The NCET Technology Awards celebrate the Northern Nevada individuals and companies who have greatly enhanced the growth and prestige of technology community, while the Reno Gazette-Journal Business of the Year Awards recognize outstanding leaders at all levels of business, from small to large companies. The EDAWN Awards recognize the people and resources that have played an integral part in contributing to the growth of our community.
When most of us think about technology, we think about devices created with tiny, super-fast semiconductors and manufactured by outfits such as Apple and Lenovo. We don’t often think of products 5 feet in diameter or manufacturing techniques that require the application of 2,000 tons of force. And we might not think about Dynamic Isolation Systems as a technology company at all.
Why should you attend your trade organization’s events? For the amazing chicken lunches, obviously. If that’s not enough, how about this? If your industry is anything like PR, it’s changing at the speed of light. Things like Facebook and Twitter were not part of our jobs only seven or eight years ago, and now we can’t work without them. I’m guessing technological advances have done the same to your industry.
Tickets are on sale for TEDxUniversityofNevada, set for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Cost is $100 and includes more than 15 TEDx talks, five performances, a boxed lunch and refreshments. Student ticket cost is $30 with a valid student ID from an area school. New this year, the event will move to the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort. The 2,700-seat theatre is a natural fit for the event. After selling out the 1,200-seat Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts last year, the new venue will offer even more people the opportunity to share in a meaningful TEDx experience and will foster a more diverse audience.
Some industries are still ripe for disruption through technology. Financial services and banking tops the list. In 30 years, banks as we know them won’t exist. Consumer confidence in banking is at an all-time low. Major banks like Wells Fargo bend rules and throw ethics out the window to stay competitive. More than 138 million Americans are “underserved” by financial services or “underbanked” which means they cannot access traditional financial services or simply do not have a bank account. Millennials are bucking traditional credit systems by using debit cards and paying cash in lieu of beginning a cycle of debt they watched ruin their families in the Great Recession.
You’ve probably heard about the groundbreaking genetic research study Desert Research Institute and Renown Health have undertaken with leading personal genetics company, 23andMe. Funded by Renown Health Foundation and Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, this pilot study offers community members the opportunity to volunteer for research while also gaining access to their individual genetic information at no cost.