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A new kind of learning at Wichita’s code school
Note: I’m blogging for TechFlash about the experience of learning to code through the beta class of Wichita’s new code school. Here’s some background information about this project . I’m one week into the beta class of Wichita’s new code school, and we’ve already zipped through HTML and CSS, the languages used to structure and design static websites. We started Monday with Javascript, which can be used to make websites interactive. I was already quite familiar with HTML and CSS, so…
Cox Machine adds 3D printing capability
The future is now at Cox Machine Inc. The company has recently purchased its first 3D printer and is increasingly finding new ways to utilize its additive manufacturing capability. While traditional machining involves cutting components down — subtracting — from larger blocks of material, 3D printing technology uses material to layered down — added — to build parts out of nothing more than material that looks like weed eater cord and a digitized, three-dimensional model. The biggest use…
Top Wichita tech and entrepreneurship stories in the first year of TechFlash
The Wichita Business Journal has been producing its TechFlash blog and free weekly email newsletter for a year, and in that time, we’ve found plenty to write about. Large, established firms like High Touch Technologies and NetApp have continued to innovate. A Wichita startup community has grown more cohesive and has caught the attention of local business groups. Higher education institutions like Wichita State University have begun to place a greater emphasis on innovation and relationships with…
Wichita’s Applianz Technologies changes hands
Applianz Technologies, a Wichita firm that developed the AppEasy “cloud in a box” product,” has been acquired by Corner Post Holdings, a company owned by Kansas technologists Ryan Jennison and Brandon Friesen. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Applianz, which has seven employees, was founded in 2003. Its AppEasy is a system that lets companies house a variety of software applications in a cloud environment, so they can be accessed anywhere. Jennison, who has worked for Applianz…
Students, developers, designers gathering in Kansas City for a 24-hour hackathon
Hack Midwest, a 24-hour hackathon where students and professionals from the Midwest design and build software projects, is kicking off Saturday in Kansas City. The event is similar to competitions such as Startup Weekend, which have been held in Wichita, though Hack Midwest focuses exclusively on software. Organizers are still taking applications online. Not everyone who applies will be accepted. Participation costs $5 for computer science students or $34.95 for professionals ($50 if applying after…
India’s Tech Mahindra partners with NIAR, WSU
India’s Tech Mahindra on Wednesday announced it will partner with the National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita State University on engineering and research. The international information technology company made the announcement at the Farnborough Airshow in England. According to a press release from WSU, the partnership could also help Tech Mahindra grow in the Air Capital. The company intends to leverage the local engineering pool to help it provide design, testing and certification…
Should everyone learn to code? Here’s why I am
Most of us use a computer, smartphone or other electronic device on a daily basis. Shouldn’t we know how they work? That’s the argument behind a movement some people in technology circles are pushing. Coding is becoming a basic life skill, they say. The movement has fueled programs like December’s An Hour of Code, through which schools nationwide, including Clearwater High School and Wichita Collegiate, spent at least an hour introducing students to basic computer programming concepts. I…
Many with STEM degrees don’t actually work in science, tech, engineering or math
Demand is high for workers with training in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — and several local and national projects are aimed at getting more students into STEM degree programs. But new data show that simply encouraging STEM degrees may not be enough. According to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 74 percent of adults who have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or math were not employed in STEM occupations as of 2012. The correlation…
Kansas school consortium gains cloud services through ISG partnership
In a new deal with ISG Technology, a consortium of Kansas educational institutions will have access to cloud-based voice, data and security services without additional broadband fees. KanREN, a consortium of colleges, universities, school districts and other organizations, will have a direct all-fiber connection with ISG’s regional network of data centers. Through the direct connection, the consortium will be able to avoid extra broadband connection fees. ISG says the deal also allows some small…
Ulterius Technologies counting down to commercial launch of data processing device
It’s about 60 days and counting until leaders at Wichita startup Ulterius Technologies hope they’ll be popping the cork on some champagne. “That’s when we think the box will have achieved all that needs to be achieved to be a sellable device,” says CEO Dennis Depenbusch. “The box” is a data processing device that encompasses a firewall, a router, a switch and Wi-Fi. Currently on most networks, each of those requires a separate piece of equipment. Depenbusch says the system has benefits…

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