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Have Your Say! The 2019 ITPalooza Job Survey

Have Your Say! The 2019 ITPalooza Job Survey

Each year around this time we prepare and publish the Annual ITPalooza/South Florida Job Survey. The survey is widely anticipated and reported on by many South Florida publications that follow our IT market closely.

The survey is split into two groups, I.T. Professionals, and Employers.

Are you an I.T. Professional, an Employer?

Below you’ll find links to each of the surveys. We ask you to take a minute and complete survey that best describes your role.

IT Professionals (Job Seekers)

Employers and Hiring Managers

Note: Your response, as well as the survey results, are completely anonymous.

SoftBank announces hiring for 100 employees at 600 Brickell Ave.

SoftBank announces hiring for 100 employees at 600 Brickell Ave.

Multibillion-dollar tech firm SoftBank says it is in hiring mode at a Brickell office that quietly opened in early June.

Marcelo Claure, CEO of SoftBank Group International, says space, at 600 Brickell Ave., is already bursting with employees — but is still taking on more, with the goal of reaching at least 100.

“We took a floor, and we’re already full,” he said in a recent interview. “So we’re going to probably need a second or even third floor.”

The plan is to house as many as 100 employees, consisting of investment experts and tech-minded professionals who will primarily be helping manage SoftBank’s investments in Latin America. Earlier this year, the company announced a $5 billion Latin America-focused fund. Its launch was predicated on the thesis that the region’s potential remains largely untapped: By some measures, Claure said, Latin America’s GDP is two times the size of India’s and already half of China’s. Yet it has only received a fraction of global venture investing.

Read the complete Miami Herald article by Bob Wile: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article235720117.html

Knight Foundation pumps $925,000 into The Underline

Knight Foundation pumps $925,000 into The Underline

Miami’s Underline, an ongoing $120 million project to transform the underside of a raised rail corridor into a 10-mile linear park, already seeks to be a transformative civic investment. But a new grant by the Knight Foundation may turn this revitalizing transit corridor into something new: a testing ground for civic technology.

Earlier this month, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a $925,000 investment in The Underline’s technology infrastructure, which would include the hiring of a chief operating officer and chief information officer by the end of the year to help “create a technology master plan informed by residents and experts alike.”

“Technology will be the connective tissue that connects the people, places, and activities within The Underline’s 120 acres,” said Meg Daly, founder of Friends of the Underline, the nonprofit that helped champion the idea of the new park. “We know technology offers infinite ways to improve this space and bring new ideas to life, but we have to build the foundation based on what’s available today and tomorrow.”

At a time when privacy issues in tech are paramount, and the prospect of a Sidewalk Labs-led smart neighborhood in Toronto is getting blowback, how would a park tech plan work, without raising data security issues?

Read the original article by Patrick Sisson: https://www.curbed.com/2019/9/24/20881872/miami-park-underline-technology-civic-tech


100,000 All-Electric Fleet for Amazon

100,000 All-Electric Fleet for Amazon

Let’s put Amazon’s order for 100,000 electric delivery vans by 2030 into perspective. Today, FedEx uses 85,000 “motorized vehicles” to deliver packages around the world. UPS has around 123,000 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles, including about 10,000 the company says will use “alternative fuel and advanced technology.” One hundred thousand delivery vans? That’s a lot.

For proponents of electric vehicles, it’s a big opportunity—and not just for Rivian, the decade-old startup in which Amazon has invested, and from which it will buy the vans. Rivian, which has not yet put a vehicle into production, has a busy few years ahead of it.

More significantly, though, the deal suggests that fleets—delivery fleets, truck fleets, taxi fleets, ride-hail fleets—may be the key, or a least a key, to transportation’s electric future. That’s especially true in a country where just 2 percent of today’s auto sales end with someone driving a plug-in electric car off the lot.

Read the complete Wired article by  here: https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-all-electric-future-fleet-vehicles/

Join Me @SFIMA this Thursday!

Join Me @SFIMA this Thursday!

Want to learn the secret to getting noticed – and getting hired – by in-demand brands?

This Thursday, September 19, I’ll be moderating a panel at SFIMA (South Florida Interactive Marketing Association). The evening promises to be an informative and illustrative look at the hiring process at hot companies. 

Join me and top marketing professionals in a panel discussion to share their insights and tips on how to stand out and land your next great gig. My fellow panelists are all industry leaders in their field and the topic suggests a diverse set of opinions:

  • Matt Mullan – Social Media Manager at Ultimate Software
  • Joan Sparks – Director of Marketing, Retail Solutions for Americas at Johnson Controls (formerly Tyco)
  • Sergio Sibaja – Organization Effectiveness & Performance Coach at JM Family Enterprise, Inc.