Shakespeare said, "Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare never won a Hackathon, I’m guessing. That is some sweet, sweet victory, but I think it is true that joy’s soul lies in the ‘doing’. That’s why I’m proud to have helped coordinate our 2nd annual Hackathon event in San Antonio. I’m even more proud of the teams and their passion for technology.
Veteran-friendly employer… We value our Veterans… Veterans welcome… I’ve heard all these phrases over the years and it’s becoming more frequent as I get further away from my Army days. This is a good thing, because companies are understanding and valuing what Veterans can bring to the table. However, this isn’t the case across the board, even from those companies that tout one or all the taglines above. In other words, some companies aren’t practicing what they preach.
My summer internship has been somewhat different from that of my colleagues. Where other interns were massively involved in software development and pushing their products to production, I was involved in information security operations. Coming from a military background, I was used to a very different way of getting things done. This mindset was further reinforced through academia with the perfect scenario always being the end goal. This is not the case in the real world.
On April 13th and 14th iHeartMedia participated in Rowdyhacks, a 24-hour competitive programming event in which teams worked together to “hack” together a tool or app. The event was open to undergraduate and graduate students and welcomed all skill levels. The hackathon is led by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) at UTSA. iHeartMedia Tech was super excited to be a tech sponsor!!
User Experience is the study of the interaction between the company and the customer or employee. It could be a website, software, mobile application, brand colors, banners, or even a greeting at the door. The interaction between any company and their customers starts with the employees. If employees are happy and feel valued, they are more likely to stay and work for the benefit of themselves and therefore, the company. This allows the happy employee to interact with the customers and coworkers in the most professional and respectful way.
The broadcast radio industry has not changed much over the last 30 years or so: it is generally powered behind the scenes by humans who do lots of repetitive work to produce a continuous analog broadcast stations. This approach assumes everything that we broadcast today was predetermined yesterday (or maybe the day before that?) in a very linear fashion and without real-time influence from the environment or consideration of the uniqueness of each listener.