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"If you do not start developing a Big Data strategy within the next few years, your company will not exist anymore in 10-15 years. Big Data is not something you want to be dealt with by your IT department. Big Data is so important, that it better keeps your Board, and especially your CEO, awake every night." Why Your CEO Should Be Awake Every Night Because of Big Data http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Missoula takes part in global event with Big Data Week This Week - Come Join the Fun - It's All About Data http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Big Data Week - May 5-11-14 - 30+ Cities Worldwide Including Missoula
Montana Department of Commerce
- University of Montana event pits cyber athletes in high-tech competition - Part of Big Data Week in Missoula May 3-9
The triathlon, and Big Data Week, were designed to encourage the development of cyber skills and high-tech education in Montana.
- UM announces big data-focused summer course, with donation from Symantec
"The students will not only learn the skills, but how to apply those skills in a real-world or business setting," said Henry, who also holds a law degree. "This will enhance the law students' ability work with business and technology professionals."
- The Smartest Smart City - It's all about data.
Since 2010, 12,500 sensors have been placed in and around the city's downtown district, where they measure everything from the amount of trash in containers, to the number of parking spaces available, to the size of crowds on the sidewalks. In addition, sensors on vehicles such as police cars and taxicabs measure air pollution levels and traffic conditions.
- Why Your CEO Should Be Awake Every Night Because of Big Data
If you do not start developing a Big Data strategy within the next few years, your company will not exist anymore in 10-15 years. Big Data is not something you want to be dealt with by your IT department. Big Data is so important, that it better keeps your Board, and especially your CEO, awake every night.
- Unlocking the Secrets of Education with Big Data
What it means in real terms is potentially changing the lives of thousands, and possibly millions, of students.
- Missoula takes part in global event with Big Data Week This Week - Come Join the Fun - It's All About Data
If you're interested in Big Data Week, click here http://bigdataweek.com/ to see the list of events that are happening until Sunday, May 11. All events are open to the public.
- The Sharing Economy Needs to Start Sharing Its Data Too - Airbnb Uses Data to Build Trust
To hear cofounder and CTO Nate Blecharczyk tell it, Airbnb built its data empire almost by accident.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Intermountain Energy Summit, 8/19-20, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Supporting a coherent, coordinated, sustained and balanced approach to energy in the Intermountain Region.
- Today's TED Talk Sarah Jones: What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers
Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud performance, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage--from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer--to ask them the questions all of us want answered.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Digital Mothership Deploys Direct Mail in the Battle for Customer Retention
If you're battling to retain customers and improve conversion, add fuel to the fire and gain competitive advantage by combining digital with print marketing. They work synergistically to create true multi-channel campaigns.
Come Home Montana
- GFDA Top 20, 5/4/14
Galloway & Co. announced the East Great Falls Retail Center, a 26-acre multi-tenant retail development at the intersection of 10th Avenue South and 57th Street that will include a 189,000 square foot big box, gas station and four 1-2 acre retail, hotel or restaurant pads.
- GFDA Top 17, 4/27/14
Thank you to state and local legislative leaders and Governor Bullock for making the grant possible!
- Montana Career Opportunity - FMS Service Desk Analyst - Plum Creek
As an FMS Service Desk Analyst at Plum Creek, you will have an opportunity to assist in providing efficient and effective problem identification and resolution for Plum Creek resources, and will work with Plum Creek's forestry GIS system as well as Esri's ArcGIS suite.
- Montana Career Opportunity - eStore Merchandising Specialist - Murdoch's
The eStore Merchandising Specialist is responsible for helping to gather, organize and manage product-related data and assets for Murdoch's online store.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Art Director - MercuryCSC
MercuryCSC is an award-winning creative agency located at the crossroads of travel and outdoor. We're focused on building and connecting brands with people who value travel, outdoor, and sense of place--a demographic we call the Geotraveler.
- Montana Career Opportunities -- Washington Corporations IT Opportunities
Enjoy working for a successful organization that cares about and values its employees.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Developer/Programmer - The Missoulian
The Missoulian and the Montana Marketing Group, divisions of Lee Enterprises, are seeking a qualified candidate for a full-time Web Developer/Programmer position.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Engineer, Quality Assurance Analyst - WebFilings
WebFilings is growing fast. We are seeking talented, creative, and ambitious team members to join our dynamic team. Whatever your area of expertise, WebFilings is dedicated to providing a fun, stimulating, and challenging work environment.
Montana Economic Development
- Business in dead-end towns - Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana
"This place is very special," Schifferdecker said. "It's one of the last big open spaces left. We need to be careful what we do up here."
- Cycling tourists boost state economy
A recent study by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana found that cycle tourists spend about $79 per day, compared to $58.24 in daily expenditures for non-resident travelers who arrived by car or other means.
- Missoula Sustainable Business Council Invites You to Join the Board
I encourage you to consider nominating yourself or someone you know to actively participate in guiding the vision and mission of the SBC by joining the SBC Board of Directors this June.
- Montana's Conrad Anker Leverages Outdoors for the Greater (Economic) Good - It's all about ice...
