its K-12 education and "community engagement" software, and in particular, acquisitions of other companies. Edlio develops a content management system (CMS) which is used for school websites, which it says is now being used by more than 9,700 schools and districts across the U.S., investment private equity growth capital venture education software edlio

WemoLab Launches Tablet App Around Ocean Education


Venice-based WemoLab --which has been developing entertainment products around an oceanic theme--announced today that it has launched its first, mobile product, a new interactive tablet app. learning education ocean applicaiton tablet wemolab superfugu

Ozobot Opens Preorders For Educational Robot


Redondo Beach-based Ozobot , a developer of minature, educational robots, said this morning that it has begun pre-orders of its product. ozobot educational robot robotics device maze android smartphone school Ozobot is an interactive robotic device, which follows the paths of mazes, interacts with a user on paper, and connects with an Android phone.

Evisions Buys Education Software Firm


Irvine-based Evisions , a developer of software for higher education institutions, said this morning that it has acquired Cayuse , a developer of web-based software for grant proposal development. cayuse evisions merger acquisition higher education grant saas softwareFinancial details of the deal were not announced. Cayuse, which is based in Beaverton, Oregon, will be combined with Evisions' Portland operations. READ MORE>>.

TCVN Program: Customer Development

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 -- TCVN Program: Customer Development. TCVN now features four educational tracks in four specific areas. The four tracks are: Legal, Execution, Finance, and Marketing and will consist of a series of five, consecutive monthly programs designed to give the entrepreneur a comprehensive overview of each area. Who is your customer? Do you know where to find her and how to approach her? Maybe so, but can you do that on a granular level?

Clearlake Capital Buys Operations Management Software Developer


Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital has acquired a Cary, North Carolina-based developer of operations management software, Dude Solutions. Dude Solutions develops cloud-based, operations management software, which handles suh things as work order, inventory, energy, capital planning, facility scheduling, and community development workflows.

Quincy Jones' New Playground Sessions Targets Music Education


Jones--who lives in Bel Air--is behind Playground Sessions , which is hoping to make music education available to anyone willing to sign up for a monthly membership. Jones'' new startup is among a large number of music-related, Southern California-linked technology and online startups, and not the first in the music education area. content roll musician education piano music rock sessions playground Can the web teach you how to play the piano?

Xirrus Adds Another Education Customer


Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus , a developer of Wi-Fi networking hardware, has scored another education customer, the firm announced today. Xirrus develops Wi-Fi equipment which combines multiple wireless access points and switching, to provide better coverage and higher bandwidth to wireless deployments. The firm has been announcing a large number of wins in the education market in recent months. Tags: xirrus wireless wifi education

Glip Aims at Students, Educators WIth Free Plan


Los Angeles-based startup Glip , a developer of team productivity tools and software, said this morning that it is making its service free for students and educators. glip team collaboration service startup work project management students education school According to Glip, any individual with email address can sign up for free to use its team communications and collaboration service. Glip normally charges per user for its service.

AT&T Hackathon | Build an App to Disrupt Education

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Gather all of your creative talents and get to hacking this Friday and Saturday, February 8-9 on what might just be the most viable, essential and disruptive focus of any hackathon…… education. Prizes include: Best Hackathon Education App. Targets Web Development Skills With New Courses


Carpinteria-based online education provider said late Friday that it is expanding out its library of courses, with a new set of programming courses aimed at accelerating web development. The new expansion comes as there has been an increasing number of online, video education startups looking to repeat the success of''s online education service--however, in narrower focus areas like software and programming.

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William Morris Invests in Mobile Development Firm


The firm as backed a mobile application development company, Chaotic Moon Studios , as part of a strategic partnership. Chaotic Moon Studios is based in Austin, TExas, and provides mobile development services to companies such as Fox, Pizza Hut, General Mills, Microsoft, Dell, CBS, and Disney.

Boston Startup School Launches | Education 2.0

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Boston Startup School set out to leverage the renewable resource of graduating seniors in Boston to fill that gap by adding to the education of entrepreneurial-minded Gen-Yers. As we continue this monumental year in the startup realm, we welcome a newcomer – Boston Startup School.

Echo Gets $7.5M For Microscope Development


San Diego-based Echo , a startup which is developing a new "hybrid" microscope aimed at replacing both upright and inverted microscopes, has raised $7.5M According to the company, the new funding will go towards manufacturing, sales, and developing future technologies. The company is targeting its microscope for use both in the scientific and education community.

Renewable Energy Education Forum

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Friday, February 6, 2009 -- Renewable Energy Education Forum. This Friday, February 6th, SunPower's Project Development Manager for the California Valley Solar Ranch, Paul McMillan, will join representatives from Ausra, OptiSolar and the San Luis Obispo County's Dept. of Planning and Building in a public panel to discuss the companies' proposed solar facilities. This is the first time all three projects will be represented in a public forum. See [link] (more

What Should We Make of Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20? Education Program?

