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Events 101

Prior to joining the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) to help manage its special events and meetings, I spent several years helping organize educational seminars for UCLA Extension. Out there in California, most of my event attendees were international executives from Asia in black suits learning about marketing and media rather than professors from America […]

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October conference preview

By the end of 2013, National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) staff will have directly attended twelve conferences around the country (including eight which we have hosted or co-hosted). Three of those twelve are scheduled for late October. Below is our busy itinerary for the month. If you’ll be attending any of these events, we hope […]

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Camp Android

An unusual program for teenagers was running simultaneous to the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) annual Summer Working Connections professional training event this summer.  In an out-of-the-way, second-floor classroom at Collin College’s Preston Ridge campus in Frisco, Texas, 20 teen girls spent five days learning app-programming basics during “Android App Camp.”  The Collin College camp […]

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Top 3 ATE/NSF Information, Geospatial, and Security Technologies Blogs

The 39 centers of the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program lead dynamic, productive partnerships among industry, community colleges, and other education sectors. The National Convergence Technology Center in Frisco, Texas is one of eight centers that fall under the “Information, Geospatial, and Security Technologies” focus. All of the centers’ core functions include […]

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A closer look at the HI-TEC student posters

“Student posters” are a common element of STEM conferences.  For the uninitiated, it’s a kind of science fair like what you may remember from middle school with plants on record players and celery in colored water.  But “student posters” at STEM conferences, of course, offer far more sophisticated and advanced technical thinking than the brightest […]

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Summer Working Connections South

Summer Working Connections South was successful at helping over 30 faculty from around the country learn about new technologies. The event was held July 15-19, at Florida State College at Jacksonville, in Jacksonville Florida and was a partnership with the National Convergence Technology Center’s National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The five-day training workshops offered several […]

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Converged infrastructure is big business

Worried about the health of convergence infrastructure? Don’t be. According to the “Converged Infrastructure Landscape Report” by Technology Business Research, the average budget for a converged infrastructure solution is $900,000. The 400 IT leaders surveyed estimate that infrastructure spending will top $3.8 billion in the next 12 months. “Adoption of converged systems is gaining momentum […]

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Austin city limits

The entire staff of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently traveled down I-35 to Austin, Texas to attend the “HI TEC conference.”  That’s shorthand for High Impact Technology Exchange Conference.  The goal was to not only continue gathering insights and resources from other IT educators to improve the CTC’s best practices, but also to […]