Places with outdoor assets need businesses -- particularly tourism and outdoors-related -- to collaborate in building upon and preserving those assets for the economic benefit of everyone. An example of this is happening in Bozeman, where mountaineer Conrad Anker is a lead organizer in the Bozeman ice tower project. But the project is far from done.
City Club Missoula
- 8 Keys to Making a Great First Impression
It can be challenging to put your best foot forward all the time, so we've gathered up some quick tips and tricks to make sure that from now on, you'll knock the socks off every person you meet.
- City Club Missoula Presents: Q&A: Candidates For Missoula's Next County Attorney, 5/12, Missoula
Join City Club Missoula as Josh Van de Wetering and Kirsten Pabst take part in a candidate forum featuring two local journalists. KECI-TV reporter Emily Adamson and KPAX-TV news director Mike Powers will pose questions and moderate questions from the audience.
Incubators and R&D
- Brett E. Dahl named to Risk Management Honor Roll®
Through the development and implementation of innovative loss-prevention training programs available to all state and university system employees, Mr. Dahl's division has reduced the number of general liability claims filed against the state to just 272 in 2013 from 900 in 2001, and has cut the number of auto liability claims in half.
- Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force gets $2 million donation from Sequoia Capital VC Mike Goguen
Goguen has now committed $2 million to the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force over the next five years to fund three full-time officers for the agency as well as additional training and technology.
- Forever wild - Wilderness Act marks 50 years of protecting wildlands
"For me, and for thousands with similar inclinations, the most important passion of life is the overpowering desire to escape periodically from the clutches of a mechanistic civilization. To us the enjoyment of solitude, complete independence, and the beauty of undefiled panoramas is absolutely essential to happiness." --Bob Marshall
- Missoula looks at Butte water system: Key players see similarities, differences in two operations
In the 1980s, you could scrub down in a bathtub in Butte without getting all that clean.
- Tester, Walsh announce major funding for Montana AmeriCorps groups
"In Montana, we are proud of our commitment to our communities and we value service to one another," said Walsh, who previously served on the Montana Commission of Community Service. "These values are part of what make Montana such a great place to work, live, and raise a family. The hundreds of volunteers who will be able to continue their work thanks to these grants will better our state and ensure we hand down a better Montana to future generations."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- University of Montana Research View Spring 2014
It's like nothing else in the United States.
- Y Combinator known for picking winners including Missoula's Submittable
"Y Combinator has done a great job searching for the best entrepreneurs who have a great return on investment."
- Neurogrid circuit mimics human brain, is 9000x faster than your PC
When put together, the entire circuit board is about the size of an iPad.
- Infusion of young blood recharges brains of old mice, study finds
It could spell a new paradigm for recharging our aging brains, and it might mean new therapeutic approaches for treating dementias such as Alzheimer's disease.
University Business Plan Competitions
- For North Dakota, drones a possible growth market
"North Dakota is one of the leaders and a model that we point to."
- UM to Host Annual Business Plan Competition
Students from across the state will showcase their entrepreneurial aspirations during the annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition.
Montana Education Excellence
- i-Stem Earns International Accolades
The goal is to provide professional development opportunities that help Idaho's teachers gain STEM content knowledge and learn activities that increase student interest and achievement in technical subjects.
- Montana Tech launches new website Seismic Mapper to track Montana earthquakes
Tech's earthquake expert Mike Stickney says the website, called the Seismic Mapper, is a user-friendly way to find more than three decades worth of earthquake data.
Funding and Building your Business
- What to Ask Before Picking a New Town
When it comes time to move to the suburbs, pick a town or settle in a new neighborhood, the checklist generally begins like this: Best school test scores. Most house for the money. Shortest commute. There's another way to do this, however, that may yield more happiness for less money. Call it a values audit.
- 'A' is for Anaconda, Montana: A town that perseveres
You'll really understand why Anaconda has not gone gentle into that good night.
- Public Input For A New City Park Outside MAM And The Adventure Cycling Association, 5/7, Missoula
The workshop Wednesday is to hear ideas from more community members, Millin said. As planned, the team will create a design based on public input, present again in Missoula by August, and begin construction in spring 2015.
Energy and Climate Change
- Scarce Natural Resources Are Startup Idea Goldmines
Based on their work in CleanTech and sustainability, Heck and Rogers outline five principles for existing companies to apply to current practices and processes for dramatic efficiency improvements in the use or production of resources.
- What's your water footprint look like? Bozeman residents will soon be able to finetune their water use
"It's reflected in every study that's ever done," she adds, "that people who know how much water they're using actually use less."
- USDA Announces Effort to Cut Energy Costs for Farmers, Ranchers, Rural Small Businesses
Up to $12.3 Million in Grants and $57.8 Million in Loan Guarantees Available In Rural Energy for America Program
- Montana license plate numbers
Travelers on Montana's highways often wonder what, if anything, the numerical prefixes on the state's license plates mean.
- Rethinking Streets: New Report Illustrates Complete Streets Projects Including Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana
Many communities across the country are re-thinking their streets and re-designing them to meet changing preferences and future needs.
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