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We need to take some risks in education and in innovation in this country so anybody that it trying to break through the traditional mold and try to create a new model ought to be lauded, not attacked. The value of a college education. I am very passionate and on record about the value of education. Education is self discovery. The challenges of a system that aims to educate all equally. I do struggle still with our college education system in the US.

Xirrus Ties With Digital Education Firm


Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus , a developer of wireless networking equipment, announced today along with educational software firm Pearson , that the two are in a partnership. The two said that they will provide wireless deliver of Pearson's Waterford Early Learning and SuccessMaker digital education programs to elementary and middle schools.

eGuardian Partners With Education Firm


Irvine-based eGuardian , a provider of service aimed at protecting children on the web, has partnered with safety education firm i-SAFE, according to investor the Tech Coast Angels. eGuardian develops technology for verifying the age, gender, and location of children on web sites. i-SAFE is a nonprofit which educates consumers about Internet safety.

Workforce Development, Bioscience Alliance

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Monday, April 23, 2012 -- Workforce Development Interest Group (WDIG) Meeting. WDIG seeks to work closely with the 101 Corridor life science industry to identify its short and long term technical and management needs; convey those critical needs to the region's educational institutions, who can then develop courses and programs to develop the skills to meet the needs of the 101 Corridor life science industry in the coming years.

Sebastian Thrun and Udacity Launch New Self-Driving Nanodegree


Sebastian Thrun first made his mark on autonomous vehicle development at the dawn of that industry, when he led a Stanford team whose robot car Stanley won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 by racing driverless through the Mojave Desert for 132 miles.

IBM Introduces New Open Source Community for Developers

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It has been a big summer for developers ready to do a deep dive into open source projects and the Internet of Things (IoT) with IBM’s announcement of two new communities created in its developer-centric hub developerWorks , aimed at giving developers the perfect sandbox to play in.

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GameSalad Rolls Out New Tools To Help Aspiring Game Developers


Wish you could design and develop your own mobile games, but don't know how to write software? Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad , a developer of tools which make it easy to create real, world class mobile apps and desktop games, said it is looking to help aspiring hobbyists to become full fledged game developers, with a new effort called GameSalad Academy. The new educational site is free to users.

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Accelerating New Product Development

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- Caltech Executive Education: Accelerating New Product Development. See [link] (more

City of Los Angeles Technology and Education Summit

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008 -- City of Los Angeles Technology and Education Summit. The purpose of the City of Los Angeles Technology and Education Summit is to support education, economic development, and the proliferation of information technology. See [link] (more

Break into Mobile Development: Appy Hour with GA + Uber

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 -- Break into Mobile Development: Appy Hour with GA + Uber. Join General Assembly and Uber for a candid discussion to learn about a day in the life of a mobile developer - from the challenges in scaling a global app to the skills companies look for in a hire, discover resources to get you started. education/break-into-mobile-development-appy-hour-with-ga-uber/los-angeles/27269.

Portfolium Acquired By Instructure


San Diego-based Portfolium , a startup developing tools to allow students to showcase their achievements, projects, and other portfolio of academic work to potential employers, has been acquired by educational software provider Instructure , the two announced late Tuesday. portfolium instructure merger acquisition tech coast angels exit educational portfolio education software saas cloud

BioScience Alliance Workforce Development Interest Group

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Monday, December 10, 2012 -- BioScience Alliance Workforce Development Interest Group. WDIG seeks to work closely with the 101 Corridor life science industry to identify its short and long term technical and management needs; convey those critical needs to the region's educational institutions, who can then develop courses and programs to develop the skills to meet the needs of the 101 Corridor life science industry in the coming years.

Quantum Computing 101: Brilliant, Google, Microsoft Training Workers


From Microsoft and IBM to Alphabet’s unit X and Canada’s D-Wave Systems, companies are racing to build powerful quantum computers that may solve problems beyond the capacity of the most sophisticated conventional processors, and do it much faster.

XPRIZE Awards $15M In Global Learning Competition


According to XPRIZE, it decided to split the top $10M award in the competition between two winners-- Kitkit School , which has developed a learning program using a "game-based core"; and onebillion , a developer of "numeracy content" and literacy material. xprize learning competition kitkit onebillion school education educational software swahiliMarina Del Rey-based XPRIZE , the organization led by Dr. Peter H.

Mattel, NetEase In Mobile Games Joint Venture


El Segundo-based Mattel , and Chinese Internet technology and video game developer NetEase , said this morning that the two are in a new joint venture to public mobile games and education apps. According to the two, they will create a new mobile game publishing and development studio called Mattel163 , which will specifically bring new mobile games and education apps to market, inspired by Mattel's large collection of brands.